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Why Blogs Rank High In Search Engines
By: Fredrik Wacka

To me blogs are a strategic business communication tool. I usually consider the fact that blogs rank high in search engines to be a positive side effect. But I also recognize that for some people search engine optimization, SEO, is a major reason for blogging - and I have found it to be a good reason for others to start thinking about blogging at all. Here's a list of explanations to why your blog probably will rank high in search engines. And it's more to it than just the links.

The links are important, though. Especially to Google. Yahoo and the MSN Beta seems to give content related factors more weight in my experience. But even with Google the key to your success doesn't lie in links alone. If you want traffic through search engines you must get the basics right too.

So, here's my take on why blogs rank high in search engines.

    Keywords, key phrases
    Straight to the point
    Each post's page structure
    One subject per post
    The blog site's information structure
    Links then...?

Keywords, key phrases
If I wanted to pick one single reason I would actually choose this one: In a blog you talk. You engage in conversations. You think out loud, in a way. The things you say are (hopefully) everything but the standard corporate bullxxxx. This means you are filling the engines' databases with relevant keywords - relevant because most of us search for the words or phrases we use daily. The same words you use in the blog because you talk instead of sending messages to the target audience.

Straight to the point
How many blog posts have you seen with this kind of headline: "Our software system solution for world-wide data quality"? How many corporate sites have you seen...? This point is related to the first one but it adds one extra dimension. Not only do we in blogs speak like real, living people in the words we use - we say it directly. Straight to the point. There are certainly exceptions to this, I admit that. But generally speaking I have found it to be true in many business blogs. To say what you want to say as fast as possible is important, which leads me to my next reason.

Each post's page structure
It's more or less standard in blog design to use the post's title/headline as the page's title (together with the blog name). With my two previous reasons in mind you now see how the html title is filled with tasty keywords. And that's the most important place to have them. That's where search engines expect to find the best clue to what your page is about, and they rank the words there high in comparison to other positions in the code. Speaking about code...

If you use blog templates they will probably be an example of good coding. Most I've seen has been at least. It's often a table-less design, an extensive use of style sheets, correct coding where headlines not only are larger and bold but actual H1's, H2's and so on. It's a clean code - good for browser compability, good for visitors with disabilities. Good for search engine spiders. Here you have a potential risk. If you just use the old CMS templates for your regular site, you may loose this advantage. The solution is of course to redesign all of it in line with this "modern" web design.

Finally, some reasons relating to information structure.

One subject per post
This is all about keyword density, which is the ratio of the word someone searches for against the total numbers of words on the web page. Most blog posts are rather short, and they're often about one subject. That means a good chance of a high keyword density - especially if you compare it to a standard corporate web site where you try to tell about all your products on one page, or very few pages.

The blog site's information structure
Blogs are "flat" sites. They have a first page (level 1), current posts (level 2), about page (level 2), archive pages (level 2) and archived posts (level 3). That's it. It's not clear exactly how important this is. Some claim spiders don't regularly index very deep sites and that low-level pages are given lower ranking, others say this is not a factor to care about.

Links then? Well, they will do you good too. A high Google PageRank is obviously better than a low. But if you don't get the above things right, the PageRank won't mean as much to you as it otherwise would have.

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    Police break up 'illegal' house party that violated N.J.'s stay-at-home orderThe party's organizer was charged, the governor said.

  • More coronavirus cases in Libya as fighting rages -

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  • The Netherlands has recalled 600,000 coronavirus face masks it imported from China after discovering they were faulty -

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  • Biden could reportedly soon embrace 'key planks' of more progressive agenda -

    Biden could reportedly soon embrace 'key planks' of more progressive agendaFormer Vice President Joe Biden may have emerged as the leading Democratic presidential candidate because the party's more moderate bloc rallied around him, but now that the nomination looks likelier than ever, his campaign is making sure they don't lose support from the progressive wing come November, Politico reports."The dirty little secret is everyone's talking to Biden's campaign," said Sean McElwee, co-founder of liberal think tank Data for Progress. "There will be fights, but at the end of the day, progressives still hold votes in the Senate and increasingly Democratic voters stand behind our views. I expect we'll see Biden embracing key planks of the ambitious agenda progressives have outlined on issues like climate and pharmaceutical policy."Most of Biden's support comes from older voters, so his team is trying to court younger generations who are more likely to back the policies MccElwee referred to. They're reaching out to groups like the climate-focused Sunrise Movement, as well as other organizations tied to gun control, immigration, and other issues. Most groups are committed to backing whoever the nominee is against Trump, but there is a sense that a lack of turnout among younger, progressive voters could hinder Biden if he's the nominee, making these efforts more crucial. And he may need to meet some expectations to convince people.Evan Weber, the national political director for the Sunrise Movement, said their explicit support for Biden ? compared to a broad anti-Trump campaign ? depends on whether his campaign can "demonstrate that they are taking the climate crisis seriously." Read more at Politico.More stories from Once coronavirus infects a human body, what happens next? Elton John to host 'Living Room Concert for America' with stars performing from home Joe Biden is the worst imaginable challenger to Trump right now

  • Specter of 100K-plus virus deaths as Trump seeks reopening -

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  • Italy's toll tops 10,000 despite long lockdown -

    Italy's toll tops 10,000 despite long lockdownThe coronavirus toll in Italy shot past 10,000 on Saturday and showed little sign of slowing despite a 16-day lockdown. Italy now looks certain to extend its economically debilitating -- and emotionally stressful -- business closures and the ban on public gatherings past their April 3 deadline. Italians had begun to hope that their worst disaster in generations was easing after the increase in daily death rates began to slow on March 22.

  • Violent Tornado Rips Through Arkansas Town, Injuries Reported -

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  • A Guide to Who?s Seeking Stimulus, From Manufacturers to Casinos -

    A Guide to Who?s Seeking Stimulus, From Manufacturers to Casinos(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump?s signature has barely dried on the historic $2 trillion stimulus bill and a broad range of U.S. industries are scrambling to get access to much needed cash and other assistance.Industries including retail, hotels, travel and manufacturing are preparing to take advantage of the loans, grants, tax relief and other assistance offered by the legislation. Lawmakers indicated it may not be the last round of stimulus, with the economy and some industries still needing help.The bill includes about $500 billion in loans and assistance for larger companies, as well as states and cities. Separately, it offers about $377 billion in aid for small businesses, much of which would be in loans through the Small Business Administration and banks, guaranteed by the federal government.Here?s a look at how some of the affected industries are viewing the relief package and issues they?re facing:Airlines to get loans and cash for equityAirlines posted their first weekly gain since mid-February after winning tens of billions of dollars in government support in the U.S. stimulus package. The industry is bleeding cash as passenger loads fall to a small fraction of their normal level. A Standard & Poor?s index of major U.S. carriers has lost almost half its value this year.The rescue plan allocates $50 billion in aid for passenger airlines, half in loans and half in cash assistance earmarked exclusively for payroll, benefits, health care and other employee costs. The aid package includes provisions that require airlines to provide the government with equity or other securities in exchange for the money.The bill would also give Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao the authority to require carriers to continue servicing cities that they were flying to as of March 1, creating potential tension as airlines pare service to match demand.In exchange for the grants, airlines must maintain employment levels through through September and are barred from cutting worker pay and benefits. Companies are barred from paying dividends or buying back shares through September 2021, and must cap executive compensation and termination payouts for two years.?Essentially, the U.S. government is providing funds to motivate airlines to continue air service and not furlough any team members through a period of incredibly low demand for air travel,? Doug Parker, chief executive officer of American Airlines Group Inc., said in a message to employees Thursday. ?We are confident those funds, along with our relatively high cash position, will allow us to ride through even the worst of potential future scenarios.?A major goal of the government aid is to avoid job cuts, and airlines are rushing to slash other costs. Executives are taking pay cuts, freezing hiring and offering voluntary unpaid leaves to employees. With so few passengers flying, carriers are dramatically curtailing flight schedules.?I can assure you we are losing money on every single flight, and big money,? Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told employees Thursday. ?So that can?t be sustained indefinitely.?Boeing analyzes funding and strings attachedBoeing Co. shares fell on Friday for the first time this week as investors puzzled over whether the plane maker would take government aid for itself and suppliers.Nothing is off the table for now, as Boeing analyzes the funding options available, said people familiar with the review, who asked not to be identified as the matter is confidential.Boeing is exploring the terms and conditions that would be attached to the $500 billion in corporate aid to be distributed through the Treasury Department, the people said. The company hasn?t ruled out claiming some of the $17 billion in funding set aside for firms deemed critical for national security, even though it probably would require Boeing to give up an equity stake to the U.S. government.Boeing?s critics had seized on comments by CEO Dave Calhoun to say the company didn?t need government aid. Calhoun told Fox Business the company had ?other options? if it were required to give up equity. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin reignited the controversy Friday when he said in an interview on Fox Business he appreciates the fact that Boeing ?thinks they can operate on their own.? Mnuchin added, ?the government is only there in case they can?t do that.?Shareholders applauded Calhoun?s comments since giving the U.S. government an ownership slice would potentially dilute the value of stock held by other investors. Some contend that the U.S. taxpayers should share the upside if federal funding helps companies like Boeing regain their footing.The Chicago-based company, meanwhile, has a cushion of $15 billion to get it through the summer. But it will need help if the travel-industry tumult lasts longer, said Ken Herbert, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity. The company is burning $3 billion in cash a month and the market for its jets looks ?shaky at best,? he said this week in a note to clients.Shuttered restaurants and retailers lobbied hard for helpRestaurants and retail shops are seeing significant revenue losses as states across the country implement shelter-in-place orders, closures of nonessential businesses and encourage social distancing. Trade groups representing those sectors lobbied hard for financial assistance for their industries to be included in the stimulus package.In the past three weeks, restaurants have lost $25 billion in sales, which led to 3 million jobs being lost, according to Sean Kennedy of the National Restaurant Association, which represents thousands of restaurant owners and chains, including McDonald?s Corp. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. He said 3% of operators have ?permanently closed their doors and given their keys to the banks? and 11% say they may have to follow suit in the next 30 days.Kennedy said his group is assessing what the bill means for his membership. ?This bill goes a long way to allowing us to keep the lights on a little longer, but the future of the industry is going to need continued federal engagement,? he said.With shops shuttered, retailers are also hurting. ?Their businesses have come to a halt and it?s not for any fault of their own,? said Austen Jensen of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. among other big-box stores. ?These are companies that were operating successfully three weeks ago and now they?ve had to close the doors.?RILA and the National Retail Federation, which also represents smaller shopping establishments, previously called for federal lawmakers to improve retailers? access to credit since some businesses are struggling to keep their employees, pay their rent or mortgages, and meet other financial obligations.Travel and hotel groups say stimulus heeded calls for reliefThe U.S. Travel Association, which represents transportation, local attraction sites, tourism bureaus and other parts of the industry, hailed the relief package?s loans and grants for small business, tax changes, and money for airports and tourism businesses.?Our industry stayed together and presented hard facts to make the case for massive and urgent relief, and our political leaders heard us,? the group?s president, Roger Dow, said Wednesday.The American Hotel & Lodging Association criticized the cap on small business loans at 250% of monthly payroll, after seeking 400% of monthly operating costs. Association President Chip Rogers urged fixes in coming weeks.Travel restrictions have pummeled the hotel industry, with business trips canceled and vacations on hold as Americans hunker down to stem the spread of the virus. Occupancy rates have dipped to 30% nationally, according to lodging data firm STR, with the numbers even worse in San Francisco, Boston and New York, major cities where the outbreak has hit hard.Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt, which have seen their shares battered in recent weeks, have furloughed or reduced the schedules of corporate workers.Casinos dealing with nationwide shutdownThe casino industry sees the bill?s loan guarantee and tax provisions as ?essential to help businesses and employees weather and manage the long-term effects of this crisis,? the American Gaming Association said in a letter to lawmakers.The industry lobbied as hard as any for stimulus funding, sending MGM Resorts International?s then-CEO, Jim Murren, to a White House meeting with Trump on March 17. The industry sought different types of aid, including zero-interest loans.Nearly all of the casinos in the U.S. are closed to prevent the spread of the virus, most after regulators and other local authorities ordered them shuttered. For some operators, the closures also follow a steep drop in Macau, where casinos are now open but largely walled off due to travel restrictions in China.MGM said on Friday it was taking steps to improve its financial situation, including cutting jobs and deferring capital spending. MGM, the largest operator on the Las Vegas Strip, said it had $3.9 billion in cash available and expected to be able to meet its financial obligations for the foreseeable future.Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson also made calls to support a stimulus package, but told Bloomberg News on Wednesday his company wouldn?t seek any loans. Some observers have suggested that Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Eldorado Resorts Inc., which are pursuing a merger, may be able to double-dip by each seeking aid separately. The companies didn?t respond to requests for comment.Wynn Resorts Ltd. promised to pay workers through the crisis. Executives also took pay cuts, and CEO Matt Maddox said he would get 100% of his compensation in stock. Those moves could help it qualify for loans because the stimulus plan puts restrictions on job cuts and executive pay.The American Gaming Association also lobbied for tribal-owned casinos to be included in the aid package. Native American casinos were much slower to close than those run by non-tribal operators, even in states where closures were ordered, with some citing tribal sovereignty.Theater industry sees bill as lifeline after going darkA trade group for the movie theater industry praised federal relief efforts, saying they would provide a vital lifeline to cinemas that have been forced to close to stem the spread of Covid-19.Patrick Corcoran, a spokesman for the National Association of Theatre Owners, said Thursday the lobbying group is pleased with the provisions it got from lawmakers. He emphasized the industry isn?t pushing to reopen any earlier than health officials suggest, despite being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.Small businesses relief program already overwhelmedThe centerpiece of financial relief for small businesses is an unprecedented $350 billion loan program that can convert into grants under certain conditions, including retaining employees.Small businesses, which employ almost half of the U.S. private workforce, have been hard hit by lockdowns across the country and many need fast assistance to stay afloat while their companies are shuttered. But the system set to distribute the funds is already overwhelmed.The government agency that will oversee the program, the Small Business Administration, has been challenged to even maintain a much smaller, existing program, with its website crashing repeatedly under the surging demand.The network of 800 approved lenders expected to divvy up funding have received little guidance so far. It?s unclear, for instance, whether a business owner could apply online or would have to meet with the lender in person.?It?s going to be a herculean lift to get this funding into the hands of affected businesses,? said Reese Howell, CEO of Celtic Bank, a registered SBA lender based in Salt Lake City, Utah.The Small Business Majority, which represents more than 52,000 U.S. firms, said the package doesn?t meet the economic emergency caused by the virus.?We have deep concerns that small business owners will be left to muddle through a cumbersome, slow process that will not get them the cash they desperately need right now,? said John Arensmeyer, the group?s chief executive officer.Banks won relief for community institutionsThe biggest relief for the banking sector in the bill was for community banks, whose capital requirements were cut temporarily to give them more room to lend. The biggest banks already have excess capital they can tap to expand lending by $1.6 trillion, which would increase their balance sheets by 16%.JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and the six other banks considered systemically important have suspended share buybacks voluntarily to conserve capital, saying they will use their strength to help companies and consumers dealing with the economic fallout.The industry has gotten more important support and relief from the Federal Reserve and other regulators in recent weeks. The central bank established numerous lending facilities to flood the financial system with liquidity, which eased the banks? funding needs just as some parts of the market were seizing up.Manufacturers to have access to loans and loan guaranteesCompanies will have access to $850 billion in loans and loan guarantees, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.?These resources will help manufacturers weather this difficult period,? Aric Newhouse, senior vice president of policy and government relations, said in a statement. ?This is an evolving situation, but we are committed to working with members of Congress and the administration to aid the speedy delivery of these funds to impacted businesses and develop additional policies to ensure that manufacturing can drive growth when this crisis abates.?Cruise companies excluded due to offshore statusCruise shares tumbled at least 15% Friday after the industry was excluded from the bailout package due to off-shore status. In remarks Thursday, Trump said cruise companies -- which get major tax benefits from incorporating in places such as Panama and Liberia -- should change their homes to the U.S. if they want federal loans. Still, he said he would look for other ways to help them.The trade group Cruise Lines International Association said in a statement it hadn?t lobbied for federal money and said it was grateful for the assistance provided for its vast network of travel agents. Spokeswoman Bari Golin-Blaugrund said the practice of foreign incorporation is common among international maritime industries and that the industry contributes billions in different types of taxes.But the cruise sector?s virtual immunity from U.S. income taxes has been the main sticking point. SunTrust analyst C. Patrick Scholes said Friday that major companies, on average, have six to nine months of cash to get by, including credit lines. He said the industry is hopeful it could get up and running again by the fourth quarter.Scholes said the industry still has other options, including asking governments such as Italy for help -- noting that cruise lines provide jobs by building ships there. But changing registration entirely probably won?t happen, he said.?The business model as we know it wouldn?t survive if they had to pay U.S. wages and benefits,? Scholes said.Uber, Airbnb won extended unemployment benefitsRide-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. and home-sharing company Airbnb Inc. lobbied Congress to extend unemployment benefits to independent contractors and sole proprietors as part of the bailout bill, in an attempt to provide relief to those who rely on their platforms for income but aren?t traditional employees. Workers such as Uber drivers don?t receive benefits from the companies themselves.The biggest technology companies, such Google?s Alphabet Inc. and social media company Facebook Inc., didn?t need assistance. While advertising revenue is expected to fall, both companies have maintained a strong cash position, and their services are vital with people stuck at home. At a time when many companies are laying people off, Inc. has said it could hire as many as 100,000 full- and part-time workers for warehouse and delivery positions.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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