A 30-Minute Video on What to Do With Thin / Unnecessary Pages

Throughout the on-site SEO module, I've shown a number of different ways to find pages on your site (or your clients sites) that probably shouldn't exist.

At times, I've also included a number of hints as to what to do about those pages; such as sharing fixes for the "pages as images" issue which is common on sites running on WordPress.

Thanks to some feedback from Kim and Abhishek, I realised we should definitely have a single, in-depth video on what to do with the majority of "thin" or "strange" pages you come across.

I've just went live with a new video on exactly that: https://seoblueprint.com/act-upon-thin-or-unnecessary-pages/

This video was 40 minutes long before I cut it down to 30, but I like to think there's no fluff and it's full of actionable advice.

Just to make your life easier, you'll find clickable chapters in the play bar so you can skip to the sections most relevant to you.

I really hope you enjoy this one!

P.S. If you're reading this as an email subscriber, I actually made two other updates in the last 48 hours that I didn't email you about.

I try to only email you when I have something big to say, but you can click on What's new in the top right of the page after you log-in, and you'll see what else we've added.

New Worksheet for 'Key Pages Losing Search Traffic' Video

Note: This is a smaller update so we did not send this out as an email to subscribers.

While creating the video on What to Check on Key Pages Which Have Lost Search Traffic, I realised I should probably create a worksheet to go with it.

This was then requested twice in the comments, so we have now put that worksheet live on the site.

You can find it underneath the video, and it looks something like this:

To try to be even more useful, and to hopefully make your life easier, we've also added chapter links to the video, as you can see in the screenshot below:

This means you don't have to watch the whole video again to see what was said about a particular check.

The worksheet also contains a time mention for each specific check as well.

We Are Rolling Out Breadcrumbs to Make Navigation Easier

Note: We did not send an email about this update to changelog subscribers as it's very small.

Thanks to Curtis Storring for the suggestion, you should now start to see breadcrumbs at the top of all relevant video pages.

This not only helps you remember which module you are in, but makes it easier to go back to a specific module overview page if you aren't interested in going directly to the Next or Previous lesson (buttons underneath each video).

We've Updated the Detailed Website Crawler to Version 2.1

If you haven't yet given the Detailed website crawler a spin, now might be the time to do exactly that.


We've just released an update which fixes the tool getting suck on certain URLs, and added an even easier way for you to find pages with trailing slash issues.

This page has all of the details.

Note that on future updates we aim to be able to update the software via the app, which we are now working on.

How to Detect Trailing Slash Issues on Large Sites

One of our commenters, Michael, asked for a way to 'hide' one version of URLs when doing a check for trailing slash issues.

I've just uploaded a video in our on-site SEO section - here - on how we do this for large websites.

If a website tends to load URLs with a trailing slash, we look at the opposite, and vice versa.

The approach we share is especially useful on large websites.

Thanks for the suggestion Michael, and I hope you all find this useful!

You Can Now See Your Progress on Individual Blueprint Pages

Two of our members, Paul and Lewis, both asked us for a way to see which lessons they had completed from the individual Blueprint pages, rather than having to click on each individual video.

This has now been added to the Link Building Blueprint, and will be rolling out to all modules over the next 48 hours.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Closed Captioning Rolling Out

A few members of the training let us know that they are hard of hearing, so we've started to roll out close captioning on our videos.

It will take a little time to get all videos transcribed, but we've added Closed Captioning to 10 videos so far.

On-Site Video on URL Structures

Inside the on-site blueprint, we've added a new video on ideal URL structures. Including examples in the world of blogging, eCommerce and affiliate sites.

We've also updated the on-site checklist to account for this as well.

Microsoft Approve Detailed Crawler

When developer a Windows application, Microsoft require you submit the application in order to get a certification.

This means that you can provide ongoing updates to the software - and that people can install it.

Happily, this has just been approved. We updated the links on /dashboard/ to link directly to the download URL.