Over the last 12 months I have had a go at most of the WordPress SEO techniques floating around on the internet. I know that some methods didn’t work even though I persisted and followed through to the best of my ability. I have given each search engine optimization method my very best.
That was the frustrating part initially, as I kept asking myself why it wasn’t working. I won’t waste my time, or yours, explaining what didn’t work with my WordPress SEO. In this post I will cover the techniques I have tried that showed concrete results.
I am no WordPress SEO specialist, however I do give everything a good go.
Recipe For Tasty WordPress SEO
This recipe for successful WordPress SEO has a simple list of ingredients. They are not really that fancy, and I doubt I will surprise anyone. I had heard of these methods early on, and I guess I had to hear it from the right person at the right time to actually utilize them and make some money. I hope that happens for someone reading this today.
WordPress SEO Pie Ingredients
1. Solid Keyword Research
2. 4 pronged Backlink attack
3. Ensure your site continues to have original, quality content
WordPress SEO Method
#1. Keyword Research
It took me quite a while to get my head around keyword research. Initially I didn’t understand the importance it held, or the real work that would go into finding the right words. I wasted at least 6 months trying every quick fix method I could find. Buying Internet marketing products cost me money and time. If I could set you straight with one piece of advice it would be to forget anything that seems too good to be true, let your BS antenna lead you away from the Guru crap. If you are going to become successful at internet marketing, and that is why we are here, right?, then you need to be prepared to do the hard yards, and allow enough time for the fruit of your labors to be born.
Keyword research takes time. When I decide to design a page (you read that right – page, not site) to make money, I will spend up to 8 hours studying keywords for that page. Remember, you only need one page to do well to make money. What do I do with all that time? I find keywords that have between 1,000 and 10,000 exact searches per month in a given location, Australia for example. I then assess the competition; is it going to be too hard to get my little page into the top 3 positions on Google for the given keyword?
#2. 4 Pronged Backlinking
I am glad I decided not to go over the failed attempts I have made at WordPress SEO, it would be depressing and take way too long. None of my methods require software, though the software I use cuts the timeframe down by 75%, easily. Firstly I get my urls onto bookmarking sites like Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon and Diigo. I also have my websites hooked up to a Twitter account and a Facebook page. I use a piece of software to do this, though you can get people to do it for you on sites like Fiverr, or you can do it yourself….manually. By using social networking and bookmarking sites you generate one aspect of traffic, and it is purported that search engines like links to your site from these places too.
Secondly I use a forum profile link building. It is easy to do and is non technical for newbies. Basically you take your url and create profile links on low level forums, and then put a ‘signature’ in that profile, linking back to whatever url you prefer, using keywords. These backlinks are not worth much, they offer little ‘link juice’. But they are important, because you need to have a mix of links to make sure you look ‘el-natural’ to search engines. I don’t really get any traffic from these, but I am convinced that they have helped several of my sites pick up in PR.
Most forums use BBC (bulletin board code) instead of HTML so the structure of your link might look a bit different.
For example a HTML link will look like this:
- <a href=”http://letsbuildwebsites.com/”>Wordpress Website Builder</a>
While a BBC URL link is like:
The third thing I do is cruise blogs and websites, looking for any interesting conversations I can participate in. I definitely do not write 3 or 4 word responses like, ‘hey, great site’. That sort of stuff sucks. If I can’t contribute to the conversation, I move on. I do look for high PR pages, and I do look for dofollow blogs. Apparently blog commenting has lost favor with Google since they recently made an algorithm change. This maybe so (and it may not be) but don’t forget that they are not the only search engine. If you can find sites that use KeywordLuv, then you can have a keyword attached to your link as well.
The fourth ‘prong’ in the backlink attack is writing articles for other sites. They usually let me leave a link or two in the content, and this can be the most valuable type of backlink you can get. Certainly the link is going to stay ‘alive’ as long as the site is up.
#3. Original Quality Content
Writing articles takes a bit of getting used to, and some practice. It really helps if you write about something you are good at and believe in. Of course I write articles for my sites too, continuing the original content flow on the site. Some of the articles I write are short, like this one, others are a bit longer, especially any reviews I write, like the one I wrote recently on my Nintendo DSiXL site. I also have a couple of writers (freelancers) who write some content for me.
Now bake your WordPress SEO pie for no less than a month, and better still 2 to 3 months. Don’t back off on effort. These backlinking techniques need to be consistent, a little everyday.
Thus far in 2011 these techniques have harvested the most traffic for me, and the cost is relatively cheap.