When I first started blogging, I didn’t know half the things that I know now.
And I definitely didn’t know what SEO was or what it does for your blog.
So after a little trial and error, I have come up with Traffic Boosting SEO Tips that have worked for me so I wanted to share them with you.
What is SEO?
I asked myself the exact same question when I was first told about SEO.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a particular website by ensuring that the site appears high on the list of results returned by a search engine.
Install the Yoast SEO plugin
This bad boy is by far the best SEO Plug-ins I have used, And I have tried a few. But when I came across this I knew I had found exactly what I needed. It makes your life so much easier and it’s free! This plugin allows you to do a lot of stuff that will help in search:
- Yoast SEO Plugin lets you know if your post is readable
- The plugin Lets You know if your post is SEO ready
- It tells you exactly what you need to do to the post to make it SEO ready
- Helps your blog get indexed in google
Nail every URL for every blog post
Did you know that your URL is actually as important as your title? Your URL should contain keyword/s regarding your blog post. Take note that only “words” to get the maximum effect.
For example, this post URL is something like (below) because I am talking about SEO.
But if I used this one – my blog post will be entirely invisible!
BONUS TIP: Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks > Choose Post name
This will help your posts generate better URL’s going forward.
To update your old post permalinks, simply click on the ‘edit’ button next to the URL below your post title in WordPress.
Install the Redirection plugin
Don’t go crazy and change every URL in your blog without this plugin. This will automatically 301 redirect your old post to the new address whenever you change it. This plugin will help prevent annoying 404 error pages.
Add Image ALT Tags
You need to stop being lazy when it comes to your images. I was doing that until I learned about adding ALT Tags to my images because it actually makes sense!
Google cannot understand your images – so you need to describe it using the Alt Text.
Mobile browsing is definitely a new thing. And if you’re site loads after 48 years no one will have the patience to wait for it! It’s even crucial for Google ranking. If you’re site loads between 8-12 seconds you need some serious help.
Improve your Copywriting
While you convince your readers to stay longer, you are also convincing Google that you’re producing high-quality content than others. Which in turn, will reward you with higher rankings in search.
Increase Internal Links
When you’re creating a new blog post, it is always better to link a few resources that you already have. That’s Where Affiliate Marketing Comes In.
Update Meta Titles & Descriptions
If you already installed the Yoast SEO Plugin, this step will be a piece of cake! So here’s how you do it.
The Meta title and description is what shows in Google’s search results.
If you don’t a Meta Description Google will just grab a section of your post and use it as the Meta Description.