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Simple Blogging Best Practices

Posted on May 11, 2011
Not sure how to start blogging? Here is a collection of 6 simple best practices for crafting search engine friendly blogs. For this blog we recruited Sean Hurley, SEO Consultant and President of 96Robots. 

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1. Titles 

The most important place your keywords should appear is in the title tag of the page. The nice thing about blogging software is that your post or page title will be automatically transformed into both title tags and either an H1 or H2 heading tag as well. Remember, your headline should perfectly communicate what the content has to offer. 

2. Opening

I've always found it useful to repeat the targeted keywords in the opening sentence, as long as it can be done in a way that is appealing to a reader and reinforces relevancy. Since many search engines use this initial copy as the description of the content, you want to make sure you are accurately selling the searcher on clicking through as well. 

3. Subheadings 

Another important place that keywords can appear is in subheads that aid the reader in navigating down the page. A resource that matches up well with the targeted keyword phrase will find natural opportunities to restate keywords in subheads, as an introduction to the next topical section of the page. Subheads are typically created using the H3 tag. 

4. Related Words and Synonyms 

Good copy should naturally result in words that are related to, as well as synonyms for, the keyword phrases you are after. Rather than mindlessly repeating the same words ad nauseam, assume that search algorithms are advanced enough to look for proper contextually related words that support your targeted keywords. 

5. Specificity 

One of the hallmarks of great copy is specific, descriptive words in lieu of bland general terminology. Specificity aids the reader by clearly demonstrating relevancy, allows for more dynamic copy, and provides opportunities to increase the general on-page keyword frequency. Make sure to employ your specific keywords when feasible within the context of the copy, rather than rely on generic wording. 

6. Call to Action 

Let us not forget that we want the reader to take some form of action that benefits us. Otherwise, whatʼs the point? Again, your copy should conclude with a call to action that prompts the reader to travel down the path you desire. Is it to buy, contact, subscribe or simply continue reading?

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