SEO

Top useful podcasts for webmasters in 2019 – SEO, marketing and business

I love walking and I love podcasts. So pretty much every day I go for a walk and I listen to my favorite podcasts. Of which topics are usually digital marketing, SEO, and business stories related to tech and the internet.

I will post the the most useful podcasts and single episodes related to being a webmaster below. Thes folowing are the most important podcasts in my opinion, that I listen to. They are great in terms of providing value and being educational totally for free. If you have tips for other podcasts or great single episodes please share them in the comment section below!

Top webmaster podcasts (in my opinion)

  • Marketing School – By Eric Siu and Neil Patel – Short episodes around 5 minutes each. Daily updates with digital marketing tips regarding SEO, Facebook Ads, Google Ads, and more.
  • Experts on the Wire – By Dan Shure – The host is a top SEO expert interviewing and discussing SEO with other experts in a pretty thorough podcast.
  • Entrepreneurs on Fire – By JLD – Long 60 minute episodes with interviews of entrepreneurs usually with digital businesses and topics related to growth hacking and digital marketing.
  • Growth Everywhere – By Eric Siu – Long 60 minute episodes with interviews of entrepreneurs usually with digital businesses and topics related to growth hacking and digital marketing.
  • Marketing Scoop – Weekly podcast by SEMRush with two hosts, David Bain and Judith Lewis interviewing a few experts regarding the latest news related to digital marketing and SEO in particular.
  • SEO Podcast Unknown Secrets of Internet Marketing – a pure SEO podcast by eWebResults, a SEO company. I skip about 5 minute into each episode to not listen to all the off topic talk at the start.

Top useful episodes for webmasters in 2018 & 2019

  • Episode 2072 of Entrepreneurs on Fire: How to build an email list, then turn it into a 7 figure business with Anik Singal. Live date: Dec, 2018.
  • I will add more as I discover or remeber them here…

Using free resources like icons, logos and infographics as linkbait

Linkbait

It’s pretty much exactly one year since I started working on my WHCompare.com website. It is a site with details about web hosting plans for easy comparison of plan vs plan by different web hosting companies based on set filters – So far I’ve been failing!

However, now I am at least satisfied with the web design and the site has enough content to be a bit useuful I belive, so I won’t give up on it yet. At the moment it only gets about 1 organic search visitor a day though. If any of the following tactics to get links will succeed it should get a boost in traffic over time!

Infographic as linkbait

One of the stategies I had for getting links and a little boost for the website initially and over time also was to create an infographic that I thought I could use to get backlinks to with cold e-mail outreach.

I am not sure exactly where I went wrong. I thought the infographic was pretty useful and good looking. I only got one backlink for it so far and now it’s been a year and it would need to be updated. At least I got one link so it was not a total failure!

Free icon graphics as linkbait

Another way I was hoping to get backlinks and some referral traffic was to release free web hosting icons. I got help from an amazing designer that created 29 smooth style web hosting icons. I have been sharing these on various free resources sites that gives backlinks. Including on IconFinder, IconStore, and on All Free Download.

I was hoping to get a backlink from each of these sites, and also some from other sites that wanted to share the link to the original resources used when using the icons or wanting to share them with their own visitors.

The icon pack is pretty much buried on All Free Download and at least SEMRush has not found it and listed it yet, neither are links from the 2 other sites. I got a link from another logo website though: Icon-Icons.com. That looks like an IconFinder clone.

The biggest reason that the icon set is hard to find on All Free Downloads is my own and that I did not enter enough descriptive tags for the icon set. And I can’t find a way to edit the upload now unfortunately.

The guys over at IconFinder has told me though that they will implement backlinks from the pages with the icons sometime, but that they’re a little busy right now so it could take some time. I just hope those will be dofollow and also that they will count for something and not be regarded as spammy once all or most of their ~3 million icons get external links.

Logo templates as linkbait

The same designer that made me the icons has agreed to make 5 web hosting logo templates that should be ready soon. I will use the same strategy when sharing those as with the icons.

Will double down

I have not given up though and I guess it could take some time for people to start finding, using and linking to these resources. I have decided that I will double down and hire 2 more freelance designers to create 2 or 3 more icon packs that I hope will get more traction.

I will create another post regarding this as I learn and experince more regarding building links for this website.

FREE tools to minimize the size of your images without loosing quality

Sqeezing a lemon

I first heard about TinyPNG on a podcast. I think it was on a Growth Everywhere podcast where Eric Siu (the host) asks the guests for their best new tools that they’ve started using recently.

I have been working a lot over the last year with trying to optimize the loading times of the different websites of mine for SEO benefits as well as for user experience.

Smaller file size – same image quality

I was really amazed to see that the TinyPNG tool quickly, for free, and easily minimized some of the image files on my websites by up to 75%. After reducing the quality of images only to gain a few percentage points of savings with the save for web feature in Photoshop I was really pleasantly surprised at how much some of the images could be optimized without even noticeably loosing any quality.

Little to save for some images

I’ve found that JPG files that has been saved for web with Photoshop CC 2018 and reduced in quality has only 1% – 2% room for savings with TinyPNG. High resolution JPG (60 quality) files can save more though, about ~15%. PNG images and especially those with only a few colors seems to be the image files with the most room for improvement using TinyPNG. The lemon squeezing photo above was saved with PS CC 2019 in PNG-8 format and was reduced from 14.8 KB to 12.3 KB using TinyPNG.

Free vs Pro version

You can use the tool for free for as many images as you need to optimize. However, you can only add up to 20 images at once, after that you need to refresh the site and to reset the counter. There’s also a max filesize of 5 MB.

If you need to optimize more images at once and also increase the maz filesize limit to 25 MB you would need to pay for the pro version. It is currently available for $25/year.

Squoosh app by Google

Google recently also developed and published their own free tool called Squuosh.app. This web application is a little bit different than TinyPNG in that it only lets you minimize one image at a time.

At doing that though it is even better than TinyPNG and it lets you compare the original image with the new minimized one. You can select between 6 different image file formats, as well as setting your desired quality vs file size. Also, there’s lots of advanced options.