10 Easy SEO Tips for Bloggers

Obtaining a high page rank isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes time, effort, and patience. You may have read advice that tells you to comment on other relevant blogs, build relationships with dofollow bloggers, participate in forums, and guest blog. And while that’s all good advice (great advice, actually), some of us don’t have as much time as others. And these things are very time consuming.

So here are some simple SEO tips you can use without having to leave your own blog. And remember: even though it’s good to put yourself out there and be an active participant in the blogosphere at large, your blog’s content (quality, quantity, and relevancy) truly is the main factor when it comes to getting traffic to your blog.

1. Content is King

I can’t emphasize this enough. The quality and richness of your content make more of an impact on page rank than any of the tips to follow (though they do help move things along). Strive to have unique and frequently updated content on your blog, and it will drive up your ranking.

2. Link Out

Link out to at least one external site in every blog post. Establishing site relevance is a huge factor in your page rank, so link to pages and sites that are relevant to yours.

3. Links Should Have Meaning

Update your anchor text (the text acting as a link) to have better keyword value. Both internal and external links should have meaning, and stay away from using “here,” “click here,” “this,” etc. as links.

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4. Optimize Your Permalinks

Include the post category and post name in your URLs. Use keywords in your URLs, keep them short and sweet, eliminating words like “and” or “the.”

5. Create a Sitemap

Having a sitemap will make it easier for search engines to crawl and index your blog. Read more about creating Google Sitemaps, and if you have a WordPress blog, install the plugin Google XML Sitemap Generator.

6. Use Header Tags

Use header tags <h></h> instead of bolding your headlines/subheadlines. Since header tags aren’t the prettiest in terms of formatting, use CSS to override the default look. For example: H1 { color: red; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 18px }.

7. Use Title Tags

Title tags (<title></title>) determine what that page will be called in the search results. Be sure to use rich keywords in your title tags. For those of us who use WordPress or another blogging tool, this will be automatic, so be sure you’re using those keywords in your blog titles.

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8. Use Description Tags

The description tag (<meta name=”description” content=”Description tag here.”>) determines the text that goes below your page’s title in the search results. These should be no longer than 160 characters in order to show up completely and correctly on Google.

9. Use Alt Tags on Images

Every image on your site should have an alt tag, especially if the image is relevant to the content of the page. And don’t simply give it the tag “screenshot” or “image.” Make the tag keyword rich. For example: “The Tweetdeck Application for Twitter.”

10. Don’t Try to Fool Google

You’d think this was a no-brainer, but I see it all the time. Do not try to fool Google. Do not stuff keywords in invisible text, do not purchase links, do not partake in “link swapping,” and do not take any of advice from those blogs encouraging you to cheat the system. Your site will be flagged, and your page rank will be lowered. Bloggers that actually do have good content often hurt their page ranking because they’ve attempted these tricks. Just don’t do it.

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    This article has come at the very right time, my blog was a PR3 one and half year ago, after my database crash i rebuild my blog but never gain my dignity back from google, since then it is on PR0 , i feel shame about it, at least i can expect PR2, I have noted down couple of point from here, will use them and let see what happened. I think you help me a lot thru this article in understanding Page Rank methodology. Thanks diana.

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    Posting regular content to the site is the best way to ensure the crawlers come back for more. Also, increasing your PageRank through inbound links will also make the Googlebot happy.

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    Write your content for readers, not search engines. Not only will this boost your credibility but the overall caliber of your content will increase when you use keywords naturally.

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    I've recently started out my blog but i have not received any feedback. how ca i increase the number of visitors? any other tip is appreciated too.

  7. says

    Number 6 (using the heading tags) is actually what a lot of big bloggers will tell you. They act as a hierarchy of information, and search engines supposedly love that organization. I actually back tracked all my posts and reformatted them.

    The content is king part always holds true but you have to make sure you write for people not search engines.

    Now I have to start linking out more, I just always forget to do that.

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  10. Teresa says

    Thank you for this! I appreciate the way you explain the info so people who don't speak your lingo can understand what to do. Clearly there are many bloggers who are also tech writers, etc., but many of us are not.
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    Thanks for describing this kind of information. My opinion is if you use Do-follow link then you get more traffic as compared to No-follow link. Because Google not crawl No-follow link…

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