Welcome to the SEO Challenge
Our 30 Day Blogging Challenge
Hi, and welcome to the SEO challenge. You may be new to blogging, or you may have had a blog for a long time. Either way, blogging can be great fun, rewarding, and very hard work!
However, it can also have you sitting alone wondering if anyone is even reading your blog. Don’t feel like that anymore but join in with this SEO challenge.
Blogging is a great way to grow your reach and engagement with your target audience. It’s also fun and easy to do and frankly, it can be quite profitable if you do it right. I invite you to join me in a 30 day blogging SEO challenge. I’ll have fresh new blog posts for you that will help you blog more effectively and increase your traffic by using better SEO methods.
How This SEO Challenge Will Work
I’ll post here on the blog and share either SEO challenge content or strategy tips with you. I hope you join me and follow along in this 30 Day SEO Challenge. If you haven’t already done so, you can sign up for the daily emails where I’ll share the days post and some other bits and pieces with you there. And feel free to invite other bloggers who may find this information helpful.
I am hoping that you will action the steps daily, as this will also serve to build up your blogging habit. However, I also know how busy peoples lives are. So if you are unable to carry out tasks each day, try and catch up on your missed days when you get chance.
So without further ado, here is Day 1.
Why You Need SEO Traffic
SEO, or search engine optimization, is the method by which you improve or “optimize” your website. The content you create both on and off your website, for your ideal audience, is also important for SEO purposes.
To do SEO well, you need to:
- Know your audience.
- Understand your competition.
- Be able to describe the problems you solve for your ideal target audience member.
- Know your value.
Once you know these factors, you can start using the terms (keywords) that your audience is likely to use to find your information.
There are two types of SEO.
- On-Page SEO.
- Off-page SEO.
Below you will find an explanation of the two types of SEO. Don’t worry if you don’t understand some of the topics. We will cover them together in upcoming days.
On-Page Search Engine Optimization
On Page SEO includes anything you do on your page to improve the ability of search engines (and your audience who is using a search engine) to find you.
The following is included in on page SEO.
This is essentially the title of your page. It could be a blog post, a sales page or any page on your website. The title should use the H1 tag to signify to the search engines that this is an important part of what this content is about.
Headings & Subheadings
Likewise, headings and subheadings should also use H1, H2, H3 and so forth headers because this is what shows the search engines what is important. Plus, since it defines the way the heading or subheading looks to the user it helps break up the white space and text for easier reading.
When you are developing titles for any page or blog post on your site you want to ensure that they are made up of keywords that your audience will relate to. But they should also use words that the search engine will recognize. For example, if you create a new post entitled:
On Page SEO: Tips & Tricks to Getting It Right.
the URL should be yoursite.com/onpageseotips but not the entire title.
You want your page URLs to look good, have keywords, and be short.
When you create an image for your website the trick for SEO is to name the image something with the keyword in it. So, if you put a picture of a word cloud for your blog post about SEO, you’d want to name the image
or something relevant to your article. This helps the search engines as they combine all the information from your page to ensure that the info is related.
The rule of thumb is that the keyword you want to rank for should appear within the first 100 words in the body text in the first paragraph.
You must be careful not to over-stuff each page with one keyword. So, for example, if you want a post to rank for a word that should be in the title, headers, body text and so forth. But, it should encompass no more than two percent density. That’s where keyword synonyms come in handy. Use those within the content too.
Long Form Content
You want to include both short and long form content on your website. Some people may call it epic content, authoritative content, or long form content. Basically, this is content that is very in-depth. It may have started with short blog posts in a series but can be turned into very long content that explains an important aspect of your niche to your audience.
A good internal linking policy for your website can increase how much of your site the search engines crawl. Plus, it can help your readers stay on your site longer. This is also a good sign to search engines that your content is relevant and high quality.
A site with good outbound links to credible sources for the information you are sharing with your audience shows that you’re more than likely a good site with valuable information. You don’t want to link out too much but linking to valuable sources helps your ranking.
If you don’t have a website or page that works on any device you’re missing out on customers. Not only that, all the search engines penalize sites that aren’t responsive.
Your site needs to load very fast, almost instantly. You know that you don’t wait when a site won’t load even if it says “loading please wait” try to optimize your site so that it loads very fast so that not only will the search engines rank it higher, your readers will enjoy it more.
Include social sharing icons, that way people can share anything that they love easily. Plus, they can find you on social media and follow, friend, and like you. Speaking of social, open comments on your blog posts to attract user-generated content that can also help with your ranking.
Off-Page Search Engine Optimization
Off-Page SEO includes link building and social media marketing. In fact, even TV ads, Radio Ads, Google Ads, Facebook Ads and so forth can also be considered off-page SEO.
Essentially any traffic generating activities that you do not on your website or blog is considered off-page SEO. The idea is to show the search engines that your site is authoritative with good content and information for your audience.
Doing SEO right helps you get more traffic. Sometimes the traffic comes from pulling visitors into your site with the right keywords. These are keywords that your audience will use search engines to find. Sometimes it means creating more links to your site via guest posting, directory listings, and social media activities.
Using good search engine practices will help you get more traffic. This is because you’ll design a site perfect for your audience that sticks to your niche.
Using SEO practices is one of the best evergreen sources of traffic that you’ll ever find and should not be ignored. As we go through the next 29 days you’re going to learn about all of this in more depth.
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