Must to Know WordPress SEO tips for Search Engine Optimization – Step by Step. The Default Setup of WordPress requires some immediate changes, these changes are very important and should be done as soon as possible. The reason is that, Search Engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo dishonor bad practices and will not rank your page in top position if not followed. Here are the best WordPress SEO tips help to rank your page easily.
My First WordPress SEO tip is to change privacy settings which discourage search engines from indexing your blog if checked. By default this is unchecked but it is always a good idea to verify the settings and uncheck this if found checked.
Permalink Settings – Search engine friendly URLs
This is very important WordPress SEO tip. If you try to create a post using the default setting, you can notice that the post which is published have URL in the following a pattern – http://yourblogname.com/2016/01/topic-1/auhtorname-blogduster/ my-first-blog. Does the URL format with date looks good to you?
The Answer is No, Right?
Therefore, the best way is to use the following format: http://yourblogname.com/my-first-blog
Change post link format to better readability using WordPress – Login to WordPress Admin console and in the left menu navigate to “Settings” -> “Permalinks”
And use the settings as shown below:
Rename the Uncategorized category
When you do not explicitly assign the post to any valid category it is assigned as Uncategorized, This situation is weird if your post indexed by search engines with this setting. To prevent this situation you can rename “Uncategorized” to some valid name.
edit and change it to any meaningful name
Customized page titles & meta tags with the All in One SEO Pack plugin or Yoast.
If you have not yet purchased any SEO friendly theme and want to do basic SEO settings, then the good idea is to install the free version of All in One SEO Pack plugin or Yoast SEO plugin (anyone of them can be installed). This will help to set-up titles & meta tags in your blog. Although meta tags are not honored by search engines since 2009, hence can be ignored.
Auto generated HTML & XML Sitemaps Using Free WordPress Plugin
- XML is the another standard which you should have for your web pages and blog posts to help the search engines index pages much faster. I recommend theGoogle XML Sitemaps plugin to generate the XML Sitemap. You can check mine http://www.blogduster.com/sitemap.xml
Read more about sitemap importance using https://code.google.com/archive/p/sitemap-generators/wikis/SitemapGenerators.wiki
- You also do not have to change any settings for these plugins, just install and plugins are ready to work for you. Read my exclusive guide on how to submit your sitemap and sitemap.xml.
Suggest WordPress SEO tips are very important and you should follow these to rank our page properly.
The world is moving towards the mobile world. Smartphones and tablets are popular handheld devices, therefore, you should always consider the theme which is responsive and supports HTML5. There are so many premium themes which are popular and are SEO friendly, I personally recommend genesis theme from studio press without any second thought.
You many have noticed that Google also suggests a responsive design to provide a perfect online experience during user search on mobile devices for any page.
Google shows a mobile icon to the searcher that indicates that sites are mobile friendly.
Review & optimize your theme code
SEO have many standards which you cannot always remember on top of your head during post/page review, I am using SEO Doctor Firefox add-on plugin to quickly check where my post is not following SEO guideline.
The other tool which I strongly recommend is http://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider/, Install free version for your SEO analysis and improve your blog as per SEO standards.
Optimizing your robots.txt file
Google bots or Crawler will scan web pages on your site for inclusion in the search index of the search engine, the first file which search engines looks for is robots.txt (what is WordPress robots txt file).
You must be very careful before changing this file, I strongly recommend to update this file as per your need for better indexing results.
Spam comments are unwanted or harmful comments which have no meaning on your blog/post. Many people want to leave automated spam comments on your blog to promote their own blog post using hyperlinks, they post those link to redirect the audiences from your post to their own blog.
To avoid that, make sure you moderate your comments using settings as shown in the image below.
“Settings” ->”Discussion” and tick those two options.
You should also read 7 Mini Tips About How to Write SEO Friendly Content to
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