Stick to SEO Basics and Avoid SEO Mistakes

seoSEO (search engine optimization) is  important  for two reasons, both of which are critical to your blog’s success.  Search engines can be the largest source of organic (unpaid) traffic to your blog. The visitors search engines deliver are targeted readers already interested in your  content who are are more likely to return an/or subscribe. That’s why it makes sense for bloggers to learn basic SEO elements and focus on making  Google their blog’s best friend.

You don’t need to do everything the hard way. Read five online marketing lessons learned and benefit from taking the advice that’s offered:

1.     Build Your Website on WordPress
2.     Choose the Right Target Keywords Before Anything Else
3.     Build Your Business with SEO in Mind
4.     Engage in Social Media
5.     Get Analytical Before it’s Too Late

The SEO game has changed drastically over the last year. A lot of the tactics that worked 12 months ago don’t work anymore. And it’s not just newbie SEOs who are making mistakes… even experts who have been in the field for years are making mistakes. — 5 SEO Mistakes That Even Experts Miss.

It’s important to realize that the keywords you decide to use will be different for different social media accounts. It is not a “one keyword fits all” operation. There are a few things you can do to find the right keywords for each of your social media sites. —  Help Customers Find You: How to Use Keywords on Your Social Networks

6 thoughts on “Stick to SEO Basics and Avoid SEO Mistakes

  1. Hi timethief.

    I just switch over from blogger to a self hosted wordpress for my personal blog http://www.selfconsiderate.com. I wanted to know what seo plugin is best to use? I’ve seen most people say between WordPress SEO by Yoast and All in One SEO. Any opinions on the 2?

    • I used several SEO plugins on my install and rejected them all. I think you ought to posts to the WordPress.org support forums for feedback. Support for your website is provided on the WordPress.ORG support forums and they are here http://wordpress.org/support/ If you don’t have a username account at WordPress.org, click that link and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the correct support forums for your software.

  2. Great tips here. Of course, SEO is a dynamic field and it changes so much with Google and their algorithm adjustments and filters, so it’s very important to keep up. But sticking to the basics such as these will always be important as the foundation of any website. Good tips.

    • Thank you. I realize I could do a much better job on SEO on my blogs but I do have an active offline life so I only devote my energy and time to the basics.

      • Your basics are better than mine… this may be your hobby, but… I dunno. Offline gives me a lot on my plate and I’m just not able to put in as much work by comparison.

        I do understand SEO– got jacked pretty hard when I was at VOX. The IT guy at Six Apart put together an awesome search engine extension (for Firefox) and then one day, it totally didn’t work very well. The rest is history, of course, as there’s an Ex-VOX community at WordPress. And aside from all that… well, I’m still writing mostly for family and friends. Sometimes, I figure, I don’t want to be TOO noticed. Could be hangover (pun intended) from LiveJournal.

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