As I posted earlier, I stopped blogging a couple of years ago and as of right now trying to re-learn how to blog and all the bells that go along with blogging, i.e. SEO friendly topics, blog optimization, the right blog template, the effective use of keywords, right keywords for the right niche, meta-tags, and so on…
From the days I was so “in” to blogging to the present. Has it changed? Let see what I remembered back then.
Couple of tips to make articles SEO friendly:
1. Using the KISS Principle as a format – Keep it simple & short (sometimes referred to as Keep it simple, stupid!) An article that has around 5000 words is boring to read, let’s face it we want to get the gist of the story quickly. That’s why blogs are popular because they keep to the 300-700 words guideline. Also breaks if done correctly it let’s the reader digest information more efficiently. Have a post longer than 900 words? Break the post into two posts.
2. The right Keyword(s) is the key to success – before thinking of writing a new article, pick a title, a keyword that would likely be searched by a reader (blogging tips, SEO tips). Then start building the article from there. But when in a blogging berserker rage its writing first then SEO optimization later but somehow it backfires this way.
3. Cool ways to use the same keyword(s) – adding adverbs, adjectives, flowery words, power words to your chosen keyword(s) is a good start, you can even use it in the title, sentences, section headers, as a category, a tag. Just don’t overdo it; too much of something is always bad for you/your blog.
4. Back to the basics, the simple layout – stick to the classics, the tried and tested way of writing/blogging. From your title > the Introduction, > your main content/idea, > the summary/climax.
5. Do a research, give facts from good reliable sources – Wikipedia has been a main source of valuable information, and also blogs/sites that I enjoy reading like Problogger, Techcrunch, Mashable, John Chow, Blog Herald, and so on. Research and if an article is appropriate to your post, Mention them on your post and give credit to the author. You may get a link back from those sites 🙂
6. The right title says it all – I admit, I’m not good in making a very cool, awesome, eye-catching, reader getting title but I do my best to learn and (hopefully) get attention to the blogosphere. Insert appropriate keywords in your blogs meta keyword. In the meta description, write at least sentence or two that briefly describes what the post is about.
7. Be creative, Be Inspired, write an Original, Knockout article! – be creative in writing your articles, there’s lots of ways to write an article, copying from someone else’s work maybe the quickest way to do but it won’t get to the top.
8. Write articles for your readers and not for the search engines – take care of your readers, by giving them useful, quality articles, relevant links for their information research quest. And the rest will follow. Trying to please your readers is easier than trying to beat a search engine algorithm. Content is King! Always will.
Has writing SEO friendly articles changed these past few years? What do you think?
These Posts may help you in your information research quest about SEO friendly articles
- Blog Optimization: How to Use Your Blog as an SEO Tool (clixto7.com)
- The 5 Essentials for Improving Your Website’s SEO (openforum.com)
- SEO Marketing: Blogging Basics (thetechscoop.net)
- New keyword tool lets you predict rank traffic and value to your business (codemyownroad.com)
- Is SEO Copywriting Really That Easy? (smallbusinessmavericks.com)
- 10 Simple Tips For Effective Mobile SEO (searchengineland.com)
- 3 Ways To Advance Maturity In Your SEO Metrics (conductor.com)