SEO woes

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SEO woes

Created 29-12-2023, last change 03-02-2024

Since Google has been basically ignoring me (indexing new pages always took many months despite me serving a pre-digested sitemap.xml), I have trying to improve SEO for my site once in a while. Here are some random things I’ve learned.

At least it was worth the effort. After Google has been ignoring new pages for months, it has indexed the missing new pages within 2 weeks. I guess that was mostly because of the introduction of HTTPS, but I did some improvements for the mobile view, too, which the Google search console complained about.

Social Media Banners

Not quite SEO, but important: the different formats of social media banners for sharing your site are seriously annoying. After googling around I suppose 1200x600 is a good format, though you should expect some pixels being cropped from all sides, depending on the platform. For LinkedIn it seems 1200x627 is perfect without cropping. There should be meta-tags og:title, og:description, og:image, if you want to be thorough also og:image:alt, og:image:width, og:image:height, og:image:type, og:locale , if you want being twitter optimized there are also the twitter: pendants , though they fall back to og Probably <meta name=”twitter:card” content=”summary” /> is right for that image format, if you use the same image.