If you’re looking for some practical WordPress SEO that you can use on your site today, then you’ll love this infographic.
It’s a simple checklist that will bring in more search engine traffic from every piece of content that you publish:
Here’s my take on the WordPress SEO insights from the infographic:
1. Use SEO-Friendly URLs
So I recommend making your URLs short and neet.
And always include your target keyword in your URL.
In other words:
Avoid ugly URLs: spteam.com/p=123
Or long URLs: spteam.com/8/6/16/cat=SEO/wordpress-seo-is-so-amazing-omg-its-the-best
The correct URLs: spteam.com/wordpress-seo
2. Start Title With Keyword
Your title tag is the most important WordPress SEO factor.
In general, the closer the keyword is to the beginning of the title tag, the more weight it has with search engines.
3. Add Modifiers To Your Title
Using modifiers like “2018”, “best”, “guide”, “checklist” and “review” can help you rank for long tail versions of your target keyword.
4. Wrap Your Blog Post Title in an H1 Tag
The H1 tag is your “headline tag”. Most CMS’s (like WordPress) automatically add the H1 tag to your blog post title. If that’s the case, you’re all set.
But some themes override this setting. Check your site’s code to make sure your title gets the H1 love it deserves.
5. Dazzle with Multimedia
Text can only take your content so far. Engaging images, videos and diagrams can reduce bounce rate and increase time on site: two critical user interaction ranking factors in WordPress SEO.
6. Wrap Subheadings in H2 Tags
Include your target keyword in at least once subheading…and wrap it in an H2 tag.
7. Drop Keyword in First 100 Words
Your keyword should appear in the first 100-150 words of your article.
8. Use Responsive Design
Google started penalizing mobile unfriendly sites in 2015. And they’re likely crack down even more in the future. If you want to make your site mobile-friendly, I recommend Responsive Design for WordPress SEO.
9. Use Outbound Links
Outbound links to related pages helps Google figure out your wordpress SEO topic. It also shows Google that your page is a hub of quality info.
10. Use Internal Links
Internal linking is SO money. Use 2-3 in every post.
If you want to see a great example of how to internal link on your site, check out Wikipedia.
They add keyword-rich internal links to every entry:
Obviously, they can get away with 50+ internal links per page because they’re Wikipedia. I recommend a simpler (and safer) approach: link to 2-5 older posts whenever you publish a new one.
11. Boost Site Speed
Google has stated on the record that page loading speed is an WordPress SEO ranking signal (and they recently made PageSpeed even MORE important). You can boost your site speed by using a CDN, compressing images, and switching to faster hosting.
Make sure your site doesn’t take more than 4 seconds to load: MunchWeb found that 75% of users wouldn’t re-visit a site that took longer than 4 seconds to load.
You can easily check your site’s loading speed using the excellent GTMetrix.com.
12. Sprinkle LSI Keywords
LSI keywords are synonyms that Google uses to determine a page’s relevancy (and possibly quality). Sprinkle them into every post.
But if you want to make 100% sure that you’re using LSI keywords, search for your keyword in Google and scroll down to the “Searches Related to…” area at the bottom of the page:
Toss one or two of these into your post for WordPress SEO.
13. Image Optimization
Make sure at least one image file name includes your target keyword (for example, wordpress_SEO.png) and that your target keyword is part of your image Alt Text.
14. Use Social Sharing Buttons
Social signals may not play a direct role in ranking your site. But social shares generate more eyeballs on your content.
And the more eyeballs you get, the more likely someone is to link to you. So don’t be shy about placing social sharing buttons prominently on your site.
In fact, a study by BrightEdge found that prominent social sharing buttons can increase social sharing by 700%.
15. Boost Dwell Time
If someone hits their back button immediately after landing on a page, it tells Google in black-and-white: this is low quality page.
That’s why Google uses “dwell time” to size up your content’s quality. Increase your average dwell time by writing long, engaging content that keeps people reading.
Here are a few more important on-page SEO factors that I didn’t have room to include in the infographic:
Quality Content: I know that you’re sick and tired of hearing about “quality content”.
Even though search engines have no direct way of determining quality of WordPress SEO , they have plenty of indirect methods, such as:
- Repeat visitors
- Chrome bookmarks
- Time on site
- Dwell time
- Google searches for your brand
In other words, great content definitely won’t hurt you. So there’s no reason NOT to publish awesome stuff every single time.
Encourage Blog Comments: I’ve long suspected that sites with lots of high-quality blog comments get a slight edge in Google’s search results.
That’s why I wasn’t surprised when Google said that having a thriving community on your site can help “a lot” with rankings:
That’s why it’s smart to encourage people to comment on your blog posts.
Maximize Organic CTR: There’s no doubt in my mind that Google uses organic click-through-rate as a ranking signal.
And even if they don’t, you STILL want to optimize your Google listing for CTR.
(More clicks=more traffic)
User Intent: This is a big one.
Google RankBrain measures how searchers interact with your content.
(For example, RankBrain pays close attention to CTR and Dwell Time… two factors I talked about already in this guide).
The ultimate goal of RankBrain is to determine if users are satisfied with your content.
In other words, does your content match user intent? If not, it’s going to be VERY hard to rank (even if your page is keyword-optimized).
But if you create a page that makes users happy, Google is going to rocket you to the top of the SERPs.
For example, let’s say you want to rank for the keyword: “Paleo diet breakfast”. Do a Google search for that term and peruse the top 5 results:
What do you notice?
All of the results are lists of recipes, like this:
In other words, people searching for that keyword don’t want to learn why breakfast is important (or not important) on the Paleo diet. They don’t want to know the “5 elements of a Paleo breakfast”. They just want a big ol’ list of recipes.
So the better you can satisfy user intent, in general, the better you’ll rank in WordPress SEO.