Ten Tips for Improving SEO On Your New Blog
Improving SEO for Bloggers
Your new blog is up and running. You are a step away from fully participating in the blogosphere, writing articles, attracting readers and monetizing the blog. It all seems overwhelming, but with some tips to help you on improving SEO on your new blog, it can be done in a breeze.
Here are ten fantastic tips for Improving SEO for Bloggers;
1. Make the Blog about one thing
Yes, it can cover other topics too, but pick one primary topic that’s essential to what you want to pass across.
This step is essential, so you might want to do some keyword research before picking a topic to blog on.
If you need some inspiration on what to write about or choosing your niche, this post will give you the inspiration you need.
2. Use keywords where necessary
Include your “niche” in the domain name, site title, description, keywords, tagline, blog categories, page content and page titles.
If you use WordPress, then you can change all of this in the Settings or use a plugin just like “All in One SEO Pack”. It’s really easy.
3. Create links to internal pages on the blog.
Lots of content management systems can do this automatically, but if yours does not, you will want to do it manually and link to your most significant pages directly from the homepage and then cross-link them with each other.
We’ve created a Blogging Resources Page with great Blogging Content for Beginners to get you off to the right start. Each week we add a new post to bring your blog to the next level.
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4. Make use of a permalink structure with keywords.
A lot of new blogs have “horrible” permalink structures which use numbers, instead of keywords to identify pages. You must avoid this, by all means, it’s bad for your SEO and looks spammy.
Use a URL structure which includes some text, and check to ensure that you include the keywords in your URLs.
Instead of having a URL like this;
It should look like this;
5. Remove any plugin or widget that slows down the blog
Page load time is crucial, so remove any unnecessary widget or plugin that slows it down. These may include music players, flash graphics, large images and unnecessary plugins.
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6. Add keywords to your images.
Add words that reflect the blog topic in the description, image title, and alt attributes.
Re-title the file name also, if it does not reflect the main keywords. For instance, SEO-tips.jpg rather than d1234.jpg). This is something I failed to do at the beginning and it was a big headache to fix it all after a few years of blogging.
7. Backlink to other blogs with similar content
Do this by adding a link list, blogroll, or resources page on the blog. Do this sparingly, because each outbound link votes for another site. But if you link to others bloggers, they will more likely link back to you. Help each other to get ahead! You can even team up with a few bloggers to help grow your blogs.
8. Update your website often
Blogs with dynamic content rank higher than blogs with static content. It’s no surprise. This is why directories such as Wikipedia do well on the search engines. They are always updated with fresh content. Make sure to update old posts and consistently add new content to your blog to ensure you stay friends with google.
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9. Make sure your blog is indexed in the search engines.
Most search engines automatically find and index blog contents, but do not count on it always.
You must be sure that engines like Bing, Google, and Yahoo crawl your site often so that people can find you online at ease.
I found this article useful. Please note I have no affiliations with this blog post and cannot vouch for it’s authenticity, but it did help me to understand site maps and indexing.
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10. Get other blogs to link to you
This is important when it concerns SEO. However, it isn’t compulsory.
Spend the time you would have used to convince another person to link you to write great content. Maybe add guest posting on other sites to the list of to-dos. Regardless of your choice, inbound links are vital to SEO.
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