The Undersigned has an interesting and simple tip list for WordPress and SEO techniques I recommend you spend some time reading.
These tips won’t flood your blog with visitors – no SEO tips will. Use these tips to improve your site, and fight for a lot of backlinks and visitors by writing quality content and putting a lot of work into it. It has never been easy to run a website, and it for sure isn’t getting easier.
WordPress comes pretty much SEO (Search Engine Optimization) ready with easy to use permalinks, built-in pinging, and out-of-the-box code optimization, as long as you choose or create a search engine friendly WordPress Theme. I’ve written a lot about how you can increase the SEO effectiveness with WordPress, and some of those articles are listed below.
WordPress.com blogs do not allow you to use many of the suggested techniques, though you can now feature recent posts in the sidebar of many WordPress.com Themes. SEO tips and techniques for WordPress.com blogs include:
- Links: Make it a habit to add titles in all of your links. For example, the link to this blog should be:
<a href="http://lorelle.wordpress.com/" title="Lorelle on WordPress">Lorelle on WordPress</a>
Write a clear title that either gives the title of the blog or the article, or a clear and concise description of the link. And link to others and encourage others to link to you by providing quality content worth linking to. The power of the link in SEO should never be underestimated.
- Images: Make it a habit to but an ALT in all of your images to describe them, using keywords used within your article:
<img src="https://lorelle.files.wordpress.com/balloon.jpg" alt="Big red balloon flies through park in summer" />
Search engines pick up TITLE and ALT descriptions when they search, adding them to their database of keywords for your post. If you use the IMG link on the quicktag buttons, it should ask for the description. If it doesn’t, put it in there manually.
- Headings: Use headings. I sure wish that WordPress developers would add the h3, h4, and h5 tags to the quicktag buttons, as these play a very important part in SEO as well as making it easy to break up your posts into sections for easier reading. To add a heading to your post, add the HTML tag appropriate for the size of the heading. For example, h3 is larger than h4, and h4 is traditionally larger than h5, depending upon your WordPress Theme. Think of these as subtitles for your subsections.
To add a heading to your post, simply type in
&h3>or one of the other heading codes wrapped around your subtitle:
If you are using the Rich Text Editor, you may have to get into HTML editing mode to make this work. Avoid using h1 and h2 as WordPress Themes typically have very specific uses for these and they can screw up your web page layout. Test the various headings with text around them to see how they work with your WordPress Theme.
Headings which use keywords repeated within the content score higher on the search engine score card of many search engines, so make sure you use them, but use them appropriately.
- Write With Keywords: The key to search engine optimization is based upon clean code and clean writing. You have to give the search engines meat to eat and digest and store. Good clean, keyword-filled writing will get you farther than any trick or technique. As does focused content that comes with creating a body of content-related work.
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- Site Optimization: Checking Loose Links
- Linkability – Link Popularity
- The Power of the Link
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- How People Search the Web and How They Can Find Your Blog
- Are You Missing Out By Not Practicing SEO Techniques?
- Search Engine Friendly: Helping Googlebot Crawl Your Blog
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- What Are Keywords?
- Website Development – Keywords Help You Write Your Blog
- Website Development – Listing The Keywords Inside
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