Best SEO Tips For WordPress Bloggers

Today I want to share the best SEO tips for WordPress. You could say SEO is overrated because there is just way too much noise out there with some making promises that never work. I am not an expert but after several months of learning, I believe what I am doing on my blog is working for me. That is exactly what I want to share with you.

best seo tips for wordpress

So what is the secret to having your pages rank higher and start kicking the butts of your competitors? There is no shortcut and if someone ever tells you so, he is lying. You can pay thousands of dollars if you want but that will not make you an overnight sensation. That being said, here are the best seo tips for WordPress bloggers:

Best SEO Tips For WordPress

There are endless tips but I won’t be sharing all of them – the web is littered with books and posts on the same. Let us make this simpler:

  • keywords – every time you write about a topic, do you know the keywords or phrase you are focusing on? Consider this post you are reading – take a quick look at the title, then the url, then the alt text inside the image included and the subheading. Do you see something? They all contain the important keywords I am targeting. In fact, even the first paragraph contains the keywords or phrase.
  • Permalinks – When I first started blogging and wishing I could get readers to stop by, I had no idea that I was doing harm to my rankings by having my permalinks include a day when it was published and name of the post. So how does this affect the rankings on Google? The answer is simple: posts that were published three or four years ago will appear to be of less importance and so they get buried deep while posts that were created recently appear as though they are important. How do you solve this? You want to let the search engines stop ‘judging’ your posts based on when they were created. Go to your Dashboard and under settings, check permalinks and select Post Name under common settings. That should solve that problem.
  • Outbound Links – You will read this everywhere. One of the best seo tips for WordPress and every other website is to cut down on outbound links. The reason here is quite obvious  – you are sending people away from your site. The main reason why you have a blog in the first place is to have great content that people will love to read. After people stop by to read your blog posts, you want to keep them as long as you can. It is not bad to have a few links leading to related content that users might find useful – try putting them near the end of the posts.
  • Quality Content – More often, people get too obsessed with rankings that they forget to produce quality content. Readers should always come first before anything else. Stop copying what has already been published by other people – search engines hate duplicate content. If you can’t write, pay someone to do it or just don’t keep a blog filled with junk. You are probably familiar with the phrase “quality is better than quantity” and that is exactly how it is. If you must write, then give it your best shot. Research, spend quality time doing it. Remember, your visitors are very important. Show them that you deserve their attentions.
  • Social Networks – This is no doubt one of the most important aspects of modern SEO. As a matter of fact, I get a lot of traffic from the major social networks – Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Reddit etc. If you have never got a Reddit’s hug of death, you are not using social networks enough. I have got my website crushed several times by traffic before I moved to a better host. So, create quality content, share them on these social networks and you will be better placed compared to someone who doesn’t.

These are just a few best SEO tips for WordPress bloggers and other websites as well. SEO is in itself a big business but you don’t have to spend money to get to a good place on Search Engines. Just spend several hours optimizing your blog or site. Use Google Webmaster Tools to find the monthly searches for your particular keyword and start writing content that people will find useful.

There are several great plugins that you can download and install them for your WordPress blog as well. You don’t just do SEO once and then forget it – you have to do it every time you write something. Really, everyday. It also takes time to rank up there and you must be patient.

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Written By Elisha Chirchir

Elisha Chirchir is a software developer. He is also the founder of Simple Developer and co-founder of Instinctive Software Solutions. On any given day, he works on both Android and Web Development. During his 'free time', he offers training to those interested in learning how to code in php, java, python, javaScript etc. You can easily find him on StackOverflow Android chatroom or on Twitter @Eenvincible

9 Comments on “Best SEO Tips For WordPress Bloggers

  1. Brian G Elliott Reply

    July 6, 2013 at 11:10

    Very solid basic tips. I use these tips as well to rank for my chosen keyword. The quality of the content is very important. Because I try ro write original content no less than 500 words for all my posts, I often get ranked for other major keywords. This brings in a lot of bonus traffic.

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      July 6, 2013 at 11:30

      Thank you for stopping by Brian. I agree with you on the content quality. People overlook this and wonder why nobody really cares about their posts. I hope to see you again soon.

  2. Julius Reply

    July 8, 2013 at 6:16

    WordPress is really a good choice for doing SEO. Very easy and simple to use.

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      July 8, 2013 at 4:10

      I totally agree. WordPress is very easy to optimize and make it search engine friendly. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Efren Martinez Reply

    July 8, 2013 at 8:30

    great article man, thanks for share, i think that a good page description helps a lot too.

  4. Frank Reply

    February 1, 2014 at 9:29

    Awesome blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..

    Any suggestions? Thank you!

    My page – IT support [Frank]

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      February 4, 2014 at 8:05

      Start with WordPress before you spending hosting fees and themes that might not be worth your money. You will fail several times before you finally succeed.

      Here is the thing, find something you want to write about before you start writing your first blog post. If you don’t have something to write about, you will be banging your head on the wall for nothing.

      Anyway, good luck and I hope to see you succeed.

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    September 22, 2014 at 2:56

    Good day! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a
    captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?

    Thanks a lot!

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