Are you a blogger struggling with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Are you wondering why everyone is talking about Domain Authority? These are some of the topics I cover in episode 12 of the Blogcentric Podcast.
Search Engine Optimisation has never been my strong point. I know the basics but when it comes to blogging I tend to just rush it.
Not anymore. 2016 is to be my year of SEO and it all starts here with this podcast.
Listen Below To Discover My 7 SEO Basics For Bloggers:
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Here’s a recap of my 7 steps:
Step 1 – Check and fix broken links
Self-hosted WordPress bloggers can use the Broken Link Checker plugin to find, edit and delete broken links on their site.
Step 2 – Resize images for faster page load speeds
Load speed is an important factor both for your user and for Google. One easy way to improve load speed is to resize of your images. Try using .jpg format images rather than .png as they take up far less space. Also consider resizing your images before you upload them.
There are a tonne of other factors that affect load speed but images is a good place to start. Google have their own tool that will check the load speed of your website and offer recommendations.
Step 3 – Have a plugin clear out
Plugins are great but if you have too many they could be slowing down the speed of your site. Take a look at your plugins and uninstall any you don’t use. Are there any you could live without altogether?
Step 4 – Check your site on mobile
In 2015 Google announced that they would consider whether a site was mobile friendly in their rankings. If you don’t already have a mobile friendly theme installed on your site it’s time to look at a redesign. Even though my site looks OK on mobile it looks like it needs a bit of an upgrade!
Step 5 – Use Yoast
Yoast is a plugin that assists you with your SEO. Tell it what keyword or phrase you want to optimise for and it will tell you what you need to do to improve your post.
Step 6 – Name your images before uploading
Change the name of your image before you upload it to your blog and include your keyphrase. When you upload you should also complete the ‘Alt text’ section and include the keyword you want to optimise for here too.
Step 7 – Create a checklist
What SEO tasks do you need to complete before you publish your posts? Write a checklist for yourself, print it out and stick it in a prominent place in your workplace.
I’m a real beginner at SEO. Here’s the MOZ SEO eBook I’m reading at the moment. Do you have any tips to share with listeners? I’d love your input so leave me a comment below.
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