jekyll SEO template - The Best Alternative to Blogging on Medium

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Do you like this template? Why not use it for your blog?

You have 2 options:

1. Use a standard Pixyll template

This blog is based on a great jekyll's Pixyll template. It is free and MIT licensed.

It offers a reading experience similar to the popular Medium blogging platform.

2. Use this template for multiple SEO optimizations

I've added a bunch of SEO related features to the barebones Pixyll template and you can get it if you subscribe to my mailing list. I promise no spam and you can unsubscribe at any time, no hard feelings.

You will receive a link to download it right after subscribing.

Do you struggle to attract organic traffic to your blog?

Blog traffic increase after proper promotion
~15k unique daily visitors, partially thanks to SEO techniques
Most of the traffic is organic
Most of the traffic comes from organic Google search results

Would you like to appear at the top of Google search results?

Google search result AMP page about Rails

Or in Google's featured snippets?

Add Structured Data and AMP to appear Google featured snippets

Do you want potential clients to find you in organic Google search results?

Web development client lead from Twitter

Do you want your blog posts to attract attention when shared on social media?

Blogger's post shared on Twitter with correct SEO meta tags

Do you want your blog to be perceived as blazing fast in the eyes of the Googlebot and users?

Google speed ranking on mobile Google speed ranking on desktop
Barebones Pyxill template mobile speed score is around 75

Maybe you want to migrate your blog from Medium but still offer your visitors similar great reading experience.

Then it might be a template for you.

List of features (in addition to Pixyll)

  • Accelerated Mobile Pages generation and styling
  • Structured Data Snippets enable Google's featured snippets and Chrome's recommended articles, both valuable traffic sources
  • assets preprocessing enables you to leverage browser caching and improve Google speed rating
  • custom previous and next blog post navigation for both standard and AMP version increases visitor session duration and SEO rating
  • Google Speed Insight optimizations resulting in speed score around 90
  • Disqus comments count on homepage
  • README explaining SEO features applied

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be a developer to use this template?

You have to be familiar with HTML and CSS to use this template. If you are not sure if this is for you, try settings up some free jekyll template first to see how it works.

jekyll uses Ruby language for processing files but you don't need to know it to use this template.

Can you help me set it up?

Contact me if you need consulting on how to setup the template. I can also help you migrate your current blog.

Where can I host it?

jekyll generates a static website. I can recommend the following hosting providers for it:

GitHub Pages



You can also serve it from your NGINX server static resources folder and easily integrate into your current homepage.

Feel free to contact me if you have other questions.

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