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SEO —  Using Google Search Console

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September 20, 2019

 

Besides On-site optimisation & Off-site optimisation, you can use tools like Google Search Console to improve the indexation of your site. Start by creating a Google Search Console account and follow the steps below: 

 


 

1. VERIFY YOUR WEBSITE 


1. Go to your Google Search Console account.
2. Click "Add property".
3. You will be asked to select a property type, from two options - "Domain" or "URL Prefix". Choose "URL prefix".
4. Enter your website's domain URL i.e https://www.delphinelinder.com.
5. Click "Continue".
6. Choose the "HTML tag" method. Copy the meta tag provided — it looks like this: 
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="rs_HqdF17XT0e01f6L1yYH-g4OC14_XetyVVagSuRY8" />
7. Paste this code in your admin panel under Settings → General → Website → Meta verification snippet. 
8. Once the code has been added, after around 30 minutes, click on the "Verify" button in Google Search Console.
9. If the code has been added correctly, Google will then complete the verification of your website.

Please note that when your site is verified, you may have to wait a few days before being able to use the Search Console. The delay depends on Google not Portfoliobox.
 

As Google explains it: 
"When you add your site to Search Console, it may take some time before diagnostic and other data is available. This is normal; it can take some time for Search Console to gather and process data for your site. In general, if you see a "No data yet" message, check back later. Once Google starts crawling your site more often, you'll notice that Search Console will begin to show more detailed data, and that this data is updated more often."


 

2. SUBMIT YOUR SITEMAP


A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site. Also, your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is information about a web page, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site.
 

1. Expand the "Index" menu on the left menu.
2. Click "Sitemaps".
3. Enter "sitemap.xml" in the "Add a new sitemap" field after your verified domain name.
4. Press "Submit".


Google will now place your sitemap in it's queue and when you reach the top its Googlebot will visit the sitemap and index your pages. Once it has done so you'll be able to see how many pages are appearing in the index and whether it found any problems while crawling the site. We recommend that each time you make changes to your website in Create and publish, that you also re-submit your sitemap in Google Search Console too.

 

Google's advice:
"Using a sitemap doesn't guarantee that all the items in your sitemap will be crawled and indexed, as Google processes rely on complex algorithms to schedule crawling. However, in most cases, your site will benefit from having a sitemap, and you'll never be penalized for having one."​

The secret of Section Pages

Tips & Tricks

June 07, 2019

 

What is a section page? 

Section page is a very versatile page type built with sections. There is a variety of sections to choose from. This design makes it easier for your visitors to locate important information without checking out every page listed in the menu.

 

You can display your most recent blog posts with a Blog section, or the most popular products in your e-shop in a Product section. Do you have clients' testimonials? Create a Testimonial section! Standard sections like Text, Gallery, Collection, Team, Form or Map are also available.


 

How to create a section page? 

New page → Section page →  Choose a template → Add sections.



 

 

The menu section is a great asset!

→ It can link to sections of the page.
→ It can replace your standard menu.
→ It can be sticky.

 

 

 

 

Focus on Call To Action section

A Call to Action section allows you to create buttons. They're fully customisable and can link to a page of your site, another section or a custom link.

 

 

 

Focus on Testimonial section

With a Testimonial section, you can display your clients' testimonials on your site.

 

 

 

All about image quality, size and resolution

Tips & Tricks

April 20, 2019


1. Image resolution

All images that are larger than 1920 pixels, in width or height, before upload will be resized to 1920 pixels during upload. To avoid quality loss, we recommend that you upload images that are 1920 pixels or smaller. Note that images that are smaller than 1920 pixels, will not be resized. 
 



What about dpi?

Dpi (dots per inch) only matters when it comes to printing or scanning. Monitors don't have dots but pixels, so dpi value has no effect on the quality of an image viewed on a screen or uploaded online.

 

2. Image size

To upload an image in Portfoliobox, the file size cannot exceed 12Mb. The file size of an image is measured in kilobytes (K), megabytes (MB), or gigabytes (GB). The file size is affected by the pixel dimensions of the image and its format. Because of the varying compression methods used by GIF, JPEG and PNG formats, file sizes can vary considerably for the same pixel dimensions.

 

3. Image color profile

Before uploading your images to your Portfoliobox site, make sure their color profile is sRGB. If you are using Photoshop go to File > Save for Web. This will make sure that the images will be optimized for web browsers.

 

4. Image quality

The higher quality your images have, the heavier the files would be. When you have lots of big and heavy image files on your website, it will affect your page speed. You can speed up the loading of your website by slightly reducing your image quality. In Portfoliobox, you can adjust the image quality by clicking on the Cogwheel Icon > Settings > General > Website > Image Quality. The image quality scale is from -1 to 1. -1 is the lowest and 1 is the highest. You can try out different quality level to find the best option for your website.

 


 


 

3 Color Palettes generators

Tips & Tricks

October 27, 2018

Coolors: Hit the space bar to generate a color scheme. Change the value of a color, lock it and hit the space bar to generate another color scheme based on the colors you locked. Once you are happy with the palette you created, export it or save it. You can also browse through palettes created by other users. Complete and user friendly!

 

 

 

Adobe Color CC: You can browse, build & share color schemes. You can log in to save and edit the color scheme you created. You can even get a color scheme from a photo you upload. Complete and versatile!

 

 

 

0 to 255: Simple tool, which allow you to find colors in the same spectrum as another.
 


 

Easily display your clients' testimonials on your website

Tips & Tricks

October 04, 2018

 

Easily display what your clients think about your work on your Portfoliobox website. Click NEW PAGE, choose SECTION PAGE and add a TESTIMONIAL section. 

 


Start adding your clients' testimonials by clicking ADD ITEM.

 

 


Apply the settings you like to the section. You can choose its width, the testimonials size and margins, as well as the padding you want for the section. 

A Little Trick to Add Internal Links

Tips & Tricks

September 20, 2017

There's a little trick that willl help you add an internal link into your website, meaning adding a link to an existing page of your site. Here, we want to add a link to the Team page into the Contact & Info page. The trick is to add the last part of the URL only — not the entire link. For the page delphinelinder.com/meet-the-team, we will add /meet-the-team. It's faster and you'll stay logged in when trying the link. Here is how you do: 

 


1. Start by selecting the text that you want to link to the page and click the link icon.

 

 

 

2. In the link popup window, under Link Info, in the field URL, add the last part of the page URL: /meet-the-team (the entire URL being www.delphinelinder.com/meet-the-team). Click OK.

 

 

3. You're done! The link is added, you can try it out without being logged out.

 

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5 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

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August 24, 2017

One of the most common misconceptions about blogging is that it is an easy thing to do. After all, how hard could it be to write a few articles loosely related a topic that you are truly passionate about? It’s usually not until somebody sits down to write that they realise creating and managing a successful blog is not quite the walk in the park they assumed it to be.


In this article, we’ll cover why it’s important for your creative business to have a blog before addressing some of the most common blogging mistakes that can harm your chances of blogging success.
 


Why Write a Blog?

A well-written blog has the power to transform your creative business. Blogging is a powerful tool through which you can communicate and connect with your audience on a more personal level. 

 

You can effectively communicate the quirks of your personality and the admirable ideals of your company. Additionally, you can give readers an exclusive insight into the interesting happenings that go on behind the scenes of your day to day creative adventures and mishaps.  

 

What’s more is that the search engines love them. When blogging is done right, you can expect to see your website shoot right up the search engine rankings. This is wonderful because it conveniently provides you with more traffic to your site. More traffic means more business, no matter how obscure or enigmatic your creative tastes are!

 

So without further ado, let’s carefully examine the most common pitfalls that aspiring bloggers fall victim to and discover what we can do to avoid them.

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