SEO for a blog – 17 easy ways to get more blog traffic!

By Julia Art | blog

SEO for a blog is like gas for your Ferrari - you don't go anywhere without it!

There are many possibilities to drive traffic, but SEO is still important for a blog in 2019! As a new blogger you probably worry more about the design and photos on your blog... But it can be the most beautiful blog in the world - when you don't have a clue about SEO, nobody will ever read it!

Don't panic - you don't have to be a nerd to get fast results with SEO for your blog! Just follow my tips and you will see improvements over time!

In this blog post you will learn more about:
SEO fo a blog is like gas for a Ferrari
  • Keyword tools
  • SEO friendly content
  • Backlinks

... and a lot of secret EXPERT TIPS + videos to implement everything immediately step by step on your blog!

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Dreams come true!

Can you imagine, when you have a blog or a website with statistics like this and make serious money with your side hustle?

Over 3.50 MILLION visitors and 74 % of it are from Google search! That are 2,59 MILLION people on your blog every month - your readers, your fans, your customers!

Bonus Tip: Check statistics of your blog and other bloggers on Similarweb - you can learn, where others get their traffic from and what are their top 5 keywords!
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This statistic is for the website Lipsum.com - better known as Lorem Ipsum, a dummy text generator tool. It's great for planning your blog post length - more about this important SEO component later in my tips.

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1. Tip on SEO for a blog: Install free Yoast SEO Plugin

Improve the readability and rank higher for certain keywords!

Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress helps you to improve the readability of your blog post and shows you, what to improve to rank higher in search for one keyword. You can add even more keywords in the paid version, but with free version you can do a lot for your blog!

  • Keyword optimization
  • Preview of your page on Google
  • No duplicate content

You should tell Google exactly what is the main topic of your blog. Make sure with Yoast SEO plugin that Google, Pinterest and other platforms know exactly what your page is about, by adding schema.org data the right way. That means = faster indexing, rich results!

In addition Yoast SEO plugin helps you to verify your blog on Pinterest, after that you can apply for "Rich Pins". As a result a meta description of your blog posts will be shown in your pin description. This is important to build trust and get a lot of saves and clicks from Pinterest to your blog!

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” — Socrates, father of Western philosophy

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Yoast SEO free plugin


2. Tip on SEO: Do your homework: RESEARCH

Good research on your topic puts you in shoes of an expert!

Content is King - not only for your readers but also for Google! Even if you know a lot about your favorite topic, you can always add something valuable to your blog post. This can be an infographic, a video from YouTube or secret insider tips of other experts. 

There are many great websites, which help you to find out, what are people looking for. If you read this post about SEO, you probably don't write for your grandma. You want become a professional blogger, who makes money online. Therefore you should look for topics on websites, where people are going to with shopping intention in mind:

  • Udemi - online courses
  • Amazon
  • Ebay

You should also do research on trending topics. For example the website Buzzsumo gives you a nice overview of articles that gets the most shares on social media. You can click the links and get inspired for your own viral blog post.

Try to create a mix of popular viral blog posts but also evergreen content, because evergreens will bring you more readers and customers over the years in total.

“Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google

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3. Tip on SEO for a blog: Find best keywords!

There are 3 different types of keywords and you should try to rank for all of them, but at different times!

There are short one word keywords, with huge search results like "love" with "about 14.570.000.000 results (0,72 seconds)" - Don't even try to rank for that with your new blog! 

Find long tail keywords and variations for it in the Google search bar: leave a space and type your topic, but don't press enter.

Google keyword search love

Use a free add-on Keywords everywhere to find even more keywords and use them throughout your blog post. 

If you want to go in depth (and you really should!), you can try KWfinder to find out, which keywords and synonyms are easy to rank for. 

KWfinder keyword tool

After six months when your blog has more than 20,000 monthly visitors try to rank for more difficult keywords with great quality long posts. 

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn, one of America’s foremost business philosophers

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4. Tip: Write your blog post with intent! User intent!

Think about, what your reader really wants, when he clicks on your link!

Try to rank for keywords, where it's clear, what the user really desires. If you take the keyword "sweetest cat" - what does the user expect from your blog post?

  • Video of the sweetest cat in the world (in his opinion)?
  • toys or food for his own sweetest cat?
  • picture of his girlfriend?

"Which kind of food do you need to buy for your Siam cat?" - this is very specific and not everybody, who likes cats will click on it. But people, who have a Siam cat AND want to buy food (shopping intent) will probably click on it and buy through your store or affiliate link!

“Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” — Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO of BlogHer

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5. Tip on SEO: Your HEADLINE will make or break your blog business! (Learn, how to make it!)

Your headline should be the best sentence of your article!

If nobody clicks it, nobody will ever read your blog! There are a lot blog post only about, how to write a click worthy headline! Here are some quick tips for you:

  • Pack it with emotions!
  • add brackets (that get people excited!)
  • add 17 numbers or 21... any numbers are great 🙂

Do research on Pinterest - find pins about your topic. Which one would you click on and actually read? Try to write similar headlines, the best headlines rank first on Google and Pinterest

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.” — Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

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6. Tip on SEO for a blog: “Time is an illusion.”
― Albert Einstein - Load time is real!

Shortest load time means more readers and customers on your blog!

There are many factors, which can make your website really slow. Almost always there are old pictures, that are "too big". You can check your load speed with PageSpeed Insights for free. It will show exactly, where the problems are and also how to fix them. 

“Time is an illusion.” ― Albert Einstein

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7. Tip on SEO for a blog: Life is full of beauty!  - Your blog too?

Add inspirational or informative pictures with alt text to your pages and blog posts!

There are a lot of statistics, that show how much better websites with beautiful images perform compared to blogs without any pictures. Think of yourself, would you like to read a 3000 words article without one single photo in it? Probably not!

But there are more possibilities to make your blog amazing with interactive elements. You can also add:

  • Infographics (make them for free with Canva or some awesome paid tools)
  • YouTube Videos (your own or from other creators)
  • Quiz games (also great to collect emails)

Did you know, that infographics get a lot of shares on Pinterest and social media? If your pin with an infographic goes viral on Pinterest, you will have traffic for months to your blog post!

Beauty has so many forms, and I think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself. - Kiesza

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8. Tip on SEO: Make them stay longer on your blog with this simple trick!

Use "How to..." videos in your blog post to increase visitors time on your blog post!

The longer  your reader and potential customer stays on your site, the better! Multimedia content is also a quality signal to Google, but your readers will love you for useful videos on the topic, they are interested in. 

Most people scan through your article, read most important part of them and leave... But if you have a video about 3 - 10 minutes on a specific topic, they will watch it for sure! It's easier and more entertaining than reading!

I bet you clicked on the video above and probably you will love the next video too!

“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor

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9. Tip on SEO for a blog: Create the best mix of your blog content!

Want to know, how to rank fast but also get a lot of visitors in the long run?

Many years ago it was absolutely legit to write a short blog post around 400 words. There are millions of new blog posts everyday, so which one will be on the 1. page of Google?

You should create 3 different types of blog posts to get a small amount of traffic right away, decent traffic after 6 months and hopefully huge traffic after 2 years.

  • First 3 months: Blog post length: 1300 - 1500 words, specific + easy to rank keywords
  • 3 - 6 months: Blog post length 1500 - 2000 words, How to's + list posts
  • List after 6 months: blog post length 2000 - 5000 words "The ultimate guide"

First you should take a very specific question and write an answer to it. Try to target keywords with very low competition. This will bring you your first readers and maybe some new email subscribers!

After that your blog post should provide more value and you can try to rank for middle tail keywords.

Every niche has a topic, that drives a lot of traffic. Write a really long + amazing blog post about it, with new informations, examples and interactive elements. This post should outrank other blog posts over time.

“Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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10. Tip on SEO for a blog: Don't confuse your blog readers with super long Url's!

Your blog post url's should be short and clear!

Imagine you'll see a url like this: .com/how-to-write-an-awesome-and-long-blog-post-about-cats ... This looks pretty spammy, doesn't it?

Try to create url's with 2-4 words, like: juliafotoart.com/travel-quotes 

Just DO it!

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11. Tip on SEO for a blog: Great structure is everything!

Create a clear and simple structure to improve readability and add different keywords to your subheadings

After a click on your link in Google search results, your potential reader will scan through your article in a few seconds. He will want to know more, if your subheadings contain keywords, he was looking for.

Additionally you should add some bullet points and list elements, to make it even easier to see, what the main points on this topic are covered. You can see below such list, which you can add with one click in Thrive Architect, my favorite content builder for blogs, which I also use on this site!

Styled list
Numbered list
  • List Element
  • List Element
  • List Element
  1. 1
    List Element
  2. 2
    List Element
  3. 3
    List Element

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”― George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

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12. Tip on SEO: Meta description should be like a birthday present...

Really promising, but hiding under this link, you have to click on, to get the full information.

Meta description will be shown in Google results right under the link. If you reveal your main secrets in the meta description, why should someone click on it? 

When your potential reader loses interest, after reading your meta text, they will go to the next more promising link.

That's why "click bait" works so well and you should learn from it, how to write click worthy headlines and meta description. But don't promise unrealistic things, people will not trust you in the future. And nobody will buy from you a thing, if they don't trust you!

You can write about:

  • Problem - Solution in the blog post
  • List of amazing tools - secret tool Nr. 7
  • Case study of a niche website with extra ordinary results

“Today’s Accomplishments Were Yesterday’s Impossibilities.” – Robert H. Schuller, American motivational speaker

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Meta description for SEO

13. Tip on SEO for a blog: Mobile-first, what else?!

Check your statistics with Google Analytics, most users will see your blog on mobile! 

In 2019 this isn't really a problem, because good themes are already responsive and optimized for mobile use. However, you should always check, how does it look on mobile. 

Sometimes you have to adjust a few things like text size or pictures. Check also if your blog speed page is good on mobile.

Not sure if your blog is really mobile-ready? Don’t worry.

Use Google’s Mobile-friendly Test to check if pages on your blog meet the criteria for being mobile friendly.

“People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.” – Rob Siltanen

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14. Tip on SEO for a blog: Link building is still an important factor!

Google ranks pages higher, if other (bigger) websites are linking to you!

How can you get links from other websites, if only your mom and your girlfriend are reading your blog (sometimes)? With a new blog is this really difficult, but guess what? You are not alone in this situation!

There are many blogger groups on Facebook, where you can meet other new blogger and help each other. There are threads on commenting, clicking through and also linking back. 

Really important is to get links from relevant blogs in your niche. For example, if you are a travel blogger, you don't need links from food bloggers. 

“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” – Steve Jobs

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SEO for a blog link building

15. Tip on SEO for a blog: Press publish and forget it?

Share your content on Pinterest and Social Media.

Do you think, but this has nothing to do with SEO? Not directly, but if people will come to your blog post, actually read it and don't click away after 2 seconds, this is a sign to Google for quality content.

After some clicks from Social media and Pinterest you will also get more organic search clicks to your website.

“It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.” 

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16. Tip on SEO for a blog: Rewrite your old blog posts!

You are a SEO pro now! Make sure to use this tips on your older blog posts!

Maybe you started your blog with really good ideas, but your posts are too short and headlines a little bit boring... Optimize and update your content from time to time!

Google will love you for this and rank your posts higher in search! There are many chances for updates and even completely new blog posts. After rewriting "My best blog tips for beginners in 2018!" create a new post "My best blog tips 2.0 in 2019!"

  • Make list posts longer!
  • Updated for 2019!
  • Detailed review with new affiliate links

“You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.” – Unknown

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17. Tip on SEO for a blog: Last but not least: write for your audience, not Google Search only!

Remember, there are millions new blog posts every day!

So why should someone read yours? Make it as amazing as you can and update it with the time! Ask your readers, what are their problems they try to solve and deliver a nice and easy solution! 

And btw... Quality Content ranks always on page one! That's why you can't lose if you write great articles for real people and not only Google!

“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

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Bonus Tip: Be patient! Success doesn't come over night and SEO will show results after months and years!

Don't have so much patience? You are like me 😛 So what can we do? Still work on SEO in every blog post and every page! 

To get faster results and clicks on your blog you should create a business Pinterest account and start promoting your Pins there! 

SEO takes time

Learn, how to drive traffic from Pinterest to your blog and get your first 1000 clicks in no time!

Conclusion:

SEO is still very important in 2019 and can bring you a lot of free traffic. You shouldn't go after paid traffic - 40 % of people, who find your link in search, will click it. Only 2 % will click on ad's... 

Do not only read this blog post - go ahead and implement those tips on your blog! I promise, you will see results really soon!

Let me know in the comments, which tip will you try first? Do you have another great tip for our community?

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