SEO Tips ~ Slow Down, You Move Too Fast!
I've spent hours answering questions here on WA which I love to do, it's my "happy place", but it seams like so very many are making the same mistake! They are trying to go too fast and it's so obvious, sometimes I just want to reach out and hold their hand.
Because our lessons start off talking about keyword phrase and how it effects Search Engine Optimization (SEO), many are jumping the gun and worrying too much about other aspects of SEO way too soon! In my other blogs I've talked about this, so I'm not going to beat a dead horse. What I want to do is to try to explain SEO and why these keywords are so important in the VERY beginning stage of your lessons.
In short, so you won't have to go back later and change everything, you must first do your keyword research on your niche, as you were taught. (Naturally you MUST have your niche selected first) Most importantly, each keyword phrase that you use must be included in your page/post title and only used once for one page/post only. That's why you're gathering several phrases, one per page/post!
Then, second most important, this same exact Phrase must be placed in your post content (blog) for that page. You were taught to place this in the first paragraph but I don't agree with that at all. For reasons I'll explain later, it's best to place the Phrase in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Then again in the last paragraph. Then there's a thing called Keyword Density!
Keyword density is the percentage of times a keyword or phrase appears on a web page compared to the total number of words on the page. In the context of search engine optimization keyword density can be used as a factor in determining whether a web page is relevant to a specified keyword or keyword phrase. Personally, I like this to be around 2% or in other words, 2 keyword phrases per 100 words.
And that's it! As you go through your lessons, you will learn more and more about SEO so don't rush it! Here's a shot of an analysis on my Parental Alienation Rights Home Page that shows where I've placed my keyword phrase, but this page is almost complete, and I know what I'm doing, so again....slow down if you're moving too fast!
In closing, before you take anyone's word as the gospel truth, ask them to prove it. Well, I love to be asked that, no worries but remember, I'm not finished with this page yet. It needs a lot more content! Regardless:
To see a lot more about what I have done to achieve that score, go to OnPage SEO Tool and type in parentalalienationrights.com, answer the captcha with "check seo" and then click the BLUE bar "Check SEO Score" to get the complete analysis. If you are asked what keywords, type in mine which is "parental alienation", in case you haven't figured that out :-)
Of course you can do this on your own, but PLEASE don't get caught up in it until you think you are finished, okay?
If you've read this far, then you deserve a tip:
- When checking your site after you've made changes, start at the beginning and then click the "refresh score" button.
- If you stay on the page and make changes, you don't have to start over again. Just refresh the whole page and then click the "refresh score" button.
- Pay attention to your "image tags" as they are important. Just add your keyword phrase in the alternate text each time you upload an image.
- Not that it matters in this case, but link back each image as I have done on the above images. This is also an option when you upload each image. If you want to know why, just ask, I'm tired, I think I'll sleep now.....