You’ve probably already heard that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a very important part of your total website marketing plan. Here are the basics concepts as an introduction to SEO:
1) SEO is all about discovering the right keywords people use to search for your products and services on Google.com – Google being the top search engine on the internet.
2) If you want to maximize traffic to your website, your first task is to find the best keywords that relate most accurately to what you do or sell (assuming you are good and people need what you have).Â Think about this from the perspective of the user.Â Suppose you sell vintage jewelry.Â Is your customer going to type in, “vintage jewelry” or “1960’s Victorian diamond wedding ring?” and how many people are interested in that particular product?
3) Once you have discovered the best keywords using certain tools, your next task is to use those keywords on your site in the most effective ways to draw visitors to your site using an SEO plugin and tags.
4) Then your next step is to convert your website visits into sales (which is another important marketing topic).
Why spend time on SEO?Â If you can get in the top 5 search results in Google, your chances of making a sale go up dramatically.Â However, keep in mind that SEO takes time and effort.Â According to some experts, doing SEO right takes a minimum of 5 dedicated hours per week.
How does all of this apply to WordPress?Â Well, WordPress is naturally SEO-friendly due simply to its permalink structure and the fact that blogs tend to have fresh content, and Google loves fresh content.Â And once you’ve done your keyword research and chosen your target keywords, there are certain plugins and themes for WordPress that help with SEO.Â Then there are additional SEO techniques for how you use your keywords when you title your pages, write your content, create internal links & external links, who you link to and who links to you.Â You can also increase your “link juice” with link brokers and by using trackbacks and pingbacks.Â It’s a form of art and science unto itself.Â Even the number of characters you use matters.
Those are the basic concepts of SEO.Â There is a lot to learn, but if you are serious about optimizing your business with the internet, it would be wise to invest in learning more about SEO.
Fortunately for those of us who have limited time to spend on SEO, there is a free plugin that makes optimizing your posts and pages easy. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to optimize your home page using the free Yoast SEO plugin: