SEO Techniques For Wordpress Blogs

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There's a lot of amazing SEO power built into WordPress. Unfortunately it doesn't all come by default, and you might not know what's best when it comes to templates and options.

This simple, easy to follow article will outline many WordPress SEO tips which people often forget to implement (even the most famous bloggers), or haven't yet arrived at for some reason or another.

If you want to see your wordpress site show up in the search engine results you are going to have to do a little on page search engine optimization.

Quick Facts

* There are 55 million blogs out there, if you don't stand out you will have no chance.

* The first second of a visitors attention is the most crucial.

* Your main traffic should come to articles and posts inside your blog, not the home page.

* Search engine rankings relies heavily upon the quality and quantity of links to your blog when they determine the ranking.

* The best way to get links is by natural recommendations from other bloggers or web site owners.

All in One Seo Plugin

This SEO plugin is designed to give you the best options out of the box, however depending on your situation your mileage may vary, and no set of options is perfect for every site. If you only use one plugin on your wordpress site,make it this one. This one little plugin will help your site be Google friendly, and you don't even really need to know what you are doing.

In the setting area of the plugin make sure you put your site title in, making sure your keywords are in the title.

Add 5 keywords in the meta area, that are related to your site. Do some good keyword research before you start and you will be driving traffic in no time.

Add a Footer Link

If you go to the design - theme editor area you will see a place to edit your footer area. Make sure you put a link in the footer. This link should have keyword anchor text as the clickable part of your link.

A footer link will give you an anchor text link from each and every page of your site, including all tag pages, posts and pages. As your site grows that will be a lot of links.

Keywords In Title

When you are naming your website it's fun to be cute or tongue in cheek, but if you are trying to drive traffic to your site it's best to use your keyword in your title.

You can add words before or after your keyword to make the title make more sense, but get the title in there.

The title of your site will be what people see in the search engine results. It also shows up in the top blue header in google. It's one of the most important things the search engines look for when providing targeted results to a searcher.

Change Permalinks

This is one I see a lot of people, not only beginners, forgetting to do. A permalink is the link to a specific post or page that people can use to go directly to that particular page of your site.

The default permalink structure will not help your SEO efforts at all. You want to customize your permalink structure to show your post title after the title of your blog.

Just go to your wordpress admin area. Under settings you will see a permalinks area. At the bottom of the list you will see a place to check custom. Click that and then in the area provided type /%postname%/ this will get your keywords for each and every post in your permalink. Just make sure you are using keyword in your post titles.

There you have it quick SEO tips to increase your onpage optimization. They shouldn't take but a minute to do, but you will notice a big difference once it's done.