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I don’t promise you that after reading this post you will turn into a superhero, but I guarantee that after reading this post your SEO knowledge will be overflow.
The internet is full of search engine optimization wisdom. If you are reading this, you are probably a Blogger or website owner, but whether you are a blogger or website owner, Search engine optimization has become a large part of our lives.
As many of us know the importance of SEO in 2012 after Panda and Penguin updates by Google. Now every blogger on the blogsphere is taking SEO seriously and all of us have known that without having sufficient knowledge about SEO, we can not be successful in Blogging.
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Becoming a professional SEO optimizer is not just an easy job, because to have the title of optimizer you will have to research on the internet and will practically implement things on your own blogs, you will have to read hundreds of articles on SEO and maybe you download E-Books to know more deeply.
What works for you and what doesn’t work, You yourself will be coming to know while reading search engines’ algorithms.
I am just telling the facts I myself have faced many errors in my Blogging career. As I am still researching and can not entitle myself an optimizer. I am still a learner like you. But what have worked for me and what haven’t I know and am going to share with you.
How to become a Good learner of SEO in 2012
Internet itself is a treasure of information. Now a days, as information are shared widely and most frequently. So you don’t need to go somewhere else for learning SEO or anything else you want to learn.
To become a good learner of SEO you just need to search on Google because it is the head of all this fuss. On one hand, It is playing with webmasters for last few years and on the other hand it is helping webmasters as well.
Before we go, read: Top 10 SEO Optimization Tips To Get 1st Rank on Google
So if you search for following keywords on Google: “Learning basic SEO Tips, SEO Tips 2012, SEO For Beginners, SEO For Websites, Best SEO Tips etc” then you will find a lot of sites where you can read about SEO tips and latest tricks, However, there are some well-known and recognized websites and blogs where you can read existing articles on SEO’s topic and make an email subscription for upcoming updates.
So making subscription on such websites is so useful. You will receive the latest SEO changes from them straight on your inbox, also there are hundreds of videos tutorials freely available on YouTube about SEO. For now I’m going to share my crispy SEO tips here with you.
21 SEO Tips 2012 for Beginners & Advance Users:
1. Select a proper niche:
This is the very first step towards your website, whenever someone decides to establish a website or blog he/she must have the main theme/idea of the site in their minds.
If you don’t have the selected topic then first find a topic and then read other tips. The topic for your website should be your own niche, niche means you have full knowledge about the topic your going to work on.
2. Keyword Research:
After selecting a topic for your website, you will need to select some keywords for your website as it is an important part of SEO.
For this purpose you can use a very powerful and interesting tool provided by Google and it is called “Google Adword Keyword Research Tool“.
By using this tool you will come to know about most searched keywords on your niche. You can select the popular keywords for your blog in just few minutes.
3. Selecting Target Audience:
As you may have seen many companies on the web who are advertising their products on different websites for catching the right audience who might be interested in the product they are offering.
To catch the right audience is a very essential part of any business and thus it applies on blogging as well, Because the people who are not related to your niche or product won’t make relationship with you in person.
You need to expand your business to the right ones because a long term thinking always bring the best results. For selecting your target audience or target country where your site’s visitors may be located use Google Insights for Search.
By using Google insights you can find out which keyword is searched mostly in what country or region. So you will feel comfortable to know the facts.
4. Buying a Good Domain Name
This is also a very sensitive part of your website, in the eyes of SEO experts it is better to have the primary keyword in your domain name.
Choose a domain name which is directly related to your niche. I mean to say, if you’re going to start a website about 2013 fashion trends then you must think about including Fashion word in Your Domain name. If it is possible include both 2013 and fashion in domain name URL.
However, it doesn’t matter if domain is not available in .com extension; you can choose .net, .org etc.
5. Selecting a Platform to design your website
Now this is once again important part; I would say that the design of a website catches the concentration of a visitor at the first impression.
If design is boring or complicated then the visitor goes away from it and doesn’t enter the site any more. So you should carefully select a design for your website.
If you want to start your website with WordPress then select a very simple and attractive theme and make it user friendly and eye catching. And if you are a user of Blogger like me then you can make a good design for your blog. Whether you use Blogger or WP, always keep the visitor in mind if they are navigating your site easily or not?.
6. SEO Tips With Creating Great Content
The above tips were the basic tips, now the advance part of SEO begins. All SEO Experts, Analysts, Optimizers, companies are agree on this point that content is KING and Will Be.
So make it sure you are a productive person and making some difference in the world. Search Engines loves fresh and unique content. So each of your article should have its own beauty and uniqueness.
7. Write Long Articles
If you’re going to start a blog related to writing articles then you must write long articles. I mean to say, if you start a blog on current issues or on Blogging tips etc then you should at least write 400+ words per article. It will increase your keyword density limit which is 4% to 5%.
8. Write Attractive & Optimized Post Titles
Now this part comes, You should write best titles for your each post you publish. Same as we talk in common with each other, whenever we start a conversation we start it from a sentence and if the starting sentence is describing the full story then all of our friends hear our story with full concentration.
Same applies for search engines, if your title is attractive and explains the story at the beginning then search engine’s crawler will instantly recommend your full story for indexing.
9. Correct Usage of Headings
I am not an expert of writing articles, but as common you should use headings carefully and correctly.
Don’t use headings randomly. Make a clear article scratch for both humans and search engines. The H1 tag always comes first or at the starting of an article. Use H2 after H1 and H3 after H2. Headings should be given place in an article with good sorting.
10. Write Meta Description For Each post
So you should write a good description for each of your blog post. This description is only for search engines so you should clearly tell the search engine that what is the article about.
If you are using Blogger then while writing article at left side of your post body you can see a search description box for every post. You should write a description of maximum 150 characters.
11. Include Images in articles
As you may have heard about this sentence “An image has 1000 words to say“. Therefore, including images in your articles is very useful.
At least one related image should be included in each of your article to get more exposure from search engines. Now a days, Web search and images searches are close to each other.
12. Optimize Images
Having images in articles is good idea, but having optimized images is better. To optimize images offline just give them some good names. Some images have useless names by default like img, kkk093433 etc.
You should give them some good names according to the image’s fact and article. If image is about Blogging tips then give it an appropriate name like “Blogger Tips”, “Blogger Best Tips” etc. In HTML there are two attributes about images which must be used to optimize images more beautifully.
Add alt attribute to each image and give each image a title. the syntax of alt and title is below:
<img src=”your image” title=”3 words title” alt=”3 words text about the image” />
And thus images become visible for search engines.
13. Include Videos in Articles
It is once again a good technique to include videos into your articles. Make a YouTube channel and when you get free time, make video tutorials about your website’s niche and include them in your articles time to time.
Now a days, YouTube is the another popular place from where you can get a good amount of traffic back to your website through your videos.
By making video tutorials you get two advantages, one on YouTube; where you make a community for your videos and they can visit your website by following the given link in your video’s description. and you can make your article more precious by including videos in it.
14. Be Bold
Be Bold while writing articles. If you feel that some words or a sentence of your paragraph is more attractive then make all paragraphs bold with <b> tag. Sometimes you can use the underline tag to highlight the special words of your paragraph.
15. Be Smart
Don’t use too much bold text in a paragraph, more then 4% keywords in an article is not allowed by major search engines.
Google Penguin has been released only to penalized those sites who are over-optimizing their sites. So never spam, don’t use massive keywords and massive links in your articles.
16. Submit Your Blog to Search Engines
After posting at least 20 pages on your website, you should then start submitting your website to different search engines.
First submit your site’s URL to Google, BING and Yahoo Manually. Then Submit Your Site’s URL to other popular search engines such as Ask.com, Search.com and Go.com.
17. Submitting Sitemaps to Search Engines
Sitemap is another great way to submit your entire website to search engine for indexing. It is very essential part of off-Page SEO.
If you are using WordPress then you can use plugins to make sitemap and to submit it to search engines by using their webmaster tools.
If you are using Blogger then you can easily create your sitemap by searching this keyword on Google “Blogger Sitemap Generator”. If your blog (On Blogger) having pages more then 1000 then make multiple sitemaps and submit them to Google Webmaster Tools.
18. Connect with Social Media
Your blog will be popular in short time if you are also popular on Social Media Websites. Submitting your site to the most popular social network websites will definitely make difference in traffic.
You should regularly submit your every post at least to Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and Digg. They number of links you collect from these social networks will increase your page rank as well.
19. Create Quality Backlinks
As many of you know this is the most important part of Off-Page SEO. Backlink means you have a link (Relation) outside your website on the web, which is indicating back to your site.
So the number of dofollow backlinks you have for your website will decide your existence on the web. You can create backlinks by following below tips:
- Commenting on Dofollow Blogs
- Guest Posting on Other Blogs
- Submit Site to Blog Directories
- Article Submission
- Forum Submission
20. Interlinking within your website
Interlinking means you are linking your pages within your website. If you are writing an article about any topic then you may have published some articles earlier on that topic.
So if you have pages related to your recent article then must link them twice or thrice within the current article. Make sure you are inter linking anchor text is also relevant.
The summary of this article is to help you better understanding the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) basic practices.
Don’t ever use your metal and always be passionate to find more tips on this topic. Never get disappointed. One Day you will get the knowledge you need to optimize your website yourself.
Do comment if you have questions regarding this article or have extra SEO tips for us.
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