These are some best practices that I've learned by building this website, they should be useful for other content-heavy websites, including blogs; especially statically generated ones.
Probably the first thing you need to do is to setup Google Analytics and Webmaster, you simply cannot improve it if you cannot measure it. And make sure you generate a sitemap and add it to Webmaster.
Alexa is useful for checking the overall websites rankings, but the result is estimated, do not put too much weight on it.
HTTPS makes it secure, HTTP/2 makes it fast. CloudFlare can provide it, for free. Add
Always Use HTTPS rule to URL
If you want to create a wordpress blog website, think again. Static websites are much easier to manage, you do not need to maintain your server and database. Deploying it to a cloud storage like S3 is super cheap, and fast to visit. This website is using GatsbyJS.
Search engines prefer longer articles; Google AdSense would reject you if you do not have enough content, or empty pages.
Google AdSense would also reject you if your content is copy-and-paste from other websites. Of course they are not publishing the standard, but I do not think quoting just one line would disqualify you, the baseline is that you need to provide some extra value to your audience. So if you want to borrow some content, at least try to understand the gist and rephrase in your own words.
Now Lighthouse is integrated into Chrome's Developer Tools, you can find the last tab called "Audits", you will get scores and improvement suggestions.
Both originated from Google. Even if you do not care about them, rumors say that Google uses them for ranking. So at least have some basic setup may be worth it. Gatsby has
gatsby-plugin-offline that can fulfill PWA's requirements.
So that the count of the pageviews is accurate. If you are using Gatsby, add this plugin to your object:
Deadlinks may hurt your ranking. Use a tool to check deadlinks, e.g. broken-link-checker
Especially if you rely on organic search traffic. Search engines may "freeze" your website upon its creation for at least 6 months before they start to index the content, even after that the "age" of the website may(or may not, we do not know) be a variable for ranking.
Forward example.com to www.example.com
Add CloudFlare rule:
- Forwarding URL
- 301 Permanent Redirect
- Choose your theme color, e.g. we are primarily using green, with some blue as highlights.
- design some logo/favicon
- buy a domain on Google Domains
- register your name in social medias like Twitter or Instagram, even if you do not plan to use them right away.
It is important to get feedbacks
- use social media
- add the email on your pages, if you have privacy concerns, use Google Domains' forward function, e.g.
[email protected]is actually forwarding emails to a private gmail account, and Google should take care of some abuse problems.