Every SEO should be focused on making sure links work on a site, right? Well sometimes this task can be quite cumbersome. In fact if you have a site with hundreds of pages it can be down right almost impossible to check all those by hand in an acceptable time frame.
So here are a few tools you can use to speed up that process.
First is my favorite, W3C’s Link Checker. It does the whole process for you. All you have to do is enter in your website URL and it spits out all the links on that page which are broken. And even shows you a list of links that lead to pages which are redirected. Pretty cool, huh? The only down side to it is that it only checks that one page or URL you entered it. It doesn’t check your whole site automatically. Oh but wait! It does that too!
To get check a site over you just need to click the “Check linked documents recursively” checkbox and then enter how the recursion depth. The recursion depth indicates how deep you want to look through links to pages on your site – meaning how many pages deep you want the checker to go on your site, checking each page on it’s way for broken links.
The data from this tool is awesome. You can get a lot more data than just broken links.
Next up we have LinkChecker a Firefox Add-on which seems to be pretty popular.
Then Check My Links, a Chrome extension. Jon Cooper posted a very informative blog post on not just how to check your own site for broken links but how to leverage that extension to build back links to your site. Pretty neat trick! Check it out over on SEOmoz.org, Check My Links Chrome Extension – A Link Builder’s Dream.
The last nifty tool I want to mention is Google’s Webmaster Tools. Within your webmaster account there you can view data on what pages have broken links and exactly which pages are linking to those broken pages. The fact that Webmaster Tools is providing source data for broken links makes this data 10 times more useful. You can quickly clean up broken links and as a bonus you know the links Google knows are broken :). Yep, It’s pretty handy!
Well that’s it for now. Do you have any favorite tools you use to check for broken links? I’d love to hear them! Let me know in the comments.
You many or may not have heard reference to something called long tail keywords. Without a doubt most SEOs will rave about what can be done with such keywords. So let’s start by going over what they are.
To understand long tail keywords you must understand what type of keywords are not “long tail”. For a lack of a better term we are going to just call these “non-long tail” keywords “normal keywords”. These normal keywords are those keywords or phrase most searched for in search engines.
This could be something like “SEO” or “iphone“. Notice they are general keywords that lots of people would search for.
Log tail keywords are just the opposite. These are normally non-general keywords with not too many searches being preformed on them.
The funny thing about this is you would think those general keywords make up a larger number of searches, or search queries, then compared to those non-general keywords. But the truth is that the long tail keywords actually make up more searches than the normal keywords. Why is this?
Well it’s because there are more long tail keywords and when you add up all their search volume you get more searches being preformed. So why the name “long tail keywords”, well the name comes from the way the search volume looks on a graph – see below for what I mean.
Chart by SEOMoz.org
Examples of long tail keywords are “how does the body detox” or “what is the cause of Fibromyalgia“. As you can see these are not keywords you would think would be normally searched for and are some what specific.
But that also makes them more qualified visitors. The user searching for long tail keywords is normally looking for a very specific thing and if your site is about that specific subject then your a perfect match! Those are the visitors you want, as compared to someone searching for a very general term and only visiting your site to see it’s not what they were really looking for.
So long tail keywords have a due benefit. One they are generally easy to rank for since there is a low number of searches and thus normally lower competition. And two, those searching on long tail keywords are looking for a very specific subject and are thus more-likely to be a qualified buyer or visitor to your site.
Google’s Adwords Keyword Tool is a goldmine for researching keywords and getting search data about each. With this tool you can find out approximations as to how many people are searching for a specific keyword. It also lets you narrow down for exact searches and even country specific searches.
Keyword research is a key stable to any good SEO campaign without it one can optimize for a keyword, end up on the first page or even in the first position and still not get any real traffic/visits. Knowing which keywords to optimize for can make or break the whole SEO process.
So here is how the Adwords Tool works. First you want to open up Google Adwords Keyword Tool in your browser. One you’re on the tool’s web page you want to enter in a word or phrase that best generally describes your website or the services/products you offer. For example Tampa SEO could be a good keyword if you’re a SEO company in Tampa, FL. Alternatively you can simply enter your website address (in the second field down). I prefer not to enter a web site address since most of the time the keywords you should be optimizing for are not the ones Google will pick from your site – otherwise you won’t need to optimize for it.
Now enter the captcha code and click the search button. Next comes a key step that some people over look. Your results you get will be keywords with search volume data but those search numbers will be for broad searches, meaning if your keyword was present inside or part of another search then it would be counted towards this total search volume. To show only the exact search volume for the keyword or words you entered click the [Exact] checkbox and unclick the Broad one.
Now you’ll be looking at exact searches. There can also be some question as to what this search volume means. The search volume is the number of searches done per month. Global Monthly Searches are searches per month around the world, where Local Monthly Searches are searches per month in your country or selected country.
If you want to get real fancy with it you can also change some of the options and filters. For example, let’s say you are interested in mobile searches only. Using the Advanced Options and Filters you can change searches from Desktop and laptop to All Mobile Devices.
Another quick trick is sorting the lists. To sort your results simply click the column header, such as Global Monthly Searches. The keywords and their respective data will sort by that column. Additionally you’ll notice results for keywords that are suggested. I like to look those these and see if there are any keywords I didn’t think up and see what their search volume is like – you can find some great keywords this way.
Now that you have the data you need to organize it. In another blog post I’m going to show you how to organize this data. Till then, happy researching!
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