WordPress Website SEO Checklist Updated 2014

When building WordPress websites, I highly recommend using a SEO checklist to keep you on track with your search engine optimization techniques. It is important to keep track of what you are doing, especially when you have a new WordPress website, as it would be more sensitive to Google’s watchful eyes. Google loves to see new websites pop-up on the scene and rewards them for starting out in the right direction. Of course some people always overdo some aspect of SEO and can ruin their websites chances from the outset. This is why I have a SEO checklist so I can monitor and track what needs to be done for a new or old website.

1. Choosing your niche

There are so many different ways to choose your niche for your new website and there are is no definite right way or wrong way. This is the most import item on my SEO checklist as choosing the wrong keyword can be website suicide.
I can only tell you a brief criteria that I use when choosing a niche:
  • Are people interested in your topic? If you are into Mexican jumping fleas then you better see if others are interested in that also.
  • When searching in Google for the keyword are other companies advertising? This is a good sign of money to be made.
  • The topic you choose needs to have market potential, unless building websites is only a hobby for you.
  • Your niche needs to be expandable with longtail keywords and LSI keywords that go on forever.

I have given a detailed example of how to choose a niche in my Free PDF report about how to build a WordPress Website. This has been revamped so grab it again as it is full of more information.

2. Creating a SEO Plan for Effective SEO

Creating a SEO plan can save you many hours of work later as you will not be wondering what to do next in your search engine optimization efforts.The first thing I would do with my new keyword that I will be building my niche around, is to build lists that will help me later.

For example I would create lists for:

The main keyword
The entire website is not just about the main keyword but we still need to add this into our search engine optimization plan. I usually create some pages or posts directly related or spot on with the main keyword.
Related keywords

Keyword WinnerRelated keywords are very important when it comes to search engine optimization. You can use these keywords for creating categories, blog posts, or even pages. Therefore if you are using the Google keyword planner tool, just say you search for the keyword “best student laptop” and you will see related words come up.

Possible pillar articles
From the list of related keywords would pick out the words that I find are highly related and have the most potential for me to get traffic. From these I will write some article titles that will possibly become top articles on the website. Please note that any of this information can change as you need to be flexible when you see your results and stats coming in. Nothing is set in stone.
Create a category list
One thing I hate is not having an organized list for categories. Webmasters often create a category to put a post in as they go along. This system becomes highly unorganized. It is best to create your post categories from the beginning using your related keywords.
Potential blog post titles
You should make a list of potential blog post titles now as you could probably start gathering ideas for your content as you will already know what you are writing about. You could also use this list to get other people to write articles for you.
Related websites
Having a list of related websites or even competitor websites is a great thing to have from the beginning. This way you will easily be able to tell when a new website pops onto your scene. Also you will be able to easily keep track of what your competitors are doing. You can investigate your competitors websites and see if you can do better than them. Winning the search engine optimization game can also have a lot to do with your gut feeling. If you want to rank higher than your competitors simply investigate their content and compare it to yours. Then give more, share more, mention more.
Possible back linking sites
Now is the time to make a list of possible back linking opportunities. This could mean websites where you can guest post or maybe even leave the do follow blog comments. As you know I prefer the guest posting option as I feel it holds better SEO weight. This list is very important as you will probably need to join some of these communities in order to get your website pumping.

3. Think About Your User

Now that you have your plan the SEO checklist is starting to come together. You can perform all the SEO you like but if your users that visit your website are not happy then your website will not be a success. Even those search engine optimization is important it should not be the only thing that determines how your website turns out. A balance of SEO, great content, easy navigation, and a pleasant user experience, all contribute to a successful website.

4. Great Content

Creating great content can mean a lot of things. Without even getting into search engine optimization, the content should be well rounded and provide complete information about this subject you have chosen. You cannot get away with telling half the story and in most cases, this is what Webmasters do just to provide content. Without even optimising your pages, if you have great content, sometimes it will generate its own search engine optimization.
For example you might get people to naturally link to your content because it is so good. Therefore great content also has a lot to do with search engine optimization.
People often say that content is King, and don’t get me wrong because it is great, however I believe it is a package deal. Your content must fit in to your navigation system and also blend with your search engine optimization.

5. Navigation and Design

I believe the way your navigation system is setup plays a big part in your SEO. Easy navigation not only improves user experience, but it also helps the search engine bots examine your precious content. Sometimes it is easier for a new Webmaster to create a simple layer of navigation. For example you might have your categories showing on the homepage and all your articles can be found by clicking on those links. Sometimes Webmasters add categories in categories which can get confusing. This is okay to do but it all must be in order somehow which is pleasing to both the search engines and your users.
Design of a website can also be related to search engine optimization as the positioning of links, social media buttons, and so on, all contribute to the search engines finding your content. this is where my WordPress premium themes come in use.

6. Onpage SEO

I am a huge fan of search engine optimization and have been using this onpage SEO technique for many years now. This is one of the major factors that has helped me dominate Google for certain keywords. When you are starting a new website it is best to start with your search engine optimization from the beginning. This way you do not have to go back and do extra work later. I have actually been doing this so long that it has become a habit for me.
Here is a quick summary of what on page optimization involves:

1.  Grab your list with your main keyword and your related keywords on it.

2.  Create a catchy title that includes your target keyword.

3.  Create subheadings throughout your article that contain your target keyword and your related keywords. It is good to have a variety as you have a chance to rank for more words.

4.  The headings should be scattered through the article and you need at least one H2, and H3 heading.

5.  Your target keyword should be included in the first sentence of the article and should be bolded. (not necessary if you have used it in a H2 or H3))

6.  Your target keyword should also be included in the last sentence and should be underlined or made Italic. ( I don’t bother with this one any longer)

7.  You should include an image with an ALT tag that includes your target keyword. When people hover the mouse over your picture they will see your target keyword. The search engines will also list this image using those words so name it correctly.

8.  You need to mention your target keyword throughout your article. It should have a keyword density of at least 1%. Therefore if you have a 500 word article you would need to mention your keyword five times or more to get 1%. This is not set in stone but I find it better to target a keyword so Google and the humans know what your post is about. You want to make it clear. What if you had no obvious keyword in your content? Think about that one.

9.  You should link to several pages internally that are related to your keyword. This means linking to the pages in on your website. These links can be followed as opposed to nofollow.

10.  If you link to external pages you should make it a nofollow link unless you feel confident that the link is worthy for giving some link juice away.

I use SEOPressor to keep me on the ball when it comes to sticking to these rules, along with other important SEO tools.

7. Internal Linking

If you are really crazy about search engine optimization, when you are creating all of those lists that I mentioned above, you can make a list for internal linking. For example you should know which keywords are being targeted in which posts and therefore should be able to draw a mind map of which posts can be linked together that are related. The sooner you start internal linking the better as it really does make a big difference to your search engine optimization efforts. Yes the link that you create on your website, pointing to your own post, does count in Google’s eyes. Why else would they have a whole section of it in Google Webmaster tools?
I recently wrote a guest post on Anna Hoffmans blog called Why internal linking is crucial for SEO. This will explain my views even further!
I was using Scribe to find possible internal link partner pages in my blog. It was a great program but I found that I could never get around to using it. In fact it really went too deep for me and took too much time. I thought it would save time. I actually got rid of Scribe for Keyword Winner and have even made a mini website showcasing my Keyword Winner review.

8. Error Free Website

Avoid having errors on your website even if it is a new website as these errors can snowball into something that cannot be repaired. Some examples of errors that can affect your SEO efforts include:

  • Duplicate title and description tags.
  • Duplicate pages.
  • Broken links.
  • Errors on your site map.
  • crawling errors.
  • 404 errors.

This is just a sample of errors that can occur on a new website and hamper your search engine optimization efforts. Having your SEO checklist will make you aware of the errors and be ready to repair asap. I personally have had all of the errors mentioned above over the years and I only wish someone had told me that these factors can have a drastic affect on your search engine rankings.

9. Backlinking – SEO Checklist

Creating back links for your new website is where you really need your SEO checklist to keep you in line. This is one of the parts of search engine optimization that can make or break your new website. People often go a bit over board or try to take the easy way out when it comes to backlinking.

For each new website I start a guest posting promotion and build a few links from other websites I have that are related to the niche. Sometimes I might list the website in some top directories but do not go for bulk directory submissions or bulk social bookmarking. I do not believe in slamming a new website with tonnes of automated links as I do not want to risk all my hard work.

Rand Fishkin from SEOmoz.org mentions some good and bad linking methods for new websites in the video below.

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Lucky last on my SEO checklist is…

10. Create a SEO Maintenance Checklist

I know this sounds a bit crazy and you are probably groaning because I am mentioning another list, but this is important. A SEO maintenance list will stop you from falling behind in your SEO efforts. This might include:

  • Checking for broken links or any errors
  • Checking your rankings
  • Keeping an eye on your competitors
  • Checking stats in Google Anlaytics
  • Evaluating results of your last SEO campaign
  • Investigate rankings that are dropping
  • Internal linking upkeep
  • A list of jobs to keep up your rankings..

New and experienced webmasters have errors occurring with their websites because they are not keeping a close eye on what is going on. Having a SEO maintenance checklist can keep your website on the straight and narrow.

Hey I never said that creating WordPress website was easy!

What do you think about my SEO checklist?

Comments

  1. says

    It’s a good thing you mentioned about backlink building and not submitting to bulk directories.It is risky. Guest posting or even… commenting are way better options

    On the other hand, I’m just a beginner in what concerns link building for
    my website.

    What is your opinion as more experienced users?
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    • mitz says

      Yes we should stick to the real links obtained because you deserve them. Auto link building will be caught up with and devalued even more. :)

  2. Riki says

    Other than that, the best plugin wodrpress very helpful too for new WordPress Webmaster. Thanks so much Mitz for your post and tips.
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  3. says

    This is a really handy checklist to have when optimising a blog, especially for someone who is new to the whole SEO and blogging industry. Great post =].

  4. says

    Thanks for an awesome checklist. As said before, many people forget about the site itself and focus solely on getting traffic to it. Getting traffic is good, but only if you have a good quality content. Otherwise, people will enter your site, leave in a few seconds, the bounce rate will be high
    and the Google ranking will go down. It all starts with good content.
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    • mitz says

      Yes a lot goes into a successful site. You have to please the humans and then Google will be happy too! :)

  5. Richard says

    I have carried out the majority of your suggestions and now rank high on page1 for the keywords which I used. These were Car Valeting Sussex. How do I aim for Kent and Surrey without changing the keywords which I have already aimed at. There is only a specific number of words you can use for your description and page title.
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    • mitz says

      You can write an article on your blog saying that you service the Kent area and then do seo on that article, both onpage and off page. Treat each page as unique. You could mention how far you are from Kent and how you are happy to service customers there also.

  6. says

    Hi there,
    Thanks for a great list about new word-press sites.
    I have one comment: It was mentioned that the keywords must have at least 1000 monthly searches. What i usually do is promote a few keywords that are around 500 words a month,
    this is much easier. Another thins I wanted to mention: Do not use blog networks. I used one and my site got de-indexed. Is not worth the risk. Its better to use the traditional SEO methods like
    article directories and forum profile links. Promotion is much slower by safer.
    Denis recently posted..How important is technology in education

    • Mitz says

      Yes great tips thanks Denis! I agree that blog networks do not work now days…but they did once upon a time… You are right to stick to traditional SEO tasks only.

  7. Sandy Price says

    I love my new WordPress site. My company has been online since 1995 and had many site changes and new sites since then. WordPress is my favorite site I have had so far. Not knowing much HTML I can still edit easily. I have quite a few static pages. I use plug-ins for my seo which reminds me what I need to do.
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  8. Matt says

    There was an awful lot to take in but a quality piece nonetheless. I was pleased to discover that I already do quite a few of these things but obviously there is more that I can and should be doing. Probably the most important thing this brings to light however is the haphazard manner in which I go about these things. I need to get a lot more organized.
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  9. Search Engine Optimization says

    Yes it is true that our avatar on social media sites are our identity. People recognize by seeing the photo on our networking site, the purpose of using same photo in every networking site is to make easily recognize our profile everywhere by seeing the photo.After posting the blog social media is the best way to promote it as all the friends and business person will easily be able to know your activities, write the valuable post which gives some information to the readers.Using keywords and seo techniques are the best way to write the blog.

  10. Garry says

    Amazing article thanks. Strongly agree with you.
    Without SEO do not need to start making the site.

  11. says

    I like your point about interlinking! This is one way to promote your
    other posts and by making the users stay more on your site because
    you have still more to offer by providing catchy and informative links…

    Thanks for this post! I will follow most of your recommendations…

  12. Phil says

    Thank you for a really helpful post. The contains some good ideas, I particularly liked item 2 about creating an SEO plan. You have explained it well and whilst my site has a PR3, it has been stuck there for about 18 months. I think you suggestion of a robust SEO plan will be very useful particularly with regard to targeting related keywords.

    Thank you for sharing !
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  13. says

    Good stuff post-panda. I liked the fact you set out how you go about your initial back-linking strategy once you launch a new site. That’s pretty cool. I think the guest-posting route is probably the best for the long-term. I’m proceeding with linking very slowly going forward and am instead focusing on generating absolutely top-notch content which includes loads of videos, some of which I upload to YouTube.
    Jon D. recently posted..Associate Child Theme Review Reveals Why It’s One of StudioPress’ Best Business Themes

    • mitz says

      Yes that all sounds like a great way to go…As long as your not planning thousands of links in the next week, Google will think you are very normal and leave you alone.

  14. Anna Amiche says

    Useful info, thanks. My first wordpress blogs – it was total chaos, many not necesarry plugins, etc. Now, after reading artlicles like this – Im smarter :)

  15. Ash says

    Hey, thanks for the info, was very usefull as i have just started blogging in wordpress and can do with all the tips i can get. I think fourth tip on Great Content should be emphasized more, as in my opinion this is the bread and butter of a usefull world wide web. Keep up the good work!!!
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  16. says

    I really love this post. This would be more effective in the google changes which is the PENGUIN. All spammers had been brought their sites down and some of them had been penalized. We need an advice for the master of SEO and I think this would be a great help. The algorithm of the google is crazy! so hard to build a new strategy. So i guess we must improve our skill for this stuff. :)
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  17. says

    When you say about keyword targeting, I couldn’t disagree more. I believe we should write about what we know. If you want to be an expert on that field, then you should start learning, reading and studying the subject, to then start writing about it. Because otherwise, we would read a lot of crappy material on the web – which we do. That is why book publishers have editors. They want to review and avoid crappy material. And that is the thing about the web, it is not curated. And therefore, the same reason why newspapers wont die so soon.
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    • mitz says

      Yes I agree we must write what we know but sometimes we get the words around the wrong way.. Why not have the right phrase that people are actually looking for? Seriously if you do not take keyword research seriously you are cutting your blogs throat. Why write an article without keyword research and hopefully get traffic. I would rather make sure I am putting the effort in for a good reason in the first place.

      There is a very real art to SEO and writing for humans and it is not easy. Being a professional blogger is not easy either and keywords lighten the load. :)

  18. Ann Chu says

    Thanks for sharing this SEO pointers. Knowing that now a days SEO task encountering such problem. Just because they often mistaken us as a spammer. Your site is such a great help for us to make our tasl well. Thank you very much for sharing this article once again…
    Ann Chu recently posted..Fitness Blog

    • mitz says

      Yes I agree that SEO can be bad if you get it wrong but you will never have a problem with anything if you do a bit of everything…Nothing black hat and done manually and you cannot go wrong… SEO is simple if you do not try to cut corners.

  19. Leo says

    Brilliant list! Comprehensive, thorough and all-inclusive. Hats off for this great piece of work! Would just like to add this to it: it would also be a good practice if new WordPress webmasters are able to get Google Analytics up and running ASAP, and familiarize themselves with all the stats and reports and with the suite in general.
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  20. Gary says

    I know that internal linking is important for SEO (and for a good user experience) but I find it really distracting when I am actually writing content. I see some writers who link extensively but I find if I do this it ruins the flow of my writing. I tend to write the entire piece and then go back and add links where I think they are relevant/useful. Is that what everyone does?
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    • mitz says

      I install a plugin called broken link checker..There are external softwares to use also…

  21. says

    I often forget about internal linking but you’re right about how important it is. I mean you just need to have a quick look at Wikipedia and see how they let the link juice flow and how well they rank with well done internal linking!
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  22. Sara says

    Hello Mitz
    Great guidelines! I wish I had read your article earlier :) All the point you made are very important, but I think that the most crucial is planning a good SEO strategy! Definitely content is the king but you must figure out the right way to make your blog known!
    Thank you :)
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  23. Jason says

    Great guide! I love using WP as a CMS, the preset themes and plugins make the actual creation of the website so much easier. Since the recent Google Penguin my update my SEO strategy has changed somewhat. It always used to be a case of doing loads of keyword research then writing optimized articles for each keyword. Nowadays its more a case of writing un-optimized high quality content such as lists and guides- much like this one.
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    • Mitz says

      My content is still optimized to the hilt but not for just one keyword. Also I do not want humans to know I am doing this. That is my aim even after Penguin.

  24. says

    One thing that you probably won’t need for the new Google Penguin update is the on-page SEO. They have announced that meta tags and other such things on your webpages will not be counted as a factor to rank your websites. But, it does not mean that you have to remove all of them. Other search engines will still want you to use these meta tags as they still use it for ranking your sites. Thanks for posting this great checklist!

  25. Louisa says

    Dear Mitz

    This is a very thorough post, nothing I didn’t really already know by now, but really good to see it presented in such a clear and logical way. I hadn’t heard of keyword winner though which looks like a great plugin and one I may buy when I make some more money!

  26. says

    I like that you listed everything people need to do and it is in th correct order. I see alot of people that never do keyword or niche research then try to get site or pags ranked well. you can get any website ranked number 1 if you have keywords that no one searches for on the internet. On site seo is anoher in some peple do not do as much as they should. i also think a link in post is worth more so geust posts are better then comments
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  27. says

    Hi Mitz,

    I reckon one of the most overlooked tip is the internal linking. Internal links are essential to SEO and will also provide users option to read further on your post, which kills 2 birds with 1 stone.

    Cheers
    Ming

  28. Chris Lucernoni says

    I am a firm believer in great content trumps all else. If you don’t have quality and valuable content, I wouldn’t worry about other SEO strategies. I do think these are very good techniques though once you have your content under control. I especially love the internal links strategy…it is very easy to overlook.

  29. Chris says

    I would say the keyword research is the single most important step. You’v got to choose the right keywords! If you get this stage wrong, your setting yourself up for failure. Regarding backlinks I never use any tools. I either do the Backlinking myself or outsource it to one of my team members.

    Anyway, great detailed post

  30. Žogi says

    It sounds really easy if you read articles liekthis, but when you start doing it.. oh my god… :) Great post, thanks!

  31. Jack says

    Hm, I never create lists of related keywords, but it sounds like an excellent idea. But I do always check the LSI kw’s that my Easy WP SEO plugin recommends.

    Thanks for the tips. Your checklist is very helpful!
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  32. Ivan Dickerson says

    I love these tips. I have a wordpress website that’s been up for about a year and a half and I had to learn it all from scratch. I would have loved to have known this stuff back then, but sometimes experience really can be the best teacher, especially when you don’t give up!

    I’ve just discovered a really cool tool for any wordpress website owner that let’s you see just what your visitors are doing and where they are going, so you can make adjustments to content and positioning of the items that get the most action: Wp Clicks

    It’s quite an amazing tool even if your a complete novice. I hope it helps some of you. I’m using it to get more from my visitors.
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    • mitz says

      I happen to have that plugin too…and I agree that it is amazing to be able to spy on your visitors and see what actions they are taking. :)

  33. Lennart Heleander says

    Hi Mitz,
    Most do so very wrong in the beginning because they have to hurry and do not check and do the right, a very good check list.

  34. says

    This is a really handy checklist to have when optimising a blog, especially for someone who is new to the whole SEO and blogging industry. Great post =].

  35. Rio says

    Your list is amazing, mitz! You’ve created some kind of a system on how to optimize your site so the people can follow it and avoid the most common mistakes. Great job!

    • mitz says

      You need to have the best content you can…It needs to be better than your competitors for starters..to outrank them.

  36. Danny says

    Great checklist Mitz!
    I think it can be a bit overwhelming and especially people new to the game use their enthousiasm in one way, focus on that. Then figure something new out, focus on that, then figure something else out, etc. etc. And in the end they just end up doing the things that they like the most, forgetting the other points. But it’s not all about fun, it’s still work, so a checklist like this will keep you focussed on doing what works and not on what you like and skipping the things that can be annoying or dreadful.
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    • mitz says

      I try not to skip the things I do not like…but it always ends up like that! I just put off stuff but keep doing the things I like over and over..Lucky I like most of internet marketing..:)
      I do not think it matters how experienced you are…you always need a reminder like a list…I know I do!:)

  37. Chris says

    You are right an easy site navigation is crucial especially in regard to optimizing sharing since google is trending more toward the social interaction on a site outweighing other factors when ranking. I’m still struggling to find the best site layout to optimize sharing and increase user involvement. You can have the best written content but if no one sees it it takes a bit of the joy of writing away. :) You mentioned internal linking – I need to better implement that as well, I’m sure that would help people get deeper into a site rather than reading one page and leaving.
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  38. SteveBalliett says

    Your checklist is very comprehesive. It really makes me stop and think, “Did I forget to do this or that?

    I like going over the fundamentals again every so often. It reinforces what I have to remember when building a website.

    Especially keywords and making the website as fun and easy to use and quick loading.
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  39. Brian says

    I’ll definitely be reading your blog post on internal linking. Just discovered Ana’s blog yesterday and am committed to reading a lot of posts over there. Her list of commentluv blogs is how I landed here. I also need to work better on backlinks and guest posts. On my social media /blogging blog http://blog.beethomas.com I do internal linking a lot more than I can on my pizza website. I’ll try to comment over on Ana’s blog when I read your post. Thanks.
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  40. Hamish says

    Great list – very well laid out.

    You mentioned SEOPressor – and there are other plugins that do a similar job – but really, I think following the very logical steps that you outline above (if you can discipline yourself to do so) will do the trick. Failing that, get yourself a plugin!
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  41. Robert says

    Wow i didn’t think there was soo many things to do with SEO on my wordpress blog, but as I read through your post I realised that I actually do most of them. But I think one of the biggest assets for wordpress SEO is to have a good seo plugin to help you out
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  42. Clemens says

    I find the Navigation-Part very interesting. Sounds convincing that an structured and easy accessable navigation has a big influence to your SEO. But are the google-bots so clever, that they can decide whether a navigation is well-placed on your website?

  43. Astro says

    Hey Mitz, went looking for another article of yours, found this one, and it’s great! I really wish I had set up some reasonable categories from the beginning. Then again, if I knew that it wouldn’t have been my first blog. Lots of good stuff here. Wanted to leave a quick comment and am going back to absorb more!
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    • mitz says

      Great Astro..
      Thanks for dropping by and commenting…glad you are finding some interesting stuff! :)

  44. Azhar says

    I have understood some points that first of all choose a niche that should be rewarding.
    Choose a keywords that have appreciable searches
    Write a content for that and rewrite a killer contents for that.
    Never try to forget on site optimization of website as off site optimization always give you results because of on site optimization.

  45. Agent Mango says

    Thanks for this SEO checklist mitz. Get a free SEO friendly WP theme first before the contents :)
    Thesis theme for WP is the most SEO friendly theme I guess.

  46. Melly Lifshitz says

    A bit hard to digest for newbie bloggers. Re-reading and bookmarking this post is a must.

  47. karen says

    Thanks for sharing this great article. Make sure you have a clear plan for how you are going to create the necessary quality content.I was also interested in your thoughts on page loading speed and the effect on SEO.

  48. Jean says

    Good point about focusing equally on content as on SEO. A lot of people get so caught up in maximizing their sites SEO that they forget that once people arrive at the site, they have to want to come back or all that SEO effort is for nought. Prepare some solid content first as well as work on optimizing the site’s navigation and design before starting out on my SEO efforts and then build on it as I get more visitors.

    -Jean
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    • mitz says

      True Jean
      Get solid content first..SEO it second..And make sure you grab your visitors attention somehow! :)

  49. Amanda Rose says

    It’s a good list, but I would take the content creation a bit further to add: Make sure you have a clear plan for how you are going to create the necessary quality content. Don’t take for granted that you can just sit down and let it flow.
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    • mitz says

      That’s what it says in the post Marty. You need a balance of everything to be successful…:)

  50. jan says

    Hi Mitz
    This is a great check list and it makes me kind of glad to realise that I am past the beginners stage (but only just!!). I haven’t used the CPC as a consideration for words to date as I was never sure what value to choose so will add that into the mix. Also I think the time has come for me to buy SEOPresser – so that will be pay day next week! I am gradually buying tools as I can afford them so will come back to your link.
    Could you tell me what you think about sites like SocialMonkee and Only Wire? If you use the free part only, with SocialMonkee, they submit your link to 25 sites over 2 days and Only Wire I think they submit however many sites you chose all at the same time. I have wondered if this is not building links too quickly and will get you put in the Google sandbox? I have assumed that it is OK because if not and you have a negative experience you will never go on to become a paid member. Would appreciate your thoughts as I know that Ben uses Only Wire.
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    • mitz says

      Hi Jan
      I do not use any sites like onlywire but I have in the past…I had a site de-indexed from it..I was a paid member but I do not rely on that kind of traffic any longer. I guest post and go right to the real people… The traffic seems like better quality for me..

      I also use Youtube and sometime Yahoo answers…Believe it or not that’s about it lately…My sites are increasing with traffic everyday so what I am doing is working.

      I would do more article marketing for SEO but haven’t time at the moment..
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  51. Luke A says

    Thanks for this article, its nice to have a sort of check list when i build wordpress or infact other sites..I was also interested in your thoughts on page loading speed and the effect on SEO.. given that most people now have high speed internet where i am based are you allowed more than the 2 seconds thats recommended?

    Thanks,

    Luke

    • mitz says

      Yes I agree that page speed matters as it has a lot to do with user experience. Also if Google comes crawling and your page timesout they list it as not found until next time they crawl. I am working on page speed now..

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