Google Page 1
Everyone wants to see their website on Google’s page one. It’s like the holy grail for webmasters. The gold medal in blogging. SEO is complicated, and Google has made it that way by design. And that’s a good thing.
A long time ago, spammers were ranking on page one. You had to wade through the spam sites to find the real website you were looking for.
There are several factors that come into play when a website is trying to get Google’s attention. So, I won’t get into backlinks and domain age. Those are a little to advance for where I want to go, but I will give you some great SEO blogging tips that you can practice every day to help you along the road to Google’s page ONE.
- Google is looking for well-written, easy to understand content. They do not want to see a webpage or blog post stuffed with keywords. They want to see the content written for the reader and not the Google bots.
- Use real URLs. There is a feature in WordPress that uses the day, date, and year as the blog post URL. Don’t do that. Your blog URL would look something like mydomain.com/04/04/2018. This means nothing to your reader and it doesn’t help the Google bots to understand what your blog post is about. If you are writing a blog post on SEO then try, mydomain.com/seo-blogging-tips.
- Add images to your blog post. Use your keyword in the description of the image.
If you don’t think images are important, do a Google search and at the top of the page, look at the fourth category. It’s labeled Images.
- Use your keyword in the title. If one of your keywords are blogging tips, then try SEO Blogging Tips for your title.
- Use keywords in your H1, H2, and H3 tags.
- Make sure that your post is well written and that there are no grammar mistakes or spelling errors. If grammar and spelling are not your strong point, then you can try a free online tool called Grammarly. And yes, I use it all the time.
I’ve given you my top six SEO blogging tips that you can incorporate into your blog today. Now, here are three things you should not be doing. Anytime.
- Do not duplicate content. Period. Google is smart enough to know what is duplicated and what is not. We are writers. Write new content.
- Do not have a ton of outbound links. This is a sign that something a little shady may be going on.
- Do not have any broken links. Nothing is more annoying than clicking on a link and you get the 404 error page. Check your links and make sure they are valid. This is something that I need to do.
I hope these SEO blogging tips help you in your quest to Google’s page one. Out of all of the tips and tricks that you will read here or online, the main thing you need to remember is that this is a slow process and it will take time. Be diligent, read up on SEO techniques and continue following Google’s guidelines. You will reach that coveted page one, but you just have to do it their way.
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