Question. Jason, I am working on my website with wordpress. I have a bead necklace business, can you provide SEO tips for wordpress? I prefer not to do a switch to another hosting platform since I am very familiar with wordpress. Many are telling me that I am unable to include SEO tips into wordpress and that I need to make a switch. Can you please let me know.
First of all, WordPress is great for SEO, but ironically it is NOT great for SEO right out of the box. The first thing you should do is install the Yoast plug in. This plug in does some wonderful things: it allows for a different post vs. TITLE tag, it gives you a place for the META DESCRIPTION, and it has a nice check up feature. You enter your target keyword and compare it against that keyword. So my No. #1 SEO Tip for WordPress is to get and install the Yoast plug in.
Second, however, a plugin is only a plug in. It only gets you so far. Any blog post via WordPress should follow the same on page rules as any other post on the Internet. Namely:
Those are all on page WordPress SEO tips, and really are the same as creating any other type of Web content.
WordPress, however, has another wonderful feature: tagging. Be sure to select “tags” for your post in WordPress that correspond with the keyword themes of your blog. This is a wonderful way to signal to Google what your blog is about. So tagging in WordPress should not be confused with HTML tags; they are different, and yet both are important for WordPress SEO success.
Don’t forget how important social media is for SEO success. Especially Google+. So connect your WordPress blog to social media, and try to get Google+ one “votes” for your posts as well as shares across social networks. Google+ is very important, even though it is not widely used; guess who owns it? Google. Get it?
Those are some great quick tips for WordPress SEO. Remember WordPress is a great platform, especially when combined with the Yoast plug in, but you still have to do the heavy lifting of thinking of strong SEO content. No tool can do that for you.
Got a question? Click this link to email Jason or call 888-993-1122. Dr. Jason McDonald is founder and Senior SEO / Social Media Director of the JM Internet Group. He teaches the SEO training classes for the group, and therefore provides most of the SEO tips for this blog. His goal with this blog is to provide an easy 'one-stop shop' for the busy marketer looking for tips, tricks, and secrets on how to get to the top of Google and Bing for free using proven SEO tactics. When not dreaming up SEO tips, Dr. McDonald lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two dogs, a cat, four iguanas and twelve children (just kidding). Really you read down to the bio on this guy? Enjoy the blog.
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