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7 Blog SEO Tips to Gain Bulletproof Search Rankings

blog seo guideGetting traffic for a new blog is hard. How will you make sure that you will get regular visitors who are interested in your articles?

Some people say social media but the process is painful. From my own experience, social media traffic is less targeted and comes to your blog only when you give it a shake.

To solve this problem and to get regular flow of traffic we need to do SEO for our blog.

S.E.O. is Search Engine Optimization, a special type of marketing done to gain organic visitors.

In this guide I will tell you about SEO and how to optimize your blog/website so that you can gain interested people to come and read your blog, for FREE! [Continue reading…]

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Timeless Link Building Strategy – Building Link & Backlinking Guide

Timeless Link Building Strategy – Building Link & Backlinking GuideFor the last few years I am doing a whole lot of SEO & backlinking stuff. Frankly speaking I had no idea about any particular link building strategy. When I first started my blog, I was building link here and there randomly. I kept writing articles and that’s all I did. I am still learning and as I make my way up I will be sharing more on what I have learned. In this article I will write about the timeless link building strategy that will work everytime. In a nutshell SEO boils down to just 3 parts:

  1. Keyword research
  2. On page website optimization
  3. Link building

The last part is the biggest and the most exciting of them all, also the most frustrating one. For a long time I suck in all of the 3 above mentioned things, that’s why I couldn’t see any success in my rankings. I didn’t know what I was doing. I would launch a new site; backlinking randomly here and there and hoping to see a magic in life.

But magic doesn’t happen in reality. That’s why it sucked! So back to the reality I then lost interest to my site and move on to another one and still getting the same ending. As a result I had 20s of websites that were a pain in my ass and I have no idea what I should be doing with them.

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Tools & tips for fast bookmarking and link building

Do you know about social bookmarking? These are the sites we use often like digg, stumble upon, reddit or delicious. Each user uses different bookmarking site depending on the taste. As a blogger you should focus on social bookmarking, because it’s one of the easiest ways to build incoming links and fast traffic. You should do it because,

Bookmarks = Backlinks = SEO benefits

It works like this: You published and article, Mr. A comes to your site and he likes it. He bookmarks it by adding it to his favorite site Digg. Now his friend Mr. B checks his digg profile and founds your site and becomes your reader too! After that he bookmarks another page from your blog and this is how it goes on using word of mouth.

How to bookmark, the smart way?

Most people spend hours on 10 or 20’s of bookmarking site to submit their posts. Some people even pay money to some automated bookmarking sites. But this won’t help you because these automated or bulk links won’t benefit you.

The key is to get the help from your readers. If you use five sites, then bookmark your article on five places (+5 backlinks) Put the bookmarking widget on your posts and ask your readers to bookmark it. If you get 100 visitors and 50 of them bookmark it once, that means you’re getting 50 more backlinks without any effort.

On the other hand, those bookmarks will bring new visitors, that means this will go on and on. Here are some of the useful bookmarking widgets,

ShareThis

ShareThis is the leading service in this sector. You have to sign up for a free account to get a green share this button. You can track your bookmarking and use age statistics with your account. They offer visitors to submit to any bookmarking sites and they can also email friends or re-blog about the post.

AddThis

AddThis is the competitor of ShareThis. They offer a simple looking bookmark button. When your readers will hover the mouse pointer on it, they will see different sites to bookmark it. You’ll also need an account to use this service.

Add to any

Add to any is the service that I’m using with my blog currently. The cool thing is that “you don’t have to sign up for an account” to get the button. You can also integrate google analytics with this to track your bookmarking statistics.

Tell a friend

Tell a friend is a new service with the same concept. You have to sign up to use this service. This service doesn’t support much social sites right now.

How to add it on my blog?

All of these services have some special automated ways to add it on your blog. You have to select your blog platform and you’ll have it. WordPress users can search these services from the plugins directory and add it to their blog automatically.

Blogger users: First you should get the widget code of the bookmarking buttons. Go to your blogger Dashboard > Layout > Edit HTML. Now click on “Expand widget template.” Search this code by pressing CTRL+D

<p class=”post-footer-line post-footer-line-3″>

Now add your button code under this code. Click “Save template

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Some quick tips to make your blogger(blogspot) blog SEO friendly

Blogger is a free platform for bloggers and it’s one of the most popular and a powerful blog platform. A blogger blog can be tweek and hacked for almost every need of a user and it’s owned by Google, so you get some search juice.

By default, every blogger blog is SEO optimized but it could be lost if you use a highly complicated theme and add lots of hacks into the template. Here are some quick tips to make your blogger(blogspot) blog SEO friendly,

1. Google webmaster tools

Sign up for Google webmaster tools and add your site. You can then optimize your site like checking backlinks, crawl status and rate. By using Google webmaster tool, you can give access to your blog directly.

2. Use a sitemap

Google can index all of your blog pages automatically but if you provide a Sitemap(the list with all pages of your site) then google can search easily. Blogger sitemap is, your-blog.blogspot.com/atom.xml. You can also create a custom post with all of your page links to create a custom sitemap.

3. Use a simple template

Most of the bloggers like to have a cool looking template like those cool wordpress templates. WordPress templates are made of lots of PHP files and blogger have only one HTML file. When a designer creates a blogger template from a wordpress template, it becomes very complicative for search bots to index pages. Try to use simple templates with less coding.

4. Avoid too many flash, java and ajex codes

Some bloggers (like me) likes to hack every part of their blogger blog with widgets, codes and everything. The more things you are adding, the template is becoming more complicated, making your blog SEO un-friendly.

5. Meta Tags

Use meta tags in your blogger blog to get better search rankings

6. Anchor text, interlink and backlinks

Interlink your posts with each other and use anchor texts. Get some backlinks from related blogs. The more quality backlinks you have, the more search rank you’ll get.

7. Parmalinks with keywords

A typical blogger parmalink is, your-blog.blogspot.com/2009/01/Some-quick-tips-to-make.html -now the words on the parmalink will benefit your search status. But look at the title, “Some quick tips to make your blogger(blogspot) blog SEO friendly” -the main keywords from the title are, blogger, blogspot, blog and seo. You can’t change the parmalink parameter of blogger and it adds only first 4-5 words as the parmalink. So you have to change the title like this, “SEO friendly blogger(blogspot) blog -how to do it?” then the parmalink will be: your-blog.blogspot.com/2009/01/seo-friendly-bloggerblogspot-blog.html

8. Labels and pings

Use related labels with your blogger posts. Use lots of related labels which will help you in technorati traffic because the labels on blogger works like technorati tags. Whenever you post a new article, use Ping-o-matic to ping search engines, which will inform search bots to crawl your blog.

Have your say

  • Do you use blogger(blogspot) platform?
  • How you made your blog SEO friendly?
  • Did I miss anything?

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Great examples on how to write a good Meta blog description

Here in BlogKori I have written articles on SEO optimization, meta keywords and page rank. Meta description and keywords are important to rank higher in search engine positions. This is a post where I wrote how to write effective bog descriptions to start with.

Now more and more people are into blogging and SEO, they want to know what they should write on their Meta title, meta description and meta keywords. Whenever you want to submit your blog on directories, they will ask for these data. It’s better to use one static data for every place you leave your link. Here’s what our most popular bloggers have did with their blog descriptions; I’m sure this will help you get started with it,

Blogs with auto generated descriptions

no-meta1

no-meta2

meta6

Blogs with pre-determined descriptions

meta1

meta2

meta4

Blogs having a one line simple description

meta3

meta5

So how do you write your blog description?

After all, traffic makes you earn money online.

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5 Crazy but Natural SEO optimization tricks for your blog

These are some of the crazy but natural SEO optimization methods that we don’t hear a lot but it really works in the long run. So let’s read, learn these crazy but effective SEO tricks.

Keywords in image alter tags

We love to add images on our post, don’t we? Images are labeled as IMAGE1, PICTURE1, PHOTO_1 etc. I have labeled my image acording to what the image represents. This is a cool way to get search traffic even from image search results.

Popular forum and discussions

When you write a new post, add the same post on forums/ popular discussion sites. It’s not spamming, some site allows you to promote your blog posts. Add the post title as the thread title and linkback from the thread. Here you get some traffic from the forum, get a link and additionally these established sites rank higher in different keywords. So where your main article is no where near in the top listing, these forum thread will be there who are linking to your original article.

Social media aggregators

Most people don’t care about aggregators such as friendfeed, peoplepond or facebook. If you post your links on social media such as twitter or digg, it will appear on different aggregators too. The cross linking works well in SEO terms and soon you will get more links pointing to your article as the snowball rolls.

Links on the footer

Most website owners love to put the important page links on the footer section; it’s not only making the site user friendly, but also giving a good SEO boost. The footer appears on all of your blog posts or pages, that means you are getting linked back from all of your pages back to your own site.

Using heading tags

You see when I write posts, I make my whole article into small paragraphs, plus I add a sub title for each of the paragraphs. I do this because I want my reader to feel comfortable while reading short paragraphs. The sub title also gives an idea on what the paragraph is all about. But the main thing is, the sub titles are done with “Heading 2” tag. Search bots take good care of the text inside the heading tags and because I add keywords inside the heading, I get more SEO juice.

What else can be done?

Please tell me what things you do to make your site SEO friendly? For good seo, we get better traffic and can earn more money online; please do share your personal SEO tips and share this post on your favorite site.

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How to get indexed in google within 48 hours

Most of the time people ask me they’ve created a new blog/site and it’s been months but google didn’t index it. I usually ask them to be patient and wait for google to index the site manually. But what if you’ve created a site for a cause or some limited event that you don’t want to miss a single visitor from google?

How to get indexed in google within 48 hours Blogkori
For an example, your company is going on a trade expo and has created a special website about that. Usually people don’t remember domain names and they prefer to google that and to see what google is saying about that website. For new bloggers, it’s a great thing to appear on google search results and most people give much more value to a site that’s listed on goog.

When I created DhakaSALE and shared with a business contact; he googled the site and no results were found. The expression was like “If it’s not on google, then it’s not worth sharing.” -the site took nearly 2 months to appear on google search but now I’m able to get a new site indexed in google within 2 days ~that’s 48 hours. Here are some steps to do that,

Content

Just after you registered your domain and created a site, it won’t call any search bots until there’s any content. You have to create some content or at least the first page. The site also has to be crawler friendly and you must use valid codes for your site HTML. You can validate your website HTML with W3C.

Meta data

Create Meta data for your home page. Write a good relevant title description and 10 good keywords. A good way to do that is to brainstorm the concept of your site. First determine what’s your site about? For an example, your blog is about “Cheap graphics cards.” Now try to write down 10 most important topics you’re about to cover. These 10 topics are the blog category and 10 keywords.

Now point out which 3-4 topics you’ll write most on your new blog. Those will be added on the description. Write a description within 150 characters that covers 3-4 of your important keywords. Finally take top 2 keywords to be added as the title. Example,

Title: Make money online with a better blog | BlogKori
Description: A blog about professional blogging, make money online and creating a better blog. The specialties are in social networking and web design
Keywords: make money online, better blog, blogspot tutorials, blog optimization, social traffic, readership

If you’re using wordpress then use the All in one SEO pack plugin to do the meta thing. If you’re using blogger or any other platform, then read this guide about meta.

Invite the crawlers

Now everything’s set on your side, it’s time to invite those crawlers. Submit your site on major search engines such as google, yahoo and msn. Sign up for webmaster tools and submit your sitemap. You can create a sitemap with wordpress with google XML sitemaps plugins; blogger sitemap is located here: yourblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml; go to this site to create a sitemap for your regular website.

Now submit your website on directories and bookmark your site on couple of social bookmarking sites. Now each time you submit your site on directories, a human visitor will come to your site to check the site. When you’ll add your site on bookmarking sites, automated robots will visit your site. These are the indications to major search engines that this site is worth adding to the index.

Human influence

You can ask your friends to visit the site and link to it. Ask them to comment, take poll and bookmark it. Create squidoo and hubpages about your site and promote that page with social bookmarking sites.

Now days, human influence is taken much more seriously by search engines to determine the popularity of a site. Human interaction can index a new site even within hours after launch. Create post about the new site from your other sites and link to it.

It’s not guaranteed!

Yes it worked for me and couple of my new domains but it’s not guaranteed. Google sets the rule of the internet and it’s up to them if your site will appear on search results or not?

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Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly

For the last few months I’ve been working on the SEO part of my blog. Search optimizing a blog can get you better search rankings and organic visitors. That means the free and targeted traffic from search engines such as google, yahoo or bing.

Website grader is a free online tool that helped me to understand about the most important aspects of website SEO. You can see the website grade badge which is showing the seo score of my blog. Few months ago when I checked it for the first time, it was 88, now I opted my site and the score is around 98.8. Website grader does not do anything for your blog SEO but it’s a great tool for web masters to optimize their sites. Here are some other things that I did for my blog’s SEO,

Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly -website grader, blogkori

Meta tags

Meta tags are the most important elements in blog SEO. I opted my Meta title, description and keyword. I changed the title from “BlogKori” to something in more detail I added a relevant description within 150 characters and added no more than 6 keywords as the Meta keywords. Some people will say to stuff keywords in your Meta, and I’ve told this before too! But I was wrong. Put less than 10 Meta keywords for better results.

Update: Meta keywords are not used anymore!

Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly blogkori

Domain age

How long the domain is online determines the importance of the website. Another new factor which is been talked about is how long the domain will be active. I bought another year’s registration for BlogKori and I hope google will give more importance to my site.

All in one SEO pack plugin

The wordpress plugin called All in one SEO pack is yet most powerful SEO plugin ever made. This tool helped me to create meta tags and removing some URL’s from the search engines. It helped me to over write the titles of my page and the Meta tags of each post and page can be changed too.

Web master tools

Sign up for google webmasters, yahoo site explorer and bing webmaster tool and submit your site to their engine. Webmaster tools are great ways to make your site indexed faster. The tools offer some features and options to make your blog search optimized.

Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly blogkori

Google XML sitemaps

Another great wordpress SEO plugin. This plugin can generate XML sitemaps for your blog which is crawler friendly. Once you create the sitemap, submit it on webmaster tools and see your post gets indexed faster.

Image tags

Most people ignore image tags/ alter tags. When you use images in your post, you can use this for getting more image search results. Instead of labeling an image as: Image-1, try to add the keywords as the image label. This will bring some more search traffic.

Internal keyword linking

When you write a new post, add internal links on your post to an older post. This is called internal linking/ deep linking/ anchor texts. Don’t just link; add the link with a keyword. This will increase the backlinks of your internal pages and bring more SEO juice.

Is your blog search optimized?

Are you working on your blog SEO? Share some of your interesting SEO tips with us. Are you ignorring search traffic?

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How to Write Effective Blog Descriptions for Better CTR Click Through Rates

Although this article was written back in 2009, this article on how to write effective blog description still applies today now that it does a huge impact on your click through rate from search engines. Now days a top 5 ranking won’t always result in better click through rates. If your blog fails to get decent CTR google will drop your site ranking to favor the competing search results.

Writing a good blog description is more important than ever. A well written description is short, compelling, has keywords, and makes good sense.

At the very beginning, bloggers find it tricky for them what to do and what not? Titles are easy but what about description? There are some factors work together in search terms. Some bloggers found their site rank higher in search terms within few months. Most of the times these terms are not that popular enough to bring a burst of traffic.

For an example, when I started my first blog, it was ranking number one for a local term. But I was not getting hundreds of hits daily for that because it’s not a popular keyword! The thing I learned is that I should look for popular keywords and ranking my blog for such keywords will bring in more traffic.

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A great list of tips to create a link rich blog

Do you know, you are only few quality links away to the ultimate exposure, fame and wealth? Backlinks are the currency of the internet. To create a link rich blog, you have to create more backlinks. This article will show you those simple, stupid, wise and un-usual ways to create more backlinks.

Well let me tell you more about incoming links/ backlinks. They are the links from other websites which points to your blog/ website. Search engines like google will give much importance and rank to a site with having more quality backlinks.If you have 100 backlinks pointing to your blog and each of them provide 1 visitors each day, that means you are getting 100 visitors daily. Building more backlinks means you are building your blog’s online status and higher search rank status. In this way the day will come when it will be impossible for you to make others visit yor blog -actually we bloggers don’t want to stop visitors, the more traffic means more fame, expossure and income.

Link building techniques:

1. Start with your neighborhood: When you start blogging, ask your friends, family members and your relatives to give you a link from their website. Start this from the beginning. Don’t think about the relevant link because in the beginning you need traffic.

2. Regional community: Join your regional community and ask your country man to help you out. If you’re an Australian then join Australian community, join India bloggers if you’re an Indian blogger.

3. Your online friends: Ask your online friends (chat buddy, fellow blogger and your readers) to give you a link from their blog.

4. Forum, groups, social networks: Use these communities to build more links. Join discussions and provide related informations, leave your links for a resource. Be active on the community to get more friends and supporters. You can add your link on your profile to get another backlink and a way to let others visit you.

5. Bloggers from your niche: Build a network of bloggers from your niche. If you have better communications with them, they will sure link with you, as you are on the same niche.

6. Comments: Leave meaningful and better comments on other blogs. This way you are building links + the readers from that blog will visit your blog also.

Tip:

  1. Leave regular comments to attract the author and his readers.
  2. Add the best article as your link on the comments, so that the new visitors will have a good first impression.
  3. Don’t just hunt for Do-Follow blogs, every link is important for you.

7. Link exchange: It’s a way where you give a link and you get a link. Create a link exchange campaign to create more incoming links, and also help others to build links. You can also exchange links with me

8. Link baiting: It’s a term where you create an outstanding article or breaking news and wait for others to link to this article. Bloggers are most influenced and you can build more links with it.

9. Social bookmarking: If you bookmark your articles on social sites such as digg, delicious and stumble upon, then you are also creating more backlinks. If you bookmark one of your articles on 10 sites that means you are building 10 more backlinks. But the main juice will come when the bookmark will be popular among users. This will be a quality link and also show up on search results.

10. Article directory: There are many sites where you can submit new and original articles. You can add a link which will follow your blog. This way you can create more links. Some other sites are ezinearticles, e-articles.info, hubpages and squidoo.

11. Micro blogging: Sites like twitter, plurk can be very useful if you become active and build a good profile. Add your links on your updates and those will bring new backlinks.

12. Guest blogging: You have to give something before you can take. Writing articles for another blog is a way to attract new readers. You will have a link from that blog with your article too. Read my friend Wei’s article about guest blogging

13. Email signatures: Add your blog’s link in your email signature. This won’t count as a backlink but you will get some traffic when you are sending emails.

So how can I do all these?

1. Quality first: Creating more links is not worthy if you don’t have a good blog. First you have to create a better blog and write outstanding articles.

2. Ping regularly: Use ping-o-matic to ping your blog when you update. Pinging sends an alert to search engines and they will find out new articles and links.

3. Download the alexa toolbar: Alexa rank is determined by internet usage and with alexa toolbar. Be your own supporter and help your blog to build better ranks by using the toolbar. Ask your friends to use it too.

4. Give links, share articles and feature your friends: in your blog. This way others will love you and they will feature you in their blog too.

5. Build a good helpful profile: People like them who are polite and helpful. Create as much happy friends as you can and they will do promotion for you.

6. DO NOT SPAM: To build links don’t try to spam the internet with comments, links and un-wanted things. You will lose your reputation and this approach will ban you from search engines.

7. Don’t do all of these in one day! If you just start doing everything I said after reading this, you will lose hope. Create a habit of commenting, building friendship and being active on social sites. Do one thing at once and at the end of the month you will build enough links.

Have your say,

  1. Did you like this article?
  2. How you build links?
  3. Will you link back to this article?

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