So, what exactly is the Site Health feature, and why do I think its not that important? If you haven't yet discovered it, head over to Websites, and click on Site Manager. This will bring up your website and on the right-hand side, you will see a Site Health Indicator. For the purposes of this training, I will be using my practice site, in case you are wondering why the results are so poor! Next, click on View Details, then we will move on to the next lesson.



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Elijah88 Premium
Wow! This is very insightful and myth debunking. I never knew you were supposed to end a post with a question. However, I always do this in the posts. Thanks!

For future reference, I do wonder, however, when is the ideal time to start another niche?

I am always trying to learn how to display ads on my site. I have AdSense encoded though. What next?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I wouldn't suggest you start a new niche until you have at least 40 posts on your first website and it is ranking in Google. Remember, you still have to continually maintain a website with 2 or 3 posts per week. Trying to do this for 2 websites can be challenging and time-consuming.

As regards Google AdSense, I asked you previously, if you have definitely been approved, or if all you have done is insert the first piece of code that allows them to inspect your website, to see if it is suitable.

Have you actually received an email from Google stating that "your site is now ready to serve ads"?
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Elijah88 Premium
Well, I have been approved, I think, and I did insert the first piece of code correctly into my site. However, I definitely did not receive an email saying that I could serve ads. Thanks! This really clarifies any doubts I had. I appreciate the prompt, helpful feedback!
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DianeScorpio Premium
If you log in to your AdSense does it look like the image below? Does it allow you to click on all the options? Or are some of the settings greyed out?
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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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