Everyone knows that WordPress is an awesome platform for blogs, websites, and the like because it’s highly customizable. Plus it provides you with all the tools you need to optimize your site in able to get on the radar of popular search engines everywhere. But with all the features that are available on WP, how do you know which ones to use? Below are 7 ways to SEO WordPress. These are simple tips that even non-techy individuals can take and apply to their own sites.
1 Set Nice Permalinks
You may slightly lose page load time when structuring permalinks on your blog, but it’s well worth the numerous SEO benefits you will reap at the end. The best permalink setting would be the one below:
This is the most human readable format of a permalink and it also has a unique numeric identifier to better differentiate from other files on your web server.
2 Correct Title Format
When formatting your blog title the best way to do it is like this: Post Title-Blog Name Some themes come with the format Blog Name-Post Title and you can easily make that change in the header.php at the title tag.
3 Instruct Robots
You may be wondering, “To do what exactly?” Below is a short list of all the things you can instruct a robot to do while optimizing your site:
- Block all web crawlers from any and all content
- Block a specific web crawler from a folder
- Block a specific web crawler from a web page
- Allow a specific web crawler to visit a web page
- Create a Sitemap Parameter
4 Improve Titles
Optimize your blog titles with either of the two plugins; HeadSpace 2 or the All in one SEO pack. The following is a quick comparison of their features so that you can better choose the plugin that’s more suited to your blog.
Ease of Use: HeadSpace2 may take some time to get used to for non-techy users while the All in one SEO pack is quick and easy
Customization: HeadSpace2 is highly customizable and very flexible with their settings. All in one SEO pack is quite limited in their options and settings compared to HeadSpace2
Compatibility: While HeadSpace2’s compatibility with other plugins is very conflictive, All in one SEO pack is pretty much compatible with most WordPress plugins
5 Create Quality Meta Descriptions
There are many ways to go about this, but a few pointers to keep in mind when creating your meta descriptions are:
- Use targeted keywords naturally, don’t overstuff
- Keep description informative and compelling at the same time so as to motivate people to click
- Always write unique descriptions, never duplicating content
- Straight to the point with no more than 150 characters in length
If you ever skip this part, NEVER set them to auto generate
6 Proper Pagination
Doing this helps robots better crawl content and it also lets visitors navigate through your site easier and more efficiently. A good pagination plugin would be WP-PageNavi created by Lester Chan.
7 Disable Page Comments
You want to do this especially on static pages such as “About Me” or “Contact” pages just because it looks kind of awkward. You can remove the comment section on your pages by accessing the page.php file in WordPress and deleting the line of code below: This removes the comment section in static pages, but not blog posts.