11 Easy But Powerful SEO Tips to Boost Traffic
SEO is a passive and effective way to attract a lot more blog visitors via autopilot mode.
You heard it correctly! !
If you implement the right SEO strategies, your blog can be ranked high in search engines, like Google, Bing ….
Your blog doesn’t need to be shared on social media such as Facebook and Pinterest. Traffic will continue to flow in.
Are you losing free traffic because of SEO? ?
Of course, yes! SEO is a free method to obtain visitors from search engines. If you don’t use SEO, you could be losing a lot of traffic.
Now, I’m going to share with you my top 10 SEO tips to help increase your website’s organic traffic.
For those who are absolute beginners to SEO, let’s begin from scratch.
What is SEO?
SEO refers to search engines optimization. This means optimizing your blog so that it ranks higher in search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and others.
It seems so easy!
It isn’t. SEO takes time and energy. This means that if you work hard today, you might see results in 3-4 months, depending on your niche and your competition.
Also, search engines like Google are becoming smarter these days. They constantly change their algorithm to ensure they provide the best content for their users.
SEO is dead!
If you do it correctly, of course.
You must now be thinking
This is great if your social media accounts are already generating blog traffic. But just think what would happen if you stopped posting new pins to Pinterest for a month?
It’s not hard to see how your traffic will drop if you have a large number of visitors.
To continue to get traffic on social media, you must keep posting and work every day.
SEO is different. Once your article has been ranked, it will continue to get you thousands of visitors for many years, without any effort on your part.
To be in the top Google positions, you must produce the best content possible.
In this article, I will share 10+ SEO tips for blogs that helped me increase my organic traffic to Google in less than 2 months.
10+ Blog SEO Tips For Beginners
1. Prior to writing any post, choose the right keywords
This is the biggest mistake bloggers make. They don’t target keywords in blog posts and they don’t get ranked on Google.
Wait! What Does “Targeting a Keyword strong” Mean?
Okay, let me simplify. A keyword is a query that users type into google to find relevant results.
You can search for “How to Lose Weight” on Google. This is a keyword.
If you want your blog to rank higher for the keyword “How To Lose Weight”, you need to target this keyword in your post.
If you are trying to rank for How to Lose Weight but your topic blog is How I Lost 10 Pounds In Just 2 Months, you won’t rank.
To target a keyword in blog posts, you need to add that keyword in title, meta description, slug, and inside article body (with 1% keyword density)
All of them will be discussed in the following article.
How to Choose the Right Keyword?
A beginner should choose a keyword that is very competitive and easy to rank.
One keyword is more competitive than long phrases.
It will be easier for you to rank for keywords that are more specific and long.
For example, It is easier to rank “How to Lose Weight Without Cardio”
The SemRush tool is my personal favorite for finding long-tail keywords that are low in competition.
2. Optimizing Your Post Title
Now that you’ve finalized your keyword it is time to add it to your post title.
Two steps are required to optimize your Post Title SEO.
- Your targeted keyword should be included in your title. For better results, you can add it at the start of your title.
- Your Post Title should be attractive and catchy so users are attracted to it.
This is how a perfectly SEO optimized title should look.
How to Lose Weight without Cardio in 2021 5 Tips
As you can see, I have included my main keyword in the title. I also mentioned the current year so the user knows that the content is new.
You can also make it more clickable by including 5 tips. This will attract users’ attention in search results which will increase your CTR.
3. Slug: Add keyword
What is a slug, you ask?
A slug is a URL that’s short and easy to use. It can also be customized to include your desired keyword. Here’s an example.
You must set your permalinks to “Post name” before you can make any changes in the slug. You can access your WordPress settings to do this.
WordPress offers three options for editing slugs.
Classic editor users can click on the URL present below the title to make their changes.
For Glutenberg editor – Click the document and scroll to the bottom, where it says Permalink.
The third method to modify your permalink is with Yoast.
4. Optimize your Meta Description
A meta description is a brief summary of the article under which your title appears. It can be found in google search results.
Meta description is a key component of SEO and in grabbing users’ attention.
When writing a meta description of your blog post, there are two things you need to remember.
- Your meta description should contain your main keyword as well as a related keyword, i.e synonyms
- Your meta description should explain to users what your post is about, so they will click on it.
How do you write a meta description?
The Yoast SEO plugin can be used. Scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see a meta description option within the Yoast SEO setting.
5. Your Blog’s Bounce Rate is What You Need to Focus on
The bounce rate refers to the percentage of visitors or people who leave your site after only reading one page. The following scale can give you an idea of the bounce rate.
56-70% Higher than the normal, but possibly due to the niche
70%: It is up to you to solve it.
Google Analytics allows you to monitor your blog’s bounce rates and make adjustments.
Why is a Bounce Rate Important?
Google ranks web pages based on bounce rate in search results.
A low bounce rate on your blog means that visitors are unhappy with it and Google will not rank it.
How to Increase Bounce Rate?
These are some tips to help improve the bounce rate of your blog.
- Speed up the loading of your pages/posts (Optimize your blog speed).
- Use clear Meta Descriptions and Titles that are accurate
- To make your blog posts more readable, use small paragraphs.
- Use bullet points and headings to help your audience understand your topic.
6. Add Related Terms to Your Blog Post
Google is a bot. It understands your blog post only by keywords and phrases.
You can increase your ranking by including more keywords related to your topic.
You can take as an example the related keywords “how to lose weight keyword”.
How to naturally lose weight
weight loss tips
How to Lose Weight Fast
7. Optimizing your Images
Your blog’s ranking is also affected by the quality of your images. Images of larger sizes will increase page loading speed and Google doesn’t like slow pages.
Make sure your image is small before you upload it to your blog. The smaller the image is, the quicker your page will load.
To compress images, you can use this Jpeg compression or Png compression tools.
Don’t compress your images too much. This will reduce the quality of the image and make it less user-friendly.
You can also optimize your images by adding alt text (Alternative text) to them.
Alt-text will display the text if your image fails to load for any reason.
Google uses alternative text when it displays Images results for image searches.
This means that if your keyword is included in the Alt Text of your image, your images will rank in Google Images. This will bring you more traffic to your site.
The classic editor and Gutenberg editors both have the option to add Alt text to images. This means you don’t need to download any third party plugin.
8. Add Internal Links
Internal linking is the addition of links to your past posts to your current post. Interlinking posts should only be done when they are closely related.
It is not possible to link the “How do I lose weight” article with the “Best washing machines to purchase” article. Linking should be relevant.
Linking will allow your readers to learn about your past posts. If they are interested in the topic, they will click that link to land on your other post.
This will redirect your traffic to other posts and increase page views.
More pageviews = Higher earning
Googlebot can also benefit from linking to better understand your blog and content.
9. Add External Links
External links are when you link to other websites that are relevant. Your rankings will be boosted by linking to relevant websites that are in the same niche.
It also offers quality information to users, which is often mentioned on other websites.
Make sure you check ” Open the link in a new tab” whenever you’re linking to other websites. The link will be opened in a new tab, and the visitor won’t leave your site.
This will increase the time it takes to get a visitor to sign up and also improve your ranking.
10. Creating Relevant Backlinks
Backlinks are created when someone places your URL on their website. Ranking is determined by backlinks.
After completing all 9 steps, and publishing great content, you will see a boost in your website’s ranking if you can get some high-quality backlinks from quality websites.
You must ensure that websites linking back to your website are in the same niche as you. A backlink from a Food Blog to a Health & Fitness Blog is not possible.
Be careful about relevancy.
How do you create backlinks? These are the best ways to create backlinks.
- Comment on blogs and leave a link.
- Guest posting (Post on other blogs in a similar niche).
- Forums: Post threads in forums that are related to your topic
- Reddit and Quora (Easiest ways to get backlinks, initial traffic)
11. Content Is The King
If the content that you write is not of high quality, all the SEO tips I have provided in this article will be of little value.
Write original content that covers the topic. Don’t use any information from other blogs. Create your own 100% unique content.
Use Headings or Subheadings to format longer articles. These are the hallmarks of quality content.
These are my top 11 SEO tips for beginners if you are just starting out with blogging or don’t have any knowledge about SEO.
These tips will help you get the results that you desire. SEO can be frustrating so you need to be patient.
Although you may not see results for several months, once you start seeing results, they will last for many years.