Build It and They Will Come

Last Update: September 05, 2015

Ok, so here's an update.

I have made a few changes this last week and I feel for great benefit.

Firstly, I switched to Yoast for the SEO portion of my site needs. I absolutely love it. It's great to have the instant feedback about your content, headers, word count, title length, the strength of your words and soooooo much more.

Yoast Excites Me!

There are so many parameters that are measured within Yoast, that help your posts rank. I'm really excited about this change and I feel that in using Yoast I can be better at focusing my content to the people I am targeting. I really LOVE Yoast! It's only been about 4 days, so I will see if it makes a difference

I actually went back, checked and adjusted all my past posts to achieve the green light in Yoast. Most of my posts didn't need much alterations, which made me feel rather good. Still I wonder wy I am not ranking higher.

Headlines Need Work

So then I started to look into my headlines. I have come to realize that good headlines are something that I need to work on. I found this website http://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer# . It's free and absolutely wonderful! With that said, I've focused a lot of effort into working on my headlines. It takes some time though. I imagine that as I grow accustom to what makes a great headline, it will come easier and take less time.

Finding Balance

Working on creating an awesome (or just a great) headline that contains my keyword and has a balance of the other words to create interest is not as easy as it looks or sounds. The trouble comes when I have a great keyword phrase and can't get a good headline. Then when I get a good headline my keyword phrase gets jumbled.

I'm trying to be creative and include more than one ranking keyword where possible. I can't help but wonder if niche sites, ultimately an authority site takes longer to rank or if I am still missing something important.

Still Pumped!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not backing off of, maybe just a little frustrated. I still have the same passion as I did when I started almost 6 months ago, and I still get up each day and gladly pour myself into my work. Should you want to take a look at what I've got going please do http://letsgrowachild.com/

I'm taking the stance, "If I Build it, they will come"

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andelane Premium
Oh, and, if I remember correctly, you can't download Yoast from WP, right? Because they are a competitor? How did you do it? Thanks!
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Missa3 Premium
I did it from within WP without a hitch
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andelane Premium
Hmmm… interesting!
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andelane Premium
Thanks! I take it Yoast is free?
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Missa3 Premium
Yes and I love it!
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andelane Premium
did you turn off your WP all-in-one SEO first?
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Missa3 Premium
I didn't actually turn it off until several days later.

One more thing, don't know if it's worth mentioning, I haven't had i problem with the WP visual editor disappearing since I installed it. Yeah!
~D
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andelane Premium
well upon your recommendation today, i quit WP SEO and then activated Yoast. Even tho i have NO IDEA what i did or what the future will bring me. In a few days, I'll probably reach out to you and ask for insights. Fair warning!
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Missa3 Premium
No Problem at all.I think you will really like what Yoast has to offer. It is very helpful with making sure each SEO point that is need is implemented. The SEO box near the bottom of the post (same place the All in One SEO was) has different tabs, be sure to use them for tips on gaining better SEO.

Give me a hollar any time with questions
~Debra
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andelane Premium
so, yeast seems to have a bad rap in our community. I switched and then today switched back… because I could no longer find my google webmaster console. I'm too afraid now to go back to see if it's back or if I gotta go through that hell all over again. Someday I'll take another look back at yeast. but I think i'm still too green at this point. I'll keepya posted. Thanks!
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Missa3 Premium
OOh, sorry to hear that. I know several ofthe big dogs in the community use it and although I hesitated, I really love it (and was still able to get to my GWT). I do hope that you get the opportunity to try it again.
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andelane Premium
I'm in a total trial and error period, so no doubt I'll try it again. Probably sooner than I think!
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Missa3 Premium
It really helpme with my SEO and getting things as perfect as I can to get those ranking

If I can help in some way with all the trial and error please let me know
~D
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andelane Premium
Thanks SOOOO much. WHen I have a bit more confidence and time to focus on this I will DEFINITELY be hitting you up for help and hints! Thanks for all your support. Andrea
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Missa3 Premium
You are very welcome
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Martstervt Premium
Nice website.My wife and I are new grandparents and there's one in the cooker.I wrote down your URL to pass along.

Did you have any problem losing content or how it was arranged when you made the change to Yoast?

Marty
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KatieMac Premium
I was using Yoast but felt I did not understand it enough so I switched back to all in one SEO but did not have any problems,
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks Katie.
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Missa3 Premium
Absolutely no content loss. And although I probablly didn't need to I went through each page and post and aligned it with Yoast specification so that I could tell how well it would be seen on the seach engines. I few of my posts needed mor work than others, but most transitioned rather well. Goes to show you were your were off. It really is simple to use.

I just recently posted a few articles for the Grandparent blog that might be of interest, so be sure to check it out - top menue of letsgrowachild.com

~D
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks for your reply.
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KatieMac Premium
Thank you,, when I set out knew nothing about any of this wonderful online world so when I tried yoast was a bit to soon for me will perhaps go back to it now... you have a lovely site have left a comment for you
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Missa3 Premium
Thank you Kate, very kind of you. I think now that you know what the important items are for a post. Yoast will really come in handy to make them even better. At least I think so
~D
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KatieMac Premium
Yes it will thank you and working on a new theme and revamping
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Missa3 Premium
That's what I just did. Best of luck
~D
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Yonah Premium
Hi Debra, Just had a glance at the landing page of your site. It looks Awesome, inviting to read further.

Yonah
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Missa3 Premium
Thanks Yohan
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hmasters Premium
Thanks for the info and the post and best wishes to you. I enjoy your site.
Harold
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