The tips in this article are simply guidelines that will improve your SEO friendliness. This means that your blog will be more likely to rank highly on the search engine results pages. Unlike what other articles tell you, following SEO rules does not guarantee success--it just makes it more likely. Here are seven tips on keeping your Blog SEO friendly.
- Use a tag cloud: Blogs are allowed to list the words that relate to their posts. For example if your post is about flowers, you could have tagged words about the types of flowers, or broad terms such as "plants" and "gardening." A tag cloud is a very good little graphic that is readable by search engines, but looks pretty too. It is recommended for a SEO friendly blog.
- Do not insert keywords: Keywords should appear naturally within a body of text. If they do not then you should reconsider the content of your text. When you are finished you are able to turn a few keywords into their synonyms, for a better SEO benefit. For example, you may turn "dog" into "k9s", "puppy", "bitch", and "dogs".
- Keep the sentence syntax legible: It is okay to add in your own personality and to mix up the structure and format of your post to suit it, but by-and-large, your sentence syntax (structure if you will) must be able to be read. If it is too hard to read then it is not SEO friendly.
- Link to and from related content: Links to and from related content will make up strong links, and strong links are what you need increase your blogs SEO friendliness. Links to other websites are also good things; just make sure that they are related to your content.
- Use the H1 tags: You need to learn how to use H1 tags on a blog. The rules are a little different for websites and blogs, but by-and-large, you need to start using them. When you create a header like the numbered ones you see on this article, you should put them in a H1 tag or make them bold. You should also try to add some keywords into them. The search engines will pay more attention to them if you do.
- Break up your text and use the bold function: It is important that you break up the text and make smaller paragraphs. The benefits of this are not immediate, but will help to show that your website is user-friendly when the Google admins view it. You can also use the bold function to highlight any keywords that you feel are important to the blog, but do not do this too often on one post; otherwise, you dilute the effect of it.
- Reference anything you copy: Duplicate content is bad, so if you are quoting someone you should reference the piece. Look up the most current Google rules on referencing to be sure you do not break the rules.