Hey Hey guys! Let’s have some fun here and talk SEO shall we? You may be wondering what is seo (aka Search Engine Optimization) well I will get into that in just a second.
First off, I hate having to pay for traffic! Frankly I’ve only paid for traffic about 3 times since I started online.
I LOVE free traffic and continuing to learn new strategies to get free traffic. It’s really what get’s my blood pumping!
That’s what brings me to Search Engine Optimization.
SEO is one of THE BEST ways i know to genertate LASER targetted traffic to your blog simply by giving the search engines what their customers want.
What is SEO: The Definition
So what do I mean by giving the search engines what their customers want?
Search engines are exactly that, a place where Joe goes to get information on a certain topic. YOU as a website owner can publish information in the form of articles and or videos to provide Joe the answer to what he’s looking for.
And if you are able to do that and meet certain requirements that the search engines ask for then they reward you by putting your website on the very first page when Joe performs his search.
What is SEO: Getting On Page 1
So now that you understand what seo is let’s talk about the steps required to get on page one.
The 5 Principles of SEO
1. Good Keyword Research: This is EXTREMELY important and first page rankings are tough if you target the wrong keywords.
There are plenty of great free resources out there that allow you target the right keywords and you better believe I will be covering an article on proper keyword research.
2. Writing Quality, Unique Content: If you think you are going to be able to copy and paste articles from Article directories, or steal articles from other blogs and show up on the first page of Google I’m here to tell you those days are OVER!!
You must write quality unique content around the keywords you just discovered while still delivering top of the line content.
3. Site Structure and Speed: The search engines want to make sure that when they send a customer to your website they are able to easily navigate your website and find what they are looking for as well as making sure that content is delivered as quickly as humanly possible.
I will be sharing articles on setting up your site structure and how to speed up your WordPress website but for now below are some great resources.
How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website with Amazon Cloudfront By: Me 🙂
Best Way To Speed Up Your WordPress Site in 6 Easy Steps with Mr. Internet Tips
4. Great On Page SEO: This too is important and is the gateway to letting the search engines know what your article is about.
Once you found your keywords and have written your article around that keyword we now have to strategically place that keyword in certain places of your article as a way of letting Google know “HEY THIS ARTICLE IS FOR THOSE PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR “WHAT IS SEO!”
Again there will be an article to follow on proper keyword placement.
5. Great Off Page SEO (Backlinks): Getting backlinks is what’s going to propel you to the top of the search engine rankings. Backlinks is basically getting other websites to link to your article.
What this does is basically validates for Google that your site is a great resource for the topic you just wrote about.
The more sites that link to your article the higher in the rankings you will be. There are a few factors that also influence this such as the authority of the site linking to yours, their page rank, and the anchor text used to link to your article etc.
There are a TON of ways to get backlinks and I will be sharing with you many of those ways here are ZamuraiBlogger.com! 🙂
But that is it for now my friend I just wanted you to get a gist of what is seo and what to expect from my upcoming articles.
To Your SEO Success,
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Awesome info Joshua. Looking forward to the link building post. Looking forward to all of your posts – you rock!
Thank you Deb! 8) There will be quite a few back linking posts! Any tips you’d like to share please do! You got some great SEO insight
I agree with Deb. The hardest thing is to get good backlinks. And this is what I now the least of. So looking forward on your post of link building.
Sounds good Sven! Stay tuned as I will get into backlinking in a few weeks want to cover some basics first.
Thanks for stopping by
Hi Josh, nice to meet you. You’re off to a great start here. I just submitted this post over at SERPd. You might want to check it out over there. It’s where all the SEO guys hang out. I hang out there too sometime but don’t hold it against me 🙂
Hey Ileane thank you for stopping by and thank you for sharing my article on SERPd I will definitely check it out! 🙂 I see you hang out EVERYWHERE LOL
Look forward to building a great relationship!
Thank for the Pingback man. DO you have a HOT SEO for WordPress post that I can use on my site?
I will create a video around it and of course mad links back to you.
Not a problem my friend!
Not quite yet. I am just getting started on this blog but you better believe I have some lined up!
I will let you know when I start rolling them out.
Nice post Joshua, Search Engine Optimization seemed pretty simple in the beginning and then quickly became more complicated. This was due in part both to Google’s secrecy and bloggers unintentional, I hope, spreading bad information.
The exciting news is now things are coming back around full circle. Google is much more open with SEO information and there are some fantastic blogs full of great tips, yours included. Just the other day Matt Cutts released a video on how to use our Google profiles to improve SEO. SEO is becoming fun again.
I especially like your first principles – Good keyword research. Keyword research is incredibly important and all but ignored by most of us when writing blog content.
Hey Brian! Thanks for stopping by my friend! I’ve just started learning SEO 4 months ago so I’m still pretty new but from what I’ve learned and implemeted I’ve reached page 1 for several keywords.
I wasn’t arround online before or during the update so it’s all brand new to me 🙂 It’s been a blast since I started.
Do you happen to have the link to Matt’s video I’d love to watch it.
And you are correct KW research is probably my favorite part.
Sure, I have it on my blog post http://hotblogtips.com/how-and-why-to-add-your-google-profile-to-your-blog I would recommend subscribing to Matt Cutts’ blog for anyone interested in SEO.
Did you get the pingback my friend? 8) I will be subbing to his blog now
Great post Joshua. I need a lot of good traffic to my new e-commerce site and will be looking forward to some advice from you in the weeks ahead. You rock! I was going to buy Backlinks Battleplan, but will hold off and wait for your advice.
Hey Owen great to hear from you and thank you for passing by! I look forward to helping you.
You can start your backlinking right away! I have started backlink fridays for those who already know the basics of SEO here episode 1
I like how you right…nice and upbeat. I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say about getting backlinks.
Hey Rebecca! Great to hear from you and thank you for passing my! You can view my first of many series on backlinks here
8) hope that helps
Joshua Thanks for this SEO article. Its really mentioned in a precise and simple way. Thanks a lot. You are really awesome 🙂 and slowly but surely I am digesting these things in me….
Hey Ismail! You are welcome my friend! Take it a day at a time and you will be ranking your articles in no time 8) Once you get the hang of it it’s really not that difficult.
Some gurus claim that the keywords should be in the domain name and others claim it’s not a must. What do you think and why?
Hey Owen, Great question. I do NOT think it’s a MUST to have your keywords in the domain name BUT definitely in the URL. so whether you have it as http://www.keyword.com OR http://www.example.com/keyword either way it carries weight then NOT having it at all.
So no matter which way you do it make sure it’s in there it will definitely give you an edge against your competition should they not have the keyword in the URL.
Hope that helps
Joshua, Great article. I am looking forward to your article updates. SEO is what I need for my website as well as how to add back links.
Thank you Anna! I look forward to help you! You can start learning how to add backlinks by viewing my backlink fridays episodes 8) Episode 2 is tomorrow.
Thank you Kiran!
I did ask the same thing: “What is SEO?” when I first started with it. Now I know how important is it’s role and how I am gonna start with it. Thanks for the information!
You’re welcome Mike! And thank you for stopping by.
I have been using http://gtmetrix.com/ to analyze my page speed and it has helped me a lot with finding ways to speed my site up. After I lowered my load time I enjoyed a 10 spots increase on my search index results almost immediately.
another great post!