What is a WordPress blog?
Well, It is a blogging community managed by makers of the open source WordPress software. There is a free version available at www.wordpress.com, or if you wish to host and publish your own material then you are best suited for www.wordpress.org.
What is SEO?
SEO stands for ‘Search Engine Optimization’, it is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results.
SO…..if your reading this then you must be interested in learning better ways to optimize your search results when creating Websites/Blogs using WordPress.
BELOW…..are my ‘5 Top Tips’ to Improving your SEO for your WordPress blog.
5 SEO tips for WordPress
Here are a few ways to improve the SEO for your WordPress blog.
WordPress will automatically create permalinks (URLs) for your posts that contain numbers and question marks. Search engines have a hard time categorizing these types of URLs. As a result, this will stall the indexing of your website. If your site’s not indexed, your information is pretty much invisible to the search engines.
It is best to create a custom URL structure for your pages through your Administration panel.
An example, a structure of /%postname%/ will use the post title in the permalink.
This really improves your search engine optimization especially when you include keywords in your titles.
Understanding Page Titles
The page title in WordPress will appear at the top of your browser window.
Pages in WordPress contain your static content. FAQs, contacts, and about information are commonly published as pages.
Including these types of pages on you website add to your credibility as a legit online publisher, and so Improve your SEO results.
You can further optimize these pages when naming them, to do so you should rename your contact page to include a keyword phrase reflecting the content you are offering.
An example would be “contact SEO advisor”.
Understanding Post Titles
Your Post titles should include keywords whenever possible. These words should relate to the main keywords of your website.
However be careful not to overload titles with keywords that do not read well.
You must Remember post titles are listed in the search results so make them to the point.
This is a very Importnant part of the process as you want them to attract the search engines, but also the attention of web searchers as well.
A good feature to use in WordPress is the slug feature, which helps you optimize your keywords in your URLs and to eliminate unnecessary words such as “and”, “the”, and “to”.
Tags are not compolsary, but are necessary if you want an added benefit for SEO.
Tags help search engines and readers to navigate through your site easier.
They allow you to particularize phrases to identify content without creating hundreds of categories.
So if you write a post about how to make apple crumble and custard to be listed under your cooking category, you can also add the tags apple crumble and custard.
Viewers to your site can quickly scan your tag cloud for the information they want without needing to scroll through posts.
If you use a tag cloud plugin on your site, then all your tags will be visually displayed and easily accessible in the sidebar of your front page.
Understanding Google Sitemaps
Perhaps not so commonly know yet, adding a sitemap to your website also improves your SEO performance.
A sitemap exactly displays the structure of your content on a single page. This makes it easier for people and search engines to navigate your site.
A free tool Google provides is called Sitemaps, this will create a sitemap for you. Very useful and time saving.
You can also use sitemaps to tell google which pages of your site are most important. This will help direct interesting vewiers direct to the content they are seeking.
Thankyou for reeding and REMEMBER, SEO for WordPress is simple when you know how to do it correctly.
Once you have fully understood these five tips, you will be on course to generating more traffic to your site and making a real name for yourslef.