Want to Optimize Your Blog for Traffic?

optimize-your-blog-for-trafficAs a blogger, don’t you want to attract more of your ideal readers? 

So what are some of the top strategies to optimize your blog for traffic?

Step #1 Search Engine Optimization – what is it?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) needs to be a big focus in your blogging, if you want to optimize your blog for traffic.

SEO includes planning, writing, and using easy coding of your site in a way that helps to improve the amount and quality of traffic to your blog from people using search engines.

So successful SEO techniques will really helping you get more of your ideal readers and potential customers to your site.

Each of the steps below are SEO tactics you can start with today!

Step #2 Identify Your Audience

When you optimize your blog for traffic, you’ll have higher rankings and be seen higher in the search results to a larger number of people, who then visit your site!

That means you need to define your audience, your market, first before starting your SEO techniques.

It’s so much better having your site visited by people who are interested in what you offer!

Step #3 Know your keywords

Steps for finding the right keywords and key phrases:

  1. What words do your readers use when looking for your type of information?
  2. Write out a list of keywords that are related to your blog and business.
  3. What words/phrases are like-minded blogs and businesses using that you would also use?
  4. Use your chosen keywords and phrases in your content on your site consistently.
Step #4 Inbound Linking

You blog’s link popularity is key when you optimize your blog for traffic, as it also increases your blog’s page ranking.

==> Your blog needs to have links on pages that already have a high Google PageRank to help your blog with a higher rank.

PageRank isn’t as important as it once was as part. But many experts still believe in this process.

So yes, you do want to optimize your blog for traffic.

To enhance you blog presence is to be continually marketing and promoting to attract and optimize your blog for traffic.

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35 thoughts on “Want to Optimize Your Blog for Traffic?

  • October 13, 2014 at 9:38 am
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    This is valuable information especially when just starting on your blog.I like the point about identifying and knowing your audience. Thanks for the share.

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    • October 13, 2014 at 11:03 am
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      So glad you stopped by and commented – Siphosith – great that you found this valuable!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 9:59 am
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    Donna, Thanks for your tips! I agree with all of your tips and do my best to implement them. What SEO plugin or tool do you recommend? Also, I’d like to learn how you added over 1000 new subscribers to your list in just 4 months, but often have client calls at your 9am time slot. Can I get the recordings if I sign up? Thanks!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 11:01 am
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      Thank you, Beth – I did see that you subscribed to my list – and the recordings do go out after the calls – I appreciate your note! I use SEO by Yoast – helps keep me on track! Love it all – Big hugs 🙂

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        • October 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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          Very nice, Beth – thank you!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 10:17 am
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    SEO is my biggest blog headache, I just don’t get it! I will definitely take your tips and begin to figure it out. Thanks for explaining it in plain-jane language!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 10:50 am
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      Hey Cori – I think it’s kind of fun and so important – but, I started learning it over 5 years ago and a lot of my own clients struggle – you just have to learn how and where and why 🙂

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    • October 13, 2014 at 10:46 am
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      Glad you stopped by, Mary – 🙂

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  • October 13, 2014 at 11:00 am
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    Great tips! I’m going to have to start doing this better. . .

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    • October 13, 2014 at 11:08 am
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      So very fun that I could be a motivation in this area for you, Amalis 🙂

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    • October 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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      Thank you, Sophia – even when we are writing chapters in our books or lessons to share with the world, it’s a great habit to get into – because we don’t want to be kept a secret 🙂

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  • October 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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    Great post! SEO always starts with knowing your audience and keyword research. One thing I learned was writing down a list of words in my notebook of what my audience would be searching for at 2AM in a cold sweat.

    Dr. Lisa

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    • October 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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      Excellent advice, Dr. Lisa – having ourselves prepared for what our audience wants is so important – I’d place it at the top of the list of income producing activities!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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    Spot-on advice. SEO is the hardest of them all because it is such a moving target. What works today will not necessarily be correct tomorrow.

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    • October 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm
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      I know, right? It’s a constant and fun ride – that you have to be looking around and forward on your journey to keep up with and go above in your business posts!

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  • October 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    Thanks Donna for the simple clear guide. Timely as I am working on building my traffic. One question which have been on my mind lately. Is SEO still the game to play as I read from various sources online to focus on great content for human read (not machine) and building traffic through building list etc etc.. Kindly help enlighten. Thank you so much Donna. Greatly appreciated 🙂

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    • October 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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      It’s still good to focus on SEO success and keep in mind the content for your target audience to read – it become a routine – SEO is still how they find you and good content along with that will help them keep returning

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  • October 14, 2014 at 6:15 am
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    Love your own quote you put at the beginning, Donna: You don’t have a choice if you want to optimize your blog for conversions. So true!

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    • October 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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      Thanks so much, Andrea and so very nice to see you here! I still would love to have your Guest Post for my site 🙂

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  • October 14, 2014 at 6:58 am
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    Knowing your audience and the terms they search for is key. There are many keyword tools on the market but the GKT is the one I use the most often. Digging deep both for variation and ideas.

    Was there a particular reason why you did not mention that high competition and high monthly searches are not always your best bet for choosing keywords?

    And when you are planning your strategy, do you group and silo sets of keywords for future articles?

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    • October 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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      Actually I pick a group of about 15 keywords and 5 or so phrases that I use consistently – and have have meta tags.

      As far as the competition – no I didn’t add that in this post – I do look for keywords/phrases that are also used for ads and see how many searches there are – I try to keep it below 100,000 – but I do look at the sites that are in the first 10 places in Google and know that – I’ve read this, can’t remember where but a good rule — Good monthly search volume + Low competition = SEO success – Time for a post on this one!

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  • October 14, 2014 at 9:36 am
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    Hi Donna,

    I am so glad I stopped by, finding just a simple tip can have a real affect on your efforts and I think that I found one such gem in your post.

    As obvious as it should seem, I do not consistently use the same and relevant keywords. So, this is something that will be added to my (still rather small) armoury of SEO strategies.

    Thank you so much for a very useful post, especially for a relative newbie such as myself. 🙂

    WYS
    Dave H

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    • October 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm
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      Well that is just great – I am so honored and happy that you stopped by and commented – I hope to hear about your efforts!

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  • October 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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    Thank you for the tips Donna. I totally hate this part of running a blog. My creativity clashes with my business side…always. LOL
    Any time I can get some easy to use tips….I am happy.

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    • October 16, 2014 at 7:29 am
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      Thank you, Jen and so glad to be of help! I can understand what you’re saying – once it becomes a habit and you start seeing the wining results – you may not hate it so much 🙂

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  • October 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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    Great tips made! I am always learning SEO and getting better at it. Thanks for sharing this stuff so I can learn more and get better, it’s you that helps!

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    • October 23, 2014 at 10:32 am
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      Jaye! How kind and thank you so much! It’s a continuing process – learning, implementing and putting it into systems!

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