Welcome to Tame the Bots
Hi! I'm Dave Smart, I am a technical SEO consultant and developer from Manchester in the United Kingdom. I have been building sites for 24 years. I love working out what makes sites perform how they do in Google and other search engines.
Sometimes sites just don't perform as well as the business behind them. This can be down to how the site presents itself to the search engines. It is important to look at which parts of your site aren't getting crawled and indexed, and which parts are that perhaps shouldn't.
That's where I come in.
I offer technical SEO consulting and can audit your site to make sure it's presenting itself in the best way possible for the search engines. An audit can discover opportunities for you to enable Google, and other search engines to find, and index your content in the best way. It can help chase down specific issues and problems you might be having with your websites too.
I'm happy to work with sites small or large, and directly with site owners or with your agency or developers.
Although I'm based in Manchester, most audits can be done remotely, without the need to visit your premises.
I can help with:
Are your pages being rendered?
Are your pages being found?
Pages not showing up?
Canonical / Duplication Issues:
Same or similar content across your site?
General Site Health
Can't quite put your finger on it? I can take a look!
Other places to get help:
There is a wealth of information and help out there available, a lot of it free! You might like to visit some of these resources before getting in touch.
Google Search Central Help Forums
The official google help forum for issues with your site in search, where I am a Diamond Product Expert . There's some great advice given, and an amazing gang of other Product Experts and other regular posters, who between them have a formidable range of skills and experience, that even the best agency could only dream of retaining.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Starter Guide
Google's guide to getting started in SEO, full of great advice and information.
Google Search Essentials
Learn the fundamental things you should do and keep in mind for success in Google search.
Latest blog posts:
- LCP & FCP on Single Page Application on Soft Navigations
- 23th January 2024
Using the new Soft Navigation features to gather accurate Core Web Vitals data on SPA sites, and seeing if the improvements for 2nd plus navigations are worth it.
- 75th Percentile isn't the Only Measure for Core Web Vitals
- 15th August 2023
Sometimes it's useful to look past the single 75th percentile figure to see where you're heading.
- HREFLANG Tools
- 24th August 2022
A quick round-up of tools that handle hreflang testing and checking