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5 Tips to Improve SEO

I have spent endless hours/days/months researching effective ways to improve SEO. There are multiple ways to improve your blogs SEO, so I’ve decided to share a few.

With that being said! Let me know if you’re interested in more SEO techniques. If you found this article helpful, please PIN IT! And or FOLLOW me on Twitter.

What is SEO? I thought creating a blog would be the hardest part; boy was I wrong. Three little letters became my worst nightmare. I have multiple website including business websites.

Competitors are literally paying thousands of dollars to be relevant on google. You don’t want to do that. NOPE. You’re smart. You don’t need to throw your hard earned money at Google. You just to need to drop a massive knowledge bomb. That’s what we are going to do! BOOM

What is SEO?
SEO: Search engine Optimization-Basically it’s the process of improving your websites rankings on search engines without paying.

1. Google Analytics
Hopefully, this is one of the first things you set up after creating your blog.

If you haven’t. GO. NOW.

Google Analytics:
-Tells you how many views you have a day, month, week
-Let’s you know where they are coming from and what country they live in!
-Tells you what are your most popular posts.
-This is a way for you to keep track of your progress and better connect with your visitors.

2. Search engines

There are so many search engines….they will tremendously improve your SEO ranking.
Google. Bing. Yahoo. Ask. AOL Search. Wow. WebCrawler. MyWebSearch

Just to name a few

If can be overwhelming and personally I think Google is the most important one and for obvious reasons. Statistically, speaking about 70% of people do their searching on google.

Let’s be honest, how many times do we say, google it, a day.

Google does a great job of ranking keywords and their relevance for its front page.
-You want that front page! You want it bad. You want to be Google’s “bae”
-Yes I used quotes I’m a proud child of the 90s bae will never replace BFF

-90% of Googlers find what they are looking for on the first page
-Here’s some slightly discouraging news there is no particular strategy that will get you on the first page unless you happen to know one of the creators who created googles ranking algorithm. If you know them HOLLA AT YO GIRL.

-Some methods can help you, YES! BUT don’t go wasting hundreds of dollars on people claiming they have unlocked ultimate one of a kind SEO secrets.

Keywords are a great way to be search engine friendly.
-Sign up for Google Adsense and use Google Keywords. It’s a great, fast, easy way to track and create keywords.  It will also tell you the popularity of your keywords!

3. Social media
So important. It lets you connect with other bloggers and lets non-bloggers know you exist.

So why does it matter for SEO? Good question. Your presence and popularity on social media improves SEO rankings. I would say these are the most important social media aspects to focus on.
1.Google +
2. Pinterest Repins
3. Facebook shares/likes/comments
4. Retweets

Social media is like running into to Google at a party.  Google notices and says “Hey girl, I see you,”

4. Website structure and Speed
I think sometimes this is an aspect of SEO that can be overlooked, but really it’s probably one of the most important.
Your website needs to be visually appealing and easy to navigate. Period.
-The importance of choosing a good theme could easily be an another post.
Your website/blog represents you (your brand) and if your theme is too overbearing or cluttered your audience will quickly vanish unless they absolutely love you. Then props. I wish I was you.
-If you have a large budget shop around for a theme that really represents you or meet with a graphic designer to help create something original.

CHOOSING A BAD THEME CAN SLOW THE SPEED OF YOUR WEBSITE

I am impatient. Most people are impatient. Research shows that if it takes more than 2 seconds to load your website, your audience will probably leave. Therefore, your goal is for your website to load in less than a second. I definitely have room for improvement here.

Most of all, remember to make realistic goals. As you gain confidence in your SEO master skills, you will raise your goals getting closer to that less than one second loading time.

To test your website speed you can go to http://www.webpagetest.org

There are several ways to improve your site speed, click HERE to find out!

5. Backlinks

If you’re new to blogging you might be wondering what in the world are backlinks and trust me, I’ve been there sister. Google is like the friend everyone wants to a have, but to get into the popular group you have to prove yourself. Ugh, google is such a mean girl.

Backlinks help Google decipher/navigate through your website before it lets you into it’s Google clique. If you haven’t learned by now, blogging success has lots to do with networking.

Let’s be honest, this is not my strong suit, I have trust issues just like Google.

Finally, find blogs and websites in your niche that would be good candidates for you to add your links and then network. Creating great blog posts will not only help you gain followers, but also increase the likelihood of people featuring your link on their website.

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