How to optimize SEO in WordPress? What is the best way to boost traffic to your blog? How to create SEO friendly contents? This questions may arise in your mind if you are a newbie or intermediate blogger. SEO optimization is kind of confusing and time taking task.
Don’t worry. In this post, I am going to explain 42 ways to optimize WordPress SEO And get ranked on Google in 2018. After this article, you can easily optimize SEO of your WordPress blog. Make sure that you are free from all disturbances and have some quality tea or coffee whatever you like. Coz this post gonna be long.
Before the start a blog, you should know about SEO and its importance. It will help you to understand the actual tricks behind SEO optimization of a blog.
What Is SEO?
SEO stands for search engine optimization. In short, you can say that SEO is the bunch of rules which can follow by any site to optimize their site for search engine. SEO optimized site can be ranked in search engine easily.
If you have created quality blog posts but not optimized your WordPress blog yet, then it will not worthy. Nobody will find your contents on various search engines.
SEO can be divided into major two types
- On Page SEO
- Off Page SEO
On Page SEO: It refers to settings you can apply on your website so that it will optimize your blog for search engines.
Off Page SEO: It refers to activities you can perform outside of your website. Like link building, guest posting, social media marketing.
Importance Of Optimized SEO In A WordPress Blog
It has a great importance in a blog. Nobody will find your WordPress blog in the ocean of internet without a proper SEO Optimization. You cannot get ranked on any search engine with well-optimized SEO.
No rank means no traffic, hence no passive income. If you wanna start a blog to accomplish your passion and decent passive income, you have to any search engine with SEO. No rank means no traffic, hence no passive income.
If you wanna start a blog to accomplish your passion and decent passive income, you have to know about basic SEO seriously.
5 Importance Of SEO In A Blog
- A blog with optimized SEO can easily searchable in the various search engine. Hence you can get more organic traffic.
- An SEO optimized blog has well-arranged headlines, media, and body text. So people will start to like your blog.
- A blog without optimized SEO is tough to monetize from best advertising agencies like Google AdSense, Media.net etc. Hence, it affects the passive income of your blog.
- It can easily gain the trust of readers hence returning visitors will rise quickly.
- You can earn decent amount coz of growing traffic.
- You can save a lot of money on marketing or advertising.
Now you have a basic idea of SEO and its importance. Without wasting any time lets start the discussion on WordPress SEO optimization.
42 Ways To Optimize WordPress SEO And Get Ranked On Google In 2018
1. Prevent Search Engine From Wrong Indexing
This is the first step you should do just after installation WordPress blog on your server. Log in to the dashboard of your WordPress Blog. Setting > Reading then reading and tick the box of “discourage search engines from indexing this site“.
You have to turn it on coz search engine bots will start crawling your site just after a site come to life. You can see some unwanted demo pages are there just after installation of your WordPress blog. This is like “hello world” post and comment.
If the wrong pages get indexed then it will affect your search engine rank. You should untick this option at the end of complete SEO friendly setup of your WordPress blog.
2. Set WordPress URL Properly
Make sure that your site URL and your WordPress URL is same. Don’t use both at www.yordomain.com or yourdomain.com in two options.
Permalink plays a great role in SEO. If your blog URL is not SEO friendly, you may lose the chance to get ranked in search engines.
Go to Settings > Permalinks. Click on Post name option and save it.
Now your permalinks are SEO friendly.
You can also “Day and name” or “Month and name” option. But in this case, your contents will appear as old in search engine after a specific period of time.
For example: If your blog URL is like “creativemantram.com/2016/05/wordpress-seo“, no matter how much time you will update but this may show as old content. Also, you may lose viewers. Coz if a person finds 2016 in 2018, he or she may not visit your site.
Don’t create any situation which creates confusion for your viewers.
4. Save Space On Media
If you use the default option, it will automatically generate media files with three different sizes and a thumbnail too. It will make an extra load on your server.
So make this option as below (i.e. change all into 0) to prevent automatic generation of different sized images.
You have to check the featured image of your blog them and start to use this size for every single feature images of your blog.
I am using a 750×400 sized image here.
5. Delete Unwanted Data
You can see the “Hello world!” post and demo comments just after installation of your WordPress blog. Delete those unwanted files. Clear all comments, posts, and pages.
4 thing you should delete just after WordPress Installation
- “Hello, world!” From Post
- “Sample Page” From Page
- “Hello Dolly Plugin” From Plugin
- “A WordPress Commenter” Demo comment.
6. Choose A Lightweight Responsive Theme
Your theme should be simple in design and lightweight. A heavy theme will affect the loading speed of your blog which is a great factor to optimized WordPress blog SEO. Change the default theme.
In this blog, I am using genesis framework and magazine pro theme from StudioPress. The design may be slightly different coz I have added some additional spices CSS code to design my way.
If you have a limited budget, you can go for the free theme too. But make sure that your theme is free from any issue and compatible with the latest version of WordPress. High speedy free themes I have used previously
Note: Don’t use any nulled or free version of the premium theme from any random site. Coz they will either provide you the old version or it may have some malware inside the code which tough to find. It may redirect your blog URL to other or display various ads and pop-ups automatically or even your blog get hacked.
You can scan the theme from VirusTotal to check virus online. Still, I would not recommend you to use nulled one. If you want to select a free theme just find one WordPress theme list. Coz one simple mistake will ruin the whole blogging career.
7. Add Keyword Inside Your Domain Name
You can add keyword inside your blog domain name to get better rank. Before that, you have to choose your blog niche. For example, if your blog niche on blogging then you can try domain name like probloggingguide.com, bloggingideas.com, quickblogging.com etc.
You can start without keyword while choosing a domain name. But it will help you to rank better in that particular niche.
8. Design Awesome Header Logo And Favicon
You have to consider some factors while designing a logo for your blog.
- Use Less than 3 colors
- Flexible Design
Length and width of favicon should always equal (i.e. 512×512). Otherwise, it will not fit in various social media pages and get stretched which shows less professionalism.
I have designed my blog logo and favicon from logomakr.
9. Rename Images Before Upload
Don’t upload any image without properly named it. A descriptive name helps with both content and image SEO (ranking images higher on Google Images). For example, don’t upload an image named DS0023 but use a descriptive name.
10. Optimized Your WordPress Blog Images
An image requires higher storage space on your web server and also use high bandwidth. According to HTTP Archive, as of December 2017, images make up on average 51% of a total webpage’s weight. It will directly affect loading speed of your WordPress blog.You can optimize all blog images in two different ways.
Optimize Image Before Upload: You can simply optimize all images before upload by using various tools.
I use Adobe Photoshop and TinyPNG for all images you have seen on this blog.
Optimize Image After Upload: You can use various WordPress plugins to optimize images.
Even you can optimize images after upload, I would still suggest you optimize before upload. You should use them both for better result.
11. Image Alt Text
Alt text should same with the name of the image. Always rename the image properly before upload. Insert focus keyword inside the name of feature image of a post.
If you rename properly before upload, the “Title” will generate automatically same with the name of the image. You have to just copy and paste it into Alt Text option.
12. Install Anti Spam Plugin And Setup Right Way
Prevent spam comment by using the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin. Quality comments will help you get more readers, links, shares. A blog with full spam comment will affect its SEO. It will also prevent any bots to do comments automatically.
Too many comments with a number of gravatars may slower your site speed. Check the score of your site in Gtmetrix. To prevent that issue, try to
- Disable gravatar from comment under Settings → Discussion
- Set blank gravatar.
- Delete comments that not added any value to your post (check properly before delete).
- Disable comment from pages.
13. Use SSL Certificate
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol which provides the encryption. SSL is also a ranking factor in the search engine. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.
14. Install Cache Plugin To Optimized the Speed
Enable cache of your WordPress blog by using a cache plugin. You can easily boost the speed of your blog. If you want to create a blog or already created but installed any cache plugin yet, you should do it right now.
Check the GTmetrix speed of your blog before installation of cache plugin and note it down. Coz after complete setup, your site loading speed gonna improve.
Best cache plugins you should install
- WP Fastest Cache (free and easy setup)
- W3 Total Cache (free but setup complicated than above one)
- WP Rocket (Premium)
If you are a newbie and have a limited budget then go to WP Fastest Cache. Check the GTmetrix speed after complete setup.
15. Cloudflare Setup
You can easily improve the speed of your WordPress blog by using Cloudflare CDN. It provides free basic planes.and also protect your website using their internet security.
You can easily enable it from the cpanel of your host. But it depends on the host. So you should choose the best web hosting for your WordPress blog. I am using Hostgator here in this blog.
16. Use CDN
You can use premium CDN to boost the loading speed of your WordPress blog. Use any CDN from following and Cloudflare with cache plugin as mentioned in step 13. You will get the best result quickly.
The best CDN you should try
You can try any of them.
17. Install Yoast SEO Plugin
It is the best plugin to optimize the SEO of WordPress. It will take care of complete on page SEO of your WordPress blog. But you should install it the proper way.
Yoast SEO has provides so many coolest features like sitemap creation, webmaster submission your WordPress blog, edit .htaccess file via Yoast. You can even edit the robots.txt file through Yoast.
18. Save Your WordPress Blog From Attacks
Your blog security is also an essential issue. It will affect your blog ranking too. A blog with malicious activities or malware will be penalized by Google. So make sure that your blog is secure enough.
Don’t worry. You can use any best security plugin to save your blog from attacks. These are
- Sucuri Security
- All In One WP Security & Firewall
- iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)
19: Use The Best Web Hosting
Select the best web hosting and find a suitable plan for your budget. But don’t choose any random hosting planes at a very low price.
Make sure your web hosting is a fastest one and uptime 99.9%. A server with slow loading and more downtime will affect the ranking of your blog in search engine.
Ensure that it has following features
- PHP version 7 or greater
- MySQL version 5.6 or greater
- Uptime 99.9%
- Unlimited Disk Storage
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- Unlimited Domain Hosting (*)
- Free Domain Name (*)
- Unlimited – Add-on Domains, Parked Domains & Subdomains (*)
- Free SSL certificate (*)
- cPanel Account Control Panel
- FTP Access
- Unlimited Email Accounts
- Unlimited Email Storage
- Marketing Offers for Adwords or Bing Ads.
All (*) are not essential but it is better to have these. Some best web hosting recommended by WordPress itself like BlueHost and SiteGround provides all above features at a very low cost in their shared hosting plane. You can also buy the best plane from HostGator or Inmotion at low price.
20. Avoid High CPU And Outdated Plugins
Plugins are the essential part of a WordPress blog. But if you used an outdated plugin or high CPU one it will slow your WordPress blog speed. Check the loading speed of your blog after plugin installation.
You already know that slower loading speed means bad ranking and less traffic. So you have to avoid such plugins which are not updated for a long time. It will affect your blog security too. Try to use fewer plugins as possible as you can.
21. Disable Unwanted Features
Disable all unwanted featured. If will help to improve the loading speed of your blog. For example, Jetpack is a heavy plugin but it has various cool features such as Speed up images and photos (previously known as the photon), email subscription, automatic publish the post on various social media. So you have to disable all features which are not used in your blog.
22. Delete Extra Themes And Unused Plugins
You have to delete all unused extra themes from your blog. You have to install a plugin to delete a theme directly from WordPress dashboard or simple done it easily from cpanel of your hosting.
Cpanel > File Manager > Public HTML > Your Blog > wp-content > Theme
You can simply deactivate then delete any plugin from Installed Plugin section of your WordPress blog.
23. Optimized Database Of Your WordPress Blog
You should optimize your WordPress blog database. You don’t have to worry. WP-Optimize is the best plugin to optimize the database of your WordPress blog.
24. Keep updating WordPress Blog Theme And Plugin
Update the theme and plugins of your WordPress blog whenever new updates are available. It will also help you to make secure your WordPress blog.
25. Do A Proper Keyword Research On Your Blog Niche
Don’t write any random post on your blog. Choose your blog niche first. It will help you to find the best keyword for your blog. Initially target for low competition and low search volume keywords to get ranked easily. Use your focus keyword in first 100 words in the blog post.
After creating the number of contents in such keywords, you can go for low competition high search volume one.You can use various tools to do proper keyword research from below.
Top 5 Keyword Research Tools
26. Use Proper URL Structure In A Post
URL of your blog post should be short in length. Try to insert focus keyword inside the URL. If possible try to make it below 5 letters.
Avoid long URL: creativemantram.com/how-to-create-a-blog-on-wordpress-perfectly-without-any difficulties
Use Short URL: creativemantram.com/create-a-blog-on-wordpress
27. Keyword Optimized Title And Meta Description
Insert focus keyword in the title Of your WordPress blog post. Try to use it in the starting of the title if possible. Write perfect meta description and make sure that your focus keyword is there. Try to add some related high CPC keywords to create extra space for your meta description. You can find it easily from Google Keyword Planner.
You don’t have to worry about the length of your blog title and meta description. Yoast SEO will take care of it. It will indicate if your post title and meta description are optimized with focus keyword or not. Also indicates the proper length of your title and meta descriptions
28. Proper Text Formatting (H1, H2, H3 etc.)
Use H2 and H3 tags inside your blog post. You don’t need to worry about the H1 tag. Coz by default your blog title is using H1 tag. Try to include the focus keyword once inside these tags. You can add related keywords too.
It will also help you to lower the bounce rate of your blog. Coz more text without headlines always gonna boring to any readers. If you use more tags the readers will at least check the headlines. Try to add some spicy negative words like “ Don’t, Avoid, Mistake”. People always want to read these kinds of words in curiosity.
29. Best Keyword Density And LSI Keywords
Try to use your focus keywords inside the body of your blog post. It should less than 2.5%. If your blog posts are bit long like mine, it will little tough to maintain the keyword density.
For Example: If your focus keyword is “ Create WordPress Blog” and your blog post is a bit longer. Yoast SEO indicates red dot. Try to use maximum time (not more than 2.5% of your blog post) as possible as you can. But don’t just use it many times to make just Yoast dot green.
You can use “creating WordPress blog”, “create a blog on WordPress”. These words will not make Yoast dot green but the search engine will consider it same with the word “Create WordPress Blog”.You Should use related LSI keywords to give extra spice to your focus keyword.
30. Use Proper Internal Links And Outbound Links
Create internal link inside your blog post and outbound link to quality authority blogs on your blog niche. Use 2-4 links for per 1000 words. It is not the fixed number. Don’t make too many links (i.e. 100 links for 1000 words). Overlinking may lead your blog to get penalized by Google.
31. Fixed All Broken Link From Your Blog
Check broken links on your blog. If any there, fixed them as possible as you can. The broken link will create a bad impression in SEO. You can use broken link checker plugins or directly from various sites.
32. Use AMP Pages
AMP pages make your pages load faster on any mobile devices. You can easily create AMP pages in WordPress.
How To Add AMP Pages To WordPress
- Install the AMP plugin (adds actual AMP pages)
- Install the Glue For Yoast & AMP (lets you customize the design)
- Add /amp/ to any page to see how it looks and make sure it works
- Go to Yoast’s Settings → AMP to change your design and enable custom post types
- Be sure the tweak your featured image on the top of your pages (see Yoast’s tutorial)
- Check the AMP section of Google Search Console and find and fix AMP errors
33. Avoid Duplicate Content Issue
Check often on your blog whether it has duplicate content or not. If any there rewrite the best way to avoid it. You cannot go with 100% unique content. Coz some similarities among words may be there. But try to create as best as possible.
34. Check Your Grammar And Spelling
Check grammar and spelling of your blog post before publishing. A post with a large number of grammatical and spelling mistakes will create a bad impression of the search engine. You can use a free tool called Grammarly to avoid this issue. They provide many features with their premium planes.
35. Use Optimized Videos
Don’t upload videos in your server. Create a channel of your blog on YouTube. Upload quality videos there and use those videos inside your blog post.
Before uploading videos in YouTube, Make sure that
- Your video renamed with focus keyword you gonna use on YouTube.
- A keyword optimized title and description.
- Proper custom thumbnails (1280×720).
- Use proper tags related to the video. Don’t use more than 5.
- Say your focus keyword many times as possible inside the video.
Optimized your YouTube video and make it responsive one. You can embed YouTube Videos without Increasing Page Size.
36. Create Top-Quality Epic Contents
Content is always a king. It will also affect to optimize WordPress SEO. Your content should unique. Try to make the epic content of 2000+ words to get more attention by the search engine. Long epic contents are easily go viral.
The main benefit of epic content is you don’t have to add related keyword much but automatically those will be there while writing long contents. Hence easily you can create unique contents.
37. Perfect Social Media Presence On Your WordPress Blog
Social media presence is also great ranking factor in the search engine. You should create a proper profile on various social media and share your blog post. It will also help you to engage more user in your blog post.
You should create a profile of your blog from the very 1st day in various social media. List of best social media to boost traffic and SEO of your blog are
- Google Plus
All social media may not work the same way with your blog niche. Different niches are done well on different social media. For example: If you are a fashion blogger, it will better to go first with Instagram and Pinterest than others.
38. Directory Submission Of Your WordPress Blog
You can submit your blog in various web directories to get quality backlinks. Find directories suits to your blog niche and submit your blog.
39. Social Bookmarking Of Your WordPress Blog
40. Guest Posting On Authority Blog On Your Niche
Guest posting is also a great way to build audience and quality backlinks. Many authority sites on your blog niche provide such facilities. If your article gets attention by people than you will definitely get a huge traffic. It is also easy to get ranked in such authority sites. It will help you to get attention by traffic.
41. Blogger Outreach
Blogger outreach is a technique to reach out to other bloggers who already have huge traffic. You can build a network with great bloggers and get quality backlinks from them.
42. Set Proper Blog Commenting Strategy
A blog comment is also a great way to generate backlink. Generally, it will provide a no-follow link. But still, you can get a huge traffic from it. You should comment on various authority blogs in your niche.
But make sure that your comment is kind of that blog post related. Try to use meaningful words to that particular post. In this way, your comment will be easily approved by any blogs.
To get proper attention by the traffic of any authority blog, you should subscribe the authority blog so you can get the latest notification on a new blog post. Try to comment as soon as possible. Coz the posts from authority blog are generally get ranked in search engine quickly and your comment will easily make some traffic to visit your blog.
You can easily find authority blogs from following sites
In this post, we have discussed on 42 ways to optimize WordPress SEO And Get Ranked On Google In 2018. Without proper SEO optimization, your blog will vanish in the ocean of the internet.You can overcome the tough task to make your blog SEO friendly by using Yoast SEO Plugin. Next step is creating quality articles and backlinks. You may have used above steps or some of it.
How is your experience? Have you got benefited? Do you think something more should be there? Please let me know from the comment section.