6 of the Best Ways to Optimize Your Blog For SEO

Is your blog driving the type of traffic that will make you money?

Of course, as a blogger you will want to drive consistent flow of traffic to your blog. since this is the only way you know that you are conveying your message to the wider world.

But beyond just generating a consistent flow of traffic wouldn’t you want to see your blog generating income for you also?

That is where blog SEO comes in.

Fact is, if you want to drive traffic that will help you pay the bills then you should think SEO traffic. This is because organic traffic from the search engines have been proven to be more profitable than any other type of traffic source.

Unfortunately, many bloggers have problems when it comes to optimizing their blogs for SEO. If you are in this group of bloggers then you are in luck because I’m about showing you 6 of the best ways you can optimize your blog for SEO.

So, if you want to truly drive organic traffic that will help you profit from your blog then you will want to read this post very carefully.

You in? Then let’s get started with…

Optimizing Your Blog SEO and Profits!

1. Research, Research, Research

Whatever blog you are writing, irrespective of the subject matter, you need to ensure that you are researching keywords. What does your viewership like to see? What are the common search terms? What related keywords can you use to enhance the visibility of your blog? You need to use keywords sparingly for SEO success, but you do need to make sure that you are using them at some point in your piece.

2. Keywords in Your Post

You can use your keywords in a number of ways. Avoid keyword stuffing like the plague. Keep it natural. Make sure that use them in headings or in the introductory sentence. This will ensure that you are maximizing your SEO potential without impairing the quality of your piece.

3. Images

Images are a great way of connecting with people. If you fail to use images, your content may look rather dense. This will switch people off when it comes to reading. Make sure that you use images to enhance the overall appeal of your blog article. Do make sure to add a keyword rich description of the picture that you have used.

Optimizing your blog for SEo

4. Referencing Your Post with Links

You can utilize professional link building services should you wish. Or, you could just simply pepper your text with links to other sites. Mention another blogger. Link back to your social media pages. Make sure that you reference the people that you are quoting. Not only is the ultimate in blogger etiquette, but it also ensures that others will link back to you. Quality links are the name of the game when it comes to SEO.

5. Subscribing is Important

Do you give your readers the chance to subscribe to your blogs? Have an RSS or feed subscription within your site. That way, you don’t have to hunt for followers; they can choose to follow you.  When you deliver fresh new content, you can ensure that the right people are reading it. This is a great way of boosting your SEO potential.

6. Social Media

Social media can be a great way of engaging with people. Even if you have a simple WordPress blog, make sure that you are sharing it on your social media pages. Use the relevant hashtags. Encourage people to share and retweet. Ensure that you are promoting your content in the easiest way possible. This ensures that you get more exposure overall. What’s more, you can schedule your blog to go out at different times of the day using software like Hootsuite. So, you even have to be sat at the computer diligently sharing.

Google SEO Ranking Factors – The Complete List [INFOGRAPHIC]

Search traffic has, over the years, been regarded as the best and biggest form of free and targeted organic traffic to any website. But to take advantage of this you will need to know how to SEO-optimize your website and web pages to meet the demands of Google. This is because Google is unarguably the granddaddy of search engine marketing!

Unfortunately, Google is a hard nut to crack when it comes to knowing what you should optimize for. With the mind of keeping their ranking factors secret, Google has never at any time shared what these ranking factors are. However, they have at one time or the pointed out that they use about 200 ranking factors!

But, what do the heck? How you mean Google really expect us to know or to remember every one of those factors if we want to really optimize our web pages?

Of course, it’s intimidating but Google is not expecting us to use every one of those search ranking factors before we can make any impact with our search engine optimization strategies. Nevertheless, it pays to know them.

This is why this infographic by Backlinko and Single Grain – two digital marketing firms of repute – is really a useful resource.

This is indeed an all-inclusive infographic. It list and categorizes the 200 factors that make up Google’s ranking algorithm. Though Google has never before given a detailed list of what make up its ranking factors, Backlinko and Single Grain have taken their time in scouring the internet to gather this information.

If you are in any way interested in optimizing your website for the search engines then this infographic is definitely a valuable resource for you! To make the best use of it, remember to bookmark it so you can always refer to it later.

Google Search engine ranking factors - the big list!

So, what do you think of this infographic? Are you overwhelmed by the info presented?

Content & Monetization Strategies for Pinterest for Business

After the short interlude where we took sometime off to see the social media buzz being created by the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil  let’s return to our series on Pinterest for Business, shall we?

Alright, this is the third in this post series. In our first post, we looked at some stats and the power of Pinterest for business while in the second entry we discussed how to set up your niche blog for greater success with Pinterest-targeted audiences. In today’s lesson our focus is on creating content and monetizing your niche blog.

Creating content for your pinterest focused blogsWhat I want to do on this post is not to give you a lesson on how to write enticing blog posts nor how to write content for the web. I’m sure there many resources online with tutorials on that. You may also want to read a post I did some time ago on this topic. Read it here.

For this post I will concentrate on some very valuable tips with references to useful online resources that can help you achieve your target. And so, let’s get started!

How to Drive More Traffic and Increase Reader Interaction

As we mentioned previously, the type of posts that are best for these niche sites are posts with visually appealing content. This is because you are targeting a visually-oriented audience – traffic from Pinterest.

For this reason, your content does not need to be heavy on text. Instead of long posts, concentrate on short posts and embed good looking photos. For better results, use large, vibrant and high resolution photos.

Here are some of the best performing content to focus on:

1. Step by step tutorials with photos or videos

2. Tips and advice posts

3. Reviews and comparison posts, and

4. Trending reports and industry news

For these types of content ideas, browse through online magazines.  You can also use Google.com to search for what is trending right now. This way you will be sure of adding hot content pieces that are popular at the moment.

How to Get Photos for Your Blogs

If your content will be virtually appealing then photos must form a good part of your content. Here are some places where you can get free photos to use:

1. Google image search – http://google.com/

2. Flickr’s creative commons – http://www.flickr.com

3. Pinterest search – http://www.pinterest.com/

4. SXC – http://sxc.hu

If you want some paid to use photos you can check out iStockphoto – http://www.istockphoto.com

Monetizing Your Pinterest Targeted Niche Blogs

Making money from your niche blogs might just be your main focus when building these types of niche blogs. But the truth is except your content is useful to your target audience all of your work might just amount to nothing.

So, before moving on to monetizing tactics ensure you have good, appealing and valuable content on your blog.

There are actually different monetization options you can use. Some of these include:

1. Google Adsense – This is a simple and quick monetization option powered by Google.

2. Shop Sense – This is an alternative to adsense. Shop Sense is great for Pinterest traffic.

3. Reachli – This is another great option for Pinterest traffic. You have the option of making money with photo ads.

4. Offervault.com – This one is great for CPA offers. A free account with offervault.com gives you access to different companies with CPA offers.

5. Amazon.com – If you are interested in promoting physical products, Amazon Associates Program is a great place to look.

6. Your Own Products – Of course, marketing your own products on your niche blog is another way of monetizing traffic from Pinterest.com.

Related Reading: What Facebook And Other Social Media Sites Can Teach You About Blog Monetization!

A Word about SEO And A Few Ad Linking Tips

Optimizing your content for the search engines is necessary if you want to drive organic traffic. But beyond this you also need to optimize your affiliate promotions to achieve high CTRs. This means approaching your ad placements the right way while implementing the best SEO practices.

Here are a few tips to help:

1. Write short but descriptive blog posts.

2. Use the target keyword in the post title. Make it descriptive and enticing.

3. Include your keyword phrase in the first and last sentence. Use a few related terms in the body of the post.

4. Include the keyword phrase in the post’s url and in the meta description.

5. Link to some authority site within the post and include a video, where possible. Simply search youtube.com with your target term and choose a video that best suit your post idea. (See how I did this on the previous post!)

6. Stealthily integrate your affiliate links within your content.

7. If your post is a tutorial, put a resource section highlighting the tools and products mentioned in the post at the end of the post and then include links (your affiliate links) to where readers can get these resources!

These are just a few things you can do to maximize your search rankings and CTRs. At first this might not come easy but as you get more adept at doing this, you will definitely see more success.

Ok, there is actually so much within this post that I trust if you are following this series there is enough for you to do before our next entry. In our next post we will take a look at how to skyrocket your income. Watch out for it!

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Setting Up Your Blog to Leverage the Power of Pinterest for Business

In our previous post, we looked at some very interesting stats about Pinterest and how this can help you determine what niche and demographics to target on Pinterest. In this post we want to look at your niche blog setup and your monetization strategies.

[NOTE: If this is your first time here please note that this is the second part of a series on building a business online using Pinterest.com]

How to setup your blog to leverage Pinterest traffic

Setting Up A Pinterest Targeted Niche Blog

For better understanding, let’s take this step by step, shall we?

Step #1: Get a Domain Name/Webhost

Though you can actually use free blog software like blogger.com and wordpress.com the truth is investing in your own domain name and web host will give you more value as a business.

In choosing your domain name there are a few things you must take note of. For example, your domain name should reflect your target keywords if you want to take advantages of the search engines in driving organic traffic.  Also adding the word “blog” to the domain name can make it more appealing to your target audience, for example, www.diyhomecraftblog.com

While many advocate a .com extension you can always go for a .co, .pw, .net, or even a .info if .com is not available. Any of these will do for what we have here.

Recommended: How to Choose a Domain Name That Enhances Your Brand

Once you’ve found a domain name that meets your plans, you can use NameCheap.com or GoDaddy.com to register it.

Registering a domain name using any of these two cost less than $10. However, if you purchase a web hosting account with BlueHost.com (Affiliate link) you’ll receive a domain name for free. Here are some of the features:

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Step #2: Install a WordPress Blog

Frankly, wordpress is my preferred blogging platform for niche blogs. This is for various reasons. One, is the ease with which you can setup your blog using wordpress.org. For example if you purchase a webhosting package from any of the above recommended companies, installing wordpress is simple and can be accomplished in under 5 minutes.

Here’s a video guide on how to install wordpress using fantastico:

It is important, after installing your blog, that you change the default theme. This is how to give your blog a customized look. You can search the wordpress theme depository right from your admin dashboard and pick any one. However, if you want a paid theme (which gives you premium features) I recommend you take a look at ThemeJunkie . Their themes are not only of high quality but you can get a good number of them for a small investment.

Click here to check out some themes available at HappyThemes.com

NOTE: Magazine style themes are proven to work best with visually oriented traffic like the ones from Pinterest.com

Step #3: Optimize Your Blog with the Best of Free Plugins

Ask any wordpress fan any day and they will tell you that one reason why wordpress has become a darling of webmasters and bloggers is the availability of different plugins that can help you to do a whole lot things with your wordpress blog.

Though there are thousands of plugins available for your picking, it is important that you use only the necessary ones. The following are some of the ones I have used with outstanding success:

1. WP Edit  – This is the successor of the very popular Ultimate TinyMCE. It is very useful for content formatting. Once installed you have designing and styling features like shading, coloring, bolding etc.

2. Pinterest Image Pinner – This enables those who visit your blog to easily pin images on your blog to their Pinterest boards.

3. Pinterest Pinboard Widget – This is great to showcase your latest Pinterest pins on your blog as a sidebar widget.

4. Jetpack by WordPress.com – This is a multi-purpose plugin. You can decide to activate only the ones you deem necessary.

Some of the ones I have used in my niche sites are:

Sharing – Gives you share buttons to enable your site visitors share your content on different social media sites. This also has an option to automatically share your posts to G+, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter once you publish a new post. For me this is really top choice.

Contact Form – Easily add a contact form to your site for visitors to contact you.

Stats – Monitor traffic to your niche blog right from your dashboard.

There are a few others you can choose to activate depending on what you want.

5. Google XML Sitemaps – This will create a sitemap for your blog and also automatically ping the search engines whenever you add new content to your blog. This is really great for SEO and for driving organic traffic to your blog.

6. FV Simpler SEO – This is an alternative to all in one SEO plugin. I started using this recently but I have found it to be great for optimizing your content for SEO rankings. Simple to setup and use.

7. WP Pinner – A powerful and free plugin for scheduling your blog posts so they can be pinned at the time you choose. You also have an option to auto follow other pinners.

8. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) – A great way to cross promote related posts at the bottom of your blog posts.

9. Adsense Explosion – This one is essential if you are thinking of monetizing with Google adsense. With this you can easily add Privacy pages to your niche blog and also insert and optimize google adsense code to your site easily.

Depending on what you want to do you can always search for other plugins that will help you. The above are some of the very important ones I use regularly on my niche sites.

While installing the above plugins can greatly help you to do a whole lot of things, changing the header image is a sure way to give your niche blog a unique appearance – especially if you are using a free theme.

Related Reading: Put the WOW Effect on Your Blog with these WordPress Plugins!

There are thousands of free graphic software out there which you can use to create a simple header image. However, if you need something more professional then investing in a paid graphics creator is the best option.

Ok, that’s it for now. In our next post we will look at how you can find and create content for your niche blog and the type of content to focus on. Don’t miss it!

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Driving Organic Traffic: My Real Estate Blog as a Case-Study!

Driving free organic traffic is something that many online marketers desire to master any day – who wouldn’t anyway? But unfortunately, it is only a pipe dream for many!

But this shouldn’t be because driving targeted organic traffic is not really as hard as some people think it is. Truth is, if you understand the basic requirements of search engine optimization (SEO) and you commit to applying them in your marketing content, pulling free traffic from the search engines becomes a child’s play!

In this post I want to share with you a few SEO tactics and strategies I’ve used in the past few years to grow my real estate blog.

Targeted Organic Search Traffic

But first, let me emphasize that the online Real Estate market is a big emerging market. Only recently, this market has grown increasingly diversified and very competitive. Despite this big competition however, a few years ago I started a real estate blog because I’ve always had a deep passion for real estate. Today that real estate blog is pulling in free organic traffic from the search engines like a magnet!

So, how did this come to be?

Here Are 3 Simple Organic SEO Traffic Strategies To Begin With:

1. It Begins With the Understanding

Yes. For your blog to surge free organic traffic from Google, you need to understand your niche.

What kind of people are you building the blog for?

Lawyers, Accountants, Marketing Consultants, Realtors? Name it! You’ve got to find out the specific people you’re building the blog for.

There was a time when I had challenges of ranking my web pages on the first page of Google; at first, I thought I was going about it the right way, but didn’t realize I was actually messing the whole thing up.

Let me point out this truth:

It’s not enough to know the problems or challenges people face; you’ve got to understand and find out what got them into the problem at the first place. You’ve got to proffer solution to those challenges.

Pro Tip: Prospects don’t want to know the pain they’re going through, they’re after the solution. Give them the solution—that’s what blogging is all about.

Recommended: The Watertight Strategy for effectively Writing Content for SEO in A Post-Penguin Internet!

2. Write Profit Pulling Content

The only way to resurrect a dead blog or turn a dying blog into a money making machine is creating quality content.

My real estate blog is today surging a whole lot of free organic traffic from Google because, my content is well written and planned.

I had my reader’s goal in mind. Usually, before I write anything, I study my readers to know the kind of problems they’re seeking solutions for.

By doing this, you’d gather helpful information to help create better and more informative contents.

Driving Organic Search TrafficThe best way to go about creating quality contents that get ranked in Google within 2 weeks is by planning a keyword strategy.

And, do you know that the best keyword tool or strategy isn’t Google’s keyword tool or any other SEO tool?

An effective keyword strategy can only be discovered when you take time to study and understand your readers.

Are you a real estate blogger, social media consultant or Word press expert?

Then make LISTENING the ultimate thing to do in your business.

Don’t listen casually; listen with your mind; feel the pain and desperation in your prospects mind…

3. Build Quality Links

I can’t stress this enough. Most of my external links are from related real estate and investing blogs.

Here’s what I mean:

The page rank of a blog doesn’t matter, what matters to Google is the relevancy.

If you’re starting out in the blogging world, you don’t have to struggle to build quality backlinks from Problogger, Huffingtonpost, or Copyblogger, you can start from niche based blogs.

Begin with small blogs of PR 2 to 4. Contact the blog editors or owners and propose to write for them.

Recommended: 5 Awesome Free SEO Tools For The Wise Blogger/Webmaster!

Don’t be scared of getting a ‘’No’’. The fact is, some are going to reject you but don’t allow that discourage you. Don’t give up or give in. If you’re rejected, take up your mantle and move on to the next blog.

Pro Tip: Do you know that if you publish ten quality guest posts in real estate or investing blogs in 7 days or less, you can easily rank on the first page of Google for your desired keyword in 90 days?

But you cannot achieve this if you use primary key phrases. You can only get results from your guest posts if you use keyword variations.

Here’s what I mean: If my main keyword is, ”real estate Dallas’‘ and I’m linking from realestate.com which is a top real estate blog; I’d use ”Dallas real estate investing” as my primary anchor text and link back to the same page or article on my blog.

Take-Away Tip: That’s how to get quality results from your guest blogging campaign.

I’ve got to end this now

I’m sure you learned a few things from this post content.

But please note, my success did not come overnight. I had to work hard, invest a lot of time and efforts into creating quality content.

I didn’t give up–you shouldn’t.

Don’t give up–don’t give in; keep working hard and Google will send you more traffic than you can handle.

Were you inspired by this post?

Kindly share your thoughts and views in your comments below.  Feel free to share with us your experience on driving free organic traffic to your sites. I’d be waiting to reply your comments.

How Google Local Drive Targeted Traffic – My Wooden Watch Review Blog

Free organic traffic is the best form of traffic ever!

That is a BIG, BOLD statement, right? Now, listen to this…

When that organic traffic is from Google local users, it can be a lot more targeted!

Note that very well and your struggles, trying to get buying traffic to your blogs/websites would have come to an end. You can quote me on that!

A Word About My Wooden Watch Review Blog

I don’t know what niche you’re into, but my first blog was a coupon blog that reviews wooden watches. You know all those designer watches from wewood.com?

At some point, nothing significant was happening to my blog. I was getting a bunch of daily traffic but no sales. I later discovered that the problem wasn’t the niche I chose but the type of traffic I was attracting. That was when I discovered that the geographic location of every niche matters and that targeting the right people can yield the best results.

In this article therefore, I want to share with you some fundamental principles behind Google local and how it can help you attract the right prospects, make you more money from product sales and expand your reach.

Google SEO for Website Traffic!

What Is Google Local?

We all know that Google is the ultimate web company that has several arms. You have their search engine and within this powerful machine is Google local. It’s also a search system that targets local residents. For instance, if you live in Connecticut or Laurel MD, you may decide to sell your products to the city dwellers.

The reason is simple: you already know what is hot right now and how desperate the people need it.

Before you can use Google local to drive responsive prospects, you need to register and list your business on Google database. Thereafter, your web pages would be indexed by search spiders and a base for subsequent promotions is established. That’s where everything begins but it doesn’t stop there.

Research Your Local Market

Your local market is your city. Even if you’re not a citizen of America, you could still target a particular district. However, Google local work best when you have an official address in the town you’re targeting. You’ll be asked to submit your office address so that potential customers can reach you.

To get started with your promotions, first, determine what’s in vogue right now. During the Christmas holidays, people where spending money on the cruise. They wanted to make the season memorable. Several micro keywords were searched over a thousand times during the day. Two of such key terms are wewood watch coupon and fossil coupon discounts.

An efficient keyword research would reveal profitable key phrases like the ones above and more. The terms used by buyers to look for information online shows the intents of their hearts. It’s the fastest and surest way to know what they actually want and how desperate they want it.

Target Geo-Specific Terms

When I realized the immense potential of ranking for geo-specific terms, the organic traffic to my wooden watch review blog almost tripled. Yes, dominating search engines especially Google may not be easy for anyone, not even to Matt Cutts, but when you target the right location, it’s easier and can yield better results.

If you’re using any of the keyword research tools for example, Google Adwords research tool, make sure you add the intended city as a qualifier to the primary term.

Let’s assume you want to build a niche blog to promote women’s boot. Have you determined the exact location you want to sell these products to? When you come to Google tool, type “women’s boot + your city.”

Off course, you should replace ‘your city’ with the right city title. Take this further by targeting streets and avenues. Some streets in US are hotter than most cities in the world – this makes them a perfect bet for search users.

Call To Action Marketing

When the right traffic finally arrives at your blog/site, what happens next?

If your goal is to sell your product, then ask your buyer to click the buy button. After you’ve earned their trust, with your quality contents and honest product reviews, motivating them to buy is easier than you think.

Similarly, these people are already soaked into your offers. They’ve seen the basic features and benefits of taking action. Don’t assume they will buy or subscribe to your list; persuade them to take action now.

Marketing Takeaway: You can replicate the above strategies in your blog. whatever the niche may be, designer watches, women accessories, digital products, software or environmental service programs, it’s proven to work and will work for you.

It’s time to take action and test the waters. But keep your mind open as you climb the ladder of success. Remember, thousands of visitors will not make you money, but few targeted and desperate prospects are bestsellers. See you at the top.

[Michael Chibuzor is a business blogger and shows you how to make money blogging. Read about Wewood, a wooden watch retailer, and check out Fossil, a handbags, jewelry, and clothing shop, that Michael reviewed on his site recently. He monetizes his blog through Google Adsense and affiliate programs.]