One of my most excellent clients Joel Garfinkle, a Job Coach, has been helping me with the transition of working from home vs. working out of the home. I used to do 6 hours out of the house, the rest at home. He’s given me some Work Balance Tips which are some great pointers although I can’t do them overnight, he said my goal is to try to implement a few at a time… it’s a life style change, like a DIEt. Look at it as something that benefits YOU and YOUR WORK and YOUR FAMILY. My jaw dropped as I can’t fathom doing all these things hence him reassuring me I should adopt a few at a time. It’s a great list and makes sense. Hopefully it will help others.
¨ Time off: Take one day off a month
¨ Weekend: No computer, email, cell phone (related to work) on weekend.
¨ Vacations: Schedule two vacations.
¨ Block time: Schedule time for family, friends and partner.
¨ Breaks: Take two scheduled breaks a day.
¨ Hours: Work no more than 40hrs each week
¨ Cell phone: Turn off the cell phone (Blackberry) at 5:30pm.
¨ Exercise: Exercise four days a week.
¨ Home: Work from home two days a week
¨ Lunch break: Have lunch away from desk.
¨ End work: Finish work at 5:30.
¨ Start work: Start work at 9:30am
¨ Meditate: Spend 10 to 15 minutes each work day in quiet contemplation.
¨ Computer: Stop using the computer at 5:30pm (no email at night).
¨ Read: Read one non-work-related book or magazine for each work-related publication you read.
¨ Fun/play: Make time for fun/play (even during work week).
¨ Comp time: If put in more hours a few days, take the time off on another work day.
Let’s look at the common things, many of which are often overlooked or shortcuts taken.
What to pay attention to:
Images and Alt descriptions (also called alt tags)
Social sharing options
Depth of content
Matching content type to visitor expectations (text, images, video, etc.)
Usability Page load times (to a certain point – faster is great, but not at the expense of usability and usefulness)
Crawlability (AKA discoverability, so can we actually get to all your content)
News – if you are actually a new site, submit for inclusion
What to skip:
Meta Keywords (fill them in if you like, keep it short and relevant, but not a big ranking factor)
Overly long URLs (no set number, but you’ve all seen these)
Cloaking (comes down to your intent, but risky business for sure)
Link and link farms
Three way links
Auto following in social media
Past Google Panda Update:
- Panda #23 on December 21, 2012
- Panda #22 on November 21st
- Panda #22 on November 21st
- Panda #21 on November 5th
- Panda #20 on September 27th
- Panda 3.9.2 on September 18th
- Panda 3.9.1 on August 20th
- Panda 3.9 on July 24th
- Panda 3.8 on June 25th
- Panda 3.7 on June 9th
- Panda 3.6 on April 27th
- Panda 3.5 on April 19th
- Panda 3.4 on March 23rd
- Panda 3.3 on about February 26th
- Panda 3.2 on about January 15th
- Panda 3.1 on November 18th
- Panda 2.5.3 on October 19/20th
- Panda 2.5.2 on October 13th
- Panda 2.5.1 on October 9th
- Panda 2.5 on September 28th
- Panda 2.4 in August
- Panda 2.3 on around July 22nd.
- Panda 2.2 on June 18th or so.
- Panda 2.1 on May 9th or so.
- Panda 2.0 on April 11th or so.
- Panda 1.0 on February 24th
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
This can be found on David Naylors site. Great list:
January 18th – Panda 3.2
January 19th –“Top heavy” – sites devalued
March 21st – Unnatural Link Warnings in WMT, followed by ranking drops
March 23rd – Panda 3.4 – announced by Twitter, 1.6% queries
April 19th – Panda 3.5
April 24th – Penguin – over optimization penalty, bad links
April 27th – Panda 3.6
May 25th Penguin 2
June 8th Panda 3.7
June 25th Panda 3.8
July 24th Panda 3.9
August 20th 3.91
September 18th Panda 3.9.2
August 10th – DMCA penalty
September 29th – EMD penalty
October 5th – Penguin 3.0, ~0.3% impact
Were you hit? What did you do to fix it, if you were?