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WordPress SEO Tutorials: Search Engine Optimization for Your WordPress Blogs

WordPress SEO Tutorials: Search Engine Optimization for Your WordPress Blogs. I present to you the very first WordPress SEO guide for beginners – Blog Marketing Tips Oh! Blog way. It can be considered as a crash course for all the people who are struggling to get better search engine results with their WordPress blogs. In this e-book, I will guide you how to rapidly configure your WordPress blog with maximum SEO benefits. Even WordPress veterans can benefit from the tips as they might be missing out on a few points. I am distributing this e-book free of charge just to say thanks to the lovely WordPress community and of course as someone once said, WordPress is a magic CMS!!

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SEO for WordPress – The Complete Guide: I’m an SEO and I have been working a lot with WordPress, here I give you all my tips for you to rank very well in Google with your blog.

UPDATE: Check this blog post for a better guide.

Quick Facts
There are 55 million blogs out there, if you don’t stand out you will have no chance.
The first second of a visitors attention is the most crucial.
Your main traffic should come to articles and posts inside your blog, not the home page.
Search engine rankings relies heavily upon the quality and quantity of links to your blog when they determine the ranking.
The best way to get links is by natural recommendations from other bloggers or web site owners.
Section 1: Optimize Your Blog
Usually the WordPress themes are well designed and structured already but there are a number of things you really should do to improve it for better optimization for search engines.

Using the best URLs
To enable the permalinks is easy and you have probably already done that, just go to Options -> Permalinks in the admin panel. But what format is the best to choose? The structure /%postname%/ – nothing else. This is best because your URLs to your articles should never change. And if you have it like this it does not matter if you change the category of the article or republish it with a new date, it will always be the same URL (more about that later). And if you happen to have two posts with the same title it is not a problem as WordPress will automatically add “-2″ in the end.

Have you been using the wrong format? Well, if your blog is not totally new you should not change. It is not vital and for the next time you make a blog you know how to make it right.

Handling URL Canonization
Every WordPress blog has an issue in which there are 4 different URLs for the same post and this has to be fixed to prevent dilution. Follow my guide on how to fix it here.

Title Tags
The title tag is the most important HTML-tag in terms of SEO.

Here are different versions you should use inside the <title></title> located in theme/header.php

Optimum ranking:

<?php if(is_home()) { echo ‘Your blogs name | Few important words’; } else { wp_title(”) ;} ?>For branding purposes:

<?php if(is_home()) { echo ‘Your blogs name | Few important words’; } else { echo ‘Your blogs name:’;   wp_title(”) ;} ?>The best title tag solution for advanced users
Either install and properly use the SEO Title Tag plugin or do the following:

Download and install this plugin.
Replace <?php get_header(); ?> with the context in header.php on single.php, page.php and category.php.
Work out the best titles for the different versions and use the plugin to create different versions of category.php and single.php with their own versions of title tags. For example if your category with ID 5 is “SEO News” you could have the following title tag in single-cat-5.php:
<title>SEO News: <?php { wp_title(”) ;} ?></title>In category.php you could have:

<title><?php { wp_title(”) ;} ?> | Your Name</title>Headings
Headings are defined by HTML with H1 (largest) to H6 (smallest). You need to use them in your articles when you write. Your article title should be in a main heading (H1), sub headings with H2 and small headings with H3.

Make sure that in theme/single.php this code <?php the_title(); ?> is wrapped in H1 so that it looks like:

<h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>If your theme designer already used a specific CSS design for the heading tags you can do like this:

Open up theme/single.php and add <div class=”singleheadings”> to the top after <?php get_header(); ?> and </div> to the bottom before <?php get_footer(); ?>.
Add then add for example the following lines of CSS to your CSS file:

.singleheadings h1 {font-size:XXpx;font-family:XX}
.singleheadings h2 {font-size:XXpx;font-family:XX}
.singleheadings h3 {font-size:XXpx;font-family:XX}You can change your quicktags by for example using this file instead (also add H2 to the file) so that you easily can insert heading tags when you write.

Most of the link power is coming to the home page of your blog and gets distributed evenly among the rest of the links on that page. So in additional to having a good navigation structure for your visitors also do the following:

Have links to the most important articles and pages from your home page. That can easily be achieved by making a category with your best articles and using the WP Category Post plugin to make a list of them on the index.php file.
Install the Related Posts plugin and have your articles link to similar articles.
Also link yourself to previous articles you have written.
Place the attribute rel=”nofollow” on links that are totally useless for search engines such as to RSS feeds for the blog and comment links. In case you want to remove the nofollow on the comment links make sure you check the author links before approval as it is important that you don’t link to bad sites from your blog.
You should not have hundreds of external links on the home page, if you have that I recommend that you place them on a separate page.
Site Map
A Site Map is where your visitors go to navigate and find specific articles and posts on your blog. It is also a place for search engines to find links to all your pages on your blog.

Use my article on how to make an automatic WordPresss Site Map and add one for your blog. I prefer that you make the first version in the guide.

What about a Google Sitemap?
It is not needed. There is no reason for a WordPress blog with a proper navigation structure to submit a Google Sitemap other than for information purposes. A Google Sitemap does not improve your ranking, only crawling, and that is not a problem.

Everyone has different tastes about design but here are points to think about when you design your blog:

Keep the design simple, very simple.
Have the body text big with big and clear headings.
For some reason blogs are not liked in the big social network sites (like digg, reddit etc) so make your theme unique and try to make it look like a site and not a blog.
Make sure nothing steals attention from your text.
The text width should not be longer than one and a half alphabet, even shorter.
When a visitor reaches an article on your blog, the text should be seen instantly. Have the text as far up as possible. A visitor should not have to scroll to reach the content.
If you are not making decent money with ads I suggest you to erase all ads you have on the blog.
References to follow:

Web 2.0 how-to design style guide
What About the Meta Tags?
There are various WP plugins out there for this but to be honest and frank I can tell you that they are not worth the effort. The meta keywords tag are not used anymore (or extremely little) in the ranking calculation and while the meta description tag can show up in the SERPs I consider the snippet of text the visitor gets being better.

CSS Positioning
It has been said that by providing the important content first in the source code it will make a positive difference in your search engine ranking. I am not sure if this is true, but it won’t hurt to do it. For example on this blog the navigation on the left is in the bottom of the code.

Section 2: How to Craft Your Articles
You should read the entire section of Authoring High Quality Content by Mr. Fishkin but I give you here a very quick summary as it relates to this article.

First the most important quote:

One Great Page is Worth a Thousand Good Pages
While hundreds or dozens of on-topic pages that cover sections of an industry are valuable to a website’s growth, it is actually far better to invest a significant amount of time and energy producing a few articles/resources of truly exceptional quality. To create documents that become “industry standard” on the web and are pointed to time after time as the “source” for further investigations, claims, documents, etc. is to truly succeed in the rankings battle. The value of “owning” this traffic and link source far outweighs a myriad of articles that are rarely read or linked to.

Write articles or posts that serves as a stand alone document. This means there is everything valuable collected on that page on that specific topic. For example a stand alone document on “SEO for WordPress” should have everything on that page and the reader should not need any other articles on that topic.

Better 1 great article that you revise 10 times than 10 smaller ok articles.
To do this you can also rewrite and republish your old articles with the current time to show up again as the latest article.

Include links to more reading if applicable
Withing or at the end of your article you should link to other sources so that the reader can read more if he is interested. You can also use this as sources if you got your writing materials from other places.

You should write the kind of headlines to your articles that:

Contains important keyword combinations or phrase for ranking
Describes with great interest what the article is about
Makes the reader want to read it and clicks on it in the SERPs
And is short and to the point
Section 3: Increase User Interaction
Use polls from for example Poll Daddy.
Increase the commenting field for longer user comments and better interaction. This also provides more unique content to your articles.
Install the Subscribe to Comments plugin.
Actually do reply to your commenters and answer their questions.
If you revise an article based on a comment, do link and give credit to the commenter.
Section 4: Get Links
The art of writing the kind of content that get natural links is called link baiting. See my article on that with a list of ideas here.
Post your link baits on the major social network sites such as digg, reddit and the others.
Install my Link to Me Textbox WordPess Plugin which provides an automatic HTML box of code for easy linking to you.
Regularly link and reference other bloggers in your field in your posts to get attention from them. You loose nothing of it and many of them will return the favor and link to you. Also comment on their blogs to make them discover your blog.
Read and follow my Link Building Guide

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