This week, I tried something new. Each day, I wrote a post about a topic that I’ve been studying: search engine optimization (or SEO, for short).  In case you missed them, here’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday‘s posts.

When in doubt, “Google It”

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to write about today. So, I did a quick Google search for “top SEO tips” as a starting point. It felt like cheating, but at the same time, shouldn’t the best advice on Search Engine Optimization be at the top of the search?

The first result was for www.top10seotips.com. I jumped right to downloading the free eBook, which I found to be really useful. (Note: there are a few hoops to jump through in order to get the book, but I think it was worth it)

From the title, SEO in a Day, I was really skeptical. In my experience, articles/books with “___ in a Day” are usually really watered down, empty content. I was pleasantly surprised. I learned about how to optimize this blog (which is powered by WordPress) by installing a few more plugins and tweaking the settings. I also found his explanation of keywords and keyword tracking to be really helpful. I’d say it’s worth it to download and review the 36 pages.

Make it easy

One other gem I found on the site was this idea of making it incredibly easy to link to your work, and with the link text YOU want. Check out Top 10 SEO Tips. At the top of the page, he wrote the HTML code he’d like people to use when linking to his site. Honestly, it made it easier for me to create the link, and he will benefit more from the link because the link text includes keywords that he is targeting. He didn’t leave it up to me, he did the work for me. Consider adding something like this on your own site.

I don’t necessarily agree with his comments that you should fire your Webmaster, developer and SEO expert and strictly DIY. I think it’s important to have basic knowledge of whatever you’re hiring a professional to do (so you can speak intelligently about what you’re looking for and make sure you’re not being taken advantage of) but a professional can almost always do it better and faster than you can.

Still looking for more tips?

Then you should check out, 55 Quick SEO Tips Even Your Mother Would Love.

Here’s a roundup of a few things I learned:

  • Use keywords in the image ALT attributes.
  • If you don’t update your content often, you should have blog and update it at least 3 times per week.
  • When optimizing blog posts, you should optimize your post title tag independently from your blog title. Use keyword-rich captions with your images.

Let’s get to work.

When I relaunched my site in December 2009, I thought I had a good handle on the basics of SEO, but after this week of researching and writing on the topic, I have plenty of SEO-related updates and maintenance to do. I hope you found this series helpful.

Feedback, Feedback, Feedback!

Did you like the increased amount of posts this week? Do you like the idea of a weekly topic, or were you bored by the end? Comment on this article or send me an email at danielle [at] daniellebaird [dot] net with your thoughts or with ideas on another series. Thanks for reading!

3 Comments

  1. Deb Pang Davis on March 27, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Nice series Danielle and yes, keep it up!

    I think one of the best tips you shared here is about the ability to customize/modify your page titles, meta keywords and meta descriptions per page. Many content management systems do not allow this feature – a fundamental feature that should be available for all users.

    Another helpful tip regarding images:
    rather than naming your images files as IMG00245.jpg or some version of that, be descriptive when labeling your images (i.e. granny-smith-apples.jpg)

  2. danielle on March 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks Deb! Your tip on the images is great – I know I often just use some odd naming convention that makes sense to me, instead of being descriptive. There is so much to keep in mind when building and maintaining a site.

    Thanks for reading!

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