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Paid Directories

I’m happy to announce on a new feature for link building, Paid Directories.

Up until now we offered a list of free web directories you could submit to. The problem was that the response time from those directories was horrible, and many times they would ignore the submission. The recent problem is that those directories are not supporting https websites, and now this is the standard with many websites. It was hard to explain to so many site owners why their submissions were failing on the free directories, so the conclusion is that we now offer paid web directories.

You could argue that their influence on rankings are not high these days. That might be true, but you pay a very small price for a link that may benefit, even little. So, the price reflects the benefit you get from it. Probably, it would be much better to have a blogger in your niche write about your website and provide a dofollow link in a natural and relevant text, but that is so HARD to get, and might cost you a lot more. So, with the web directories, you get what you pay for. Small/moderate benefit for small cost and very little effort.

paidDirs

Anyway, lets cover the new feature. As you can see in the image above. We got some of the best web directories out there for you to use. Just select the directories you want and you’ll be able to submit to them. We got good prices for all of them and we’re saving you time and effort in submitting to them. Just define your submission profile once and use that to all directories you want. No need to go through the tedious submission process and entering your payment details to each of them.

All directories come with some information like, their price, the duration of the listing, alexa rank, and citation flow (equivalent to PageRank).

Remember, those are paid directories, so we will need to collect money from your card on file or PayPal.

Rankings Progress – New Screen

One of our clients suggested this report. I hope you’ll find it useful as he does.

Let’s start with a picture to ease up the explanations:

SEO rankings progress

SEO rankings progress

As you can see in the example above, we show here the average rank per week for each keyword. The actual average rank is shown, plus a color that helps to mark the progress made. Each color marks a different range of rank. 1-3: dark green, 4-10: green, 11-20: lime, 21-100: yellow, 101-200 pink, >200: red.

Hope you find this useful. You can export this report using the pdf link at the bottom of the screen or add it to your reports from the reports section.

Here is where you can find this new screen:

rank progress menu

rank progress menu

 

Reports Section Upgrade

Since we realize that PDF/CSV reports are still important, specially for SEO agencies. We made an upgrade to our reports section.

First, we changed the former screen name from “mailed reports” to simply “reports”, and moved this screen from the settings section to the main left menu.
seo report menu

Second, we added the option to add a cover page to the report. Once you set the report to add cover page, it will be added to any merged report.
SEO report cover page

Third, You can now add a report that is manual, so it isn’t sent through mailed reports, just on demand. To do that just choose the “never” option on the “mail every” selection box in the “add new report” form.

Moving to HTTPS

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Just moved our site to https.

The trend is to use https for all pages in websites, even ones that don’t handle any private/sensitive information. So, we moved all our pages to https. Up until now, only our ordering pages were secured. Google are pushing this, because their officials say they give more credit to secured sites. Also, chrome displays “not secure” on the URL bar, for pages that are not secured. So, there is definitely a strong push from Google towards using only https.

White label sites still operate on http since our certificate will not work for them. In the future, we will allow certain white label sites to work with https if they inform us their site’s certificate is valid for the sub domain used for the white label version of sheerseo.com.

Dashboard Export

We now added an PDF export to the dashboard.
For all the SEOs out there – this allows you to send much more impressive PDF to your clients. Not just the usual boring rankings table, but a comprehensive graphical data about their website.
To just export the dashboard, use the export button on the bottom of the dashboard screen.
dashboard pdf report seo

If you want to have this new PDF report sent to the client by email, you can add that in settings>domain settings>mailed reports screen.
The same screen also allows to create a merged report with both the dashboard and the rankings in the same PDF file.

New Dashboard

We’ve just added a new dashboard to the domain accounts.

Here is how it looks like:seo dashboard

You can find it in the menu, just above the rankings.

The dashboard has 3 main sections:

  • Rankings – average rank, rank trending and keyword changes since last collection.
  • Web Presence – data from Majestic and Alexa regarding the popularity of the website.
  • Organic visits (advanced and pro accounts only) – Estimated visits and actual visits. Actual visits will only be available after you integrate SheerSEO with G. Analytics or Google Search Console.
  • Rankings Discrepancies

    Many times I get customers saying that our rankings are not correct. While our system may have errors, that is rare.

    A more probable cause you see different results in Google than what are system is giving is:

    1. Localization – Google gives a different results based on your location. The country is the most critical in this respect, even if you use google.com, your results are not US if you’re outside US. For some keywords, also the city or even the zip code within the city influence the results. Those would usually be keywords that make sense to localize per city, like “plumber”, “lawyer”, etc.

    2. Personalization – Google is  trying to fit the results to your previous browsing history. Thus, usually your site, which you visit often, will appear high in the results. The way to avoid this is to sign out of any Google account you use (Gmail, G. Analytics, etc.).

    3. Low search volume keywords – Google is pretty consistent when it comes to keywords that are valuable, which are keywords that have high search volume. But when it comes to low search volume keywords, you might get different results depending on which Google server you hit.

    Analytics Information is not Reliable – “not provided”

    We know for some time that Google started hiding much of their organic search data from monitoring applications. When we come to see the keywords that originated the searches we see “not provided” most of the time. There is nothing new here, but lately it has become so extreme that Google Analytics information regarding organic search is completely useless.

    Here is a quick example:

    analyticsSucks

     

    As you can see, 99% of our searches are not provided.

    Thus, I strongly suggest on not using Google Analytics integration in sheerseo. If you can, choose the Google search console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) instead.

    Responsive UI

    We’ve worked hard to keep adjusting our interface to be mobile friendly, or in other words “responsive”.

    You’ll notice that we changed our application side menu, so it is hidden when seen on small screens by default. You can use the hamburger menu next to our logo to show/hide the menu.
    See here (menu hidden):

    hamburger

    Notice also that the logo was reduced to 160px width and 80px height. This is now the ideal logo size. If you use an agency package, I suggest that you find a logo that is around this size. Otherwise, the application will do the best to fit the logo into these sizes, but it might look a little squeezed.