Complete WordPress SEO Guide
Are you a blogger who wants to make money blogging? If you say yes and you keep on ignoring SEO, I can’t help myself from saying that you are making a deadly mistake.
Every blogger should make their website search-engine friendly to reap benefits in the form of an audience and monetary sum as well. I hope you are a WordPress blogger and, that’s why you are here reading this article.
In this article, you are going to get a few actionable tips to make your WordPress site search engine optimized.
Are you ready? Here you go!
Complete SEO Guide
I know you changed the title of your homepage while installing WordPress on your domain. So, I avoided the same here.
#1. Change Permalinks
The default permalink structure of WordPress isn’t optimized for search engine. You have to make changes to the default permalink structure of WP blog in order to keep it optimized.
First, you should decide which permalink you like to go with. Once you come up with a decision, you can change it by following Settings >> Permalinks.
No matter which one you choose, make sure it isn’t the default one. The default one goes like “yourdomain.com/?p=12“.
As you just see, it isn’t optimized for search engines. And, you can change it to something like “yourdomain.com/your-post-title”. You will do better on search results if you follow it.
#2. Update WordPress Ping List
Sometimes we find it difficult to index articles on a new blog. In such cases, you should ensure that the ping list is updated. Even though WordPress notifies all the ping services by default, you can extend the reach by adding some services in the appropriate field.
Do you know how to update WordPress ping list? Don’t worry! I am going to guide you for doing the same.
Once you log into your WordPress dashboard, you must follow Settings>> Writing.
On the bottom of the page, you can see a text area under Update Services. All you have to do is pasting the links to those pinging services into it.
#3. Configure an XML Sitemap
One of the best ways to ensure the fastest indexing is to create an XML sitemap and submit it to Google Webmaster Tools. No, it is not a tedious task as most of you may anticipate.
You don’t have to touch even a single line of code. I will tell you how to do it in an effortless way.
First of all, I want you to install the ultimate SEO plugin for WordPress, called Yoast. You can do tons of SEO tricks using the same. Once you install the same, you will have a sitemap right away.
In order to check its present, visit yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml. I hope you have added your domain to your Webmaster account.
Log on to your Webmaster Tools account and choose the site you want to submit the sitemap of. Then follow Crawl>> Sitemaps. You can submit your sitemap there.
#5. Optimize Your Articles
You must always ensure every article you publish is optimized for search engines. We all target certain keywords in all articles. When you write an article, you should include the main keyword in title, content, permalink, image alt text, and meta description as well. These are few important things need to know before writing an article.
Yoast SEO is the best for your on-page SEO needs. It analyzes keyword distribution and gives you an overview of the overall status.
I also recommend bolding important keywords as well. If you can insert the primary keyword in the first and last paragraph of your article, it will be a good notion for SEO.
#6. Interlink between Your Posts
Interlinks play a vital role in SEO these days. When you are writing an article, you can add a link to another one related to the same one.
If you want to know how important this interlinking of keywords is? I recommend you to read my previously published article on strategies for long-tail keywords.
Sometimes, it becomes a tedious task to interlink posts especially if you have tons of blog posts. The one plugin I recommend for interlinking is Mentionable. You can add links as you mention people on social media networks using ‘@’ character.
Always use your target keywords as anchor texts for interlinks. Trust me, you will thank me later for telling this.
#7. Make Use of No Follow Tag
When you have to link to a non-authoritative website, you must add a no-follow tag. A no-follow tag instructs the search engine crawlers to overlook that particular link on your website.
I know you don’t always remember to use the same. That’s why I have come up with a plugin.
Whenever you add a link, this plugin shows a checkbox to make it a no-follow one. So, you won’t miss out checking the same.
When it comes to linking to authoritative websites like Wikipedia, I really recommend you don’t use no-follow tag. Some high-quality links are worth keeping as Dofollow links.
#8. No Index Certain Pages
I have experienced a weird situation of having category and tag pages on top of my real blog post page. We all know the fact there are not real benefits of indexing pages like archives, pagination, categories and tags.
In order to avoid such a bizarre thing to happen, you must noindex tags, categories and Taxonomies from search results. So, how can you do it?
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#9. Optimize Your Images
You should optimize your images to increase the search engine visibility of your website. Whenever you publish a blog post, you must include at least one image in it.
Adding alt tags to the images has a significant role in getting you top positions in search results. And, it is an undeniable fact that sometimes we forget to do the same.
I suggest you install SEO Friendly Images plugin on your blog to add an automatic alt and title to every image you upload.
#10. Use Affiliate Link Cloaking Plugins
Some of you won’t find it fit in this article. But it is one important kind of plugin we should use in our WordPress Blog. Link cloaking is good for your site’s SEO. Cloaking your affiliate links will hide stuffing extra outbound links in your site.
And yes, these links are search engine optimized. Google won’t going to penalize your site for using affiliate link cloaking plugins. Many people have a misconception about link cloaking plugins.
But after getting deep into this topic, I have found it interesting and helpful to use and also suggest it as for your WordPress blog’s SEO and better affiliate marketing.
I have given you nine actionable tips to follow as a WordPress blogger. Of course, these are not the only SEO tips for WordPress given that Google keeps changing their search algorithm.
Don’t forget to scribble down your doubts in the comment section if you have any.
Do you know any other important SEO tip? Mind sharing it with us?