There are two types of bloggers in the world today: passion bloggers who treat their site as an online diary, and professional bloggers who aim to promote or monetize their hard work.
As a member of the latter group, know that you have a plethora of challenges and opportunities ahead that will determine your fate. This includes marketing your blog to attract more traffic from touchpoints like social media, display ads, and search engines.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an SEO expert to make your site visible in search engines. This is particularly the case when it comes to the core on-page optimizations that improve user experience, site crawlability, and indexability. It may not get the job done without off-page SEO, but it will surely get the ball rolling.
Below are seven simple ways to get started with on-page SEO:
1. Modify Your Permalinks
The first thing you need to do before you even publish posts is to use an SEO-friendly permalink structure.
A rule of thumb is to make it memorable and readable not just to web crawlers, but to human users as well. This means you should avoid using symbols and lengthy words that will make permalinks too confusing, cluttered, and less shareable.
Joost De Valk of Yoast SEO recommends ending URLs with the shortened version of the post name. It’s also acceptable to use category names as long as they, too, are short and descriptive.
2. Plan Internal Links
To index web pages in search engine results pages or SERPs, search engines like Google use web crawlers that discover relevant content from post to post. You can accelerate this process by optimizing your site’s internal link structure and connecting contextually relevant pages.
For example, if you have a post about email marketing, consider linking to a separate roundup of the best email marketing automation tools.
Just remember to weave the link in as naturally as possible using an anchor text. Simply pasting the naked link within the post is disruptive and off-putting to meticulous readers.
3. Get Post Titles Right
The post title is one of the most important on-page SEO factors you need to optimize. Not only does it affect the keyword relevancy of content, but it also gives readers an idea of what to expect – thus, making pages more clickable when they appear on SERPs.
To make posts more SEO-friendly for crawlers, don’t forget to include your target keyword within the title. It’s also important to keep it below 65 characters to make sure the full title is displayed in search engines.
While not necessarily an SEO factor, you need to make your titles as compelling as possible to encourage more clicks from search results once it appears there. One of the best tools you can use for this is the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer. It provides an aggregate score for your headline based on different factors.
4. Speed Up Your Site
While it doesn’t directly affect your search engine rankings, page loading speed significantly impacts other engagement-related SEO metrics – including dwell time, bounce rate, and visitor loyalty.
Why? Because users hate a sluggish site, especially if they badly need answers to their problems fast. In fact, 40% of online users will probably abandon your site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load fully.
5. Optimize Your Images
Apart from compressing images for faster loading, you should also make them more SEO-friendly by modifying their title and alt text.
Similar to post titles, an image’s alt text must include your target keyword to show its relevance to web crawlers. Do this to at least one image per post but never too many times – unless you deliberately want to get flagged for keyword stuffing.
The image title, on the other hand, is mainly for the convenience of human readers. Preferably, it should still contain a derivation of your target keyword, but it must be succinct, useful, and relevant to the post’s topic.
As mentioned above, compressing the images you will feature on your blog is a must if you don’t want visitors to bounce away from your site.
6. Add Meta Descriptions
By default, search engines pull the first few sentences in your post for SERPs. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always make it readable or alluring for users.
For better click-throughs, add a brief meta description that explains what your post is about in 160 characters or less. If you use WordPress, the easiest way to do this is to use the Yoast SEO plugin.
7. Analyze Your Site
Finally, the key to successful SEO is to continue monitoring your site and the online search industry for changes.
After all, even the most seasoned SEO experts can’t rank a site overnight. Rather than following a preplanned blueprint and hoping for the best, you need to have an adaptive approach that evolves with time.
A great strategy is to integrate your site with platforms like Google Webmasters, which can provide holistic SEO monitoring to any site.
“Google Webmasters has lots of applications that provide great value,” says Paul Granger of Website Promoter UK. “Another fantastic and helpful tool that you can use with your SEO is Google Analytics.”
For beginners, Google Analytics may be too daunting for comfort. There are lots of options and features that you can play around with, which you can also get lost in. Not to mention, the data that you can unearth from that tool is endless. Therefore, you need to read this Moz guide to ease your way into using this tool.
For most new bloggers, SEO is a frontier that can push you to the limits. The only way to succeed is to take one step at a time – starting with strategies you can execute with the resources you currently have.
If you’re looking for on-page SEO tactics that you can do by yourself, without any additional investment, then the list above has got you covered.
What Should You Write about for Your Blogging eBook?
I have written and self-published over 100 eBooks.
About 40% focus on blogging tips.
As I promote my eBook for writing and publishing eBooks, I want to answer a common question. What should you write about? Why cover that topic?
Many of you run blogging tips blogs so you would write blogging tips themed eBooks. Since I wrote a high volume of similarly themed eBooks I have an idea of what vibes with folks. On a deeper level, we all know what works. Does a blog post sell? Does a blog post seem popular compared to other blog posts? If yes, write a 6000 word eBook on the same topic. Literally flesh out the title and topic into 6000 words. Save your time and energy. People told you what to write about via blogging. Be smart. Be wise. Cover the same exact topic via eBook. But write new, evergreen, unique content to ensure authenticity.
I know this beats a dead horse, but you cannot go wrong dissecting blogging profits and traffic themed eBooks because most bloggers struggle to generate profits and traffic. We know this. Now the common mental block: bloggers fear somebody covered the topic already. Welcome to life. Over centuries, billions of humans did long ago what you do today, in some way, shape or form. I did something today in writing this specific post you may do 6 months down the road. Count on it. Well into 2020, you may write a blog post discussing what eBook topics resonate with your blogging tips audience. But hey! I already covered the topic. So did 1,001 other bloggers. But people seek abundance and will read your blog post.
Write about how to increase blog traffic. Write about how to increase blog profits. Build your tribe. Generously befriend bloggers by helping them and asking for nothing. Blogging buddies buy your profits or traffic eBook over the thousands of similar eBooks on Amazon because buddies trust you and your advice over anybody online. Do you see why tribe-building matters? Loyal people choose you over all else, dissolving the fear of competition in your mind. Fear dies, and you write another eBook.
Listen to Your Readers
Readers asked how I wrote and published a successful eBook a few times before I pondered writing an eBook on the topic. Someone even nudged me to do it by asking if I wrote and published such an eBook. I recorded the idea, wrote the eBook and now you see it above. But blogging themed eBook ideas are as easy to spot. What do readers complain about? What do readers struggle with? How do readers tackle problems? Can you improve the process by writing an eBook. Scores of bloggers spam blogs daily with 3 word comments. I wrote an eBook to help bloggers see 3 paragraph, genuine comments work better than 3 words for grabbing people’s attention.
Tune into reader needs. Scan comments. Read emails. Folks genuinely bring eBook ideas to you, to your blogging door step, if you willingly open your eyes, open your ears, be quiet and listen to their needs. Traffic and profits posts rock but ideas for blog commenting, networking on social media with bloggers and how to choose blog post titles also rock for eBook topics.
Do no sweat word length fears. Anybody can write a 6,000 word eBook if you practice your writing daily for 3-6 months. 6K fits perfectly into the Amazon short reads category.
Get writing, bloggers.
Advertising Revenue: Yes or No?
Are you a new blogger ready to hop on the Adsense train?
Pump your breaks a few times. Slow down and think this through.
Advertising revenue can prove to be a lucrative income stream for bloggers over the long term. Build a large, loyal following. Be generous. Be patient. Success will be yours, as will Adsense ad clicks and increased blogging revenue. New bloggers have a different Adsense experience though. I see excited newbies ready to cash their first Adsense check on receiving approval. 6 months later, after making $.02 per month, the enthusiasm dies and the blogger removes Adsense from their blog. Why? Bloggers learn a harsh lesson about advertising revenue: you need a huge, loyal following to generate significant income through advertising channels.
Most new bloggers get 5, 10 or 50 people to visit their blog daily. Imagine if 20 people visit your blog daily. How many of those 20 people click on your Adsense ad, or any ad? 99.99% of the time, none. Tomorrow sees 14 blog visitors. None click your ads. After 1 month, 240 people visit your blog. 2 people click your ad. This sounds about right. At the end of the month, you made $0.04 USD. Of course this is common because you are a new blogger with little traffic. Low traffic blogs generate low profit ad revenue.
Do you know who makes hundreds to thousands of dollars in Adsense revenue monthly? Bloggers who blog effectively and generously for 2-3-5 or more years generate this type of sweet income. Advertising revenue takes SERIOUS work! Maybe 1% of bloggers – or less – put in the work that drives the thousands of people daily to blogs which nets a steady, solid Adsense income. But most new bloggers mistakenly believe their 30 visitor a day blog will yield $100 to $500 per month or more. Never gonna happen guys. Sorry to burst your bubble.
Advertising Revenue: Yes or No?
I share profitable income streams in my eBook:
Buy it to explore different ways and means of profiting, to beef up your multiple streams of income.
Newbie bloggers should never open ad revenue streams because they do not have a large, loyal, targeted readership needed to generate substantial ad revenue. Write and self-publish an eBook. Toss that widget on your sidebar, replacing the ad widget. Brand yourself. Make more money.
Experienced bloggers with large, loyal tribes should consider ad revenue if the ads:
- feel like a match for the blog and brand
- are highly targeted for your readership
- add value for your readers
Think targeting. Sites like the Huffington Post can post any ad and completely disregard relevance because millions upon millions of humans visiting the blog monthly have millions and millions of interests. When advertisers pay a million dollars for a short Super Bowl ad they understand not every one of the 1 billion people watching the Super Bowl is highly interested in their ad, but many folks out of the billion plus people will be interested, and net advertiser revenue, through the commercial.
For you, even if your tribe is large and loyal, you likely do not attract millions of blog visitors monthly. Target advertisements to ensure most if not all of your readers seem highly interested in the ad. Even if a small percentage clicks through you will generates steadily increasing ad revenue by this approach because you intelligently match your ad with your reader.
As a new blogger go with non-ad income streams. Experienced veterans can lay out ads but make sure your ads align with your readers.
The Ultimate Checklist To Grow Your Blog in 2019
Perhaps you’re here because you’ve had a blog for a long time now, but you feel like it’s just not growing as you hoped it would. The good news, however, is that you aren’t alone. Even blogs that you think are “famous” may have also gone through this same challenge. Fortunately, there are many tricks you can apply to help your blog reach its fullest potential. These are doable, and with a little help from experts, you’re sure to achieve the growth you’ve been dreaming of.
Here’s a checklist you can follow:
- Venture Into Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective strategies in digital marketing, which you can also apply on your blogs. Affiliate marketing refers to the act of partnering with companies and businesses that are looking for bloggers who are willing to try out and promote their products and services. In the beginning, you might not be able to reach more prominent brands and companies, but if you keep going, affiliate marketing can also be very effective in helping your blog grow in terms of audience reach. The more you network with affiliates, the more traffic comes to your site.To provide you more insights on digital and affiliate marketing, read through this digital marketing checklist.
- Link With Other Bloggers
In the blogging industry, success isn’t so much about competing with each other. In fact, there’s a lot you can achieve by simply linking with other bloggers as well. This means that, from time to time, you create posts that allow you to connect with others in the industry, or you create collaboration posts with other bloggers. That way, you’re both doing each other a favor by expanding each other’s blogs to the current networks that you both have, much like exchanging gifts.
Here are other ways for you to also link or engage with other bloggers:
- Comment on the posts of other bloggers
- Mention other bloggers in your posts
- Engage in the social media pages of other bloggers
- Create Detailed Content
Especially if you’re writing about solutions to common problems of your viewers, be very detailed about it. Readers want to have answers as soon as they visit your website. Without clear, actionable content, you’re not only going to lose one reader, but you’re going to lose others as well.
Some of the best strategies you can employ to ensure detailed content are the following:
- If you’re talking about technical or serious matters, include statistics and case studies
- Stay away from broad statements that are going to leave your readers guessing
- Whenever you can, include actionable and real data. (e.g. Climate change is expected to hit a _____ mark by 2020. To combat this, one of the things you can do is…)
While the optimum length of every blog post should still be around 500 to 2,000 words, this doesn’t mean that you cannot put in detail. Never write and post anything haphazardly. Be sure to do your fair share in researching beforehand.
- Enable Social Media Sharing
If you’re a blogger, you’d know it’s inevitable to also have social media accounts. If you can, go for the three major social media pages, such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The more active you are on social media, the more effective you become as well. Keep in mind the following techniques in terms of social media posting:
- Keep a fixed schedule of when you usually post new content. This will make it easier for your visitors to expect new posts. Through this, you can also build anticipation among your readers.
- As you schedule your content posting, also factor in the usual available time of your target market. For instance, if your blog is about parenting, you might want to post at night, when all mommy duties have been done for the day, and they can check their social media.
- Refrain from posting every hour. Keep your posts within a healthy interval so that your followers won’t become bored or even annoyed. At least every other day is enough to keep your followers excited.
What you can do is post an update on each social media account when you also have a new blog. Link your blog post to your social media post so you can draw traffic to your website. With social media, it’s also easier for your followers to share and spread the word about your content. By simply clicking the share button, they’re able to post this on their social media sites as well.
When you strive to make your blog perform better, it shouldn’t end only with the growth per se. You also have a more significant task to fulfill, which is to apply the necessary strategies that are going to motivate your readers to keep coming back. These above-mentioned tips can help you achieve these two goals. Now you can be on your way towards running your blog to its fullest potential.
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