The new era of SEO has begun. We have done enough of keyword spamming, black hat practices. Its time to change the SEO practices and strategies. When we talk about SEO and search engines, we always mention Google as the only source of getting huge traffic benefits. Though there are many other search engines out there, nothing can beat the Internet authority of Google search engine. We have to make a habit of searching things where we lost them. If you site is penalized by panda, penguin, or EMD, its not the mistake of Google algorithm. You have to optimize your site in such way that Google shouldn’t dare to touch your pages. Check out few best SEO practices you should follow these days.
10 Best SEO Practices to Follow:
If your blog/website is looking for a long term relationship with Google, you have to regularly optimize the SEO structure of your site. Google always mention to be far from SEO. LOL! If we are far from SEO, who will auction AdWords bidding? This simple strategy from Google made millions of people to use AdWords services. Though Google say us not to use much SEO in our sites, we still do it. Recently I wrote a eBook on how to get super fast Alexa rankings, I’ve mentioned how exactly you need to SEO structure your site and how to follow a particular pattern. And coming to this article, I’ll tell you 10 best SEO practices to follow, so that you can sky high your rankings in Google.
1) Submit Your XML Sitemap:
Submitting a XML sitemap to Google webmaster is the most important SEO practice you need to follow. You have to create a XML sitemap using Google XML Sitemaps plugin and submit to Google webmasters.
2) Building Links:
Though building links sound very simple, still its a very important task to follow. If your site is having a good back link source, obviously they will rank up in Google. Even domain authority and page authority falls under the same category. To build links, see to that you leave comments in same niche blogs, writing guest posts to good authority sites, leaving your site links in good directories like DMOZ and other, and by link exchange. Make sure you are not buying links from anywhere.
3) Learn Simple HTML Codes:
HTML coding is not that difficult to learn. You should know where to insert a anchor tag, target=”_blank” and rel=”nofollow” and other tags. Having little knowledge in placing these codes will keep your site healthy from unwanted junk.
4) Keyword Research:
Never ignore keyword research. A site without proper keywords research is just like a kite without a destination. You never knew where your site will end up. So always make use of searching relevant keywords according to your requirement. May it be a article, or site meta tags. Always do your keyword research. I would recommend you Google Keyword tool as your number 1 keyword research source.
Also read: Importance of Keywords in Search Engine Optimization
5) Unique Content Using Keywords:
If you are writing fresh content in your blog, Google will make sure to index them regularly. Writing fresh, unique content doesn’t rank you well. You should also make sure to use right keywords. Its better to use only one keyword through out the article.
6) Good Title:
Your page title should always have a keyword in it. It would be more better if the title is starting with a keyword. Most of us ignore this part, and blame search engines for not ranking well. Take care of this from the next time, and you can see yourself in Google 1st page.
7) Meta Descriptions and Tags:
Never ever forget to mention your keywords in Meta description and Meta Tags. Putting them in the right way may allow you to rank up in search engines instantly. Your meta description shouldn’t be more than 150 characters, and your meta tags not more than 1% of your actual article words. i.e If you write a 600 word article, your keywords shouldn’t be more then 6 times.
8) Using Right Plugins:
If you are into WordPress or Joomla, you can find loads of free plugins for SEO. Finding the best plugin is the key point here. I would suggest you to use yoast plugin for WordPress. Coming to Joomla, most of them are free, but not that worthy.. Still i recommend you to use SmartSEO plugin. This is neat and clean for your Joomla CMS.
Also read: Top SEO Plugins for WordPress Blogs
9) Eliminate Unwanted Pages:
You should always remove unwanted pages from Google search engine. You can do the same with Bing and Yahoo. Just login to Google webmasters and click on optimize, then select Remove Links. Paste your link there and you are done. Structure your site in this way will help you to rank awesome.
10) Extreme Patience and Determination:
When you are practicing SEO, patience and determination are the common factors to adapt. You have to be very patience in SEO. No matter what ever it is, never lose hope and interest towards your job.
Following these steps will surely let you into lead pages of Google. Make sure to track your data all the time. Before offering SEO services to anyone, make sure to do SEO for your sites first. This will show your confidence on achieving SEO success.