Welcome to what I know to be some of the most simple, yet effective ‘Must Do’ Organic Search – SEO TIPS for people who are thinking about setting up a website, especially bloggers.
This is a starting point of what I know to be some of the most important things to rank in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page(s)) and you are only to read further if you want more people than your social networks and blog subscribers to visit your website.
*Disclaimer* This is in no way an exhaustive list of ‘Must Do’s’.
If you want to start talking a completely different language where SEO is concerned like, canonical references, schema markup and the like then send me a message and i’ll gladly talk goboldygook with you until I’m out of my depth or I’ve bored you to tears. This is why i’ve tailored these SEO Tips specifically for the blogger community and what I know will work well for them (and me for that!).
Firstly before I share these mighty SEO tips with you I have a question:
Q) Do you actually know what SEO is?
Yes of course I do, you numpty, i’m all over it!
My plug-in does it for me.
Hmmm, sort of.
My mate does and they told me, “Just write in as many meta keywords as you possibly can”.
Well if you don’t know or are not sure then the shortest and easiest answer to the question is this:
A) “SEO is when you make it as easy as possible for (lets just say) Google to see all your cool stuff organically (Not Paid for) which it will then make visible to lots more people because it’s relevant to what they’re searching for and it’s easy for Google to find”.
These tips are really aimed at those of you that have very little or no experience of the dark art that is SEO and if you have some or lots of experience then hopefully this will serve as a reminder or checklist for you.
Without further ado, here are your ‘Must Do SEO tips’ *Whistles / Screams / Cheers*:
- Get on Google+.
- Link your Google+ to your blog.
- Link your blog back to your Google+.
- Put Google Analytics tracking on your site so you can see whats working and what isn’t.
- Write Awesome articles and then link the content to Google+ with Authorship tags
- Put Google (and BING and Yahoo) Webmaster tools code on your site so they all know your site exists and is to be indexed. They will also tell you if you have any problems like broken links and 404 errors to fix which is nice of them.
- Create an xml sitemap for your site and upload it to all the webmaster tools accounts to tell all the search engines about your great content. You might need a separate one if you have lots and lots of images.
- Tell Google+ where else you write Awesome content and link to that.
- When you write your URL remember to make it all lower-case, have the keyword in that you want to rank for and use – (dash) not _ (underscore) OK! (This is automatic in platforms like WordPress)
- Write a Title for your post/page/article that has the keyword in it that you used in your URL.
- Put that same keyword in the page/post copy.. Obviously Derrr.
- Don’t be Lazy, write a good meta description (160 characters max). It must include the same keyword as the URL, title and copy. You know, the one you want to rank in the SERP for.
Here’s a couple of Bonus Tips because I just can’t help myself:
- Make sure your pages and posts are not covered in BIG pictures as this slows your page load time. Google HATES a slow site and will penalise you for it.
- Only link internally when it’s totally relevant.
- Spell your kopy rite as its IMPOTANT!
These are in no particular order however, I suggest you get your Google analytics, webmaster tools and uploading a sitemap sorted ASAP if you haven’t already as well as sorting your Google+ out!
If you have any other favorite tips please feel free to share with my other other lovely reader (Hi Mom!) in the comments below.
Please remember that this is about Basic and Simple SEO, so no code speak allowed, well not much ;)
I hope that’s been of use to you, well some of you at least and in the ever changing world of SEO. I would expect these tips to be relevant for at least the next 48 hours and remember, good SEO is the friend that just keeps on giving!