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Remembered when I started the Arthifis’ Classroom, made a post about getting more Google Hits and then just went into a hiatus for a month? Yeah? Well, I’m back and it’s time to finish this 😀 If this is the first post you are seeing, or you just need to remember what I said last month, you can check the first class here!
Now, the last post I talked about the importance of having your own dominion, using pics to increment your presence at Google, the minimun number of words you should have in your posts, keywords and finished it how important it is to create good content! 😀 Today, I’ll wrap this up and give you a little more insight in other things that matter for the Google Bot!
– Links, Links and More Links! –
Links are really important to show Google that your content matters and it’s enjoyable. Of course that external sites linking to your blog are taken with more importance (It puts tags and awards in other eyes right?), but that’s not all!
So, having other bloggers or other sites putting links to your content is great! So yeah, awards are one of the “easiest” ways for you to do this! Basically it really is important for you at the end of the awards abide by the rule and just mention some cool bloggers! This way you are helping other bloggers’ SEO, but you will also be helping yourself since those people will link back to you when accepting the award.
But, that’s not all! Collabs, monthly featured posts such as Jon Creator Showcase and just guest blogging are also perfect to build those links!
But, that means you already need to be known in the community, at least a bit, so what can you do if those links are not coming?
Well, first of all, social media! It’s of utmost importance if you want to build links to have social media accounts! You can link your website in your profile and then you can just make a link to every post you create! 😀 To be honest, you should attack all Social Media platforms. However, if you are like me and don’t really have the intere… I meant the time for all of them, just stick with the one that you like the most. For me is Twitter!
But, there’s more you can do! Add internal links in your posts! Basically, just build links inside your own posts! See my first paragraph? See that link? Well, that just helped a little bit my SEO! Moreover, it can really make people click on it and therefore you will be able to get more views! How cool is that?
Other important thing is for you to add external links! Meaning, put links to your website that goes outside of you own place and go to other places in the internet! For example, if you are doing a review, you can just link the synopsis of MAL inside your post.
So, should you just start to make posts where there is no content expet for links? Of course not! These links need to be interesting and make any kind of sense in your text! There’s the reader point of view that will just not think of it as funny, but you also have the Google bot seeing if what you are putting makes sense and if it doesn’t, well it will not help in your SEO, in fact it will do the contrary!
– Google Search Console –
Google Search Console is part of the Google Webmaster tools. To be honest, I would need a post only to talk about this and how can you create your account, verify your website and so on. But, lucky for us, WordPress already thought about this and has a step by step guide how to implement this. The guide is really simple to understand, but if you need more help just ask me on the comments or in twitter. You can find the guide here!
Now, the main reason for you to use Google Search Console is for you to add your sitemap and make Google indexing all of your pages and posts. Why is this important? Because, if Google does not index your website is like you don’t exist to him at all! WordPress says that they already do this automatically, but well… I prefer to do it by my own and make sure everything is done right.
However, Google Search Console is not only for that! You can get more insight where your pages are ranking in Google Search as also with which search keywords your content is appearing in Google, as also clicks! Maybe not important to SEO, but well it’s interesting and fun to look at 😀 I would show pics of my own account, but since I’ve just changed my dominion, Google is still indexing all my stuff and it will take some time until it gets all of it. This way, all pics are from the previous dominion with .wordpress on the middle of it 😛 You know the one eheh
– Time Session –
Basically, the more time people spent when they enter inside your blog, the more Google Bot think you’re content is good (it makes sense, right?). Unless you have a business plan you won’t be able to get this information in WordPress since you would need Google Analytics.
Nevertheless, you can take this into account and think in ways to make people spend more time in your blog. If you have a 1000 word post and you are able to make people read it all then you are good to go! If not, you need to think in ways to engage more your public. Links here is also important because if you are able to make people read 2 posts instead of one, there will be even more time spent in your page! 🙂
For today, this is going to be it! In reality, I already had more tips written, but the post was becoming gigantic and we all know that we are all busy people without much time to read! So, I decided to go with this 3 for today and next week I’ll come back with the third, and probably last, class about getting more Google Hits! 😀
Tell me in the comments if this post helped you, or if you already knew all about this! Moreover, give your own tips! Probably you even know more than me! XD