SEO Isn’t That Hard
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For a long time I didn’t bother to try to “optimize” this blog for search engines. I didn’t really know anything about it, and it all seemed to complicated. I’m sure now there are more “tricks” that can be done here, but we get pretty steady incoming google traffic. We got well over 1,000 searches last month alone.
This has to be the hardest thing to figure out, once you know what keywords to go after it isn’t that difficult. We’ve chosen such keywords as blogging tips.
Promote your Keyword
Once you’ve figured out which search term you want to rank for, then it’s time to go after it. The easiest thing you can do is blog about the keyword you are targeting. Make sure to include it somewhere in the title. If you have a unique URL, you may want to target a keyword in it. It has helped our rankings that we have “blog” in our name.
Building Links with your Keyterm
The best way to rank on a search engine for a certain term is to get linked to it by multiple websites. There are many ways to do so.
First you can obviously pay for links. Make sure to target blogs and websites that are indexed in google, and ideally have pagerank. I have a small blog network that I’ve used to help people rank for certain key terms at a low cost.
Secondly you can ask people who have added you to their blogroll to change their links. On some blogs our anchor text is Increase Website Traffic and on others it may be Blogging Tips.
Don’t forget about the do-follow bloggers. These links apparently don’t carry much weight, but it does give you a link.
The most effective thing that you can do is become a top commentor on as many blogs as you can (don’t spam!!!). Not only will this build backlinks to your blog, but you’ll be getting tons of links with your keyterm. Make sure to use your keyword as your “name” when leaving a comment. I’ve compiled my own list of sites that use top commentors, however there is a public list of top comments at Web360. There is roughly 20 blogs listed that use the top comments. The majority of these blogs have low amount of comments so it should generally take a few comments to get listed, which should take less than a few minutes.
With the top do-follow and top comment method we ranked on page #1 for increase website traffic in under a month (2-3 weeks).