Welcome to the Mom Blog Money Blog Series! For 30 days we are following the Mom Blog Money Blog Workshop (affiliate link) sharing some tips so that we can work through the steps and grow together. Grab your coffee, have a seat, and join us.
In Day 26 we talked about blogging time saving tools. Today we are getting a little more technical with the topic of…
Google Webmaster Tools
Google Webmaster Tools are important for you to have setup for your blog’s SEO. The purpose of Webmaster Tools is to allow you to see your site the way Google does. This way you know how your site is being indexed and whether or not there are any errors that needs to be fixed.
Learn more about basic SEO for bloggers.
Here are 6 tools that will help you seal the deal with Webmaster Tools on your blog.
1. Claim Your Blog
Webmaster Tools is a really important aspect of blogging and to help your blog work for you…you should claim it in Webmaster Tools.
Laurie has an awesome video to help you understand how to do this in the course!
2. Add a Sitemap
Once you’ve claimed your blog you should create a Sitemap. And guess what? Laurie offers an awesome video that shows how to do this too!
Just these first two steps alone will help search engines see and understand the content of your blog better, which will help increase your traffic.
3. Take note of who’s linking to you
4. Is someone scraping your feed?
If someone is stealing your feed and using it on their site to make money for themselves…you need to know! Stay aware of this by setting up Google Alerts for certain terms relevant to your blog (e.g. your blog’s name and your name).
Laurie also lists helpful tips to keep people from stealing your images, find out who is copying your blog posts, ways to combat them and more in the course.
5. Check for broken links
Search engines don’t like broken links and when you have them on your blog, it can hurt the way they rank you and there by affect your traffic. The course offers an easy peasy way to check your blog for broken links. So what do you do once you’ve found them? Step 6 of course!
6. Re-direct a blog post
Laurie explains how using a WordPress plug-in can help you to re-direct the post link so it works properly and gets your readers where they need to go.
These 6 steps are great tools that will help you ensure your blog is getting the traffic and recognition by search engines it deserves. It will also ensure that YOU are the one making money off your content…not some random thief!
Get going with Day 27 and watch your traffic grow!
Do you have Webmaster Tools setup for your blog?
Don’t miss Day 28 which focuses on protecting your online photos.