Today we’ll discuss a sensible, down to earth search engine optimization (SEO) strategy for your site by optimizing your content for organic search results.
SEO for Pages and Blog Posts
When we use the term “optimize”, it means to refine and target the content around a focused message and make sure that the page as a whole aligns with the one or two keywords that you’re using to be discovered through organic search.
For any given page or post we will assume you’ve already optimized your meta title, keywords, and description for the one to two chosen keywords. If you haven’t, make sure to do that first.
Let me give you some specific steps to optimize your on page content:
- Keep your content relatively short and a consistent length, keep it over 250 words and no more than 1000 words per page.
- Include your primary keyword in both the first and last sentence of each page and at least once in the middle of your page, this also goes for blog posts.
- About 3 to 7% of the total words in your content should have the keywords you’re targeting. If you’re wondering how to measure the keyword density of your content use this free tool: LiveKeywordAnalysis
- If you have a primary keyword and a secondary keyword make sure the primary keyword appears more often than the secondary.
- Use bulleted lists to break up paragraphs and catch readers attention.
- Don’t forget to include your primary and secondary keywords in your bulleted list.
- Your primary and secondary keywords should also be found in your headings.
- Bold your primary and secondary keywords once within your content.
- For your internal or external links, use your keywords in the link text and link URL and make sure it links to a page about those keyword topics.
Can you optimize social media?
You certainly can. For the bonus, check out the original post over on my personal blog.
Also, check out Keegan’s post Measuring Search Engine Optimization (SEO) success where he outlines a few elements that will help you track your SEO success using your analytics program, which will indicate where you’re succeeding as well as identify areas where you can improve.
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