How To SEO Optimize Your Site

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This is the era of the internet.From adults to kids to even dogs and cats,everyone has a web presence these days.But it isnt enough to simply have a website.You also need to make it popular,and that can be a monumental task.The best source which can drive internet traffic your way are search engines.Thus,One of the first steps you need to take is to Optimize your site for search engines.Lets dive right in….

Firstly,What is SEO? SEO(Search Engine Optimization)is the process of designing your site in such a way that it gets listed high in search results.Lets take an example.If i search for ‘What is SEO’ on google,ill get about  755,000,000 results.However,no one is going to look through all those results.Users rarely click on links more than the first page.So,SEO lets your site get listed high.But how to go about this?Im here to tell you…

Step 1:-Backlinks

This is the most important step in increasing google pagerank.Try to get as many backlinks as you can!It is the main thing google considers when they rank your site in search results.Sites with more links linking to them are considered more trustworthy,and ranked higher.Its better to have backlinks from sites who themselves have a great number of backlinks.Try to guest blog on other sites.This is a great way to acquire backlinks from them.Even Galaxy Planet has its own provision from guest blogging.

Step 2:-Special Links

Links from sites like wikipedia are considered special.Its very hard to get a backlink from wikipedia.But,If you write a good article and give a link to your website,Google will consider on link from wikipedia as 3 or 4 links from other sites.

Step 3:-Use Social Media

It is very important to link your site to social media.Make sure you create a facebook page,A twitter account and also some myspace and linkedin accounts.Make sure you use plenty of social media buttons on your site.Most search engines consider social media while ranking your site in search results.

Step 4:-Write Quality Content

Its not enough to have lots and lots of content on your website.A website with a few high quality original articles will get ranked much higher than a website with many low quality and copied articles.NEVER COPY ARTICLES from other sites!Search engines will consider them spammy and they will be ranked very low.Also,do not post duplicate posts just to increase the post counter.Search engines are very strict about duplicate posts.They are considered spammy.

Step 5:-Do Not Post Adult Words

Never ever post words related to adult content…NOT EVEN A WORD!!!Search engines might consider them adult sites.So be very careful..Dont even use it for humour.

Step 6:-Link,Link And Link

It is not enough to have a great many backlinks from other sites.Try to link to other sites and improve your articles with citations and sources.This helps both you and other webmasters.

Step 7:-Submit a Sitemap

A Sitemap is an XML Document which helps search engines better navigate your site.Make a sitemap by going to opensitemapgenerator.com or contact your webhost.Many webhosts have pre generated sitemaps to save you the trouble of creating one and uploading it.

Step 8:-Age

Yes,this is an important factor.As your website becomes older,It ranks better in search and is considered more trustworthy

If you follow all the above steps,You should rank in the top 10 of search results

Take Your Blog To The Next Level By Bypassing WordPress Limitations

So you created a blog using wordpress.com.You enjoyed blogging and before you knew it,your blog has enormous traffic.Thats when the wordpress limitations strike.You cant even monetise as wordpress.com doesnt allow that.No adf.ly,No AdSense and no Money!All you have is  wordads and thats only for high traffic blogs.Frustrated,you wonde what to do.Ill tell you how to to take it to the next level.Before you spend a whole lot of cash on the wordpress upgrade store just stop and think instead:Do i really need to spend that money?The Answer is no.All you need to do is a small transfer.And No,I am not talking about the outrageously priced guided transfer on the upgrade store.Im Talking about doing it manually.Its not that difficult.I try to simplify the process as much as i can below.Even Noobs can attempt this.O.K seeing that you have read till here Ill assume you want to go through with this.But Wait!There are some things to consider first.Ill list the pros and cons of a transfer.

Pros

  1. You gain FTP access
  2. You can display ads
  3. You can upgrade themes
  4. You can add your own themes
  5. The WordPress Plugins can be used.
  6. It gives you access to premiuim features of without having to pay.
  7. Minimize Expenditure and Maximise Income
  8. SEO Optimize you Blog
  9. Add Forums,E-Commerce etc
  10. Get Ultra Detailed Stats
  11. Use Alexa and whatever web service you want

Cons

  1. You lose access to the wordpress.com community(No followers,No Freshly Pressed and no Reader)

Thats all.Thats a small price to pay for so many benefits.

Well now lets get down to Business.Heres how you do it

1.Find a Host and Set Up

Firstly,Find a host who offers MySQL and FTP access. 000WebHost andZymicwould be good choices.For This tutorial,Ill go with 000WebHost.Now go to FTP Details.Download FileZilla and WordPress from wordpress.org.

2.Set Up MySQL

Second set up a MySQL database  for wordpress to communicate with.Its easy and simple.Click on the MySQL in you control panel and the rest is self explanatory.

3.Install WordPress.

Thirdly,unzip the wordpress file and upload all the files inside to root directory.In 000webhost,upload to public-html directory,Dont place the files in a separate folder.It wont work.Then visit your site.A worpress screen should come up.It should say that it couldnt find a config file.Never mind,it not an error.JUst click the button to allow setup to create one for you.Next screen is the MySQL settings.On 000webhost,just go to the MySQL link in your CPanel and all the details you need should be there.Just enter it into the setup.If youve done everything right,It should come:All right sparky!Wordpress can now communicate with your database.If not,copy whats written and post it in the comments.Ill help you.The next screen is pretty straightforward and all it asks is some personal details and   website related stuff.Just fill it in.Its no hassle….Then click done.Thats It..You should now be able to log into wordpress!

4.Transfer your Blog

Go to your dashboard in your original wordpress.com blog and click tools.Then click export.Download the xml export file and save it.Now go to your dashboard of your wordpress.org blog.Click import and it should prompt you to install the wordpress importer.Do it and import your blog.It should import successfully.Secondly,download your theme by going to its official site by searching it on google.Then upload it using FileZilla to wp-content/themes/.Make sure its unzipped!Activate the theme and add your previous widgets.Thats it! Your blog is now transferred.If you want,delete your old blog.

If you have any trouble respond in the comments.Im always ready to help!