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Don’t obsess over SEO: 10 things you should be taking care of on your photography site before doing advanced SEO work

SEO procrastination is too common among photographers, often times actually damaging their business. There's a time for SEO work, of course, but other website changes should be taken care of first. Make sure your website completely nails these issues before worrying about traffic and SEO.

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Q&A #12: Google Analytics, retina images, protecting high-res images, Yoast focus keywords

Answering your questions about filtering your own visits in Google Analytics, the balance between retina image quality and website performance, selling high-res images while still protecting them, using Yoast's focus keyword feature.

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Photography website user experience [video]

I was recently invited for a live Facebook event (hosted by Julie Christie from Togs in Business) where I shared some insights into what photographers like you should be thinking about when it comes to photography website user experience.

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Big SEO news: you can now write longer SEO meta-descriptions

Google now displays longer description snippets in their search results. Learn what means for SEO, how to take advantage of the longer SEO meta-descriptions, and how to track your results in Google Search Console.

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New Google Search Console design and user interface: here’s what changed and which reports are most useful

The Google Search Console SEO tool has been redesigned from scratch, with indexing and search performance reports will provide even more insights into how you can improve your website (both in Google's eyes and for your human visitors). Here's what new and how to get useful insights from it.

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SEO is a long-term game: how long does it take to rank high on Google? [infographic]

SEO is not something you can crank out in a few weeks or months, and then just expect a traffic deluge to come. Better rankings require patience, dedication, and, of course, a commitment to quality content.

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In-depth guide: How to create & improve your Google My Business listing to attract new clients

Make your photography business more easily discoverable on Google Search and Maps by creating a free Google My Business listing and getting reviews.

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In-depth guide: Image SEO essentials: How to optimize for Google Image search to drive more traffic to your photography website

Image SEO guidelines for ranking in Google Image search, along with explanations of why you'd want to rank in Google Image search, how it different from regular SEO, how to track your image SEO results and what the future brings.

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Google Chrome to show security warnings on your site if you don’t have a SSL certificate

Google is really making a push towards HTTPS recently, and this is just the next step. You should really take some time to get an SSL certificate and move your site to HTTPS.

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Single-page websites: when are they a good idea for your photography business?

If you just want an "online business" card (a bio, a short portfolio, some info about your services, and your contact info), then a single-page website might be a great fit for you. But you have to learn their pros and cons first.

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Q&A #10: Portfolio tools SEO, domain name tips, blog vs portfolio pages, WP plugin performance

Answering your questions about SEO-shortcomings of portfolio tools, tips for choosing your domain name, differences between blog & portfolio pages, and how WordPress plugins don't slow down your site.

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Q&A #9: how to get stated, slideshows & galleries, child themes, photography website services

Answering your questions about getting started with your first photography website, WP child themes, slideshows, etc. Plus: a chat about comparing photo website services.

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Keeping your online portfolio fresh

Stop your photography portfolio from collecting dust by regularly adding new projects, rotating some of your past galleries and scheduling portfolio clean-ups.

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Q&A #8: domain names, images sizes, SEO and keyword research tools

Answering your questions about changing domain names, on-page SEO for blog posts, image sizes and keyword suggestion tools.

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In-depth guide: 60+ photography website mistakes – the complete guide to finding and fixing your website problems

With straight-forward ideas and many examples & resources, this guide will get your site on the right track. Fix as many mistakes as possible to achieve photo website mastery! All ideas are short and come with their own resources and solutions to help you eliminate any website problems.

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In-depth guide: Having separate photography websites or merging them?

Understanding the compromises you have to make when promoting multiple photography specialties on the same website. It's a game of compromises, and sometimes, the benefits outweigh the problems.

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Q&A #5: On-site vs off-site SEO, PhotoShelter vs WP, finding sites in your niche

In April's Q&A we cover on-site vs off-site SEO, PhotoShelter vs WordPress, and how to find other websites in your niche.

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In-depth guide: How to define your target audience & elevator pitch (and use them on your site)

What do you do? What makes you unique as a photographer? Understanding answers to those questions in a very nuanced way is incredibly valuable to the long-term success of your photography business. And having a clear "unique selling proposition" (USP) can help you build a focused and attractive website.

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Curated list of the best WordPress plugins for photographers

Collection of recommended WordPress plugins (that I'm often using when building photography websites). Almost all plugins below have excellent reviews & a rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars, and have been thoroughly revised and tested.

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The new ForegroundWeb monthly Q&A – answering your questions about photography websites, business, SEO & more…

Having gotten a lot of great questions from photographers over the years, I'm sharing my answers to some of the best ones.

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