Blog SEO: 5 Simple Techniques to Start Doing Now

1 – Easy-to-Read urls

Use urls that indicate the subject of each post, not numbers. Deep-linking (linking straight to a page) may be bad for security on some portals or throw off your conversion funnel analytics in commerce, but a blog should represent an interrelated series of ideas.

Pro Tip: This probably makes your urls so long that they are hard to properly Tweet. In Social Media, use Buffer, Hootsuite, or SproutSocial to shorten the url and auto-schedule the timing of your post.

 

2 – Link to Your Old Posts

Anytime you write a new post, think of how it relates to at least one previous post you’ve written, and link to the previous post within the new post. This means you need to know your blog contents. It is nice that a Blog can let you explore new topics on the tangents of your profession, but if you can’t create some sort of emergent cohesion, no reader and no bot or spider will do it for you.

Pro Tip – If you are a member of a team that manage a blog with a TON of posts, read a new post from months or years ago each day. React to it, link to it, write about it.

 

3 – Link to Your New Post

Anytime you add a new post, find an old post that is related and insert a link to it. The easiest way to do this, naturally, is to use the post you linked in #2. It will be better for your readers if there is a logical place to include it within the content of the previous post, but adding a “Recommended reading” section at the end of a post can help as well.

4 – Tags and Images

The easy thing here is to make sure you start naming any images so that they have meaning independent of the image. Using headers to organize the content of a post should be a no-brainer as well. If you’re bootstrapping and crunched for time – its never too late to start doing it better going forward with more discipline. If you’re a big business with a massive site, an SEO consultant who can dive into your code is a useful ally.  What may not realize is most SEO experts will give you a fair amount of information for free. Just ask!

5 – Have Fun!

Okay but seriously, the most important thing that will improve your SEO is to create content you care about. Take pride in the topic. Take the discussion with you into the real world. If the blog is an authentic “shadow” of who you are or who your organization strives to be, people will find it interesting. Find interest groups on Twitter and Snapchat and LinkedIn – then CARE. If you don’t care about your craft, no one will. If you don’t love blogging about your craft, no one will care about your blog.

One thought on “Blog SEO: 5 Simple Techniques to Start Doing Now

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s