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Free SEO tools

People rarely look beyond the first page of Google search results so it’s important to get on page one and and stay there. These free SEO tools can help highlight any problems your site has that need fixing.

01. What’s my SERP

serp checker

Know your actual search ranking for keywords to gauge your SEO efforts and ensure they are moving in the right direction. Whatsmyserp is a powerful rank & serp tracking tool completely free to use.

02. Google Analytics

google analytics

Google is the number one choice when it comes to search engines so you should use Google Analytics to track website activity such as session duration, pages per session, bounce rate … of website visitors, along with information on the source of the traffic.

03. Google Search Console

google search console

Measure your site’s traffic, see your keyword performance, fix issues that harm your Google ranking and receive messages about how your website is performing with Google Search Console.

04. Google My Business

google my business

Stand out and gain more visibility on Google with a free business profile. Google My Business is an effective SEO and lead generation tool. If you haven’t already claimed your business page you should do so today.

05. Test your structured data

Test your structured data

Check if your web page supports rich results and schema markup. Structured data lets Google and other web platforms automatically read your site and directly pull product data from your HTML.

06. PageSpeed Insights

PageSpeed Insights

Speed is a ranking factor so it’s important to optimize your site with best practices. PageSpeed Insights can help do just that. It reports on the performance of a page on both desktop and mobile devices and provides recommendations from Google on how to improve your page speed.

07. Lighthouse

lighthouse

Improve the quality of your website with Lighthouse. It can be used to test web page performance, accessibility, best practices, identify SEO opportunities and validate the aspects of a progressive web app.

08. Bing Webmaster Tools

Bing Webmaster Tools

While most people tend to search with Google, Bing should not be discounted as a good source of traffic. Bing Webmaster Tools works much like Google Search Console and can provide an overview of insights into improving your ranking.

09. Siteliner

Siteliner

Siteliner lets you explore your website for issues that affect your SEO like duplicate content and broken links so you can fix them easily.

10. SEO Site Checkup

SEO Site Checkup

Analyze your SEO issues with SEO Site Checkup. Run a check on your site and get a comprehensive report on common SEO issues or server and security problems.

Upload Instagram photos from your PC

If you need to upload Instagram photos from your PC the quickest and easiest way is to do it through the popular Vivaldi web browser.

01. Download and install Vivaldi

vivaldi browser

First of all, visit the Vivaldi site and download the browser if you don’t already have it installed on your OS. Then login to your Insta account and pull up your homepage.

02. Open a web panel

vivaldi panels

Now click the show panel icon bottom left of your screen to open up the side panel options, then click the add web panel icon. Insta should be already selected and clicking the new cross icon opens it in mobile mode.

03. Upload an image

vivaldi mobile

Drag the new panel window over until it’s big enough to work with, then click the cross icon bottom center of the panel to upload an image.

If you can’t see the image to use you might want to try changing the customised files dropdown option on the pop up window to all files.

Click next, add a caption and hashtags as usual and publish to your Insta account. Dead easy.

Speed up your WordPress Site

Page speed has a direct effect on search rankings, and a faster site also improves the user experience of your website visitors. So here are some easy tips to speed up your WordPress website.

01. Optimize your images

smushit
Large images slow down your site frustrating users. Smush is a great compression tool that uses non-lossy image optimization to reduce file size without compromising on quality. It helps to improve page loading time and your Google Page Speed.

02. Optimize your HTML, CSS & JS

Optimize your HTML, CSS & JS
Fast Velocity Minify combines CSS and JavaScript files so your server deals with fewer requests. It works out of the box and requires little configuration. But after installing it, be sure to check your site in incognito mode to ensure it looks great to logged out users. It can conflict with some themes and plugins.

03. Cache your site

supercache
WP Super Cache works by serving up static HTML files of each page on your website instead of processing heavier WordPress PHP scripts, reducing database queries and the load on your server. It helps to improve the speed and performance of your website.

04. Remove slow plugins

usage dd
UsageDD adds a small box at the bottom of your page (only visible to admins) that shows the number of database queries, memory used, time to first byte (TTFB) and the time to generate a full page. It can help you find out which plugins are heavy on resources and slowing down your site.

Post-processing of the image likely failed because the server is busy

Post-processing of the image likely failed because the server is busy

We came across this error for the first time recently when a client emailed over an image he was having trouble uploading to his WordPress membership site.

A bit of research later showed this warning can be caused by quite a few issues – but an easy one to rule out right away (which we failed to notice) is whether your filename contains any punctuation marks as that’s kryptonite to some servers.

If that doesn’t fix the issue try using incognito mode or a different browser. Cache and cookies can cause WordPress any number of weird issues.