There are several featured AR posts this week on good blogging tips for WP sites. I like this one plus the one for Members Only about posting on WP plus Active Rain. Several comments on that featured post plus the Yoast comment suggestion plus the tools here are all very good tips to check out.
Whether you've just started writing blog posts or have been consistently posting to your blog, you need traffic to make it work for you. Here's some free web traffic techniques for getting traffic to your blog:
- If you're using a self-hosted WordPress platform, install an All-in-One SEO Pack plugin. It's free and will give you an opportunity to add a title, description and keywords to every post and page on your site. If you're using a different platform, place your keywords in the header on the home page. This will enable search engines to crawl all your blog posts as well as your internal pages.
- Just as an All-in-One SEO Pack will help optimize individual blog posts, there are other WordPress plugins that help search engines find your blog. Another must-have is an XML Site Map plugin. Sites maps are essential for search engine optimization. WordPress has a Google Sitemap plugin that builds your sitemaps automatically.
- Since broken links ding your search engine ranking, add a Broken Link Checker to your blog site. That way you will be notified whenever a link no longer works. It's a great way to stay on top of your blog maintenance and search engine position.
- Keyword-rich blogs are great for generating targeted traffic. They're free and give you an opportunity to provide your readers with information they're interested in. Consistency is key to building traffic. So, post no less than once a week. If you're too busy (or writing is not your thing), consider the services of a ghostwriter.
- Social media sites are another effective method of driving traffic to your blog. Post to your Facebook business page, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.
- Submit you blog site to search engines. Add a link back to your blog site on networks and directories. Don't forget to submit the powerful RSS feed, too, wherever possible.
A self-hosted WordPress site is obviously my favorite blogging platform. It's so versatile and the plugins make it very search engine friendly. If you're not using WordPress, however, check your blog site and see what elements they have for optimizing your site and your posts.