How to Optimize SEO Blog Posts
Search engine optimization or SEO is not as difficult or as daunting as you might think. SEO is time consuming, but not difficult to learn or to perform on your own websites and social media pages. What is SEO? SEO is the practice of using keywords and search terms to increase organic traffic to your website. It also increases exposure for your business through Google and through social media platforms without having to pay for ads. (“Organic” means naturally appearing in search results without paying for ads).
Lots of digital marketing advice tout blogs as a means to promote your business by offering free information to drive traffic to your website. However, without proper SEO, your blog articles will forever remain lost in cyberspace with all the other millions of ghosted blog pages. In this article, I outline the 10 specific steps that I have taken to optimize my blog by incorporating sound SEO principles. The complementary video tutorial on posting an SEO blog illustrates how to implement these steps in real-time.
10 Steps to Optimize Your Blog for SEO
1. Before you begin to write a blog article, consider your purpose. Why are you writing about this subject matter? What do you want readers to do after reading your blog? Your blog writing should answer a question and provide information that readers are searching for on Google. Since Google begins indexing web pages that contain 300 or more words, your blog articles should at least be 300-500 words long.
2. Research SEO keywords on Google. In the search box, begin typing a word related to the subject matter of the blog and follow Google’s suggestions for related searches. Pay careful attention to the “people also ask” box in the middle of the page, and the related searches at the very bottom of the page. Use these Google generated SEO keywords and phrases in your writing.
3. Make good use of titles and headings. Use SEO keywords in your blog title and secondary headings to increase opportunities for Google to index your blog.
4. Insert SEO keywords in the body of your blog article. Do not stuff an excessive number of keywords in your blog just for the sake of getting found on Google. Instead, use 3-5 well-placed keywords and phrases throughout your writing in a way that sounds natural, not spammy or salesy.
5. Do not neglect titles and headings. Include SEO keywords in the main title of the blog and throughout the subheadings in the body of your article. Whenever possible, style your main title as an H1 header html tag and your subheadings as H2 html tags to make it easier for Google to index.
6. Use appealing images at the beginning of your blog. If appropriate, include screenshots, charts or other illustrations to break up the text of your blog post. Remember to write alt text descriptions for each image and insert a link to your website, products, and services within the image.
7. Insert external links to other authoritative websites. Always include a link to other articles or outside sources that you used to write your article. Also include links to social media pages since these get ranked higher and faster on Google.
8. Include a brief bio at the end of your article. Let people know who you are and what you do. Include a link to your main website or to your LinkedIn profile to increase name recognition across the internet.
9. Update the SEO blog settings through your webhost provider. Make sure to complete the metadescription (or description) section, the URL slug, title of the post, categories, and SEO keyword tags. Basically, fill in all of the sections that your webhost provider offers for SEO.
10. Share your blog articles to social media, especially Facebook and LinkedIn. Since these are considered high web authority platforms that Google regularly indexes, posting your blog articles to social media can potentially increase your SEO rank on Google. If you are interested in learning more about social media optimization for beginners, enroll in the online class called, Easy SEO for Social Media Growth offered by Onyx Online Education & Training.
Remember, the key to getting found on Google and to drive traffic to your blog is effective SEO. The extra time it takes to perform proper SEO is worth the investment, especially when it means increased sales for your business and more influence for your personal brand.
Now that you know the basics of SEO for blog posts, watch this YouTube video tutorial for a full illustration of how to perform SEO on your blog:
Ashan R. Hampton is a long-time English instructor turned entrepreneur. Through her company, Onyx Online Education & Training, she offers digital courses and print books on grammar, proofreading, business writing and communication for personal and professional development to individuals and corporations. To find out more about Ashan's work, visit www.arhampton.com.
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