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  1. David Says...

    Sarah Money Diary

    Hi, Living with your parents shouldn't get in the way of you claiming Universal Credit. You are classed as being a different 'benefit unit' as your parents, so you can claim in your own right. There is a service called 'Help to Claim' which is run by Citizens Advice, which can help you work...
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    Help or Advice Duplicate content on my site - will this cause am indexing issue

    Google won't banish you for duplicate content. However, each place in the search results can only be taken by one page, so it makes sense that you let Google know which page you would rather it show. You can do this by adding a 'Canonical' meta tag to the duplicate pages (but not the primary...
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    Question / Discussion Best place to sell a domain?

    That's fine. I can take a quick look and perhaps suggest a way forward :)
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    Question / Discussion Best place to sell a domain?

    Are you able to share what the name is? We might be able to give some specific advice depending upon the 'quality' of the name. If you'd like a hassle-free way of selling then DomainLore is a good place to sell. However, it's mainly frequented by domain name investors and drop catchers, so you...
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    Help or Advice Best methods to blogging

    All things to rightly consider, but as @The Reverend and @Jon suggest you're a bit off with most of these. I wouldn't suggest that anyone follows your suggestions as they are. SSL certificates are installed on the server, outside of any applications such as WordPress. There are plugins which...
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    Anyone wanna buy my domain?

    Domains initially listed in 'Hidden Gems' tab move to the main 'Spotlight' listing once they have had their first bid. The ones that make it over have the 'hidden gem' icon.
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    Question / Discussion Blogging - too much out there?

    It's a competitive space. However... Think about the restaurant quarter of your nearest town or city (pre COVID-19, at least!). A restaurant on its own might pull in enough diners to be viable. But as more restaurants open up, the district starts to become a destination in itself. Bars start to...
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    Question / Discussion Moonfruit as a blog platform?

    Unless it's changed in the past few years, Moonfruit is a service which provides its own hosted content management system, which includes its own blogging facilities. As far as I can see, you can embed a WordPress blog within your Moonfruit site, but WordPress isn't actually installed and...
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    Blog / Blog Post Promotion Blog Post Chain!

    I have 3 blogs going at the moment, so I need some sort of planning to keep on top of them. Some of the posts are more campaign-led, contributing towards particular goals. These are released according to a drip-feed editorial calendar. Some are seasonably-based. I'll often update old blog...
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    Question / Discussion Is Google nicking your content and traffic?

    It's a continuously changing landscape. The ideal approach is to promote via a broad range of channels (SEO, IG, FB etc), and capture the visitors. That might be via a newsletter, membership, push notifications or even a mobile app. You can then push content to your audience.
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    Question / Discussion Is Google nicking your content and traffic?

    Not everything can be reduced to data points. More discursive content, and more 'human' content, is where blogs might still have an edge. The other way is by-passing Google...
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    Question / Discussion Is Google nicking your content and traffic?

    There's an interesting blog about this here: https://www.sistrix.com/blog/seo-2020-google-becomes-your-competitor/ As I see it, we have a few options as publishers: Play Google's game, and let it use our content. We need to find a way to monetise this; this might be by bolstering our sites'...
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    Question / Discussion Do I aim to monetise my health blog?

    Go for it then. You might want to write 5 or 6 mega 2000+ word cornerstone pieces to establish your presence and build up trust. Rehash some essays with a more popular spin on them ;-) Like any site you'll start to build up trust with visitors and Google alike, and you can start pushing...
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    Question / Discussion Do I aim to monetise my health blog?

    Yes, if the site is clearly SEO'd to hell and back to hawk miracle snake oil. But if the content is authoritative and subjective enough then no. If you did a warts-and-all review of (say) a diet plan or book, then a clearly-labelled affiliate link to it wouldn't put me off. But I'd probably...
  15. David Says...

    Question / Discussion WordPress hosting recommendation

    Like I said, not for everyone ;) - but there is a difference...
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    Question / Discussion WordPress hosting recommendation

    Some premium, specialised hosts run WordPress in a containerised environment (a bit like a virtual machine for each installation). Resources are therefore entirely isolated and the site can call upon them without sharing with other sites, processes or the host OS. This is also inherently more...
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    Question / Discussion WordPress hosting recommendation

    It's not always 'just' regular hosting with WP pre-installed. The more premium offerings are tailored specifically for WordPress. The servers are optimised for speed and security for WordPress, and there is often a 'managed' service including updates, backups and bespoke caching. You can do all...
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    Question / Discussion Selling a domain

    Nominet only retired the automaton (which received and processed PGP emails) 3 years ago! It's a shame in a way - the automaton leveled the playing field when trying to catch expiring domains. All done via the industry-standard, XML-based EPP now. You can still register via Nominet's Online...
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    Question / Discussion Selling a domain

    Nominet charges a £10+VAT fee for changing registrars. If you're moving several names they can all be done under the one £10 fee. Most of the bigger registrars do changes in batches so they only have to pay it once or twice a day - easy for them to absorb. A fee of £10 per domain is rather...