SEO optimize your blog
Here’s the skinny on SEO for bloggers. If you’re writing a blog then these are the things you must do to SEO optimize your posts. Do them every time you publish. Don’t put it off and say you’ll go on an SEO blitz later. It doesn’t work that way. Follow these steps before you publish and you’ll be golden.
1. Keyword research
Find out what people really want to know about and write accordingly. You can look at trending topics, traffic vs. competition, most global monthly searches, just make sure you look.
2. H tags
Include your keyword in each H tag. Most blogging platforms allow you to do this easily yourself, or they’ll do it for you.
3. Post title
Put your keyword here – preferably closer to the front of the title.
4. Keyword density
Ideally try to aim for 2-5% keyword density. Write for your readers, not the robots. Make it readable but still include the keyword in the first and last sentences, and somewhere in between.
Make sure your keyword appears in bold and/or underlined somewhere in your post.
This is an easy way to keep on topic without over saturating your copy with the search term. Remember that if it looks like you’re just dumping your copy full of keywords for the sake of SEO, the search engines will likely catch on.
7. Alt tags
Take advantage of images. The alt tag is just one more way you can optimize the page.
If your post includes links, make sure that the anchor text contains your keyword instead of just saying, “click here.”
9. File names
Save all files with appropriate keywords in the file names. You can also optimize your file properties. (This is particularly effective with pictures or images that you’re uploading to your site.)
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