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5 Blogging Tips for Absolute New Bloggers to SEO

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Thousands of bloggers quit blogging because of lack of traffic. They try all the methods that is shared by the top bloggers in SEO industry, yet they fail to put their mark on getting quality traffic from search engines.

I’m a biggest fan of search engine traffic. After all, organic traffic from search engines is the most quality (yet free) traffic you can get to your blogs and websites.

Most bloggers think that search engine optimization is a mess. If you keep things simple, getting traffic from search engines isn’t a big deal. There’s a secret in creating the blog content that ranks well in the search engines. And the secret is creating lengthy content.

Did you know that the average content length for a web page that ranks in the top 10 results for any keyword on Google has at least 2,000 words?

Yes, long and detailed content is the king. Detailed posts naturally rank well in the search engines. You may have a question, should I have to write only long and detailed posts?

Absolutely not (but if you can write, that’s too good to improve your search results). My advice for the new bloggers to SEO is to focus on writing detailed posts when you want to get top results for particular keywords.

For example, if you want to rank well in the search engines for a specific keyword (say “make money blogging guide”), write detailed content that covers almost everything. That way you will have more chances of getting top results in the search engines.

Read the post to know few more blogging tips to rank well in Google.

SEO blogging tips for new bloggers

SEO blogging tips for beginners

#1. Your +1’s, comments and natural links all count

According to search engine land, Google pulls in 65.2% of the total traffic of overall web (search engines).

  •    Google: 114.7 billion searches, 65.2% share
  •     Baidu: 14.5 billion searches, 8.2% share
  •     Yahoo: 8.6 billion searches, 4.9% share
  •     Yandex: 4.8 billion searches, 2.8% share
  •     Microsoft: 4.5 billion searches, 2.5% share
  •     Others: 28.7 billion searches, 16.3% share

Do you know the one simple ingredient that drives you more traffic from Google? That is your plus one shares on Google plus. If you can get more +1’s on your posts, they tend to rank really well in the search results as Google gives top priority to their +1 circles.

So focus on user interaction on your blog posts, make them share your posts on their Google plus circles. Also encourage them to leave comments and link to your posts whenever you write something awesome. That way Google treats your blog better in the search engine rankings.

#2. Install SEO Yoast

This is the #1 plugin when it comes to increasing your search rankings. In a nutshell, this plugin will help you not only increase your search rankings but also increase the click through for organic search results.

How, you may ask?

This plugin uses snippet previews (rich snippets). Using it, you can see a rendering of what your post will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. That’s a great way to know how your blog posts look in search results in advance.

The plugin also allows you to write meta titles and descriptions for all your category, tag and custom taxonomy archives, giving you the option to further optimize those pages. Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.

Download the plugin here for free

#3. Don’t outsource your SEO

Outsourcing sometimes sucks. This is especially true when you know nothing about SEO. Most new bloggers think that by hiring a SEO specialist they could increase their web traffic within a few weeks.

Let me tell you, it won’t work unless you put your efforts. Nothing comes easy, you have to really work hard to increase your search engine rankings.

Here are few ways to easily get started to rank well in search engines.

  • Always use the “alt” tag in your images (use at least one image per post)
  • Interlinking can boost your search rankings
  • Don’t do black hat SEO techniques to rank well in search engines such as paid linking, spam way of building backlinks etc.

#4. Consistency is the primary factor in successful SEO

If you post one post every month, you can’t expect to have more SEO traffic though your content is awesome. The reason is search engines love fresh and updated contents. They want to give you top search results if your posting frequency is consistent.

Inconsistent posting on your blogs or websites could break down your online success. So, make sure to come up with advance blog posts that you can publish or schedule well in advance.

#5. ALWAYS include relevant keywords in your posts

Keyword research is the key to get more search engine traffic. Without knowing your keywords, writing blog posts is a big waste of time. My suggestion to is to figure out at least one or two keywords for any post you write.

And use them sparingly and relevantly on your blog posts, use them in sub heads (h2, h3, h4 tags) and at the beginning and end of your posts to rank well.

Always make sure to include your primary keyword in the headline of your blog posts as it gives more weightage to the keyword.

Instead of keyword stuffing (using the same keywords again and again), use relevant words that match your primary keywords. This way Google won’t penalize your rankings for keyword stuffing.

Tools you need to do proper keyword research.

The below list will help to improve the keyword analysis better.

  1. Use Google Keyword Planner
  2. Find “less competitive keywords” with high search volume

In a nutshell: Always do the proper keyword research before writing even a word on your blog posts. And make sure to use your primary keywords in the first 100 words (introduction) to get most out of your SEO optimization. Try to get more links, comments and +1’s from your readers to rank well in the search engines.

Do you have any more SEO tips for beginner bloggers? Please share them below in the comment section.

Article by Anil Agarwal

Anil has written 352 articles.

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  • Akshay Hallur

    Hey Anil, good post.
    Keep your post as lengthy as possible is what I liked the most. This is one of the secret of success of Harsh at ShoutMeLoud, he keeps his blog posts as insightful and lengthy as possible.

    Cheers,
    Akshay Hallur.

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  • Kaloyan Banev

    I like this one “don’t outsource your SEO”. A good point, but I have to say that not many newbies in blogging outsource anything.

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  • vino

    Hi Anil,

    These are really some useful tips that every new blogger should be aware of. Sure , Consistency is the real key for success in all business.Thanks for listing valuable points out here.

    Reply
  • Shiv Kumar Gupta

    I want to discuss one thing. As you said that there should be consistency in the content posting. But some times it happens that there is no content to post or not enough to post. Then in that what we should do? can we post someone else content and give a credit to that website??
    and offcourse love to read that post.

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    • Anil Agarwal

      No doubt we should maintain a consistency in content update. But I don’t sees any benefit in posting someone else content on your website. There is no issue in using someone else post as a reference for your next post. But you should add your own views to it to make it more useful foe your blog readers. And by doing this, you will end up adding more value to a topic which was already available on the internet.

      If you ask me, I only publish a content on my blog when I have some interesting or helpful topic to cover.

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  • Abhijit Bangal

    I think the 3rd points refers to me (and many such bloggers like me). Yes, that’s right. One has to put in efforts, without which there’s no success.
    Thanks for the lovely tips.

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  • Thomas Zickell

    If you are a blogger and only telling stories about yourself than there is no monetary value most likely in your content. I am not talking about you selling affiliate links and all that other stuff.

    But you lost me when you said do not outsource SEO

    Are you honestly telling me that you think a new blogger can do better than distilled?

    I can tell you right now that if you outsource your search marketing to a firm that is trusted and extremely good at what they do. (I am not talking about someone that send you an e-mail telling you your site sucks and they will fix it)

    I am talking about professionals I hope you will agree that people like Rand Fishkin could turn your site into something fantastic where somebody with no experience needs to learn everything.

    The only question I want resolved is your opinion on rather or not somebody with no search engine optimization experience which translate now into end-user happiness experience would benefit from a company such as SEER, Distilled, Blueprint Marketing etc.?

    If they are creating a blog for a business they better know what they are doing or they are going to be in trouble.

    You cannot buy a product that will “SEO your site”

    Last but not least why are you hyping shared hosting?

    It is not a good solution for these people unless they do not care about anything at all including the ability to handle high loads of traffic and have a consistently fast site.

    If you think the money is too high for a dedicated environment Digital Ocean is five dollars for an SSD VPS you can have WordPress installed when you sign up by default.

    They offer support and will take care of quite a bit for you. They are the best deal if you do not want to spend over $5 even $10 completely dedicated environment allows for a faster better website.

    Other very inexpensive but unfortunately shared hosting companies like SiteGround at least have high uptime and servers that are not completely saturated.

    You are into reselling look at the two companies I have mentioned because uptime and speed are huge factors In the Way, Google looks at her website. Think about usability if the sites down or slow that is not good for the end-user is it?

    I hope I did not come across the wrong way look forward to your reply.

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  • Anil Agarwal

    Most beginners don’t invest much in SEO (even if they want to outsource). I believe that you only get good results if you are investing thousands of dollars on SEO. If not, you will most probably end up in getting cheap services (or you will get no results at all). That’s the reason why I suggested new bloggers NOT to outsource on SEO. If they can put good amount of money, that’s another thing.

    About shared hosting, I use and highly satisfied with my web hosting. So I’m recommending them to the readers/visitors who may find it affordable and reliable.

    Let me know if you’ve any more questions :)

    Thanks for stopping by.

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