A Simple Tool to Check SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, Effectiveness

April 12, 2009 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Check Your SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, with Website Grader

Have you ever wondered how well you’re doing with SEO (search engine optimization) of your website or WordPress blog? Are your efforts effective? Hubspot has an easy-to-use tool to give you a rough idea of how you’re faring, with a basic synopsis and useful tips that almost anyone can use.

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, Can Improve Your Google Page Rank and Internet Visibility

Go to Hubspot’s Website Grader, and enter your domain name and email address; you’ll quickly receive a free, handy explanation of your website or blog’s strengths and weaknesses. This is by far the be-all, end-all of SEO, but it does highlight in layman’s terms some of you site’s major strengths and weaknesses. For example, we typed in www.pajamadeen.com and our email address. Okay, so we had a score of 99.3. We certainly couldn’t complain. But with minimal time and a few more tweaks, we were able to jack that score up to 99.4. We noticed that Pajamadeen had just slipped under the two-year mark until the domain name expired. Google likes to see a time commitment of two years or more for domain registration. It’s believed that if you only register your domain name for the minimum one-year time frame, Google doesn’t view that as much of a commitment and that the odds are higher that you are perhaps a splogger (spam + blog = splogger). You know — here today, gone tomorrow. By upping the domain registration time period for Pajamadeen.com, I was able to bump my score up from 99.3 to 99.4 99.7.

Try this utility out yourself, and if you need help with your search engine optimization, we troubleshoot WordPress blogs, have a WordPress tutor, and offer other WordPress help.

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4 Responses to “A Simple Tool to Check SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, Effectiveness”

  1. Codesucker on April 12th, 2009 5:11 pm

    Good stuff, I didn’t think Google cared about the time commitment.  Thanks for sharing

  2. pajamadeen on April 12th, 2009 5:49 pm

    Thanks.  Yep, they care about the time commitment.  It makes sense, when you think about how fast splogs come and go, especially when they realize that the road to riches isn’t paved with scraped content and Google AdSense ads.  😉 

    There’s a school of thought that Google likes it even _more_ if your domain is registered for five years – that you get an uptick at two years and another uptick at the five-year mark.  I’m willing to register for two years at a time and that’s no biggie, but five years, especially if one owns a lot of domains, can get a little pricey and I don’t like giving the free float on that much money to the registrars. 

    You have some good articles at your blog.  You didn’t ask but here’s some advice – move it off of Blogspot and onto WordPress asap!  Google “blogspot blogs” and there’s also a good Hubspot report about the pros and cons (mostly cons) of blogspot.  Now’s the time to move, while you don’t have hundreds of articles up.  If you need any help, let me know.

  3. Deborah Mends on April 13th, 2009 12:46 pm

    Hey there Pajamadeen,

    Thank you so much for this interesting and useful article!


  4. pajamadeen on April 13th, 2009 1:46 pm

    You’re welcome Deborah, come back anytime!  Cheers, PJ