SEO Do’s and Don’t’s for Hosted WordPress Blogs

Blog SEO

There are many people who believe that when it comes to WordPress based blogs, the only ones which are naturally SEO friendly are those ‘fresh out of the box’ ie. those which have not been customized in any way. When you start to add themes and plugins you begin to create a sort of hybrid version which can become somewhat incompatible with search engines.

Thankfully, there are some fairly easy ways to address this issue and with that in mind let’s look at a few of the SEO do’s and don’ts  which will maximize your WordPress based blog’s search engine visibility

 

DO Make Use of SEO Plugins

When you need SEO help it makes sense to consult an expert in that field rather than a ‘Jack of all trades’. Using a dedicated SEO plugin such as WordPress SEO, Yoast or All in One SEO Pack is a lot like consulting an expert. These plugins are designed to handle all of your SEO needs and many of them are free. There are many themes available for WordPress which offer built in SEO assistance. However, this will tie you to that theme unless you want to redo your SEO whenever you change your theme.

 

DON’T be Lazy When Adding Images

WordPress has an excellent media uploader that is easy to use, so take advantage of that when adding images to your blog posts. The tool has an easy to follow form to enter all of the SEO information relating to your image and it is important to fill it out in full. You can provide a relevant name for the image, a caption featuring your keyword, alt text and even a description all of which will go some way towards improving SEO on that page/post.

 

DO Create a Proper Permalink Structure

One of the great things about WordPress is that it gives you the ability to customize your permalinks. This is great in terms of SEO, but only if you make good use of it by choosing a blog title and thus a post URL which will tell search engines (and readers) a little something about the post.

 

DON’T Go Nuts With Categories & Tags

It is a good idea to use categories to organize your content and to tag your posts; however, it important not go overboard with the categories. If you are going to implement indexing of your blog’s taxonomy archives you will have multiple unnecessary archive pages which are basically duplicates of your posts. It is much better to come up with just a handful of categories that the majority of your content can be filed under. Many SEO experts suggest that between 5 and 7 is the optimal number of categories per WordPress site and that posts should have approximately 3 tags each.

 

Do Claim Google Authorship On All Posts

Google Authorship is a great way to gain exposure as an expert author in your particular field and will lend additional credibility to your website when used. There are lots of ways to make use of Google Authorship including a variety of plugins which will take care of it for you. Just make sure that your contributing authors have added your blog on their Google+ profile.

These are just a few of the things which will affect the SEO status of your WordPress blog. There are many others that you may wish to thin carefully about including choosing the most appropriate server hosting service and producing truly engaging content. With a little effort and attention to detail you can have effective SEO for your blog.

Comments

  1. says

    Great post about the power of WordPress. It’s a fantastic SEO friendly CMS and the plugins provide all the functionality you could ever need to assist search engine performance. I would also recommend using caching plugins to improve load speeds.

  2. Correy Weimer says

    Thank you for your kind words Nathan. I have seen websites gaining a huge boost just by going from Blogger to WordPress.

    A caching plugin is also a “must” and has a huge impact.

    Glad you liked it.

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    I’ve always been a huge advocate of WordPress for SEO. It is by far the best blogging platform for SEO imo and I recommend it to everyone that comes to us for a website. Great article by the way :)

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