SEO is one of those things we can always know more about. Especially because every time we think we have it figured out, Google changes something. Awhile back, Holly Homer and Laurie Turk talked about basic SEO for bloggers. As a sort of follow up from that chat, Holly hosted a SEO for Bloggers Discussion.
This SEO for bloggers discussion featured a panel of people, all with different levels of SEO knowledge. Contributors included:
- Holly Homer, Business 2 Blogger and Kids Activities Blog
- Jaime Reimer, Hands On As We Grow
- Jillian Riley, A Mom With A Lesson Plan
- Megan Sheakoski, Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Dinah Wulf, DIY Inspired
- Nathan Byloff, RankHammer.com
- and Steve Hammer, RankHammer.com
SEO for Bloggers
In this hangout, they discussed many things SEO. Here are some of the highlights:
- Google Keywords Tool and the changes that have been made to it. It’s now Google Keywords Planner and Steve Hammer discusses why this change is a good thing and how to use it.
- Search versus social when it comes to online content. Not everything you post will be search friendly but that doesn’t mean it’s not great content. If it’s not a search friendly type of post, try and make it a social friendly post.
- Internal linking and whether or not you should link to individual posts or category/tag pages. According to Nathan, you should link to individual posts.
- Themes for SEO and if they make a difference. Nathan suggests deciding on themes based on how fast they are and how easy they are to use. Steve recommends using a responsive site for the mobile benefits.
- Stop words and whether or not you should include them in your post. The short answer is yes. There is more explanation in the video but basically the answer has to do with exact searches and sounding natural in your writing.
- Heading tags (H1, H2, H3, etc) and whether or not they are important to use in your blog posts.
- Keywords for your posts and how you should use them when writing your content.
There was a lot of questions, answers and good information about SEO in the hangout. Watch it here and take lots of notes:
To make things easier for you, here are links for some of the sites they talked about:
- www.ubersuggest.org – the keyword expansion tool
- www.semrush.com – a good tool to look at related keywords
- www.google.com/trends/ – the trends tool from google
- www.spyfu.com – a tool to see what other domains are doing.
Hope you enjoyed this SEO for bloggers discussion!