8 SEO Tips To Boost Your Organic Traffic

Are you confused on how SEO works? Wonder how other blogs and websites boost organic traffic?

Well, if you are you’ve come to the right place! In this post, I’ll show you how you can make super simple changes to your blog and get serious results – because SEO is not as complicated as you think it is.

8 SEO Tips To Boost Your Organic Traffic

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Search Engine Optimization is the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a particular website by ensuring that the site appears high on the list of results returned by a search engine.

1.Install the Yoast SEO plugin

I’ve talked about the “most useful” plugins every blogger or biz owners must have last week and of course, this bad boy is included there. It makes your life so much easier and it’s free! This plugin allows you to do a lot of stuff that will help in search:

  • You’ll be able to create an XML sitemap
  • You can modify whether your categories and tags are crawlable
  • You can verify social accounts for additional social exposure
  • You can install breadcrumbs

2. Nail every URL for every blog post

Did you know that your URL is actually as important as your title? Your URL should contain keyword/s regarding your blog post. Take note that only “words” to get the maximum effect.

For example, this post URL is something like (below)  because I am talking about SEO.

http://beautyandcherries.com/seo-increase-organic-traffic

But if I used this one – my blog post will be entirely invisible!

http://beautyandcherries.com/best-ways-to-use-seo-to-increase-organic-traffic-to-your-blog

BONUS TIP: Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks > Choose Post name

This will help your posts generate better URL’s going forward.

To update your old post permalinks, simply click on the ‘edit’ button next to the URL below your post title in WordPress.

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Change Permalink in WordPress

3. Install the Redirection plugin

Don’t go crazy and change every URL in your blog without this plugin. This will automatically 301 redirect your old post to the new address whenever you change it. This plugin will help prevent annoying 404 error pages.

4.  Add Image ALT Tags

I’ve preached a lot on why you need to stop being lazy when it comes to your images because it actually makes sense! I’ve written a post on how you can master image optimization and speed up your blog.

Do you remember when WordPress prompts you to add a text after you upload an image but because you don’t understand, yo simple click away and leave it blank..ARRRG! Wrong!

Google cannot understand your images – so you need to describe it using the Alt Text. But please don’t just throw away some random words, be sure to add descriptive words to the image you uploaded.

5. Speed Up

Mobile browsing is definitely the new thing. And if you’re site loads after 48 years no one will have the patience to wait for it! It’s even crucial for Google ranking. If you’re site loads between 8-12 seconds you need some serious help.

BONUS TIP: Go ahead and check your site at Google’s PageSpeed Insights.

You are targeting the score of 75 or above both on desktop and mobile. Don’t worry too much about making any gigantic changes in your site as this is a good score.

However, if you’re site got a score below 75 – you may want to consider making improvements based on the tool’s recommendations.

BONUS TIPS:

Need to compress the size of your images? Try the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin.

Need to enable browser caching? Try installing WP Super Cache.

Want to find out which plugins are slowing your site down? Install the P3 Plugin Profiler.

6. Improve your Copy writing

Seriously, white space is your friend. No one (yes, even you) wants to read huge chunks of blocky paragraphs. Brian Dean provides an awesome list of copywriting tips on his site.

When you convince your readers to stay longer, you are also convincing Google that you’re producing high quality content than others. Which in turn, they will reward you with higher rankings in search.

7. Increase Internal Links

When you’re creating a a new blog post, it is always better to link a few resources that you already have.

Like what I did to items #1 and #4 since it is a related topic.

Not only will it benefit the reader, but it will also benefit the site’s search rankings.

Finally, you have to take note that you can also link to other high quality external resources. This will show Google that you’re a trustworthy site. Again, this will all boil down to the “benefits that you give to your readers.”

8. Update Meta Titles & Descriptions

If you already installed the Yoast SEO Plugin, this step will be a piece of cake! So here’s how you do it.

The Meta title and description is what shows in Google’s search results.

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Yoast SEO Meta & Description

Instead of showing your entire content they show your title and a brief snippet of text.

By default, Google will grab your blog post headline and a some  text from your post to use in its results.

So if you have truncated headlines and unoptimized descriptions it will NOT tempt anyone to click on it.

Here’s an example of a truly optimized URL + Headline + Meta title and Description.

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Sample of optimized Meta & Description

BONUS TIP:

If you need to check out how your Meta information will look in Google, you can make use of Portent’s SERP Preview Tool

Want more SEO tips?

In The Blog To Biz Blueprint, we created a full chapter to help you implement practical SEO strategies to boost your traffic and optimize your blog for growth. Get yours now!


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28 comments

  1. Terrah LynNee

    I loveeee this! It is crazy that I found all the amazing SEO guide post after I learned SEO. This is one that was so easy to understand, I had know idea about the Redirection Plugin, I just installed it ! Thank you !

  2. Priyanka Shah

    Hi Janica Khemlani

    Thanks for such a great post. I need your help.
    As an SEO i working as an SEO i have to handle multiple keywords and i also do this but i acing following two problems which is:

    1. few keywords results are not stable in google ranking for ex if you search today it will show the position of my domain on 18th no, if i search next day for same keyword and domain i will find the position is on 32th.

    2. Keyword which rank on first position are not in entire google search page. why that happens i don’t know

    Please help me …..

  3. Mark Henry

    This is what I was looking for. My website is WordPress based and these tips are really beneficial for me. So many doubts cleared! Thanks!

  4. Shannon Geurin

    Hi there! I am coming at you from the WOmen Winning Online FB group. THis post was so helpful to me! Thanks for the info!

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hello Shannon! Glad you find this helpful 🙂 Lemme know if you need anything else I’m akways happy to help! 🙂

  5. Angelica Sereda

    Thank you for this. I need to step it up with my images!

  6. The Sunday Mode

    Can you change the URL’s and permalinks through Blogger? I’d love to know how!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hey girl, do you mean you are using blogger.com account? I wasn’t able to use that platform only wordpress.com but I can check for you 🙂 I’ll keep you posted on this! 🙂

      1. The Sunday Mode

        Yep I’m using a blogger.com account and thank you! That’s really nice of you 🙂

  7. Feuza

    I teach DIY SEO and these were indeed great tips and easy to understand good job. .

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Girl thank you! I’m so happy that you liked it and yes- My aim is to really make this as easy as possible! 🙂

  8. Unstoppable Family

    Great tips, lovely lady! Keep up the great work here, and live unstoppable!

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Thank you! Happy you liked it! OH yes I’m gonna live unstoppable! 😀

  9. Travelerette

    Thanks for these suggestions! I agree that the Redirection plugin is so helpful! I don’t feel very good at SEO, but I have the Yoast Plugin and I’m trying to learn. I’ll look at the copywriting tips too!

  10. ASKSonnie

    Let me add one tip- To increase loading speed, cloudfare may help. Very helpful tips here.

    Sonnie | ASKSonnie.INFO

  11. Janica Khemlani

    Thank you Robert for your kind words. This post was a highly requested one from my readers. Happy you enjoyed reading 🙂

  12. Emma Lenhart

    Never heard of the redirection plug-in before! Getting it now.

    1. Janica Khemlani

      That one is a life saver – trust me. Let me know if you need anything else that I can be of help 🙂

  13. Jaear Paguio

    Nice post! I’m actually starting a new blog and it’s going to be helpful since i never bothered doing optimization. I just learned today about that tag and meta thing. 😀

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Happy to hear that from you Jaear! Let me know if you need anything – I am more than happy to help you out!

  14. Leah Clayton Prescott

    Thank you, this was very helpful!!

    1. Janica

      You’re welcome!!! So happy you liked it 🙂

  15. Gregorio Jay

    Simple But Very Clear and Detailed Articles 🙂 Thanks for Sharing Nica…

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