What do we know about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for websites? What must we (webmasters, business owners, bloggers) do in order to have our website rank high in the pages of Google (let’s face it, nobody is trying to rank for Yahoo, Bing & Ask). Use these SEO tips to gain traffic from people who are actively searching for exactly what you have to offer. There is no mystery or secret code to rank your website high on the pages of Google. I’ll provide the you my SEO tips that I’ve used to rank my clients websites first page of Google. Here we go, my Top 5 SEO Tips for for 2012.
- Unique, Original Content (and lots of it): Yes, have you heard this before? I thought so, but many sites I visit post the same irrelevant content, so why am I here. Well I won’t be for very long. Out of new blog ideas, Google search “blog topics help” – or try Danny Browns website for topic help here.
- MetasUltimate SEO Plugin: My absolute favorite SEO plugin for WordPress. This all-in-one tool provides the easiest way to add your title, keywords and description to each page. You can get it here.
- Your Slug! When you’re writing your article, the ’slug’ fielt is located below the title of the article- this will determine the website address of the article.Imagine I entered ‘Long-Island-Web-Design‘ for the slug, the website address of this article will be http://www.bluebarngraphics.com/long-island-web-design.html. Search engines that see that your website URL’s have the same keywords as your meta description, title, keywords and your content will be seen as being even more consistent.
- Keywords, Keywords, Keywords! When writing your article, one of the easiest ways to make your article relevant to Google’s bots is to include your main keyword 3-5 times throughout the article. Do not go overboard thinking if 5 is good then 10 is better. This is spamming and you will be penalized for it.
- Link To Your Very Own Posts: Install the WordPress Related Posts Plugin (get it here) and begin linking to a few similar articles at the bottom of each of your articles. This is both a terrific way to guide your readers to more of your articles on similar topics and it’s a great way to guide search engines around your WordPress website.