WordPress SEO for beginners Optimize your blog in 2019

No doubt improving your WordPress SEO is an important thing for getting traffic on your website/blog. If you really want to increase the traffic of your website then do the best possible SEO practices. In this article, I will share my WordPress SEO tips to improve the SEO score and ranking of a website. WordPress is SEO friendly you heard this from experts. The SEO friendly nature of WordPress is the reason that people choose WordPress to start a blog. Everything is so easy in WordPress there are lots of plugins that make WordPress very easy to use. I will share some of the tips if you want to maximize your WordPress SEO.

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Three major Search Engine Optimisation factors are

On-site SEO
On-page SEO
Off-site SEO

We will be covering all these three aspects in this blog and I will guide you on how to publish content on your site blog. Rank your site. Seo is just like milestone step by step.

Selecting your domain name.

choosing a domain name seo

The first step to publish a website is to buy a domain name or selecting a domain name. A domain name is important for brand recognization. We always want an easily recognizable name.
•Keywords in the domain.
•Use google tools to.find keywords.
•Use customer language.
•Use .com URLs.
•Avoid numbers and characters.
•Avoid using .info and .tv in domain name.

You can buy the domain from various websites, but my few recommendations to help get you started. Don’t go for a free domain because of few reasons like slow speed and its extensions like .free, .test which also shows a poor impact on user experience.

GoDaddy.com
Namecheap.com
HostGator.com
Bluehost.com

All these are specialized in. WordPress hosting packages almost $3.5/month with free SLL, CDN and super cacher, etc.

Selecting your Web Hosting.

Hosting is an important part of SEO. Because of one of Google’s ranking factory site speed. If sites load faster your ranking goes up. Site speed and loading time are affected by the web hosting the hosting you use on your site the more optimized hosting you use the faster it will be load. One of the major ranking factors of Google is USER EXPERIENCE. If your pages don’t open in 2-3 seconds, you may improve it.

SSL Certificate

SSL Certificate is necessary for website security. It is also a major ranking factor on google. The user experience of the website also depends on Security and safety. You will need it on the website sooner or later. Almost every hosting website offers a free SSL Certificate. For SEO option free SSL is more than enough. While purchasing Domain from any Domain provider like Bluehost also provide SSL Certificate.

Benefits of Websites secured with SSL Certificate indicated by a padlock sign in the address bar. All these make your website trustworthy. It makes a better user experience.

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Permalinks

After installing WordPress the firs we have to do is set up the permalinks. This will help in creating an SEO friendly URL structure of your site.

This is a non-SEO friendly permalink

Here is an example.

This URL is without permalinks:
Http://www.theblogdough.com/?phsjsu5792

This looks great with permalinks. This is an SEO friendly permalink.

https://www.theblogdough.com/top-5-tools-to-check-website-traffic/

All you have to do is change settings than permalinks.
From this default setting to post name settings and save it.

Open your WordPress Dashboard > Settings > permalinks > Select Post Name > Press Save Changes button
Now you have SEO Friendly URLs.

Install the SEO WordPress Plugin(Yoast)

Choosing SEO Plugins for WordPress, the best most preferred SEO plugin is Yoast SEO or All in One SEO Pack. Both have efficient solutions. Both have owns pros and cons.

Installing plugins will not optimize your blog’s SEO. There are lots of steps you have to follow after installing
Admin>Plugin>Add New and type Yoast SEO in the search box.
Install and activate it.

A WordPress SEO plugin is a free option for SEO on your website.

WWW vs non-WWW

Starting out with the new website you need to choose www or non-www in your site’s URL.

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Choose one and stick to it because Search engines consider these two different websites. Use one of them.

All you have to do is WordPress Dashboard >> Settings >> General Page. Add your preferred URL in both fields.

Titles and Post Meta Data Settings

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The WordPress SEO plugins like Yoast automatically create post Metadata and Titles. So Google and other search engines can read them. This comes with a default template tags that I must recommend to everyone.

When we talk about Categories and Tags, the common rule is to allow Categories to be properly indexed. The major reason is that people add lots of tags to their sites. Google will follow the tags but it wouldn’t index them.

Data-Based and author Settings

You can enable it on a website where multiple authors contribute to the blog. Don’t use this in the single-author website because this is not good for your website SEO.

XML Sitemap

how to submit sitemap

A specially formatted file that contains lists of every single page on your website. This made search engine to crawl for content on your website. Adding XML Sitemap doesn’t boost your website ranking it just helps search engines to find pages quickly. Plugins like Yoast had a default setting for XML sitemaps. It will automatically create a sitemap. Find Sitemap of any website by just typing (don’t forget to change domain name)

http://domain-name.com/sitemap_index.xml

Submit your XML sitemap to Google search console.

Google search console is also known as Webmaster Tools. Google offers a set of tools to look at how the website content is seen by the search engine all over the globe. It provides statistics reports and data which helps you to understand how your pages appear in the search. You can check how each page appears, clicks, page time, etc. This information helps you to understand how your website is working. The webmaster also alerts if something error with your website.

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Tip:-

When your XML Sitemap is ready to submit it to Google. Set your main pages like About us, Contact us, Privacy Policy, etc. Also, create at least 2posts before submitting the Sitemap.

Submitting your Site to Google for Indexing.

submit site to google for seo

Once you are ready to submit.

Add site URL in the Domain and Continue > Select your website from the sidebar > Click on ‘Sitemaps’ > Add your Sitemap URL > Click on Submit.

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Click the fetch and render button then wait for Google to process the submission once they are done you will see a request indexing button click this button. Also, Submit Your Sitemaps to another webmaster like Bing Webmaster Tools, Yandex Webmaster.

Social SEO settings

You must set up a social media account to your websites the social account like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest will help you to social SEO.

Yoast SEO have lots of option in it. All you have to do is Dashboard > SEO ( By Yoast) > Social. Fill all the social media links. All this will help you in increasing WordPress Seo.

Site Speed Optimisation for WordPress

Website speed is a major factor for SEO the sides which load earlier faster automatically rank higher but if your website load slower it shows on the lowest result in the Google search. I use a caching plugin and a CDN. There are many other factors that affect Site Speed I will make a details blog post for Site Speed Optimisation. For now, I will share some overviews.

  • Choose a best web hosting provider
  • Use a light WordPress theme
  • Reduce image sizes ( Use the plugin like WP-Optimize )
  • Use a CDN
  • Clean WordPress database
  • Clean Revisions
  • Use PageSpeed Insights by Google to check speed.

Caching Plugin

The content on your site doesn’t change you can have those pages cached and ready to load whenever someone visits on your site. This becomes faster when a visitor visits more than once. They will get the cached version of the page and make it load super fast. All this boosts the speed and load time of the website.

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CDN

CDN Services like MaxCDN and Cloudflare load off your server by hosting your images, Themes files, CSS and Javascript. These services are free. I use WP Fastest Cache and MaxCDN on sites.

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Author Varun wadhawan

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