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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Creating Great Search Engine Optimisation

Typecast | Creating Great Search Engine Optimisation

Over the past few years Google has updated the way in which it gathers and presents its search results. In short, 'white hat SEO' wins the day and that 'black hat SEO' users will be penalised and going back to basics is the order of the day.

The big message is quality over quantity. You must be creating original content and you must create that content for the reader, not the search engine. If you are writing with SEO in mind, there has to be a purpose for the content. Also, related content should be kept to one page and even updated regularly. 'Long Tail SEO' should be a major consideration (people search for phrases or answers rather than keywords and voice search is becoming increasing popular too), Examples of posts that work for long tail SEO are articles that answer questions or 'How To...' posts.

If you use Google Analytics to monitor your website activity then you may have noticed that keyword "(not provided)" has accumulated a higher percentage of your search results. Originally, someone searching had to be logged into their Google account in order to produce keyword data. The results were not provided in full if the user requested retained their privacy. Now, keyword "(not provided)" has been extended to all searches which have taken place on a secure internet connection (i.e. a web address that starts with https://), if the the search takes place whilst the user is logged into their Google account (Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Analytics) or if the user has just signed out of a Google account as the pages are still considered 'secure'. The final instance is if the user has opted to use a secure search for their own reasons.

Optimising your blog or website for search engines isn't difficult but it has to be done right and employing a consultancy team such as Click Consult could be the answer. Google hasn't changed much over the past few years however the updates to their algorithms over the past three years means that they have got better and finding out who is not conforming to their guidelines.

Top quality content is needed whether you run a website or a blog. Google would rather you push out a quality update once a week or once a month rather than seven pieces of content that have no relevance to your website or that are considered to be space fillers. Updating existing content to reflect new information is also looked upon favourably.

Google is looking for content that creates interaction; you need to get people talking about your content first and foremost. Content that generates natural sharing, likes, mentions around the internet and comments are positive ways in which to move your article or update further up the search engine results.