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February 13th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, SEO, WordPress
WordPress is a relatively SEO friendly blogging tool to begin with. It offers a linking structure that makes it relatively easy for spiders to crawl your pages, and the code contains very little validation errors if any at all. However, there are a few additional steps that you can follow in order to make your WordPress blog even more SEO friendly, and most are so simple to implement that there is absolutely no reason not to.
This can be easily accomplished by using the permalinks page in your WordPress settings, typing “/index.php/%postname%” when asked about custom structure. Alternatively, you can write a rewrite rule directly into your .htaccess file in order to have an increase in control over the syntax of your URLs.
2 – Change your page title order so that your blog post name appears before the name of your blog or the date of your blog.
The first words in your title are always given more weight than anything else, and they will also catch the attention of your readers more effectively. This can be done by editing the header.php file, swapping the order of the PHP tags so that wp_title appears before bloginfo.
3 – Make excellent use of your heading tags.
You may find that your blog entry title is insert automatically into a tag, or that your blog name is in a tag. You can edit these tags in single.php as well as header.php in most WordPress templates. You can choose a format that suits you, but the best solution is typically to put your blog entry title in, swapping your blog name for an image instead. Also make sure that you make good use of other heading tags, using a good heading structure any time that it is suitable.
4 – Avoid duplicate content issues by using “index, nofollow” tags on your tag pages, archive pages and category pages, allowing search engine spiders to follow the links on these pages but not to list them in the index.
There are a number of plugins that can make this a really simple process, and one of the best is called robotsmeta.
5 – Pay attention to the linking structure in your blog, making sure that all of your blog entries can be properly accessed with as few clicks as is possible.
Remove unnecessary links from your blog pages and remove unnecessary pages from your blog as well. You are going to want to consider using a pagination plugin to help you remove unnecessary clutter from your blog for ease of use and increased access.
There are a number of other techniques that you can use to maximize your SEO for WordPress, but this is certainly a good place to begin.
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Originally posted 2009-02-06 08:35:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 10th, 2014 — Blogging, SEO, Writing for Your Blog
Whether you are blogging for business applications, or for personal growth, the process of writing daily is a rewarding activity in many ways. The individual writer is able to benefit from the satisfaction that is gained from personal reflection. Blogs afford the writer the means to distribute information and ideas everywhere the internet can reach. For the business, blogs enable a conduit within which real time feedback and communication with customers can occur, as well as dissemination of information in order to bolster a company’s credibility with peers and customers.
When it comes to writing a blog, there are various techniques that one can employ. One such technique is the implementation of Search Engine Optimization methods, where by the blog is ranked higher in search engines through manipulation of how the algorithms work. This is usually done by careful cross linking, adding blog keywords, including terms similar in meaning, and other similar steps.
Choosing the keywords for blog posts can also serve to provide focus to writing. Knowing the keywords for a blog’s post of the day will enable you to make sure your post stays on point. You can also use the keywords to make sure that you are not very repetitive, by avoiding using the same keywords constantly. You can use the keywords to ensure that your posts cover a variety of topics, even within a particular area of interest.
Another writing tip is to make sure you are posting in great frequency, with at least a post a day. If that cannot be managed, then one should at the very least shoot for a couple of posts over a week. Traffic to a blog tends to be proportionate to how often one posts in the blog. The posts should have value and be interesting and relevant. One should not write just to write, there should be meat to blog postings.
The average web reader will have 96 seconds worth of focus. That means they will read your posts for only about a minute and a half. So blog posts should be short and to the point, making sure that the most important information appears at the beginning. Well written posts will captivate the interest of the readers, and be within three to six hundred words in length.
In line with keeping posts short, limit posts to one important topic. Scatter shot posting will fail to keep interest for very long. Rather, the successful blogger will keep postings focused on single points. If there are multiple directions you wish to cover, turn them into blog posts, and distribute them over the week. This will help to make sure that postings stay regular, especially during those patches of time where writers block can hit.
One of the most important decisions the blogger can make is the domain and blog titles. This is essentially branding, creating a name that is memorable to your readers and will give them avenue to keep returning to your blog. It should be on point, related to the theme of your blog, and well thought out.
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Originally posted 2009-02-06 08:45:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 9th, 2014 — Blogging, SEO, Statistics
Blogging has become a truly popular form of media for the sharing of ideas, the facilitation of communication and other methods of collaboration on the internet, and as a result it has generated a great amount of interest and buzz traffic to all kinds of different website. When it comes to creating and maintaining a blog from an internet marketing perspective, things like blog search engine optimization become vital because they pave the way to attracting new people to our web pages.
By building a blog and providing readers with informative and useful content, you can gain your own personal following of readers that subscribe to what you write and return time and time again to see what you have to offer. From this readership base you will be able to create all kinds of additional buzz by providing links to websites, services and products and anything else that you wish. However, even if your blog is one of the best in the world, if nobody is capable of finding your blog then you are only going to be writing for yourself because nobody is ever going to see anything that you have to say. So what you have to do in addition to simply writing your blog is that you have to have a strong and sturdy blog search engine optimization plan in place as well.
The goal of a blog search engine optimization plan is to make your blog as findable as it possibly can be. Here are some ideas for how you can make this happen:
1 – Your blog articles need to be search engine optimized as part of your blog search engine optimization campaign. This means you should be using the right keywords without overusing your keywords, and you need to properly utilize HTML links in the resources section of each of your articles as well.
2 – You need to submit your blog articles to other websites as part of your blog search engine optimization campaign. You should join websites like Go Articles and EzineArticles and submit content to these websites for syndication so that you can create additional valuable links to your website while building authority on the web.
3 – Third, you need to make sure that your blog is being indexed as part of your blog search engine optimization campaign. This means that your blog should be pinged as well as crawled by websites that are designed to index blogs. Some examples of these sites are Zimbio, Ping o’ Matic, Ping my Blog and Blog Digger, but there are many others out there. The more you find and ping, the better the results will be.
4 – Finally, as part of your blog search engine optimization campaign you should be registering with blog search engines, checking your rating to see how you compare. This will give you a foundation for improving your blog.
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Originally posted 2009-10-05 03:15:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 6th, 2014 — Blog Tips, SEO, Web Traffic, WordPress
There are several million WordPress blogs that you can find on the internet, but unfortunately the majority of them are not properly optimized for search engines. This article is going to touch on some SEO tips for bloggers using WordPress to host their blog, because with the right tips it is easy for you to make your WordPress blog more search engine friendly.
Here are some SEO tips for bloggers using WordPress:
Make sure that your WordPress blog’s permalink structure is set up to be optimized for SEO. This way, whenever you publish a blog, the URL for your blog post will be optimized for search engines. Every time you publish a blog post, the post will have a permanent URL which is known as a permalink. The permalink option by default is set to something less than optimal, but you can easily change it to better suit your SEO needs. The most ideal website link for your blog posts is http://www.yourdomain/category/name-of-post. This will ensure that your blog post’s category and its title are going to appear in your URL rather than simply a page number.
Make sure that you install the All-In-One SEO Pack, or a similar plugin, which will allow you to better customize your blog posts for the sake of SEO. The All-in-One SEO pack is a plugin that allows you to add in custom titles, custom meta descriptions and custom keyword tags for your blog posts and your home page.
Optimize each of your blog posts for a lower competition longtail keyword. Do a little bit of keyword research before you choose a keyword to write about. Visit the Google AdWords Keyword tool and find a longtail (more than 2 words) keyword that does not have a lot of competition. Choose something with fewer than 10,000 searches per month and write a blog post about this keyword. Use different keyword phrases for each of the blog posts that you write, and make sure that you use the keyword enough times that search engines will rank you for it.
Make use of social bookmarking services in order to bookmark each of the blog posts that you make, such as StumbleUpon and Digg for example. There are a number of other services that you can use as well including SocialMarker and OnlyWire that will make it easier for you to submit your blog site to a number of different bookmarking services all at the same time.
Optimize not only your blog posts, but also your home page as well. Your homepage is likely going to get more traffic than any other one of your blog posts, so make sure that you increase the number of visitors to your home page as well as your individual blog posts in order to achieve the best SEO results.
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Originally posted 2009-10-09 03:30:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 3rd, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Link Building, News, Plugins, SEO, Social Networking/Bookmarking
Google said Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Blog Traffic Exchange with the final toolbar pagerank update of 2008 according to Matt Cutts.
This was the first page rank update since launching the domain in late November with this blog. So in one month how much page rank can gain?
How does one pr5 and five pr4 pages sound? (There may be others, but I haven’t found them.)
Holy smokes! From brand new domain to Google Pagerank 5 in one month! It is too bad that pr has little real value other than bragging rights. However, based on this new information this
domain company this now for sale for $2,000,000 $5,000,000.
Here are the pages
Google Pagerank 5
- Old Post Promoter — This is the plugin page for my first public foray into WordPress plugins.
Google Page rank 4
- Blog Traffic Exchange — Main page of this domain.
- WordPress Plugins — This is my page of WordPress plugins.
- Remove Dates From Permalink — Ever wanted to remove the dates from your WordPress permalink structure? Here is how to do it.
- 10 Benefits of Hosting your Own Blog — Title says it all.
- Using Blogger is a Mistake — Title says it all.
Update 5/28/10: I now have my first Page Rank 6 page: Click to Call — A wordpress plguin that integrates with your website to enable click2call.
How did I do it? Without going into the gory details, far and away the plugins are the main reason for the solid back links.
- Releasing and promoting 2 WordPress Plugins that are useful and are being used by people because they are useful. Old Post Promoter and Blog Copyright
- A few relevant blogroll link exchanges with my blogging friends.
- A little bit of social bookmarking.
- Some directory submissions.
Stay tuned the Blog Traffic Exchange is going to have a great 2009.
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Originally posted 2009-02-05 08:45:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 1st, 2014 — Blog Tips, SEO, Web Traffic
While it may be true to say content is king when it comes to blog publishing, the truth is that writing your blog content is not by far the only thing that you should be focusing on when it comes to attracting a readership following. Quality SEO, or search engine optimization, is an important aspect of attracting a blog following as well. If you do not implement quality SEO on your blog, then your blog is going to remain as a well kept secret, where it would be all content and very little readerships.
Many bloggers may not be aware of it, but when it comes to tips for blog traffic, there are actually a number of SEO tips that are going to come in handy, allowing you to turn any ordinary blog into a site that is highly trafficked.
Strategic Keyword Placement -
Search engines like Google as well as Yahoo are ranking websites based on strategically placed keywords.
- Your title tag should incorporate your primary keyword in it in order to be ranked higher in search engines.
- The heading tags in your content are also crawled, meaning that your headers should also feature your top keywords as often as possible.
- While the images on your blog will be ignored by the search engines, the text descriptions that you use for your images will not be. Make sure that you use keywords in your ALT tags describing the images in your blog posts.
- When linking to other pages in your blog or to other websites, make sure that you use keyword-rich links because search engine spiders pay particular attention to the keywords that you use in your links.
- Make sure that you are achieving the right keyword count to preserve density of keywords. You should have a keyword density of about 3% for each of the content pieces that you write. Any more than this could be annoying to your readers, and any less will not impress the search engines that spider your blog posts.
- Incorporate as many keyword synonyms as you can as search engines are friendly toward them. Use synonyms for your most important keywords to limit the monotony in your keyword usage while optimizing your blog site further.
Linking to Obtain Ranking -
Establish quality links in your blog, especially links that are incoming from other websites. When you get competitor sites to link to you, this builds more authority for your blog in the eyes of the search engines. Try to get your site listed on other websites in your niche as well as directories and similar sites for more authority.
Search Engine Algorithms -
Different search engines are going to index and rank different websites based on unique algorithms. Most SEO tips for blog traffic are going to be common among all search engines but Google has its own unique algorithm that allows it to favor additional SEO tips as well, including sitemaps which are used to index websites and blogs. Using a robots.txt file is another popular methodology that will help you tell search engines what part of your website you want indexed and do not want indexed.
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Originally posted 2009-10-07 03:25:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
January 7th, 2014 — Blog Tips, SEO, Statistics, Web Traffic
Keyword analysis is an important part of search engine optimization or SEO, because your keywords will play a vital role in numerous different facets of your website design, creation and ongoing development. Before going into the details about what keyword analysis is, you should first understand a little bit about the SEO process, or how it is that SEO works. The main steps that are involved in the search engine optimization process are to map out a keyword strategy, to optimize the structure of the website, to develop the optimized content and web pages, to launch the link building and advertising or promotional campaign, to analyze the results, and then to refine those results to create even better results.
You should understand at this point that the first step in any good SEO campaign is the keyword analysis step, as this helps to map out what your plans are for the entire search engine optimization campaign. You want to analyze your keywords and then map them out in relation to your website theme and website content. There are a number of different tools available on the internet that will make this process infinitely easier, and Google offers several for you to choose from. Some keyword analysis tools cost more than others, so make sure that you shop around and choose an answer that will suit you not only in capabilities but also in price as well.
You can start off by using free tools for keyword analyzation on your website. Two of the best tools to begin with for this purpose are the external keyword tool from Google, and the free Word Tracker tool. Any time that you are planning a new website you should use these tools to come up with a main keyword phrase that represents the entire theme of your website, and then you should break it down into sub keywords and keyword phrases that come with less competition attached to them. This is possible with the external keyword tool from Google. When you load up the web application, you just have to enter your main keyword phrase into the box and click a button and you will get a whole host of different keyword ideas that you can play around with.
You should be brainstorming in order to find out what keywords and keyword phrases best suit the main keyword phrase for your website, coming up with a sizable list in the process. Next you should discover the core keywords that relate the most closely to the theme of your website. Next you are going to want to create a cluster of keywords, using some low profile keywords to dilute them. Finally, you should be adding this cluster in to your articles and web pages in order to improve the keyword ranking for your web site and in order to improve the search engine optimization for each individual web page.
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Originally posted 2009-05-18 05:44:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
January 6th, 2014 — Blog Tips, SEO, Web Traffic, Writing for Your Blog
Why should you have to pay for obtaining traffic to your blog? There is no reason why you should spend a lot of money making your blog friendly for readers, considering that some of the best ways to get blog traffic are free. Attracting free blog traffic can easily net you traffic that is just as high a caliber as paid blog traffic, so spend your money someplace else. Here are two sure-fire ways that you are going to attract free blog traffic, meaning that it will not cost you a penny to bring people to your blog.
1 – Optimize Your Posts for Readers
Simply put, you need to be able to write posts that people are going to want to read. This is something that should come to you as common sense, and yet many people reach out to search engines while forgetting that they have real readers with real interests. You need to use the principles behind writing good online copywriting in order to create headlines and copy that are actually interested to the people that are reading.
If you make a habit out of writing posts that people find to be enjoyable, then these readers are going to reward you in the form of returning to your blog pages on a regular basis.
Your posts should be made to be conversational, topical and pithy. You should make them short and you should stick to a single topic with every post. You should also aim to write regularly and often as well, so that both the readers and the search engines are going to visit and revisit your blog more and more often.
2 – Optimize Your Posts for the Search Engines
Here are some of the most important rules that you need to follow when it comes to getting your posts listed in search engines for the keywords that are most important to you:
1. You need to make sure that the URL of your blog contains the primary search engine keyword that you are looking to optimize for.
2. You need to make use of the primary keywords in the title of every single post that you make, meaning that your titles should always be keyword rich and keyword-driven.
3. You also need to make use of your primary keywords in the body of your post, as well as your secondary keywords. Keep in mind that when using keywords, you want to write keyword-driven content, and keyword-centric content, without writing content that is clearly stuffed full of inappropriate keywords. Write content that centers around the keywords so that the content flows naturally for the best results.
4. Finally, you should use your keywords within the anchor text of any links that you place in the body of your posts. This will give the keyword more emphasis for search engines that spider your website.
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Originally posted 2009-09-16 03:51:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
January 2nd, 2014 — Link Building, SEO
Regardless of whether you are writing a blog simply because you enjoy having a lot of people reading your thoughts, or if you are writing a blog because you are looking to generate income, one of the most important things that you need to do is maximize the SEO or search engine optimization potential for your blog so that you can maximize the return on your investment, where the return is anything you want it to be, and the investment is the time and effort that you are putting into keeping your blog going. Without the right amount of search engine optimization, your blog is going to be doomed to simply float around without ever gaining the number of hits that you are hoping to achieve.
What blog SEO is, is the maximization of your blog’s positioning in the results for search engines. Let us say that you are writing a blog about mystery novels. If someone types “mystery novel blog” into the search engine search bar, you are going to want to be one of the first few results, maximizing the chance that the visitor will come to your blog rather than visiting someone else’s. Thousands of blogs may come up, though, so how do you ensure that yours will be at the top of the list and not buried deep in the limbo known as everything following page 2?
Most people never go past the first 30 entries or so when searching, so if your results are not coming up on pages one through three, nobody is ever going to find your blog. If your mystery novel blog is result number 3,493, then nobody is going to be able to find you.
The most important thing that you need to know about good SEO for your blog is link building. You need to improve upon the number of links that are floating around on the internet and pointing back to your blog. You can trade links, submit links on website directories, purchase links or add links to your forum and message board signatures. Over time, you will create enough solid one way links to your blog that your website will go up in the search engine rankings. But using the right link name is vital if you want all of this hard work to go to good use.
The links that you should be using in the example above are things like “top mystery novels” and “mystery novel reviews” or “hot mystery novels”, because these are the things that people will actually be searching for. Make sure that the links to your blog are being named after how people will actually search for you, otherwise your links will not be effective.
With a solid effort on the search engine optimization front, your blog will be able to garner the kind of traffic that you were hoping for, and link building is going to play a truly vital role in this process.
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Originally posted 2009-05-13 05:07:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
December 31st, 2013 — Blog Tips, SEO
When it comes to search engine optimization for a website, one of the key strategies that you should be using is to make use of meta tags on every individual web page within your site, especially when it comes to the title tag. So what is the title tag, and how can meta tags be used for search engine optimization in order to increase your search engine page ranking?
The title meta tag is the tag that search engines are relying heavily upon in order to determine what a specific website or web page is actually about. The best way to create a title tag is to create a short and concise description of what the web page is about that makes use of one or a couple of the web page’s primary keywords. One of the most common mistakes that is made when creating meta title tags is that people often try to stuff too many keywords into the title. The search engines may interpret this as being keyword stuffing, which is a frowned upon practice that search engines do not like, and putting too many keywords in your title tag may also take importance away from the keywords that are the most relevant.
Another thing that you need to keep in mind with your meta title tags is that your title tags will be visible in the search engine results with the link to your website. You want to keep a nice balance between readability and enticing nature in order to attract humans and search engines alike. If your title tag is only search engine friendly but not human reader friendly, then you will not get many return visitors. No one is going to want to follow a link if it looks like a bunch of gibberish, even if it is coming up high in the results on a search engine for your keywords.
When reading the title tag for your web page, search engines give the most importance to the beginning of the title. The shorter the title, the more weight each word will end up receiving as a result. If you use a longer title that has more words, then each word is going to seem less important and therefore less relevant when it comes to the search engine results.
You should only be using the words that are absolutely necessary, and that have the most relevant use. Don’t simply string together a bunch of useless keywords because it will not benefit anyone.
Creating meta tags that are friendly both to visitors and search engines can be tricky, but it is an important part of optimizing your site as a whole and every individual web page for search engine friendliness while still appealing to your human visitors. It is the balance between the two that makes for a good website.
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Originally posted 2009-05-11 05:16:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter