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SEO for WordPress.com blogs – How to Search Engine Optimise your WordPress blog

WordPress is pretty much set up for SEO, Self hosted sites using WordPress.org have the advantage of using SEO plugins, but what about SEO for WordPress.com blogs? If you want to know how to Search Engine Optimise your WordPress blog, read these simple steps.

1)     Run Keyword Research. Sounds daunting? It’s not. Follow my Keyword search guide for help. Using Google’s free keyword tool, you can type in relevant keywords (what people might be searching for to find your blog article) and get info on how many estimated searches a month for each phrase. You can then search on Google to give an idea of competing sites using that phrase. Then, simply work out which keywords have the highest search against the lowest competition. All the info you need on Keyword research can be found in the article listed above.

SEO for WordPress.com blogs

2)     Use those Keywords. (duh!) There’s little point having researched strong keywords if you do not use them in your wordpress article. As an example, I want to push the keywords ‘SEO for WordPress.com blogs’ and ‘How to Search Engine Optimise your WordPress blog’.

I am using both these phrases in the title and in the first paragraph of article. Craftily, I even used them again in the paragraph above!

Do not overuse your keywords. There are 2 general rules here –

a)     Use keywords to a maximum of 3%. (If you have 200 words, you could use your keyword up to 6 times). The longer the keyphrase, the less you should use it.

b)     If it looks too much to you, it will look too much to the reader and also Google. Keep to that max 3% rule, but lower if you feel it looks keyword stuffed.

3)     Use Headings. The <h1> tag should be used for the titles of your posts only. After that, use <h2> and <h3> tags for sub -headings in the posts just like above ‘Use Headings’. You are effectively highlighting specific keywords or phrases within the article for Google to see.

4)     Change your Permalinks settings. This is a simple one time process that really gives good value to SEO for WordPress.com blogs. Go to Settings – > Permalinks from your WordPress dashboard. Select the Custom Structure option and type in /%postname%/. Your link address (URL) will now have the Keywords from the article title in it. A really strong SEO signal.

5)     Use Category descriptions. Go the Posts – > Categories page in the WordPress admin area and edit each category description, ensuring it has keywords within. Do not overstuff with your selected keywords. WordPress takes whatever you enter in these fields and uses them as meta descriptions for the categories.

6)     Optimise your images. What I mean is, do not name your image ‘Samsung P1234567’ or ‘image 1’. Here is another opportunity to add a keyword to your article, and it’s a quick process. When you upload your image to WordPress.com, you have the chance to rename it. Do so. It is also very good practise to fill in the Alt. text box during the same process. Effectively, you could have added 2 keywords, where you might have had ‘image 1’ before.

7)     Write Amazing content. If you can produce an article that is genuinely useful, interesting and unique, you are doing exactly what Google wants you to do. The chances are that human readers will feel the same. If someone finds your article so useful that they link to it from their site, Google will pick up on this. They will give your article a better standing as it will see your article as a resource for others.

A link is useful, but if you can get a link using a keyword as the text used to link (anchor text) you really will get better value from that link. If you find that someone has linked to you, try to make contact with them and ask them to change the link using your selected keyphrase as anchor text.

(Warning – use anchor texts wisely. Do not have the same anchor text linking back to your blog too many times, mix it up a little. You need to use a selection of different keywords, rather than just focusing on 1 keyword – those days are over, Google has got wise).

Social shares are also worth their weight. Google is using social signals more and more in their ranking factors, so you have a better chance of being found if you have a good social following. Individual shares from your blog article could make a huge difference. If you need help with Social Media, I run a budget Social Media service which may be of interest.

So, now you know how to Search Engine Optimise your WordPress blog! SEO for WordPress.com blogs is straightforward. Follow these steps above and you may be seriously impressed with your site stats soon.

Who needs an SEO Plugin?!

WordPress advice given – Fiona Rocks The Shops

Wardrobe consultant London, Fiona Rocks The Shops is a new fashion site that is really starting to look fabulous! The site owner made contact and asked for some help. In fact, some of the questions have formed articles within this blog under the section WordPress Advice. (So guys, if you have any questions…..!)

Fiona Rocks The Shops is in the first stage of SEO process, but we would like to see some high rankings for specific key phrases, such as ‘Personal stylist Surrey‘. High hopes for the site, Fiona is a lovely person who really knows how to style – Good Luck!

WordPress Advice

I use WordPress on a constant daily basis and because of this I have encountered problems  and more importantly, how to fix those problems. Although I am no expert, I have the experience to offer sensible and simple WordPress advice to help you through.

I make no secret of the fact that I love WordPress. I am not alone either – Google has had a long term affection for this blogging / content management system.

I have even tested this out using three blogs (one WordPress, two other), using the same keywords, format and density, published on the same day. The results in search engines was impressive. Page 1 for wordpress, page 3 and 7 for the other two.

So SEO is great on WordPress. WordPress.com comes ready for SEO, WordPress.org is more powerful, with a choice of SEO plugins. My wordpress advice on SEO plugins? Go for ‘WordPress SEO by Yoast‘. In my experience, it is more effective than the others.

Here’s a screenshot of that SEO plugin in action!

I have experience of many other blogging / content management systems and none can match up to WordPress for ease of use. You are here because you need some WordPress advice – But believe me, it could be a lot worse!

Some blogging platforms are headache inducing….

More WordPress advice will follow, I hope it helps! If you need specific help, leave a comment and I will do my best to give you the simplest answer!

How do I feed my WordPress.com articles onto facebook and Twitter?

It’s important to get your content out there into the Social Networks, you will be amazed at how much referral traffic you may get from your facebook page or Twitter account.

So, How do I feed my WordPress.com articles onto facebook and Twitter?

First up, create a facebook page for your blog. This is easy enough to do within facebook and means non friends can follow your content, much better if you want your blog to reach more people than just your friends.

WordPress.com have a great function called Publicize, which can be found in your ‘Settings’ section, under ‘Sharing’. Just connect your blog to the networks listed and you are away.

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How do you make an image in widget area link to another page?

I gave some WordPress advice on how to add an image to the widget area in WordPress, but you might be asking how do you make an image in widget area link to another page?

Once you have uploaded your image to the ‘Image’ box in widgets, just add in the URL that you want the image to link to in the same ‘Image’ box in the ‘Link URL’ field.

The image ‘I love my job’ in my sidebar is now linked to my .com site. You can use this process for any image, you could even use it as an alternative way of adding social media buttons to WordPress widget area, giving you a far greater choice of which social network images to use.

If you have any questions or need some wordpress advice, you can leave a comment or email me at paul-handley@live.co.uk.

How do I add an image to widget area in WordPress.com?

I covered how to add social network buttons to widget area on WordPress.com recently, and thought it might be useful to show how to add an image to the widget area too.

Follow these simple steps!

1) Select the image you want to display in widget area and resize to 200 pixels.

2) Go to ‘Media Library’ in your dashboard and select ‘Add New’.

3) Upload the chosen image and copy the ‘File URL’ – See below:

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How do I add social media buttons to widget area in WordPress.com?

If you need to add social media buttons to widget area in WordPress.com, just follow these simple steps. I cover facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest below.

Is it tricky to add social media buttons to the widget area in WordPress.com? Can you cut and paste?!

The widget area is a useful part of your wordpress.com blog, the ‘Text’ box being the most important widget. In this box you can write whatever you want, you can also add images to the widget area too. (‘Widgets’ is found in the ‘Appearance’ section of your WordPress dashboard).

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How do I get Side By Side Images on WordPress

So you’ve searched ‘How do I get Side By Side Images on WordPress’….frustrated?

Don’t be, it’s an easy process. To get your images to align side by side on WordPress, as below, just follow these simple steps.


1) If you want two images side by side, resize the images to 275 px max. If you want three images side by side, resize to around 180 / 185 px max.

2) Upload each image as normal, but here is the important bit. Make sure you have your resized images aligned to the left (in image upload) as above.

3) Um….That’s it! Not so tricky (like most WordPress issues – there’s always a simple way, it’s just knowing what it is!).

If you have any questions or need some wordpress advice, you can leave a comment or email me at paul-handley@live.co.uk.

How do I add borders to my photos in WordPress?

How do I add borders to my photos in WordPress? Follow these simple steps to give your images a bit of ooomph!

This is an aspect of wordpress that doesn’t really seem simple, so here’s the WordPress advice you need! The correct method is a Custom Design upgrade and some CSS additions and adjustments. Find out more below.

http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-css/
http://en.support.wordpress.com/editing-css/

But!!! There is an easier way (it’s a bit of a cheat but the end result is the same).

To add borders to your WordPress image, use an imagery package – something like Photoshop or Microsoft Paint. As I promised simplicity, I will use Paint. The image I wish to add a border to is below. 

1. Check what size your image is. The image above is 225 x 225 pixels.

2. Go to Paint and resize the blank space to a greater image than the one you want to add a border to. I am making this 250 x 250 pixels.

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How to embed a YouTube Video into a WordPress blog post

This is a very simple process, but here’s a quick guide on how to embed a YouTube video into a wordpress blog post.

Let’s say we want a video to be embedded below this line of text.

1) Go to YouTube and find the video you want to embed. Click the ‘Share’ button and then the ‘Embed’ button.

2) If you wish to, change the size of the video size and copy the embed HTML code.

3) Paste the code into the HTML page of your blog post. Just click the HTML tab at the top right of your new post entry.

4) Click back to ‘Visual’ tab, and publish.

5) That’s it! Your blog now has embedded video content!

If you have any questions or need some wordpress advice, you can leave a comment or email me at paul-handley@live.co.uk.

WordPress.com Adds “Share This” Social Bookmarking Function

I posted a “How To” get social bookmarks on wordpress on August 23rd – “Social Bookmarking For WordPress.com“. I was very happy with this and with the simplicity of this feature.

The only problem with this was it involved a manual input with each individual post. Not a huge problem, when you consider the benefits.

As of August 25th (2 days after post), WordPress.com announced a new feature. A fully automated “Share This” feature – it’s at the bottom of this post.

Timing!

So, Ignore my original Social Bookmarking post, there is a much easier way!

1) In WordPress dashboard, go to “Settings”.

2) Open sharing tab.

3) Choose from available services (facebook, twitter, stumble upon etc). Save changes and you now have automatic social bookmarking options for each post you write.

To find out more go to http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/more-ways-to-share/

So my original post was valid for 2 days, a bittersweet frustration.

Thankyou WordPress for introducing Sharing option, it was about time!

Social Bookmarking For WordPress.com

I have always been under the impression that the only way you could get social bookmarking (or any other plug in) on a wordpress blog was to sign up to a host. I found this really hard to understand…You just have to have this as an option at the base of article.

In fact, This is a quote from WordPress’s own help pages (talking about plugins) –
However, they are only applicable to privately-hosted blogs and web sites using the WordPress.org software. Plugins are not permitted on WordPress.com for various security reasons“.

Bummer.

So, before today, I was under the assumption you would need a host, say Fasthosts, buy a domain which you host with Fasthost, and then set up a wordpress site using your own domain. Only then, could you actually have social bookmarks at the end of each post.

Social bookmarking is oh so important. You have to give your readers the chance to share and broadcast your work. if you do not, you are missing out on a potentially massive audience share.


It is with great joy that I can tell you about Perlita Labs, who have come up with a Social Bookmark Link Creator for WordPress.com!

You can check out this excellent application and fine coding HERE.

The beauty of this is it’s ease of use (it has been created with wordpress.com in mind) and another real plus is that it actually works!

I am not going to give instructions because it’s so easy to follow. It produces HTML code which you just add to the bottom of your post in the post’s HTML page.

Doddle.

An example in action –

Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to FaceBookAdd to Google BookmarkAdd to MySpaceAdd to NewsvineAdd to RedditAdd to StumbleUponAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Twitter

And above, a lovely little line of social bookmarks on a wordpress.com page. Nice!