Toggle It On – nerDigital’s New Feature Flag Solution

This year, nerDigital moved to a dedicated, advanced and sophisticated feature flagging solution in order to deliver features faster, at a higher quality, by combining Beta customer inputs and the results of A/B testing experiments.

In this blog, I’ll outline why we made the change, how we did it, and detail some of the exciting results.

GOALS & REQUIREMENTS

In the past, when we wanted to control the opening or shutdown of features on production, or detach a feature’s release from the deploy process, we used configurations.

While configurations did the job, we decided to examine using a dedicated mechanism for flags. To understand the motivation before this decision, let’s start by defining the goals we wanted to achieve, and the new requirements they raised.

Goal 1: Improve the Product Lifecycle

We wanted to take advantage of our recent move to daily deploys and increase the effectiveness of our product lifecycle. To achieve this goal, we added two capabilities:

  • The ability to have a monitored, gradual rollout of features so that users receive the highest-quality possible

Goal 2: Create a Unique Experience for Each Tier of Customers

At nerDigital, we manage multiple tiers of customers, from SMBs with a few sites to agencies that manage thousands of sites, with multivariate inner segmentation. We wanted an easy way to create subtle rules in order to control the granularity of the rollout and create a unique experience for each of the different tiers, one which will allow us to both grow and scale.

Goal 3: nerDigital’s Movement Toward Distributed Architecture

We create a new microservice at nerDigital once every few months. For this reason, we wanted to have a central platform for controlling flags that control various microservices, environments, and instances. Microservices and distributed systems may be polyglot (written in multiple languages) and implemented using different technology stacks, so it was important that, even if we use a different mechanism for service configuration, we have a single flagging platform that allows us to manage the flags in a unified way.

Goal 4: Auditing and Visibility

Over time, we noticed that the number of configurations we have vastly increased; different configurations have different variations in different environments and some of them were never used. This led us to the realization that we needed a better way to monitor the lifecycle of our flags and explain what a flag does and what changes occurred in which environment or segment.

Goal 5: Involving Domain Experts in the Feature Rollout

Previously, when a product manager, account manager, or support agent wanted to change the visibility of a flag for a segment or environment, they had to ask a developer to change it. This made developers the bottleneck in the process, and things became fragile when the complexity of the segmentation increased. To avoid this, we wanted the flags platform to have a comfortable UX that would allow people with no version control access to take relevant actions.

THE IMPLEMENTATION

We set up a group at nerDigital, one with both technical and business-oriented members, and came up with the requirements. In addition to considering in-house solutions, we also evaluated external feature flag mechanisms that could be integrated with nerDigital. We decided to go with a best-in-class third-party solution, so that our in-house resources could continue focusing on what we do best – giving customers an excellent website-building experience.

After making that decision, we found some solutions that answered our business requirements but to have the best user experience, we didn’t want to compromise on the technological aspects. So, we mapped out the technical requirements:

  • High Availability: As close as possible to 100%, in order to keep nerDigital’s high SLA.
  • Low Latency: Limited to milliseconds.
  • Scalability: The ability to serve a large number of flags, with a very large number of evaluations (billions of evaluations in live nerDigital sites).

After evaluating and comparing the solutions, we decided to go with LaunchDarkly, a scalable, highly available solution that serves more than 2 trillion feature flags every day.

Since we have multiple microservices, we wanted to have a single, simple way to evaluate flags. We achieved this by creating a simple library that receives some shared context about the customer in order to give each one a unique user experience by evaluating flags differently. As we have our monolith as our “Account service,” we used it in order to supply the shared context about the current customer, which is being cached on each of our microservices. By utilizing cache, we achieve local evaluations of the flag while the server connects to LaunchDarkly, receives data about the “flag rules,” and receives the account context from the monolith. Then, using the cache, we can evaluate the flag in memory and reduce the latency by avoiding access to the network.

The following diagram shows a simple flow of flag evaluation:

We also preferred not to lock ourselves to third-party availability (though LaunchDarkly has been very reliable until now) and added an additional caching layer that stores the flags and segments rules. This means that if the connection to LaunchDarkly is down for some reason, we can still serve our customers.

The flow of caching the rules engine can be seen in the following diagram:

EMBEDDING THE SOLUTION AT nerDigital

After the solution was implemented, we moved to education and technology adoption.

We held sessions with different departments, explaining to developers the guidelines and tools, showing product managers how to gradually roll out new features, teaching customer success agents how to manage specific customers.

We also implemented some tools on top of the integration. One of them is a tool that helps us reduce the number of flags, automatic mechanisms that notify when flags are ready to be removed from the code (according to the evaluations and state of the flags), in order to avoid cases like Knight Capital Group’s $460 million dollar mistake.

Today, we are serving 150 flags, which are evaluated thousands of times per second, from over a hundred instrumented instances. We have reached peaks of millions of events per second and everything worked as expected. Our team looks forward to growing and serving more features, having more Beta tests, and continuing to create the best possible user experience for each one of our customers. We hope you are too.

Top 10 Critical Google Ranking Factors To Consider

Did you know that there are more than 200 Google ranking factors that go into determining which websites land at the top of SERPs (that’s ‘search engine results pages’ to you who are new to the SEO world)? If you really want to get into all 200 Google ranking factors, you can do so; however, familiarizing yourself with all of the factors that are taken into account by the search giant’s algorithm is much less important than identifying which ones are the most important for search success. 

Not all Google ranking factors are equal. While some are absolutely necessary to implement, others, though valuable, can be considered a lower priority in the broad landscape of search engine optimization. 

SEO requirements continue to change and evolve over time. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to rank your website on Google. If you want your website’s search engine results page ranking to go from mediocre to the top of the list, you’ll want to go through this updated list of ranking factors to consider through 2020 and beyond. 

Google prefers search engine and end user optimized sites meaning that your content is so good that it both ranks highly on Google and offers a great experience to users. The more optimized a website is, the more leads it can generate, sales it can complete, and traffic it can attract on a consistent basis. Without SEO, searchers will not be able to find your website, let alone explore it. So now that we have some background out of the way…

Here are the top ten most important Google ranking factors of 2020:

  1. 1.       Backlinks
  2. Schema
  3. A Secure Website
  4. Website Speed
  5. Keyword-Optimized Content 
  6. User Experience
  7. Social Signals
  8. Image Optimization 
  9. Consistent Business Listings (NAP)
  10. Domain Age

BACKLINKS 

Backlinks are easily one of the most important and evergreen Google ranking factors of all time. The relationship between backlinks and organic traffic makes it more than worth the time and effort to incorporate them into your SEO strategy. The relevance and domain authority of a page can increase exponentially when it is linked to from a trusted URL. 

Links from the most relevant and similar-minded pages, blogs and websites hold great value in the SEO world. Similarly, backlinks from strong or well-established websites have the additional benefit of driving organic traffic directly to your website as well. 

Just think about it — would a link from Forbes.com or The New York Times result in some decent traffic to a web page? You bet it would! These are incredibly high ranking domains that carry a lot of value on the SEO front and readers would see your site as a trustworthy source. It’s fairly obvious why Google finds backlinks to be such an effective search ranking factor.

SCHEMA (STRUCTURED DATA)

Schema markup enables robots (like Google’s) to crawl your website more easily and understand the content on the page in a language that makes sense to them. Schema does this by giving a structured way for robots/crawlers to define the types of information present on the page.

A SECURE WEBSITE

Google wants to surface websites that match the needs of the searcher and offer a secure experience. In 2014, Google announced that HTTPS encryption was included as a ranking factor in its algorithm and the search giant has only doubled-down since then.

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WEBSITE SPEED

PageSpeed is another evergreen ranking factor in the world of SEO. The aim of Google in measuring this is to improve the overall user experience.

In July 2018, Google announced an algorithm update that focused on how quickly website pages load, particularly on mobile devices. This made clear that if the website does not load quickly, it could lose ground to competing sites.

Google had good reason for this update as the majority of people today use their mobile devices while on-the-go for literally everything. If your site fails to load at an acceptable speed, users will simply head over to a competitor’s site to find the information they are looking for. 

In fact, according to one statistic, “users spend 70% more time, and have 60% more page views, on websites that load quickly.”

If you are dedicated to increasing your site’s speed, the best option is to use the Google Search Console to diagnose any issues. There is also an entire section dedicated to tips and techniques you can use to improve your site’s performance, including pagespeed.

KEYWORD-OPTIMIZED CONTENT 

Why is original optimized content such an important factor for search ranking? Well, in short, your website can have the best layout and design in the world, but if it doesn’t have good content that users are looking for, it’s not worth much to searchers or Google.

Google crawlers rely on keywords to understand what a website has to offer. Short tail keywords (search terms of one to two words) and long tail keywords (search terms of three or more words) are what searchers use when looking for information to answer a question or meet some other need. Targeted keywords and phrases increase a site’s ranking by providing the search engine with a good indicator of what the page is about. 

This is not to say you that any form of keyword packing is good and acceptable — it isn’t. For example, you should avoid using any expired or duplicate content. For rankings to be as close to the top as possible, fresh and compelling content works best. This means you will have to invest some time (and maybe some money) into content research and crafting unique and engaging pieces that people will find useful and Google will love. 

USER EXPERIENCE

What exactly factors into Google’s ranking algorithm can be a bit of a controversy. For example, here are some of the top signals claimed by SEOs that Google looks for when crawling web pages to measure user experience.

  • Click-through rate (CTR) — CTR is the number of people (in percentile) who click to open your site after it appears on a Google search results page. 
  • Bounce rate — The bounce rate is the number of people who click through to your website but exit immediately from the page either because they didn’t find what they were looking for or the page was too confusing for them. 
  • Dwell time — This is the time your visitors spend browsing or taking a specific action on your website. Whether they are simply navigating through your website or just reading your blog posts, all of it is considered to be dwell time. 

Additionally, we know that Google will soon start to include page experience as a Google ranking factor sometime in 2021. For a full breakdown on these new Core Web Vital metrics, check out our blog post about Google’s latest UX SEO initiative. 

SOCIAL SIGNALS

Having a significant presence on social media channels is another way to rank higher on Google search results. A study of 23 million shares determined that there is a definitive link between social media activity and Google rankings. 

While Google does not count backlinks from social media pages in its ranking algorithm, it is still a very important ranking factor to consider.

Why is this? 

A social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn or a combination of these makes it easy to share compelling content among target audiences and amplify your chances of driving heavy organic traffic. The overall surge of traffic to a specific site URL can help increase its SEO juice.

IMAGE OPTIMIZATION 

A picture is really worth a thousand words. Optimized visual content is a very important factor that leads to higher search rankings on Google. Images and videos send signals denoting relevancy through their description, caption, and title.

How would you optimize an image or video? Well, some website builders such as nerDigital do this automatically. If you’re building a site from scratch, however, you will need to ensure images are in the right file format and save for the web, which is typically at a lower resolution quality. Also, you should compress videos so the file size is small but the quality is still high. Use alt text on images and short titles of videos.

CONSISTENT BUSINESS LISTINGS (NAP)

Business listings are also referred to as relevant citations. Search engines rank websites that they believe have expertise, are authoritative and trustworthy (an acronym known as EAT describes this). The more established and successful your brand appears online, the more visibility your website is likely to receive. Thus, having a business listing of some kind with a consistent NAP (name, address, phone number) is an important factor for Google rankings.

DOMAIN AGE

This final factor we will consider here is not something that you can control but it plays a great role in improving your site’s Google rank. Domain age in general is the age of your website, how long your website has been in existence. 

Even though Google has been rather ambiguous about this specific factor, some people suggest that your domain’s age plays a crucial role in ranking your website. It also plays a role in requesting backlinks as well.

BOTTOM LINE

Now that you know the most important Google ranking factors of 2020, it is a good idea to think about which areas your website is doing well in and where there is room for improvement and optimization. 

One thing to keep in mind, a complete overhaul of your search ranking will not happen overnight. Improving search results rankings takes time and consistency. There are billions of websites online and competition can be stiff. Focusing on the most critical Google ranking factors is key to moving a website higher in SERPs.

What Is The Difference Between UI And UX?

It is quite common for people in the world of website building and design to use the terms UI and UX interchangeably. The confusion between these two terms is understandable as these letters are often seen together as in “UI/UX.” 

While both may sound the same, they are not to be confused as the same thing. This article will delve into the differences between UI and UX and offer a clear understanding of both worlds.

WHAT DO THE TERMS “UI” AND “UX” MEAN?

 If we look at the definition of these two terms at a surface level, they seem to be describing the same thing. But, the devil lies in the details.

UI is an abbreviated term for “user interface.” A user interface is what a user interacts with as they engage with a product or device. UI includes everything from screens and buttons, copy and images, to the tiniest of micro-interactions.

UX is an abbreviated term for “user experience.” User experience refers to the purpose and functionality of the product or device and the user’s experience throughout their customer journey.

While both UX and UI rely on each other to make beautiful and functional websites, it is important not to skimp on either side.

Start a nerDigital free trial today to see how you can build websites for customers with amazing UX & UI more efficiently than ever.

WHAT IS UI DESIGN?

UI includes the buttons users click on, the images and design elements users see, the sliders, videos, and motion graphics as they move across the screen, the copy users read, and a range of other items that users typically interact with. All of these must be designed well in order to compel a user to take the desired action or keep them coming back for more of what is being offered. 

But who does all of this work? Who makes the user interface desirable and simple to use? 

This job falls to UI designers. They are the ones who decide how an application, website, device or product will look and the features and functionalities it will contain. 

UI designers have the full authority to determine button shapes, website and app layouts, and color schemes. They can create a unique branded look and theme and hold the power to connect the user’s experience to the brand.

WHAT IS UX DESIGN?

How can we measure a user’s experience with an application or website? We do this by observing a user’s interactions with it. Is the user’s experience confusing, frustrating, smooth, intuitive, or flunky? UX design addresses it all and relies heavily on UX research.

Does navigating (using a search bar or switching from page to page within a website) feel arbitrary or logical for the user? Does the interaction with the application or the website feel efficient? Can they carry out the work that they are supposed to do easily and without any struggles? All these questions fall into the realm of user experience. 

Let’s now understand the UI vs UX debate conceptually. While there are some similarities, there are a range of differences between UI and UX to consider.

WHAT IS THE CONCEPTUAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UI AND UX DESIGN? 

UI and UX are the two most important components that can make or break a product or website. They are interdependent and must align to ensure the end product is functioning smoothly.

How can the underlying differences between UX and UI design be defined conceptually? 

The first conceptual difference is: while UX searches for solutions, UI determines the visual look and feel of the product. Simply put, one focuses on the user’s expectations about what the product should be while the other eradicates any issues that could prevent users from having the experience they want.

From a different angle, UI design is directly responsible for simulating what UX designers do behind the application, product or website. 

The most common similarity between these two terms is that their backbone is the audience itself. All the experimentation work, design protocols, testing, and research primarily focuses on improving the experience of the audience.

10 KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN UI AND UX

Here are some of the top differences that will help you differentiate between UI and UX: 

  • UX and UI are uniquely different terms from a design and experiential point of view.
  • UI focuses primarily on creating an attractive and engaging interface while UX focuses on ensuring it is useful and functional for users.
  • While UI fulfills the emotional and visual needs of users, UX helps the user achieve the purpose or goal for which they have entered the website.
  • The UX always comes first and UI comes second in most cases. This may not always be the case if the UX and UI designer are the same person.
  • While UI pertains to interface enhancements, UX is applied across every page and functioning element of the website or application.
  • UX solves issues within the customer’s journey while UI enhances the overall experience of the user.
  • A UX designer is primarily concerned with the conceptual aspects of a website’s design while a UI designer stays focused primarily on tangible website elements.
  • With regard to metrics, UI is often measured through snapshots while UX is determined by the user’s journey.
  • UI is specific to how a user interacts with a product or service while UX consists of every bit of the experience from start to finish.
  • UI designers discuss structure, look and appeal while UX designers focus on process, functionality and flow.

WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT: UX OR UI? 

In our opinion, UX and UI are both important but if we had to pick one UX would come first. The reason for this is because the end user of a product or website is always right. 

While they might be able to ignore or overlook a bad UI, they won’t be able to stand poor UX design for long. A good UI might seem good for a while, but how good is it really if users can’t easily navigate through their own experience. Sooner or later, a user will most likely uninstall the app, return the product, or un-bookmark the website.  Whether designing experiences or interfaces, we should be careful to keep in mind that the needs of the target user should always come first. 

How To Bring Your Membership Site Ideas To Fruition

Whether you’re an online entrepreneur or digital marketing agency, odds are you’ve toyed with a few membership site ideas over the years. After all, they are one of the most effective ways to build a loyal and highly engaged customer base. 

In this post, we’ll discuss a few membership site ideas and how you can bring them to life on the web in a simple, efficient and effective way.

HOW TO CREATE A MEMBERSHIP WEBSITE

A membership website is a site that offers any kind of gated content that requires visitors to login before accessing it and is ideal for creating a reliable recurring revenue stream and highly engaged user base. 

All kinds of businesses and organizations use membership sites. Here are a few ideas of how to use membership websites:

  • Generate leads 
  • Boost revenue by offering premium content to customers
  • Build customer loyalty 
  • Offer a private space for members to engage with each other and the business/organization 

In fact, an impressive 76% of businesses claim that a subscription-based model helps create customer retention and long-term relationships with customers.

Any good membership site idea generally leverages one of the following types of common gated content:

  • Educational courses
  • Special video or audio files 
  • Articles 
  • Forums
  • Webinars

Looking at all the use cases of membership sites and the content that can be gated may make it feel a little overwhelming to create one, but the truth is it’s very easy if you use the right tools. More on that in a moment…

Need a website builder that makes it easy to build membership websites for your customers? Start a free trial of nerDigital today!

PLANNING OUT A MEMBERSHIP MODEL

Once you’ve settled on a membership site idea and the type of content you want to gate, it’s time to figure out your membership model. 

All membership websites are created to service a community of some kind (e.g. customers, students, industry professionals, sky-diving enthusiasts, etc.); however, how the specific types of memberships that are offered can vary from business to business and organization to organization. 

A membership model is essentially a business plan for how you maintain and grow your membership base. Here are a few worth considering:

The all-access model — members are given access to a fixed library of content that they can access for as long as their membership is live

The ongoing updates model — members can sign up for access to special content or products as they are published/released

The community model — members get special access to a forum where they can interact with each other and the business/organization

The hybrid — Any mixing and matching of the above approaches to create a membership model 

BRINGING YOUR MEMBERSHIP SITE IDEA TO LIFE

After you have your membership model and content plan squared away, it’s time to build your actual membership website. 

Thankfully, there are a number of tools out there that can help you create a membership site quickly from scratch or add member-only pages to an existing website. 

If you’re looking to create a fantastic membership site without breaking the bank, you may want to consider using a website builder or CMS that is designed to build all kinds of websites, like WordPress or nerDigital, and then add a membership solution to the completed website.

A few membership solutions that can be added to pre-existing websites easily include:

Regardless of which membership solution you work with, there are a number of consistent items to setup:

  • Install the membership extension, widget, service, or plugin on your website
  • Create plans for various levels of membership access (for example “basic,” “pro,” and “platinum,” each of which gives access to more content or services)
  • Select which pages of your website will be for “members only”
  • Create your content that is for members only and put it on your site

At nerDigital, we have worked with a number of membership solutions, and there is detailed information on how to set up those solutions on our nerDigital website.

PROMOTING A MEMBERSHIP WEBSITE & GROWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Membership websites aren’t magical baseball diamonds; just because you build it doesn’t mean members will come. 

To build a large, engaged membership base, you’ll want to invest in both outbound and inbound marketing efforts. This can take the form of Google and Facebook ads, content marketing, SEO efforts, email campaigns and more. 

However, maybe the most important thing to remember is to always be offering something new to your existing membership. This has a 2-fold effect:

  1. Members will stay more engaged and are likely to remain long-term sources of revenue
  2. Happy members will attract more happy members — word of mouth is still one of the most powerful forms of marketing around

WRAPPING UP

Any membership website idea worth its salt will do something of substance for the party that builds it: generate leads, boost revenue by offering premium content, etc. We hope the above tips and guidance provide a good jumping off point that helps you plan out future membership website projects.

A Guide To Google Website Speed Test Tools

Website speed matters for two primary reasons. First, a fast-loading site is critical for converting customers. Second, Google uses site speed to rank your site in search. 

This guide dives into how site speed affects rankings and conversions, and explains how each of Google’s website speed test tools work. Additionally, it briefly touches on Google’s new Core Web Vitals, examines what each Google site speed tool measures and how to best utilize each one. 

Let’s dive in…

WEBSITE SPEED’S IMPACT ON CUSTOMER CONVERSIONS

It’s a pretty well-established fact that customers get impatient and leave a site that doesn’t load at lightning speed. In fact, according to Kissmetrics.com

  • 47% of people expect your site to load in less than 2 seconds.
  • 40% will abandon it entirely if it takes longer than 3 seconds.
  • 85% of internet users expect a mobile site to load as fast or faster than on their desktop.

From Google:

  • People with a negative experience on mobile are 62% less likely to purchase from you in the future.
  • A 1 second delay in mobile load times can impact mobile conversions by up to 20%.

From Nielson Norman Group:

  • If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could cost you $2.5 million in lost sales every year. 

You get the idea. 

If your site takes longer than 2 seconds to load on desktop, and slower than 3 seconds on mobile (the Google recommendation on mobile on a 4G connection), you can lose nearly half of your customers before they even interact with your site. 

WEBSITE SPEED’S IMPACT ON SEARCH RANKINGS

Here are a few key points Google has revisited time and again to underscore how the search giant thinks about site speed and web experiences in general:

  • Google is striving to make the whole web fast.
  • Focus on the user and all else will follow.
  • Fast is better than slow. 

Over the years, Google has made site speed increasingly more important through several algorithm updates, and in May 2020, the Chrome team announced Core Web Vitals, which breaks out various aspects of site speed (and user experience metrics) that will soon factor into Google search rankings.

Google breaks Core Web Vitals down as:

  • Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) — This measures perceived load speed and marks the point in the page load timeline when the page’s main content has likely loaded. This is a site speed measurement.
  • First Input Delay (FID)— This measures responsiveness and quantifies the experience users feel when trying to first interact with the page. This is a site speed measurement.
  • Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) — This measures visual stability and quantifies the amount of unexpected layout shift of visible page content. This does not have to do specifically with site speed and will not be in-depthly addressed in this guide.

“The Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) metric reports the render time of the largest image or text block visible within the viewport. To provide a good user experience, sites should strive to have Largest Contentful Paint occur within the first 2.5 seconds of the page starting to load,” Google explains on web.dev.

First Input Delay (FID) “measures the time from when a user first interacts with a page (i.e. when they click a link, tap on a button, or use a custom, JavaScript-powered control) to the time when the browser is actually able to begin processing event handlers in response to that interaction,” Google says.

For more on Core Web Vitals, check out Google Core Web Vitals Basics: Everything You Need To Know.

GOOGLE WEBSITE SPEED TEST TOOLS EXPLAINED

Google has historically supplied some of the best tools for evaluating a website’s speed and experience, including:

Since the release of Core Web Vitals, here is how Google recommends you use these tools to address and improve other various aspects of site speed:

  1. Use Search Console’s new Core Web Vitals report to identify groups of pages that require attention.
  2. Then use PageSpeed Insights to diagnose lab and field issues on a page. 
  3. Use Lighthouse and Chrome DevTools to get actionable guidance on what to fix specifically. 
  4. Get a custom dashboard of Core Web Vitals using the updated CrUX Dashboard or new Chrome UX Report API for field data or PageSpeed Insights API for lab data.
  5. Confused by the amount of data and need direct guidance? Use web.dev/measure to measure your page and display a prioritized list for optimization.
  6. Finally, use Lighthouse CI before you deploy a change to production.

Search Console

Search Console measures more than site speed. It’s an essential tool that, as Google explains, “helps you monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot your site’s presence in Google Search results.” It helps you understand and improve how Google sees your site with specific data and recommendations.

This tool can be used to measure all three Core Web Vitals. Simply run the Core Web Vitals report to get a score and overview for each. You can rerun the report after making fixes to validate their effects.

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PageSpeed Insights

PageSpeed Insights is one of the simplest ways to get site speed analytics and can be used to measure Core Web Vitals, plus other key data. It is powered by Lighthouse and Chrome UX Report.

This test generates a PageSpeed Insights report, with a quantified score that summarizes the page’s performance (determined by the software automatically running Lighthouse). The goal should be to aim for a score of 90 or above, which is considered good; 50 to 90 needs improvement; below 50 is considered poor. 

When you type in a URL, PageSpeed Insights will also assess the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX) dataset to provide a view of how real-world users experience the page.

It also reports the First Contentful Paint (FCP), CLS, FID and LCP metric data. Google advises an LCP of no more than 2.5 seconds and a FID of less than 100 milliseconds. For both, Google says strive for the 75th percentile across mobile and desktop devices.

To learn how to improve FID for a specific site, while still in PageSpeed Insights, you can run a full Lighthouse performance audit to get actionable steps.

Google says that the difference between Search Console and PageSpeed Insights is that the former provides site owners with an overview of groups of pages that need attention, while PageSpeed Insights helps identify per-page opportunities to improve user experience.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. It looks at site speed (including LCP and FID) and also measures other determining factors for site performance for how a potential user would experience a website. The audit lists specific opportunities for improving a website.

Lighthouse can be used in four different ways; the first three are more complex and made by and for developers:

Also, you can use Lighthouse CI to easily measure metrics on pull requests (when you’re evaluating proposed changes before integrating them into the production site). This is a best practice before rolling out website changes.

Chrome DevTools

Chrome DevTools runs Lighthouse and requires you to download the Chrome extension. Then you simply go to the Audit tab and check boxes for what you want to audit. Its greatest uses as a site speed checker are auditing pages that require authentication or identifying pages with Cumulative Layout Shift, one of the three Core Web Vitals. It provides reports in a user-friendly format. It also measures Total Blocking Time (TBT), which Google considers to be an excellent proxy for FID.

You also can download the Web Vitals Chrome extension to give you a real-time view of metrics on desktop.

Web.dev

For a simpler look at data, go to Web.dev and click Test My Site, then click “Measure.” It measures site performance and provides tips for improving the user experience. You can sign in order to track site progress over time.

Chrome User Experience Report

Chrome User Experience (CrUX) Report can be used to measure both LCP and FID and is used in the PageSpeed Insights report. It provides user experience metrics that show how real-world Chrome users experience your site (called field data) — and allows you to get speed data on your competitor’s URLs.

The new CrUX API launched on May 28, 2020, “enables site owners to quickly assess performance of their site for each Web Vital, as experienced by real-world Chrome users. The BigQuery dataset already surfaces publicly accessible histograms for all of the Core Web Vitals, and we are working on a new REST API that will make accessing both URL and origin level data simple and easy — stay tuned,” Google wrote on web.dev in August 2020.

You can capture this data by running a report, or using the CrUX Dashboard or new Chrome UX Report API. Not only does it measure the Core Web Vitals, it also measures, among others:

  • First Paint: as defined by Paint Timing API: reports time when browser first starts to render the page after navigation; the first key moment developers care about in page load.
  • First Contentful Paint: measures how long it takes the browser to render the first piece of DOM content after a user navigates to your page. 
  • DOMContentLoad: as defined by HTML specification: “reports the time when the initial HTML document has been completely loaded and parsed, without waiting for stylesheets, images, and subframes to finish loading.” 
  • Time to First Byte: “measures the duration from the user or client making an HTTP request to the first byte of the page being received by the client’s browser.”

A savvy developer or SEO professional will want to run the CrUX report to get this additional data.

Think with Google — Test My Mobile Site

Think with Google offers a site checker for mobile and a performance report including recommendations for fixing it. Even though this tool is powered by the Chrome User Experience Report, sometimes it’s advantageous to solely focus on mobile, especially if a site is slow and you want to call this out specifically.

SUMMING UP ALL OF THE GOOGLE WEBSITE SPEED TEST TOOLS

Each of these site speed tools from Google provides different analytics into various aspects of website speed and other key user experience metrics. It’s important to understand how to use them and how they work together in order to make smart decisions about websites.

The 10 Steps Of A Successful Web Design Process

Almost anyone can design a site, but the web design process determines how well it goes from ideation to launch. 

As website designers, we tend to think about the overall web design process in terms of putting together visual elements, backend code and wireframes. And to be clear, these are all major parts of web design. But there is more to it than that. What makes a great website stand out from a good one is how well the process and strategy are implemented and aligned with the goals of your customer.

Here are the 10 essential steps that make up a successful web design process for you and your customers.

  • Initial Discussion of Goals & Requirements
  • Project Timelines & Scope 
  • The Web Design Proposal
  • Summary of Navigation 
  • Content Creation, Collection, & Visual Elements
  • Wireframing & Sitemap 
  • Prototyping 
  • Web Development 
  • Website Testing 
  • Website Launch

INITIAL DISCUSSION OF GOALS & REQUIREMENTS

It has been said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Such is the case with the web design process. 

One of the goals of any company is to have products and services well-known by its target audience. Designers must communicate with all stakeholders to understand these goals and nuances to discover the best way to visually represent a client’s brand and website to the public. 

Designers should take time to briefly interview the stakeholders involved to understand each of these points before proceeding in the process. For every minute you spend planning and discussing with the key stakeholders, you will save hours in the actual design and development. 

Once this information is collected, document it carefully as you will refer to it throughout the entire web design process.

PROJECT TIMELINES & SCOPE 

Understanding the scope of the project (in writing preferably) and setting reasonable timelines to complete the project is a very critical step in the web design process. Having scope and timelines in place helps to set the bar of expectation.

One way to define a web design project scope is to use a Gantt chart. A Gantt chart marks specific activities of the process alongside the start and end dates for each task in the project. It gives a visual representation of what the designer must achieve by certain dates.

Additionally, it helps you to avoid (or at least, be aware of) “scope creep.” This happens when the client’s idea for the project evolves or changes in some way. If this becomes the case, you will easily find your scope of work along with your timelines and budget quickly expanding.

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THE WEB DESIGN PROPOSAL

Ever heard of “Get it in writing?”

This is where the web design proposal comes in. Getting it in writing means it is a formalized agreement between two parties. At this step, both parties agree to what has been previously discussed for the website. 

A solid web design proposal typically includes:

  • Project scope
  • Project timeline
  • Budget and payment method
  • Additional work conditions
  • Revision rounds
  • Specific requirements

A web design proposal tends to reduce misconceptions and misunderstandings during the process. It also helps to keep the project scope in line of the expectations for both parties.

SUMMARY OF NAVIGATION 

The site structure or site navigation is a very important part of the web design process. It organizes the main pages and subpages within the website. From a planned site structure, designers can determine how best to display copy and visuals for the end users.

From drop-down menus to hover reveals and side navigation to top navigation, there is no shortage of ways to consider designing the navigation. Think about the needs of the organization and logical ways the end user would expect to see the information he or she is looking for. 

CONTENT CREATION, COLLECTION, & VISUAL ELEMENTS

This is the fun and the second most important part. What’s a website without images and content, right?

Ideally, the client will provide the content and visuals they want you to use in the web design process. But you can be instrumental in the process by giving them guidance on what content to add to the website and how to organize it in a way that matters to the audience. 

If you are blessed with the gift of design and copy, then here is where you will take the ideas from your client and collate them into compelling website copy and visuals that engage and possibly convert (if that is the goal). 

When designing content, consider asking the following:

  • Does the content engage the target reader?
  • Does the content urge the reader to take the desired action?
  • Does the content align with the preferred visual elements?
  • Does the content guide the reader or user through the customer journey?
  • Will Google care about the content enough to rank it? (Is it SEO-friendly?)

When designing the visual elements, consider asking the following:

  • Does the logo match the brand?
  • Does the color palette align to the brand’s style guide?
  • Are there specific images that reflect the company to be included?
  • Will there be videos that will embed in the web design?
  • Will the visual elements be interactive?
  • Do the font sizes and styles align to the brand’s style guide?

The visual style of the website alongside the content are a large part of what will engage the end user and compel them to take the next step in the customer journey or revisit your website frequently. 

Sharp images and videos that don’t limit the bandwidth of a site can help to make it more engaging and communicate a user-friendly and brand-friendly message. This aids in building brand loyalty and trust. 

When content and visuals are combined well, users can digest information easily and your customer will see more clicks, conversions, and revenue as a result.

MAPPING OUT & WIREFRAMING THE SITE 

This is the step in the process where everything starts coming together. All the ingredients are there and now you are ready to mix them together. 

Similar to a GPS that guides you to your destination or a blueprint for constructing a building, a good wireframe is the guide that takes your website from point A to point B in terms of overall design.

The wireframe determines placement and structure of all the content to be included on the website. Wireframes are useful for identifying any gaps in the process such as pages that may have been missed in the content phase (Privacy Policy and Terms of Use are two of those often missed pages).

PROTOTYPING

Once the web design portion of the overall process has been completed, it is time to send the stakeholders a prototype of what the website looks like. 

This is where the designer and stakeholders will ask the question: Did we achieve our goals with this web design project?

At this stage, stakeholders will be tasked with reviewing links, images and proofreading copy. In many cases, the prototyping view is the last view of the project before it goes to launch. 

Any bugs, errors, redesigned elements, or revisions are made to improve the website.

ADVANCED WEB DEVELOPMENT 

This stage is where the rubber meets the road as they say. 

Any advanced features (like custom widgets and integrations) that haven’t been fully developed need to be built out. The web developer (who may be a different person from the designer) should take time to test and optimize for things like pagespeed throughout the development phase of the web design process.

FINAL WEBSITE TESTING & QA

Nothing is worse than a live website with broken links, misspellings or structural issues in copy, fuzzy images, or unoptimized pages. 

At this stage, the website is reviewed again. First, by the internal team of people who worked to design and build the site. Second, by the stakeholders who will look at it from an internal and external perspective.

This is the opportunity to check the website in multiple browsers, on multiple mobile devices, and possibly with different IPs as well. You will also want to ensure here that the website is fully mobile responsive.

WEBSITE LAUNCH 

This is the exciting part. Your hard work has paid off and you are ready to go live.

The requirements are filled. The content is engaging. The visuals look amazing. Every button is working and every page is linked correctly.

This is the giant leap for mankind. Well, for your stakeholders at least. 

While you have taken the site public to the world, the work here isn’t over completely. Web design maintenance and updates will have to be conducted on an ongoing basis if the site is to continue producing successful results for your customer.

ENDING NOTE

Continuous improvement involves adding new content, running user tests frequently, monitoring analytics, and fixing bugs as they arise. An important thing to remember is that a website is never truly done. As outcomes and goals change, tweaks will be made to drive users and the company in those chosen directions. 

The key to great web design is having a process that works every time. No matter what type of site you design and launch, your web design process should follow a set path that makes each project a success and every client happy.

Anti-plagiarism Tool: Best Way to Avoid Plagiarism

Nowadays, it is effortless to discover the information needed for your research paper, but there is no doubt that it is hard to add details in your research without involving to plagiarism. There are many ways on how to avoid this plagiarism. The anti plagiarism tool is now available to use in preventing plagiarism acts. Aside from the tools, there are also other ways to prevent the consequences of plagiarism.


Run Free from Plagiarism Act by Checking Out a Reliable Anti Plagiarism Tool Today!

1. Quoting

When you are quoting a source, you need to use the quote same as how the original content is using it. Misquoting can lead to a problem. Everyone should be able to paraphrase the materials effectively.  This method may take time, but after some time, you’ll see that your effort will be worth it.

2. Referencing

Referencing is one of the most effective ways in avoiding plagiarism which also includes a reference page cited or mentioned at the end of your work. In addition to this, this page must follow the guideline of formatting your document which is used by your institution or school. This needed specific information which includes the title, author, source, and date of publication. You need to follow the directions needed for this method.

3. Paraphrasing

Once you have found the right information for your proposed article, you must read it carefully and make it in your own words. Moreover, you need to ensure that you never copy the verbatim for more than 2 words in a particular row from the information that you have found. If you cannot avoid using more than two words, then you will need to utilize quotation marks.

4. Citing Quotations

Sometimes, we are confused between citing a quotation and citing a paraphrased content. These two are different from each other. Citing quotations includes the addition of a paragraph or a page number in the form of web content.

5. Cite

This method is also considered as one of the best ways of avoiding plagiarism. All you need to do is to follow the guidelines in formatting the document which is being used by your institution which issued the request for your research.

6. Citing your very own material

If the material that you used in your work was one of those that you used from your previous work, then you need to cite yourself. You need to consider the text that you use the way you would treat someone else’s work. Keep in mind that using your previous content is also considered as “self-plagiarism” which is considered as not acceptable.

7. Take advantage of an anti plagiarism tool

A wide selection of anti plagiarism tool is now available on the internet to avoid plagiarism in your work. Since these tools have the connections and access to different databases which also implies that any possibility of plagiarism can be recognized and the necessary action can be done if needed.

Checking your work

As a writer, you need to be sure that you have edited your paper and check it carefully before submitting it to someone. With that being said, using online anti plagiarism tool is the best way of assessing your content and writing skills. Grab the chance of using these software today to check your work. Plagiarism is a big word. This may lead you to the loss of your career.

Why Using an Anti Plagiarism Tool is a Must

We are aware that many people concluded that plagiarism means duplicating someone’s work without paying any credit to that person. This might be true, but plagiarism is not only focusing on that matter. This one also includes rewriting someone’s data and ideas. Keep in mind that duplicating someone’s idea as your own without any credits is considered as equivalent as copying his works too. This belongs to a professional severe violation. This might lead to violations and punishments.

Paraphrasing and Quoting

During your “research paper days,” references are significant since these are used to support our findings. It is necessary to know if you need to quote directly or paraphrase your reference. Don’t be confused at the fact that paraphrasing can also be considered as a plagiarism act. You need to take your actions carefully. In connection with this, quoting is often described as reproducing the word of someone else.  It is advisable to used quotes carefully.  Quotes are often used to describe something in the article, clarify and support a statement.

Why is it important for someone to submit a plagiarism free work?

Many people are concerned about this matter because everyone is required to make their content “plagiarism free” to avoid any punishments or violations.

If you are a student you should consider the following consequences:

-It might lead to expulsion from your school or university

-It might result in a destroyed work

-It can be the reason of you being expelled in your academic institution

-It can result in penalties and fines as well as legal actions.

Effect to the economy

It might be strange to hear, but plagiarism was done by the people, especially the students can affect the whole economy of your country. It is because it can devalue the dignity and degree of the students who might result in graduating without having the proper skill required to add value to a country’s economy. Private sectors and businesses may suffer from the shortage of the skills required to add value to a particular country’s economy due to the limited skills held by the students who have committed to reaching their degree. It is best to remind every student and every individual to avoid plagiarism and work for their dream reasonably to attain their dream success. 

Legal Matters

There are also legal consequences for those people who committed plagiarism. It is because the people who committed this act can have higher possibilities to be involved in the breach of copyright laws. The author has the full rights to charge a crime in the court. It can also be a criminal offense and enforceable. This act is more related to the publishing and journalism industry. Everyone must exert an effort in plagiarizing your work.  It is the reason why the inception of an anti plagiarism tool had been considered of extreme importance.

Plagiarism is increasing its percentage in the academic world. As a result, students of today’s generation are facing much pressure which leads them to plagiarize. With that being said, students know that attaining a degree classification from their institutions is not a guarantee of having a high paid job because there are lots of people who are qualified to achieve this qualification. Hence, they identify that attaining the highest marks is one of the best ways in which they can ensure the achievement of their future career. This is where the temptation on plagiarism takes place. Plagiarism is now widespread and easier for students because they have access to information from the internet. On the other hand, it is ideal to presume this just because of the temptation, we should fall to the trap of plagiarizing someone’s work.

How Students Can Avoid Violations with the Help of an Anti Plagiarism Tool

Having the goal to maintain the integrity of the community, everyone is encouraged to address any violations by confronting the involved party. The following ways are defined to ensure that the violations are handled promptly.

If someone observes a deceptive violation, one of the faculty members should organize a private and informal meeting with the involve students within a week. Likewise, on that private meeting, the faculty member is obliged to discuss his suspicion with the involved student, and the student has all the right to plea for any action taken by the involved faculty member.

-If the student has an acceptable explanation, the said case may be closed without any record or any further action.

-If this case is not resolved, the faculty member may implement a sanction, which considers the seriousness and circumstances of the said violation. In a case where a significant violation is involved, the faculty members have the right to give a failing in a particular event or course.

-Punishment for minor violators also includes assigning additional work or even downgrading the work.

Possible Suspension

Once you commit plagiarism, you will face its consequences. There are other institutions which will place you on disciplinary actions or probation. The consequences depend on the code of the institution. Once you are sure of plagiarism, you have the higher possibility of getting expelled from your work or university.

Plagiarism can ruin your reputation

There is no doubt that plagiarism can be the cause of your ruined reputation. Commit plagiarism, and you can expect to have a hard time finding or searching another position. In addition to this, you will also have a hard time discovering journals or publisher that will help you publish your work. As a result, the number of sponsors who have an interest in funding your research can significantly decrease.

Consequently, every business and university takes this issue seriously. Committing this act is considered as a significant risk to the possible opportunities for you as well as your reputation, so you need to take it seriously and carefully.  Check out the best anti plagiarism tool that would suit your needs today!

Plagiarizing by Accident? Learn How to Check Plagiarism Online

Plagiarism especially those who are into online marketing are now easy to catch. With a lot of tools available, plagiarism can easily be seen or detected. Thus, it is always a great idea to check everything that you write so that you won’t be ending up copying someone’s work. If you know how to check plagiarism online, this will be quicker, and in just a matter of seconds, you will probably know if you’re material or content has a similar thought or idea to others.

There are many ways how you will be a hundred percent sure that your content is not copied. It is vital to consider that you are not taking someone’s idea and at the same time, no one will steal yours. Let’s check out some ideas that will help us to make sure that our work is one hundred percent free from plagiarism.

Avoiding Plagiarism – How can it be done?

It is always easy to find facts for your content or paper by searching online or doing research, but it is also natural that you fall into the plagiarism trap. It may not be your intention to do that but somehow; there will always be a phrasing or even the whole sentence that you accidentally copy to others. So, if you want to be certain that you are not falling into this trap, let’s find out some tips on how we can avoid copying the works of others.

  1. Cite your sources. One way or another, no matter what we do, there will be a possibility that you cannot avoid copying someone else’s work to make sure that whenever you copy something, don’t forget to cite your source. Moreover, you need to make sure also that you cite your resources correctly because if not then you might end up plagiarizing again and not doing it correctly.
  2. Quote. If you are to use a quote, use it as how it exactly appears. It will make a big difference if you quote correctly, besides no one wants to be misquoted. When you quote your resources or references, then you won’t be charged for plagiarism. When you are citing quotations, one should be careful in using the correct punctuation and the structure of the sentence. Again, you don’t want to end up copying the ideas and words of others so quote and cite correctly.
  3. Paraphrase. You may find relevant information that you need for your content, and you wanted to incorporate it in your work, but of course, you can’t do that. The secret is to paraphrase it. Paraphrasing works very well, as you can still use the sentence but maintaining the same thought. You can do it by changing the word or finding the synonym of that word to make it look a different one but with the same thought. Just read it thoroughly and put it into your own words. In other words, do not copy it verbatim and make sure that you did not copy it more than two words.
  4. Proofread. Proofreading can help you in avoiding plagiarism. Proofreading what you have worked for does works. It will not take too much time to read your content, and by doing this simple step, it can save you from plagiarism. A simple step but can give you quality results.
  5. Referencing. If you are doing a research paper or school paper, it is always the best idea to include a reference page for all the resources that you have used in your content. Just like citing your resources, it can help you relieve from the pain of plagiarizing because you will cite the authors, the exact name of the book or your source material. This is again a very high plan if you want to avoid plagiarism.

Use a Tool to Check for Plagiarism. One thing is certain, it is always right way to use a tool to check for plagiarism and with the technology that we have today, and checking your work for plagiarism is such an easy thing to do. Check plagiarism online is now becoming a trend as no one wants to have a copied content published on their website. However, how to check plagiarism online? It is merely by using tools for plagiarism, and some of them are even free. 

Plagiarism Checker Tools Online

You created content, and you wanted to make sure that your work is a hundred percent yours and nothing on the Internet or any resources have the same thought. You wanted to be sure that the wording, phrasing and the whole idea is free of plagiarism. If you go online and type in the keyword plagiarism checker, there will be a lot of tools that are available. Some plagiarism checker needs your content typed or uploaded, and in just a matter of seconds, you can check if you’re content has the exact wording with other articles. How to check plagiarism online is as easy as one two three with the help of the right tools that can be found online.

  • Plagiarism Checker – a user-friendly and absolutely a free detection tool that will help you check if your work is plagiarized. There is no download required for this tool and easy to use. It will help you to check for many phrases and can use the queries in an instant. Just copy and paste your document and click on Search, and it will help you identify the plagiarized content.
  • Copyscape – If you want to detect redundant and unessential contents to your website it would be a matter of seconds using Copyscape. It has a simple interface and a WordPress plugin that can search for a duplicate in your site.
  • Plagscan – A hassle-free plagiarism detection tool that can be used both for individuals and businesses. It checks your wordings against online content. A tool that can be used online and no download required. Just upload your content and in a matter of seconds and a report will be outlined whether there will be a matched content in your content.
  • Grammarly – It can be by far the best checker when it comes to plagiarism. Many students and teachers prefer Grammarly to check for plagiarism since it can scan different documents. Moreover, it does not solely check for plagiarism, but it checks for grammatical errors and wrong sentence structure.
  • Copyleaks – Not only that it can check for plagiarism it can also detect for copyright as well. It can recognize plagiarized contents in any language. This platform has different sections depending on your purposes such as for business or educational purposes. Though it’s a helpful plagiarism detection tool, it can only detect up to 2500 words in a month for free. To fully use its features, you need to sign up for a paid plan.
  • SmallSEOTools Plagiarism Checker – The plagiarism checker tool on this platform is just a basic one as it has many tools that can help ion SEO. All you have to do with this platform is to copy your content, and you need to click on “Check for Plagiarism,” and it will give you the results in seconds. If you are to look for how to check plagiarism online, then this plagiarism checker is one to check.
  • Plagiarisma – Teachers, students, writers, and many other industries used this multi-purpose plagiarism tool. This is an easy and necessary tool to use. By copying and pasting your file or uploading it from your computer, you can quickly check for plagiarized content.
  • Viper – Another plagiarism checker that has a user-friendly interface is Viper. It is a free tool that allows you to check if there is a plagiarized text on your content as compared to the billions of resources online.
  • Dupli Checker – A free plagiarism tool or software that can easily compare your document against other documents across online. You can check if your document is free from plagiarism in two ways. First, by copying your content in the text field; second is through uploading it via Text or Doc file from your computer.
  • Paper Rater – Automated proofreading, grammar checker and analyzing text quickly is what Paper Rater does. It is a plagiarism detection tool is used in different countries as it raises accurate results in seconds. The first try is of free of charge. If you want you can sign up for a Premium account to use the other features.

Having your content checked for plagiarism is a must that is why using a plagiarism checker tool is vital. When we are making our content, we are efficiently engaged to the ideas and writings of others, and somehow we forgot to cite and give credit to them this is why we are bound to plagiarism. Hence, a plagiarism checker is essential so that there is no way that someone will be accused of plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious matter, and with the help of different tools online it will be a lot easier to check for plagiarism. No one’s idea or thought should be copied, so how do we check plagiarism online? It will be fast and hassle-free with the help of Web Analyx, as checking your content if it’s plagiarized happens in a snap. Not only it has plagiarism checker tools, but it also has different SEO tools that can help. No matter how hardworking and honest you are in making your content, mistakes can happen and sometimes it’s unavoidable. No one purposely does plagiarism, sometimes it happens purely unintentional or accidental, so to avoid this from happening, a plagiarism checker that can be found online can be very handy.

Top 11 SEO Tools HQ that You Should Have

Spreading the word about your business can be accompanied by several challenges. With more and more competitors that you have to deal with, rising up in your game can be enlaced with trials and hindrances. Fortunately, technology has allowed you to maximize its power among your company’s errands. For instance, the idea of SEO and the utilization of SEO tools HQ can aid you in your marketing endeavors whether you are a startup or a huge company.

Here are the SEO Tools that You Need

Through the past few years, a massive pool of optimization tools gradually sprouts up to deal with specific problems and issues that entrepreneurs encounter in their business websites. With that being said, these SEO tools HQ have proven themselves useful when it comes to solving digital marketing obstacles that are often experienced by numerous proprietors. To enlighten you with these applications, here are some of the renowned tools that have been changing the game of SEO with their existence.

1. SEO Tools HQ

With billions of content that exist on the web, it becomes harder and harder to ensure that your own article does not disqualify any rules of plagiarism. Too, it is the reason why it is so important to make sure that every content that you obtain from the internet are rewritten well to avoid any future lawsuits. Fortunately, you can now have access to online article rewriters which can provide you with your content needs.

 Whether it’s school work, a research or a business blog that you’re trying to obtain, this tool can help you with you create a unique and distinct version out of the existing article that you obtained from the web.


  2. Plagiarism Checker

Gone are those days when plagiarism detection can only be executed manually. Today, you can already have access to online applications that can uncover plagiarism sans the substantial effort of manual comparison. By using an online plagiarism checker, it will be easier for you to unfold any possible plagiarized stuff out of your own content. This tool is also helpful for teacher and professors who are looking for the best instrument to check their students’ outputs and research papers.

Other Reliable SEO Tools


3.    Grammar Checker

Are you struggling when it comes to ensuring that your content is well-written and free from grammatical errors? Worry no more. You don’t have to hire an expensive grammarian any time you create your own blog or article. A grammar checker is an online tool or program that verifies if the content is grammatically correct. By having a reliable grammar checker on your side, you can guarantee that your article is free from run-ons and errors in punctuation, subject-verb agreement, and many more


4. Backlink Maker


5. Meta Tag Generator

The more backlinks that you have on your website, the higher the possibility of having a great position in SERPs. The significance and relevance of a certain website increases when numerous websites are linking to your web page. In addition to this, a backlink is important in accumulating organic traffic from pages in search engine results. With that being said, a backlink is undoubtedly a crucial aspect in ensuring that your website appears on the first page of Google and Bing. To make it easier especially for newly-designed sites, an online tool, called backlink maker, is created to acquire backlinks from several platforms. Thus, the hassle has been significantly lessened for those who want to attract search engine bots in their websites

Building a website is not easy and there is no doubt about that. Aside from all the codes that you have to input, there are other several considerations that you have to look into. This is the reason why some technological creators invented an instrument that will significantly reduce the challenge of website developers and designers. A meta tag generator is an online-based or software-based program that automatically generates meta tags based on the page information input. This application is generally useful not only for web designers who want to save time but also for those who don’t fully understand the complications and technicalities behind meta tags.


6.Meta Tag Analyzer

Meta tags have no direct effects on the design of your page but it is a facet that displays the topic and the snippet of the content when it is listed in search engines such as Google and Bing. This aspect can be your asset when it is well-created. A keyword-infused meta tag can highly improve your ranking and can make it easier for search engines to index your site.

Whether you are a newbie or an expert in the field of optimization, you can utilize your competitors’ meta tag to your advantage. A meta tag analyzer is a tool that you can use to get an insight into the meta tags of other successful business websites. This instrument can help you observe and analyze the SEO score and meta tag techniques of your competitors which you can then apply in your own website. Therefore, a meta tag analyzer is a great tool for improving your own SEO ranking in Google and Bing.


 7. Keyword Position Checker

Also known as Keyword Position Tool, a Keyword Position Checker is an online program that helps users in inserting a keyword in the position with the best estimation. Its main purpose is to assign a certain keyword position based on the search data of all the people who have entered their search key phrases in search engines. When a keyword is placed in the most strategic position of your metadata and content, the algorithm will be at your favor and your website will then have a higher chance of ranking higher in the search engine pages.

8.    XML Sitemap Generator

Another factor that helps search engines index websites in a more efficient way is through the provision of an XML sitemap. This program is the most famous version of sitemap which is under the sitemap protocol that is reinforced by Ask, Yahoo, Bing, and Google.

Not the same as HTML sitemaps, XML sitemaps are those that are not seen by the website visitors. However, building a sitemap is significant when it comes to pages or sites that are not crawled easily. Do you want to make the process less challenging and less time-consuming? Use an XML Sitemap Generator for your utmost ease.


9.    Alexa Rank Checker

Alexa rank is used by numerous SEO experts in measuring the popularity of a certain website. It rates billions of sites and pages according to their popularity. Alexa rank can give you an insight as to the performance of a certain website in comparison to its other competitors, thus, making it an excellent KPI for competitive analysis and benchmarking. Moreover, you can utilize its purpose by having an Alexa Rank Checker that you can access whenever an SEO or website need arises.

Generally, this tool works by calculating the technical methodology of the coalescence of visitor engagement and estimated traffic on the three months that have passed. Assessing the number of engagement and traffic is executed through the observance of the surfing behavior of all Internet users.

10.    Online Ping Website Tool

Pinging is one of the off-page methods that is practiced for SEO endeavors. This process is typically executed to give a signal to search engines about the backlinks that you just created so they’ll be counted and crawled. An online ping website tool will remove all the hassles of submitting these reports to all the directories that exist in the whole web. This application will provide you with ease and comfort by giving you an opportunity to submit your links to several sites at once.

11.    Google Malware Checker

A malware checker is a great instrument for safeguarding the status of your website by detecting destructing malware from other websites that you visit. This malware scanner utilizes a practical malware detection tool to easily distinguish malicious script and viruses from distinct pages on the web. Aside from this, it provides users with warnings from threats in website security. It is highly recommended for website owners to have this tool to prevent viruses from causing a threat to their site.

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Free Plagiarism Sites: The Art of Plagiarism-Free Content

There’s no doubt about it: plagiarism is on the rise nowadays. With quick and easy access to the web, it became less challenging for everyone to copy and paste the content that is available in several search engines. However, plagiarism is still not tolerated by the authority so it is highly recommended for everyone to practice what’s under the copyright law. This is where the free plagiarism sites come into the light.

4 Major Types of Plagiarism

To enlighten you more, here are the different types of plagiarism that you might encounter along your research journey.

1.    Clone plagiarism

Clone plagiarism is the most conducted sort, especially by students. Cloning plagiarism is generally done through the replication of someone else’s work, word by word, and claiming it as if it’s your own. Since the discovery of the internet, students have been acquiring a lot of benefits from this advancement’s existence. However, a lot of them ignore the proper practice of acquiring information from the web. Oftentimes, they would just copy and paste, totally neglecting the copyright law.

2.    Partial Plagiarism

Partial plagiarism is a counterpart of clone plagiarism. While clone plagiarism involves derivating the whole context, partial plagiarism means utilizing a particular portion of content and adding it in your project as your own. The used part of the text is not modified and just pasted to add up as a part of the new write-up.

3.    Mix-and-Match Plagiarism

Also called as remix plagiarism, mix-and-match plagiarism is generally a practice of paraphrasing through utilizing various sources. In this kind of paraphrasing, the doer still utilizes a similar set of texts without even modifying them. Most of the time, the words might seem like they’re not plagiarized, but the following content is derivate and pasted from several original files.

4.    Self-plagiarism

When faced with a project of the same topic, it is completely understandable for researchers to look back in their previous outputs. Nonetheless, it would still be considered plagiarism once you used them again for a new project or research. If you will copy and paste the exact same text from your past write-ups without modifying the words that you used, it will then be a case of self-plagiarism.

Other Cases of Unintentional Plagiarism

Collaboration Plagiarism

This is yet another type of plagiarism that is commonly done by students. Oftentimes, students utilize various research sources to guarantee that their projects are precise and valid. However, a lot of them neglect the need to put citations and alter some certain portion of a blog or an article.

Unfound Source Plagiarism

Do you know that wrong citation can also lead to plagiarism lawsuits? When a student or a researcher incorporated wrong references in his research, he automatically conducted an act of unfound source plagiarism. Thus, it is highly recommended for everyone to ensure that they cite their sources correctly.

Bit-by-bit Plagiarism

Bit-by-bit plagiarism is generally described as a practice of plagiarism wherein the doer doesn’t derivate the whole original content. However, it involves acquiring certain phrases and sentences that are copied word by word. Generally, those who commit this type of plagiarism try to hide the act by paraphrasing the first word or phrase and then they’ll paste the copied context right after the first section of the sentence. The pasted text and its idea are completely similar to what’s ion the original content and haven’t been modified even a bit.

Consequences of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a crime and it brings several penalties to those who commit the act. To bring awareness to all the costs that it takes, here is the list of its consequences.


Direct effect on School Status

Universities and schools don’t take plagiarism lightly. A good reputation is an asset, thus, institutions like these do everything to safeguard their name. This is the reason why schools and universities take an act of plagiarism in a serious manner. Once it is observed that a certain student commits this act, this person can be subjected to suspension or expulsion from the institution.


It creates a bad outcome on your business

Business requires professionalism and professionalism requires the practice of proper ethics. Anyone involved in a business who’s accused of committing plagiarism can be sued by the industry or fired by the company that he belongs in. Moreover, a person who’s charged with plagiarism will also find it more challenging to earn the trust of his future colleagues or prospective partners.


    Publishing rights

Experienced writers and publishers will agree to the fact that the world of publishing can be delicate and complicated. When someone in this field is charged with an act of plagiarism, it can then be expected that his publishing career will then be put into a stop.


Copyright Infringement

The law states that the legality of owning certain content only belongs to its original author. Due to the absolute feature of copyright laws, any act of committing plagiarism can consequently put you in jail.


Money

Whether you’re a student or a professional, there’s a huge possibility that the involved author will ask you to pay a certain amount to compensate with the damage that has been done.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

With all the penalties mentioned above, it is surely a must to learn about all the actions that you can do to avoid committing the act. Here is the list of all the tips and tricks to avoid being sued with plagiarism.


Cite your sources in an accurate way

No one definitely wants to get their work plagiarized by anyone. Imagine inserting all your effort into a certain project or research and someone else ends up getting the credits for the work you have done. It makes you cringe, right? This is the reason why it is highly recommended to give respect to the works and write-ups of other authors by properly citing references. Aside from executing the sole act of citing sources, it is significant to do it validly and accurately to avoid committing unfound source plagiarism. To guide you in your reference, you can research for the proper way of a citation for various formats of the documents that you are working on.


Using Quotations

It might look simple and basic but quotation marks can save you from plagiarism lawsuits. This purposeful symbol can help you pay recognition to the author of the certain content that you are using. Therefore, a quotation mark is undoubtedly a powerful symbol to avoid the several consequences of plagiarism.


Paraphrasing

When you know how to spin a content well, you’re significantly saving yourself from all the costly hassles of committing plagiarism. When paraphrasing, you are creating sentences out your own words. It means that you have applied an effort to guarantee that you are providing a similar message without utilizing the exact same wordings of other authors. This step is one of the most proven methods by free plagiarism sites.

Put Your Trust in Your Own Insight

In addition to learning the art of spinning, you can also trust your own intuitions with regards to the subject of your research. Do everything to understand your topic in the best way that you can and the free plagiarism sites will help you do the rest. This way, you’ll be able to write something according to your own insight or opinion in a particular context. Study and learn about the angles and corners of your subject and immerse in the satisfaction of knowing that your output is made with what’s on your mind.

Take Advantage of Free Plagiarism Sites

It might seem impossible to figure out if your own write-up doesn’t disqualify the law. After all, there are billions of content available on the internet. How will you be able to know if your research is plagiarism free without undertaking manual checking? Technology makes it simpler: free plagiarism sites are already available to guide and assist you.

To sum up, instead of using just any free plagiarism apps, try to look for different resources to see what’s best. Learn what among them can provide you with quality results. For instance, the free plagiarism tool offered by Web Analyx is a great instrument to guarantee that all your content is plagiarism-free. Furthermore, it can save you from the hassles of the consequences of breaching copyright law. Visit the website today!