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Enhance your Blog for SEO with 37 Tried and Tested Tips

Learn how I, a blogger just like you, found a way to write better blog content faster - so I could go to the beach more often!

Yes, I admit it, I love a day at the beach, but who has the time?

Blogging is an online medium to share your thoughts, ideas, and expertise with the world. But for people to find you, you need search engine optimization (SEO) to rank high in organic search, which means understanding what blog SEO is and how it works.

Enhance your Blog for SEO - Blogs by Jarvis

People think blogging is easy, but that's because they don't understand that when you are a blogger, blog SEO is crucial - else, your content might never be seen in the organic search results.

When you optimize your new blog posts for SEO, it can assist you in increasing the amount of organic traffic (visitors to your website) - and, therefore, the revenue-generating potential of your blog!

There are several highly effective techniques you can use for optimizing your blog so that you come higher in Google rankings - and other search engines too. This article explores:

27 tips on optimizing your blog posts for SEO That's 37 tips for you to implement to help boost your blog for search engine optimization!

My preferred workflow uses Surfer SEO to research and plan the post and Jarvis (my AI Copywriter Sidekick) to help me fill it out fast. I use Grammarly to spell check, check for plagiarism and readability, add images with Canva or Photovibrance, then I publish and submit to Google & Bing for indexing.

Watch me do this on YouTube...

My Top 10 Tips for Search Engine Optimization with Surfer - How to write a Blog Post Search Engines will love

Think about your blog content before you start to write - Blogs by Jarvis

1. Think before you write!

Before you start, pause for a moment to think about what you are writing and who you are writing it for.

It's too easy to write about something you want to say but doesn't really answer a question or solve a problem your blog readers have.

The quality content on your blog pages needs to include the relevant keywords that people are using on search engines such as Google. That way, you can create blog content that has a chance of grabbing the coveted featured snippet slot and bing the #1 article for that topic!

Write relevant content for your audience - Blogs by Jarvis

2. Identify the target audience for your blog.

Knowing the audience is the key component to developing a content strategy that will keep them coming back!

Think about their age, location, and gender.

Who are they?

What do they read online?

Where do they go for information and entertainment?

That's the audience you want to write for.

Enhance Your Blog SEO with Tried and Tested Tips - Blogs by Jarvis

3. Do keyword research

If you want to dominate search, you will need to learn the exact keywords related to the topics your audience searches for. These are the topics you should write about and the keywords you should use in your blog posts.

Surfer SEO can help you discover new and specific keywords related to your niche to significantly increase organic traffic to your blog.

Increase organic traffic with Surfer SEO - Blogs by Jarvis

Doing keyword research in Surfer helps you in 3 highly-effective ways:

Discover topic-specific questions with Surfer

Discover topic-specific questions

Create content that answers questions that potential visitors have as soon as they arrive on your site.

Become an authority in your space with Surfer

Become an authority in your space

Create a list of similar keywords that are closely linked to your main topic and rank together - this is exactly what the search engines love!

Identify new keywords in seconds with Surfer

Identify new keywords in seconds

Instantly uncover hundreds of related keywords from your topic, along with how many times they are searched for each month.

This means that when you add these keywords into posts and pages on your site, Google will be much more likely to dedicate a whole page to you in the Google search engine data results. This is great for improving search engine rankings and generating revenue for your blog!

How can Surfer help you find related keywords?

So now you know it's all about ranking for as many keywords as possible. But, where do you start?

Luckily, I've got your back with this latest update about the Surfer Keyword Research Feature - you can now find phrases that have the same search results in Google!

You'll get a report of keywords that appear in similar search results in two groups: common search terms and questions. They all come with a keyword volume and relevancy level based on SERP (Search Engine Ranking Page).

This is the quickest way to plan the content structure for your pages and extend existing content so you can rank for more relevant keywords.

The result? More ranking keywords that attract additional traffic!

Surfer SEO Keyword research tool

4. Target the right keywords

When you use Surfer as your Keyword research tool, you'll get a detailed list of keywords and questions based on their search popularity or relevance based on comparison on the SERPs.

You'll know exactly what your audience is looking for, so you can match the search intent - local, informational, customer investigation, or shopping.

You can create SERP Analyzer, Content Editor & Action Plan all from the Surfer Keyword Research module, saving you a significant amount of time messing around clicking between windows and applications - it's all right there at your fingertips! You'll find your focus keyword with ease!

Enhance your blog SEO with Surfer

5. Focus on low difficulty keywords

It is a waste of time targeting focus keywords with a high difficulty score - these are going to be very competitive, and you'll find it hard to rank for the on the first search result page.

Instead, you should focus on those focus keywords and don't overlook long-tailed keywords that have a low difficulty score - they're easier to rank for and will be more likely to attract lucrative traffic to your new blog.

Focus on long-tail keywords

6. Focus on long-tail keywords

One of the most important things to remember when you optimize your blog is to focus on long-tail keywords. These are highly specific phrases that look something like this: "how do I make apple pie?"

They're much easier for people to rank for in comparison with short-tail keywords, which might be something like "apple pie recipe."

Use related keywords that are relevant to your new blog post

7. Avoid keyword stuffing

Remember that people use Google to find things on the internet. If you try and stuff your pages with keywords that don't add value, it won't do any good for your rankings, social sharing, or conversions.

One of my most used SEO tips is to avoid keyword stuffing. Sure, make sure to use them in the title tag and meta descriptions, even in your on-page SEO, but don't overuse them! Surfer and other SEO plugins will guide you with the number of times each keyword should be used in your content.

You need to provide a helpful resource for people who are searching online - so it might be a good idea to use a blog as a way to attract traffic and build your brand's authority with multiple blog posts.

You do this by creating content that gives people the information they want - it needs to be helpful, relevant, and written with the keywords in mind. This will help Google understand what your blog is about and give you better rankings accordingly.

Optimize your blog posts for search engines

8. Plan your content based on keyword research

Once you have identified which topics your target audience is interested in using keyword research data, the next step is to plan the content around issues the audience is seeking help for.

I know this can sound pretty daunting, but this is another reason I love working in Surfer so much - Surfer Content Planner!

Once you have identified a seed keyword and long-tail keywords to focus upon for your blog content, Content Planner will suggest dozens of articles to write that will help you rank your blog as an authority for that topic.

The more broad the keyword, the more suggestions for your articles and landing pages you'll get. All of this can be found in the time it takes you to blink an eye... OK, maybe a few minutes at the most.

Some of the suggestions may seem a little 'out there, but this data is based on an analysis of the top ranking blogs for the same keyword.

In other words, if you want to rank your blog post higher, you need to deliver the same variety of content - but better!

Use Surfer topic clusters to organize your content

9. Use Surfer topic clusters to organize your content

The Surfer Content Planner can sometimes return hundreds of content clusters to you, so choose the ones that match your blog intent first. i.e. if your blog is informational, choose the informational clusters.

This intent is identified using machine learning.

There is no other product quite like this on the market, and having tried many, I'm confident in saying so.

You'll dominate in your niche quickly - speed depending on how many articles you can publish, of course - and have a plan for your content for the weeks and months ahead.

Focus Keywords to optimize your blog posts with Surfer SEO

10. Focus on the main keyword and related keywords in each post

Each Content Planner Cluster contains multiple keywords that the search engines prefer to be together in the same article - and you want to give the search engines what they want!

Choose your Content Cluster and turn it into a Content Editor to get the most up-to-date and relevant criteria to help your content shine.

Here are 27 tips on optimizing your blog posts for SEO so that more people can find them

Blog SEO Tips from an actual blogger who writes - with Surfer and Jarvis - every day

Did you think bloggers just write what comes into their heads? Hands up, that's what I used to think! In fact, that's what many bloggers do - because they don't understand blog SEO.

We've already covered how vital keyword research and content planning is - and how easy Surfer makes it! - but what else can help you optimize your blog posts?

1. Make your blog posts easy to read

Readability makes a significant difference to your place in the search engine rankings.

Use short phrases, shorter paragraphs, punctuation, head titles, and bullet points. Use images and white space to make writing easier to read!

It is best to use a good hierarchy when using headings, and the main title must be H1, the Subheading must be H2, and include multiple H3 and even H4 headings.

Use keywords in your article titles and headings, but not too many…

Make sure you use variations of the main keyword, and related words throughout the article - Surfer will help you with this in the Content Editor, where you are given an exact number of times each keyword and phrase should be used in the content.

Include the keywords Surfer tells you should be used in headings (indicated by an orange H) to reach a higher content score.

Your content must be user-friendly to rank well. Readers will find your post if they can easily read it, so write for your readers in mind first and the search engines, and SEO second.

2. Create a structure for your post

This means that every post should include sections that are easy to navigate. You should include an Intro, Body, and Conclusion and media such as images and videos.

The search engines love to see you using high-quality images. As well as writing high-quality content, it is essential to use images and alt tags containing your main keyword or related words.

Don't forget to save your SEO-optimized images with the main keyword in their filename.

3. Use paragraphs, lists, and headings

Segment the text with headings and paragraphs so that it is easy to navigate.

Many people will quickly scroll through a blog post until they see a heading that jumps out at them. So make sure your headings are attention-grabbing!

Paragraphs should be short, no more than 2-3 sentences - this makes it easier to read.

Use lists, especially if you are discussing tips on how to do something.

Dividing your content into easy-to-digest sections makes it easier for the search engines and your readers!

4. Make your blog posts comprehensive

Don't shy away from including all the information you can about a given topic.

This way, you are showing the search engine's robots - and your readers - that your post covers everything important - it makes indexing your posts easier!

Surfer will guide you on the content to include, and the Brief feature in the Content Editor will help you with the content you should include in the post to rank higher than your competitors.

The Guidelines in the Content Editor tell you how many words, headings, paragraphs, and images your blog post needs for SEO success!

5. Use your keywords naturally, but don't stuff

As you are writing about a topic, it is natural to use your chosen keyword several times - however, Google hates it when people' stuff' their articles with exact match keywords or related words.

You should aim to include the keywords the number of times indicated in the Surfer Content Editor guidelines; They will turn from red to green once you have hit the required keyword density for each term.

6. Optimize the length of your article

Surfer will guide you on your content length based on your competitors.

Longer is not always better! Follow the guidelines to ensure you don't dilute your keywords and end up with thin content just because you wanted to write more.

7. Write insanely good unique content

By writing good quality, unique content, you will ensure that readers find what they are looking for on your site and find value that builds trust and loyalty.

The content should be informative and engaging. It needs to be suitable for the site and draw in potential customers – but it cannot all be about you.

Your goal is to provide value and educate your visitors, not always to make money directly from every visitor (although if they like what you write they may become a customer eventually).

8. Use an effective blog post title and meta description

Every web page has a set of HTML tags, called "Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions," which are small pieces of code. The meta description is a short statement of what the blog post is about. This indicates what the content will be in a preview format.

The click-through rates (CTRs) on Google pages are also ranking factors for your new blog post. In order to have high search traffic and remain relevant to the top ranking, you must create an effective blog title and meta description for your own articles.

Using the focus keywords you want to rank for in your blog post title can boost your rankings significantly!

You should also include a URL slug that relates to the post, e.g., 'SEO-tips.'

In August 2021, Google announced a change to the way they generate web page titles "designed to produce more readable and accessible titles for pages".

This means that the blog post title you use in your meta description (HTML title tag) may not be the one that Google displays in search results.

How long should a blog post title tag be?

55 and 70 characters (600 pixels) is the maximum length of a Google search page title tag. The variation is due to the size of the letters used in the text. For example, the word 'little' takes up fewer pixels than the word 'bigger,' even though they contain the same number of letters.

Typically you will see advice that says use 60 characters to leave a margin or error.

Having problems writing Meta Titles for your blog posts?

Get help from Jarvis - an AI copywriter who writes engaging page titles that encourage clicks to your blog posts!

How long should a meta description be?

Writing a good meta description means more visits to your blog, and optimizing for your focus keyword here can help drive people to your relevant content.

When a webpage does not have a meta description tag, Google may utilize the text it has discovered on the page instead. This might not be entirely relevant, or at least not what you want to show to entice people to your blog post.

The ideal character length for your meta descriptions is between 120 and 150 characters.

Let's take a quick look at how I do it in with Jarvis...

With over 50 Marketing templates, Jarvis makes everything easier - including blogging!

9. Use evergreen URLs

URLs for blogs are usually too cryptic and are very bad for search engines. The URLs should be human-readable and meaningful; keeping them short is a bonus to help your Page Rank.

Data shows short URLs lead to higher page views on Google versus longer URLs.

Many blogs automatically generate the URL structure from the name, but it's easy to modify the URL and shorten it.

Make sure you include in the URL any crucial qualifiers that will enable the search engines to better classify your site, like the main keyword!

Evergreen URLs will make your link-building strategy easier too!

10. Write to rank for featured snippets

Featured snippets appear on Google results pages (SERPs) at the top of the page. They may appear as bulleted lists, short how-to guides, or short questions and answers. If you write a content item that gets chosen for inclusion by Google, you will appear at the top of the search results.

Make it a priority to practice clear, concise copywriting with clever headings.

How do you check featured snippet opportunities?

  • "No featured snippet" means that the main keyword's SERP does not contain a featured snippet. This implies there is no opportunity for you (or anyone) to take the "0" spot.

  • "Featured snippet with the red X" refers to a featured snippet in the primary keyword's SERP that you do not own and are not in line for the "0" spot. This might imply that you are not eligible for the snippet because your page does not rank high enough or that your material is not consistent with what Google desires.

  • A Green checkmark in a featured snippet means that your page is the primary keyword's featured snippet owner.

  • If you see Featured Snippet with the yellow wrench, you are near to getting the prized featured snippet position, and the correct SEO strategies - like the ones in this blog post - will help you get there.

11. Use Schema markup

Schema Markup helps Google understand what your blog post is about. It works with web browsers, and it appears as rich snippets in Google's search results.

If your blog post is about a recipe - you can mark up the code so that when people see your website, they know it is about recipes!

The markup helps people find more answers than they would on a regular webpage and builds value and trust for you and your visitors.

12. Incorporate rich media types on-page

Include rich media types like stock photos, videos, and custom infographics. Video content encourages a user to stay on a webpage for longer and therefore decreases your bounce rate.

It's incredibly easy to convert your blog posts into video format with apps like Canva, Pictory, etc. so don't worry if you are camera shy! Check out the image optimizer deals on AppSumo!

13. Optimize your images to drive more traffic

Optimizing your blog post images can help you get more organic traffic from Google Search results.

Add a relevant description in the alt-text box so Google can see what the image is about.

Apart from having a relevant alt-text, ensure your image loads quickly. You can use a WordPress plugin like EWWW Image Optimizer or ShortPixel (available at Appsumo) to do this. They compress your image and increase load speed.

14. Add internal links within your content

If you're writing on a similar topic and make a reference to a topic that you've already written an article about - link back to it. If you have expertise in this area, your new article will appear more credible when validated by similar content.

Linking to other pages encourages users to explore your website. It also helps search engines locate other relevant authority pages you have to offer.

Choose a relevant focus keyword or phrase for internal linking and use fewer than five words. The value the content provides determines the ranking in search engines.

Ensuring any internal links are logical is a great way to highlight your authority.

LinkWhisper is a popular SEO plugin for identifying internal links in your copy even as you write the article. It helps you manage your content and understand relations between different content within your site, and Google will thank you for this.

Surfer Audit can help you identify missed internal linking opportunities and will even suggest the exact text fragment for the link. This is super useful to revisit your existing content and boost your page SEO further.

15. Make internal link building a habit

Internal linking is a valuable way to build contextual relations between new and older posts. Making regular internal linking habits will ensure that your SEO on a website is good and that older pages on your site keep getting new links.

Keep the number of internal links on a page under 100. Google will restrict the number of links in a webpage to just below 100 for user experience purposes.

User experience is a more important consideration now, than ever before, when it comes to SEO strategy.

16. Pay attention to page speed

How quickly your blog article loads will affect your Google search ranking due to Core Web Vitals. You can check your Core Web Vitals report in Google Search Console.

The Core Web Vitals report displays how well your pages are performing based on actual user experience data.

Bounce rates are significantly impacted by longer page load times.

  • If the page load time increases from 1 second to 3 seconds, the bounce rate rises by 32 percent.

  • Bounce rates increase by 106 percent if page load time increases from 1 second to 6 seconds.

Therefore, page speed is a crucial factor in your page optimization.

17. Measure mobile responsiveness

Optimizing your blog to be mobile-friendly affects your SEO performance. The industry rule of thumb is simple. Most pre-made website designs nowadays are optimized for mobile devices, but if you deviate from a preset theme or web design, be careful to pay attention to page speed.

You can keep an eye on how your site will perform on mobile by checking your Analytics Dashboard in Google and regularly running a mobile site speed test.

18. Improve your website's user experience

User experience depends on many things, not least of all, the ability to find valuable content on your page quickly.

Take a look at your latest blog post and ask yourself the question:

Does this blog post create a personal and meaningful conversation with the reader and answer their search query quickly?

19. Keep important content above the fold

The most important part of blog articles is the first two paragraphs.

This is where you'll hook your reader's attention and convince them to stay with you for more.

Deliver important content above the fold that makes them want to stay on the page and read more.

Jarvis writes incredibly effective blog into paragraphs, and of course, Surfer is key to directing that content by suggesting what should be included in the article to answer the search query. That's just one of the reasons these two apps make such a powerful combination.

20. Limit your ad space

People hate adverts. Many people use ad blockers anyway, which means you end up with ugly boxes on your blog where you could include more SEO-friendly content or an image.

Affiliate markets can be clever and use text links or link images to encourage purchases, rather than using annoying display advertising that can increase your bounce rate when they annoy people, making them leave your website.

21. Create a proper content hierarchy

We're all familiar with the notion of saving the best for last. But when it comes to your website's content, you should think about it in the opposite manner.

The order in which you provide your content may have an enormous impact on the number of conversions your website sees.

The idea of content hierarchy is to put things in the correct order.

Concentrate on putting the most important information - that valuable blog content that helps search engines find you and feature you in the rich snippets - right at the top of the page. More in-depth information and the call-to-action come further down the page as the reader progresses.

That way, if the reader leaves quickly, they have likely had their query answered, but you failed to capture their attention enough to get them to stay and read more. At least they got their answer though!

22. Create content hubs

Bloggers often neglect creating valuable content hubs for their own blogs.

Content hubs, or silos as they are sometimes referred to as, are a clusters of blog posts that interlink.

For example:

Create a pillar page blog post for your focus keyword (sometimes called a money page). This is the one that you think will get the most traffic.

Create several additional articles that support the same topic - you can pick these from the Surfer Content Planner - and link each one back to the pillar page.

Silos can be more complex, involving more intricate linking, so I'll cover that in another blog post.

23. Use categories and tags to organize content

Categories are used for dividing your content. Tags are subject topics that are discussed through an individual post.

Categories and tags:

  • Help with content organization

  • Show the search engine what your site is about

  • Outlines related information to create a bigger picture view for the reader

Search engines often present results in groupings based on these topics, which helps them find relevant articles for their queries. You can harness this tool by organizing your categories and tags to create an SEO strategy.

24. Use tools and plugins to make your job easier

SEO Plugins can save you precious time for website SEO work.

I've already mentioned Link Whisper for internal linking.

RankMath is another WordPress SEO plugin that works with Gutenberg and classic WordPress editors and takes the guesswork out of your SEO efforts.

With Semrush you can take care of SEO, content marketing, competitor research, PPC and even social media marketing with one combined app.

This blog is published using Wix, so I don't use an SEO plugin here, but I have my preferred Surfer & Jarvis combo to help me create quality content.

25. Add content regularly

Regularly adding blog posts lets Google know your site is active. This is important because if your website is not being routinely indexed, this might be a disadvantage to your ranking.

Ensure that your posts will be of good quality: informative, well-written articles that will please the audience and fit their search purpose.

If you find it difficult posting regularly, it can make sense to create a content schedule. This allows you to structure the content creation process in an approach that works for you.

26. Remove thin content

Having thin content on your site is like playing poker with only one card - it's not going to help you win!

Not to mention that you are wasting space that could be taken up by more valuable content.

Thin blog posts include:

  • Short, little blog posts

  • Old blogs

  • Unconvincing reviews

  • False or unnecessary comments on blogs

All of the above content is unlikely to be found by search engines, and you will appear as a spammer.

Remember: keep your site clean, remove low-quality content and watch your rankings improve!

27. Let other people read your post

Before you publish a post for other people to read, make sure to read your own articles and get other people to read it if possible.

Ask if they're aware of any main idea of your post. It helps you give an objective view of the readability and attractiveness of your content.

You can also use Grammarly to give you a comprehensive report on the readability and correctness of your blog post content and help you fix any grammatical errors or clumsy phrasing.

I'm hoping this article can help you improve your SEO ranking. There are many SEO tools available that can help you build more website traffic on your blog.

Do you have any questions concerning SEO content marketing strategy? Do you have any advice for a new SEO? Let me know in the comments below.

What else can help optimize your blog?

Gain insight into your existing content results

Google Analytics is a free Google tool that reports web traffic to your web portal. It uses several metrics such as the frequency of website traffic to visitors from other sources of information: conversions, and the average time spent on the website.

This lets you see which blog posts on your website are popular and how it helps people. The information you collect can be used to create better websites in the future.

Gain insight into your blogging audience

Google Analytics also lets you know about the demographics of people who visit your blog. This is an indirect way of knowing how many readers are male or female, their age group, education level, and other data that could be useful while taking advantage of the free Google tools; you can learn so much about your website.

For example, how it's being found, by who and why they are visiting. Combine this with other data you could be collecting from their activity on your blog - whether they are sharing anything or leaving any comments.

This is essential for SEO, and these tools alone can help your blog gain more visitors and higher rankings. It is essential to take the time to learn how each one affects your blogging strategies to create a perfect SEO mix.

Why is SEO important for a blog?

Today's blogs are required to do much more than just be a place for people to write articles and expect them to rank well. This is because there are thousands of blogs out there, all competing with each other in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Page).

A search engine algorithm that determines which results are displayed and ranked on a SERP.

This page is constantly changing, and there is no sure-fire way of knowing exactly how it works, but Google likes blogs and regularly updates its algorithms to keep up with the times.

If you want your blog to be found, your blog SEO and on-page SEO are extremely important.

Unfortunately, it requires a lot of work and knowledge about how search engines work to optimize your blog posts.

SEO can seem complicated, but it's not as much as you think if you use tools and plugins to help you write and publish SEO friendly content for your target audience:

  • Keyword Research Tools

  • SEO Plugins

  • Link Building Tools

This article has been written using my personal experience with blogging, blog SEO, and how to write articles that get results, instead of simply writing an article and expecting it to get a great search result position.

That's it for today - if you have any questions, let me know below!

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Eddy Aruda
Eddy Aruda
19 set 2021

Fantastic Article! Thank you so much! This is the best step by step article I've read regarding how to write blog posts with a focus on SEO.


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