Why Your Google Ranking Drops and Tools to Fix It

Imagine you’re someone who works hard to make your website show up on Google when people search for things. It’s like a race, and you want your website to be at the front. But one day, you wake up and realize your website has fallen way behind or has vanished from the race altogether. This can be really scary and frustrating!

The process of making your website do well on Google is like planting seeds in a garden. You have to wait for those seeds to grow into healthy plants, and it takes some time, maybe a few months. But what’s even more frustrating is when it seems like all your hard work isn’t paying off.

Many things can affect how well your website does on Google, and in this article, we’ll explore why your website might be doing poorly and what you can do about it.

Don’t panic!

If you notice that your website isn’t ranking as high as it used to, you should not panic — it might just be a technical glitch. So here are some simple steps you can try first:

1. Check your rankings using a different tool or service. I like the search console to find the ranking for pages, here’s an article that explains how you can leverage scanning search rankings on GSC. Additionally, you can use tools like Semrush or Ahrefs to track the position status across different countries.

2. Notice if it’s just one specific page that dropped in ranking or if your whole website is affected. If it’s just a single page with high-traffic intake, you can analyze the page rankings for its organic keywords. Again you can use GSC, Ahrefs, or Semrush.

3. Take a manual look at your rankings across countries where most traffic comes. You can use SERP watch to track live rankings.

4. Keep an eye on your competitors’ websites. If they’re experiencing a drop in traffic too, it could be due to a recent change in Google’s algorithms. Here’s what I do:

  • Take the page address of any competitor page ranking on 1st page of Google.
  • Go to semrush and scan the URL with the “exact URL” term.
SEMrush URL scanner
  • This will give you an idea of organic traffic for those pages in recent days.
Organic Traffic And Keywords
  • If traffic data is low on your competitor pages, there might be a drop in seasonal demand or the topic is heading toward needing to be updated.

In case you’re confident that the drop in your rankings isn’t because of technical issues after checks on your rank tracking tools or Google itself, it’s time to investigate why your orders have gone down. 

That takes us to some common reasons why a WordPress website might not perform well in search engine results.

Possible reasons for your Google ranking drop and fixes

1. Algorithm changes

One of the main causes of search result drops is obviously the changes in Search engine algorithms. These updates are to improve search results, and thus in the process, these updates can hurt your site with a significant decrease in rankings and is quite frustrating, to be honest.

This year (2023) Google had two major updates in March and August followed by a helpful content update in September, causing many websites across the world to lose their rankings. These updates particularly affected sites that the system thinks need to be more helpful or have unverified information.

Barracuda Tool Analytics

Every website has a different impact after an algorithm update. Some sites may shoot to the top and other drops drastically. If your site did great after a core update, it does not mean it will be intact following the next in case your site falls behind other sites in fulfilling what users are looking for.

A tool you can use:

A handy tool you can use in this situation is called the Penguin tool by Barracuda. This tool connects to your Google Analytics and helps you see how your website’s traffic is affected by Google’s algorithm changes. It’s like having a map that shows you when your traffic started to change and if there were any updates from Google just before that happened. 

Even if you see some changes in traffic and ranking, it’s important not to rush into action right away. When there’s a new algorithm update, things can be a bit crazy for the first few days. Wait for a couple of days and monitor the situation as things tend to calm down and get back to normal within a couple of days.

2. Change in Seasonal Demand

If your website’s rankings have fallen, it could be because your topics are no longer as popular or the season when it’s in high demand has passed. For instance, if you’re in the business of selling snow shovels, your rankings will probably decline as spring and summer approach since people won’t be searching for snow-related products during those seasons.

Obviously, we know that Google Trends, in this case, is the best free tool available to find out seasonal changes and how trends go up and down over time. You can customize it to see the bigger picture, like focusing on specific locations or time periods.

Typically setting the time period to the past 12 months or yearly gives you the best view of seasonal demands changes across your target location or worldwide (in case your market is international)

Change in Seasonal Demand

3. Check for manual action

Another major reason your websites can see a significant drop in search results is due to Google penalties in place for websites that break the rules, and these penalties can be applied either through algorithms or manually by Google’s team.

Algorithmic penalties are updates for ranking high-quality content. If your site doesn’t align with these new algorithms and Google’s many ranking factors, it might drop in the search results.

Manual penalties are like a warning from Google that remains for an unknown duration when you don’t follow their rules for website owners.

1. Using content that’s not original.

2. Sneaky redirects that hide where a link goes.

3. Keeping hidden content or links on your site.

4. Creating low-quality pages that just lead to other pages.

5. Automatically generating content without human input.

6. Using special code in the wrong way.

7. Having harmful pages on your site.

8. Stuffing your pages with too many keywords.

Your site might suffer a slight decline in ranking or vanish from Google’s search results based on how severely you have broken its rules.

Tool to use:

Utilize, Google Search Console in this case. Expand the security and manual action section > click on Manual action. You will get a warning explaining the type of issue your site has triggered and needs to be taken action on your side.

Manual Action

If you don’t find any manual penalties, it’s likely that the decrease in your ranking isn’t because of spam or bad practices on your site. Instead, it could be related to technical problems, SEO, changes in what people are searching for, or outdated content – which we’ll discuss later in this post.

4. Have you recently changed anything on the website

At times, drops in your Google ranking can be tied to changes you’ve made to your website. In fact, any improvements you have made to the site or design alterations can impact your site’s ranking, either in a positive or negative way.

A positive change is great, but you need to know what type of changes can lead to a ranking drop.

  1. Content Updates: If you or someone managing your site changes the content or adds new keywords, it can lead to a ranking drop. Such a drop typically appears when you use a keyword too frequently or reduce important texts related to the topic on a page.
  2. Moved a page: When you move a page and redirect it to the new page, it takes time for search engines to find and update it. During this period, your site may not perform as well in Google search results, and the page might seem like it’s gone.
  3. Change in internal links: When you adjust the links within your site, you can change how “link juice” flows. Thus, some pages might lose their importance in the process.
  4. Design Change: Significant changes in your website’s design can sometimes make it harder for people to use and slow down how quickly it loads. These factors can affect how users behave on your site, which is an important factor in your ranking.
  5. User Experience: Factors like a cluttered layout or layout shift, intrusive pop-ups, or difficult navigation can negatively impact user experience. Google uses web vitals to matrices to rank the pages in terms of performance and user experience, so when your new site design miserably fails on those matrices, chances are your site may have a drop in ranking.

Tool to use: 

There isn’t a specific tool that directly shows how changes to your website affect its search rankings. That’s why, it’s important to keep an eye on the positions of your site’s pages using Google Search Console for at least up to 2 weeks after making any changes or improvements. 

If you encounter issues, you can use Google Fetch and Render to investigate if there’s any issue on the page or check for issues in structured data that might be preventing search engine bots from properly indexing your page.

If your page’s position in the search engine results page (SERP) hasn’t improved within a few days, you might consider trying to restore a previous version of the page from the Wayback Machine.

wayback machine

5. On-page issues

If you have recently optimized your website, you might run into certain issues that could have a negative impact on your search ranking once Google’s bots have indexed your site. It’s very important to make sure your site does not face critical issues during load so everything loads fine for the bot to be able to index it properly.

Commonly, when a Google bot finds a broken link on your page such as when you have linked to a nonexistent page, or added half of the link, or you had a link inside design elements such as a button that is broken/inaccessible due to optimization rules can negatively impact on your SERP ranking change.

For each page, it’s very important to create Title and Description meta tags and include Alt attributes for images. If these tags are missing or incorrect, search engines may reduce the page’s visibility in search results.

Furthermore, it’s important to ensure proper HTTPS configuration, prevent mixed content issues, address duplicate content concerns, manage permanent and temporary redirects properly, and avoid blocking Google bots from crawling your pages via .htaccess rules.

Google does not like paid links and link exchanges. If you have done so recently and they detect those links leading to questionable websites, your ranking in the search engine results page (SERP) may be negatively affected.

Tools you can use:

There are several tools at your disposal for optimizing your on-page SEO. The first one would be your browser console, which helps identify various issues that may occur during the loading of your web pages. You can access it, by pressing Ctrl + Shift + I on a Windows PC or Option + Command + K or (Option + Command + J) on a Mac. 

This guide should help you out on how to look for errors via the browser console.

SEMrush and Ahrefs can be used for scanning and detecting a wide range of page-related issues. These two tools are my go-to place for checking internal page issues that we don’t see with our eyes. 

Apart from that, you can utilize Page Speed Insight’s page accessibility and SEO section to identify issues with your page. This is something that can be done via the browser lighthouse report tool.

On-page issues

If you come across any issues on your page, make an effort to search for online resources and resolve them. The fewer issues your page has, the more optimized it becomes, making it more appealing to Google.

6. Your competitor has improved their pages

Everybody wants to rank their pages on top of SERP. Similar to you, your competitors are continually trying to enhance their websites. It’s a constant race for the top positions in search engines.

If you were previously ranked higher than a competitor, they’ve been actively investing in optimizing their site, focusing on content, backlinks, and more, while you’ve dedicated less time to SEO or focused on other content. In such a scenario, your ranking could slip, and your competitor might surpass you. Such events are more aggressive during algorithm updates because algorithms are intelligent enough to find those great-quality contents and will try to test them on top of SERP.

So ensuring your content is up to date and contains enough quality information for the readers should help your site sustain such SERP changes.

Tool to use:

You can use Pagescreen to monitor your competitor changes and get notified when a visual change arrives. You can configure monitoring for specific pages and on the dashboard you will see the changes and screenshots taken for each page you are monitoring.

This way you can keep a close eye on your competitor pages and know who has gained the most out of your ranking drops and what they have been working on.

If you find a lot of movements & updates on competitors’ websites, you can analyze those changes and optimize your content so you don’t lose your positions. In addition, use this free content optimizer to analyze your target keywords and competitors’ pages. 

7. Off Page SEO Negative Impact

SEO can benefit or harm your site based on how you are doing it. Not only that, your websites can suffer from the actions of other web admins too. Here’s how:

1. Your competitors may try to play dirty by inserting artificial links to your site. This can lead to penalties under Google’s Penguin filter, hurting your site’s visibility and reputation.

2. Sometimes, other websites might plagiarize your content. If they publish your content before it gets indexed by Googlebot, it could be seen as duplicate content, potentially causing your page’s ranking to drop.

3. Engaging in prohibited backlink practices can have a detrimental impact on your page’s SEO. This can result in a lower ranking compared to previous weeks, making it harder for users to find your site.

4. Beware of fake user spam, whether it’s coming from unknown sources or, in some unfortunate cases, even from yourself. This is a red flag and can seriously affect your search engine results page (SERP) ranking.

What step you can take: use Originality.ai, a highly efficient plagiarism detection tool with AI content detection ability. Originality AI will let you know if your content is also being published somewhere else. In addition, you can utilize it as a traditional content plagiarism check for your writer’s content.

Off Page SEO Negative Impact

Furthermore, you will benefit from the readability score it comes up with, and it is really helpful to re-scale your content as it comes up with real-time suggestions with different color codes.

Originality Ai Readability Check

Regarding, link spam by unknown sources you can use SEMrush’s backlink analyzer and then block the spammy domains with the help of Google’s disavow tool. Blocking the domain would prevent the whole links from the domain and make your task a lot easier.

If you’re dealing with copied content, you can reach out to the DMCA by submitting a copyright infringement notice. For spam traffic detection, Google Analytics should help you out and then block those IPs with the help of your web host.

8. Your site might have lost some critical backlinks

Link building is an ongoing effort that requires constant attention. Your page may lose its ranking when some key backlinks are having issues or are removed by a 3rd party for some reason. These are some of the frequently triggered causes for the loss of links.

1. Link Removal: Sometimes, links that were initially placed on other websites may be taken down. This can happen if the agreement is temporary/ a disagreement in the terms/ or if the site admin asks for payment to renew the link. Losing backlinks can erode your site’s credibility thus hampering your SERP rank.

2. Obsolete Links: Backlinks can become outdated if they lead to pages that are no longer relevant or have been removed from your site. This can affect both user experience and SEO, so you would want to make sure the links that you have made are from relevant pages and explain what readers are about to read on your site, this is a really effective practice in link building.

3. Loss of Domain Trust: The trust flow is bidirectional. If the site linking to you loses its trust or credibility, it can have a negative impact on your own site’s reputation. Backlinks from untrustworthy sources can be considered toxic and harm your site’s credibility thus your pages may drop some SERP positions.

Tools that can help you:

You can find multiple tools to monitor and manage backlinks. I prefer Ahrefs because you get the backlink tracking utility with complete link management and SEO suit for a 7-day trial and $99 per user after that.

9. You Have Not Worked on Your Web Vitals

In August 2021, Google rolled out the Page Experience algorithm, which brought along a set of Core Web Vitals ranking factors. This update signifies that Google is now placing more emphasis on the loading speed of pages and user-friendliness.

Optimizing for Web Vitals does not always mean getting the greatest score on speed testing tools like Page Speed Insight, GTmatrix, and Webvitals.dev but more about finding the right balance between speed and accessibility of your site so from a performance point of view it can satisfy the following matrics as well as your site is accessible by users and bots.

Let’s take a look at web vital metrics and what they stand for in simple terms:

LCP: Largest Contentful Paint. This measures how long it takes for the largest element on a page to appear on the user’s browser.

FID: First Input Delay. This indicates the average time your pages take for the browser to react to the initial user interaction.

NIP: Currently there are limitations on FID to measure the responsiveness of a web page hence Google is planning to replace FID with NIP in the coming March of 2024. This is why focusing on optimizing your site for NIP is a forward-thinking decision right now.

CLS: Cumulative Layout Shift. This tracks the overall amount of layout movement that happens while a page is loading.

web vital assessment check

How do these Core Web Vitals matter even more in a competitive SERP landscape? Well, they can give you an extra edge. In a crowded field, having faster loading and more user-friendly pages can help you stand out from the SERP competition, attracting more visitors and boosting your rankings in search results. 

So, paying attention to these web vitals isn’t just about keeping Google happy; it’s about making your site more appealing and competitive in the online world.

What tools to use?

The first step would be to use a speed testing tool and analyze the site performance record. Then Go to Google Search Console > Page Experience > Web Vitals. Check if you can see any poor URLs or URLs that need improvement. 

In case there are any, you should focus on improving your performance and page experience.

web vital search console

The performance test tools combined with WordPress caching plugins can help you fix these performance-related issues and prepare for a better web vital status. 

You can also rely on a hands-off approach and have a discussion (including pre-order analysis) with our web vital optimization team at Speedy Site. This service has been helping a lot of site owners fix their page speed issues and pass web vitals so I bet they can offer an optimal solution for your site as well.

10. Look for Geolocation fluctuations

A website’s ranking isn’t set in stone; it can vary significantly depending on the location. In different countries, regions, and cities, a page’s position in search results can differ. For instance, your site may rank very well in your country but drop its position in another region.

Google tailors search results to individual users which means that two different people searching for the same thing may see different results. Additionally, whether you’re signed in or not to your Google account can also influence the results you receive. So, keep in mind that search rankings can be quite dynamic and personalized.

The best tool to get an overview of your pages and target keywords (topics) is Google Search Console. I have explained how you can leverage GSC’s search performance data to analyze the average position of your page for many different countries.

GSC queries

To improve your page’s ranking across various geographic locations, you need to focus on offering top-notch original content and configuring multi-language support on your site.

11. Avoid low-quality contents

It’s really not worth your time to put out low-quality content that doesn’t genuinely benefit your readers. Instead of churning out a massive quantity of articles that essentially say the same thing as others, it’s much more effective to focus on a smaller number of high-quality pieces.

The key to valuable content is to offer solutions that might be similar to what’s out there but are presented in a way that’s more user-friendly, easy to follow, enhances the overall reader experience, and top of all provides a real solution. 

Even better if you can inject your own unique approach that sets your content apart and earns the admiration of your audience.

Furthermore, you should update your content; if:

  1. Your content is plagiarized. Even copying a portion of someone else’s work can lead to Google penalties.
  2. Make your content engaging for users without resorting to clickbait tactics. Using numbers and questions in headlines can still be effective.
  3. Include information about the content creator, such as their name and links to their social media accounts, to establish expertise.
  4. Always use verified data and provide links to reliable sources, especially when dealing with content that impacts health, happiness, safety, or financial stability (YMYL). Misleading content can lead to severe consequences.
  5. Optimize the user experience by breaking up large blocks of unformatted text. Google assessors value a readable format, as it can impact bounce rates and ultimately your ranking.
hemingway readability check

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When your WordPress site takes a hit in the Google rankings, it can be a bit of a head-scratcher. 

To tackle it head-on you can try the tools I have mentioned above and then work on updating your content with a compelling and valuable intent that should keep your audience engaged and eventually help your site align with what Google thinks is more user-friendly content.

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Restoring Lost Website Traffic After an Algorithm Update: Actionable Steps

In the ever-evolving world of search engines, Google algorithm updates have become a buzzword for websites striving to rank high and reach their target audience. These updates are mysterious forces that can either make or break a website’s online presence.

Imagine waking up one day to find that your website has dropped in search engine ranking and your traffic has plunged. It feels like being stranded on an island with no way to escape, wondering what went wrong and how to fix it. This is the impact of an algorithm update, which can send shivers down any website owner’s spine.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Algorithm updates are Google’s way of refining and improving the search experience for users. By rewarding websites with high-quality content, good user experience, and following SEO best practices, Google is helping users find the information they need quickly and easily.

So as a website owner, it’s essential to understand that each algorithm update is unique, and its impact can vary depending on several factors. However, by creating valuable content and providing an exceptional overall user experience, site owners like us can build resilience to algorithm updates and maintain their search engine ranking and traffic.

So, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, here are a couple of actionable steps you can take right now to embrace the challenge of algorithm updates and adapting your website to meet the ever-changing demands of the search engine. 

1. Analyze your website’s search performance on Google Search Console

Google Search Console is an essential tool that provides valuable insights into the performance of your website on search engine result pages (SERP), allowing you to filter historical data according to your specific needs. 

  • To begin, select your website property from the dropdown menu located in the top left panel of the Google Search Console dashboard. 
  • From there, navigate to the “performance” section and click on “search results.” The performance dashboard will then display important metrics, such as total clicks, impressions, average click-through rate (CTR), and average position. These metrics are crucial for understanding your website’s search performance and future projection.
  • To proceed, ensure that the search type is set to “web” and select a date range of 6-12 months. This timeframe allows you to identify the impact of Google’s algorithms and compare current performance stats with previous data. 
  • Once you have selected the appropriate metrics, activate the “average position,” “total clicks,” “CTR,” and “total impressions” graphs. 
  • Then scroll down to the “pages” tab and order the pages based on the highest clicks, although you can choose to sort by average position or impressions.
  • Lastly, compare the metrics to determine which pages need improvement. By comparing clicks, impressions, and CTR, you can identify pages that are not performing as expected these are the pages you want to first look at.

To begin the optimization process, first, you can review your Google Analytics data and identify pages that have experienced significant traffic loss after the update. Alternatively, you can tell just by looking at the performance chart and how avg. Positions, impressions, and clicks are heading compared to the previous couple of months.

  • Once you have a page in your mind, you will need to select it from the list pages, and it automatically gets set as a filter along with the date and web settings you previously established.
  • Once the page filter is set, you must navigate to the “queries” tab and analyze the top keywords for that page that are generating the most impressions. You can then activate the impression, clicks, CTR, and SERP position to compare the best keywords for the particular page.
  • With this data, you can adjust your content to optimize for the best-performing keyword while also paying attention to other top keywords. (It’s important to note that using these keywords to update your page only pertains to keyword optimization, as you still need to ensure the page provides maximum value and a pleasant user experience.)
  • This way, you can extract a list of pages that have been hit by the latest algorithm update to your Excel sheet, which gives you a filtered approach to try and recover a part of traffic by optimizing your pages for keywords and potentially driving more people than before.

2. Update your content structure

To make your article reach people and gain their love, you need to first make it lovable to Google. But how can you do that? Google doesn’t know what you are writing, but it knows what makes an article great. It’s all about making it to the first page of Google SERP. 

Google compares your content to the existing top-ranking content to determine how your page measures up. So the trick is to reverse engineer what the top articles are doing to get themselves to the top!

So before creating your article, the first step would be to create an outline that surpasses your competition. 

# Prepare your heading structure:

To do this, you need to determine the heading structure and ideal word count for your article. You can search your topic on Google and analyze the top-ranking content. Take note of the heading structure and the length of the article. 

You can also look at the second and third articles to gather more headings to include in your outline. This will result in a better outline because it encompasses all the articles that are currently ranking. You can also use tools like Frase to collect a set of headlines without manually analyzing each top-ranking page.

# Optimizer for readers and add keywords that Google would love to see:

When it comes to writing, avoid fluffing around and get straight to the point. For example, if someone is searching for how to make a website in WordPress, they likely already know what a website is and don’t need an introduction. 

When updating existing articles, you can use the keywords you have previously discovered on the GSC queries dashboard, as well as other semantic words that Google would like to find on your page. For this task, you can use tools like Surfer SEO, Frase, and SEMrush to enrich your content with relevant words that will improve your page’s relevance.

One way you can do this is by using the keywords you have discovered for a page on Google search console and then using those keywords in a content optimizer tool like Frase and letting it help you optimize the content compared to the best content on Google.

# Optimizer for FAQ and SERP:

Next, write the answers to queries in a Google-friendly format. Keep it simple and direct. For example, if someone is searching for “Does Ahref have a content optimizer tool?” you can answer with a simple sentence like “No, Ahrefs does not have a content optimizer tool yet.” 

This type of answer makes it extremely easy for Google’s language algorithm to know that you’ve answered the question, and it can skyrocket your chances of getting into the featured snippet on top of Google search.

# Add Schema to your content

Using schema markup can be incredibly useful for ranking on Google because it helps search engines better understand the content on your website. You can use RankRanger’s schema markup generator to create and validate your FAQ, Article easily, and How to schemas to your HTML code in a way that is machine-readable, allowing search engines to understand the content on your website easily.

With schema, your content has a higher chance of appearing in feature snippets, and people also ask for sections on SERP. For FAQs, you can search your topic on Google and then pick some of the most relevant questions to your topic from the PEOPLE ALSO ASK section and then try to answer those questions clearly and easier way on your page. 

Use an accordion plugin on your WordPress site to assign those FAQs and enable FAQ schema or RankRanger’s FAQ schema generator. 

3. Focus on Topical Authority

Topical authority refers to the expertise and trustworthiness a website earns by producing high-quality and informative content on a particular topic. The more quality content a website has on a specific subject, the more it becomes known as an authoritative resource. This enhances the site’s reputation among readers and improves its chances of being favored by Google for ranking purposes.

If you feel that your website lacks coverage on a particular topic, assessing your existing content may be worthwhile and considering scaling up your coverage. By producing more quality content on a specific subject, you can demonstrate your expertise and become a more reliable source of information for readers while also improving your search engine rankings.

# Create a topical map

To start creating your content strategy, it’s important first to develop a topical map that includes all the relevant topics that need to be covered. You can utilize a keyword research tool like Chat GPT to generate this map by building clusters of topics around the main subject and identifying relevant child topics. 

However, using a reliable keyword research tool to discover keywords around these topics is also recommended. While Chat GPT can assist in creating topic clusters and relevant child topics, it may not provide enough data on the actual keywords that users are searching for on Google.

You can also read this case study on how you can use ChatGPT to research keywords on your site. 

In addition, if you have pages on your website that cover random topics and receive low traffic, it would be beneficial to repurpose those pages to cover topics that align with the main themes of your site.

# Create a bond between relevant articles by interlinking

Now that you have a well-planned relevant article on your website, you can seal the deal by interlinking them and creating a net to show search engines how highly relevant your articles are!

A well-planned internal linking strategy can significantly impact your website’s search engine ranking because it distributes the authority of your website’s high-authority pages to other pages on your website. This means that a well-structured internal linking profile can have a similar impact to high-quality external backlinks.

If you cannot interlink naturally between the pages, you can use a plugin like Link Whisper that automates the linking process and find natural key phrases to link between your website pages. 

4. Run a full site audit

A website that has great content but is not optimized for technical SEO is like a book that is well-written but has no index or table of contents. Search engines will have a hard time understanding the content’s relevance and ranking it appropriately.

To improve the technical SEO of your website, it’s essential to conduct a thorough audit. Various tools, such as SEMrush or Ahrefs, can scan your site and identify any technical issues hindering your SEO efforts. 

These audits cover a range of aspects, including website speed, mobile-friendliness, URL structure, site architecture, XML sitemap, robots.txt file, canonical tags, schema markup, and more.

By conducting a single audit, you can uncover all the ongoing issues and take the necessary steps to fix them one by one. While missing meta tags or breadcrumbs may not be major issues, ensuring that your site is error-free can provide a significant advantage over your competitors. 

By addressing technical SEO issues and keeping your site up-to-date with the latest algorithm updates, you can ensure that your website is in top shape and provides search engine crawlers with the best possible user experience.

5. Check and improve site speed

Page speed is a crucial factor that affects SEO. With the introduction of Google’s Algorithm Speed Update, it’s become evident that slow-loading pages can negatively impact your rankings. In addition to being a direct ranking factor, slow page speed can indirectly affect your rankings by increasing bounce rates and reducing dwell time. 

If your pages take too long to load, Google may prioritize other sites offering similar value but with a better page loading experience. To avoid falling behind the competition, ensuring that your pages load as quickly as possible is crucial. 

You can use tools like PageSpeed Insights, GTmetrix, or Pingdom to test your pages and identify areas for improvement. 

Additionally, Google Search Console provides Web Vitals data that reflects real-world user experience on your pages. By keeping your Web Vitals stats in good shape, you can rest assured that SERP won’t impact your site due to poor page performance.

If your page speed is poor and your Google Web vital status has failed, you have a few options to fix the issue. You can try to improve it on your own or enlist the help of speed improvement experts to ensure your site passes the web’s vital records. One such expert is Team Speedy Site, and if you use the coupon code WISPEED50, you can receive a $50 discount on your first order with them.

6. Finally, prepare a link-building plan

Improving your website’s ranking and traffic requires a solid link-building plan that aligns with Google’s algorithm. Link building is still very relevant in 2023 and remains a deciding factor in high-competition SERPs. 

While working on other foundational pillars like topical authority, a strong backlink profile can protect your site from Google algorithm updates. Your expertise, authority, and trustworthiness (EAT) largely depend on links and mentions on authoritative sites.

However, link-building is not an easy task to accomplish. You need to build links that work in 2023. One of the best link-building strategies is guest posting. You can do it in-house or hire a reliable service like Authority Builders. Another strategy I like is to insert links in existing articles by outreaching yourself with a quality page or again taking help from Authority Builders.

Additionally, you can get mention links by helping a reporter out (HARO) or by creating newsworthy content and outreaching journalists for links. Building a high-quality backlink profile is essential to your website’s success in the long run.

Semrush’s link-building tool is another great way to find prospects that you can reach out to and might help quicken the process overall.

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5 Best WordPress Speed Optimization Services You Can Hire

Fast-loading web pages are more appealing to both users and search engines. Nowadays, readers like to experience fast web pages. So as a WordPress site owner, it becomes essential for you to work on your website performance.

The latest core web vital update from Google urges the websites to deliver an optimal browsing experience for the users. Site speed and web vitals are now official ranking factors in Google.

By improving your website loading speed, you will be able to improve the overall browsing experience on your site. Studies have always indicated that a fast page loading speed will result in a better conversion rate.


Although caching plugins are quite useful to improve your WordPress site performance, you will still need to understand the reason behind those settings. Of course, there are documents and multiple guides available but you might still need some help at some point or it’s just that you don’t have enough time to put effort.

In addition, these WordPress performance tweaks play with your website code so can break your site’s functionalities and layout. If you are one of those who want to optimize your site as safely as possible and avoid any business-critical issues, you can consult speed optimization services.

This article takes a look at some of the best WordPress speed optimization services you can reach out to. There are various WordPress optimization services available; we are listing some of those according to our experience with them.

5 WordPress Speed Optimization Services You Can Try

1. Speedy Site

Speedy Site is a WordPress speed optimization service with a successful history of improving page loading speed with an average of 2.2 seconds. They help you fix your core web vital issues on WordPress sites. They claim to have a full refund policy if they can’t fix vital web issues. They are the service that fixed web vitals for 3 of my sites with Ezoic ads, so defiantly worth trying it.

Speedy Site service has a team of WordPress experts who works on the sites and take necessary actions to solve vital issues and minimize loading speed. Many reviews declared they were able to significantly improve load time and Page Speed Insight score for mobile and desktop devices.

The service has an effective technical support team who monitors your site performance and web vital status during the service period and communicates with customers’ queries 24*7. Apart from speed optimization service, Speedy Site offers budget-friendly heavy site overhaul and Google Page Experience optimization service.

Speedy Site Service Includes:

  • HTML, JS and CSS minification.
  • Optimize JS and CSS loading.
  • Image Compression & delivery optimization.
  • SSL Configuration
  • Youtube Video Optimization
  • Optimizing Render-Blocking Resources
  • Font Optimization
  • CDN Support
  • Remove query string & Gzip compression
  • Long-Term Support on Web Vitals

Service Pricing: Their speed optimization service has a single plan with a fee of $199 that includes all the features mentioned above. You can use our couponWINCOME50 to get a flat $50 discount (one-time use per user).

2. WP Buffs

WP buff is another well-known WordPress optimization service that offers a range of features across five plans to optimize your website performance and experience. They have WordPress experts responsible for minimizing your website load time and fixing performance-related issues.

People who have used their service love them, and there’s no doubt the WP Buffs team satisfies customers’ needs in a very effective & transparent way. They release WP Buffs case studies where you can go through the journey of customers with their service and how they help them get success with WordPress.

Apart from Speed Optimization, WP Buffs offers 24*7 website edits, Weekly updates, Ongoing security, Emergency 24*7 service, and website backup.

WP Buffs Speed Optimization Service includes:

  • Image Optimization.
  • Eliminate render-blocking issues.
  • minify javascript and CSS.
  • Leverage browser caching.
  • Gzip compression
  • Remove query string.
  • Review server response time.
  • CSS optimization.

Service Pricing: WP buffs offer five plans, as mentioned above, starting from $79 to $447 (when billed monthly) becomes $66 up to $373 when billed yearly. The speed optimization service is only included in the perform, custom, and custom pro plans that cost $219, $347, and $447, respectively.

3. Online Media Masters

Online media master is a go-to place when you need a speed optimization settings guide. This site has helped thousands of people get better scores on Lighthouse, GTmetrix, and PageSpeed Insights. When you need a thorough guide to configuring caching plugins on your site, Onlinemediamaster is the right place to visit.

They offer WordPress speed optimization service claiming it has helped many people by achieving 100% scores in nearly every speed testing tool. So if you are worried about your site’s performance score, this service is one of the places to reach out.

key features of Onlinemediamaster’s Speed Optimization Service:

  • Server optimization + hosting migration.
  • Caching plugin configuration
  • CDN (Cloudflare & BunnyCDN)
  • Image Optimization
  • Google Font Optimization.
  • Image & video lazyloading
  • Database Cleanup.
  • Bloat removal

Service Pricing:

Unlike Speedy Site and WP Buff, Onlinemediamasters does not offer commercial packages. They offer their service upon evaluating your WordPress site’s condition and work volume.

4. WP Johnny

WP Johnny’s speed optimization service must be among the top when you need speed optimization on your website. This service features custom packages from speed consultation to VIP speed upgrade. His service also offers page builder removal and Gutenberg conversion, and custom code service for the best performance.

You can even post your site on the WPjohnny Facebook group for free tips. The sheer amount of reviews from people who have benefited from this speed optimization service says a lot about its quality. His speed optimization service includes speed-up consultation, plugin audit, tweaking web host configurations, code audit, manual hard coding of the theme, and much more.

Key Features:

  • Speed consultation (speed-up strategy)
  • Cache plugin installation & configuration
  • Theme settings configuration
  • Speed-testing and diagnosis 
  • Plugin audit & Database optimization.
  • WooCommerce or WPML optimization.
  • Server optimization.
  • Extensive database clean-up.

Service Pricing:

WP Johnny speed optimization services cost around $195 for SPEED-UP CONSULTATION up to $1295 for ENTERPRISE SPEED-UP PACKAGE. You will also have Quick Speedup Package, Pro Speedup Package, and Premium Speedup Package in that price range.

5. Optimize WP

Optimize wp could be another service you can defiantly go for. They run several tests to gather an in-depth idea about your site’s current state. They have a record of happy reviews from people who hired their service to optimize WordPress sites.

You can speak with their expert request for a pre-performance audit and potential scope for optimization. Their speed optimization service ensures your site delivers compressed images in Webp format, Woocommerce is optimized for performance, server configuration for faster asset delivery, optimal CDN settings, and fast database performance.

Apart from WP speed optimization, they offer WordPress Maintenance Service and SEO service.

Key Features of Optimized WP service:

  • Image optimization.
  • eCommerce speed
  • Server optimization
  • Code minification
  • Cloudflare CDN
  • Google Analytics
  • Multi-level caching
  • Database optimization

Service Pricing:

Optimize WP offers three packages. BASIC ($399) is suitable for personal and small business sites, PRO ($799) is best for eCommerce and large blogs and ENTERPRISE ($1199) is claimed to be suitable for high-traffic websites which include SEO optimization services as well.


Should I Hire a WordPress Speed Optimization Service?

WordPress speed optimization services take all the burden of analyzing your website assets, overall auditing performance, ongoing issues, and server impact on speed, and then fix them with their skills, experience, and setting up website cache.

While speed optimization plugins make it easy to configure and automate many things for you, they can break your site design and functionalities. It does not mean the speed optimization plugins are poor, but if you want to squeeze out every bit of potential speed from the website, a speed optimization service is a perfect option.

When you have a small site with no page builders and lower assets, try creating a staging version and then experiment with caching plugins, including other optimization plugins, with seeing what performance you can get.

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Do Internal Links Matter for SEO and How To Build Them Systematically – LinkWhisper Review

There are some things in life you KNOW you should do, and they aren’t hard to do, but they just don’t seem to get done. Internal link building is one of these!

You finish your post, get everything ready to publish, publish and then think: ****, I should really should have built some internal links!

This post will show you how to do this in 5 minutes using this tool for your site so that you never have to worry about internal linking again.

I am going to cover…

● First: Sharing some data analysis that the guys at AuthorityHacker did which shows that YES, internal links really do matter for ranking in Google.

● Second: Showing how this can be done systematically through LinkWhisper (plus my review of this tool).

(‘Data’ and ‘systematically’… 2 of my favourite words. This will be fun…)

One of the most popular books of the year is James Clear’s Atomic Habits, which explains how small, repetitive tasks which become habits and have compounding effects to transform our lives. How does that relate to internal link building? This post covers one of those small simple tasks that will have ongoing compounding benefits to your site. By making the process of internal link building easier, faster, and automatic, you can systematize a good habit!

First: Do internal links matter for SEO?

Short answer is yes!

Internal linking matters for more than just SEO purposes, but for the purposes of this article we are focusing on the SEO benefit.

Don’t let internal link building for SEO purposes distract from the more important issue of user experience and driving traffic to your $ pages.

The guys at AuthorityHacker–specifically Michal Ugor–have created a fantastic article digging into the data of 1 million links.

See their full article here: Internal Links. Great article that goes into this topic in more detail!

Credit – https://www.authorityhacker.com/internal-links/

The bottom line:

1. Pages that rank higher in Google averaged having more internal links pointing to that page than pages that didn’t rank as highly.

2. Anchor text matters for internal links and you can be more aggressive with exact match than typically you would be for off page links.

3. A decent rule of thumb is to have 5 internal links linking out for every post and, for the pages you want to rank, up to 100 internal links pointing to them. As with most rules of thumb this will have limited application.

a. NOTE: I was shocked when I saw my average was under 1 for outbound internal links on my posts!

Second: How to Systematically Structure & Sculpt Them? LinkWhisper Review

So we know links matter and would all love to spend the time analyzing and optimizing them for every post. The reality is most of us don’t have that time.

So what is the solution? How do we get the majority of the benefit as efficiently as possible?

That is where LinkWhisper comes in, a great new tool from Spencer Hawes of NichePursuits.

Here are the steps I use, leveraging SEMRush to identify the opportunities and LinkWhisper to systematically build internal links.

Note: Any time you systematically do something it is not as ideal as fully sculpting the page rank flow with a site architecture plan. But, for the busy online entrepreneur looking for a systematic solution, I hope this helps.

Procedure for Automatically Internal Link Building

1. Identify Opportunities using SEMRush (this is optional and can all be done with LinkWhisper)

a. Note this is similar to the significant success we have had identifying the content that needs a refresh and upgrade. We are excited to combine both upgrades and internal link structure improvements to the key pages we care about and see the results!

b. Go to SEMRush and sign in

c. Enter the Domain in question

d. Go to Organic Research

e. Keyword Identification – Select metrics of ‘Position 4-20’ and ‘traffic 100+’

  • The key here is to identify low hanging fruit on keywords where a small impact in link juice being passed to them will improve their ranking.

f. Export to tracking sheet–see free copy of sheet you can copy

g. Page Identification–What are the top 10-20 pages you care about? You can use Google Analytics for this or SEMRush

h. Create final plan using judgement around what pages are low hanging fruit for boosting traffic and what pages you most care about

2. Install LinkWhisper and use the sheet you made in step 1 to set it up

a. Purchase LinkWhisper here

b. Install LinkWhisper

c. Activate LinkWhisper

d. Wait for InternalLinksReport (2-5 minutes)

e. Refer to the plan you made in step 1 and systematically go through each page adding internal links for the ones you care about

3. If LinkWhisper doesn’t have any recommended internal links

a. Search Google to identify top pages for the keyword you are wanting to rank for sitel:yourdomain.com “keyword” the results should show #1 as the page you are wanting to rank for the keyword and then the next 5 pages are likely great places to put an internal link back to your target page.

b. Edit page(s) and add link back to the main page you are wanting to rank for that keyword


Internal link building matters and is often neglected.

LinkWisper and some manual work is a great way to efficiently get your internal link building game back in order!

Hope this actionable article was helpful!

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