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How to Set Up a Profitable Shopify Store Step by Step in 2021

I have been working with so many businessmen that I already know “their” secrets and how they successfully grow their business.

Running a business is genuinely fun, but it comes with its own set of challenges. When you start a business, it’s all on you.

You’re responsible for its growth…
You’re responsible for its fall

If you want to start a business to earn some money, then there are plenty of ways to do that. You can start a business like a coffee shop and sell… coffee or tea. If you’re a freelancer you can provide services in exchange for profit. etc. etc.

But let’s set the real-life business for now and focus on building yourself an online business since that’s what everyone is doing now.

Shopify Store Development

Welcome to the Shopify Store Development tutorial for beginners. In this tutorial, you’ll be learning how to set up a fully functional Shopify store from scratch ready to make sales in under an hour.

If you don’t have knowledge of Shopify, it’s okay. We’ll be guiding you through on how Shopify works and what else you can do after you set up your Shopify store.

After reading this tutorial, we’re hoping that you learn:

  • How to set up a Shopify store
  • Product researching
  • Dropshipping
  • and so on...

Now.

What is Shopify?

Shopify is an e-commerce platform that allows you to start, grow, and manage a business. With Shopify, you will be able to create a store and sell regardless of your location. You can sell your products literally to everyone around the world and not just that, with Shopify, you will understand how your business is doing. You’ll find how much sales you have earned in a month and so on.

Now, I’m sure that you already know that building yourself a business will require you a budget. Shopify requires you to pay for subscription fees. However, they can give you a 14-day free trial for testing purposes.

How Does it Work?

Some people say that if you want to start an online store, you should know how to design or develop a website. But that’s not the case at all! You don’t have to be a designer or developer to start a Shopify store. Shopify can help you design your store. Thanks to Shopify themes and apps.

Though if you require extra help. You can always contact Shopify’s support team or visit the Shopify Expert Marketplace to search for a certified Shopify expert.

Now that you already know how Shopify works. Let’s begin by signing up to Shopify’s 14-day trial. However, if you already have an account. You can skip this step and proceed to the next process.

Signup to Shopify 14-day Trial

To help every entrepreneur start their online business, Shopify provided a 14-day trial. With this, you can learn how to use Shopify and kickstart your business to earn more sales.

To start, go to Shopify and click on Start free trial button located at the top right corner of the webpage.

Start Your Business with Shopify 14-day Free Trial

Next, you will be prompted to fill the following form:

Start your free 14-day trial of Shopify

There’s no proof about this. But, there is a theory that if you put a higher value at your current revenue, your store will be prioritized more. Maybe because they think that you’ll be able to pay Shopify and its customer services for longer.

This won’t hurt if you try. So go ahead and put the following values instead.

Raising your current revenue in Shopify to be prioritized

After that, just fill up the proceeding forms and create your store.

After filling up the forms, you’ll be redirected to your Shopify partner dashboard. We’re going to walk you through kind of what’s important in the sidebar menus and how to actually set everything up.

Shopify Partner Dashboard for Fresh Store Development

Online Store

When you jump into the online store section, Shopify will give you its default theme which is the Debut theme. It is important to pick yourself a new theme based on your niche. So for example, if you’re niche is about Men’s clothing. Then your store should portray its niche or to put it simply, it should look manly.

The point is, the frontend of your store is going to have a bigger role in your success. Make your store visitors feel like you’re a professional seller and make them trust you. Make them think that you’re worth their penny.

Some entrepreneurs think that the design doesn’t matter at all, it’s the product that you’re selling that matters.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s true that the quality of your products will give you more opportunities to be referred by your own customers to others.

But think about this for a second, every aspect of your store matters. The design, the products, the service, the cost, the price, everything. If you don’t take at least one of those seriously, then it will make an impact on your business.

Now go back to Shopify Partner Dashboard, and in the Online Store tab, theme section.

Underneath the current theme tab, you will see the theme library section. There are free themes and a Shopify theme store.

Select the free themes.

Shopify Brooklyn Free Theme for Shopify Stores

One of the themes that I recommend is Brooklyn, it is a free Shopify theme that you can use for any kind of niche that you can think of. It’s hella fast and responsive meaning it’s compatible with any device available.

If you don’t know already, most consumers buy their stuff using their mobile phone. So with this responsive theme, you’ll have the advantage of getting more sales.

Choose the classic version and click Add to theme library.

After its upload, click Actions and select Publish

Publising Shopify Themes

Now, after publishing you may take a look at your store and you will see the similar design as such:

Brooklyn Shopify Theme Homepage

With Brooklyn theme, you can make announcements using the top bar and a showcase of your products using the Hero Banner. If you don’t know where to get free images, you can get some in Pexels or in Unsplash.

The best free stock photos & videos shared by talented creators.

Keep in mind that if you download images online, you should be careful of using copyrighted images. Always verify if it is non-copyrighted or copyrighted.

Shopify Theme Customization

To customize your theme, go back to the Shopify Partner Dashboard and click on the Online Store menu and in the current theme section click Customize.

There are seven sections in your Brooklyn themed store.

  • The header
  • The Slideshow
  • Rich text section
  • Collection list
  • Featured collection
  • Newsletter
  • Footer

Each of these section has its own purpose. For the header, this is where your logo or business title is located. In addition, this is where your customers can navigate through your entire store using menu.

If you’re looking for a logo for your business and you don’t know how to make one yourself, you can go to Fiverr and hire a talented designer to make the logo design for you. I usually go for someone who has a price tag between $5 to $10 and I ask them to design us a logo related to our niche.

There’s the slideshow section where you can upload the images you have taken or downloaded from Unsplash or Pexels.

For the rich text section, you can introduce your brand with your customers. Describe what kind of products you’re selling, or you can welcome your guests using this section.

Collection list section is a section where you can display the collection of your products. It could be a collection of priced off items or a collection of shoes or anything you want to display here. It’s up to you.

Same goes with the featured collection section. The only difference is, you can only feature one collection. That’s why I recommend you pick the best collection you have.

Newsletter section is more about getting your customers email. Therefore you can notify them whenever you have a new item or whenever there’s a sale in your store.

For the footer section, it’s where you put all the necessary links that you can provide.

We know we haven’t gone through the products and collections yet but we’ll get back to this later on. So for now, let’s design our web page. You can make changes to your header and slideshow.

Shopify Theme Customization: Designing Shopify Store 101

As you can see in the image above, I have designed my store and uploaded an image for the slideshow. Just a tip, make sure the image that you uploaded is high quality and compressed. Make sure it looks clean and crisp.

Compressing images for SEO

One thing about images is that their file size is quite heavy. Especially if they’re high quality. Making their file size small will make a huge impact on your Shopify store speed so before you upload your images, make sure you compress them using TinyPNG. TinyPNG is an online image compressor that will convert your images into lightweight images without losing its quality.

Compressing Images for Shopify store SEO

As you can see above, I have saved 72% of filesize! Before, it was 1.2mb. And right after the process, it became 329kb. That’s a huge difference!

This will make a huge improvement to our Shopify store performance.

Now, after compressing the image, download it and use that image for your slideshow section and see how much it improves your web loading speed.

File naming your uploads

Another thing you can do to improve your SEO is to make sure that the file name of your images/files is related to your niche. For example, I have an image of a woman wearing my latest product. Then I’ll probably name that image, New clothing for women this 2021.png or something like that.

Look for keywords that relate to your products.

Shopify Menu Customization

If you look at our Shopify store, you will see that we only have two links in our navigational bar and that is Home and Catalog. We can customize that and add a few more links to help visitors to navigate through our store. So for example, you want to bring your customers to your best selling products, you can do so by making a new menu and call it Best Sellers.

Another thing that I recommend is to change the Home menu, instead of saying Home, call it Shop. This way, your customers will know that they will be redirected to your store not somewhere else.

To navigate to your edit menu, go to your header section and scroll down to the menu section.

Shopify Theme Customization: Adding menu

Now, that is basically how you customize your Shopify store. If you want to go in-depth on the customization, obviously, you can do that. But for the sake of this tutorial, we’re only going to show you where to go. So basically in the store customization, you can edit the color of your text, the color of the links or buttons, the size of the header, etc. etc.

Shopify Newsletter

If you have noticed in Brooklyn theme, there is a section where it allows you to get the email of your customers. This is called subscription or newsletter.

This section is very powerful because it allows you to communicate with your customers especially if they have devoted their life to your business.

Whenever you have a promo or sale, you can send a message to your email list informing everyone that you have a promo and they should check it out.

Now, most sales came from Email Marketing and other marketing strategies. We’ll go deep into this topic soon but for now, we just wanted to let you know what this section is about.

Shopify Store Settings

Now that we’re almost done with our store design, let’s go back to our dashboard and take a look at our Shopify store settings because it’s also important to know what’s happening behind the store.

To navigate to your store settings, look at your dashboard sidebar and just underneath the Online Store menu, you will see the Settings menu. (It is located at the bottom left corner of the page)

Shopify Partner Dashboard: Settings Page

As you can see in the image above, we have:

  • General section to view and update your store details
  • Payment providers section to manage your store’s payment providers
  • Checkout section for online checkout processing
  • Shipping to manage how you can ship the orders to customers
  • Taxes section for store’s charges or fees
  • Location section for managing where your stock inventory is placed
  • Notifications for you and your customers
  • Files for your uploads
  • Sales channels section for managing the channels you use to sell your products and services
  • Account section for managing your account and permission
  • Billing section for your Shopify plan billing information
  • Legal for store’s legal pages

General

The general setting is where your store details are located. Your customers will most likely use the information to contact you in case they have problems, questions or requests.

This is also where you can change the currency of your store. Make sure you change them into the currency of your country or where your store is located.

Payment Providers

Payment providers settings page is where you can manage how you wanted to get your payments. By default, PayPal Express Checkout is enabled and your earnings will be sent to the account connected with your Shopify store.

Make sure that the email indicated is your PayPal email address.

You may also choose a third-party provider like 2Checkout, Adyen, PayTabs, CyberSource, PaymentExpress, etc.

Checkouts

For this setting, it’s highly recommended to keep your customer accounts disabled which means that customers will only be able to check out items as a guest and not register to your store. It will remove the hassle for your customers from buying and it’s going to increase your conversion rate.

Shipping

Shipping setting is where you can modify your shipping origin, your rates at checkout, etc. I highly recommend you to leave everything by default unless you have a different shipping zone or shipping methods.

Taxes

By default, Shopify uses sales tax rates, which are updated regularly. If you use the default rates, make sure to confirm that they are updated and correct. Otherwise, override them whenever it’s necessary.

Locations

If you’re planning on managing your inventory and fulfill orders from different locations, then you can use this setting. This is very useful especially if you have multiple locations for your items. For instance, if you run out of stock at your first location but have inventory at your second location, then Shopify will split the order so that is it fulfilled from multiple locations.

Now, the remaining sections in the settings are mostly set up already so there’s no need for you to edit them besides you can just modify them once you actually started gaining earnings.

Let’s just focus on setting up your store to start getting sales. Now let’s talk about the products that you can sell.

Shopify Products

To start gaining profit, you obviously need something to sell and that is your products. There are many ways for you to get products. Number one is your actual products or services, and number two is products from drop shipping.

What is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock but instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. In conclusion, the merchant will never see or handle the product.

To start selling with dropshipping, you can use the Shopify app called Oberlo. Go to your Shopify Partner Dashboard, and go to the Apps menu and then select Oberlo.

Installing Oberlo for Shopify Store Building from Scratch

If somehow you don’t see Oberlo, you can visit the Shopify App Store by clicking the button at the top right corner of the app page.

After Installing, you may now start using Oberlo and start adding products to your store. There are plenty of products that Oberlo will start recommending you. But I suggest you add products that are related to your niche. For example, your store focuses more or men’s clothing then look for items that are men related like shoes, shirt, underwear shorts, etc.

Adding products from AliExpress

Adding Products from AliExpress to Shopify Store

Another thing to keep in mind is Oberlo also allows you to import items from AliExpress. So if you want to sell items that are not available in Oberlo but available in AliExpress, you can add that item to your store by installing the Oberlo extension to your browser and then go to AliExpress, search for items, and then click Add to import list.

If you’re getting items from AliExpress, it’s best to select items that are under ePacket shipping. ePacket shipping basically means that items will be shifted out in around twelve to twenty days which we believe is the fastest form of dropshipping compared to other types of shipping. It will also save you a lot of time, money, and effort.

Shopify Collections

Once you’re done adding items to your store, you can start creating collections. Like what we have said before, collections are a group of products that are categorized based on a certain property. For example, you create a collection for products are free for shipping. You can do that by going to Products then collections then select Create collection.

Shopify Collections for Items with No Shipping Fee

To add items to your custom collection, you can do that manually or automatically based on a certain condition. We prefer to use manually so we have more control of what’s coming inside a collection. But, if you want to use the automatic collection, make sure you enter a condition that follows its purpose.

Removing Shopify store Password

Removing Shopify Store password

If you are under the 14-day free trial, customers will have no access to your store unless you give them the password that Shopify has given to you. But we don’t want that, we want to give our customers the service that will not make them click and do more actions before they can purchase an item from us.

So how can we get rid of the password from Shopify store? Simple, upgrade your store to a certain plan. Now, it might be scary to some but don’t worry if you’re still under the 14-day trial, you won’t be paying for anything. Just make sure to cancel your subscription before the trial ends if you don’t like Shopify.

Final Touch

Congratulations! You have setup your Shopify store. Now, what is the next step? Well, you can start doing marketing strategy or advertise your store to show your products to people on the internet.

Now to end this article, I would like to give you some tips for your business.

  • Be patient, Building a successful business is not going to happen in just one day.
  • Get organic traffic with paid ads like AdWords or Bing Ads or use Facebook Ads to advertise your Shopify store.
  • Keep trying and learn from your mistakes. If this is your first time, expect it to be hard and try to be more understanding.

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I’ve tried recently if Shopify dropshipping still works in 2021. Here’s my research:

Top 10 BEST Keyword Research Tools for SEO [2020 Review]

Do you remember when Google Keyword Planner was still a thing? Because I do. Back in the good old days, I use Google Keyword Planner to understand Google search terms on its entirety like:

  • how much are the average monthly searches of a keyword?
  • Is the competition level too high or too low?
  • How much is the suggested bid for that keyword? and so on.

But after they updated the system, Google keyword planner only displays the range of the average monthly searches instead of giving us the exact number. Sometimes, you could still see the exact number of average monthly searches but only if you spend enough money on your campaigns through Google AdWords. Now here’s the question…

What is the Best Keyword Research Tool Online?

Well, I strongly believe that Google Keyword Planner is still the best tool to find good keywords since it’s from Google itself. Additionally, It still got useful features like grouping the keywords for everyone’s convenience. Not just that, it’s still totally 100% FREE.

But if you really think that Google Keyword Planner is your only hope to find the best keywords, then you’re obviously missing out a lot.

10 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO

There are too many keyword research tools that have the same features as Google Keyword Planner. Tools like Ahrefs Keywords Explorer which provides a lot of data, features, and filters. However, you have to pay for these kinds of tools.

But we’re not going to focus on tools that require you to do monthly payments. In this article, we’ll be giving you the best FREE keyword research tools that you can use for your Search Engine Optimization.

Ubersuggest’s Free Keyword Tool

Ubersuggest is the Best keyword research tool online

Do you want to earn more traffic to your website? Do you want to know more and understand how your domains are doing? Then Ubersuggest is here to help you succeed in the game of SEO.

What is Ubersuggest?

Ubersuggest is one of the best keyword research tools that helps you generate keyword ideas for your content marketing strategy and production. It is free to use and provides a lot of features like:

  • Domain Overview where you can get detailed insight into the strategies that are working for others in your niche so you can adopt them and improve them for your own benefit.
  • Top SEO Pages report helps you discover which of your competitor’s pages are ranking for popular organic keyword phrases and which ones are loved by sites like Google. Because of this feature, you will no longer have a hard time finding the best keywords from your competitors so you can use them as well for your blogs to be liked by other platforms.
  • Keyword Suggestions will give you hundreds of head terms and long-tail phrases based on what is currently working for your competitors. It is also based on what people are typing into Google search.
  • Content Ideas will help you find the contents that are getting the most social shares and backlinks in your niche. This will help you get the topics that people are actually interested in reading.

Keyword Tool: #1 Google Keyword Planner Alternative for SEO

Keyword Tool is the best keyword research tool online for free

Keyword Tool is a free online keyword research tool that uses Google’s Autocomplete to generate thousands of relevant long-tail keywords for any niche possible.

If you don’t know what Google Autocomplete is, it’s a feature used in Google Search to speed up the searches performed by online users on Google. The results are based on many different factors like how often the users were searching for that particular search term in the past.

How Does Keyword Tool work?

What Keyword Tool does is it extracts Google keyword suggestions and presents it to you in an easy-to-understand interface. Keyword Tool will prepend and append the search term that you specify with different characters, then it will be placed into a Google search box and pulls out the keyword suggestions. In just a matter of seconds.

Now here is the best part, there are features provided by Keyword Tool that are not provided by Google Keyword Planner. Here’s the list for that:

  • Easy to find keywords that are hidden in Google Keyword Planner
  • SEO and Content Creation
  • SEO Tool for any language
  • Advertisement Tool

Now despite its generic name, Keyword Tool delivers great results for your keyword researches. If you want to get more information like search volume of a keyword, CPC, and competition level. You may upgrade your account to see these other features.

Bing Ad Intelligence: Keyword Research Tool

Bing Ads Intelligence the best keyword research tool online for free

I’ll put this one on the list because Bing Ads Intelligence is also one of the most powerful keyword planning tools that allow you to build and expand your keyword lists using the familiar Microsoft Office Excel interface.

It allows you to easily find the keywords you need and gauge their performance on the Bing Network, and then apply those insights to improve your keyword selection and campaign performance.

With Bing Ads Intelligence. You’ll be able to:

  • Work with large keyword lists that contain up to 200,000 words.
  • Perform integrated research on keyword and bid estimates.
  • Optimize your keyword campaigns
  • Tailor your bidding strategy based on pricing data for keyword-specific metrics such as clicks, impressions, rankings, click-through rate and cost per click.
  • Leverage keyword research templates

Google Keyword Planner – Google Ads

Google Keyword Planner is the best keyword research tool online for free

Of course, we won’t be forgetting the goodness of Google Keyword Planner. Besides, it’s still one of the best keyword research tools that can help you with your SEO and keyword research.

If you haven’t tried using this tool then you must at least try because unlike any other research tools, Google Keyword Planner still provides the most accurate keywords that you can use for your own strategies.

Google Trends

Google Trends is the best keyword research tool online for free

Google Trends is a tool that you can use if you are in the news niche or any other general interest site.

This can help you not only find the keywords but also the topics that you can talk about. Topics that happened just recently and if you are fast enough to write blogs about what’s trending. Then you’re surely able to benefit with this tool.

Buzz Sumo: Find the most shared content

Buzz Sumo powerful keyword research tool online for FREE

With Buzz Sumo, you’ll be able to see not just the types of keywords but also the types of content that are most popular.
This will also help you see what’s being shared online so you can get a handle on what’s popular on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

With this tool, you’ll be able to:

  • Define the time range in which you want to search
  • Filter by country in terms of Top Level Domain
  • Extract keywords depending on articles language
  • Narrow the results depending on which type of content it is
  • Filter by number of words

Buzz Sumo has a very simple interface yet provides a very powerful tool. So if you haven’t tried using this tool. We recommend you to try it at least once and let us know your feedback.

Majestic SEO: Marketing Search Engine and SEO Backlink Checker

Majestic SEO the most powerful Search Engine Tool online for FREE

Another wonderful Search Engine tool is Majestic SEO. It’s a tool not just for entrepreneurs but also for SEO Professionals.

This tool is so much different compared to other keyword research tool. In this tool you’ll be able to:

  • Generate URLs with keywords
  • See the search score that is broken down by total hits.
  • Determine the number of backlinks for each URL
  • Explore a URL/Domain in great detail
  • Link Intelligence API

Keyword Explorer – Moz’s Keyword Research Tool

Meet Keyword Explorer The keyword research tool helping you find millions of traffic-driving keywords.

Do you want to do better research in less time? Do you want to identify which keywords your site could rank for right now and find high-impact suggests? Then Moz Keyword Explorer is the one that you’re looking for.

Moz Keyword Explorer performs in-depth keyword and SERP analysis to provide you detailed results about the keywords. Not just that, this keyword research tools also provide the following features:

  • Analyze keywords by search volume to accurately predict how much search volume a keyword will receive.
  • Generate and save keyword lists to be able to prioritize the keywords you need based on what topic you’re currently focused on.
  • Find keywords in question format, this will help you target long-tail keywords with high-relevancy in the form of questions.
  • Sort by predictive keyword metrics to help you to rank and drive website traffic.
  • Review SERP detail by keyword to understand why pages rank.
  • Provide competitive keyword analysis
  • Easily export your data

Keyword Everywhere – Keyword Tool for Google Chrome & Firefox

Most keyword research tools are found online with their own system where you needed to provide either URLs or keywords. But this time, you won’t need to do anything but install. Yes! That’s all you need to do.

Let me introduce to you, Keyword Everywhere. It’s a plugin for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox where it generates detailed keywords or statistics like search volume, CPC, and competition level based on the search term that you provided into Google search.

It’s really easy to use, very useful and 100% FREE

WordTracker : Free Keyword Research Tool

Do you need more than a keyword research tool? How about a tool for market researching? A tool where you can take competitors’ keywords, and provides an in-depth PPC and SEO insights. Well, here’s Wordtracker.

Wordtracker is one of the best alternatives to the keyword planner. It provides not just hundreds but thousands of profitable long-tail keywords in every search you do.

Not just that, Wordtracker also provides the following features:

  • Actual keywords not grouped
  • Actual results not banded
  • Search trends
  • SEO competition metrics
  • SERP comparison
  • Live chat services
  • Related/lateral search
  • Amazon keywords
  • YouTube keywords
  • Negative keyword search

If you want more web traffic or if you want to understand more what your market is currently looking for, then you should try Wordtracker. It’s very useful, powerful, and FREE

Conclusion

Every keyword research tool above will provide you most of the features that you need to gain web traffic. I would recommend you to check each of the tools above and see what’s best for your website.

If there is one tool that stopped working or a link. Please help us by letting us know in the comments below.

BEST Tips To Improve Your Google E-A-T Score in 2020

Google recently confirmed that they made an algorithm update.

If you are somehow affected by the update then don’t panic, we’ll be helping you understand what happened, why you were impacted, how you can get your page views once again and rank on google once and for all.

Better content means higher rankings.

That’s what John Mueller said. If you want to rank higher on Google, you have to write awesome content. We believe that is somehow true.

Of course, writing awesome content should be your #1 priority but that’s not the only thing that can rank you higher.

We’ve been saying this so many times that there’s a lot going on to ranking on Google.

  • SEO
  • Backlinks
  • Marketing

These things can and will help you rank on Google.

When you say “Write awesome content”, what it actually means is that you have to put yourself into your audiences’ shoes. You have to write an article that will answer all of your audience’s questions.

In this article, we’ll be talking about Google EAT and how it can actually help you to easily rank number one on Google especially this coming year 2020.

What is Google EAT?

It may actually sound like Google is building a restaurant but it’s not a food website.

Google EAT is an acronym for expertise, authority, and trustworthiness. What this actually means is that Google will more focus on websites that have credibility and authority.

Expertise

From the word itself, it means that the author should be an “expert” on the topic that he’s writing about.

Let’s take WebMD for example.

This website features professional doctors who are experts in medical areas and such.

So, does that mean you have to be a professional now to be able to rank on Google?

Of course not!

Everyone can be an expert on a topic. The thing that you can do to be able to implement expertise is to make sure that you have reliable sources and that you know what you’re writing about and your article is fully-detailed.

You don’t have to put in your article that you have a degree.

Authoritativeness

Authoritativeness means that people should know you and your website. They should know that you are a good source of information.

Now, how can you become a “good source of information“?

Easy, just write well-written and informative articles.

For this category, people are your main ingredient.

If everyone talks good about your website then you will have good authority. If everyone thinks you’re writing bad articles then you will have a bad authority.

Simple.

Trustworthiness

For this category, you are responsible.

You must provide your articles with true information that can make people trust you.


When a user searches for something, for example:

“Should I buy an iPhone?”

Google will provide search results but then again, the user will ask the following question:

“Is this page legit or trustworthy?”

That’s where Google EAT comes, Google will filter out all of the non-trustworthy websites and only rank trustworthy websites.

Now that’s your second priority.

  • Write awesome content
  • Implement EAT

Now, you may be wondering…

Is SEO still relevant? Absolutely!

SEO is part of your content writing. When you write an article, it’s common sense that you implement SEO. Put in keywords, internal links, and etc.

But the most important thing of all is that you provide what the searchers are actually looking for.

Implementing EAT

Establishing Google EAT on your website actually comes down into three different ways.

Google EAT for Content

Implementing Google EAT on your content is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your Google rankings.

To do this, you have to ensure that your article is long and well-written, has reliable sources, and has a link to really credible resources.

Again…

  • Create well-written content
  • Cite your reliable sources
  • Link to resources with high-credibility

Where to find credible resources for Google EAT?

Now, where do you think you can find this credible resources? It’s not actually that hard to find these resources. Just use Google Scholar and search the same topic that you’re writing about and there you can find websites that are actually credible.

Google EAT for Author

This is not actually something new to everyone but it will help you improve your website’s credibility.

Here’s something that you can do to implement Google EAT as an author.

  • Start a YouTube channel
  • Be a guest on a podcast
  • Write guest posts for other websites

Now you might be thinking what this actually does to your website but when you create a YouTube channel, you’re actually putting your brand into another platform which is part of Google which means, you’re making your brand more reputable.

And when you go to a podcast as a guest, you’re putting your brand into someone else’s brand and as soon as you introduce yourself in the podcast (as an example), Google will remember who you are and if you’re the person who owns a website. That website will have credibility.

The same goes for guest posting. When you write an article for someone else’s blog, you can get a link from there and that will increase your website credibility.

Google EAT for Website

There’s a lot of things that you can do to improve your website’s credibility.

But before that, let’s understand first how you can actually determine if a website is trustworthy or not.

Let’s say for example your friend sent you a link of this website. It’s an e-commerce website that sells Gucci shirts or rare designer clothes.

When you arrive at that website, what are the things that you think will prove that this is a legitimate website and not something that will scam its customers?

Well, if the website doesn’t have an SSL Certificate then that’s a huge red flag.

Now that’s what Google EAT for websites is about. But installing SSL Certificates to your website doesn’t mean you’ll rank number one on Google. It will just help Google understand that your website is reliable and secured which will help users feel that they’re safe from you.

Conclusion

According to Danny Sullivan, the only acceptable answer is to have great content. It is sure boring but that’s what Google wants everyone to do. To provide helpful information for searchers.

The latest updates from Google suggest that trustworthiness or credibility will play a very important role in your Google rankings especially in the future.

We highly recommend you to establish these important keys into your website in order to keep your rankings high.

Publishing Your Apps To Shopify App Store & Get Approved

You have finally developed your very first Shopify app and you feel like it’s time to submit your application to Shopify for reviewing and publishing. However, there is a problem… You don’t know the right steps before submitting your application.

In this tutorial, we’re gonna be looking at how you can publish your Shopify app easily and guaranteed to be approved by Shopify reviewer.

Getting Started

It’s quite obvious that before you can publish your Shopify app, you firstly need to make sure that your app is 101% ready to be published. The app’s functionality must be working with little to no bugs.

Not only that, but you should also verify that your application is following the app requirements of Shopify If you haven’t read any of those, it’s best to check if your app is compatible in the app store so you won’t be disappointed in the future.

Once you’re sure that your app is compatible with the Shopify app store. The next thing you need to do is to submit it to Shopify and we’re here to teach you how to do it step by step.

But first! Again! Double-check if your app is installing properly in your development store. Otherwise, the Shopify app reviewer will ask you to fix your installation process.

Installation Process of your App

Sadly, this is one of the common mistakes of Shopify developers. If you are not fully aware of this, whenever a merchant installs your app, Shopify will use your scripts to install your application to this merchant’s store.

If you have followed our Shopify app development tutorial, you would have a script something like install.php, and this script is included in the whitelisted redirection URL(s) in the app setup like below.

Shopify App Settings URLs

Unfortunately, this script will never be loaded whenever a merchant installs your app. Instead, it will open the App URL and look for the index.php.

So the trick here is to add a condition in your index file that checks if this merchant’s store exists in your database. If it doesn’t then redirect this merchant to your install.php file.

$store_check = mysqli_query( $conn, "SELECT * FROM shops_table WHERE shop_url='SHOP_URL_OF_THE_MERCHANT' LIMIT 1"); if( mysqli_num_rows( $store_check ) < 1) { header("Location: install.php?shop=" . 'SHOP_URL_OF_THE_MERCHANT'); exit(); }
Code language: PHP (php)

As you can see in the example above, we used a simple MySQLi query to check our database. Then, we check if this data exists. If it doesn’t then we use the header() function to redirect the merchant to our install.php file with the shop URL of the merchant’s store.

Submitting Your App

Once you feel like you have fixed all your app issues then that’s the moment we can start our app listing. To do this, navigate to your app dashboard and click on the App listings button.

Shopify app listings for app submission review

Then, once you have arrived in the app listings page, you can either use the English listing or create another listing in different language. We suggest before creating a non-english listing, you submit your app in english list first as it will expose your apps into a larger community.

Shopify app listing overview page

As you can see above, the default listing is in English and you are required to complete the listing before you can submit the app.

By selecting the English listing, you should be redirected to the listing form.

App Listing Form

Once you arrived in the app listing form, you will see a very long form that requires you to fill in. We’ll be guiding you step by step on how to properly fill the input boxes below.

shopify app english listing information

Let’s start with the listing information.

Listing information

This part is the most easiest to fill-in. All you need is the name for you Shopify app and the tagline that you want to say about your application.

App name

With app name, you can only input a total of 30 characters so it’s best to pick the perfect name for your app. We recommend picking a name with keywords that are usually used when merchants used the search box. SEO is also applied for your app name so use it wisely.

A perfect example for app name is the Free Shipping Bar by Hextom.

shopify app free shipping bar

If you look closely, the app name contains only three words yet super effective that it always gets to #1 spot of search results.

Here’s how it works:

The word free is used to indicate that this app can be used for free. Then, the word shipping is also used to indicate that this app is for shipping offers, discounts, and more. Then, of course, the word bar indicates that this app is used to display a bar on the top of the store’s page. Super easy to understand the name.

Although, we recommend you experiment with this since you can always customize this even if the app is published.

App icon

Next up is the application icon. This part is surely easy to understand. All you need is to upload a 1200×1200 image with no text at all. Making your own icons should not be that much of an issue. However, if you are lacking knowledge on how to create an image. You can contact us and we’ll work for you to create a perfect image that can surely attract new installs.

Search terms (optional)

Although this is optional, we HIGHLY recommend putting at least five search keywords to boost your exposure in the search results. Like what we mentioned before, SEO is a big part of this process so use this wisely.

App Details

Next up is the application details. This is where you describe what your application is all about. This is where you can tell why your app is better than the other apps. *wink*

Promotional video (optional)

The first one is the promotional video. This one is purely optional. You can add a YouTube link here to describe what your app is all about and what it can provide.

From our experience, adding a promotional video is not that very useful. In fact, it’s just a waste of effort and time as it don’t provide that much increase in installs.

We’d rather put more additional efforts to our images than adding a promotional video.

Key benefits

This will be the section where you describe the best features of your application. This is very useful and very effective for attracting more installs. Although adding photos are optional, we highly recommend adding eye-catching photos that represent each benefit to fully take advantage of this section.

Check the following example:

shopify app key benefits example image

For the image, it’s suggested to use 1600px by 1200px image dimension. You may download the following template for your reference.

Featured app banner (optional)

If you want your application to be featured on the front page of Shopify app store. You must create a well-made banner. This is optional. However, to increase the chance of getting well-known through the entire community, it’s best to create a banner. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get featured and get not only hundreds of new installs but also thousands of new installs.

For banners, it’s suggested to use 1600px by 900px image dimension. You may follow the guidelines on how to create a perfect banner.

Screenshots

This section is one of the most important parts of your app listing. Based on our own research, almost 89% of merchants look at app’s screenshots almost immediately after picking an application. With that being said, it’s important to pick the right screenshots of your application.

Now, you may be asking…

“What are the best screenshots for my Shopify app?”

The answer is very simple.

The first photo that you should be sharing to merchants is the result or the output when they finally installed your app. It should tell them that your app is user-friendly and easy to use. Take these screenshots as the thumbnails of your application. Make them interesting and eye-catchy. Don’t just screenshot your app and paste in the Paint and save it as PNG. Work on it. Add small details that can help merchants understand how your app works.

Always remember, your goal is to help the merchant and make things easier for them. NEVER confuse them.

There are three parts of screenshots. The first one is for desktop, the second one is for mobile, and the last one is for Point of Sale. Both mobile and Point of sale are optional but we highly recommend adding mobile screenshots since most merchants rely on mobile. So make sure your app works perfectly on mobile.

For images, the dimensions are the following:

  • Desktop: 1600px by 900px
  • Mobile: 900px by 1600px
  • Point of sale: 2048px by 1536px

The templates are also included in the file that you have downloaded earlier. Feel free to use them.

Detailed description

The detailed description section is where you provide almost everything about your application. For most application, they start their description by adding an introduction telling what the application is all about and what it can do. Then, after the introduction, provide and explain thoroughly each of your app’s key features.

The title description field allows you to use a markdown format. In other words, you can create a header/title, an ordered list, and a non-ordered list. Use this to make your description look neat and easy to read.

Never never never just create a block of long text full of paragraphs. Merchants have no time reading a letter!

Demo URL (optional)

Although this is optional, adding a demo URL can prove that your app is perfectly working especially if your app is customizing the merchant’s storefront. Otherwise, paste a URL leading to a demo page or maybe a YouTube video URL that demonstrates how the app works? That should be fine too.

Integration (optional)

If your application works with other application or devices, you can list them here.

Pricing

shopify app pricing free to install image example

This section is all about the pricing of your application.

There are three types of pricing: Free, Recurring Charge, and One-Time Charge.

If your app doesn’t charge the merchants, then you can just leave the radio-button set to Free. Otherwise, set it to either Recurring Charge or One-Time Charge. Just make sure your app is using Charge API. Although there are also a way to provide both a free plan and a paid plan to your merchants. You can do that simply with Charge API.

If you want to charge your merchants and you haven’t implemented the Charge API to your application, we highly recommend following our guidelines on how to create a recurring charge API.

Contact Information

The contact information section is one of the most important part of your app listing. This is where you provide contact numbers, email addresses, and URL addresses to help the merchants contact you in case there is an issue within your application.

Review notification email

You may enter any of your email addresses here. This email address will be receiving notifications whenever there is a review on your application.

App submission contact email

You may enter any of your business/personal email addresses here. The email address you provide will be receiving updates about the app you submitted for review. Make sure to always check this email address especially after you submit your app for review.

Sales and support

shopify app support section listing app

All of the information you provide in the sales and support will be displayed in the app listing page and will be used by merchants to contact you. So make sure you use business related email addresses and phone numbers. Be prepared because you will get contacted a lot by merchants especially if you have plenty of installs.

Tracking (optional)

If you want to track your application then feel free to add Google analytics ID and more. It don’t really matter since Shopify has its own analytics page.

Install requirements (optional)

This part is very useful especially if you want to lessen the amount of uninstalls of your app. If your app requires certain settings then you can adjust it here in this section.

App review instructions

shopify app review instructions for listing

And finally, last but not the least. The app review instructions is the part where you explain to the Shopify app reviewer how to use your application and what it should be doing. It’s important to explain everything in detail and it should be step by step.

For example, start from installations, to settings, and end to output.

Review Duration

Once you have finally submitted your app to Shopify, an employee from Shopify will start reviewing your app and this process usually takes around 2-3 days depending on how complex your application is.

You shouldn’t be scared of this process. We agree that this part takes time but if your application is working perfectly then no doubt your app will get published as soon as possible.

However, if you get a response saying that you need to fix something then that’s also good! That means you avoided getting a negative review from merchants.

Conclusion

Developing Shopify apps can be a tedious task but submitting your app to Shopify is much harder especially if your app is not meant to be submitted yet. So we suggest before submitting your app, check it thoroughly and make sure there’s no flaw at all.

If your app get rejected, don’t worry, you have a full month to respond to the reviewer for rechecking the application.

Download Any Videos Online with Free Video Finder & SaveClipBro

Most people including myself browse the internet to read articles, ask questions, look for cat photos and laugh at some funny memes. But most of us spent more time watching YouTube videos.

Millions of people watch not just hundreds but thousands of YouTube videos and probably half of that million of people watches a video offline by downloading the videos that they liked using YouTube downloaders.

How do I download a video off the internet?

There are hundreds of YouTube video URL downloader online like Free Video Finder and SaveClipBro. Downloaders that only require URL and all you need to do is just download.

What is the best video downloader?

There are many things to consider to tell if a video downloader is great.

For example:

  • Does it show too many ads? or just a few?
  • Can I download more than one video?
  • Does it provide fast download features?
  • Is it virus free? Won’t I get malware when I use the app?
  • Can it convert my files into different formats?
  • and more…

If you are using an android device or an iOS device then these are the best android video downloaders for YouTube and other web streaming websites:

1. YouTube URL Downloader: Videoder

best android video downloader install videoder

Videoder is one of the best android apps that lets you download not just YouTube videos but also other web streaming websites like Facebook, Instagram, hotstar, voot, and vk. They also add new supported websites every week as per users’ request.

If you are looking for an illustrated guide on how to download and install Videoder, you may follow this link (It provides illustrations that will help you on how to properly download & install the APK):

2. YouTube URL Downloader: KeepVid

keepvid best video dowloader for android

KeepVid is a popular online video downloader and converter known and used by millions of people. Like other downloaders, it allows users to download any type of videos from popular video streaming websites for totally free, including YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook, Instagram, Google Video, Metacafe and so on.

If you are looking for a downloader and converter from KeepVid, you may use their software and install it to your computer. Totally virus-free!

KeepVid is no doubt one of the best and popular Android video downloaders. It’s an all-in-one video application that supports not only downloading videos but also video conversions, video editing, and video compressing.

3. YouTube URL Downloader: TubeMate 3

Tube Mate 3 is the newest version of Tube mate app. Same as the rest downloaders, Tube Mate allows you to download videos from the world’s most popular online streaming media platform like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, and many more. It has excellent features which lots of users want like clean user interface, fast download, and more.

4. YouTube URL Downloader: OGYouTube

If you are looking for a YouTube video downloader with no ads and has direct download links, an option to play videos in Background, has dark mode option, and an Ad-Blocker, then OGYouTube is what you’re looking for.

The interface of OGYouTube is the same as the default YouTube app. It also has the same functionalities but with options to download and play the video behind other apps that you’re using.

What’s best with this app is that you do not need any root access to use OGYouTube. All you need to do is simply download & install the app and run it.

5. YouTube URL Downloader: InsTube

InsTube provides free download with a clean user interface, it could download not just videos but also music from more than a hundred video streaming websites like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and more.

If you want to download High Definition videos, Full HD and 4K resolution videos. InsTube supports that as well!

With this app, you can download videos with 10 times faster than any other downloader. It also has a feature where users are protected especially their privacy.

Find & Download Any Videos Online for FREE Without Installing Apps

If you’re looking for websites that lets you download any videos from any websites then you have come to the right place. There are hundreds of FREE online downloaders that you can use to download not just YouTube videos but also other videos from known web streaming websites like Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.

1. YouTube Converter – Online Video Converter

Online Video Converter is a FREE Online Video Converter, Online Video Downloader, and Screen Recorder. No Software Required to do all of those features.

Online Video Converter allows you to convert any YouTube video links to video formats like MP4, MP3, AAC, OGG, WAV, MOV, MPG, FLV, and AVI.

To download videos, all you need to do is enter the link of the video that you want to convert or you may also choose a file from your device or cloud storage then choose which format you want your file to be converted to and that’s it! You may download now the converted file.

2. Free Video Finder – Video Downloader for Online Video Download

Free Video Finder is said to be the best video downloader for FULL HD video download. It supports more than 1000 video streaming websites like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and more.

What’s loved about this website is that it gets rid of any pop-up ads. This downloader can also extract the audio of the video by converting the video to audio formats like MP3 and WAV.

If you feel lazy going to YouTube just to copy the URL of the video. You can just simply search the video in Free Video Finder using the keywords.

3. SaveClipBro: Online Video Converter

SaveClipBro.com is your free video downloader and converter online. Just like any other else. You can download and convert any videos online with just the URL. This downloader also supports music services. If you like to download audios from Soundcloud, you may do so by providing a URL.

Other YouTube URL Downloader that you may try:

If any of the video downloaders above don’t work. You may try the following alternatives of video downloaders listed below. It has the same function and features as what’s above.

4. SaveTheVideo.com: Download and convert YouTube videos online

Like any other video downloader, SaveTheVideo.com allows the users to download and convert videos from any popular video streaming websites like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Dailymotion and many more.

SaveTheVideo.com also allows you to convert videos directly from their website.

It does its job of downloading and converting videos fast and it’s recommended by other users who can’t use other downloaders.

5. YoutubNow – The best way to save YouTube videos online for free

Like what YouTubNow stated in their description, downloading videos and MP3 from YouTube is promised to be very easy.

Like any other youtube downloader, all you need to do is paste the YouTube link in their search box, select which format you want your file to be converted into, and there you have it. You may now download your YouTube video for offline use.

6. convert2mp3.net – Online Video converter

If you are just looking for a video converter that converts not just YouTube videos but also Dailymotion videos to MP3 then you may use convert2mp3.net. It’s fast, reliable, and virus free.

7. Online Video Converter

Online Video Converter. A free web app that lets you convert video files, and allows you to change the video format, video resolution or frame size right in the app itself. No software needed to be installed and Virus-free guaranteed

Important Note

It is important to remember that most downloader is not available on Google Play Store due to the reason of copyright.

Keep in mind that downloading any copyrighted video is illegal. That’s why if you are using any of the apps above, make sure you’re not using them just to sell all the files or videos that you have downloaded.

Conclusion

Any of the video downloaders and converters listed above will work like they’re all just the same. The only difference is its performance, user interface, and other miscellaneous features.

If any of the video downloaders above stop working, or if any of the links above won’t work, let us know by writing a comment down below.

Is there a way to quickly download YouTube videos?

Shhh, here’s my last tip for everyone who is reading this. Consider this as your prize for reading all the way down.

Yes, there is a way to quickly download and convert YouTube videos at the same time and download it with just one click.

There is an add-on or an extension for chrome or firefox that gives you a download button in the actual watch page of YouTube and that is VLC Video Converter.

Best free online youtube video downloader and converter to mp3 google chrome extension


VLC Video Converter turns your browser into a download machine for online videos. It’s fast and reliable that in just one press of a button, your YouTube video will be downloaded.

Features:
  • All video formats are supported (including .flv video, mp4, avi, asf, mpeg and much more)
  • The video quality is saved
  • Super lightweight and for free
  • Download video function
  • Save video as a file to your device

Just download videos to your PC and don’t waste your time on delays with online watching.

Install VLC Video Converter through Google Chrome’s Web Store.

11 Signs Your Website is Going to Fail & Here’s How To Fix It

If you’re a blogger or writer, you may have this kind of habit where you always check your analytics to see if your blog is growing or not and whenever you see your website is not doing so well, you tend to have this anxiety that feels like no one likes what you’re writing.

With all of that happening, you wanted to understand… why? or how is it happening?

In this article, we’ll be sharing 11 signs to look at to understand why your website is failing. If you don’t see any of these signs happening to your website then there’s nothing to worry about. However, if you do see some of these happening then we’ll provide you the best solution to help you fix your failing website.

1.) Your website is not responsive

This is one of the most common signs of a failing website. If you see in your analytics that your traffic is going down then your website is probably not looking good to other devices such as mobile and tablet.

According to the latest study from Broadbandsearch.net, only 47% of the internet users go for a desktop, whereas 53% of the users go for mobile over desktop and PCs.

In other words, if your website is not responsive to mobile, then that means you’re not earning more than half of the internet population.

Solution

The Internet is changing most of the time and if your website is not updated since 2012, then that’s the problem. As a blogger, it is your responsibility to cover the majority of the internet population by understanding who your users are and how they use the internet.

Google Search Console Mobile Friendly Test Page is not mobile friendly

To fix this issue, we recommend using Mobile-Friendly Test from Google Search Console to understand if your website is mobile-friendly or not.

If in case your page is not mobile-friendly, then we suggest getting an updated or a new theme to your blog. If you’re using WordPress then we recommend using the default TwentyTwenty theme as it is fast and optimized for blogging use only.

However, if you’re looking for a brand-new design, then we would love to help you create a new theme from scratch that will guarantee you to get a fast and optimized design.

2.) You’re getting less traffic and more bounce rate

If in your analytics says that you’re getting less traffic and more bounce rate, then it’s time to make some changes not just on your website design but also on your way on how to deliver web content.

However, the decrease in traffic and the rise in the bounce rate is determined by many factors.

High bounce rate and low session duration in google analytics

One of the factors to look at is your content pages. Does the content page have plenty of annoying pop-ups or ads? if so, then it’s time to remove them or put them less.

Put yourself in the shoes of the reader, let’s say you’re browsing this article and suddenly 10 pop-ups showed in your browser. How would you feel? Exactly, annoyed… So what are you gonna do? Close all the pop-ups? No, close the blog or browser. That’s how you get more bounce rate.

Another thing to look at is the design of your website. Like what we mentioned before, non-responsive websites will give you less traffic. Even if you get some, they’re likely to stay due to how bad your website is looking.

Solution

There could be many reasons why you’re getting less traffic at this point. The most common reason of all time is how weak your SEO is. Like most of us, Google is one of the best sources of free traffic.

To be at the top 10 of the search results, you have to follow several rules like publishing helpful content, setting up XML sitemaps, installing SEO plugins, optimizing website speed, and more.

If you’re targetting Google as your main source of traffic, then you should always put yourself in the shoe of your readers. Make your readers feel that you’re a friend who likes to help. Don’t overwhelm your readers with plenty of ads or pop-ups.

3.) Your site is TOO old

This could be one of the least reasons why your site is getting less traffic.

As an example, here is our design back in the days where we still write articles about mostly anything. (which is not good! we’ll explain later)

WeeklyHow Old website design



A lot of bloggers say that when your site is too old, you have a higher chance of getting more traffic. We are aware that this is true to some degree but this really depends on how your website is built.

Let’s say you have a 6-year old website and this website barely gets page views even if this has plenty of content. One of the reasons might be that this website has a history of getting penalized by Google or the content is not “fresh”.

Solution

One of the most obvious solutions to this problem is to make sure that your website is as fresh as lemon. Once you make your blog, try your best to update all of your content to make Google think that you’re keeping up with the latest information and you’re trying your best to help users.

Again, don’t let your content get dusted.

4.) You have LESS backlinks

If you are not aware of this, backlinks play a key role in your search rankings.

Most of the websites that rank in Google search results usually have high-quality backlinks directing to them. So if you think you haven’t done any link building to your website, then chances are you don’t have many backlinks to strengthen your website.

Solution

We all know that one of the hardest things to accomplish in blogging is link building.

I’m sure you are aware of how hard it is to ask other websites to link to your website. Some of them will even ask you to pay for the backlinks.

The best solution to this problem is to just keep writing helpful content. Write content that will make readers talk about it and there only you will get backlinks.

5.) Your content is NOT helpful

We all know that content is the primary reason why people find your blog.

If you’re only publishing bad and unreadable blog posts then no one will ever want to read them. Even if you try to market them, no one will stay in your content for more than 30 seconds.

Getting web traffic is very easy but making them stay is a responsibility. Yes, you can use SEO, keywords, marketing strategy and all that. But all of that is useless if your content is as bad as sweet carbonara.

Solution

Obviously, if your content is bad then you have to rewrite them. Improve them.

We know that it’s easier to say than to do it but if you really want your readers to stay in your content for more than one minute then you have to make sure that you impress them as soon as they land to your page.

How to do it? Well, you can always follow the following guidelines for a perfect blog.

  • Make space between your paragraphs
  • Avoid non-sense and unrelatable sentences
  • Use emphasis like bold and italics.
  • Include statistics if possible
  • Use images to describe your topic
  • Add sources as it will strengthen your research

Writing content takes time and it’s okay. So whenever you write content, take your time and do your best to provide the best information more than anyone else and you’ll be surprised that your blog is getting ranked on Google.

6.) Your headlines DOESN’T make sense

Did you know that writing a headline is the same as writing a content?

If your headlines are not making any sense then the chance of your blog getting traffic is slim. Even if you think your content is perfect, if your headlines are not readable then no one will read it.

Do you notice the pattern now?

Making your website responsive.

Writing a perfect content.

And now, writing a good headline.

Blogging is all about providing the BEST information out there. If you’re a blogger like us then you are on the battlefield too and your weapon is your words. Use them well and you will be profited.

Solution

If you are not aware, there is a formula for writing a good headline.

One of the easiest formulae that we use is the following.

[figure] + [adjective] + [main keyword] + [outcome]

The above formula is great especially if you’re writing a list post. An example of this is this article that you’re currently reading.

However, here are some of the other examples we found:

  • 32 Proven Ways to Make Income Fast
  • 10 Best Answers to Job Interviews That Gets You Job
  • 16 Awesome Life Hacks To Save You Time

Of course, there are more formulae for other types of posts.

If you are a blogger and you mostly post tutorials, then you probably know already your formula.

[How To] + [adjective] + [main keyword] + [outcome]

If you want more information in regards to this, we highly recommend reading Neil Patel’s Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Powerful Headlines and we also have an amazing resource to Effective Marketing Strategy for Bloggers with No Budget.

7.) You’re NOT working on your social media presence

social media facebook and instagram logo

Social media is believed to be the second source of website traffic and if you don’t believe this then you’re obviously missing out a LOT.

Having a huge presence in social media will help your website get more traffic so it’s best to always link your website to any of the popular social sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The reason why you should work on your social media presence is that it will strengthen the legitimacy of your business. If your website doesn’t have a social media presence, users may not take you seriously.

Solution

Getting a social media presence is very easy. All you need to do is to create an account from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and then, post all of your valuable content. If possible, promote your content using advertising. This will let people know that your business exists.

If you want to strengthen more your social media presence, you can create a YouTube channel where you convert your content into video content. This will spread the name of your website throughout social media thus you will get more page views.

8.) Your website is full of Low-Quality Content

Helpful and informative content is one of the most important factors for increasing your SEO score. If you provide low-quality content then expect your website to fail.

One of the reasons why bloggers fail is due to the fact that they tend to prioritize the quantity of the content over quality.

If you provide helpful content, your chance of getting referenced to other readers is higher. Heck, readers will even come back to your page because your content is informative.

Solution

Before you hit the publish button, take a deep breath and ask yourself if your content is worthy of your reader’s time.

Take your time before you even publish your content.

Do some research and make sure your information is above everything else. Make sure that your content helps people.

Stop rushing your content just to get more pages.

9.) Your website is full of non-sense

Most visitors, they often have a goal in their mind. Whether it is to buy a product or to read your article, they always have a goal.

If your website is full of non-sense stuff like widgets or other embedded codes that don’t really offer anything, visitors will obviously not take you seriously, and it will affect the future of your website.

Solution

Make your website dedicated to your visitors. If your website is meant for readers, then offer them navigations, to guide them where your articles are placed.

If your website is meant for selling a certain product then offer your visitors a landing page where it highlights the product that you want to sell. This will make your visitors feel that your website is a legit website that offers exactly what people want.

10.) Your website doesn’t have a niche

This is an addition to the previous list and it has a good relation to it. If your website doesn’t have a niche, visitors will most likely not understand what your website is meant for.

Before you even built your website, we’re sure that you had something in your mind. For example, you planned to build your website to provide pieces of information about planes.

That is a niche. Talking about planes is a niche.

If your niche is about airplanes, then you made a content about iPhones, then you made a content again about traveling… That would make your website unorganized and readers will most likely find it hard to get to your web pages.

Solution

Make your website focus only on a certain topic. Don’t go overboard as it will make it hard for readers to understand your business.

Sad to say but if your website started as a hobby site then it’s likely not to be successful.

There are a lot of factors to consider for creating a successful niche.

  • Website URL – make sure your site URL focuses on the keyword of the niche you want to create.
  • Website design – make sure that your website design fits well in your niche.
  • Blog page – make sure your site focuses on the right topics within your selected niche

11.) Your website is super slow

This is probably one of the reasons why your website is not getting that much traffic.

Imagine, you’re searching on Google about how to Instagram and you click on one of the results and that website took SO long to load. What are you gonna do? Of course, you’re going to leave the page and look for the answer somewhere else.

That itself will affect your website.

If your website is very slow then no one will be able to reach your content.

Solution

If you’re using WordPress as your CMS, then make sure you use the fastest and optimized WordPress themes.

To check how much time your website takes to load, you may use Google Page Speed Test or GTMetrix.

How to Create a Responsive React Navbar | React.js Tutorial

I have been using React a lot now and whenever I create a React app, I always start with a navbar. So, how do we create a responsive navigation bar?

There are lots of ways to create a navigation bar. But, in this article, I’ll be providing you the easiest way to create a navbar without putting too much effort since you have much important stuff to add in your website. Right?

So before we get started, make sure you have your Node.js ready and installed. So I will assume that in this tutorial, you already have Node.js. However, if somehow you don’t have it installed, then I suggest you follow this article on how to set up your Node.js.

Getting Started

Of course, we are going to create this navbar from scratch. So get yourself a new project by typing in your command prompt/terminal.

mkdir react-navbar && cd react-navbar
Code language: Bash (bash)

The command above will give us a new folder for our React project. If you want, you can change the name to something you like.

Next, use this command.

npm init
Code language: Bash (bash)

This code will create a package.json which is important for all projects. You will see something like this in your terminal.

C:\User\WeeklyHow\Node Projects\react-navbar>npm init This utility will walk you through creating a package.json file. It only covers the most common items, and tries to guess sensible defaults. See `npm help json` for definitive documentation on these fields and exactly what they do. Use `npm install <pkg>` afterwards to install a package and save it as a dependency in the package.json file. Press ^C at any time to quit. package name: (react-navbar)
Code language: Bash (bash)

Once you see something like those, just proceed by pressing your Enter key.

You see, the prompt above will actually ask you for details about your project. So if you want to change the description, keywords, author, etc. You can do so.

But for the sake of the simplicity of this tutorial, I won’t bother that much about it.

Installing Create React App

Next, use this command

npm install -g create-react-app
Code language: Bash (bash)

This will install React.js and its components.

npma command from Node.js that contains packages
installa command for installing packages from npm registry
-gGlobal
create-react-appThe package that we are about to install

Installing React-icons

And oh, I think it’s good if we also install some icons from Font Awesome. So use this command:

npm install react-icons --save
Code language: Bash (bash)

After installing react-icons, you may see some errors related to DEPENDENCY or incompatibility. Just ignore it.

Next, use this command.

create-react-app react-navbar-project
Code language: Bash (bash)

If the command above successfully worked for you, then you should see a result something like this

C:\Users\WeeklyHow\Node Projects\react-navbar>create-react-app react-navbar-project Creating a new React app in C:\Users\WeeklyHow\Node Projects\react-navbar\react-navbar-project. Installing packages. This might take a couple of minutes. Installing react, react-dom, and react-scripts... > core-js@2.6.9 postinstall C:\Users\WeeklyHow\Node Projects\react-navbar\react-navbar-project\node_modules\babel-runtime\node_modules\core-js > node scripts/postinstall || echo "ignore" > core-js-pure@3.1.4 postinstall C:\Users\WeeklyHow\Node Projects\react-navbar\react-navbar-project\node_modules\core-js-pure > node scripts/postinstall || echo "ignore" + react-scripts@3.0.1 + react-dom@16.8.6 + react@16.8.6 added 1405 packages from 726 contributors and audited 901968 packages in 386.441s found 0 vulnerabilities Success! Created react-navbar-project at C:\Users\WeeklyHow\Node Projects\react-navbar\react-navbar-project Inside that directory, you can run several commands: npm start Starts the development server. npm run build Bundles the app into static files for production. npm test Starts the test runner. npm run eject Removes this tool and copies build dependencies, configuration files and scripts into the app directory. If you do this, you can't go back! We suggest that you begin by typing: cd react-navbar-project npm start Happy hacking! C:\Users\WeeklyHow\Node Projects\react-navbar>
Code language: Bash (bash)

That’s it! You have finally installed your React project.

To see the result, type the following code

cd react-navbar-project && npm start
Code language: Bash (bash)

This will proceed to your project and once it found the folder it will start the app and open localhost:3000

Create React App on localhost:3000

Now, open your project folder with your favorite code editor and let’s start building a React navbar.

In this project, I’ll be using Sublime editor because it’s much lightweight than any other editors.

New React Project from scratch

So as you can see in our project files, we have the node_modules, public, and src folders.

We’ll be just focusing more on our src folder since that’s where most of our project files are located.

Open the App.js file and you will see the code something like this

import React from 'react'; import logo from './logo.svg'; import './App.css'; function App() { return ( <div className="App"> <header className="App-header"> <img src={logo} className="App-logo" alt="logo" /> <p> Edit <code>src/App.js</code> and save to reload. </p> <a className="App-link" href="https://reactjs.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Learn React </a> </header> </div> ); } export default App;
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Let’s delete everything and let’s start from scratch.

React Navigation Bar

First off, let’s import the following modules.

import React, { Component } from 'react'; import { FaAlignRight } from 'react-icons/fa'; import './App.css';
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Beautiful! Now let’s create a new Component, append this code to your script.

export default class App extends Component { state = { toggle:false } Toggle = () => { this.setState({toggle:!this.state.toggle}) } render() { return ( <> <div className="navBar"> <button onClick={this.Toggle}> <FaAlignRight /> </button> <ul className={this.state.toggle ? "nav-links show-nav" : "nav-links"}> <li href="#">Home</li> <li href="#">About us</li> <li href="#">Contact</li> </ul> </div> </> ); } }
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Since we have added classNames to our elements, let’s edit our App.css file and replace the following code with:

/* Elements */ li { padding: 10px 0; } button { font-size: 30px; margin-right: 30px; color: white; background: transparent; border: none; cursor: pointer; outline: none; float: right; } /* Class */ .navBar { width: 100%; background-color: #111; color: white; padding: 10px; } .links { height: 0; overflow: hidden; list-style-type: none; font-weight: bold; } .show-nav { height: 120px; } /* Media screen size */ @media screen and (min-width: 768px) { button { display: none; } .links { height: auto; display: flex; } li { padding: 0 15px; } }
Code language: CSS (css)

Save everything and see the result at your browser (localhost:3000)

Responsive Navigation Bar for React Native

Mapping Navbar Links with Array

Another way to display links for navbar is by mapping objects inside an array and in our case, the objects are the links. So let’s just say we needed to add more links to the navbar. The solution is very easy, just add more values to the array and it will be displayed in the navbar.

Let’s try that.

Go back to App.js and add the following code just above the return() function.

const li = [ { link: "/", text:"Home" }, { link: "/about/", text:"About us" }, { link: "/contact/", text:"Contact us" } ];
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

And then, your new return function will look something like this:

return ( <> <div className="navBar"> <button onClick={this.Toggle}> <FaAlignRight /> </button> <ul className={this.state.toggle ? "links show-nav" : "links"}> { li.map((objLink, i) => { return ( <li><a href={objLink.link}>{objLink.text}</a></li> ) }) } </ul> </div> </> );
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

In the above code, you see that we used the array map() function. This will loop through the array, get all the data, and pass it to the parameter objLink.

Now going back to our React app, you will see that we produced an error.

Warning Error: Each child in a list should have a unique "key" prop

The reason why we get that error is that our array doesn’t have a ‘key’ on it. Specifically per link.

Fixing this error is very simple.

You see, in our map() function, we have a parameter named i. This will serve as the index per loop.

We can use this as the key per link.

So go ahead to your <li> tag and add the property key and give it the value of i.

Something like this:

<li key={i}><a href={a.link}>{a.text}</a></li>
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Hit save and see if there’s still an error.

Navbar links with mapped array values

Bloop! No errors, that means everything is working now.

Conclusion

Creating a navbar is very easy especially if you use React. In this lesson, hopefully we have learned on how to create a navbar using React as well as mapping links inside an array.

If you encounter errors in this lesson, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below and we’ll be helping you fix the problem as soon as possible.

And if you have suggestions or requests, writing them in the comments below will help us too.

Thank you for reading!

Unique Domain Name Generators For New Bloggers this 2019

So you’re planning on building yourself a domain but don’t know if it’s available or not. You’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’ll be guiding you on how to choose your domain name using these FREE tools available online to check domains’ availability.

Domain Name Search

Choosing the right domain name is one of the steps in creating your website. Unfortunately, it isn’t going to be as easy as it used to be.

At this point, there are millions of domains that are running online and believe me or not, the domain name that you thought of yesterday? It might not be available anymore.

Websites name needs to be short and easy to be remembered, but the most important thing is, your domain name should be related to what your website is going to be.

Or let’s just say, your domain name should properly represent your brand. Thus calling it, brand naming.

Best Domain Name Tools

Below are the tools we highly recommend for checking domain name’s availability. Feel free to choose any of these:

Instant Domain Search

Free tools to check domain name availability with Instant Domain Search

Instant Domain Search is a FREE tool you may try to check the domain name’s availability. With its color coding ability, you will easily find out if the domain name is available or not. The color red means the domain name is taken, color green means the domain is available and blue means the domain is for sale and ready for bidding transactions.

It also has other features like Domain name generator. So if you’re looking for a domain name that is available then use Instant Domain Search.

Name.com – Find Your Perfect Domain Name

Free tools to check domain name availability with Name.com

Name.com is a domain name registrar accredited by ICANN which offers great features such as:

  • Whois Lookup
  • Bulk Domain Searching
  • Domain Transfer
  • Email forwarding
  • DNS Management
  • Social Media Forwarding

If you’re looking for support on how to create your website, name.com offers supports as well to help you build your dream website. Find your perfect domain name. From premium domains to cheap domainssearch for and register your domain with Name.com and save.

Namecheap.com – Check Domain Name Availability

Free tools to check domain name availability with Name.com

Conduct a domain name check with namecheap.com. This will ensure that the domain name will not appear as a username on major social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Namecheap will also suggest some alternative TLDs that you may want to try if your domain name is not available.

How to find good domain names?

There are many ways to find a good domain name. Your first option is to come up with a list of candidate domain names and then use at least one of the tools mentioned above to check is the domain name is available. Another option is to use Domain name generators.

A lot of people believe that it is required to use a .com domain extension to be considered as a premium site. This is not the case anymore, there are lots of domain that uses domain extensions like .biz, .net, and etc.

They also believe that using a .com domain extension will help their SEO and Google rankings. Trust me, all extensions are equal, there’s no need to choose .com just to rank in Google search results.

What I like you to do is to choose the best domain name that is very easy to remember, catchy, and of course, should represent your brand. I would go with names that have two words and not more than 10 characters.

Keep in mind that your goal is to show up in search results as soon as the users search for the word related to your brand.

Free Domain Name Generators

There are hundreds of domain name generators that are free to use and honestly, whenever my domain name ideas are not available, I used them as well.

Below is my list of domain name generators that I recommend you to use:

Namemesh.com

Domain Name generators for free online

Namemesh.com is one of my favorites, it helps not only check the domain availability but it also provide you lots of options depending on what word you have provided.

Let’s say, you typed SEO in the input box. Namemesh.com will generate many domain name options for you to choose from including domains that are for sale.

Bust a Name

Bust a Name Domain Name generators for free online

Bust a Name is one of the domain name generators that are very easy to use. It has numerous filtering tools to help you get the domain name that you’re looking for.

You can start by typing the word with the option of “starts with” or “ends with”.
and then choose in the next option if you want the domain to look natural, not natural, or somewhat natural. Lastly, you may adjust the number of characters you want for the domain name.

There are also options for the domain extensions, so if you want to show not only the .com extension but also the .net extensions then you can check the options available.

The results will show up in the red box underneath the Domain Maker..

Shopify Business Name Generator

Shopify Business name generator for domain name check availability

Use Shopify’s business name generator to search for business names and their availability. With Shopify business name generator, you can get the business name that will 100% fit your business and personality.

Keep in mind that this tool only generates names and not domain names. However, you can get the idea with this tool, by using the results you can proceed to host providers and use the name.

To start, type in the textbox your query word. After clicking generate, Shopify business name generator will generate hundreds of option for you to choose from.

Amazingly, they are all available!

How Domain Name Affects SEO

The domain name is one of the most important things you should focus on especially if you really want to improve your SEO. Search engines will depend on your domain name to determine what your website is about. So if you are planning on creating a website, let’s say it’s about health, then obviously your domain name should be related to health, fitness, vitamins, and such.

If your domain name barely represents your brand then expect your ranking to be very low unless you promote your brand and make it to the top somehow.

Can Domain Name & Website Name Be Different?

Absolutely! In fact, it will help your SEO. Especially when you use different keywords in both of your domain name and website name. However, keep in mind that domain name is un-editable once you have bought the name already. Whereas website name is editable through title tags.

Conclusion

Finding the best domain name is hard but with the help of the tools mentioned above, it won’t be as hard as rock anymore. To be successful, your domain name should follow the following criteria:

  • The domain name should be brandable
  • Short and Easy to Remember
  • Should be Unique
  • No special characters
  • SEO Friendly

Do Free Website Traffic Generators Work? Are They Safe and Effective?

Getting organic traffic is not that hard to do especially nowadays that everything is in front of you. You just need to search online for guidance on how to get web traffic for free and then boom! Millions of articles will pop up in search results to help you get traffic.

But, how can you really get organic traffic in a short amount of time? by SEO? Paid promotion? spamming your website URL to blogs? Sure these could give you web traffic but what if I tell you that doing such things could still lead to a slow process of gaining organic traffic?

In this article, I’ll be helping you on how to increase your website traffic fast and free. Yes free! without spending money on promotions and stuff. All you need to do is to read this article and follow the steps without skipping.

Let’s start!

Website Traffic Generator vs. SEO

Why NOT use website traffic generators?

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers who try to use these FREE website traffic generators that promise to give you thousands of web traffic and now I’m here to tell you, stop using them! They won’t do any good for your website.

So yes, to answer your question. No! They are not safe and effective.

Some bloggers think that if they have this type of software to generate traffic then all they needed to do is to push a button that says “Generate Web Traffic!” and then boom! Instant traffic. Now let me tell you, that’s not how it works and you’re just cheating the system plus you’re just wasting not just time but also money.

These free website traffic generators will only give you fake traffic which could lead to being banned to Google services such as Google AdSense and not just that, instead of gaining website authority, you won’t get them because your page views are not organic at all.

I have used Website Traffic Generator, is my website gonna be okay?

If you are worried about the state of your website then don’t be. If you have used a website traffic generator, just stop using it and focus on getting back the trust of search engines by providing quality content, by getting backlinks and authority and by using proper ways of getting traffic like SEO and marketing strategy. Search engines will notice that eventually and will bring your website back to its right track.

How to get web traffic FAST?

You might have read this a lot of times but the only thing that is effective in giving you web traffic fast is by mastering SEO and marketing strategy.

Use keyword research tools like Google Keyword Planner. It’s free and very useful in providing the right keywords for your website. The thing that I will recommend you though is by using keywords with low competition level and high search volume. This will surely boost your website’s impressions and clicks.

I’m sure I know SEO now but I still don’t get traffic, why?

If you think you have mastered SEO yet you still don’t get traffic then there are possible reasons why this happen.

Your website is NEW

If your website is not older than 3 to 6 months old then expect your blog to not get that much traffic. In your first six months, you should only focus on writing high-quality content than focusing on gaining thousands of web traffic. Sure! You’re writing articles to gain traffic but if you focus your mind to that instead to your articles then your article might not end up useful. No one’s going to read that. So focus on writing an informative article.

Your content is not useful

Like I said before, making your content useful will not only help you gain traffic but it’ll also make your website trustworthy of useful information. If you don’t know, Google likes it when you help users online. So as much as possible, give everything you can when you write articles. Answer questions that are related to the topic that you’re writing about. Use google and take a look at related search. It will give you more questions related to the search keyword. If you do it this way, your visitors are more likely to stay and read more.

Your article is short

When you write a blog, do you just answer one question? or do you just tell stories about what happened to you in that topic? or do you combine them to make a very long informative blog? If the answer is no then your blog is probably shorter than a piece of paper.

So what is the recommended length for a blog post?

It is highly recommended to write your blog post with the length of 1600 words. That is equivalent to a 7-minute reading post. So, let me ask you again. Is your blog more than 1600 words? If no then it’s probably one of the reasons why you’re not getting that much traffic.

Okay, don’t get me wrong. I also have articles with less than a thousand words and I know it’s getting web traffic. It’s because I’m using the right keywords and Google finds my article useful so it’s being recommended to users online. BUT, most articles with 15 hundred words are usually getting more traffic. How? Because it’s informative, long, and contains keywords that help search engines.

Too much competition

This is the most common reason why most bloggers are not getting enough traffic. It’s because of the competition. It’s too high that you don’t get a chance to be in at least first top 10 search results.

So how can we defeat the competitors?

The answer is simple, beat their article. If their article is good. Make yours better than theirs. Blogging is a battlefield and your weapon is your content. Write deadly articles that could kill another blogger’s article. That’s the only way.

You want to know exactly how to do it? Go read their article. Look if they’re missing something. Check if they explain their article thoroughly. If not, then that’s your moment to write the same article but with a better explanation. You got it!

You have picked the wrong niche

Have you ever thought that maybe the reason why you’re not getting traffic is that the niche you have chosen is boring and not worth reading? In other words, if your blog is not interesting, even if you feel like it’s useful. No one’s going to read it because they don’t find your blog interesting.

My tip is to always put yourself into your readers’ shoes and try to ask yourself always, is my reader going to love this blog? is this worth reading?

Trust me, this will save you a lot of time of thinking.

You are not promoting your blog properly

It’s really common for bloggers to promote their blog posts through social media like posting on their pages, sharing on Twitter, pinning posts on Pinterest, and so on. Sure that will drive traffic but not that much as long as you do it improperly.

So how do you do it properly?

The best way to promote your blog posts is by including a short introduction about your article and then use the cliffhanger technique. Use words that will catch the reader’s attention and as soon as they’re interested hit them with the cliffhanger and put “Click here to learn more”. This is a very effective way to drive traffic to your website.

Also, use hashtags in your social media posts. This will also help your posts to be featured somewhere around social media.

Conclusion

Personally, I haven’t tried any web traffic generator myself and I’m not planning to try it. I’d rather work hard and earn a few page views than cheat the system with these “free” website traffic generators that are only gonna give you traffic bots which could potentially kill my website’s authority and trust from Google.

Look, gaining web traffic takes time and effort. If you don’t have the patience for it, there’s a little chance for you to survive this battle. As much as possible, try to avoid these temptations and just stay with the normal and effective of gaining web traffic and that is SEO.

If you want to improve your SEO skills, I have written an article specifically about Google Analytics and how it can surely make an impact on your SEO and search ranking. So if you are interested, go and click this link below:

Guidelines on How to Use Google Analytics (WordPress, Shopify, SEO)

Every blogger knows how important it is to understand what’s happening behind their website. It’s like if you don’t know anything about it. It will feel like you’re working for nothing.

That’s why we have Google Analytics to help us analyze our website visitors.

What is Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is a free web analytics service offered by Google that can help you understand the following:

  • How do you acquire users
  • How are your active users trending over time
  • How well do you retain users
  • When do your users visit
  • Where are your users located
  • What are the top devices your users are using
  • What pages do your users visit
  • and so on…

That’s why if you don’t know anything about what your visitors are doing, then they practically don’t mean anything.

In this article, we’ll guide you on how to use Google Analytics to help you understand not just your visitors but also your website’s statistics. That’s right! Google Analytics also provides detailed insights into how your website is performing like how many visitors you have, how much percentage your bounce rate is, what page is the slowest to load, and the list goes on.

How to use Google Analytics?

To use Google Analytics, you will need to sign up for a Google Analytics account. To register, go to Google Analytics’ official website and click on Sign in or Create an Account located on the upper left corner of the page. However, if you’re already signed in, click on Access Google Analytics and fill in the required information such as your name, name of your website, URL, etc.

Sign up for Google Analytics account for FREE

After that, click on Get Tracking ID and agree to all of the terms and conditions to finish your sign up. After signing up, you will be getting your Tracking code that you can copy and paste into your website’s HTML files between the head tags.

Google Analytics for HTML

To paste it to your HTML file, you’re required to have access to your files by using either an FTP client like FileZilla or by going to your control panel and proceeding to File Manager. Then open your HTML file using a text editor like Notepad and paste it inside the <head></head> tags.

Google Analytics for Shopify Stores

Authorize shopify store with google analytics to analyze store's performance

To use Google Analytics for your Shopify stores, go to your Shopify store’s admin page and click Online store located at the left navigation panel. Then proceed to preferences and paste the code in the Google analytics’ text box.

Google Analytics for WordPress

Another way to use Google Analytics is by installing their plugin through WordPress. To do this, go to your WordPress admin page, proceed to plugin page and search Google Analytics.

After installing the plugin, proceed to Google Analytics tab located at the left navigation panel of your WordPress admin page. Then authorize the plugin by providing the access code.

Personally, I think It’s better to just use Google Analytics on their web page instead of installing it to your WordPress blog because number one, it doesn’t provide that much data unlike in Google Analytics’ web page where you can see what’s happening to your website in real-time. Number two, it could slow down your website since it’s another plugin installed on your website.

Getting Started with Google Analytics

Once you’re done setting up your Google Analytics account, you can start learning about your website traffic. In your dashboard, you will see different sections about your website’s data like active users, traffic channel, sessions, users by time of day, top pages by pageviews, sessions by device and many more.

If you have more than one websites, you can access them by clicking on “all accounts” beside the Google Analytics logo and select which website you wanted to see.

Audience Overview

Audience Overview of Google Analytics report

Audience Overview is where you can find almost all the details you needed to understand your visitors. There you will find how much website visitors you have per month, as well as sessions, page views, bounce rate percentage, average session duration, language of the visitors, and so on.

If you want to adjust the date range of the data, you may change it by clicking the date located at the top right corner of the page below your profile picture. You can also make a comparison between two data by applying two date range. For example, you wanted to compare your website traffic from last month to current month.

Real-time Report

What I love about Google Analytics is that it allows you to view who’s reading your articles in real-time. To do this, click on real-time overview located at the left navigation panel and click overview.

This will bring you to this page:

Image result for google analytics real time overview

Above, you see that there were 16 hundreds of people – who were viewing a website in real-time. That’s crazy! Not just that, you’ll be able to locate where the visitors are located and what page they’re currently looking at. You can see as well where they came from through the Top referrals tab. There you can also see which keywords they were using to reach your website.

More about Google Analytics

Some of you might have not known the purpose of other data like bounce rate, session, time, and etc. What do they really mean? What are they for? Why did Google put it there in the first place?

How Bounce Rate is Computed?

They were lots of speculation that if you have a higher bounce rate, that means your website is not doing well. Which is true but it depends on your website. However, let’s understand what this actually means.

Bounce rate happens when a user visits your website and then proceed to another website or web page. Like literally, bouncing onto something. Now how is that computed? When a user visits your website the percentage of bounce rate is 100%. However, if the user looks at your next page. It will be divided into two, which is now 50%.

However, according to Google Analytics, bounce rate is calculated in the following way: single-page sessions divided by all sessions or the percentage of all sessions on your site in which users viewed only a single page and triggered only a single request to the Analytics server.

How Page Value is Calculated?

Page value is the average value for a page that a user visited before landing on the intended page. This value is intended to give you an idea of which page in your site contributed more to your website’s revenue.

Below is the equation you can follow to calculate Page Value. Please note that the unique pageview statistic represents the number of individual users who have loaded a given page per session. Each user is counted only once per session, no matter how many pages are opened by the same user.

E-commerce Revenue + Total Goal Value
Number of Unique Pageviews for Given Page

How Google Analytics can help your SEO

If you have fully understood how Google Analytics work then you probably know already that you can use it to improve your SEO. But how?

If you are quite new to my blog, I mostly talk about marketing strategies and techniques on how to improve your SEO or how to get organic traffic through SEO.

SEO also known as Search Engine Optimization is a technique that helps to improve the growth of the amount of organic search traffic to a website via search engines like Google.

Organic Traffic can only be earned through search engines. To do this, you have to improve your SEO. Now how can you improve your SEO? using keywords. Now, where can you get keywords? You can get short and long-tail keywords using keyword research tools like Google Keyword Planner tool or any other tools online.

But do you know that you can also use Google Analytics to improve your SEO? Just go to Acquisition and try to look first at the overview page.

There you can see all the information you needed to understand where your visitors are coming from. Are they coming from Google search results? Are they from social media? Did they directly looked at your website by typing the URL of your website? Or were they referred by other websites? This information can be used to improve your SEO.

Now go back to the navigation panel and click search console and click queries (Acquisition > Search Console > Queries).

Now, if you haven’t linked your Google Analytics with your Google Search Console. You may do so, by following the steps below:

Once you clicked the Queries tab:

  1. Click Setup Search Console Data Sharing
  2. Click “All Products” located at the left new navigation panel under the Product Linking panel.
  3. Scroll down until you see Search Console
  4. Click Link Search Console
  5. It will open a new tab redirecting you to Google Search Console
  6. Now click on the radio button with your website labeled on it
  7. Click save

Once you’re done, go back to Google Analytics and proceed once again to your Acquisition > Search Console > Queries. There you will something like this:

Google Analytics Can Help you Improve your SEO

With Queries, you’ll be able to directly see on Google Analytics what keywords your visitors are using to get to your web pages.

You can use these keywords to improve your SEO and get rank up all the time in Google Search results. If you wanted to learn more about getting organic traffic and ranking up on Google search results, please read this article:

Create Your Own Google Analytics Dashboard

If you don’t know already, Google Analytics allows you to modify or even create your own dashboard to suit your style. You know, if you love seeing bar graphs or pie graphs you can do so by clicking on Customization > Dashboards > Create. There you can choose to start either with a blank canvas or starter dashboard canvas.

Create Customized Dashboard for Google Analytics

Conclusion

Google Analytics is one of the best tools that you can freely use to not just understand your website but also improve your businesses. There are many tools out there that claim to be better at providing website analytics but personally, Google Analytics will never be beaten as they have mostly everything that you need to measure your website.