SEO Tips to rank your website in the first page of search engines.

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SEO Tips to be used during website development and design

What are SEO tips?

SEO tips are steps taken to improve a website’s position in the search engine result page. For every businessman, it is necessary to promote their business by ranking their website higher in Google, Bing etc. For example if you are an entrepreneur who is running a construction business, then it is necessary that when someone searches for ‘best builders’ than your website is listed in the first page of the search engine. The SEO tips that we are about to discuss will help achieve the same.

Search volume, relevance of content and existence of competing websites are the basic areas to be focused while thinking about SEO tips to rank a website among the search engine results.

5 easy SEO tips to rank your website higher

While there is no magic wand, there are various steps that you can take to take your website to the top of a search engine results page (SERP). These steps are called ‘Search Engine Optimization’. They are divided into two broad categories:

  • On-page Optimisation
  • Off-page Optimisation

In this blog, we will concentrate on the On-page Optimisation of a website. Here are the five most common and easy steps that one must execute to rank a website higher. The other complicated stuff will have to follow these basic steps.

SEO Tip – 1: Content should be relevant

Content plays a vital role not only in SEO but also in terms of likeability of the website by the readers. Like readers do not have time to browse through irrelevant long content, the search engines behaves similarly. Quality content created specifically for your intended target user, using the keywords and phrases that the targeted user uses to identify the website increases site traffic, authority and relevance.

For a business-man, it is necessary to identify keywords or phrases that his customers would use. He or his SEO agency needs to know the keywords when the website should be presented to the search results. The home page should be initially written with an overall focus, and then each page should have its own set of target keywords and phrases. Some rules that we should follow while writing content:

  • The keywords / phrases should be repeated especially in the opening and closing paragraphs,
  • The keywords should be highlighted using bold, italics and inside headings.
  • There should be one or two focus keywords for each page, and the others should be secondary keywords.
  • We must not however overdo it. Both Google, Bing and your readers are smarter than you think. Never sacrifice good writing for SEO. The best pages are written for users, and not for the search engines.
  • We should write shorter sentences, in active voice wherever possible.
  • We can use tools and plugins such as Yoast SEO to see if the content is up to the mark.
  • Lastly, everybody including the search engines love regularly updated content. It indicates a site’s freshness.

SEO Tip – 2: Title Tag

The Title Tag is what you can see at the very top of your browser for each website. It is populated by a meta tag called the Title Tag present in your page’s HTML source code. The title tag is not your page’s primary headline. The headline you see on the page is typically an H1 (or possibly an H2) HTML element.

The length of a title tag that Google will show will vary but in general 55-60 characters is a good rule of thumb here. We should insert our focus keyword into the title tag. If you can do it in a natural and compelling way, add some related modifiers around that term as well. Keep in mind that the title tag will frequently be what a searcher sees in search results for your page. It’s the “headline” in organic search results, so you should also take into account how clickable your title tag is.

SEO Tip – 3: Meta Descriptions

While the title tag is effectively your search listing’s headline, the meta description (another meta HTML element that can be updated in your site’s code, but isn’t seen on your actual page) is effectively your site’s additional ad copy. Google takes some liberties with what they display in search results, so your meta description may not always show, but if you have a compelling description of your page that would make folks searching likely to click, you can greatly increase traffic. (Remember: showing up in search results is just the first step! You still need to get searchers to come to your site, and then actually take the action you want.)

SEO Tip – 4: Alt Attributes

An Alt Attribute is an HTML element that allows you to provide alternative information for an image if a user can’t view it. It is necessary that you have a useful description which gives you another opportunity – outside of your content – to help search engines understand what your page is about. There is no necessity to include targeted keywords only into the alt attribute. You can use every possible variation of it into your alt attribute.

Every image should necessary have a sentence or a phrase in the alt attribute. So it is critical that we plan the attributes to the benefit of the overall website. It is equally critical to write the attribute as per the image. Irrelevant alt attribute will only harm the ranking of the website.

SEO Tip – 5: URL Structure

The URL structure is the last point in the series. The URL is not only a critical SEO factor, but also an important factor to structure the navigation of the website.

Static website pages are always structured in different folder, sub-folders and then files. structure. It is important to name these folders, sub-folders and files from a SEO perspective. The URL structure should not only be logical to segment and classify the website, but also have keywords within it.

Some content management systems like WordPress has different ways to structure the URLs. We should use the one that properly brings out the category of the page or post and the name of the page should have keywords within it.

If there is a need to change your URL structure, use proper redirects. A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect which passes 90-99% of link equity (ranking power) to the redirected page. 301 refers to the HTTP status code for this type of redirect. This is a common mistake businesses make when they redesign their websites.

Conclusion

So, the above 5 pointers are the easiest and most effective on-page SEO tips. We must remember to follow these steps. It will help to promote the business and gain new customers.

SEO is a vast subject and therefore needs a much detailed execution. There are many technical steps that require an SEO expert. Kuhipaat Communications and Technology Pvt Ltd, based in Duliajan, Assam has SEO experts to take care of the ranking of your website. Please do give us a call, or leave your number here, and we will call you back to understand your website requirements.

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#WordPress How to remove WP-VCD Malware?

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WordPress is an free online tool that helps us to make websites. It is easier to make websites on the WordPress platform. We use WordPress to make blogs and websites for our clients.

Few days back we had a big issue with all our WordPress websites and blogs. All of them had refused to open. Even the admin panel that helps us to administer the websites didn’t open. In a few hours, even our email servers were blocked. The server team decided to block all outbound ports to prevent the spread of the virus.

Immediately, we started scanning the server using the virus scanner available in the cpanel for possible malware attack. The virus scan returned over 100 infected files. Few of the files were not known to us. One such file was wp-vcd.php. On searching about this file on Google, we discovered that we are hacked by this very dangerous malware called WP-VCD.

WP-VCD is a WordPress malware injected by wp-vcd.php into WordPress core files. It creates a secret admin user and password to rewrite a few important files functions.php and post.php to put the malicious code. Worse is the fact that the host server team will block all outbound ports upon discovering this malware, leaving us no option to get into the admin of the WordPress websites.

How to remove WP-VCD virus

  1. Login to your cpanel and open file manager to access all the WordPress folders.
  2. Visit wp-includes folder of all your WordPress blogs / websites and delete wp-tmp.php, wp-vcd.php and wp-cd.php files.
  3. Visit wp-content/themes of all the WordPress installation and delete themes that you are not using. Be careful not to delete themes that are active. Both these 2nd and 3rd steps will reduce the number of infected file count.
  4. Try to unblock the ports by going to the Port Block Check. After a few minutes, check if you can login to any of the WordPress websites. If you can login to any of the blogs, please update the WordPress, themes and the plugins. This will clean the files because the infected files will be over-written by core files.
  5. You may also ask the server support team to unblock the ports for 15 minutes with the reason that you have found the reason of the malware attack and that you need access to clean the files.
  6. If you cannot login to the admin panels, the next option is to clean the files manually. You need to edit the wp-content/themes/{theme-name}/functions.php. This is where the malware starts spreading from. You should delete the top part of the codes till the code line as in shown in the image below. Remember that in the original code of functions.php, the theme name functions and definitions is written as a comment right after <?php
  7. After cleaning the functions.php, you should go to wp-includes and search for a file post.php. You may have a line of code right in the beginning that looks like the second image enclosed below. You must delete that line of code.
  8. There might be a few plugins which will also have this malware. Updating the plugin is the best way to get rid of it.
Functions.php inside wp-includes

If you are unable to get rid of the malware after reading the above, you may contact us for support. We will try to help you.

After all the struggles, there was this silver lining that we all learnt a lot about WordPress and its code structure. We will be confident now to customize WordPress websites with much more features and extra functionalities.

Kuhipaat is a digital marketing company specializing in making websites that deliver business objectives. We are based in Duliajan, Assam. Contact us for a free discussion of ideas about how your website can drive business for you.

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Protech Guru: Use of a Brand Character to create consumer engagement.

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Introduction

Loyalty to a brand depends primarily on the consumer experience with the brand. Brand identity, which provides direction, purpose and meaning for a brand, is also linked to consumer experience and engagement.

Protech Group is a well known real estate brand in Assam and the Northeast of India. Kuhipaat was assigned the responsibilities for digital branding and marketing for the brand. The team of Kuhipaat has designed the website and the social media strategy for the brand.

Brand Problem

The team of Kuhipaat wanted to increase brand engagement for Protech Group in the digital space. Also, we wanted to increase page views for our website and our social media pages. In order to do the same, we thought of building a ‘Brand Character’ that interacts with the prospect customers on a regular basis, in a meaningful way.

Example

A great example is set by the Amul Brand. Likewise, Amul has created the character of a pleasantly plump girl in a polka dot dress with a big smile to promote Amul butter. As a result, the ‘utterly butterly girl’ has become a part of our lives as very real as any other person in our families.

Brand Character Strategy

The brand character to be designed had to fulfill the following objectives for the brand:

  1. The brand character has to be credible and trust worthy.
  2. It has to have reasons to interact with the customers consistently.
  3. Consumers need to see value in what the character has to say or offer.

The Kuhipaat team observed that consumers in general have a lot of questions regarding real estate and buying of properties. It is primarily because of the fact that home purchase is a once in a lifetime decision. Also, there were no credible websites that concentrated on the real estate problems and questions in Guwahati and the northeast of India. We arrived at a decision to fill that marketing and information gap by creating a brand character who answers questions about various aspects of real estate.

kuhipaat-brand-character for Protech - Protech Guru
OUR BRAND CHARACTER – PROTECH GURU

Hence, Protech Guru was designed as a 2D character who would help customers in taking decisions related to buying their homes. We designed the character to gain a brand image in the minds of customer when they remember about the Protech brand. It has to bring the brand to life representing the personality of the Protech brand in terms of visual identity.

The name of the brand character, ‘Protech Guru’ was meant to imply an expert, leader or a teacher. Protech Guru is the expert, who answers all the queries put forward by customers on real estate. Consequently, we have strategically defined the brand character by including the following elements into the character:

  1. A visiting card – to imply a professional of Protech Group
  2. A suitcase – to imply a experienced professional with a bag full of knowledge
  3. Formal dress with tie – to bring in maturity and formality to the character
  4. Eyeglasses – to make the character look intelligent.

Protech Guru also needed to have a defined space in the website and in the social media pages. It increases familiarity, popularity and credibility of the character. So we decided the following strategy:

  1. In the website, the FAQ page belongs to Protech Guru. He writes the FAQs. All the answers present in the FAQ page are written by him. On the FAQ page, there is a online form for visitors to ask questions to Protech Guru.
  2. On the social media pages, Protech Guru has the Thursday booked for him. Every Thursday, Protech Guru answers a question related to real estate on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages of Protech Group.

Website banner of FAQ page of ProtechGroup website
FAQ page Website Banner – Kuhipaat.

Conclusion

The main focus of the Kuhipaat team was to successfully create a brand character, promote it well and create brand and website engagement for our client, Protech Group. It gave us opportunity to create interesting content for the brand as well. As a result, the page views, and social media engagement of Protech increased, leading to successful conversion of website and Google ad leads.

What’s more, to our knowledge, Protech Guru is the first ever brand character built in Assam by a communication agency in Assam.

Kuhipaat is a digital marketing service provider with a focus on website design and development. We believe we can add significant value to our clients’ businesses through our website and online marketing strategies.

Contact us for a free consultancy by clicking here, or by writing to us at info@kuhipaat.in

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Website Design Strategy – Protech

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Kuhipaat Communications and Technology Pvt. Ltd. have strategized, designed and wrote the content of the website design of Protech Group. Protech Group is a pioneer Real Estate developer in Assam having developed over 12 prime properties over a period of 10 years experiences.

It is difficult to convince people to invest in a flat as home investment is a long term investment and people always try to research and know about all possible options in the market before investing in a home. Therefore, it was a communication & digital marketing challenge for Kuhipaat to design such a website for Protech Group that will satisfy the intense research that consumers do; and decide to buy a flat at one of the projects by Protech Group.

Click here to visit the website.

Objective

The primary objective was to create an informative platform which will provide information about the projects in a way that prospective buyers come to the website and leave their details for Protech Group to contact them later.

Strategies

We have taken various long term & tactical strategies to increase the effectiveness of the website to drive business, and to create awareness about Protech Group and their excellent standards of design and quality. Here is the list of the strategies that we have executed for the website of Protech Group.

Slider home page banner

Slider banner
Slider banner

We have decided to have header banners in a slider in the homepage of the website to showcase three of the top priorities of Protech Group. It was a given that Protech would have bookings ongoing for more than one property at any given point in time. Each slider contains some contents and a link that forwards the customers to a new page having more details about the projects.

Upfront Project Details

We have created a Portfolio section of all the projects of Protech in the home page by segmenting them on the basis of the projects’ nature and customers’ interest. We have divided the projects into completed projects, ongoing projects, commercial projects and RERA approved projects. Each project in the list is presented with a project photograph, the name of the project, the location of the project and a link to a new page that has the complete project details. If the mouse cursor comes over any of the images, the page visitor can see the project details. It was added to increase activity and engagement on the website.

Project Listing of Residential Properties of Protech - Kuhipaat

We have also created a menu option called ‘Projects’ right in the top navigation menu to create upfront visibility for the projects. The menu option ‘Projects’ has a sub-menu to divide the projects into residential and commercial projects. We know that a visitor will either be looking for a residential property, or be looking for a commercial property.

Lastly, we have made a detail page for each project that is segmented into information sections. It also flags the properties where booking are ongoing, against the ones that are sold out. Each visitor may be looking at a certain kind of information more closely than the other visitor. Further, segmentation increases the readability of a long elaborate content.

The information sections are made into a menu so that the visitor can directly go to the section that he or she is interested in. The information sections are:

  1. Overview
  2. Architect’s Note
  3. Special Features
  4. Gallery
  5. Location
  6. Floor Plans
  7. Specifications
  8. Chargeables
  9. Brochure

Social Media Integration

Social media integration is critical for website and page ranking on Google search results. It also helps in the spread of information between friends and social connections. We have included the Protech Group social media page buttons in the footer for all the pages. More importantly, we have designed and coded share buttons individually for all important pages. The share buttons are present in all the project detail pages as well as in the About us page. It enables the visitor to share a particular page to his social media timeline.

Social media buttons on Protech website

Lead Generation

Lead generation was one of our key deliverables. We wanted each visitor who comes to the website to leave his contact details for further correspondence. We have executed the following strategies to meet our deliverable as efficiently as possible.

  1. We have made a red visible button on the header of the website with the phone number of the customer care team of Protech Group. It was planned in the header because the header is common in all pages and the phone number will be present in any page that the visitor hops onto.
  2. We have created a ‘Contact Us’ floater badge on the right hand side to be present in all the pages. A click on the floater badge opens up a modal window with a simple contact form linked to a database. Kuhipaat has made a web page for the CRM team to view the leads in real time to call them without any delay.
  3. We have another contact us form in the footer of the website. The footer of a website is always constant in all the pages. If anybody misses the floater badge, they may see the footer to leave their contact details and their project interest.
  4. As discussed in the previous point, we have an option for downloading the brochure of a project. We have created a form to collect the mobile number and email ID before downloading the brochure. A visitor who is downloading the brochure can be considered as a hot lead, and it was in our interest to collect his contact details.
  5. We have created an auto-popup that opens when the customer tries to close the web page. It highlights either a property or another topic with a contact us form.
  6. Lastly, we also have a ‘Contact Us’ menu option right in the top navigation that opens a webpage, which also has a detailed database connected contact us form.

Website Engagement

We have created the website with ideas that can engage customers when they visit the website. Keeping in mind about the customers’ interest, we have created two pages in the website: FAQ page and EMI Calculator. We have done the branding of FAQ page as “ProtechGuru” by starting a campaign of #GuruwarWithProtechGuru in social media channels. Protech Guru answers the questions related to real estate. We have created an option on the FAQ page for the customers to submit their questions to Protech Guru. Even when the customer is submitting a question, we are capturing his or her contact details.

FAQ of Protech Website

The EMI Calculator is an often used tool by any home seeking consumer. The tool that we embedded gives out the EMI amount, interest amount and the total payout amount, when we input the loan amount, interest and loan tenure.

SEO & Website Ranking

The Protech website is registered with Google and Bing. Kuhipaat has successfully worked on contents as well as the technical sides of the Protech website for the SEO purpose so that the website appears in the first page of the search results in some particular chosen keywords. We have successfully made the Protech website recognized in organic search. The website comes in the first page for all the chosen keywords.

We have done on page SEO in each page of the website (including Meta keywords, Meta description, alt tags, Social media tags, OG tags etc) and used focus keywords and phrases for each page. Sitemap and Robots.txt files were created and uploaded onto the root folder of the website. It tells the search engines about the different pages, and the pages and folders that needn’t be crawled. The kuhipaat team has used Breadcrumb at the top of the page above title and content which navigates the hierarchy level of user’s location in the site.

Protech website blogs

We have created and managed the blog section of the website to increase site ranking by increasing site visits. We have written interesting blogs related to real estate, interior decor, general tips etc. that attract the consumers. The blog writing was done by the team. Yoast SEO tool was used to do On-page SEO for the blogs written by us.

Device Responsiveness

With the increase in smart phones, and the lowering of data rates, mobile viewership of websites have increased significantly. 99% of the website visits come from mobile devices. It was therefore essential that the website looks equally good on a mobile screen. It should adapt to a smaller screen without any issue. We have worked on the responsiveness for different screen resolutions of different devices including tablets. One can open the site in any devices like mobile, tab or pad, it is device optimized.

Protech website mobile view
Mobile view of Protech Website

Conclusion

Thus, Kuhipaat has designed the Protech website with the above mentioned strategies. The strategies we have taken, increased the ranking of the website in search results page of the search engines like Google and Bing on some particular chosen keywords such as ‘Best real estate builder in assam’, ‘Best real estate brand in assam’ etc. Protech was able to sell almost 100 flats in the last year because of these website strategies.

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Social Media Listening

Social Media Management – Part 1

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Social Media Management

Social Media Listening
Only when we listen intently, that we conclude positively.

Social Media Management is a vast subject, which needs deeper understanding and constant reading & updates. It has revolutionised access to data, information flow, connectivity, which from our perspective, has affected advertising, media and research understanding.

Social Media comprises the following key elements:

  1. Listening, Research & Analysis
  2. Creation of Content
  3. Content Curation
  4. Bulk Scheduling Strategy
  5. Influencer Marketing
  6. Analysis & Dashboards
  7. and of course, the myriad tools that are available (which is a study in itself)

Social Media Listening

Today, we will try to write our understanding about listening.

Unless we keep listening to the Internet, we can’t interact with the Internet. It is not only applicable for a successful social media strategy, but also for search and online display advertising, equally critically. 

Secondly, it is important to understand the scope of the listening requirements. 

Do we listen to the social media channels that we own, or the competition as well? Do we listen to the whole eco-system of social media including YouTube, Forums, News websites and blogs?

Then there is the definition of Target Audience, which  will help us in deciding on the location, language, age, gender etc and even the platforms and devices, to focus our listening queries.

Search Algorithm

There are primarily two ways to listen to the Internet. One is via keywords, and the other is by using boolean search queries. Only the advanced costlier listening tools have the boolean query feature. In keywords, you can mention the keywords in either OR or AND logic, and even list the negative keywords that you want to avoid. In boolean method, we can create an algorithm that can be very precise. For instance, we can find content which has the keyword ‘social media’ around 20 words of the keyword ‘India’.

It is necessary to understand and scope our requirements to go scouting for the best possible software at the best possible price.

Let us present you a list of social media listening tools, which we have found notable and can be considered for social media listening requirements:

1. https://www.brandwatch.com
2. https://mention.com/…/media-…/social-media-monitoring-tools/
3. https://www.meltwater.com/in/products/
4. https://hootsuite.com/platform/monitoring
5. http://mentionlytics.com

Most of these softwares also give other benefits such as engagement, bulk scheduling of social media posts etc. There are a lot more options in the market that you can browse, connect to and take demo on Skype. The best way however is to take a trial for a week to conclude on one of them.

Listening Strategy Infographics

social listening strategy infographics

My next post will be on Social Media Engagement.

You are all invited to #AskQuestions. We will try to answer them as best as possible.

Happy Surfing! Have a good day.

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