Now, we reach engagement, which covers site comments. Pay attention to this, as it is important. You should be asking for comments on your posts, as it shows Google that people are visiting your site and finding your content interesting enough to leave a comment on it. To encourage this, end your posts with a question, so it is fresh in your visitors minds and they are likely to reply there and then.

Of course, if you are not yet getting regular organic visitors, you can make use of the WA Site Comments feature. This leads us on to Your Engagement, which is equally important. You need to ensure you reply to every comment that is left, as this will encourage further interaction, and show new visitors that you are genuinely reading comments.

So, these first four components of Site Health are what you need to be focusing on - posting frequently, high-quality posts, requesting comments and replying to comments. So, let's take a look at the next four, and why I consider them not to be important.



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JEaston Premium Plus
Thank you so much for inviting me here, now it's cleared to me and I know what I'm going to do. Every comment leaves on the site visitor needs always a reply, so it looks fresh and well managed by the site author. And many more realistic ideas to be noted here. Thank you so much for this training and for discovering these secrets, but I still call that secret to success, Ms. Diane :-)

Best wishes to you,

Thanks,
Joyce
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DianeScorpio Premium
Thank you, Joyce, I hope it helps.
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Lizken Premium
Hi Diane, thanks for this fresh look on this topic.
I wonder though: is it really that important if a post has 1500 words, or let's say to compare: an average of 1100 words (sometimes a bit more or rarely a lot more) ?
Honestly, when I read myself a post on someones website that is very long, I tend to not focus anymore if it gets to long and just skip a lot of text.
If then people would skip parts with an affiliate link in it, then we would miss out on sales, no ?
Or are the 1500 words just meant for good SEO ?
thanks,
Lizzy
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - if you can thoroughly cover the topic in fewer words, then that's fine. But you do have to look at your competition on page 1 of Google. If all the first page results are 1500 to 2000 words, then that tells you the amount of content that Google thinks is necessary to cover that topic, and show your authority.
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Lizken Premium
Ok, thanks. I tend to see in my niche though, that mostly the products that I am talking about and google the keyword, that the first page is like full of Amazon links, Pinterest links etc. Sometimes Etsy, but I am also an affiliate for Etsy.
I should check keywords from general topics, havent payed attention to that yet, thanks for the reminder !
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LatinNomad Premium
Thank you so much Diane. The point about Plug ins is the same message another very experienced member of WA was making today. As my plug ins are invariably at 0% that is very reassuring hearing it from another WA veteran. Thank you. I`m told by other members that my site speed is fine.

On another issue, I have found some 404 errors on my site via Google Console. I was struggling to resolve them, even with the training I have found here on WA. So I did a search and added this plug in: "404 to 301 - Redirect, Log and Notify 404 Errors" it tells me I have no 404 errors. Any ideas or suggestions to overcome these 404 errors please?

Best Regards

Trevor
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RajratnaS1 Premium
Please take some screenshots of your issue and post here, so that we could know what exactly the issue is. Or either you could contact WA site support.
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CashYoda7 Premium
Hey Dianne,

Thanks for posting this training. It answered a lot of questions s for me.

The part about plugins was especially helpful. I used to try and keep my plugin count below 5, to keep my site speed up.

Then I installed 3 plugins to improve my site speed, and ever since then, my site speed has been pretty solid.

I even have 16 plugins installed, and my speed for my site is still over 90% for both mobile and desktop.

However, whenever I try to put code in for Media.net or some other ad system, my site speed bottoms out.

Is there some way of adding Media.net or some other ad system that's lightweight enough to not cause this issue?

Love to hear your thoughts.


Steve
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I don't use Media.net, but that is precisely why I removed Google AdSense from a couple of my sites, because they affected the speed. Perhaps you could ak the community if anybody has any answers?
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CashYoda7 Premium
Hey Diane,

I forwarded my comment, so we'll see if anyone knows of a magic bullet for this issue.

I looked at other ad networks, and Media.net is supposed to be one of the better ones for being lightweight.

Have you ever heard of Yllix? It's another ad network I was thinking of trying.

Steve
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DianeScorpio Premium
No, I haven't heard of them. A quick glance at Google shows they have mixed reviews, so you will have to give them a try and let us know how you get on.
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FrankB-1 Premium Plus
Hi Diane,
I removed both Google AdSense and Media_net because they affected my site speed as well. When I get enough traffic to make the payments worthwhile then I will probably put them back on a limited basis.
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CashYoda7 Premium
OK.

I am currently trying to get the fellow who's in charge of my account at media.net to optimize my ads.

If that works out, I'll let you know.

Steve
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DianeScorpio Premium
It's interesting that you are able to request them to do that. I will wait to hear how you get on.
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CashYoda7 Premium
Yeah. Media.net assigns an account manager to every publisher, but they're overloaded.

It takes the dude a day or 2 to return my emails.

Painful...
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FrankB-1 Premium Plus
Good luck with that one, Steve.

It took me many attempts and quite awhile to get media-net to assign me an account manager. He is very nice and minimally helpful but he did set me up with higher-quality native ads that really matched my blog content from a graphics point of view. They are typically assigned to very large advertising accounts.

Frank
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CashYoda7 Premium
Hey Frank,

I wonder how I got someone assigned to me then. I barely have enough traffic to qualify for Media.net

Hmmm...
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FrankB-1 Premium Plus
As you said, everyone can get an account manager but my account is way too piddily for them to take any real interest🙂
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CashYoda7 Premium
That sounds very familiar...
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puns80 Premium
Awesome. Thank you Diane.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Thank you for your comment, much appreciated.
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