There are millions of wordpress.com blog and the number is increasing every minute! Thanks to the free blogging services-providers like wordpress.com to open the possibility for all the internet users to share their experience & knowledge. You are here probably you own a wordpress.com blog and want it to be in the top among thousands of other related blogs.
This discussion limits for the free wordpress.com blog but also applies to those who have a wordpress installation in their own hosting. Implementing the SEO for your wordpress.com blog is not an easy task to achieve. The SEO is an art and science you can apply for your blog to rank high in the Search Engines.
WordPress SEO Gear up tips # 1 :
Carefully choose Category and Tags : Tags and categories are 2 great user friendly functions that WordPress has implanted to make everyday blogs user friendly as well as to help your site optimize higher for the keywords you want in the search engines. Never pick up random Tags and Categories; rather proper uses of these two can make your article more powerful to stay at the top of a search engine.
Tags are generally simple keywords,which describes what is your article or post is about. Tag should be one to three words small descriptions that classify what the post is mainly about. The single most important thing you can do for your post /article is to make it unique and informative as well as including suitable Tags and Categories. People reach to your articles though search engines by typing keywords and your Tags/ Categories are there to say the search engines that ‘I’m here so pick me up’. Funny, huh. Okay look at the categories and tags you use for your article and then compare those with some best page ranking articles. Bravo, Now feel the need to do it. But keep in mind that , never try to jam your article with so many tags and categories, use only relevant and suitable ones. Although it isn’t really time absorbing to tag a few posts here and there, it really can’t hurt to tag. Adding suitable category and relevant tags while writing or editing a post is a good practice you should follow.Tagging doesn’t really have an negative impact, however, if you abuse it, it is another story. Try to stay around 1-5 tags per post.
There are many advantages you should take by adding proper tags for your wordpress.com blog. For instance :
- It is a great way to build up keyword density in a post for the benefits of on-page keyword optimization.
- It helps readers to know what your post is talking about in a few simple words. That is why it is defined as “key” words.
- If you do enough link building, tagging can pass page rankings to posts and so on to help your site get more exposure in the search engines while your posts rank.
- Tagging is basically a function to greatly engage your on-page keyword optimization by allowing the web owner to target any three keywords that they want, and put it in the page for search engines to count it in the keyword evaluation.
WordPress SEO Gear up tips # 2 :
Use Appropriate Heading in wordpress.com blog : Try to use HTML Heading instead of bold and underlined header. HTML heading tags like h1, h2, h3, h4 … get more preference than the simple bold /strong headings. So start your post in <h1>…<h2> ; <h2>….<h2> etc tags. You can nest your headings too if you have more than one important keywords in your post and you intend to wrap those in headings. The following is an example how you should make use of html heading tags:
<h1> The importance of HTML heading. </h1>
…this is the end of the first paragraph.
<h3>This is another HTML Heading Line example </h3>
Here you should write the article…….
<h4>This is the Sub Heading Line</h4>
And this is the next paragraph under the sub heading line…
Always remember to end the heading tags with / in the tag symbol. You can select heading text and then click on editors bottom-left drop down button to make it a header or you can click HTML option to write the heading tags manually. H1 has more preference than h2 and other subsequent heading tags.
WordPress SEO Gear up tips # 3 :
Use keywords early : Search engines put more weight on the early words, so if your keywords are near the start of the page title you are more likely to rank well. For instance if your article is about a book review, write down the book name early in the post. Your post then would probably contain book’s short story, publishing information, writer’s details etc. Choose to write the book title first and then the relevant name. For example : if the book’s name is XYZ, then the short story heading should be something like: XYZ, a short story or for writer’s details: XYZ : by …… Try to make the prudent use of the keyword but make it natural i.e: never use the keyword(s) over and over again that they seem to be used intentionally. Always write the article and then read it as a end user. If you feel comfortable with it then it’s okay, otherwise it requires some kind of modification.
WordPress SEO Gear up tips # 4 :
Image Optimization : Image is an important part for your post but most of the wordpress.com blog writers ignore that fact and simply add images without making proper SEO aspects of the image. Writing good ‘alt tags’, captions for images and thinking of how you name the files, you can get yourself a bit of extra traffic from the different image search engines. Use image in your posting wisely because there are so many users who will try to judge your post at a glance just by looking at the images and if they are not satisfied, they will immediately leave your site.
You should of course be writing good titles and alt tags for each and every image you use in your posting. Remember to add caption sometimes to describe the images to the users. Give relevant name for the images before uploading them in your wordpress.com blog. When writing alt tags for image think that someone would be seeing your post in a text based browser like lynx. What should he/she expect instead of seeing your image? Yes, this is should be the alt tag for your image.
WordPress SEO Gear up tips # 5 :
Linking to related posts : When you finish writing your article, spend some times to find relevant articles in other sites. This should give you good idea how your article is compared to other and you should write some comments to let the other people know that you have a wordpress.com blog with the same topics probably with a better content qulaity. This is a good idea to get some attentions both from net surfers and Search Engine bots. If you want to rank for certain keywords, go into Google Blogsearch, ( http://blogsearch.google.com) and see which blogs rank in the top 10 for those keywords. Read those blogs, start posting insightful comments, follow up on their posts by doing a post on your own blog and link back to them: communicate! The only way to get the links you’ll need to rank is to be a part of the community.
— written by — Razibul Hassan