How to Block Referral Traffic in Google Analytics

By John Negoita on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 in SEO. No Comments

Looking at my Google Analytics data I noticed a relative increase in traffic on coding-dude.com during the November 2016. I tried to find out where this traffic came from and the referral overview showed all sort of dubious websites like abc.xyz and lifehacĸer.com (notice the “ĸ” character as oposed to k). Of course this is not real traffic and it’s part of some black hat SEO techniques meant to drive traffic to these shady sites. The websites are stuffed with links and meaningless content. This technique is called referral spam and after searching the net a bit I realized that the …


How to improve user experience and reduce bounce rate on a website

By John Negoita on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 in SEO. No Comments

Bounce rate is the percentage of users exiting your website after viewing only one page. A high bounce rate might indicate that the user experience on the website is not that good. In this post we will see what are a few easy things you can do to improve user experience on your website. What can we do to improve user experience on a website? User experience can be a difficult concept to grasp since at its core it is highly subjective. When a user goes on your website they might like it or not. Some people like big buttons, some …


Guide to WordPress Domain Name Change & Keeping the Google Page Rank

By John Negoita on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 in SEO. No Comments

Changing the domain name for your website can be scary, but sometimes you just have to. Either as part of a re-branding process or other reason, it’s clear that you landed on this page because you need to change the domain name for your WordPress website. What we will try to achieve is a smooth transition from domain x.com to domain y.com while keeping the Google ranking for all pages already published on domain x.com. Also important is that users that go to pages using the old domain should be seamlessly redirected to the new domain. To do all this we will …


Facebook ads performance is not what you would expect

By John Negoita on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in SEO. 2 Comments

Online marketing is essential to getting your products out there. In this post we will take a look at Facebook ads performance or more specifically the lack thereof. I decided to run a test campaign via Facebook ads and after seeing the results I thought it would be a good idea to share the results. I believe it’s important that when you want to promote your website or products via online marketing campaigns you need to know what to expect regarding the campaign efficiency. Sometimes this is not possible due to the lack of data. If people would share their experience with …


Google sucks – here’s 10 reasons why, we still love it though

By John Negoita on Monday, August 1st, 2016 in SEO. 2 Comments

Don’t get me wrong, Google is great, I use their products each and every day and they really have a lot of them. That being said, I just had to make this post to speak my mind about a few things that Google sucks at. And when I say that they “suck” I mean that they are really bad in things you would expect them to be very good. Hey Google, sorry, but it’s your fault since you do so much so well that people have high expectancy levels about everything you do. 1. User interface design and logo …


Are Google search rankings influenced by social signals? Google says NO

By John Negoita on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 in SEO. 1 Comment

Every once in a while you get these debates online regarding Google search rankings and whether they are affected by social media traffic. As for everything there are enough people to say one thing and the opposite. What does Google say about search rankings and social signals, what’s my view on this? Read on and see. Every blogger or website editor wants to rank higher in Google searches. So, they ask the same question “How do I get more search traffic from Google?” One of the factors that people have been speculating about that affect a website search ranking is social signals. What …


Cure writer’s block with Google search history as a blogging tool

By John Negoita on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 in SEO. No Comments

Hey fellow blogger, have you ever had writers block? I’m often confronted with this because either I have too many ideas and get lost when trying to focus on one, or simply put when I have the time to write a post my mind is blocked and have no clue what to write about. Just a while back I found a very nice way to break this block – Google search history. Read on and you will understand what I mean. My blog is mainly about programming and that is not by chance. I have a day job as a …


Improve your Blog Writing Skills and Rank Higher with Google

By John Negoita on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 in SEO. No Comments

Here are a few tips for writing a blog post that will not only be easier to read, but it will also rank higher with Google. I know that the internet is full of SEO advices on how to improve your ranking in search engines. Most times these articles are hidden ads for companies or individuals that provide SEO services. I want to say straight from the start, it’s not the case for this post. I don’t have a SEO company, I don’t work for one and I don’t want to sell any SEO services whatsoever. My only purpose is to …


Google search algorithm update 2015 due in April

By John Negoita on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 in SEO. No Comments

Significant change is coming to Google search algorithm, or so it’s announced by Google. Apparently the change is supposed to occur April 21, 2015 and it will have to do with a boost in ranking given to all sites that are mobile-friendly. This change, says Google, hopes to improve the search experience by bringing more relevant results and also improve the mobile search experience. For webmasters this is a very strong incentive to build their sites with mobile devices support. To check if your site is already mobile-friendly or not you can use this mobile-friendly check tool from Google. You just …


Google Webmaster tools queries data collection stopped. Was it resumed?

By John Negoita on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 in SEO. 3 Comments

What’s going on with Google Webmaster Tools Data? On February 13, 2015 Barry Schwartz wrote in his post on searchengineland.com Google Webmaster Tools Data Stopped Updating Almost A Week Ago that there seems to be a problem with data collecting inside the Google Webmaster Tools. This was especially obvious in the search keywords queries statistics where data seemed to have stopped on February 7, 2015. Usually the time lag for collecting keywords queries and displaying them in the Webmaster tools reports is about two days. I had already noticed the delay in my Webmaster tools account, but thought it’s only related …