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  1. Hi,

    I am struggling to find information on how to implement Cornerstone content. Should you put them as simple article (but with all the linking strategy) or should you put them as pages? What about the menu? should they be reachable from menu?

    thx for feedback

    1. Hi there! Technically it doesn’t matter whether you make your cornerstone content a page or a post, but I think it makes more sense for cornerstone articles to be posts. Ideally your cornerstone content should be reachable in one click from your front page, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be in your menu bar. Another good alternative is to feature your cornerstone articles prominently on each category page. Hope that helps! Eb 🙂

  2. Hi there! I am in the process of optimizing my category pages. There are two spaces for descriptions. “description” and “archive intro text” which one is the writing supposed to be in? or is it both?

    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Jordan, this does vary a bit depending on your theme, but my guess would be ‘archive intro text’. Best thing to do is to type a few words in here and then check to make sure the words do actually appear on your blog’s front end. If they don’t, try ‘description’ and if neither works, contact your theme designer and aske them what to do. Hope that helps! Eb 🙂

  3. Thank You Eb for the tips!

    I have deleted a lot of old contents which are no use for readers. It’s all outdated.

    I have two questions.

    1. If I update / refresh and delete the articles, How long will take to give impact in search results. Jus approx time like 1 month 2 months etc..

    2. You are keep on mentioning that we should delete old / unused posts and same time in the UPDATE you had mentioned that try to optimize instead of delete. Is there any reason for you to change your mind?

    Thank You

    1. Hi Giri,

      OK, so the general principle to follow is you should analyse all your old / outdated / poor quality content and ask yourself: can this be turned into high quality, up to date content that has a good chance of ranking in Google? If the answer is yes, then update it (even if that means almost a complete rewrite), if the answer is no, then delete it. So it’s not that I have ‘changed my mind’, it is that both are options depending on the circumstances.

      In terms of when you will see an impact, it is really hard to say and the results from each blog will be slightly different. But as a general rule of thumb I say 3-6 months… though some bloggers see results much quicker. One thing it will depend on is how good the rest of your SEO is… if the rest of your SEO is good, you are likely to see results faster (though no guarantees!) If the rest of your SEO is poor then you will mostly need to work on that too before you really see results. Check out this post to see what I mean by ‘the rest of your SEO’ >>> https://www.productiveblogging.com/beginners-guide-seo/

      Hope that helps!
      Eb 🙂

      1. Thank You Eb for your clarification.

        Most of my posts are opinion based so after sometime it will be outdated so no use of editing the article. As you mentioned I’m also updating the article if its really worth to update.

        I have been blogging past 10 years but I’m concentrating on SEO only past 10 months… thats why I’m here 🙂 .

        The below question is additional. Sorry

        You know that Google is going to implement Core Web Vitals in May 2021. My page is faster with Cloudflare APO (pages open in a second) but page ranking is poor in google Pagespeed insights. Why?

        in Core Web Vitals also all pages are in poor. Even your page is also low score in pagespeed insight (mobile). I’m confused.

        My site is faster in mobile but Google Pagespeed insights gives low score for mobile. How Google is calculating the matrix? GTMETRIX has given A grade for my site.

        I understand that all the tools are using different matrix / algorithm but Google insigthts score difference is lot thats why I asked.

        What should I do for getting good url in Core Web Vitals?

        Thank You

        1. Core web vitals is quite a specialist area. And to be 100% honest, I haven’t given it enough attention yet myself. There is only one of me and I cannot do everything all at once, so I have to prioritise. (Something I talk a lot about on this website!) Core web vitals is on my list to focus on in early 2021. In the meantime, I recommend you take a look at these articles, which should help:

          https://www.mediavine.com/google-page-experience-signals-coming-may-2021/
          https://www.mediavine.com/lighthouse-6-web-vitals/
          https://www.mediavine.com/google-page-experience/

          And you are right, right now (November 2020) my mobile site speed is not great. Periodically I work on site speed, get it really good, and then Google changes something and it’s not any more – if I wanted perfect site speed all the time, I wouldn’t have time to do anything else (money generating activities for example!) Which is why I schedule in a tune up, maybe once a year.

          But… and this is really important, I still get really good traffic (and earn a good income from blogging). Site speed IS a very important component of SEO, but it is just one of many. And nowhere near as important as having lots of high quality content people are actually searching for. You can still do really well on Google with mediocre site speed. But if your content is mediocre, it doesn’t matter how fast your blog is, you won’t do well on Google.

          (Not saying this is the case for you, I have no idea how good or bad your content is – I am just saying this as all too often bloggers obsess over site speed at the expense of content, money generating activities etc.)

          Hope this helps!
          Eb 🙂

  4. Hello,

    Thanks for another useful article.
    I am finally creating my blog and have a question about the best way to use the category’s, subcategory’s and tags for my kind of blog.
    It’s a travel blog so I made a destination page where you can click on the continent, the continents are also a submenu on my menu bar.
    I will make the continents each a category (but this will be like 7 category’s in the future).

    When you click Africa you will see a “countries or destinations in Africa” with a picture and name of the country’s. I will make these country’s subcategory’s. What about the city’s? should I just make these tags? Is this good so far?

    Now my problem is I also want a category for wildlife and scuba diving to show up on my homepage and in my menu because that’s also a huge part of my travels.
    Now my question is when I write a post about like “shark diving in South Africa” and I put it under the Africa category and South Africa sub-category, how do i get it in the scuba category and wildlife category? Do I just put a tag like scuba diving and wildlife in the post and go to the scuba dive page and manually insert a picture with link everytime? I want people who look at my blog to see wildlife or scubadiving to be able to easily navigate there in the menu and homepage instead of going to Africa –> South Africa and see if there is an article about it. But I also want people who are going through my South Africa page to see the articles.

    It’s a bit difficult to explain here, I hope u get my question haha.
    Thanks again for the article

    1. A pleasure… and I think I have a good answer to your question. I would make the continents your categories as you suggest, I would then make the cities sub-categories of those continents (remember categories are hierarchical and this is a really logical hierarchy!) Finally I would make ‘types’ of holidays, such as ‘wildlife’ and ‘scuba diving’, TAGS. The point of tags is for topics that cut across your categories. And again, this is a really good example of that. You could go on a wildlife holiday in Africa, or Asia, or North America etc. You can then put the ‘wildlife’ and ‘scuba diving’ tags as menu items too… so people interested in those kind of holidays can quickly and easily go to the tag page (or a custom page you design) and see just those types of holidays. Your menu items can be anything you want, they don’t have to be categories… for many blogs (like this one) it does make sense for the menu to be your categories. But for yours it may make more sense to have your ‘wildlife holidays’ and ‘scuba diving’ tags in your menu bar instead. I think, if you structure your blog like this, you will make your site very user friendly for your visitors…which will ultimately put you in Google’s good books! Good luck with it all! Eb 🙂

  5. Hi Eb! Great article! I have just one issue and that is with the Orphaned Content. Is the Text Link checker thing a premium feature only? It seems that I do not have that option and I am on the free Yoast.

    Thank you.

    1. No the text link counter is not a premium only thing. However, the interface has changed slightly since I wrote this. You now need to go to Yoast >>> Tools and click the purple button marked OPTIMIZE SEO DATA. Once you’ve done that you should get the info in your post overview. (And thanks for highlighting this – I’ve now updated the post!) Eb 🙂

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