This is a post about my experiences and results that I’ve learned on the way making a website. It’s been 9 months from the very beginning of the journey. It was pretty simple in the beginning, even though sometimes it was hard learning both HTML, CSS and a bit of java script. It was very rewarding though and I thought that if I learned designing a nice looking website the SEO (commercial for the website) would be a piece of cake. I was wrong.. I thought I climbed Mount Everest but actually it was just Møllehøj in Denmark. The designing and sending emails with a php function was actually the easy part even though it took a bit of time.
The first problem I realized after releasing the website, was that a duplicate website had been created. Apparently while setting up an add on domain in Cpanel, it also creates an associated sub domain which uses the same file location but with a different URL.. This resulted in that the Page and Domain Authority for the correct URL got really low and every backlink (links from other websites that links to yours) had the wrong URL for 9 months. To solve this problem I made a 301 Redirect from the wrong URL to the correct one. The problem though is that backlinks dissapears if you change the URL.
I also tried removing the DNS A record from the associated sub domain to remove it completely, but it felt like it didn’t really matter for the traffic to the website. I have another domain that had the same traffic even after removing it. So I put back the A records again.
I’ve read a lot on how to get those backlinks back. You can write on guest blogs(haven’t tried that yet). You can also set up accounts on different social medias and post pictures with a links to your own website to create backlinks. I haven’t found that it had any effect yet though.
I’ve also made the website loading speed faster because Google apparently likes that, and it’s nice to have a fast website anyway. The biggest improvement in website speed was reducing the picture size on “every picture” and minifying the CSS.
I’ve also recently created a Twitter account https://twitter.com/WebbcraftsOsaka I really encourage creating a Twitter account, it’s fun to reach out and find what other people are doing. And the chance of someone finding your website should increase even by little.
Conclusion: Don’t forget to redirect the associated Sub domain to the URL that you want to use when you setup the website in the beginning. I did this redirect from the Cpanel Redirect section. You can check these changes in the htaccess file in your website index folder. You should also write a self linked Canonical tag in the index file to your own website URL. This way google knows which URL they should use as the original URL. Also it’s harder to duplicate the website.
Until next time!