You hate uncomplicated tips right? That is why I’ve dedicated my time energy to come up with these SEO tips and tricks that don’t involve hitting your head against the wall.
Complex tasks wear me out to the marrow!
And you too ☹️
There are thousands of SEO tips and SEO tricks all over the internet that aren’t easy to implement.
I must say…
Especially for new bloggers and those who aren’t familiar with Search Engine Optimization.
If you fall into this “beginners” category… Give thanks to the Almighty!
These basic SEO hacks you’re about to know today, will simplify everything for you.
Which you can easily apply to your business website, blog or ecommerce store to skyrocket your search engine rankings.
Let’s swim in!
101 Breathtaking Actionable SEO Tips and Tricks
Implement SSL Certificate
This is quick and easy SEO task every website owner must do!
Google rewards sites that implements SSL and it has been a proven factor that increase rankings.
Not just that, but also helps with trust factor.
You can grab a FREE SSL certificate by using Let’s Encrypt or preferably get it from your domain registrar or hosting platform.
Internal Linking (do it this way!)
Please do not leave your any of your site’s pages or posts unlinked to one another.
This helps search engines to crawl understand your site better.
How much of internal linking should you do around your website?
Create more internal links to point to important pages and reduce them for less important pages.
This will give your best content –which you want to rank for – a quick boost.
Use Google Console Insights To Update Your Posts and Sprout Ranking
There are some keywords which you never knew you rank for. You can easily discover them through GSC and sprinkle them into your posts.
Read these posts learn how to utilize Google search console in improving your traffic:
- Backlinko: Google Search Console: The Definitive Guide
Take Over Your Competitors Ranking By Spying
This is one of the best SEO tricks that have been working for me over the years!
What I do is:
Check all competing domains (in my space) with Domain Rating(DR) lower than mine and spy on all of their top ranking pages with no or few links.
Then I publish a brand new article detailed, longer and more user friendly content.
Main Keyword As The First Word In The Title Tag
I wouldn’t lie to you, this actually works!
One of my biggest SEO quick win
Let’s say you want to rank for “Best Digital Camera”. You should put the first three (3) words at the beginning, and then followed by other words.
Like; “Best Digital Camera Every Photographer Must Should Use This Year”
Let’s take a look at some few examples:
Brian Dean of Backlinko is a typical practitioner of this method
Here are few of his blog posts where he implemented this SEO trick:
I sometimes use this tactics on my blog, especially for competitive keyword.
Improve Site Speed
We all know that page load speed is a ranking factor.
Not just a ranking factor, but also aids user friendliness and responsiveness.
How do you feel to wait for my site to load for about 10 seconds before accessing a post?
If you’re an impatient type like me, you will quickly bounce back right?
Use tools like:
To check your current loading speed.
Then use the provided data to optimize your site for fast speed
Here are some of the SEO hacks that can help speed up your site better:
- Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to boost site speed
- Switch to a faster hosting service
- Use a Caching plugin
Make Your Page/Content Consistent On All Devices
Make sure that all your website pages and posts appears the same across mobile, tablet and desktop devices.
Especially making the mobile versions of your website responsive by implementing an Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) version of your site.
This day, 60% of Google searches are from mobile devices, so optimizing for Google’s Mobile-First index is imperative.
Just bear it in mind that if your visitors are experiencing a hard time using your site with their mobile devices, they are likely never to come back!
- For WordPress sites, install an AMP plugin to make your site load faster on mobile devices
- Mobile-Friendly Test tool to know if your site is mobile-friendly
- You can also check out the Mobility report in Google Search Console to know which pages aren’t friendly on your site.
Use Quora FREE Traffic Source And Also Get Backlinks
This isn’t a rocket science!
Have you ever wanted to promote your affiliate marketing offers or blog posts for FREE without the need of asking for anybody’s permission?
Or paying for Ads?
Quora is best when it comes to this…
…Incase you don’t know, it a question and answer site where individuals drop [any kind of] questions, then people –or those concerned- within that space answers the question.
Just copy and paste your blog posts that relates to a particular question and add a link or two back to your blog.
More traffic, more views, more backlinks and rankings…
Use Social Plugins To The Fullest
If you have no or few social plugins installed on your blog, you must have been losing a lot of potential customers or clients.[bctt tweet=”Make sure you get a social sharing plugin for your blog or website, and allow them to be visible on, before and after your blog posts.” username=”Khrisdigital”]
If you like the floating function like me, Great!
Also install other social plugins like:
- Social profile icons
- Pinning plugin for Pinterest
- Click to tweet plugin
- Facebook page like plugin
De-Index All Category And Tag Pages
Make sure you no-index all your category and tag pages from showing on Google, because these pages which were automatically created brings about having thin content on your blog.
That Google frowns against.
Read this article on ShoutMeLoud to know how to noindex these pages
Compress all Compressible
This makes your load faster and swifter.
Some of the recommended tools for such are:
- Kraken.io for image compression
- Shortpixel image optimizer
Add Numbers To Your Title tags
Studies has shown that including numbers to your title tags tends to attract more click-through-rate (CTR) via organic search results and on social media sites.
Check out: this post by Neil Patel where he spills out how you can optimize your title tags to achieve higher rankings.
Enable Comments on Posts
Having comments enabled on your blog posts encourages on-site interaction and engagement. It’s a trick to get Google to know that you’ve got a conversation going on.
It also fosters relationship and effective communication between you and your visitors.
Rank Faster For Low Competition Keywords
Most of the time, it is always hard to rank for a competitive keyword, especially if your site happens to be a new one with little or no backlinks.
The best way to having some of your posts appearing on 1st page of Google is to SHOOT for a very low competing keyword with a pretty decent search volume.
My best approach to this is using KWFinder and type in the keyword I wish to target.
I always shoot for keyword with a keyword density lower than 25
Then with a search volume up-to 100
Gain Backlinks By Turning Your Posts Into Infographics
Repurposing your blog contents into Infographics is another method of carrying out an SEO campaign that can quickly attract backlinks and credibility for your website.
Here is the step-by-step method:
-Use Google and search for posts similar to your blog post
-Analyze their backlinks using a backlink analysis tool (To get idea on how much they have been linked to and shared).
-Then write out the best tips around that blog topic (to be used as an Infographic)
-Publish the new nicely designed Infographic on your blog
-Reach out (through email) to hundreds of blogs and site that covers your Infographic topic
Here is the cold email reach out script you can tweak to fit:
Good day [name]
I was surfing through the web in search of [your topic], and I stumbled on your post [article name]
Your post really opened my eyes about [something unique] and got more ideas on how to [perform a task]
Recently, I published an Infographic similar to that post.
And I think your audience will so much love it!
Let me know what you think.
Have a nice time.
This works most of time because you’re not throwing your links out there to someone who barely knows you.
But sending a “Feeler email” works so marvelously. You build relationship and create trust.
Sprinkle LSI Keywords
LSI keywords are synonyms that Search Engines uses to determine a page’s relevancy and quality.
LSI keywords are variations of your main targeted keywords.
By including these sets of phrases, you are letting Google understand the topic of your page.
When I search for the term “blogging tools”
The Google autocomplete terms and “Searches related to” are also LSI keywords.
To get more LSI keywords you can use a free tool like LSIKeywords.com to get hundreds of related LSI keywords to sprinkle into your post.
Always Track Your Search rankings
There is no other best way to optimize and improve your Search Engine rankings if not to track, measure and analyze your keyword positions.
This will tell you where you’re lacking and where you need to make improvement on.
Use tools like:
To track and monitor your Google rankings or other Search Engine rankings.
Publish Human Friendly Posts
There is some of type of blog posts that tends to get people excited and feel connected to your contents…
Such posts will offer a solution to a problem, answer a question or simplify tasks for them.
- FAQ post
- “How to” post
- Problem/Solution post
- Research post ‘n’
- List post
Don’t Forget To Use Keywords On Crucial Places
On-page SEO technique is one of the critical factors and important SEO hack that can’t be ignored, and it drills down to using your target keywords with its variations in the:
Title tags (H1, H2s, H3, etc..)
If you use WordPress, then installing Yoast SEO plugin will help you optimize these aspects of your posts.
Syndicate Your Content Across Platforms
To maximize your chance of your blog posts being seen by numerous eyes (for gaining backlinks and social share counts), is one of the ingenious ways great bloggers have been dominating over the years is through:
Syndicating, sharing and repurposing of their content on various social media platforms and blog promotion sites.
You can start by choosing ten (10) out of these 70+ FREE blog promotion sites that is capable of improving your overall Search Engine Optimization campaign.
Make Your Content Super-Easy To Digest
Have you ever come across a blog post where all the texts are so clustered?
Such text formats make me want to go asleep.
You should avoid that no matter what.
Here are the few tips that will never keep your blog readers away and they will feel delighted to read your blog at all time.
- Use bullet points and numbered lists
- Use images on your posts (at least 1 image per 150 words)
- Separate your content into sections and subsections
- Write in simple and sentences (2-3 words per sentence)
- Use great examples
There is also a tool which I sometimes use that helps me in improving and simplifying my writing.
It is called Hemmingway Edtor.
Automate Your Posts To Social Media Platforms
Do you desire to make your blog distribution activity effortless?
It does way more good to automate, schedule and share your blog posts to various social media platforms.
This will enable your posts stay evergreen on social platforms while you focus on other aspects of your business.
There countless social media automation tools out there which can help you manage, monitor or schedule your blog posts of every other social media contents.
But you can go through my list of social media automation tools to choose any of your choice.
Here are the three which I presently use:
Linking Out Is Important Too
Linking out to authoritative, relevant and high quality websites helps to build good relationship with other bloggers in your space.
And according to a study by conducted by ahrefs, they found out that there is a small positive correlation between the number of outbound links and Google rankings.
Note: Make sure you always set all external links to open in new tab. This let visitors remain on your site.
Optimize Meta titles and Increase CTR
This is an SEO trick works well, especially if your blog post already appears on the first page of Google.
Here is how to do it:
Step #1: Go to Google Search console
Step #2: Find pages that have a lot of impressions but low Click Through Rate
Step #3: Update those pages meta-titles and descriptions
Just wait for about 30days and compare the results 😎
Use “Jump Links” on Long articles
Jump links are internal links that takes people to different sections of your page.
Look below and see how a typical jump link looks like on Backlinko on a post titled “The Complete SEO Checklist For 2018“:
By using “Jump links”, you help your readers to easily navigate your blog post.
Thereby increasing dwell time and reducing bounce rate.
Another advantage of using jump links on your posts is that; it helps you get Sitelinks on Search results which increase CTR too.
Delete Posts/Pages That Doesn’t Bring Any Traffic
These dormant pages can also be called “Zombie pages”.
There are just there with no usefulness or whatsoever… So,
When you delete them, you are sure of getting increased rankings and more Google traffic.
And another site (Proven.com) saw their organic search traffic increase by 88.3% after deleting 40 thousand Zombie Pages from their site:
All these were technically possible because Google doesn’t wan to rank sites that are bloated with thin and low quality content.
Use Power Words In Your Title
Usage of “Power Words” like:
When you use these words like these on your title tags, more people will click on post TITLE in search results (higher CTR) and also ON social media.
Add XML Sitemaps
This makes it very easy for Google to find all of your website content quickly. If you’re using a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress, easily install Yoast Plugin
It will create and activate it for you automatically
Stick to ONE Topic
I know about a blogger who blogs on wine, insurance and health all on the same domain…
Guess what happened to him and his blog after a while?
He was unable to make a dime from his blog because he wasn’t blogging about one topic.
He CONFUSES his visitors and Search engines. Lack of credibility!
You have to be SUPER-SPECIFIC on your niche to be help Search Engines know what your blog is all about and as well…
I mean make money
As you already know, Khrisdigital.com is all about marketing, and I wouldn’t even dare write about entrepreneurship, health or electronics.
So, make sure your website is authoritative and thorough on one topic.
This helps your overall SEO effort!
Find Keywords Using FREE Tools
I have never seen a successful blogger who writes a blog posts without performing a keyword research.
Yes It’s very essential for every blogger to always do a keyword research no matter how slim and broad the niche is.
There are FREE keyword research tools that most of the TOP bloggers can’t do without.
So, no need to worry, even you have no money for PAID keyword research tools.
Just checkout the below article
Recommended Read: 16+ Neglected Free Keyword Research Tools That Can Save Your Life
Use Paid SEO tools
There are many functions FREE SEO tools can’t perform…
- Getting the Kw difficulty of a keyword
- Competitor research
- Complete website auditing
- Outreach etc..
Using a complete SEO tool suite will go a long way in aiding you carry out several SEO tips and tricks which your competitors have never thought of.
Here are some of the great paid tools:
Secure Your WordPress Site
You should always protect your WordPress sites from attacks and every vulnerable vacuum.
Here are some of the tricks covered on Codeinwp:
- Backup regularly
- Update your plugins regularly
- Don’t login with usernames rather, email
- Protect the wp-admin directory
- Install a WordPress security plugin like Wordfence
SEO tips and Tricks – Factors that That matters!
Here are other SEO tips and tricks that will improve your rankings. These are factors which were explicitly elaborated by Cyrus Shepard on his blog, Zyppy.com.
He called them SEO success factors. They are elements you can take which you can take action on to improve your rankings, traffic, and visibility in Google search.
These are SEO factors you must achieve to earn high rankings.
- Content That Targets User Search Queries
- Crawlable + Accessible To Search Engines
- Quality And Quantity Of Links
- Satisfies User Intent
- Uniqueness Of Content
- Expertise, Authoritativeness, And Trustworthiness
- Freshness Of Content
- Click-Through Rate
- Website Speed
- Built For Multiple Devices
- Layout And Design
- Use Of Relevant Keywords, Phrases And Topics
- Use Of Optimized Images And Videos
- Authority + Trust Of Links
- Relevance Of Links
- Social Sharing
- Page Structure
- Content Depth
- Topical Authority
- Structured Data
- Hreflang for internationalization
- Volume Of Brand Searches
These are SEO factors that aren’t always required to win, but when done properly, they can serve as a leverage to outwit your competition.
- User-friendly URLs
- Parameter Control
- Quality Of Supplemental Content
- Real World Business Information
- Robots Control
- Link Velocity
- Linking To High-Quality Sources
- Site Architecture
- Domain Age
- Website & Business Reputation
- Use Of Semantic Content
- Domain Extension
- Server Location
- Multiple Sources Of Traffic
- Factually Correct
- Author Reputation
- Accurate And Consistent Registration Info
These are practices and bad signal you should always avoid and watch out for. Make sure to shun these tactics at all costs.
- Manipulative Links
- Thin content
- Non-unique content
- Meta Noindex Errors
- Canonical Errors
- Robots.txt Blocking
- Keyword stuffing
- Hidden text or links
- Piracy/DMCA Notices
- Rich snippet spam
- Blocking Of Important JS/CSS Files
- Overly Long/Complex URL
- Linking to Bad Neighborhoods
- Slow speed
- Aggressive Ads / Intrusive Interstitials
- Over-Optimized Anchor texts
- High Quality of Crawl Errors
- Porn / Explicit Content
- Redirect Chains
- UGC Spam
- Sneaky Redirects
- Bad Domain History
SEO tips and tricks – Rounding up!
There it goes buddy… 101 SEO tips and tricks IN-A-BOX
Which of these hacks have you tried?
Or if there are any ranking tips I forgot to add here, probably your all time SEO win…
…Do let me know by leaving a comment right now
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