Identify Low Quality Content on your Blog

Google has been continuously tweaking its search algorithm in order to give the users more appropriate results as well as the webmasters who Put-in more efforts to create quality content with top rankings. In this span of optimizing its search algorithm, Google has penalized several websites and blogs that have low-quality content. So, how do you differentiate low quality content from the high quality. This particular question has been raised by many in several SEO forums but very few people have responded with appropriate solutions. So, I just thought of writing an article with the checklist that is required to identify low quality content on your own blogs.

How to Identify Low Quality or Thin Content?

I know what you’re thinking right now! Why Google has penalized my site even though my content was original (written by me) and not copied from elsewhere? To be clear, Low quality content is nothing but the particular article/post on your blog is not able to provide full or sometimes proper information to the end-user (reader) who comes from the search listings. OK! Now, let us look at the ways of identifying the poorly written content on our blog.

Finding Low Quality Content On your Blog

1] Article with very few words

Although there is a saying that ‘Quality is better than Quantity’, Google has completely changed the scenario by introducing the algorithmic updates like Google Panda, Penguin, EMD update and the forthcoming Zebra. All Google (in the view of the end user) needs now is well written articles with complete information for what the user is looking for. In short, articles on your blog should be at least 500 words (keep it a minimum criteria while writing the new posts).

Let’s keep it straight. Not all the topics will need/require 500 words to express as there are some topics which can be written in mere 200 to 250 words. In such cases, you can consider adding/bringing more comments to your articles so that the overall content on that single post would be more than 500 words (i.e., 250 words of content  + 250 words of comments). This way, you can make sure that your article is fulfilling the needs of the search engine as well as the user. See it like this – Google robots will be able to find the 500 words they want and the user will be able to get for what he landed on our site with the content as well as the interactions done in your comments section.

That way, you’ll be satisfying both Google pets and your readers.

P.S: Gettings comments doesn’t mean that you should post or approve spammy comments with large texts. Try to interact with your readers as much as possible and give answers to their queries in the comments itself (and not by replying to their emails). So, if you’ve missed adding any particular information in your article body, you can then add it in your comments.

Here is what Matt cutts has to say about the thin content on blogs.

2] Outdated Articles

People who’re blogging in the tech niche should continually update their blogs with the latest information (news) or else they’ll end up with pretty low traffic. As the news articles tend to expire sooner or later, those articles will be of no use to both the user as well as the search engines. So, you should always check those outdated posts and make the necessary changes.

Content Expired or Outdated

  1. If there is any chance of adding value to the article, then its better keep it and update the content. This is mostly apt for articles related to tricks because the old trick might not work now and so you can update such articles with the new trick. It’s just an example, you should decide what type of article it is.
  2. In case if the news is expired and is no longer necessary, it’s better to remove those from your blog and do a proper 301 redirect to either the category page or the index page or the similar news article. I’d prefer to redirect such articles to related category pages.

P.S: You may be interested in checking out these timeless Blogging niches.

3] Articles with little or no traffic at all

Not all the articles on your blog will get the same or similar traffic. Some posts may rank higher and bring in more traffic while some may not be seen anywhere in the top 100 results. In such cases, try to find those and optimize them with proper keywords so that they can get ranked well.


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Tip: Try to make use of the Google Analytics tool in order to get the visitor information.

  1. Go to Content > Site Content > Landing Pages. You’ll get the visitor information of all your posts from all sources.
  2. Now, select the option ‘Secondary dimension’ and choose ‘Traffic sources’ > Medium.
  3. Next, click on the ‘advanced’ link beside the search box and input the word ‘organic’ in the text box while including the option ‘medium’ intact.
  4. Next, click on the ‘Visits’ tab to segregate the data in the ascending order (from low to high).

Thus, you can find all your posts with less or ‘0’ visits. Now, try to optimize them.

4] Say no to Duplicate Content within your blog

Normally, WordPress creates duplicate copies of your content across different locations under your own domain. For example, all your category, tag and archive pages will also be indexed by the search engines by default (if not controlled via robots.txt file). As your content also appears on these archive pages along with your main index page, it creates the duplicate copies. So, better use a proper WordPress SEO plugin like Yoast SEO or All-in-One SEO plugin and control their indexing.

P.S: I’ve already written an article about setting up the WordPress SEO plugin. Go ahead and read it.

Not only WordPress CMS but Blogger also creates some content issues like duplicate description tags and indexing of ‘labels’. Read the tutorial about the Blogger SEO settings and make your blogspot blog SEO friendly.

To get more information about the duplicate content issues on your blog, go to the Google Webmaster Tools > Optimization > HTML Improvements wherein you’ll see the suggestions from Google about the presence of duplicate title and meta descriptions.

5] Most Common Mistake

Apart from the above, try to avoid spelling and grammatical mistakes as much as possible. If you find any such mistakes in my blog, please let me know and help me fix it. It’s because Nopody is berfect 😉

That’s it folks! Do follow the above steps to identify and delete duplicate or low quality content on your blog. If you’ve any suggestions or doubts about the process, please feel free to comment below. I’ll try my best to address your queries.

Happy Blogging 🙂

How to Embed Responsive YouTube Videos on a WordPress?

Recently, I came across a problem while embedding a YouTube video on one of my blogs. Being a tech blog, I post a lot of gadget related articles which need video demos. Eventhough I am using a responsive theme, it doesn’t mean all the elements on the page convert themselves to suit the browser resolution. It is apt in the case of the embedded YouTube videos which looks fine on desktop computers, but looks clumsy while viewing from a mobile device. At first, I just tried to set the width to 100% so that the videos will automatically adjust their size according to the browser size. Unfortunately, it didn’t solve the problem.

After Googling, I just landed on webdesignerwall.com where the author just wrapped the embedded YouTube video with a <div> container. He then styled it by specifying the child elements like iframe, object and embed with absolute position + allotted 100% width & 100% height. Doing so will force the embedded elements to resize to fullwidth automatically.

Also see: How to Make Adsense Ads Responsive?

How to Make a YouTube Video Mobile Responsive?

Go to your style.css file (WordPress) or Template > Edit HTML and copy-paste the below css code at the end.

.responsiveyoutube {
position: relative;
padding-bottom: 56.25%;
padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden;
}

.responsiveyoutube iframe, .responsiveyoutube object, .responsiveyoutube embed {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
}

Save the changes.

Next, whenever you add or embed any videos (YouTube or Vimeo) in your post, simply wrap the iframe within the <div> tag like as shown below.

<div class=”responsiveyoutube”>Insert your YouTube or Vimeo Embed</div>

Now, if you preview your article or webpage from your mobile device, you’ll notice that the embedded video adjusts itself according to your device screen size.

For a working example, visit this page and resize your browser to witness the responsive YouTube videos.

Enable Custom Permalinks in Local WordPress Server

The most preferred method to test new things on a WordPress blog is to install WordPress software on your computer or-else you may end up with a lot of errors in case if anything went wrong. If you’ve already installed it, then you might know that if you change the permalink structure in local WordPress installation, then all your posts and pages would show ‘page not found’ errors. Normally, users won’t like the default permalink structure which looks a bit clumsy. For those users (like me), here is a fix.

How to Set Custom Permalinks in Local WordPress Server?

#Method 1

  1. Whatever software you use (WAMP, XAMPP or MAMP), you’ll have to turn on the rewrite module in order to fix this issue. To do so, simply find the icon in your taskbar > go to Apache > Apache modules.
  2. In the sub-menu of Apache modules, click on the module named ‘rewrite_module’. This would enable the custom permalinks in your local WordPress installation.
    Change Permalinks in Local WordPress Server
  3. Simply, go to your WordPress dashboard > Settings > Permalinks and choose your preferred WordPress permalink structure.

#Method 2

  1. Click on the WAMP/XAMPP/MAMP icon located in your taskbar > go to Apache and from the sub-menu, click on the file named ‘httpd.conf’. Alternatively, you can browse C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.22\conf and find this file.
  2. Open the file in any text editor (say notepad).
  3. Find the following line

    #LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

  4. Now, simply removed the pound sign (#) at the beginning of this line so that it looks like the below one.

    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

  5. Save the httpd.conf file as it is.

That’s it! You’ll now be able to change your permalink structure like you desired.

Note: You can use any of the above two methods to enable custom permalinks in your WAMP, XAMPP or MAMP server. So choose the one you’re comfortable with.

Best Premium Responsive WordPress Themes 2014

A few months back, we’ve discussed about the free responsive WordPress themes in our blog. However, not all loves free stuff and for those who like to go for premium WordPress themes that are responsive in nature, I am listing all the popular choices.

Responsive WordPress Themes from ElegantThemes.Com

Daily Journal ($39): It is one of the best responsive themes available on Elegant Themes store which will automatically adapt to your screen’s size. This theme is mostly suitable for Personal & Tech Blogs. Instead of purchasing single theme for $39, you can have all the 89 themes from Elegantthemes for $39.

Daily Journal WordPress Responsive Theme

Lucid ($39): It is a sleek & modern magazine WordPress theme which is mostly suitable for blogs that contain tons of content such as news blogs or multi-niche blogs.

Lucid Elegant Theme

Popular WordPress Responsive Themes at Mojo-Themes.Com

Aegaeus ($49): It is the most popular business theme with fresh & modern look besides the friendly features that makes the website standout from the crowd. Free Theme Installation offered.

Aegaeus from Mojo Themes

Breakout ($49): A sleek and responsive HTML 5 design that is built on the Theme Blvd framework. A wide range of customization options available.

Breakout Responsive Theme for WordPress

Neo ($39): A premium theme suitable for both personal & portfolio blogs. It comes with several customization options including fullscreen frontpage blog, different portfolio templates, full-screen backgrounds for every single page and many more.

NEO Responsive Theme for Portfolio Blogs

My Journal ($39): Clean & fully responsive magazine WordPress template suitable mostly for health & food & lifestyle blogs.

My Journal WP Magazine Theme

Cleanr ($49): A clean, beautiful and responsive theme which is suitable for portfolio and/or image based blogs (photography.

Cleanr WordPress Template

Themify.me: Top Responsive Themes for WordPress Blogs

Metro ($39): This particular theme is inspired by Windows 8 interface and is responsive too. Perfect for computer tips blogs, especially to those related to Windows. Buy one & Get another for free (your choice).

Windows Style Metro WordPress Theme

Pinboard ($39): A pinterest-inspired theme which is suitable for image-rich & health blogs. Buy one & Get another for free (your choice).

Pinterest Like WordPress Theme

Suco ($39): An excellent theme with stunning homepage design. Perfect for Blogging or Internet Marketing related blogs. Buy one theme & Get another for free (your choice).

SUCO Theme for Responsive WordPress Blogs

Elemin ($39): This Elemin theme is being used by Amit on Labnol.org and can also be found on several other websites too. The beauty of this theme is that it is very clean & simple where the content is highlighted in particular than the design. Buy single theme & get another for free (your choice).

Elemin-Labol Style WordPress Theme

Photo Touch ($39): A beautiful design best suited for photography & portfolio sites. Users can simply press arrow keys to navigate through the photos, pinch, double tap etc…

Photography WP Theme

WooThemes.Com: Functional Responsive WordPress Designs

All the WordPress themes are powered by the WooFramework which provides a reliable & structured coding to make the customizations simpler for you. Know what is a WordPress theme framework?

Canvas ($70): A highly customizable blog design suitable for business, portfolio and technology blogs. $70 for Standard Package & $150 for Developer Package.

Woothemes Canvas WP Theme

Hope you’ll like these premium responsive Worpress themes like I did. As of now, I’ve updated only a few themes from well-known WordPress theme providers but I am going to add more to the list in the coming days which include theme frameworks like Genesis & Thesis too. Stay tuned…

What is a WordPress Theme Framework? Pros and Cons

Many WordPress beginners wonder what WordPress theme framework is and the benefits it has over the regular WP themes. So, in this article let us discuss the topics like what is WP theme framework, different types of theme frameworks, and the advantages & disadvantages of using a theme framework on a WordPress blog.

What is a WordPress Theme Framework?

In the beginning days of WordPress, developers used to create WordPress themes in the regular format and so upgrading those themes without losing the custom styling is not possible. There was also no way to prevent copy-pasting of the existing functionality in all themes. This may not seem like a big problem to the average users, but it can create nightmares for the following reasons.

  • The same code is being used on several themes of yours and you found some security loophole in your code. Will you be opening all your themes and update them?
  • What if you have 1000’s of themes being used on several blogs (downloaded)?

What is a WordPress Theme Framework
These two major problems made the developers think about introducing the concept of WordPress theme framework which includes Parent Theme and Child Theme.

All the functionality would be residing in the parent theme while the developers try to create child themes to add just the custom styling. So, if the development theme found a bug or a security exploit in the functionality code, then they’d just replace it in the parent theme, which doesn’t affect your styling at all. Hope you understood the concept.

Advantages of Using a WordPress Theme Framework

  • Quick Support: You can get your support q’s answered from the experts in the community.
  • Development made Easier: As all the functionality is already been taken care in the parent theme, all you need to concentrate is on the child theme and so it will drastically reduce the development time.
  • In-Built Functionality: Most of these theme frameworks come with in-built functionality and widgets.
  • Quality of Code: As these frameworks are developed by the industry’s top experts and are peer reviewed, the quality of the coding would be excellent.
  • Upgrading is Easier: You can upgrade your frameworks without your child theme getting affected which is a great plus.

WordPress Theme Framework Disadvantages

  • Unwanted Code: Generally, these framewoks come with thousands of lines of code that will not be of any use to you. Of-course, it will not have any direct influence on you.
  • Limited Learning: As the coding has been made easier, you’ll have no chance to learn/experiment new things w.r.t functionality. Of-course, you can contribute patch files (updated functionality to core files) to the community which if accepted, will be included in the future upgrades.
  • Price: Mostly, WordPress theme frameworks will not come for free. You’ll have to pay some fee (one time or annual) to get them.

I’ve purchased a few popular theme frameworks like Genesis and Thesis for experimenting purpose but I don’t usually use them on any of my blogs. I always love to hard code things. But, if you like to know the best WordPress theme frameworks available in the market, then here is the list for you.

Popular WordPress Theme Frameworks

Also see: Best responsive WP themes from Premium theme providers.

Have you used any WordPress theme frameworks till now? If so, which is your favorite one? Please do share with us.