Simple SEO Guide

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When I first started blogging the term SEO (search engine optimisation) meant nothing to me, but three years in and it’s now one of my main focuses when I’m writing blog content!
I know when I first started to learn a bit about how to improve my SEO I was completely confused, and it was only when I went to a talk on it at the BigBloggerConference that I really began to understand how to do it.

I now have a little checklist of things to do before I publish a post, and I thought it would be useful to share it on my blog for any of you who are just as confused about SEO as I was!
Choose a simple title
Step one for me is usually to choose a title for my blog post. 
While you do want to draw people in, you also need to keep it simple and to the point so it’s easier for search engines like Google to understand. 
If it’s a beauty product review, stick to the name of the product and if it’s an OOTD post stick to trends your outfit relates to or a specific event you’re wearing it to.
Write 300 words – minimum
Google prefers posts that are 300 words and over, so when you’re writing a blog post aim to write this amount as an absolute minimum. 
I usually write mine in pages so I can check the word count then copy and paste it over.
Include internal and external links
One thing that really helps to keep people on your page is internal links, ie. linking to other posts on your blog (which you’ll notice I’ve done above). 
It gives people the option to click on other content and also really helps to improve SEO when the links are kept as ‘follow’ ones. 
It’s also great to link to external sites (ie. not your own). 
If the page you’re linking to has a high domain then keep the link as a ‘follow’ one, if it’s not then go for the ‘no follow’ option.
Use a custom permalink
Permalinks don’t need to read like a proper sentence and should consist of the key words from the post, with the most important at the beginning. 
For example, a blog post title The top ten places to visit in London should have top-ten-places-visit-London as the permalink.
Add a search description
This is one most people forget about I think, but always include a search description for each blog post. 
It should be a summary of the post (it’s what appears below the link on Google search pages) and if you’re not sure what to write just copy and paste your first sentence in.
Add title text and ALT text to images
Again, this is one I often find myself forgetting, which is why it’s usually first thing I do! 
Adding title and ALT text to your images makes it easier for Google to find them, so go for short and snappy descriptions. 
The ALT text is what would be read out to someone who is visually impaired if they clicked on the image so make sure it accurately describes what you see.
The title text also describes what’s in the photo, but should be slightly different from the ALT text and include key words from your post.
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For example, for this photo from my blog post on brunch at Bills the ALT text could be scrambled eggs and salmon on toast and the title text could be Bills brunch salmon scrambled eggs on toast.
So that’s my simple SEO guide, I hope you’ve found this useful and please do let me know if you have any questions in the comments section!

  • Jessica
    • DippyWrites

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Do you use WordPress or Blogger? I find that I can’t do many of these SEO things with blogger but am scared to move everything over to WP incase I lose it all :/ xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • DippyWrites

      I use blogger! The best way to do it on WordPress is with an SEO plugin πŸ™‚ That way it’s clear to see what you’re doing

  • Carolin

    Thanks for the fantastic round up. Very easy to read and super enjoyable! Another SEO tip would be to use an appropriate Anchor Text when you link up posts f.ex. use the same keyword as anchor text that is included in your custom permalink. Happy Friday x

    Caz | Style Lingua

    • DippyWrites

      Glad you found it helpful and thanks for your tip!

  • Thank you for this. This post is so helpful!
    Sammy // samantha-jayne.com
    xx

    • DippyWrites

      You’re more than welcome!

  • This is such a great post. How do you add ALT text to images? This is an area I need to look into more. It seems a really important element to help your blog reach a wider audience

    • DippyWrites

      You’re welcome! it should be an option in the image properties when you click on it πŸ™‚

  • Ursula Ball

    Thank you for breaking it down on SEO for beginners like..either folks make is sound “super easy” or “super secretive”!! One baby step at a time for me! πŸ™‚

    Ursula

    http://www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

    • DippyWrites

      It can be easy if someone explains it properly! I hope this was fairly straight forward to understand πŸ™‚

  • Perfect breakdown thank you! I’ll be getting stuck into organising this on my own blog tomorrow aha! X

    The start of my Invisalign braces journey over on hailandharmony.blogspot.ieΒ  // BLOGLOVIN

    • Albertine

      You’re more than welcome

  • Saara Sofia

    Such a great guide! Whenever I read about SEO I get confused and frustrated because I just don’t get it with all the keywords and including them in the html code etc. Thank you so much for sharing!

    http://www.saarasofia.com

    • Albertine

      I’m glad you found this guide useful πŸ™‚

  • The Sunday Mode

    This was really helpful, though I think I must live under a rock…because I don’t really know what permalink is? Is that really clueless of me? :

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • Very useful guide: I had been thinking that a long title was better – oops http://www.flashandfrugal.com

  • Very useful guide: I had been thinking that a long title was better – oops http://www.flashandfrugal.com