Earnings at risk – Google Adsense

Did you get a red alert on your Google Adsense account which says “Earnings at risk – One or more of your ads.txt files doesn’t contain your AdSense publisher ID. Fix this now to avoid severe impact to your revenue.

As most of us in Sri Lanka also use AdSense on various interesting blogs and website’s it’s import to make sure the revenue is not impacted.

Adsense Issue

You’re having a “Publisher ID missing from ads.txt files” issue which is an easy fix.

All you need is to declare who is authorized to sell your inventory with ads.txt

Here’s how to fix it

Create your own ads.txt file for AdSense

Here’s how to create an ads.txt file to publicly declare that Google is authorized to sell your ad inventory:

  1. Create a text (.txt) file.
  2. Include the following line:
    google.com, pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
    Important: Make sure you replace pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx with your own publisher ID.
  3. Host your ads.txt on your root domain (for example, http://www.farhanonline.com/ads.txt).

Here, “root domain” is defined as one level down from the public suffix list. For example, “srilanka.com” would be considered a root domain as “.com” is on the public suffix list but “seo.srilanka.com” would not be considered a root domain.

Developing Long Lasting SEO Takes Time

Good things come to those who wait

Patience is a virtue in search engine optimization. Placing paid sponsored ads in the Pay per Click (PPC) area via Google AdWords can achieve almost immediate results but SEO does not produce immediate results. You won’t get your return on investment a week after SEO starts. However the long term benefits of SEO often out weight the almost instantaneous results of PPC. This is one reason that the two often work well together in a campaign.

Optimizing your site for your targeted key phrases won’t get you to Page 1 overnight. You won’t find all your keywords rankings in the top 10 on Google in 19 days (despite some claims you read), nor will you get significant traffic improvement after an hour of SEO consultations. SEO is like boiling water: you don’t get a hard boil the moment you turn on the burner… you have to wait for it.

Boiling water on the burner

The process of optimizing a site can take months or even over a year, depending on how competitive your area of practice and your geographic target. SEO is an ongoing process with growing measures of return. The return in SEO is good, but you’ve got to be willing to invest the time to let it happen.

Developing a Proper Base Takes Time

Hours of research, developing the proper site architecture, and making the site user friendly must all be completed prior to the actual optimization of specific pages. Keyword research, research on your specific product or service and your specific targeted geography, competition research, and more, must be completed before any optimization can begin.

Every website has different construction, design, layout, history, and speaks differently. No two sites are the same; therefore no research is the same. Some elements of the research can be applied, but you can’t just take what works for someone else and apply it to your site. You don’t get ahead by cloning a competitor; you get ahead by outsmarting a competitor.

There Are No Magic Bullets in SEO

Many businesses have quality websites. To get the search engines to rank you higher than other businesses competing in your same product or services, it is important to do all the little things right. There is no one thing you can do that will send you to the top of the rankings. You must do a series of small things right over time. Overall website construction including “Site maps”, help both search engines and visitors quickly and easily get to the information that is important on your site.

Up against a similar site, these things can help you keep visitors engaged with your content and prevent them from jumping off to a competitor. It’s often the small things that can make the biggest difference. Providing unique content offers value to visitors, videos give people an understanding of you, your personality and FAQ that address real issues are some of the examples that separate you from the rest.

Even the design and navigation of the site play a major role. The easier it is for visitors to find their way around your site the easier it is for the search engines to crawl and index all your web pages.

Dotcom Systems Welcomes German Photographer

We are extremely delighted to welcome expert German photographer Felix Steck in Sri Lanka.

Felix Steck is to start covering hotels and resorts with his expertise and experience in photography.

While it is still a new trend with Google street view, the see inside feature of Google is very much likely to catch up soon in Sri Lanka.

There are few novice companies in Sri Lanka, who claim to be authorized partners of Google in Sri Lanka and have gone to the extent of even publishing on digital and print media. For the best of my knowledge, currently Dotcom Systems Pvt Ltd is the first and only Google Trusted photographers from Sri Lanka as per Google’s listing for Trusted Photographers. They are the pioneers in Google Street view and have been involved in Google related businesses such as Google local business since 2012. Dotcom systems have worked with many Hotels and Resorts in Sri Lanka with a professional portfolio of clients including Maalu Maalu resorts, Aliya Resorts (Which also was selected from Sri Lanka and featured in a recent Google meet up in Singapore) and 98 Acres Resorts & Spa.

Dotcom Systems Team Avant Premiere AVPR

I hope Felix Steck and professionals of Dotcom Systems if worked together could be a great strength and add more value to the local businesses in Sri Lanka.

Google Street view in Sri Lanka

The long awaited Google Street view for Sri Lanka is finally here. Google maps have been a very effective and useful tool for most Sri Lankan’s, like other developed countries we have been using the maps for various reasons from giving someone directions, finding the easiest route to a destination or checking the traffic of a particular road (Google recently added this feature which is available on android and ios).

As Google continues to make life easier, the Google see inside feature on SERPs (Search Engine Results Page) is an ideal platform for business to showcase their property whether its a hotel, resort or showroom. The Google see inside enables you to virtually go inside a property such as a hotel or resort and have a 360 degree view of the property and navigate around. Now that we even have the Google Street view, the 360 virtual tour via the See inside link is very useful for hotels & resorts where potential guests get to see the rooms and views they would be getting when they visit. Invite customers in with indoor Street View of your business on Google Search and Google Maps.

Google See Inside 98 acres resort

The pioneers of introducing 360 virtual tours and Google see inside in Sri Lanka, Dotcom Systems have been on the forefront by assisting many businesses to enhance their visibility on Google Maps. Despite many other companies which pretend to be Google in Sri Lanka, Dotcom Systems is the first and only company in Sri Lanka which is listed on Google for trusted photographers.

Picking a SEO friendly Domain Name

They say all the good domain names have been taken and for the most part that is true. I see a lot of new webmasters searching for days to find a good domain name to register, what they don’t realize is that there may be a much faster and better way to get a good domain. The first thing you should do is make a list of the main keywords your domain should have. It will make ranking high for niche much easier in the long run.

SEO friendly Domain ExampleThere are millions of domains available in domain markets and the benefits of an aged domain are countless. I wanted a domain name that had some SEO value and I didn’t want to spend much money on it. The first place I looked was GoDaddy and found it with a Buy it Now of only $.99. So I got what I wanted without spending much money. You won’t always get the domain name you want that cheaply but there are some good ones out there for a good price. The most I’ve spend for a domain was a few dollars.

It was no secret that Google was taking the age of a domain into account in it’s algorithm. It’s also no secret that newly registered sites usually end up in the Google sandbox for a year or more. So definitely try and find an aged domain that has a clean history. It’s important to make sure the domain you’re going to purchase is clean and did not have a bad reputation before.

Another thing to consider is the .tld of the domain. Any webmaster would pay a fortune for a .gov or .edu domain but sadly those are not available. Your first choice should be a .com and if that’s not available try and find a .org or .net. You should avoid anything else. I have a few .info domains that just don’t seem to do well no matter what.

Step 1 for your new website is to do a search for a good domain name in the domain market.

If you would like assistance or suggestions in picking a SEO Friendly domain name, please contact me.