This is the Friday website review edition of the Daily Golden Nugget. Each week, I dig down into a random retail jewelry store website to discover the good and bad of what they've done with their online identity. The goal is to learn something that you can also apply to your own online identity.
This week I've decided to search San Luis Obispo, CA for my candidate jeweler. I'm starting my search with the phrase "wedding rings San Luis Obispo, CA." This is the Google SERP that was returned:
This Daily Golden Nugget is part of my Practical SEO Guide series with the goal of giving you quick, actionable information to make the search engine optimization of your website a little better.
Today we're looking at the Landing Page Report in Google Analytics. Log in to your Google Analytics account and navigate your way over to Behavior -> Site Content -> Landing pages as shown in this animated screen grab:
With all my writing aboutcontent recently, it's easy to forget that the reason for all of that is to improve your search engine optimization (SEO) and thereby increase the number of people visiting your website.
Your business changes every day. Sometimes it's a small change like getting new inventory into your store and sometimes it's a big change like moving to a larger location.
The jewelry industry is highly competitive, and many times it's difficult to rank above your competitors if you don't have enough information on your website. You can't rely on a few educational pages, like the 4C's, and then small product catalog with images and simple descriptions. That's simply not enough in... VIEW FULL GOLD NUGGET
Every website should be configured to return some type of error message when something unexpected happens. If you've recently changed or moved your website page around, you could accidentally create broken links on your site, or accidentally delete a page that is still in your navigation menu. When a page goes missing, is deleted, or a link is bad, the web server should display an error message explaining that something went wrong. This error message is known as a 404 Error.
This is our 404th Daily Golden Nugget. In honor of that number we're going to review what a 404 website error is and how to use it for your advantage.
First, let's explain the basics of what a "404" actually is.
As websites grow and change, it's common to move or delete a web page, but sometimes the links throughout your navigation or in your content are not correctly updated. Other people might have shared your pages or linked to pages of your website, and those links will never be updated. Generally we refer to these non-updated links as "out of date links."
The next time someone clicks one of those out of date links, they won't find the page they expected to because your website will realize something is wrong and will show the user an error message.
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