SEO

October 27th in Wordpress SEO by .

Optimizing a WordPress blog for the search engines is more than just tweaking your title and description tags and hoping for the best. While paying attention to on-page SEO tactics can help you climb the search engine rankings, getting incoming links to your blog is the best way to make sure you drive enough traffic to your blog to get the exposure and credit you deserve in the blogging world. One of the best ways to get juicy links to your blog is by getting links from online directories. While directories are not as effective as they used to be, they can still help you take your business to the next level.

If you have submitted your blog to directories by hand before, you know how much effort it takes to submit to multiple directories manually. You have to create accounts per each directory, fill out forms, manage emails from these directories, and more when submitting your sites to directories. But thanks to Directory Maximizer, you can submit your website to over thousand of directories without you having to do much.

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September 22nd in Wordpress Strategies, WP Stuff by .

Taking time to set up a WordPress blog is only one part of the story. You should also take time to optimize your posts for the search engines if you want to get free traffic to your blog posts and take your blog to the next level. But in order to do that, you are going to need a decent keyword tool that provides you with accurate keyword stats and data. You can always use Google Adwords tool, but if you are ready to take your blog to the next level, here are 6 keyword research tools you should try:

SpyFu: one of the best tools I have ever tried. This tool helps you figure out what other sites are trying to get ranked for and how you can too. Download your competitors keywords in minutes and get an edge over them fast.

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Wordze: one of the better “classic” keyword research tools on the market. It tells you what keywords are getting how much traffic. A great way to find those hidden gems and optimize for keywords that are not too tough to get ranked for.

WordTracker: has been around for years. It’s a great tool if you are looking to expand your keyword list and find new keywords to target on your website. [click to continue…]

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September 18th in Plugins For SEO, Premium Plug-ins by .

As someone who has been around SEO and WordPress for a while, I can tell you that there are a whole lot of WordPress webmasters that have no idea what it takes to optimize their pages for the search engines. Some don’t even know how to start the optimization process. Now I am not suggesting that getting ranked for those general, highly competitive terms are easy, but if you don’t know what SEO is and have no idea how to track your search engine rankings, you have got work to do. That’s where SEO Booster Pro comes in. SEO Booster is a very easy to use SEO plugin for WordPress that is designed to help you figure out what you are doing right SEO-wise, and how you can increase your presence on the SERPs.

SEO Booster is designed to help webmasters from all walks of life to track their progress on search engines and find areas that they need to improve their sites upon to increase their presence on the SERPs. Here is what I love about SEO Booster. Once you install the plugin, it’s going to go to work for you, collecting all the incoming keywords and the landing page associated with them. It even tells you your ranking on the SERPs so you know how much you need to improve. You can always write posts day in and day out and hope for the best, or you can approach SEO scientifically, track your results, and improve areas that may give you a better chance of getting ranked higher on Google and other engines.

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September 16th in Plugins For SEO by .

One of the best ways to drive traffic to your WordPress blog is by driving traffic to it through search engines. Google is not a switch that you can turn on to open the traffic floodgates. But you can always try to optimize every aspect of your WordPress for SEO to make sure you show up higher on the search engine results pages (SERPs). There are plenty of things you can do to optimize your blog for search engines. But what you can’t afford to do is ignore your title and other important tags on WordPress. Your title tag is one of the most important SEO factors you can optimize your site for. It may not get you to the top of the search engine rankings by itself, but it certainly helps.

WordPress is a dynamic system, which is optimizing your title tags for your individual pages, categories, archives, and posts can be tricky. But thanks to HeadSpace, you can easily automate the tagging process and not only save yourself a lot of time but also increase your rankings dramatically.

As the above image demonstrates, you can optimize every single page on your site for search engines. You do want to pay extra attention to your homepage as its the heart of every SEO campaign. Your posts are also important, so make sure you use keywords that give you the best shot at getting ranked. HeadSpace makes it easy to automate the tagging process. All you have to do is use the special tags available to you to get the title tags you are looking for:

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August 20th in Wordpress Books by .

Search Engine Optimization All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))

A lot of bloggers assume that once they switch from Blogger or other platforms to WordPress, their site is going to show up higher on Google’s search engine result pages. There was a time when some experts actually gave WordPress a big edge over its competitors as far as SEO was concerned. But these days, if you want to show up at the top of the search engines, you’ve got to work at it. Choosing the right keyword and writing magnetic content goes a long way towards helping you get better rankings on Google and other search engines but having a long-term SEO strategy always pay in the long run.

Search Engine Optimization for Dummies is a wonderful book by Bruce Clay, a SEO legend, that shows you how to optimize any website for search engines. The books starts from zero and shows you how to take your website to the next level by optimizing all aspects that are deemed to be important by search engines. The book starts with an overview of how search engines work, and what they deem to be important when ranking a website. So you won’t have to follow instructions that others give you without understanding why they are important.

The keyword research section is rich and a must read for everyone. A lot of people tend to go overboard with their keyword research and target too many keywords per page. Bruce discusses what you need to look out for when conducting your keyword research. The author doesn’t just show you how to research keywords. He also discusses how you can develop a real keyword strategy for your website. Your keyword research process never stops. You always have to be on the top of things and find new ways to get ranked high on Google. But having a long-term strategy, you can keep targeting popular terms and grab more traffic share in your niche.

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June 20th in Plugins For SEO by .

WordPress is a wonderful platform that not only lets you build up your website fast, but it also comes with many enhancements that let you optimize every aspect of your website and get more out of your efforts. That includes increasing your traffic as well. If you own a blog and you write posts on it on a consistent basis, you want to make sure you drive lots of traffic to it to get the best value out of your work. You can always advertise or leave comments on other blogs, but you shouldn’t ignore the organic search channel. Getting free traffic from Google, Yahoo!, and even Live.com is a must if you want to make it on the Internet. In order to do that, you need to optimize your website for search engines. WordPress may be search engine friendly but it’s not optimized for organic search. Your permalinks, title tags, slugs, and … all play a big part in you gaining the best ranking possible on search engines such as Google. So you want to make sure you have the best settings on your website to get the most free traffic.

There are lots of plugins that you can install on your WordPress blog to optimize it for organic search, but you want to make sure you don’t go overboard and damage your blog’s performance in the process. With that in mind, here are 10 cool plugins that help you get more free traffic to your blog:

1. All In One SEOAll In One SEO is one of the best SEO plugins for WordPress. It not only allows you to optimize your title tags, but it makes it so easy to no-index pages that could be deemed harmful towards your search engine rankings. It automatically generations your title and descriptions, which means you save time.

2. Virtual Silo: Virtual Silo is a cool plugin that makes it easy to no-follow those spam comments and any other factor that can hurt your search engine rankings. You can also create a silo structure on your blog to maximize your search engine rankings.

3. Broken Link Checker: what you don’t want to do is leave broken links on your blog. Search engines certainly won’t like it. Use Broken Link Checker to find out broken links or image links.

4. Google XML Sitemaps Generator: creating a sitemap by hand can be a hassle. Some people are more scared of XML than spiders. Either way, Google XML Sitemaps Generator makes it so easy to generate and keep your sitemaps up to date.

5. SEO Smart Links: a very cool plugin that automatically links to your related posts and makes it so easy for your visitors to navigate through your pages easily.

6. SEO Friendly Images: a lot of people forget about their alt and description tags for their images. It’s true that alt tags are not as important as they used to be but you can still get traffic from Google Images, and besides it’s a best practice to have them. SEO Friendly Images makes it easy to get around this issue.

7. Advanced Permalinks: Advanced Permalinks is truly a life saver. Let’s say you didn’t know how to set up your permalinks properly when you started your blog. You can always change your permalink structure but that could affect your rankings immensely if you don’t go about it the right way. This plugin makes sure your old pages are redirected to their new location via 301 redirect.

8. Permalinks Redirect: Permalinks Redirect another simple plugin that lets you optimize your URLs and get rid of all those weird characters in some of your URLs. It 301 redirects them to a more search engine friendly URL.

9. Nofollow Links In Posts: Nofollow Links in Posts is a great tool for anyone who want to control what they link to and whether they want to dofollow or nofollow their links.

10. Robots Meta: Robots Meta is another cool plugin that lets you nofollow your comments and other pages on your blog. You can also control what pages are indexed on your WordPress blog. You can also easily add your Google Webmaster Tools account information and track your results properly.

There you have it: 10 wonderful SEO plugins for WordPress. But there is a second part with more cool search engine optimization plugins. So stay tuned! In the meantime, don’t forget to share your favorite SEO plugin for WP below.

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January 19th in Wordpress Tips by .

Running a WordPress blog is more than just writing great content and moderating your comments. If you don’t get traffic to your WordPress, you can have the best content, but no one will be there to see it. A few years ago, the notion was that if you write good content, Google will find you, and you will gain thousands of visitors a day without doing too much work. That can’t be further from the truth these days. Folks are now getting familiar with advanced SEO tactics, and folks with crappy content can outshine you on search engines by using SEO tactics that you are not using. You can always use Adwords and Yahoo! Search Marketing to drive traffic to your site, but that could get very expensive.

Driving free organic traffic to your blog is not rocket science. You need to write posts that are optimized for search engines. You should also pay attention to your keywords. Here is how:

  1. Use keywords in your title tag: you have heard the chant, drill baby, drill? Well, when it comes to SEO, it’s title baby, title. Your title tag is the most important factor when it comes to optimizing your site for search engines. Use your keyword phrases early in your title tag and make sure you choose keywords that give you a realistic chance of getting ranked on Google.
  2. Use keywords in your header tags: a lot of themes do come with h1, h2, and h3 tags. If you don’t have these tags in your blog code, you should try to add them somehow. These tags are highly regarded by most search engines, which means by putting your keywords in these tags, you can let search engines know what keyword phrases matter the most on your pages.
  3. Use keywords in your URL: this is highly underrated, but still an effective approach. You get some benefit by putting a keyword phrase or two in your URL. Depending on your Permalinks settings, your WordPress blog may automatically insert your post title in to your URLs. Make sure you change those to make them different from your post titles.
  4. META Description/Keywords: these tags are not as effective as used to be, but the way WordPress is designed, you could end up with duplicate description, keywords tags for all your posts. If you have too many duplicate description and keyword tags, you may end up in the supplementary index. You don’t want that to happen, do you? Make sure you use a proper plug-in such as All in one SEO pack to optimize your tags.
  5. Link often, use Keywords in anchor text: you should link to other pages on your site, and do it often. You should also use keywords in your link text to make sure you are passing relevance to those pages. Simple, but not everyone do it.

There are millions of other things you can do for your WordPress blog to get free traffic for search engines. That’s why you should read the second part for more tips 🙂 Stay tuned.

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