A WordPress Design, SEO and Adwords Project Completed

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WordPress, Bootstrap, CSS, HTML, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, SEO, SQL, Adwords

by Matthew Leffler

Technology

I have a solid record of identifying a problem and making a solution that yields measurable results. I was recently the technology manager for a political campaign where I built a WHM/cPanel server on CentOS using Amazon Web Services to host about 14 WordPress websites. The server also provides mailing lists, a team management site, RSS feeds augmentation and its own name servers. I was able to get the server and sites built in a couple months.

I’ve managed the SEO and Adwords for these sites and have data that helps demonstrate the value I added to the organization.

 

Some of these sites include

(all WordPress):

https://www.ackerson2018.com

https://www.votelouisville.com

https://www.jeffersoncountyattorney.net

https://www.countyattorney.info

https://www.forbrent.com

https://www.brentackerson.info

https://mikeoconnell.info

https://women.forbrent.com

https://labor.forbrent.com

https://40216.forbrent.com

https://lgbtq.forbrent.com

I created the following sites for myself:

http://www.mattleffler.me (Bootstrap)

https://www.matthewleffler.com

https://www.data502.com (HTML/CSS)

https://www.cloud502.com

I currently host all of these sites on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 server running CentOS and WHM. I also built an SQL server with large tables of voter records, city crimes, city financial payments, jail population censuses, web traffic data. This web server is integrated with Google Data Studio providing easily understood graphics. I used Google Cloud Platform for the SQL database solution.

Driving Traffic With SEO

Brentackerson.com channel results were organic and social media driven

Ackerson2018.com channel results were Adwords and paid searches

 

Each of these sites is intended to attract different target crowds and through SEO optimization, these sites were indexed with the keywords we needed. I’m able to see the effect of this through Google Search Console and Google Analytics.

Search Console lets us see what Google indexed

It’s important that sites remain fresh and update often. Several RSS feeds are collected into one site that then publishes posts through feeds that meet the target audience of different sites. The sites also have keyword auto linking. In the political campaign we built links for the office our candidate was seeking and links for the other candidate to a negative news site. I also posted custom content further building the content quality.

All of these sites had updated sitemaps and robots.txt files.  With content that offers linked keywords tailored to the site’s audiences I were able to build on our page traffic and relevancy.  Within Weeks we were a top result between the 3rd and 6th position for our competitor’s name.

I have built a network of these sites, with keywords in the domain name. This can be helpful in SEO ranking but also has been proven to increase user click rates with users in unpaid searches. Some sites have a more newspaper feel, some a magazine, others may focus on videos but all of them are meant to capture users and ultimately direct them to a site targeted to them.

Reporting

Google Analytics Site Statistics Using Google Data Studio and Adwords

Social Media

I’ve integrated Youtube and Facebook accounts as well as created Tumblr, Pinterest and other social media accounts that can be auto updated from the sites posts. These are intended to continue to spread the word about our site and activities. The social media links improve our ranking. These feeder sites funnel users into the campaign’s primary site.

Results

 

The SEO of https://www.brentackerson.com was something I was asked to improve and through these sites and social media posts I improved its position from 63rd to 3.6 when searching the candidates name on Google in under two months. Several other keywords are now are well associated with the site. The additional targeted sites and social media accounts were essential to improving the main site’s ranking by giving me plenty of opportunity to back link to the original site.

 

 

Performance using Google Adwords. We have a highly targeted audience (one county’s primary voters) On a weekend day before 5pm 14,000 times the candidates name was displayed, 3.4% clicked the search Ads which is actually pretty good. Our Videos are viewed at 28% meaning 1,210 videos were watched. Our target was 2% CTR and 15% View Rate.

 

The numbers above compare the current 3 day period with the previous 3 day period.

 

MORE ABOUT ME:

 

EXPERIENCE: Prior to my current position I worked at Accenture for two years as an Instructional Designer and as a Big Data Technical Trainer for HP for two years. While I was a Help Desk Lead I was able to create a technical training program at Enova Financial.

 

EDUCATION:

 

MBA in Technology Management

MEd Instructional Design

BS Information Technology

 

I have many certifications including Security+, Project+, Network+, Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Professional, CIW Database, CIW JavaScript and more

 

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ON-PAGE RANKING FACTORS

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The way your page is optimized can have a huge impact on its ability to rank.

What are On-Page Ranking Factors?

On-page ranking factors can have a big impact on your page’s ability to rank if optimized properly. The biggest on-page factors that affect search engine rankings are:

Content of Page

The content of a page is what makes it worthy of a search result position. It is what the user came to see and is thus extremely important to the search engines. As such, it is important to create good content. So what is good content? From an SEO perspective, all good content has two attributes. Good content must supply a demand and must be linkable.

Good content supplies a demand:

Just like the world’s markets, information is affected by supply and demand. The best content is that which does the best job of supplying the largest demand. It might take the form of an XKCD comic that is supplying nerd jokes to a large group of technologists or it might be a Wikipedia article that explains to the world the definition of Web 2.0. It can be a video, an image, a sound, or text, but it must supply a demand in order to be considered good content.

Good content is linkable:

From an SEO perspective, there is no difference between the best and worst content on the Internet if it is not linkable. If people can’t link to it, search engines will be very unlikely to rank it, and as a result the content won’t drive traffic to the given website. Unfortunately, this happens a lot more often than one might think. A few examples of this include: AJAX-powered image slide shows, content only accessible after logging in, and content that can’t be reproduced or shared. Content that doesn’t supply a demand or is not linkable is bad in the eyes of the search engines—and most likely some people, too.

From: A Visual Guide to Keyword Targeting & On-Page SEO

Title Tag

Title tags are the second most important on-page factor for SEO, after content. You can read more information about title tags here.

URL

Along with smart internal linking, SEOs should make sure that the category hierarchy of the given website is reflected in URLs.

The following is a good example of URL structure:

  • http://www.example.org/games/video-game-history

This URL clearly shows the hierarchy of the information on the page (history as it pertains to video games in the context of games in general). This information is used to determine the relevancy of a given web page by the search engines. Due to the hierarchy, the engines can deduce that the page likely doesn’t pertain to history in general but rather to that of the history of video games. This makes it an ideal candidate for search results related to video game history. All of this information can be speculated on without even needing to process the content on the page.

The following is a bad example of URL structure:

  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569

Unlike the first example, this URL does not reflect the information hierarchy of the website. Search engines can see that the given page relates to titles (/title/) and is on the IMDB domain but cannot determine what the page is about. The reference to “tt0468569” does not directly infer anything that a web surfer is likely to search for. This means that the information provided by the URL is of very little value to search engines.

URL structure is important because it helps the search engines to understand relative importance and adds a helpful relevancy metric to the given page. It is also helpful from an anchor text perspective because people are more likely to link with the relevant word or phrase if the keywords are included in the URL.

SEO Best Practice

Content pages are the meat of websites and are almost always the reason visitors come to a site. Ideal content pages should be very specific to a given topic—usually a product or an object—and be hyper-relevant.

The purpose of the given web page should be directly stated in all of the following areas:

  • Title tag
  • URL
  • Content of page
  • Image alt text

Here is an example of a well-laid-out and search engine–friendly web page. All of its on-page factors are optimized.

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The content page in this figure is considered good for several reasons. First, the content itself is unique on the Internet (which makes it worthwhile for search engines to rank well) and covers a specific bit of information in a lot of depth. If a searcher had question about Super Mario World, there is a good chance, that this page would answer their query.

Aside from content, this page is laid out well. The topic of the page is stated in the title tag (Super Mario World – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), URL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_World), the page’s content (the page heading, “Super Mario World”), and within the alt text of every image on the page.

The following example is of a poorly optimized web page. Notice how it differs from the first example.

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This figure shows a less search engine–friendly example of a content page targeting the term “Super Mario World.” While the subject of the page is present in some of the important elements of the web page (title tag and images), the content is less robust than the Wikipedia example, and the relevant copy on the page is less helpful to a reader.

Notice that the description of the game is suspiciously similar to copy written by a marketing department. “Mario’s off on his biggest adventure ever, and this time he has brought a friend.” That is not the language that searchers write queries in, and it is not the type of message that is likely to answer a searcher’s query. Compare this to the first sentence of the Wikipedia example: “Super Mario World is a platform game developed and published by Nintendo as a pack–in launch title for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.”. In the poorly optimized example, all that is established by the first sentence is that someone or something called Mario is on an adventure that is bigger than his or her previous adventure (how do you quantify that?) and he or she is accompanied by an unnamed friend.

The Wikipedia example tells the reader that Super Mario World is a game developed and published by Nintendo for the gaming system Super Nintendo Entertainment System–the other example does not. Search results in both Bing and Google show the better optimized page ranking higher.

An Ideally Optimized Web Page

An ideal web page should do all of the following:

  • Be hyper-relevant to a specific topic (usually a product or single object)
    • Include subject in title tag
    • Include subject in URL
    • Include subject in image alt text
    • Specify subject several times throughout text content
  • Provide unique content about a given subject
  • Link back to its category page
  • Link back to its subcategory page (If applicable)
  • Link back to its homepage (normally accomplished with an image link showing the website logo on the top left of a page)

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AWS SERVICES MAPPED TO GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM PRODUCTS

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If you are familiar with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a quick way to understand what the various Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services do is to map them to AWS services that offer similar functionality. The following table provides a high-level mapping of the services provided by the two platforms. For a detailed comparison of GCP and AWS services by service type, see Google Cloud Platform for AWS Professionals.

Reposting from AWS.

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Testing WordPress Connection

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Will this post go to all the social media accounts it is supposed too? I dont know lets see. BTW … doing this with an upwork.com project. Feel free to hire Matthew Leffler on Upwork.

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Heres a random heat map of Louisville to see if images go too.

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How Protecting Escort Sites Helped Cloudflare

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Original Title: CloudFlare: more traffic than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, and Apple combined

VENTUREBEAT STAFF JULY 18, 2012 9:00 AM

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This post is part of a consultation series that we’re doing along with our friends at The Next Web and Trend Hunter. Each of the three sites has picked a company that’s effectively utilizing new technologies to get them ahead in their space. Here’s our take on The Next Web’s pick, CloudFlare:

CloudFlare is the internet you’ve never heard of. More than just a content delivery network, the service optimizes massive chunks of the web for delivery, screens out hacking and malware attacks, provides analytics, and more. And the service is growing like wildfire.

A year ago, CloudFlare served about five billion page views a month. Today, the yes-we’re-a-content-delivery-network-but-more serves up an astounding 65 billion pages per month.

“We do more traffic than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined,” chief executive Matthew Prince told VentureBeat. “We’re about half of a Facebook, and this month we’ll surpass Yahoo in terms of pageviews and unique visitors.”

And it’s all based on a foundation of free.

Most of CloudFlare’s 1500 daily new clients pay the company precisely zero dollars … and never will. And that’s just fine, because they’re the best marketing a company has ever had.

“Soon after we launched we got a big wave of signups from Turkey, all adult sites, Turkish escort services,” says Prince. “We called up a webmaster and he explained that due to the countries liberal government but conservative population, their services were legal but hated.”

To escape the denial of service (DOS) attacks that Turkish hackers started, the escort services turned to CloudFlare. And then they told all their friends.

“We started to get some small Turkish business,” said Prince, “and they paid us a bit.” Larger companies followed, paying more, and today CloudFlare powers the sites of almost every political party in Turkey, many major businesses, and several large government sites … all bringing in considerable revenue.

But it’s not just about marketing. It’s also about the data.

Later that year, CloudFlare hosted the EuroVision finals. The organizers, who typically get 150 million visitors in the final weeks of the singing competition, were dealing with a denial of service attack. Hearing about CloudFlare, they signed up and five minutes later, were back online.

When the CloudFlare engineers analyzed the attack, they realized that the work they’d done to protect the Turkish escort sites was the key piece of the puzzle protecting EuroVision. In other words, the data from the free protected the large, paid account.

That’s how the 65 billion pages served make sense.

But if you’re going to serve that many pages, you had better be very, very efficient. CloudFlare won’t reveal how many servers the company has, but Prince did say that the company has 14 data centers today, and that it is adding nine more over the next 30 days. And, he told VentureBeat, the company still has the vast majority of the $20 million in venture capital that it raised in 2011.

“Our cost to serve a million pages is about $7, and that includes hardware depreciation, salaries, bandwidth, and more,” Prince told VentureBeat. “That’s a metric we track very closely.”

$7 to deliver a million pages is almost unbelievably efficient, and Prince says that number is about 10 times more efficient, as far as CloudFlare can tell, than either Google or Facebook. He adds the caveat that they are doing some different things than CloudFlare, but it’s still an amazing statistic.

Perhaps Google and Facebook will soon be calling to deliver their pages through CloudFlare.

Original Source: https://venturebeat.com/2012/07/18/cloudflare-amazon-wikipedia-twitter/

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