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Top 16 Blog SEO Tips For MLM Bloggers
Learning SEO (search engine optimization) techniques for your blog is one of the most important thing to learn if you want to gain traffic and make money online with your blog. Here are a few steps to help you add SEO to your blog. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform for a many reasons; they rank highest in the search engines; they’re user-friendly and they’re completely customizable. The most important thing you need to learn as a beginner blogger is search engine optimizations (SEO).
Blog SEO Tip #1 – Provide Value to your reader.
First and foremost, you have to providing valuable content that people will want to read so they will return to your blog. Give people something worth visiting your blog for. Make sure you’re not adding duplicate content. Meening your not just steeling other peoples writings and pasting them into your blog. If Google notices duplicate content it will not rank your post in the searches.
Blog SEO Tip #2 – Use A Quality Theme
Finding a cool theme for your blog is important, however not all blog themes are very readable by search engines. To start you don’t need to invest in a premium theme, there are many free themes for WordPress. A good theme to start with is Twenty Eleven; it’s a free theme that you can find through your WordPress dashboard. Free WordPress themes can be found all over the Internet, but you have to be careful which one you choose. Many of the designer themes look good, but the search engines have a hard time reading the content. StudioPress and Thesis Frameworks which are paid themes but work very well.
Blog SEO Tip #3 – Configure Permalinks
Permalinks are the structure of your URLs. The URL is the address of your post and or website. The URL is one of the things the search engines use to determine the content of your blog. In WordPress, the default setting does not show the blog post name or keyword you must set this to show the post name. To do this, on the left side menu go to settings, then, permalinks and then click the button for custom structure then enter /%postname%/ in the box. This setting adds your blog post title to the URL making it easier for the search engines to rank your post and keywords ranking you higher.
Blog SEO Tip #4 – Keyword Research
Research a keyword or keyword phrase when you write the post! You can write a post then seach for a relivent keyword phrase to match your post or search for a phase then write about it. Use the Google External Keyword Tool and type in words until you find a relevant keyword with low competition and a decent amount of searches. To start use keywords with less then 1000 monthly searches with LOW competition. As your start gaining traffic you can use keywords with more searches. Make sure you use that keyword or phrase in the title, tags, description, and several times throughout your post. Your keyword density should be 1-2.5%. Use your keyword or phrase as Header 1 (H1), H2, and H3 in your post WordPress makes it very easy to do this.
Blog SEO Tip #5 – Add images In Your Post
Another great blog SEO tip is to always have an image on your post. Make sure you add an alt tag with your keyword to the image. (see blog SEO Tip #6) Pictures add to the story and make it more interesting to the reader and they will break up the text.
Blog SEO Tip #6 – Use ALT Tags
The search engines cannot read images so you must add an ALT tag to every picture you place in your posts. Search engines only read the text on your blog. When you upload a image to your blog you’ll see a field called ‘Alternate Text’ this is where you need to add your keyword or keyword phrase to the image. This will identify your images for the search engines.
Blog SEO Tip #7 – Deep Link All Your Pages
Add a hyper link in your post. You can link to your About Page, Training Page, Resources Page, etc. Link to all the pages on your site that don’t change or a relevant blog post you did in the past. Google loves to see deep links. Google will reward you for it as long as the link is relevant to your article. You should have 2 to 5 deep links in each of your posts.
Blog SEO Tip #8 – Install a SEO plugin
These free WordPress plugins add to your SEO on your sight. You can download them through your dashboard. You can then set your meta tags, title and description for each post, which makes it easier for the search engines to see what your blog is about. After you’ve installed the pluins you will need to go to the setting’s tab and create your homepage title, add a description of your blog and list some relevant keywords. Don’t forget to click ‘submit’ after make changes to the settings. To great SEO plug-ins are All In One SEO, by Michael Torbert and WordPress SEO, by Joost de Valk. The best way to know how to set either one up is to search on youtube. I use the WordPress SEO, by Joost de Valk on most of my blogs.
Blog SEO Tip #9 – Backlinks From Other Websites
Links back to your blog from someone else’s blog is a GREAT way to gain credibility from search engines. By commenting on other blogs that are relevant to your blog you leave a backlink. A backlink is a link that the search engine robots can follow from one blog back to your blog. This type of link can help index your site, improve your SEO and give authority to your site. It’s important to gain as many backlinks from other websites as possible. Backlinks help to build your page-rank. The more backlinks you have, the higher your blog will be ranked. Especially if you are linked from more popular web sites that have a large amount of traffic. It’s like a seal of approval and tells the search engines, hey, this must be an important site, because of all the links going back to it.
Blog SEO Tip #10 – Social Media Bookmarking
Social networking sites are a great way to spread your blog around. Make it easy for visitors to share your content by adding prominent sharing buttons to all your pages. It should be very easy for readers to Tweet or “like” your content. There are many plugins for this. I use Sociable By Blogplay another good one is Sexy Bookmarks. A great service is onlywire.com you will be able to submit to as many as 50 social sites at one time. It’s a real time saver.
Blog SEO Tip #11 – Display Popular Posts
I inform your visitors of other popular post from the past you can display your most popular posts in categories. There are many plugins available to help you with this ‘yet another related posts plugin’ and ‘yet another most popular posts’ plugins.
Blog SEO Tip #12 – Blog Commenting
Comments can add great value to your website. Allowing others to comment on your post can add fresh content, and outbound links. But you have to monitor the comments many people will use your comment section to spam or even leave comments you don’t want on your blog. A blog can gain great value from the SEO-friendly content produced by its commenter’s.
Blog SEO Tip #13 – Niche-Based High Quality Back Links
Good sites link to other good sites and the Google knows this and likes it. Sometimes in your blog post you can add value by linking to other relevant and trustworthy sites in your niche. Make sure the website you are linking to is a high traffic and high valued site.
Blog SEO Tip #14 – RSS Feeds Creation & Syndication
RSS feed i.e. really simple syndication feeds are gaining popularity so create RSS feeds regularly to help your website grow. Submitting your RSS feeds to other RSS feed submission sites will make your website presence more important.
Blog SEO Tip #15 – Put yourself In the Reader’s Shoes
Sometimes as a bloggers we tend to write way too little information and others times we way overdo it. Sometimes I can get carried away in my thought and end up writing more of an article than a blog post. This can sometimes really bore your readers and at other times it’s exactly what the reader is looking for. When writing a review, it’s better to write too much information then not enough, but when sharing a tip, the reader mostly wants you to give the facts and get to the point. Remember Golden Rule of Great Blogging: Put yourself in the Reader’s Shoes.
Blog SEO Tip #16 Video
Adding a video to your post is a great way to add both SEO and content to your blog. Youtub is owned by Google so youtube videos rank well. Treat your video with the same keyword importance as you do your blog. If you have a relatively long post you are writing it would be best to do part as a video that way you get more content in a smaller post and add youtube search to your SEO.
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