These are some SEO Tips you can’t ignore if you have a WordPress Website.
As a webmaster or a blogger you’ll try to draw audience at all the times, don’t you? There can be a huge list of SEO tasks you should perform for more traffic but here are some simple and effective tips to increase traffic on your WordPress website.
WordPress is the biggest blogging platform in the world. It got exciting attention ever since it was introduced. WordPress gradually developed itself as a great platform for websites and online applications.
Now with its rich and handy feature of Pages, Categories and Menu, it proved to be the robust and flexible content management system (CMS).
Many websites are migrating to WordPress because webmasters and developers realized that this is the ideal platform for any website. The newer versions of WordPress are very much advanced and the best thing is that it is completely free.
But building a website on a robust platform is not enough. What you need, in fact, is to reach out to the target audience that helps in doing more business. You (yes, you!) need to generate enough traffic towards your website.
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Getting no traffic and getting ill-targeted traffic, both won’t let you achieve your goal. No one will notice you. However, relax, there are many ways you can generate traffic for your website. And in this post, we’ll see some method through SEO eyes! Let’s have a look at some tips that can help you to increase targeted traffic on our WordPress website.
#1 Quality in Content
To get a higher ranking on Google, focus more on your content. Pay attention! You need to please both – your readers and the search engine algorithms.
Regularity, fresh and unique content with real value to the readers is what I consider the quality content. This will be the reason for readers to keep coming back to your website.
Quality content is the first and most essential element for you to come out on top.
#2 Time to Publish
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For the better response to your content try posting during business hours (commonly most efficient time) and always post on weekdays (effective days compared to weekends). There is more possibility of someone checking out your blog during these times.
However, as I already pointed out, you should research and find out which day gets most attention for you new posts. Similarly publish at different times to find out what times you get the maximum views. Once you have these data, you can follow and get good result to your WordPress blog.
Now, after you found the day and time to publish new content, do some testing and find out the time to promote you posts as well. You can use some tools such as HootSuite.com, BufferApp.com to find the best time and schedule your message on those slots.
#3 How Many Keywords & Tags?
I’ve seen new bloggers injecting a huge number of keywords in tags section. But as I experienced, rather than aiming to all the possible keywords for any post, it’s better to concentrate on a few keywords that have potential to generate good traffic to your website. Maximum 4 or 5 keywords are more than enough. Never overpower your content with a lot of keywords.
While doing keyword research, target keywords with two aspects for every post. Choose a couple of keywords for high traffic and another couple of keywords for high conversion. You can pick some long tail keywords that will be easier to rank for and get highly targeted traffic that converts well. High traffic keywords will rank in some time and offer you long term benefits.
#4 More Ping Services
Heard Ping for the first time?
Pinging your website is the online equivalent of waving a flag and yelling, “Hey! Over here – check this out!” to search engines and directories whenever you add or make major updates to the content on your site. Using a Ping tool can speed up indexing because it essentially sends search portals and other services a message from your website telling them that there is new content and to come crawl it. ~ Source: Grace Harman in Affilorama.com.
When you have a WordPress website you are already in comfortable position. You can make use of the WordPress update service. WordPress will automatically ping other websites through Ping-o-Matic if you have only the default listings. But you can add more sites in the list or you can do it manually.
Pinging will update the other website when you make new posts on your website. This will bring in more visitors.
- List of Ping Services: Harsh Agrawal has a great post with a collection of more than 50 ping services and a good tutorial about how you can implement it in your WordPress website. Feel free go through his WordPress Ping List. You’ll find even more ping URLs in comment section on that post.
- Manual Ping: You can use any of these online ping services for manual pinging your website – (1) Just Ping, (2) Pingler, (3) Pingomatic, (4) Blog Ping Tool, (5) PingFarm
#5 Identify The Areas to Concentrate
It is very important to keep an eye on stats and keep researching. I suggest everybody to install Google Analytics code in your websites from the first day. Google Analytics lets you to stay updated about the stats of your website. This will show you how much traffic your website is generating and that way you will know which areas to concentrate on while doing SEO for your website.
Apart from Google Analytics, we have some other analysis tools. Because you have a WordPress website, you can install JetPack plugin and take benefits of WordPress.com. It really presents some awesome stats to identify where you need to focus on.
Based on the reports you can also build effective strategies to generate more targeted traffic.
#6 Optimize Your Posts & Images
Your content should always be optimized and SEO friendly. Pay attention to following tips while writing and optimizing your posts:
- Include main keyword in post title and page title.
- Make use of Format box to apply different heading tags. Heading tags should not be used for appearance but to structure your document
- Pay attention to your chosen keywords and try to come up with around 2% keyword density.
- Use Bold, Italics and Underline for your keywords wherever suitable.
- Include some internal links as well as outgoing links.
- It is better to mix-up the nofollow and dofollow links.
- Always use meaningful and relevant anchor text for hyperlinks.
- Use relevant and useful images and videos in posts.
You should also optimize the images to get best result. Remember, images alone can be a good source of targeted traffic if you are using them correctly in your website. Please consider following suggestions while using images:
- Include at least one image in every page of your website.
- Use descriptive and meaningful text for Title, ALT and Caption for your images.
- Resize images to correct dimension before you upload. Unnecessarily larger images can increase the workload of server and slow down your website. Web Page Speed is an important factor in high ranking search results. Count it as important SEO task.
- Use width and height attribute with IMG tag while inserting images in posts.
- Limit the use of images and videos. Too many may be counter productive.
#7 Optimized And Quick Loading Theme
WordPress offers thousands of cool themes. You might find every theme much better and attractive than other. However, while choosing don’t just look on the design and functionality.
Choose a theme that is SEO friendly and loads quickly without any hassles. If you have good theme like Thesis, Genesis or the like, the theme creator has paid much attention to SEO aspect while developing it.
However, if your theme is not SEO optimized, you can always use some best SEO plugins such as WordPress SEO by Yoast, SEO Ultimate or the good-old All in One SEO. This will definitely help you to improve your rankings on the search engine.
#8 Topic to Write About
Writing about hot and trending topics can be interesting to anybody but without an effective and consistent SEO effect, you’ll notice that the post is ranked only when the event is already over!
I rather prefer to choose topics that will attract visitors at all times. Look for such topics and write about them so that more visitors will take interest in reading it and it will live for longer time duration. Have a few topics that will instantly attract attention, so that these posts will attract attention for a very long time.
Those were my few SEO tips to your WordPress Blog. Hope it is helpful to you. You are most welcome to share you views and suggestions. Please do comment.
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