Basic SEO Lessons Part 3: Content (Body Tag)

Repeat your keyword phrases a few times as this denotes strong emphasis to the search engines.
However, do keep in mind that you should not repeat the keywords too frequently until your readers end up feeling frustrated.

Make sure you use H1 and H2 tags to highlight important keywords of your content.
Help search engine to get more relevant content and they will help you to attract more visitors! 🙂

Basic SEO Lessons Part 2: Add Meta Tags

Some people argue that search engines do not use meta tags anymore but I think it’s better to include them since it won’t bring any harm if you do 🙂

Description:
The description tag is used to describe your blog. Some search engines will use this information to summarize your blog in their search listings. You should include your keyword phrases in the description tag.
The description tag should provide a 25-30 word description of your blog and you should avoid using more than 3 commas.

Keywords:
The keyword tag should of course include the “keyword phrases” that you are targeting in order of importance. Start with the most important and then proceed to less important but still relevant keywords. Do not include keywords that are not relevant to the theme of your site.

Do not repeat any word more than 3 times within the keyword tag. You should put around 15-20 keywords max.

Example of meta tags:

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>Enter your Title here</TITLE>
<META name="keywords" content="Enter your keywords here">
<META name="description" content="Enter your description here">

</HEAD>
<BODY>
Enter your page's body text here.
</BODY>
</HTML>

Basic SEO Lessons Part 1: Add Title Tag

The title tag is definitely the most important tag in the header section of your blog.
The title tag is displayed in the blue bar at the top of your browser window.
I suggest that you choose keywords related to your site only.
Do not choose popular but unrelated keywords such as sex, porn etc. if your blog doesn’t contain any of these.
Title should not exceed 60 characters.

Example of title tag:

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>Enter your Title here</TITLE>
<META name="keywords" content="Enter your keywords here">
<META name="description" content="Enter your description here">
</HEAD>
<BODY>
Enter your page's body text here.
</BODY>
</HTML>

How to Verify Your Site on Google Webmaster Tools

  1. Go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/.
  2. Sign in to your existing Google account. If you do not have one, register for it.
  3. Add your site to the dashboard.
    Add Site
  4. Click on ‘Verify your site’.

    Click on Verify your site

  5. Choose ‘Add a meta tag’ as verification method.
    Choose Add a meta tag
  6. Copy the verification code and paste it just after the tag. Important! Please take note that some blogging sites do not accept meta tag in form. If so, use instead. I am using in the screenshot below.
    Paste the verification code to your site
    Paste the verification code to your site
  7. You will be redirected to a confirmation page after clicking ‘Verify’.
    Confirmation page

Best WordPress Plugins for Google Adsense

1.   All in One Adsense and YPN

Features:

  • Automatically insert Google Adsense or YPN ads in to your blog posts.
  • No manual work required, ad code is dynamically inserted into your existing and new posts.
  • You could optionally specify not to show ads in a post by using tag
  • You could optionally specify where to start the ads in a post by using tag
  • Decrease ad blindness by giving you the option to randomly place your ad within your posts.
  • You could optionally define absolute ad position instead of random position.
  • You could optionally define random ad network to maximize earnings from both networks.
  • Allow you to pick how many total ads to show on one page.
  • Allow you to pick how many ads to show in one post.

2.   Random / Rotating Ads

Features:

  • Allows you to simply and easily show random / rotating ads anywhere in your template files or using widgets
  • You can show ANY type of ad: Google Adsense, affiliate ads, banners, images, flash, text, etc.

3.   Smart Ads

Features:

  • Automatically inserts advertisements like Google’s Adsense above and below your post content
  • These advertisements are only visible when viewing a single post
  • Smart Ads will only insert advertisements into posts that meet or exceed the desired Wordcount
  • To ensure that new content remains fresh, users can choose to only place ads on posts that are over a certain amount of days old
  • Advertisements can be manually disabled on a post-by-post basis while writing a post, by category, or for registered blog members
  • Users can also insert custom ads into their posts or pages by inserting <!-smartads-> into their post text

So far, these are the plugins that I think deserve my recommendation.

I don’t simply recommend but I will constantly update this list.

Let me know if there are more plugins that you think is worthy to be mentioned 🙂

How to Install WordPress to Your Server Manually – Step by Step Installation

  1. Check that you and your web host has met the minimum requirements to run WordPress.
  2. Download the latest version of WordPress here: http://wordpress.org/download/. It is recommended that you download the zip file.
    Download WordPress
  3. Unzip/extract the zip file.
  4. Go to your cPanel. The address to your cPanel should look like this: http://www.greatbloggingtips.com/cpanel (replace my domain name with yours)
  5. Create a MySQL database and a user who has all the privileges for WordPress on your web server.
    Add Database
    Add Database

    Add database
    Create Database

    Create User
    Create User

    Add User into Database
    Add User to Database

    Grant All Privileges to User
    Grant All Privileges to User

  6. Open your wordpress folder and rename the wp-config-sample.php folder to wp-config.php
  7. Open wp-config.php and fill in the details of the database created earlier.
  8. define('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'usernamehere'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

  9. Upload the WordPress files into the desired location of your web server.
  10. If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://www.greatbloggingtips.com), upload all the content in the wordpress folder to the root directory of your web server (e.g. public_html)

    If you want to integrate WordPress into a subdirectory of your domain (e.g. http://www.greatbloggingtips.com/blog), rename the wordpress folder to “blog” and upload it to the root directory of your web server (e.g. public_html)

  11. To run the WordPress installation script, go to http://greatbloggingtips.com/wp-admin/install.php if you installed WordPress in the root directory or http://greatbloggingtips.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php if you installed WordPress in a subdirectory called “blog”.
  12. A username and password will be generated and you will be using them to login into your WordPress account in the future.

…and you’re done!