Moving to HTTPS – is it a bane or boon for SEO?

Moving your site to HTTPS has its own advantages & disadvantages from a SEO point of view. There are many challenges associated with moving to HTTPS. It involves a series of 301 redirects. These redirects are usually associated with loss of link equity resulting in loss of rankings. Google is also emphasizing on switching to HTTPS & data has to be evaluated to see if the win/loss gain from switching.

Another problem is the loss of referral data. Referral data plays an imp role in finding who is the referrer, what kind of site & others. No referral data is sent when traffic is refereed from a HTTPS to non HTTP site.

Meta referrer tag can be used to send data in such situations. Traffic remains encrypted & HTTPS can also be used.

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Onsite SEO in 2015: An Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Marketer from Rand Fishkin

From Rand Fishkin’s Slideshare

how Onsite SEO is advancing and the future elements of how marketers will optimize their content and pages.

What is Blogging – How it can help SEO & Social Media?

How to Make your website work across Multiple Devices and Provide High Customer Satisfaction?

90% of people move between devices to complete a goal on PC, Mobile, Smartphone & others. 86% of people use their smartphone while consuming other media. 75% of customers prefer a mobile friendly site. Sites that work across multiple devices are more enjoyable & successful as well.

These are the main parameters to keep customers happy:

paths to purchase and

The 3 main ways of delivering them are

Responsive web design
Dynamic serving
Separate sites.

Source: Google Think Insights

Responsive web design
Responsive web design

How to Create Search Friendly Infinite Scroll? – Recommendations from Google Webmaster Central

If the Infinite scroll is not implemented in search engine friendly way, crawlers find it difficult to crawl & index. Then the content will not surface in search results. Google Webmaster Central has a great article on how to implement the Infinite Scroll in a search engine friendly way.

1) The webpage or the CMS used should produce a paginated series to go along with the infinite scroll.
2) All the individual items are accessible. However, with the normal infinite scroll, crawler can’t discover individual items displayed after the initial page load.
3) Decide how much content to have in each page.
4) The content should be so divided that there is no overlap.
5) Each component page contains a full URL.
6) Use rel=next and rel=prev values in the section to configure pagination.
7) Implement replaceState/pushState on the infinite scroll page.

Infinite Scroll - Google Webmaster Central
Infinite Scroll – Google Webmaster Central

Google’s “Hummingbird” Search Algorithm Update

Google has overhauled its search algorithm to answer complex & longer queries from web users. Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, announced on Thursday that Google launched updated algorithm “Hummingbird” about a month ago & it currently affects 90 percent of worldwide searches via Google.

Google used to match keywords with the web sites to provide results & as the search is getting complex over the years, this new algorithm would be able to handle complex queries. With the exponential growth of web across desktop, mobile, smartphone, tablets & others, search is evolving rapidly. This week marks the 15th anniversary of Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up shop in the garage of Susan Wojcicki in September 1998 & Susan Wojcicki is now a senior Google Executive.

Google is trying to keep pace with the rapid growth of internet. Google previously had made Caffeine, Panda, Penguin & other updates. But the “Hummingbird” update is a very important algorithm change & this has been done after a very long time.

How to Make Smartphone Sites Load Faster?

Google Webmaster Central Blog has come out with a list of measures which can be used to make smartphone sites load faster. Today’s avreage mobile page takes more than 7 seconds to load. Google has announced new guidelines to help webmasters optimize their mobile pages for best rendering performance & also updated Pagespeed Insights tool. These guidelines focus on rendering above the fold content to users in one second or less while the rest of the page continues to load. The above-the-fold HTML, CSS, and JS is known as the critical rendering path.

Following are some of the best practices & guidelines which can be applied.

1) Server must render the response (< 200 ms)
2) Number of redirects should be minimized
3) Number of roundtrips to first render should be minimized
4) Avoid external blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
5) Reserve time for browser layout and rendering (200 ms)
8) Optimize JavaScript execution and rendering time

More about this can be had at Google’s mobile-specific help pages.