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SEO Tips for Blog Traffic Generation

trafficWhile 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

Search Engine Optimization Keyword Analysis

keywordsKeyword 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

Get Free Blog Traffic by Writing Smart

lappyWhy 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

Principles of Good SEO for Your Blog

mysteryRegardless 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

Meta Tag Use for SEO

metaWhen 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

Google SEO for WordPress Blogging

googlesearchIf you have been in the internet marketing scene at all, even just for a short time, then you are already probably aware of the fact that blogs that are search engine optimized properly tend to achieve greater and faster rankings in search engines like Google than other websites and blogs. The question remains, though, how can your blog best be optimized for Google?

The best blogging platform that is out there right now is called WordPress. It is completely free to use, simple to install, and Google tends to really love it. Here are some of the things that you can do to optimize your WordPress blog in order to achieve high rankings in Google.

1 – First and foremost, do your keyword research.

If you are not doing proper keyword research, then you are going to stand a very small chance of ever ranking high in any search engine, let alone Google. Developing a working list full of viable keywords is absolutely a must. The best tool that you can use to optimize your keywords for your WordPress blog is the free keyword tool that Google offers. While conducting your keyword research, there are some things that you need to consider including the number of monthly searches, the number of optimized websites that are already using that keyword, and how much competition you will be facing.

2 – Next what you are going to want to do is to customize your WordPress blog specifically for search engine optimization in Google.

You can log in to your dashboard, for example, and change the default permalink structure to something that Google much prefers to see. Click on the radio button for “custom”, and type in /%postname%/ — What this will do is change the default structure for the addresses for your posts so that the name of the post will be in the URL rather than the post date or post number. This allows you to optimize your blog posts by putting keywords in your titles, and having those keywords appear in your URLs, which Google pays attention to when determining how to rank you. This structure is definitely much better when it comes to SEO purposes, so if you are not following this permalink structure already, then you need to change it as soon as possible.

3 – The next thing that you need to do is to download and install the “All in One SEO Pack”, which can be found on Google and uploaded to your Plugins folder in your blog.

Activate it from the dashboard, and you will begin to see new ways to improve your rank in Google. This is a neat plugin that can really help out your SEO endeavor if you are willing to download and install it. Make sure that you go to your Settings area and update the ping list under Writing so that every time a new blog entry is posted, the blogging services will be automatically notified.

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Originally posted 2009-05-04 05:24:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Unique SEO Content

ducksYou are probably already aware of how important link building is, and how important it can be to select the right meta tags, and to select frequently searched keywords that can be added to your website for the purpose of boosting search engine optimization or SEO, but are you also aware of how easy, inexpensive and effective it can be to use fresh and unique website content to drive an increase of traffic to your website through SEO? This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to garner higher rankings in the most popular search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo, and it requires little to no technical expertise at all.

If you add fresh content to your website regularly, you will be effectively increasing the visibility of your website by boosting your search engine rankings naturally and easily.

It is important that you avoid making the SEO mistake that so many other websites are making, which is that they are failing to add new, fresh and unique content to their websites on a regular basis. They spend hundreds of dollars or even thousands of dollars designing the look of their website, and then it fails in the search engines because they believe that once the website is running, their job has been completed. The truth is, if you stop updating your website once you have taken it live, you are doing something very wrong.

Why is this? This is because search engines love and feed on fresh and unique content. This is so true, in fact, that they literally troll the internet specifically looking for websites that have updated their contents. In the world of search engine optimization or SEO, content is the king.

Adding fresh content will help to significantly improve your search engine results, because search engines are literally constantly on the lookout for websites that have updated content, making sites with fresh and new content the best on the web. You can easily give these search engines what they are looking for simply by regularly updating the content that is on your website, adding informative articles and refreshing the content on other pages. Your content should never simply sit still or stagnant unless you don’t want people looking at it.

If you are unsure about writing the content yourself, you should have no trouble finding help online as there are plenty of proficient writers capable of writing niche specific content for your web pages, you simply need to know where to look and what to ask for. SEO writers are writers that specialize in search engine friendly website content creation, and they will deliver polished work that is web ready. They can write search engine friendly content for your website that is written specifically so that it can be found and indexed by search engines, and they will write website content that uses your keywords naturally and in a fitting manner in order to benefit your human readers as well. SEO writers are designed to write with your marketing goals in mind, so if you are afraid to craft your own content, do not be afraid to ask for some assistance.

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Originally posted 2009-04-29 05:08:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

6 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Websites

socialSocial media normally refers to a category of websites where content is created by the participation of the users of that website for the remaining community. In short, we can say that social media websites are basically tools to share the information among their users. It gives its users a chance to interact with other users.

Human beings are social animals and they always love to interact with others discussing their hobbies, interests and personal lives. These tendencies gave birth to lot of social media websites like Digg, Facebook, StumbleUpon, etc. and produced new channels of traffic which webmasters can use easily to drive some good traffic to their websites and generate some leads. Due to huge advantages of social media it’s become an important part of a successful SEO campaign. You can’t do good SEO without including social media in to it.

How Social Media Websites can help you:

  • The biggest advantage of using Social media is that it helps you to create various bridges.
  • New traffic can reach your website easily and reduce dependency on search engines to an extent (if run successfully).
  • This one is not a secret… Social bookmarking websites help in getting backlinks for your website. It can help you in your SEO Campaigns.
  • It helps you to interact with your target audience easily. You can find your target audience quickly on social media websites and can see what about they are talking about, their needs, happenings in your industry, etc .
  • It helps in establishing yourself as a brand and can help you in reputation management.
  • As popular social media sites are getting good rankings in search engines you can use them to promote your website. It’s very effective if you have a new website with no links then try to create a page on social media website. It’s much easier to get it ranked as compared to a new website.

Social Media websites are very important for a successful SEO campaign, therefore you should not ignore its importance. It’s a subject worth consideration and if planned wisely and implemented successfully, it can show you wonderful results.

Author Bio:  Gagandeep Singh is working as SEO consultant for a Website Design and SEO company based in Miami, Florida.

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Originally posted 2009-04-30 05:05:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Related Tweets

tweetUsing your blog as the seed, find quality content from the Blog Traffic Exchange and tweet it automatically. Provide your followers with interesting and relevant content within the niche of your blog. Supplement your twitter account with quality content related to your blogging niche using the our powerful content search engine.

There are setting to control the frequency and regularity of the posts. Other than that simply run the plugin and tweets will begin. I am now running this plugin and pointing it at the Blog Traffic Exchange twitter feed.

How does it work? After setting your Twitter username, password, tweet frequency, and tweet regularity the plugin will run on a schedule. Each time the plugin executes it will select a public blog post from your blog at random. Then it will use the post as the search seed of the Blog Content Exchange repository. The content repository will return a tweet containing the most relevant website, famous quote, or other content in the repository.

Installation

  1. Download
  2. Unzip
  3. Upload Folder to WordPress Plugins Folder
  4. Activate Plugin
  5. Adjust Options to Style as desired

Download the Related Tweets Plugin


Change Log

  • 10/31/10 – 1.6 – Updated for Twitter oAuth.
  • 09/21/09 – 1.5 – Added Befriend code from GeekLad.
  • 09/03/09 – 1.4 – Added RT code from GeekLad.
  • 08/31/09 – 1.3 – Added more options for interval and randomness.
  • 08/12/09 – 1.2 – Added #RTW adn #quote Hashtag to tweet.
  • 08/04/09 – 1.1 – Release to public.

Originally posted 2009-08-04 13:15:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Are Misspelled Keywords Good Keywords? (pt 3)

drearmIn some cases, misspelling good keywords is a good way to prevent your traffic from being hurt. Some of the good keywords that you may be optimizing for may be difficult to properly spell out. Where is your traffic going, and how can you change things so that you can attract all traffic, regardless of whether they are spelling their search terms correctly or incorrectly?

Commonly Misspelled Words

Yes, you have worked hard in order to create a website that is sleek and professional looking. You should not, by any means, ruin the readability of this website by messing things up with good keywords that are improperly spelled. You can, however, find other ways to optimize your website for these keywords. One example of a tactic that you can employ is to include these commonly misspelled good keywords in the META tags for your website. Planting misspellings intentionally is only going to help you when it comes to words that are actually misspelled commonly. Look at the keywords that you are featuring on your website, and brainstorm the ways that they could potentially be easily misspelled. Make sure that you are including these misspellings in the META tags for your website.

Think about the errors that you have personally made when it comes to content creation for your website or while you are searching for certain things on the internet. What do you have a habit of misspelling when you are conducting a search online? The chances are that other people will be having the same difficulties that you have when it comes to spelling certain words – So if you have experienced a misspelling, other people are probably experiencing the same misspelling for otherwise good keywords. A great resource for misspelled keywords is Your Dictionary. This unique resource will help you find not only some of the most commonly misspelled words, but also how they are misspelled so that you can take advantage of these keywords when optimizing your website.

When you are looking for something online, you are probably using simple terms when trying to direct the search engines in the right way. Anybody that uses search engines will find that all it takes is a few short words to direct the search engine toward the right results. This is great for people who are searching for stuff online, but is not necessarily ideal for the people trying to create the content that caters to these keywords. You don’t want to look at the keyword as an individual entity, but rather want to see how you can string it in a sentence. For example, if you are trying to optimize for a keyword like “buy cheap wine”, try using sentences like “where you can buy cheap wine” and “how to buy cheap wine”, in order to use good keywords in your content.

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Originally posted 2009-12-02 03:46:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter