18 Reasons To Use SEO For Beginners

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As bloggers, we constantly are bombarded with keeping our blog as up to date as possible. How do we do this? By using essential tools to keep our brand/blog in the know, in the market, and available and accessible to anyone who wants to read about it. The problem is, how do we get those people to read what we are writing? So what do you need to know when it comes to SEO and is it worth it?

Here are 18 reasons to use SEO when blogging and what to use!

  1. Check For Duplicate Content– This helps you avoid losing search engine rankings! Duplicate content should be no more than 10% of your site. You should check for duplicate content and remove it to avoid losing search engine availability.

  2. Use International Contextual Links on Long Tail Keywords– This helps improve your page ranking! Scan through older posts that you have and other web pages. These are easy to link them internally and it helps to establish your SEO-friendly site architecture.

  3. Keywords in H Tags– For your best SEO results, it’s important that you place your page’s best keywords in H tags without overstuffing them. This allows your search engines to know what the page is all about.

  4. Use Short and Descriptive URL Links To Rank Higher– Create simple and SEO friendly permalinks, such that the URL is short but descriptive and contains your target keywords.

  5. Use Hyphens– This helps you to differentiate your words in the URL shortcut. The structure of a URL matters; so it’s important to keep them as simple as possible and to use hyphens to optimize your URLs.

  6. Optimize Your Images For Better Rankings– Optimizing your images to their largest size reduces your bounce rate, can improve your performance and generates more traffic from your image search engines like Google Image Search.

  7. Create Search Engine & User Friendly Layouts– By implementing a no-index tag on low quality pages, the search engine robots do not index them. A better idea would be to get rid of low quality thin content to help your page run smoother.

  8. Social Signals– These signals impact your search engine rankings. Make sure that it’s active on social sites because these search engines use the data from the sites to rank your website as a whole.

  9. Publish Static Pages– When you publish your usually static Privacy, Contact Us, About Us pages, you can improve your site’s visibility and search engine rankings because more people will spend time getting to know you, how to contact you and your privacy policy.

  10. Social Branding – If you are wanting a more organic search traffic and to rank well in SERPs, create a social profile for your business on popular social channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Google + and Instagram!

  11. Submit To Google Local Listing– Submit your sites listing on Google’s My Business page. This will help boost your local SEO and to improve your site’s visibility.

  12. Set Up A Search Console Account– Google Search Console gives you insight into which keywords are popular on your blog. Also, what web pages have been indexed, a list of external and internal sites and more!

  13. Set Up An RRS Feed For Your Blog– This makes it much easier for others to promote and share your content and then provide links back to your website, resulting in more traffic and brand awareness.

  14. Look For Broken Links– When you look for broken links on Wikipedia and replace them with yours. Getting a backlink from Wikipedia is great for improving your website’s availability.

  15. Use Guest Blogging For Link Building– When you have guest bloggers, they can help you boost your site’s organic search ranking by improving your site’s visibility on search engines. This is one of my favorite easy ways to keep your stats up!

  16. Create An Infographic – Using an infographic is one of the most popular methods of increasing your site’s traffic with quality content.

  17. Competitor Link Profile – Look at your link metrics of your website and review those important links. This will show you the important data, such as your page’s authority, domain authority, backlinks etc though which you can understand your competitors’ link building strategy.

  18. Use Google Keyword Planner– I didn’t start using this until recently but this tool really helped me a lot! It provides you with all the necessary information you need to conduct a keyword research.

There are many other great reasons to keep using SEO to get your blog name out there. If you feel overwhelmed or unsure about these tips, my next suggestion would be to hire someone to help you! RankCrew is your one stop shop for all SEO needs. They have over 16 years experience, affordable SEO services and packages depending on where your blog or brand is. You can create your account for free and then choose from one of their link building packages to help you obtain your top ranking in Google.

Save Everyday With Groupon

 

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Groupon is a website offering 70,000 deals on over 9,000 retailers. Anytime I have shopping to do, I use Groupon to check out the deals. If there’s a chance to save some extra bucks, I’m in.  I’ve searched the internet for the best deals, and, when it comes to saving money, Groupon is where it’s at!

Whether you’re looking for home goods, back-to-school items or beauty steals, you’ll always find a great deal. There are so many retailers you can shop with Groupon such as Target , Macy’s, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgreens, and Aeropostale.

No matter what your shopping need may be, Groupon has a deal for you! Check them out next time you’re browsing.

One of my favorite retailers to check out Groupon for is Victoria’s Secret. I love their clothes and beauty items, and right now Groupon has 18 coupons there.

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You can save 60% on the Victoria’s Secret Sale and get supercute bralettes at 2 for $30!

Get $4 off lip crayons

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and a free weekender with an $85 order

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PS: Also on sale is my favorite: Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion for $5.99. Hurry, before it’s gone!

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This is a partnered post with Groupon. All experiences and opinions are my own.

New Leap! Movie Dances Into Theatres August 30th!

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Check out the brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut To The Feeling.”

In LEAP! 11-year-old orphan, Félicie has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor, an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own – to become a famous inventor. The two friends flee their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But Félicie quickly learns that talent alone is not enough, but determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

This charming animated comedy will inspire the whole family! Parents, kids, anyone who has ever dreamed of following their heart will fall in love with LEAP!. The entire cast captures the spirit and humor of the story and the music will have you dancing all the way home!

Make sure to get your tickets early!

LEAP! opens in theaters nationwide on August 30th and stars Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler alongside Mel Brooks, Kate McKinnon and Carly Rae Jepsen.

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 This sponsored post is brought to you by The Weinstein Company and coordinated by Wendy’s Bloggers

How I fell in Love with my Tens Unit by Techcare

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

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I really love my shoulders, but sometimes it seems they carry the weight of the world. This week I was driving home from buying groceries when the pain started. First, a small nagging whisper, then it got increasingly louder until it was soon at an 11. Can you relate?

I have fibromyalgia which makes me particularly sensitive to pain, but, so many of us struggle with pain issues, whether from overexertion, work or everyday stress. Wouldn’t it be nice to come home and have someone give you a nice massage?

I was so happy when I was asked to review the Tens Unit 24 Modes by Techcare Massager through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. I remember looking at one some years back, but, it was a large heavy unit and it wasn’t cheap. This unit, however, is fantastic! It’s light, smaller than my phone, very portable and easy to use. The price is so reasonable as well.

Tens is an acronym for Transcutaeous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. You attach the electrode pads to the desired areas as desecribed in the instruction manual and you can relax in the comfort and privacy of your home.

The Tens unit was easy to set up. You simply plug it in and charge it through the enclosed wall unit or your computer USB port. The built in rechargeable lithium battery can be used up to 12 hours. The bright blue  3.75″ Large LCD Screen is easy to read and there are 24 pre-programmed massage modes.

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I really love the different massage varieties: Kneading Swedish, Cupping, Scrapping, Reflexology and T’ai -Chi. I’m still discovering them all. You have a choice as to the intensity as well.

If you are wondering how it works: FDA approved TechCare massagers deliver low-voltage pulses to the skin to stimulate nerve fibers and effectively block the pain signal to your brain. No medication needed! How amazing is that for healthy pain management?

Friends, I am in love! Serious love! The Techcare Massager contracts and releases the muscles and helps get the knots out. My shoulders felt relaxed and I honestly felt joyful! I don’t know if  it was the feeling of someone massaging that very spot where you most ache or because the pain was released. Alongside the qualities of stimulating muscles and blocking pain, the brain is also stimulated to release endorphins. Endorphins are the ‘feel-good’ natural chemicals in the brain. For me, this effect is a revelation.

Techcare Massager gently contracts and releases the muscles and gives you the benefits of a massage. So far I have had success with carpal tunnel, neck, back and shoulder pain, headaches and the other pains of fibromyalgia. I have learned that it is also effective for arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, sciatica, TMJ pain and so much more.

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There are some people who are not good candidates for TENS, however. This includes people who:

  • Use a pacemaker
  • Have a bleeding disorder
  • Experience epileptic seizures
  • Are pregnant

I have reviewed many products on my blog, but, I can honestly say, that this Tens Unit  is one of the best. I was actually surprised to see the price on Amazon. Even one massage session costs more than that!

The unit comes with: the 2017 Newest Model Controller, 4 Large Electrodes ( Pads ), 2 Electrodes Cables, User’s Manual, USB and Wall Charger, 1 Small Electrode Pad and Wire Holder, 1 Treatment Points Chart and a lifetime limited warranty.

I have to add here that I love the Acupuncture Points Chart! I am a huge fan of Acupuncture, but, I can only afford so many sessions a year. With this unit and the chart, I can treat the same points my Acupuncturist does. I was particularly fascinated to see how the different points relate to different conditions. As someone who does acupressure, they are both accurate and extremely helpful.

So now, I am no longer shouldering the weight of the world. My neck is happy. My back is happy. I love my Tens Unit and I’m sure this relationship will last a very long time!

 

Freedom From Pain with Liberty Lixir CBD Tincture!

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

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Sometimes misfortune may be a catalyst to discovering new ways of healing. This is how Liberty Lotion began. Samson Garner was working in an industrial environment when he had an accident which left him with crippling pain and a decreased quality of life. He had such a severe injury that metal plates were put in his upper back and he was prescribed high doses of pharmaceutical painkillers. Finding these treatments largely ineffective with unpleasant side effects, Samson’s imagination and creative mind led him to find out what natural solutions existed to help his debilitating issues.

Samson was amazed to find that there were many natural options that could have a profoundly positive effect on his quality of life without harmful side effects. In his process of discovery, he came across CBD, or Cannabidiol, a substance found in a variety of plants and other sources, usually derived from hemp. He learned that scientific studies have indicated that CBD has a strongly potent effect on inflammation and appears to help the body regulate and regenerate by boosting and balancing the endocannabinoid system.

That’s when Liberty Lotion was born. Soon came Liberty Lixir and Liberty Lip Balm, and that was just the start.

I love that Liberty Lotion’s guiding principles are to use the best sources available and to support small businesses which help make our country great. They are rigorous about labeling transparency and quality. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid commonly found in hemp. In anecdotal stories and scientific studies, it has been indicated that CBD may be a viable treatment for anxiety, chronic pain, stress, neuralgia, migraines, arthritis, and more, especially those conditions with a direct relationship to inflammation.

Evidence suggests that CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, and, since inflammation is the cause of so many diseases, CBD has the potential to help so many.

 

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I was sent the Liberty Lixer ULTRA 1,000mg 1oz Tincture  to review. Liberty Lixir Ultra contains 1,000 mg in a 30 ml bottle dispensing 6.7 mg CBD per pump. You spray it under the tongue so it can be rapidly absorbed. Within 15 minutes, I began to feel a wave of relaxation that was very pleasant. As there is no THC in the Liberty Lixer, I was able to get work done, the only difference being that I was not in a lot of pain. As a fibromyalgia sufferer, I have daily chronic pain which can be annoying at its best and debilitating at its worst. It wears on you and it wears you out. I am always researching and writing, yet back, neck and shoulder pain (which often causes headaches as well) make what I love to do unpleasant.

After taking the Liberty Lixer spray, I definitely felt my shoulders were looser, my neck pain diminished and that unpleasant tension and stress was gone. I’m not saying that it was a miracle cure and all my pain disappeared; it just took it way down to where it really didn’t bother me, which is truly a blessing. I also noticed that when I took the Liberty Lixir at night I was able to sleep better and woke up without any ill effects.

I love that this company is all about quality and customer service.  Check out their topical lotions and lip balms too!

Use this link to get a 10% discount off your purchase (any purchase) with the code STRANGEDAZE

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Transform Your Look With Black Hairspray

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

Did you know that wigs can be traced back to the ancient times of the early Egyptians. The Egyptians loved fashion and innovation as much as we do, and it can be seen in many ways that certain styles came in and out of fashion.  In ancient Egypt, both men and women used to shave their heads bald replacing their hair with wigs. This was more comfortable in the hot climate and added to social status. Wigs were worn by men, women and children and often a new wig was worn each day varying in style. The wig was also worn as a headdress for special occasions, ceremonies and banquets. Past Kings in France wore them as a fashion accessory as well.

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Nowadays, many wear wigs for fashion and convenience. What better way to completely change your look, style or color with no mess, no fuss and no hassle? Why confine yourself to one look when so many are available? At Black Hairspray, you can find a wide range of wigs and hairpieces. Black Hairspray is a beauty e-commerce company that offers thousands of wigs and hair care products. Their many clients range from professional stylists, beauticians, working mothers, students and more.

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You can find Weaves, Braids, and a lovely lacefront wig, Zury Wigs, Remy Hair, Ponytails and Buns and other varieties at Black Hairspray. So many beautiful choices to explore!

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Life is always changing, so why should our looks stay the same? Be creative, have fun! Enjoy!

Father’s Day #Giveaway – Win Haggar Pants or Shorts (3 winners)

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Hosted by: Queen of Reviews, IMHO Views, Reviews & Giveaways, Tammie’s Reviews, Giveaways & More, When Selah Speaks, Easter Babe’s Theory, Deliciously Savvy, Networking Witches, Michigan Saving and More & Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Sponsor: Haggar

Prize: 3 Winners – Choice of Pair of Pants or Shorts

We are happy to bring you this wonderful Father’s Day Giveaway!

Haggar Corporation and its subsidiaries are leading designers, manufacturers, importers, and marketers of men’s apparel. Established in 1926, Haggar has played an important role in the fashion industry. “Slacks” did not exist until Haggar introduced them in the 1940s. Since that time, Haggar has expanded its line to include men’s shorts, wrinkle-free cotton shirts, suits, and pants.

Dates: 6/10-6/24

Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

 

Disclosure: Strange Daze Indeed did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Double the Savings on Luvs Diapers! #SharetheLuv

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

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If you have children in diapers, it seems you can never have enough. They go through them so quickly, and, of course, you want the best!

Luvs, the official diaper of experienced parents, is offering big savings this month. In this Sunday’s paper – May 28, 2017 – there will be a high-value coupon offering for $2 off any one pack or box of Luvs diapers! Keep an eye out for a BrandSaver insert from P&G with the Luvs coupon. The expiration date is 6/10/17.

In addition, to continue sharing the savings, you can find a $2 print-at-home coupon offer  Simply visit this link, print the coupon, and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. The $2 off coupon is available today until end of day 5/27.* Please note that this coupon will be changing to $1 from 5/28-6/10.

Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ are softer and more absorbent than before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee.  Luvs provides features babies and parents need for less cost than premium brands.

Between laundry, play dates, snack time, and nap time, moms and dads are too busy for leaks! Luvs makes your life easier by helping to keep those leaks in the diaper where they belong.

Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through 6, feature fun designs in every pack, and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

 

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A contoured shape hugs your child for a great fit and a super soft cottony material – softer than ever before – feels gentle on baby’s skin. Parents, you can rest assured knowing that your baby is dry and comfortable, even overnight.



*All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs. Print-at- home coupons expire 30 days from the date the coupon is printed by the consumer.

For more information on Luvs diapers, visit Luvs Diapers or their social media channels on Facebook Twitter and YouTube

 

Happy Baby, Happy Mama! Peace of mind is priceless!

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Momo: Your Intelligent Smart Home Assistant!

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What is Momo? Besides having an incredibly catchy name, Momo is an Intelligent Smart Home Assistant, the first all-in-one smart home device.

Momo is a standalone security system, smart home super hub, and artificially intelligent assistant, all integrated into a discrete and timelessly stylish lamp form factor.  Wouldn’t we all love a device that can simplify lives by making smart homes safer, more comfortable, more accessible, and more efficient? Momo does just that!  Momo’s artificial intelligence allows it to learn your patterns of smart home device usage and behavior, and suggest sets of actions for you to adopt.
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Home Security – Momo is packed with standalone security features like motion detection, facial recognition, and intelligent sound detection, and can also work with any additional security systems around the home.

Smart Home Super Hub – Thanks to a full suite of connectivity systems and an open architecture, Momo can automatically sync with and manage nearly all smart home devices, including standard appliances plugged into smart plugs.

Learn & Adopt Intelligence – Momo employs machine learning techniques to learn user habits and environmental preferences, and suggest automations for your home to perfectly fit your life.

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Watch Momo in action:

Momo is a brilliant and innovative design from Europe that is gaining amazing support. Couldn’t you use a little Momo in your life?

Spring Cleaning Tips to Make Life Easier

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol®, Finish®, Woolite®, and Air Wick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Winter brought warm soups and stews, comfy pajamas, and cuddling on the couch with hot tea and a good tv binge. But, as spring blooms and the weather warms, I also emerge. Outside, the world feels clean and refreshed which inspires me to bring that sense of renewal into my home. Since spring cleaning can seem overwhelming, I’m here to offer some tips!

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To-do-Lists: I find writing things down is half the battle! Getting it out of my head and onto paper makes me feel freer.

Break It Down: Break down your cleaning into manageable amounts. No one says spring cleaning can’t be spread out.

Declutter: A general de-cluttering is a great place to start and clears out your mind as well. The more I simplify, the more energy I seem to have.

Organize: Keep what you need. Toss what you don’t. Have a special bin for things to donate.

As far as rooms go, I love to start in my kitchen. A clean kitchen inspires my creativity and I love making light spring salads and soups, and fresh fruity iced teas.

Start with your fridge. It tends to get cluttered easily and may even be the source of some unidentifiable smells! Take out all the food and drinks so you can really get in there. I take out shelves and drawers and clean with Lysol Lemon Breeze All-purpose Cleaner Spray, then soak in warm water and rinse. I then wipe the inside with the lemon spray which clears out germy stains and odors, then use a warm wet cloth to rinse. I love the fresh lemon scent, and it’s so easy to find all the Lysol products I need at Target.

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Replace the food that’s good and toss out the questionable. Remember, fresh start!

Clean out your cabinets. Give them a good wash and replace any liners. Get rid of anything old and re-organize!

Don’t forget the kitchen trash bin. Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner kills 99.9% of harmful kitchen bacteria without the harsh chemical residue other cleaners leave behind.

I also use Lysol for my bathroom. I start with the toilet because it’s my least favorite job, but I’ve found that Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner is great on even the toughest toilet rings. It destroys ugly stains and cleans as it disinfects without taking much time at all!

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For everyday hands-free freshening, I use Lysol Click Gel. Simply insert an automatic cleaning gel to clean with every flush.

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I also love using Air Wick Scented Oil Warmers which work for any room up to 124 sq ft. A spicy or gourmet scent can make large rooms feel warm and cozy, while fresh, floral or fruity can make small spaces feel more airy.

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Choose products to help you efficiently clean and revitalize your home, room by room. Lysol, Air Wick, Woolite and Finish are must-haves for fresh and easy spring cleaning.

More good news: Right now is the perfect time to clean and save, since Target has some fantastic Cartwheel coupons and promotional offers available on their site.

Cartwheel Coupon Offers  Available 4/2-4/29

5% off any Lysol Cleaning item

5% off any Air Wick Freshmatic item

10% off any Air Wick Scented Oils

Promotional Offers

Lysol:

Buy any 3 Lysol items – Get 1 FREE (available 4/9-4/29)

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Buy 3 5ct  Scented oil and get a free gadget (available 4/9- 4/15)

You will also find  additional coupons available at the site to help with Spring Cleaning.

Renewing your home renews your spirit, motivates and inspires. Your family will love you for it and you’ll fall in love with your home again!