Top 10 SEO tips for WordPress bloggers

by Himanshu Yadav on September 7, 2009

WordPress is a an amazing platform for blogging. Apart from writing the post you can experiment from many things in a blog by the use of Plugins. But the main thing which anyone should keep in mind is SEO of the blog because ultimately visitors from search engines which are also known as Organic traffic contribute major portion of the traffic of any blog. It is manipulated that 75 % of traffic from search engines is good for any blog. But you need to take care of some basic things to improve the organic result of your blog. Here are the 10 basic SEO tips which you should use to make your blog search engine friendly:

1) Use keywords in your post title: The most common problem amongst Bloggers. They write a very nice post but they don’t take care of keywords. Content should be keyword rich so that density of keyword in your blog should increase. Should maintain 3 to 7 percent of keyword density for the major 2 or 3 target keywords and 1 to 2 percent of keyword density should be maintained for minor keywords.

2) Improve the permalink structure of URL: Now what it means. Suppose you write post and its URL look like www.example.com/ghfiditjtgn00697003586970. When Google robots crawl on your page they first look the URL of the page. If your page URL is such a mesh, they don’t understand what this post about. Now consider this www.example.com/top-10-SEO-tips-for-bloggers. It is clear from the URL what this post is all about. For changing the URL structures of your article Go to your WordPress Dashboard> Setting > Permalink. And select the custom structure option and write “/%postname%/” in the box given.

3) Submit XML sitemap: XML sitemap is structure of your blog or website. It signifies the hierarchical listing of the pages of your blog. You need to submit your sitemap through Google Webmaster tool. Its biggest benefit is Google will discover your post more easily.

SEO thumb Top 10 SEO tips for Wordpress bloggers

You should use Google XML sitemaps pluginThis plugin will create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. It supports all of the WordPress generated pages as well as custom ones. Every time you edit or create a post, your sitemap is updated and all major search engines that support the sitemap protocol, like ASK.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO, are notified about the update.”

4) Write quality content: Content of your blog is the most important thing. If you use all the tactics to enhance the performance of your blog but don’t have quality content then don’t expect any magic in your traffic. Google bots are very clever; they rank those websites higher which contains more accurate information. You should always keep these things in mind before write anything: Write easy to read and unique content, avoid Grammar and spelling mistakes.

5) Use Anchor text and link building: Link building is also one of the most important arts of SEO. There are two types of links “external link” and “internal link”. External link is the link attributed to some other site. Internal link is the link given to our own site. It is to be keeping in mind that link should be given to credible sites only because bad link will degrade the performance of your blog.

Your anchor text should be descriptive. Anchor text is a text on a post on which user can click and visit to other page.

You should follow keep certain things in mind before assigning anchor text

  • a) You should give descriptive anchor text; it should provide some info about the linked page.
  • b) You shouldn’t use generic anchor text like “Click here”,”page”,”article”.
  • c) Don’t use page URL directly as an anchor text.
  • d) Maintain a proper ratio between external link and internal link.

6) Use robots.txt

A robots.txt file allows search engines to crawl and access the parts of your site. To check robots.txt of any site open: www.yoursitename.com/robots.txt. You should prevent important pages like “admin panel and plugins used” of your site from search bots. Go to Google webmaster Tools>Under tools > Analyze robots.txt to create the file. The basic structure of your robots.txt should be

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-
Disallow: /feed/
Disallow: /trackback/
Disallow: /comments/feed/
Disallow: /page/
Disallow: /comments/

7) Make quality backlinks: Link from some other website is known as backlink or incoming link. You should care of following thing in mind:

a) Commenting on other blog post did not necessarily make backlinks.

b) You need to comment on do follow blogs which allow comments to do follow.

c) Backlink from related website is more valuable from backlink from unrelated website.

d) Make link exchange only from quality blogs.

8 ) Use All in One SEO plugin, SEO friendly image and simple tag Plugins: These are three must use plugins for bloggers. All in one SEO Pack plugin covers all the aspects of the SEO of your blog including Meta tags, keyword, title tag etc.

The most underestimated part of any blog is image and tags, many bloggers don’t know the importance of these two terms.

You should use SEO friendly image Plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes.

Simple tag plugin: This is the most important plugin which generate lots of traffic to your blog. It automatically generates Meta keyword from tags and also it automatically generates technorati, flickr and Delicious tags.

9) Use no follow attribute: Always no follow those links which are not valuable for your blogs. For example if you give any affiliate link on your blog page then you should no follow it because search engines hate those links. Also if you provide a link to some other site which you might think is not very valuable then you should no follow it. You can no follow any link by the option given in WordPress or if you use Windows live writer to write a post then in insert link option click on Advance option then click on Rel option. You will find no follow option there.

10) Assign unique, descriptive <title> tag to every page: Title tags are very important for your each post. If you are using non descriptive title to your post then you are actually degrading its performance. Also you need to give keywords in a title because search engine love those title which is keyword rich. Use All in one SEO Pack Plugin to assign title tag to your post. At the bottom of edit post option page of WordPress you will find All in one SEO Pack options, you need to fill proper Title, description and Keywords.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Anish K.S September 8, 2009 at 6:57 am

Good tips, getting good back links will help to get good google PR

Reply

Himanshu September 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

Thanks Anish. Welcome at Blogtechnika. Stay connected for more spicy articles :)

Reply

Taranfx November 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Good points Himanshu.
Just to add:
1. Frequently use Google’s Webmaster tools to check html Errors, dead links.
2. Use Google Analytics to analyze and target “right Keywords” for your blog, this increases your ranking for “targetted keywords” by a Big margin.
Cheers
.-= Taranfx´s last blog ..How to Tether Motorola Droid =-.

Reply

Ricky September 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Hey really nice info. Well I follow almost all of them. You can also include the point that use an SEO optimized theme or atleast the theme which has less html or other errors

Reply

Himanshu September 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

@Ricky Thanks Ricky for adding value here, I must appreciate your point, in my next articles I will focus on the points suggested by you.

Reply

Chethan September 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

That’s Excellent!

Reply

Himanshu September 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

@chetan Thanks chetan, welcome to my blog, stick here for some interesting updates.

Reply

Titimma September 8, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Nice tips Himanshu, I think these are the basic tips to be followed by each blogger to make their site SEO perfect. I am going to block robots.txt at the sensitive area of my blog. Thanks once again, fantastic blog.

Reply

Himanshu September 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

@Titimma Thanks for appreciation mate. Stay connected for latest updates on SEO.

Reply

Cars for sale September 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Gr8 tips shared, i need to take care of 3rd and 6th for my blog asap

Reply

Harsh Agrawal September 10, 2009 at 12:40 am

Hi Himanshu your Google webmaster tool text is linked to dead link. Plz check and remove that. This create a dead spot for search engine crawlers…

Reply

Himanshu September 10, 2009 at 12:52 am

Thanks for informing me mate, next time I’ll take care of it.

Reply

Dinesh September 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Great post this will definitely help me. Give me some tips for my theme
http://www.teentechguru.com

Reply

Uttoran Sen September 15, 2009 at 12:10 am

nice tips, the title tag is really important, it helps to rank for keywords easily so adding a long tail keyword on the title is very helpful,
cheers!

Reply

a_usman September 28, 2009 at 7:47 am

Thanks for these tips himanshu. I want to ask something about simple tag plugin. Does it use the meta keyword as does AIOS pack to generate keywords? I was reading eh blog of Matt and on google blog that they don’t consider meta keyword at all.

Reply

Frank Scurley October 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I dontknow If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

…Frank Scurley

Reply

Marc Shaw October 16, 2009 at 3:22 am

Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! :)

- Marc Shaw

Reply

Online Stock Trading October 16, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Hey, I found your blog while searching on Google. I have a blog on online stock trading, I’ll bookmark your site.

Reply

Savannah October 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Awesome blog!

I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess I just have to keep checking yours out LOL,

Reply

Ali November 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Nice! Really very informative :)
.-= Ali´s last blog ..welcome to freelance-developer.info =-.

Reply

Rohit November 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

You said Improve the permalink structure of URL but May I know Can I implement it at this stage of blogging?
Blogsolute’s permalink structure is similar to blogspot and I wanted to change it, Need your suggestions.
.-= Rohit´s last blog ..Free License key for Handy Backup Standard V6.4 =-.

Reply

Himanshu November 26, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Hi Rohit! You can use Dean’s permalink migration plugin, don’t change the structure of URL, your organic visitors coming from search engine will face 404 not found error.

Reply

samyjain December 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

i really like this post but can u please elaborate how to Robots.txt in wordpress blog?

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 5 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: