Internet Explorer 9 better than other browsers for HTML5 Compliance

W3C, the Worldwide Web Consortium has recently revealed the results of the first HTML5 conformity to HTML 5. According the this test, the browser that best suits the latest web standards set is no other than Internet Explorer 9. This won the test over other popular browsers like Google Chrome 7, Firefox 4 beta 6, Safari 5 and Opera 10.6.

Although HTML5 specification are not finalised yet and this test does not cover all its specs, one thing is sure: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is a changed browser with a different approach. Seven aspects of HTML5 specifications were tested: “audio”, “video”, “canvas”, “attributes”, “foreigncontent”, “getElementsByClassName” and “xhtml5”, while others like API file or web workers were skipped for this test. Other standards like CSS have not been tested.

The final W3C test clearly shows that IE9 is at the top of HTML5 conformance table, followed by the other four popular browsers. Although Microsoft’s browser has not been praised from a lot of points of view it seems they are making a killer release for Web standards.

However, according to W3C these results are not the final ones while the HTML5 Test suite is still under development and the results might change at any time. This test suite is designed to help developers write application that are fully compliant with HTML5. These being said, you can see the results in the attached table.

How to optimise Youtube videos

As local searching is getting more and more popular lately, we covered some tips on how to rank higher in Google Local listings a few weeks ago but now it’s time to hit another popular subject these days and this is related to videos on Youtube. Youtube is nowadays starting to show on top of organic searches results and with few tweaks one can easily outrank authority sites like Amazon, Wikipedia or just the competitors’ sites.

This article will show you how to optimise Youtube videos for getting more exposure and more targetted traffic any webmaster desires to have. Though this is not the only video site available, it clearly is one of the most popular among Internet users and second, ranking in Youtube is a little bit easier than in the organic spots.

There are three things on which Youtube relies when ranking videos : number of views, rating and content of title and description. When it comes to title, anyone can use 99 characters for a particular video so it is best to use A. major targeted keyword and B. related keywords.

When it comes to description, users may use up to 5,000 characters so use its wisely. From keywords inserted in the description to call-to-action lines like « share this video » etc. Also, do not forget to use tags which are still very helpful when it comes to getting more visible for Google.

Another things to consider would be related to broadcasting and sharing :
– Videos should not be private
– Comments should be enabled for users interaction
– Comment on other videos as well, add video responses
– Keep syndication and ratings enabled

From this point on, it’s all about how popular the video can become and how you popularise it in other places. Not to forget about other blogs, Twitter, Facebook, this can get you a tremendous level of traffic, if done properly.

20 SEO tips anyone should consider

Although the Internet is filled with tips regarding SEO of an website, another updated one should be handy for anyone trying to rank a website to the top of search engines, whether we are talking about a beginner or a more experienced SEO guy. So here are top 20 SEO tips any webmaster should take into consideration when creating/promoting a website.

1. Use proper title and description for both human readers and search engines.

2. Do a proper keyoword research even before creating the website.

3. URL structure – use key search terms in it.

4. Use anchor texts when doing internal linking.

5. Use proper ALT tags for your images

6. Write your main keywords in bold. Once or twice should be enough.

7. Sharing is caring – make use of social bookmarking sites and let people spread the word easy.

8. Create links not only to homepage but try to acquire as many as possible to your internal pages as well, whether links from outside or from your pages.

9. Use only unique content, we all know content is the king nowadays.

10. Canonicalization issues – www and non-www domain. Decide upon which one too choose and do a 301 redirect from one to the other.

11. Create a sitemap and submit it to Google, Yahoo and Bing.

12. Submit it to blog directories or local business directories, depending on what niche you are in.

13. As well, make use of RSS feed directories – they are gems for traffic and links

14. Use video websites to promote yourself ; as well, get links/exposure through well researched and written articles.

15. Use web 2.0 sites for links – Squidoo, HubPages etc.

16. Watch out for site loading speed, nowadays it is part of Google’s algorithm checking list.

17. Use robots.txt for pages you don’t want to be crawled.

18. 404 errors are easy to spot and repair – do its !

19. Check and fix broken links.

20. Get more content and more links, enough is not enough !

Four great Firefox plugins for SEO

Although there are a multitude of Firefox plugins helpful for SEO, this article will showcase the ones that are used almost day by day and really could make your life much harder if would not be available.

We should start with the most popular one nowadays, SEOQuake. This plugin is amazing if you look at the incredible amount of information it features about analysed websites. It is not good only for root domains but also great for individual pages from a blog/site. By using it you get instant access to page page rank, Yahoo backlinks, Google index, domain age, source, description, keywords, titles, keyword density and many others, fantastic information for any SEO. Moreover, if it is activated while you do a search all the data from top results can be integrated in that very page and then sort by PR, backlinks or any other parameter you might find helpful. It also has a feature to show whether a link is nofollow or dofollow.

Aaron Wall’s Rank Checker is another definitely awesome tool for a daily basis usage. It is great for checking keywords ranks on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Live. The great thing about it is that you can export your results in a CSV document and whenever you are doing a check on your rankings in the future you can compare them with the actual rankings. Awesome tool.

SEO for Firefox is another brilliant tool that can create impressive reports with data like Google page rank, Yahoo links, .edu links, Dmoz presence etc, mostly as SEOQuake does. However this one has the advantage of providing instant access to other SEO tools for keyword research, Google trends and traffic estimator, and a great feature is that all the data can be exported to CSV.

Flagfox is great for finding out the current server’s physical location where the website is hosted. Not only that, but Flagfox also shows the ISP, whois and DNS, page code validation, pings and tracerouts and many others.

So here they are, four awesome Firefox plugins for every SEO to make full use of. The list could go on and on while there are literally hundreds of plugins like those, however they are some of the greatest ones we have worked with so far.

Avoid these mistakes when doing your keyword research

As we talked in our previous posts, keyword research is one of the most important aspect for a website to have success. This does not mean that only by selecting the right keywords and building optimised content upon its the site will aim to the top of search engines without any other work as link building, but this is a crucial aspect in any campaign.

These being said, here are the most common mistakes webmasters usually do. Avoid them and your way to the top should be without to many barriers.

1. Single word keywords

We all aim to rank on first page for keywords like dating, web design, acne or any other popular terms these days, however one thing is sure : those keywords are for the big fishes. Without an incredible big budget and maybe years of work (and this does not imply 100% first page rankings) no one stands a chance. Long tail keywords are a great way for faster great rankings and with the changes brought by Google Instant going for long tail ones could be the smartest thing a marketer can do.

2. Competition ? What competition ?

Not analysing the competition before selecting the keywords one will promote is a common mistake. However, there are some webmasters that are analysing the competition but the wrong way. Are you searching for under 500,000 broad results ? Below 10,000 “” results ? Intitle : “” inurl : “” ? Do you check each competitors’ from the first page backlinks ?

3. I do not need any keyword research !

This is probably the worst way someone could go with. Just choosing a niche and not considering keywords to build content upon (and I am not talking about those single word keywords) will get you nowhere. Analysing and then choosing the right keywords to promote can literally change the way your site appears in the search engines’ results.

4. It has 40,000 searches/month – goldmine !

But broad results…Broad results are the most misleading results a webmaster could find. Always choose the exact match and you will see how numbers drastically decrease. And by drastically, I mean there are keywords with 10,000 searches each month in broad and only 80-100 EXACT searches monthly. Now that is a big difference, right ?

5. Buying keywords are best for monetising

Let’s consider you found a keyword with good numbers of searching and low-medium competition. However that one might bring you visitors but no money (as from CPC, CPA etc). Why ?you might ask. Because it is not a buying keyword. Let’s think for example, someone searching for paper history, is he interested in buying something or just reading when the paper appeared for the first time then leave that site ?

These might sound as basics of keyword research but many folks are failing in Internet marketing because of these simple mistakes. Keyword research should be seen as something as important as building the website itself or promoting it in different online/offline environments.