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Blogging Tips – using SEO

Last week I wrote a piece about setting the categories and tags for your posts which help the WordPress reader put your post into the correct place thus helping people to find your blog. This week I read a great piece about how to get your blog noticed by Google.

 

This is definitely something that I have investigated before, but like many things, it slipped off my radar slightly more recently.  Another name for this is SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). This term often results in people rolling their eyes and quickly changing the subject. (I have dismissed it in the past). It needn’t be like that really. You are probably already doing most of them:

 

  1. Write relevant content with well-chosen tags (not too many).
  2. Write a tag line that correctly reflects the content on your blog. (Google uses this to work out what your blog is about).
  3. Write regular posts or updates on your blog or website. (This allows Google to see that it is an active site).
  4. Use Key Words sensibly through your post. You really don’t need to think too much about this as if you are writing great content then  you are most likely already doing it. When you are writing a post you need to think about what people would use to search for your piece and then use them sensibly throughout. If, for example I am writing about a beaded necklace that I had made I would ensure that I use this phrase in my post. See – easy as that. Don’t use it too many times however as Google will pick up on it and disregard it (It will also not read very well thus turning people away from your blog!)
  5. Use Post slugs: (yes I know this is new to me too!!) This is the bit at the end of the posts URL.  It can be changed to make it more applicable at any time. On WordPress when you are writing a new post the slug can be found under the title at the end of the
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    Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

    . WordPress will put the title in. You can have any title as long as you make the slug relevant to your title. Thus my slug for this post will be Blog SEO. Short and to the point!

 

You can also use Google Analytics for more detailed information and I shall attempt to write a piece about this next week so look out for that.

 

Should you wish to read more on this have a look at this or this.

 

I am now going to change my slug for this post (or try to!).

 

Happy Blogging 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Blogging: Categories and Tags

A couple of weeks  ago we looked at how to encourage more readers to your blog, after all it is really nice to think that you are writing for an audience. Today we are going to look at another part of this which is also a way of organising your posts on your blog.

CATEGORIES:

When you are adding a new post you will notice down the right hand side a box titled categories. This is a way of grouping your posts together under main headings. Think chapters in a book. If you read a book about food you will expect to find chapters entitled, starters, main meals, salads, deserts etc. If you were doing this on a blog each of the chapters may well be one of your categories.

If you wish to add categories then you can click on the +category underneath the category box. You can sub divide your categories further by selecting an existing tag to be its ‘parent’. e.g under deserts you could have sub categories of hot and cold.

For more detailed info on altering categories then go to: here.

TAGS:

Tags, along with categories help people to find your blog. If you like the categories are the branches on your tree and the tags are the leaves. They give you a bit more information about your post. When you are ADDING A NEW POST the tags box is under the categories box down the right hand side.

As you type in content you will see that some suggested tags come up. You may or may not choose them – it is up to you. You can also add any of your own by typing them in the box.

You do have to choose your tags carefully – they need to be relevant. If you mention something in passing then it is probably not relevant to use it. It has to be part of the main content – I always think: ” What I would type into Google in order to find this blog post.”  It is the categories and tags that WordPress uses to place it in the Reader, thus helping people to find you.

A few tips to make the most out of tags:

  • If you include more than 15 tags and categories (total) on a post, it won’t appear on the topic pages — that’s our way of helping ensure relevance.
  • If your blog is private, your posts won’t show up in the Reader, so check Settings >> Privacy in your dashboard to confirm your settings.
  • If you regularly post material that is offensive, not safe for work, or not suitable for minors, we might flag your site as mature, and mature blogs aren’t included on topic pages. (You can contact support if you think your blog may have been accidentally flagged.)
  • If you’re misusing the tag feature, your blog may not appear in the Reader. Misuse includes tagging your content with misleading or irrelevant tags; and posting affiliate links, marketing material, and unoriginal content.

Taken from Learn.Wordpress where you can also find out a bit more information about tags. You will also find information on how to set up a tag cloud in your side bar and also a little exercise to ensure that you are choosing tags wisely and effectively.

I am now off to check that I have my categories neatly organised in the best way 🙂 As always let me know if you want to know anything else.

Happy Blogging 🙂

Beginning Blogging – adding photographs

Last week I learnt that WordPress have updated their Learn.Wordpress site. So my big question to you all is:

Should I carry on with this series or shall I just link you all to this site?

Initially I thought that this was it – I had done all I needed to do, however I am not so sure:

1. I have learnt a lot from this myself, (did you see my last post with a rainbow of headings?)

2. I think that it may actually be worth while having someone go though installment at a time. It gives you time to work though each thing before starting on another.

These are just my thoughts. Please let me know what you think – I do not wish to flog a dead horse!

So for today I shall keep it very short:

How to add pictures and photos to a post

Now this is a very important skill. It breaks up the  text making it easier to read and also adds interest, catching people’s eye. Looking pretty is important 🙂

If your blog is about things that you have seen, done, made etc then the best way to add pictures is through the addition of photographs. If you have photographs on file on your computer all you have to do is to go to the add media button at the top of your ADD NEW POST page. When you click on this you go to a new window. Click on the UPLOAD FILES which is again towards the top.

You now go the middle and click on UPLOAD FILES. Choose your picture you want to use, double-click and then wait until it uploads.

Once it has uploaded you will be able to fill in a title, a caption, tags (important as they help search engines find you) and a description. (Description is important because if the photo doesn’t load it will give your description instead.) You can also align your photo – left, centre or right.

And there you have it! You can copy and paste into your post but beware of copyright. Down the bottom right of your page when writing a post you will find a group of photographs as below.

There is a search box here too. This will give you some suggestions for pictures that you can use that are free from copyright. In my experience you cannot often find what you are looking for unless it is very common. It is quite useful still however and I do use it from time to time.

So there you go. Not only will you be writing great posts – they will look pretty and eye-catching too.

Do please let me know if you wish to continue with this series or not. To help you with this decision here is the link to the Learn.WordPress site:

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/learn-wordpress/

I have added an extra box to encourage you to have your say and leave feedback. Please be honest 🙂