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Hello again Internet. Today I’ll be posting more web site traffic advice. A list of 5 proven SEO best practices that you may or may not be using already. If these sound new to you give them a shot. Only if your serious about traffic. If not good day.
Use Google Webmaster Tools to Improve your Website
Websites that perform better are received by Google better. Websites that perform well and have fast loading pages will be well received by your readers. It will not only help retain users, but it will get more qualified commenters and in turn help Google to see the value of your web site.
Use Google Webmaster Tools to improve your website. There are a lot of great tools built into the webmaster dashboard including:
- Html Improvements
- Site links
- Links to your site
- Search traffic
- Keywords your site is coming up for.
- Usability messages
- Over all how Google sees your website
GWT will help point out issues you may not have known about that have been hurting your traffic. Generally the tips are pretty easy to implement once your aware of them.
Write Short Concise Posts
People now a day are used to having information that’s easy to quickly scan. Summing up what your post is about using your H tags will quickly display to your reader what this post is about. The use of bulleted lists is easy to also visually digest.
Keep on subject! Your writing a post about something specific. More importantly your also writing for the bots. Be aware of your keywords, use them appropriately and write content people want to read.
Interlink your Blog Posts
If you have a post that really performed well in the past.. or maybe it’s a post about a trending subject.. or maybe it’s a post you just plain like. A great way to breathe life into older pages is to drive a link their way. If you have a post about something you’ve written about in the past leave a link using your targeted keyword in order to give that page more relevance.
Use Alts and Title tags on All Your Images
This is an easy tip that is often over looked. Including this meta data is just another way for Google to determine what you’re web site is all about. Alt tags should explain what the image is. The bots can’t tell what this image is so tell them and make sure to include your target keyword here as well.
Update Pinging Services
This is a great tip for getting your content aggregated. In WordPress you can set what news outlets and pinging services you want to automatically notify when you have new content. The more eyeballs you can get on a page the better. Automatically syndicating your content insures that your post is recognized by a number of popular news outlets every time you post.
Under Settings > Writing. Scroll down to “Update Services”. Here you can past a line separated list of pinging services. The list below is a pretty good list from the fine people at WordPress.com. I highly encourage you to search for niche specific blog ping services as there might be something more appropriate available for what you write about.
Bonus Search Engine Optimization Tip
Syndicate Your Blog for the Kindle
I just found out it’s pretty easy to syndicate your website for Kindle. Like I said before the more eyeballs on a page the better. Making your website available in the Kindle format means that there’s one more way for people to read your posts. If you do well Amazon has an affiliates program so you could even make some money as well.
Checkout the new Kindle version of my web site here.