Dandelion Web Design Blog | WordPress | SEO | Social Media

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Hi, I’m Ruth Maude, a Toronto Web Designer and WordPress Developer. I blog mainly about WordPress, my favourite platform, SEO (search engine optimization) and about social media.  I also blog at LearnWP.ca

Customizing Jetpack’s Related Posts

Jetpack is one WordPress plugin that I install on most projects. It is packed full of great features. One of the best things about Jetpack is the Related Posts feature. Jetpack’s Related Posts, unlike other related post plugins, doesn’t eat up a lot of server resources. With Jetpack Related Posts you’ll encourage site visitors to stick around longer on your blog

Google Penguin and SEO Link Checking – What you need to know

It has been widely rumored that we should expect Google to run a Penguin update before the end of the year.  Let me begin by explaining what Penguin is, then we’ll talk about how you can check if you need to worry about it’s impact on your website SEO ranking. What is Google Penguin? Google Penguin is an algorithm that

10 tips to make your WordPress website accessible

You may have heard that under AODA (The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), websites should be made accessible. Web accessibility obligations came into effect under AODA on January 1, 2014. Web Accessibility makes the web usable for everyone. It removes barriers for those with limited mobility, learning disabilities, hearing disabilities, those who are colour blind, have low vision and seizure

3 things you need to do when Google suspects “This site may be hacked”

If Google ever suspects that your website has been hacked they will begin to warn potential visitors in the search results. Needless to say if Google search results label your website as hacked — it is very bad for business. When Google thinks your website has been hacked you need to do 3 things: Determine if the site really was

8 Secrets to Reduce Bounce Rate and Improve User Experience

As a blogger or business owner you want to not only attract visitors to your website but you want to keep them there as long as possible, navigating from page to page and post to post consuming your fabulous content. When you look at Google Analytics are you concerned by a high bounce rate? Let’s take a look at

Optimize your WordPress Media library – Load Images Faster

We all know that when a website crawls…. we aren’t going to wait around. All too quickly we give up and click away. My last post was about how to test your page speed and improve your WordPress site’s page speed. I was pleased with the results I achieved but since then I’ve learned that when running WordPress website

Page Speed Obsession … What I learned

I read this post about how to improve the speed of your site and quickly became obsessed with Google PageSpeed Insights. My goal was to exceed post-author Raelene Wilson’s 91 and if possible reach her goal of 95. I did manage to reach to 95 but doing so was at the expense of plugins I wanted to keep.  So my homepage

Before you click publish | Blogging Checklist

If you’re a new blogger, you’ve probably experience this yourself — hit the publish button on a post and then realized — “Oops! I forgot to shorten my permalink!” or “The post is uncategorized!”… Follow this checklist before you click publish or schedule on a post. This will help you optimize posts for usability and for SEO.

What you need to know about Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) takes effect on July 1, 2014. This legislation will help reduce unwanted emails from appearing in consumers’ inboxes by requiring companies to gain consent. If you run a home-based or small business and if you use the Internet, mobile devices or social media to promote your products, services or business you need to

NAP and Local Search

If you are a website owner with a storefront, i.e. customers come to your door, then using NAP can improve your ranking in local search results. Geographic terms are commonly searched. It makes sense, if I’m looking for a florist I will in all likelihood search Toronto Florist. BUT even if I don’t add a location, Google will use