What are some of the must learn and adapt WordPress SEO tips for bloggers? Knowing that SEO is always changing, you need to know the most relevant things to be and stay above the game. Moreover, these changes affect your ranking and credibility, which is why you’ll learn about these significant tips and improve your ranking and online presence.
What is SEO?
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a set of actions that help you rank better on search engines. It is a series of actions like design, writing, programming, coding and such to ensure that your blog is ranked for the keywords you defined. For more detailed info about SEO, we recommend this beginners SEO guide by Moz.
In this article, we are going to share with you all the things you can do yourself to ensure better ranking and position on search engines. No coding necessary, promise! What you’re about to learn will help you navigate through on-site SEO process as easy as writing a headline 🙂
Recently, we wrote about the top 2018 SEO tips from Yoast Con conference, which you can check and now we’re updating them with these newest trends and advice on how to step up your online game.
WordPress SEO tips for bloggers
After you choose reliable hosting provider – which is important for SEO regarding performance and security, these are the steps to take to ensure your better visibility.
Don’t mess up your blog URLs. This means you don’t want them to show up like this:
Leaving them this messy will only make you invisible for search engines. Instead, what you need to do is this:
Go to the Permalink section of the dashboard, within Settings, and you will see several options.
You don’t want to use plain or numeric, for the very same reason stated before. Choose any of the rest or, as I did, make a custom one from the tags provided below:
By doing this, you are making Google easier to understand what’s on your blog and, therefore, rank you for the specific keyword and phrase.
When in need, take all the help you can get from plugins. The very two for this matter are SEO Yoast and Broken link checker, both we introduced in the must have blogger plugins article. Both free, easy to use and highly valuable for making your blog SEO approved. Broken link checker will check and help you fix all broken link from your blog. SEO Yoast, on the other hand, will help you polish your posts and align them with the newest and most relevant SEO rules. Give it a go, we recommend them.
And, not to forget, you need Google Analytics on your blog – how else will you track and analyze your online presence? We’ve explained this in our recent article as well, so don’t think it’s complicated because it’s not – just use the MonsterInsights plugin and you’re all set!
On the list of important WordPress SEO tips for bloggers is this one that says you need to have a proper meta description. You know, the text snippet below each link that comes up in search results.
This is like a hook for people who search. Having it done right, it will convert them to your visitors, and that is what we all want, right? Do read our detailed guide on how to set up meta description in WordPress and enjoy the ride.
Once you have all previous tips sorted out, you need to have proper image optimization, as well. That means every image on your blog should have an image alt text. It’s a short description of each image that does several things for your SEO. It shows Google what’s the image about and helps you rank better in Image Search. Not to mention it’s making your blog images accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
See, not that big of an issue. But, the fun doesn’t stop there! Once you check out every tip, that’s where the hard work begins – writing quality content and sharing it on Social Media for better impact and quick breakthrough. So, it’s recommended to have accounts on Social Media channels where your targeted audience is. But, that’s something we’ll address in another article, so stay tuned 🙂