SEO can allow you to get traffic from Google, but it can be a bit like spotting a mythical creature for some. It’s not always as easy as it seems, but you don’t have to struggle on your own to get blog traffic. Use these three easy tips to get killer visits to your site!
1. Target The Right Keywords
You have to know what keywords you’re targeting so that the search engines know how to categorize your blog. You want the search engines to rank you for the most popular keywords in your niche – meaning that if you have a site about training puppies, people can find your site in the first few pages of a Google search when they type in the popular keyword “puppy training.”
Identify the top 10 keywords you’re targeting. It’s important to know how much potential traffic is available for the keyword phrases that you’re targeting. Otherwise, you may find yourself disappointed. Your post may be ranked #1 for a term that only gets 10 searches per day. It’s better to be in the top 10 for a stronger keyword or keyword phrase.
2. Use Back Links
Getting links from high ranking (PR3 and above) sites in your niche is critical. Reach out to other blogs and website owners to see if they’ll link to you or let you write guest posts with links back to your site.
Social media is excellent for getting these types of links! Write good content that people want to share and make sure that you’re publishing it on the top social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
3. Use WordPress SEO Plugins
There are two plugins that you must have on your blog for SEO! These are easy to use and will help fine tune your site’s SEO so the search engines can find you more easily.
All In One SEO – Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization). The free version works just fine – haven’t found a reason to upgrade to the pro version.
Scribe SEO – Think of it as a content optimization assistant – that analyzes web pages, blog posts, and online press releases at the click of a button. It’s the only one that we’ve found that let’s you analyze your content BEFORE it goes live and it’s a great tool to get you in the habit of writing both for people AND for the search engines.
We run the Scribe SEO Analysis on every post we write.
Be Patient – Getting Free Search Engine Traffic Takes Time
It may take at least 4 months to start seeing regular traffic from the search engines. Google especially is like a stuck up dog – it’ll sniff your yard, go away, come back, mark the territory, come back again, and eventually, your blog will be a regular stop for Google’s crawlers – but it doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient and let the tools work for you. As long as you’re putting up valuable content that people want to read and using highly searched keywords within your niche, it will happen!