I’ve mentioned SEO a couple of times within my blog help posts and most of you say you don’t really understand what it is. Enter this post! I’ll try to explain things in the simplest way possible.
Before we begin, I just want to say that I am not an expert when it comes to SEO. I also do not care about SEO for my blog, so you know, take my advice with a grain of salt. Also, this post gives you some basic & decent SEO practices. There are more including site security, speed, dealing with comments, etc, but these tips are a good place to start.
Most of the technical advice is for WordPress users (the non-technical is for anyone). For Blogger users, I’ve included a few resources at the end of this post. I’m not familiar enough with Blogger to explain any technicalities.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically, it’s what page you’ll rank on when someone uses Google. Does your blog show up on page 1 or page 10 when someone Googled a keyword? If your blog’s SEO is properly set up, it’ll rank higher, which means more traffic for you!
SEO isn’t just a “check this box to make SEO work!” sort of thing, it’s a series of steps you’ll have to make when writing content. You know the post I wrote about 5 Things You Should Do Before Hitting Publish? Well, those 5 things would turn into a few more if you include SEO, but don’t worry, it’s really not that much more work!
Let’s talk about that!
- Make sure this box is unchecked because you want search engines to index your site.
- Make sure your URLs are SEO friendly by selecting the right permalinks (in settings) and ensuring it uses necessary keywords (in the post editor).
As a further example, you want your URL to look like
- Add an XML Sitemap. These allow search engines to find all of your content easily. The plugin Yoast does this automatically for you, then add it to Google. This doesn’t rank you higher, but it makes it easier for search engines to find your content.
- Install a plugin. The most popular one would be Yoast which will give each of your posts an SEO “score”. You can easily edit meta descriptions and check keywords using this. Keep in mind, though, that it’s not just an install & done process – you still need to do the work when improving SEO for posts.
- Utilize Yoast plugin. It’s clear and to the point, so it’s the best way to check you’re doing things right. It even gives you a preview of how your post will look on Google.
- Keywords. A keyword (or phrase) is what your post is essentially about. You want to choose one based on what the content is and what problem it solves for the reader. Once you choose it, use it throughout the post. Some places to include it:
– URL of the post
– Title of the post
– Meta Tags and Description
– Throughout the content
- SEO Optimization for images. When uploading a photo for a post, do these things:
» Name it correctly before uploading. So, the file name should be something like the-life-fantastic.jpg NOT 900jkls3.jpg
» Resize before uploading. Don’t upload an image that is 1200 x 1200 to then reduce the size via code to 300 x 300. Change the size before.
» ALT tags. Basically, this is the description of the photo is for some reason the photo isn’t loading – the reader will still know what that photo is of.
- Internal linking. Meaning, link to yourself. Find opportunities to link to other posts you’ve published. It gives you a higher authority ranking, which is good for SEO. So, try to link to older posts a few times throughout.
- rel=”nofollow“. This is a code snippet to include when linking to other blogs or websites, not your own. Basically, when you link to someone else and don’t include the rel=”nofollow” snippet, its takes some of your Link Juice. You want to receive more juice than you give away for better SEO ranking. So, make sure you include that when you don’t want to give any away.
– Without the snippet:
<a href=”http://www.thesite.com”>The Site</a>
– With snippet:
<a href=”http://www.thesite.com ” rel= ” nofollow”>The Site</a>
- SEO means where you place on Google. Which page does your blog show up when someone googles a keyword?
- Install Yoast to make it 100x easier for yourself.
- Name your photos right & include ALT tags.
- Link to yourself, don’t let Google follow a link that isn’t to yourself.
- Use keywords throughout your post, the post title, and the URL.
Resources for Blogger users
- How to add a sitemap to your Blogger blog
- SEO Tips for Blogger users (similar tips I’ve included but how to do it on Blogger)
I hope this helped some of you. As mentioned earlier, I’m not an expert and this doesn’t cover everything but I hope it gives you a good starting point if SEO is something you want to work on with your blog.
If you already make sure you do all of these things, do you have any other tips for people that I didn’t already mention?
Or, do you now see why I don’t bother with it? 😆