Improve visitor engagement : Reduce Bounce Rate

How to keep people on your website:
This is so simple I guarantee you will be using this first tip straight away!
spread the wordsQ: What’s the best way to keep visitors on your website?

A: How about showing them what they want quickly and clearly.

Your very first target is to:

Hold the visitor on any given web page for 10 seconds – but that is not your ultimate goal, far from it.

Here’s the problem:

Visitors rapidly hitting the back button to get away from your site is known as a “Bounce”

A high bounce rate is the quickest way of getting your site to drop like stone down the rankings.

reducing bounce rates

If your visitor gets past 10 seconds that is a good start but what you really want is to hold them on the page they landed on and then for them to click through to another page.

Staying on your site for several minutes at least!

Easier said than done!

Let’s take a moment and think:

What’s the worse thing that you can see when you land on a webpage? You don’t have to answer that question!

For me, it is being presented with a huge block of text to read.

What I want, when I land on a web page, is a clear indication that I am going to find what I am looking for.

We’ve done the search (with the search engine) and now we are expected to search again through loads of text!

I am sure you are the same as me.don't make me read all that text

We’re not interested in wasting time looking any further.

Next site please.

So answer me this:

You’re still here, right?

are you still with me?

Why are you still here?

It’s simple:

Before you got here I promised you information on ‘Improving visitor engagement’

Then, upon arrival, I confirmed the subject matter followed by a compelling line and then got on with it immediately.

But you probably noticed:

That the normal rules of grammar have been ignored!

I’ve broken up the text to make it very easy for you to read.

You’ve been able to quickly read through and see that there just might be something useful here.

People are not going to give you much time so you have to get on with it.

Whilst making everything as easy as possible for them.

Tell me that I am wrong:

I promised you a way of improving visitor engagement and now I’ve got you engaged, hopefully!

Apologies to any English teachers reading this but when you have only a couple of seconds to get peoples attention something has got to give. In this case text formatting.

So you might be wondering:

Is that it! more good stuff ahead

No, it gets better:

As well as adding spaces between lines (yes, I know you’re impressed!).

You can move your visitors along with some attention grabbing “Bucket Brigade” lines (keeping the water coming by passing buckets from one fireman to the next).

They’re lines like these tried-and-tested classics:

Bucket Brigade Classics

Here’s the deal:

Now:

Why does this matter?

What’s the bottom line?

You might be wondering:

This is crazy:

I must be crazy:

No, I’m serious:

It gets better/worse:

Look:

But here’s the kicker:

Want to know the best part?

I can’t emphasize this enough:

The bottom line is…

Plus:Don’t tell anyone but:
you are allowed to create your own Bucket Brigade classics.

Designed by you to keep your website visitors reading.

Backlinko.com

So here’s the deal:

Visitor engagement goes upFollow these tips and you WILL get better website engagement which in turn will reduce your bounce rate.

It gets better:

That will send a strong signal to the search engines that people like your website.

They will become more confident about sending visitors to your website because it is fulfilling the search criteria.

What does Google’s like to deliver the most?

GOOD SEARCH RESULTS

Here’s another thing:

As you know, a picture paints a thousand words – it also makes your web page more engaging.

and we like the sound of that – don’t we?

It’s a proven fact:

That content that has at least one image included in it out ranks content with no images.

Makes sense, right.

However there is no evidence to suggest adding more and more images helps to increase rankings further.

I guess Google just doesn’t like blocks of plain text with no images, who does?

link to canva.com

Clearly I am no Picasso, but I have created the images on this page myself using Canva.com and it didn’t cost me a penny!

And there are no issues concerning copyright (There are premium elements available which have a one time use stipulation. $1 per instance that you use them. You will have to read their terms and conditions regarding that point).

If you are serious about enhancing your content I would recommend that you took the time to check Canva.com out.

It’s all drag and drop stuff and once you have worked your way around creating images is easy. Here is a tutorial and there are plenty more on YouTube for you to check out.

Are we done yet?

No, of course not!

Here are another 2 quick tips:
what all the best websites do

Try a recommended for banner that highlights a related article. This can be placed at any relevant point within your page. It is not to replace text links rather supplement them.

This is simply an inserted image with a link attached. A tutorial showing you how is further down this post.

At the end of all posts rather than having the standard “previous” and “next” buttons why not, insert our own links to relented posts with an image attached.

This will prove to be far more engaging and increase the chances of visitors clicking through to continue reading.

Here’s how to add an image with a link in WordPress
What you need for this tutorial:
1. A web browser with 2 windows open
2. And a image on your computer that you want to upload.

In one window of your browser you need to be looking at the page that you want to link to.
page that you wish to link to

You need to copy the address of the page. Highlight the address with your cursor and press > CTRL (control) + C to copy.

copy the address of page you want to link to

Then back to WordPress we need to be in edit mode for the page we are working on.

edit mode

In edit mode you need to locate where on the page you wish to add your image. Then click on that spot to insert your cursor. Doing this will set the spot where your image is to be placed.

Add Media
locate the add media button

Select Upload if the image is still on your computer
upload image

Then click the Select Option
Select Your File

Now you need to navigate to where your required image is on your computer.

Once the image has uploaded – Go to right hand pane (scroll down if required)

select custom url

Select Custom URL and remove the http://

Add the address of the page we are linking to by pasting it in. CTRL (Control) + V

That should paste in the address that we copied at the start of this process.

Click Insert into Post – you now have a picture link to the required page.

For those still standing:
Here is a relevant image that shows the elements to a more engaging page page layout.
layout of web page using suggestion from this page.

All that I have shown you is straight forward stuff that can change your web pages radically. Nothing to technical and you should be able to do it yourself without too much trouble. Happy to help if you need it.

You should always end a post with a compelling last line so here it is.

The effect of making your webpages more engaging will filter through to the search engines and it with give you the edge over your competition today. So what are you waiting for.

Building trust from the start is vital – use these tips

Don’t blow all that hard work by not being open and honest about who you are.

Richard Russell looking trust worthy.

I know how you feel – I felt the same – but I found that having my photo plastered all over my site was good for business!

Call me old fashioned:

but I want to know who I am doing business with.

Five minutes ago I had never heard of you.

Now you want me to hand over some of my hard earned cash!

That’s like proposing on a first date…….Taxi

And it gets worse:

Not a single picture of a human being on your website.

Don’t forget it’s all about:

Getting KNOWN, LIKED AND TRUSTED.

So making it clear exactly who you are as quickly as possible is a probably a good idea, right.

From the very first moment that visitors lands on your site you should be focused on building trust whilst being aware that you have to do this for two different audiences.

Your Visitors

and

Search Engines.

Many websites think that this can be achivied by displaying a “money back guarantee” and some highly dubious testmonials.

Referers that continually repeat the company’s name are a dead give away. People don’t talk like that.

Building trust is incredible easy and is great for business.

In a nutshell you have to increase your PERSONAL BRANDING and display a body of work that proves that you KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.

That’s not going to be a problem is it?

Firstly here is a very quick guide. Followed by additional information about Personal Branding. Later on we will talk about Search Engines and trust.

Building Trust

Personal Branding

Builds trust, breaks down barriers, keeps it real, provides a source of content and eases intitail contact from prospects.

Fancy some of that?

Personal branding is not an ego trip, it can really help your business and removes that giant leap of faith that might be required when making an initial purchase.

I highly recommend that any business with a website takes a serious look at personal branding.

You may not be the next Richard Branson but if you were, like Richard, you would be paying close attention to your personal brand.

Personal branding is not a short term proposition, for some ideas for developing a strategy, you should have a look at
Neil Patel’s Double your personal brand in six monthsDouble your persoal brand

Also there is Luigi Centenaro who has created a great Personal Branding Canvaspersonal branding canvas

What all the best websites do : success strategy

There are 2 things that all successful websites do:
They produce great content then they promote that content really well.

you have to promote your content

Maybe a bit more subtle than this.

Producing great content, of course, will make your site so much better and increases visitor engagement, which is great.

Promoting that content with the aim of drawing your audience back to your site, via newsletters, is all fine and dandy if you can get tens of thousands to visit.

Here’s the tricky bit:

However there is one element that lots of site owners and content writers side step, sweep under the carpet or fake a heart attack to change the subject at the mere mention of, anything but talk about content marketing.

Marketing your content to your peers in your sector with the aim of getting backlinks is vital.

Backlinks contribute hugely to your credibility, authority and trust – and are the fuel to propelling your website up the rankings. Nothing else is going to do that!

Sounds good, what’s the problem

No problem, people just don’t like the feeling of rejection.

When you do things the wrong way it can be quickly become very disheartening.

You spent all that time and no one is interested, why bother.

Randomly sending out hundreds of emails to all the “info@” email addresses in your sector is not going get you very far. As some people do.

However finding out who has a history of linking to content like yours is a better way to proceed. We will cover this in a later post.

So sign up to my mailing list so you don’t miss out.

First things, first.

So with that I am going to change the subject away from content marketing.
(Didn’t he just scorn others for doing that! – I think he did)

Let’s talk about producing better content because you need to do that first, right.

My job

is to help you produce better content.

Your job

is to then move forward from better content to great content and then onto remarkable content.

Your probably thinking:

But what to write about?

There are thousands of blogs/websites out there covering my subject/sector.

How can I write anything new and original.

Yes the internet is huge, massive and it is a sea of content – it’s everywhere.

I am going to let you into a secret.

Most of it is rubbish – poorly written – poorly presented – out of date – abandoned – forgotten about – lost, just drifting aimlessly until the life support (hosting) is switched off.

Of course some of the contact out there is really good – so you have a benchmark – but no one in your sector has a monopoly – and here’s prove that great content and good content marketing works because that is what they are doing.

There are a lot of ideas and information that you can gather – write it up and re-present it.

The originality that you are going to introduce is – Your angle, your point of view, your niche, your voice, your style.

Here’s my angle

I am attempting to produce content on SEO – how many others are doing that! – my angle is showing people how to apply it specifically to WordPress sites.

I sell website hosting – most of my clients use WordPress – I want them to have successful WordPress sites so they renew.

There’s not much mileage in talking about website hosting itself – but all my clients want Website Success.

As for it being Good Content – you have to be the judge of that!

Other content writing considerations:

Remember the internet is huge but the audience is even bigger.

Solve people problems – This is the problem – This is how to solve it.

Make your post actionable – delivering an action that the reader can easily put into effect.

Don’t hold back on giving away trade secrets (this is great content) some people may try and it themselves – most won’t and will want you to do it for them.

Content writing pointers:

Stick to one subject and one subject only in a single post.

The length and depth of your post should match.

Spend as much time as you need to produce something of quality.

You first sentence should be the best sentence (take time to get this right).

Craft an irresistible lead to entice readers.

Kill the hype – keep it real.

Your close is as important as the lead.

Plain writing is best.

Edit Edit Edit.

REF: 12 content writing tips

Other Content Ideas

If I sold insurance – I would talk about preventing accidents – uninsured drivers – home security – 50 things people didn’t insure and then something totally unexpected happened etc.

If I was a steam cleaning business – how many different bugs can be found in carpets, beds and furniture – those people you see on TV who never clean and the other extreme, obsessive compulsive cleaners – how to clean red wine out of your sisters hamster after a party (that never happened).

If you are really struggling to come up with any ideas to get you started here is a list of article styli content ideas that could be useful to most sectors.

Who is the biggest.

Who is the most successful.

When did it all start.

Who has had the biggest single failure.

Who has had the biggest single success.

Why did you get involved.

What is changing in your sector.

What needs changing in your sector.

What should never change in your sector.

Is your sector over/under regulated.

What drives you nuts about your sector.

What happened last/next year in your sector.

Plus always keep a constant look out for relevant content for ideas.

There is a lot of good content out there that you can be inspired by

There’s what I do:

I find a number closely related articles.
First I will scan read them – I am looking for headlines that peak my interest.
If I see some then I go over them again and again and again.

Then with all that information still fresh in my head I start to outline my new article (in notepad++) then, once I am happy, I will flesh it out and post it!

I’ve done the research, learned the stuff and then written it up. Just like they taught us at school, right.

Leave it for a few days – the fallow period – then read it again.

It will look totally different like looking at it for the first time. I then correct the many mistakes.

Personally I will post an unfinished article. Then I know for sure I will get back to it. Files in a DEV folder just don’t seem to get opened to often, but that’s just me.

Going back to old posts after they have been long since published is something I recommend you do. Refresh it with some relevant anecdotal evidence – maybe that a reader sent in. Breathe new life into it and put it out there again.

There’s another idea:

Brain Dean of Backlinko.com coined the phrase “Skyscrapper technique” where you find the tallest of those lists that you see all over the place – 20 ways to climb Everest blindfolded – the target then is to make a taller list – 24 ways etc. working on the theory the tallest list will ultimately get to the top spot on Google.

Makes sense to me. Then everything Brian says makes sense. You should Google him.

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Whenever you do send out a newsletter campaign ideally your site should look fresh and new. That’s easy to do if you have enough content that you can move around.

Change some images on the home page.

Change the order that the post excerpts appear.

We are doing all this hard work to get people to return to your site.

If it looks the same every time they visit how inclined are they going to be to stay and read other post or pages.

This also gives us a great reason to tell the search engines that you have changed your content and they should come and check it out. More about that later.

Would your content make a infograhic.

Once you have had your content out there for some time and added additional information.
Remember to keep revisiting adding and amending.

Ask yourself if that content could reasonable be turned into an infographic.

Inforgraphics are great a way to get a lot of information across in very short time and are highly shareable.

This is a excellent way of breathing new life into a old post that has involved into a substantial document.

Start building your mailing list today – here’s how

Building your mailing list – back to basics:
If you don’t have a mailing list, so you can contact the people visiting your site, you really need to read this post.

Getting in front of people

Many traditional business practices are relevant to website strategy.

In business I have failed more times than I have succeeded. Fortunately I’ve learned as much from my failures as from my successes.

The most important thing that you need to do in business is to get in front of people.

Then, when you are in front of people you need to, at least, set up the next exposure to your business or ideally get an appointment.

If you can not get appointments or set up the next exposure you are going to struggle.

What’s that get to do with websites?

If you have a website the first thing that you need to do is to get your website in front of people and then you need to set up the next exposure to your website.

If you make no attempt to do that it’s easy to assume that you will not see that visitor again, ever.goog luck with that

Or does your plan involve hoping that they will remember you and return one day?

This is how it works:

People have to be exposed to your business several times before they buy.

Within that process you have to build rapport,trust and get liked.

So if you make that exposure to your business a pleasant experience then people are far more likely to buy.

Sounds like we are going to have maintain contact with and to be nice to people – can we do that – yes, of course.

So what’s the plan?

We can start by giving away something for nothing.

People are always looking for something for nothing, right.

How about some free knowledge, that will give you a great opportunity to prove that you are useful to know, builds rapport, builds trust and could lead to the next exposure to your website.

That seems to tick a lot of boxes.

Next thing you know you will be asking people to sign up for your mailing list, so you can tell them about more free knowledge that you are giving away.

There’s the best bit:

IF they like the free stuff you gave them – they will sign up.

Now that sounds like you are on your way to getting yourself a direct marketing channel. Well done you.

Here’s the bottom line:

Building a mailing list to reach out and draw visitors back to your site when you have added something new and interesting is going to be your trump card.

It’s importance can not be understated.

A mailing list is traffic in your back pocket.

It’s also your existing client base, who might refer your business to others as you continue fostering your relationship with them.

It’s is also a list of potential clients who have expressed an interest in your product but are not ready to buy yet.

This is what happened to me:

I was on SitePoint.com mailing list for 2 years before I made a purchase with them.

The repeated exposure to their site made it very easy to buy when the time was right.

There kept telling me about new articles (great content) that showed off their knowledge of the subject I wanted to learn.

Then one day they offered me a book, containing in-depth knowledge (a content upgrade). It was exactly what I needed. I didn’t hesitate. I am sure they also had plenty of data regarding my responses to their newsletters and my activity when on their website. Helping them to suggest the most appropriate title.

Are you beginning to see how this works:

I have since made 30+ purchases and now pay a monthly subscription to them.

Their newsletter kept drawing me back and engaging me and making sure their site didn’t become a dim and distant memory to me and most importantly – built trust.

It’s was all about getting their website KNOWN, LIKED and TRUSTED.

A great newsletter (repeated exposure) will do that for you with clients. Plus the search engines will see that you can reach out, draw in and engage an audience. Happy days!

Here’s the deal:good content drives traffic to your website

The first thing you have to take on board when reaching out to your audience is:

You are promoting your website content.
More of that free stuff that you are giving away, that’s what they signed up for.

You are not promoting your products.

Of course you are selling something, people get that, but if that is your only message it’s all going to be a bit dull and they will unsubscribe.

Give and you shall receive:

Keep giving good free information (keeping the exposures going) and people will more than likely buy from you, when the time is right, that’s something I’ve also learned about business, it’s all about getting the timing right.

There may be a time when the customer needs what you are selling.

So keeping in contact, keep being around and when the time is right (no one knows when it is going to be) you are going to be in far better position to make that sale, leaving your competition – no where – is that what you are looking for.

Time for a quick re-cap

In an earlier post we talked about improving visitor engagement.
improving visitor engagement

Now we see the benefits of having a mailing list (staying in contact with visitors/customers/prospects).

What about the bits in between?

So it is very easy for me to simply say “start building your mailing list” and glossing over how that is actually done.

So I will show you

So where to start:

Well it’s pretty difficult to look past SumoMe

SumoMe.com Highly versatile app. for signup forms and social sharing buttons with an excellent free version to start you off with.

WordPress users can use a plugin (no code required) to install and connect to SumoMe.

In the admin section of your WordPress site:

Plugins > Add New > type SumoMe into the search bar > Click intstall

Other website owners will have to copy a code snippet into the header of their sites.

Within minutes you will be able to deploy various sign up forms:

A Welcome Mat (full screen)

Smart Bar (bar at the top or bottom of the screen)

Scroll Bar (appears when page scrolled a preset %)

These are available by clicking on the Sumo Store option and then selecting a sign up process of your choice.

All this and much more comes with the free version and of course there are various pro versions available once you have created an audience.

Anyone who is serious about their website should check out this platform.

All I would say is start collecting email addresses – even if writing and producing a newsletter is a dim and distant thought for you.

No one will complain about not receiving a newsletter some time down the line.

Just get that mailing list started – sooner rather than… oh to late

Sign Up Strategies
Of course there are plenty of strategies to consider for getting as many sign ups as possible and placing those , oh so important, sign up forms.

These are the headlines regarding WHY, WHEN and WHERE

Carrot content – bribing visitors with free stuff, you would be a bit worried if people signed up for no good reason!

Landing pages – big call to action above the fold.

“Happy” buttons – change the default button text from “Sign Up” something more original “Yes I want to be a design guru”.

Two-step opt-ins – cuts down on fake email addresses.

Entry pop-ups – timing is everything.

Exit pop-ups – last ditch attempt.

“Painful” buttons – sarcasm.

End-of-post forms – if they are still there that has to be a good sign.

In-line forms – placed within the posts.

Sidebar forms – left or right, sticky or static you decide.

Contact forms – never miss an opportunity.

See 11 sign up strategies for depth information on all of the above.

Having a newsletter for your website is a good business decision.

So get that sign up form up front and center on your website and see if you can collect some email addresses.

Here’s the bottom line:

You have to offer something in return. Clearly I am offering these Website Success tips and when new tips come online I will attempt to bring traffic back to the site with the offer of some engaging and informative content.

The pay off:
This is a legitimate way of generating traffic to your website even better it is also targeted traffic and it will help your business in so many ways.

1. Drives traffic to your website.
2. Generates engagement signal for search engines
3. Maintains contact with existing clients
4. Re-establishes contact with potential clients.
5. Gives clear indicators of your content quality.
6. Provides a clear strategy for expanding your business.

If you don’t get any takers review what you are offering. Either way you will be a step closer to website success.

Create a successful website – How to – Quick guide

recipe for success

How to create a successful website

The things you have to do to make your website successful!

It’s a huge topic. I’ve tried to reduce it to down to the fundamentals with this post.

I hope it is of some use to you.

Recipe for Website Success

Recipe for website success

Website Success Recipe

Cooking time: indeterminable

Website Success Ingredients:

  • 1 website hosting account
  • 1 website (with clean design)
  • 1 keyword rich domain name
  • Generous portion of well-written content with spelling and grammatical errors trimmed off. 1900 words for pages at least 300 words for any new posts
  • Professional looking, relevant photographs/images, at least one for each page/post/article. (ABSOLUTELY NO SELFIES).
  • A pinch of video content, with a 200 word description
  • A table spoon of optimisation know how
  • A clear strategy regarding content, quality not quantity. This is fine dining after all!
  • A clear strategy for promoting your content
  • Large amount of kitchen paper to wipe away your sweat and tears!!!

 

Website Success Cooking Instructions

Take one website.

Make sure that all the pages have correctly written titles, descriptions and headings.
Check this with Screaming Frog

Marinade with well written, relevant and informative high quality content.

Use some keyword rich menu items. (Google only reads first link to a page and that is usually the menu!)

Sprinkle your content with internal links but don’t over do it.

Add an external link to authoritative sites from pages and post. i.e Wikipedia or .edu sites, defining subject matter. Outgoing Links

Place your photographs/images, adding ALT text, title text and decorate with image size attributes. So that you content doesn’t jump around whilst images load! (Usability)

Add a Skip to Content Link before the menu so Screen Readers don’t have to tab through all menu items!
(Accessibility)

Place your “Call to Action” above the fold so it is easy to find.

Add some site maps, HTML for visitors, XML for search engines.

Ensure that your site responds (is responsive) to different screen sizes. Check site out on as many mobile devices, tablets and laptops as you come across.

Season your website with a good pinch of optimisation for:

Quality (broken links, server errors)
Accessibility (access to all regardless of physical ability)
Compatibility issues (usable on all platforms and devices)
Privacy (US CAN-SPAM Act 2003 and/or EU Privacy Regulations 2003)
Search Engine Standards (Google, Bing and Yahoo guidelines. Best Search Practices)
Code Validation Errors (W3.org HTML and CSS validation)
Usability (user experience)

Test 10 pages for these factors here(click link and enter your website address into the input box on the right hand side)
Many sites rank well without these – but a good habit to get into and a good introduction to these types of issues. There is a beleif that these factors will become far more relevant for gaining website success in the future.

If additional media, such as video, flash files or infographics, is to your taste add a transcript so that the search engines can get a flavour of them as well.

Place online.

Whist online, take out of the refrigerator your previously prepared strategy for driving traffic to your site.

This could be gathering email addresses for newsletter distribution or article writing.

The best strategy is to market your content, content marketing, to your peers in your sector to get links back to your site. Building your authority and trust.

Now roast gently!
Remember if the content was not good going in it won’t be better coming out. Nothing but the best will do!  Set for gas mark “remarkable”.

Let everyone know what you are cooking up via social media, email marketing and even good old fashioned business cards at networking events.

Whilst your site is online keep checking Google analytics and Webmaster Tools at regular intervals and for the more sophisticated palate. Re-submit your XML site whenever you add anything to your site.

Keep returning to old posts and add to and improve them, adding more information adding better images if required. Then promote again at an appropriate time.

Keep tasting your site by checking all the pages and its functionality.
Get to know it inside out.

TIP. Remember for website success:

You are not promoting your business you are promoting your content.

So that has to be as unique, as original and as interesting as possible otherwise no one will share it.

That’s what will set you apart from your competition.

Once all that has been done, pour yourself a drink in anticipation of the arrival of your guests.

Here’s to your website success!

Bon Appetit.

On Page SEO tutorial: How to optimise a web page

What’s holding your website back – let’s have a look.web-pages-need-to-be-loved-too
This post includes practical examples of improving on-page SEO for WordPress users.
However all the SEO information is highly relevant to all websites.

You may need to download and install Screaming Frog

Search Engine Optimisation.

I’ve met hundreds of website owners in my time on the networking circuit, smart people who are experts in their fields – mention SEO to them and you can soon imagine them with lit touches descending on your house in the middle of the night…

…and can you blame them!

There is no denying it – SEO has a bad reputation. Countless horror stories of website owners being ripped of by the snake oil salesman.

Well things have changed and YOU can make gold out of your website.

There’s a formula but it’s not magic – it just requires a good deal for application.

On-Page SEO on its own is not going to bring you success but it can give you an edge over your competition and give the search engines a greater understanding of what your webpages are about. Sound Good?

This is not rocket science, it’s all common sense stuff mixed up with a little bit of tender loving care.

You just need to know what is required and how to put that in place.

You will need to go under the hood however WordPress will makes that a lot easier for us.

12 Key On-Page SEO factors

Firstly lets look at Brain Dean’s [ Backlinko.com ] fantastic infographic. Which lays it all out beautifully.

Then we will go through each item and show you how to implement them on your WordPress site! Sound Good?

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On-Page SEO: Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Page
Source: On-Page SEO: Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Page – Infographic

When creating a new page or post in WordPress, before you hit the publish button (okay to save as draft) of your brand new webpage you need to decide what your keywords are.

Ideally you should know before you type a single word, however in the real world we don’t need another excuse not to start writing our next post, do we!

Clearly the keywords should include the subject matter but you are going to need a bit more than that.

Hopefully your post/page solves a problem, is actionable or educates so this needs to be pointed out in the keywords too.

The following information is meant to supplement the information giving on On-Page Seo: Anatomy of a perfectly optimized page for WordPress website owners.

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Friendly URL’s
URL = the address of the page but in techie speak Uniform Resource Locator.this pages url is on page seo tutorialIt is what you see in the address bar of the browser.
Friendly = Readable

When we create a Page or a Post in WordPress, the name we give it, will (hopefully) become part of the address of that page or post.

edit post or page section of WordPress

Above you can see that “Fixing Unfriendly URLs” is the given name and just below we can see the final result.

If your WordPress site behaves like the example above all you need to do is think about your keywords.

Short and Sweet(friendly) is the general rule.

The URL is what appears in the address bar of browsers.

friendly url

Very friendly URL as it is clear what the page relates to

unfriendly url

Very Unfriendly URL that does not help anyone as to the content of the page.

If your copy of WordPress is not producing short and readable URLs then we need to change how WordPress is generating them.

On the dashboard of your WordPress site: Go to Settings > Permalinks

Dashboard Settings Permalinks

Locate Settings usually near the bottom – then mouse over it – click on Permalinks

Now we can see the options that WordPress has.

permalink settings section of wordpress

Now we can see all the options. Select the “Post Name” that will get rid of Unfriendly URLs.

With a new install of a WordPress site this should be one of the very first things that you do, certainly prior to creating any content.

Signup to my mailing list to receive a tutorial on what is required for those changing this setting after content has been published.

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Page Titles
title tags

Page titles appear when you mouse over the tab at the top of the browser but more importantly….

…they appear as the first line on the SERP (search engine results page).

WordPress out of the box will use the text that you enter into Site Title (your brand) and Tagline as the title for your home page. So choose these word carefully.

site title and tagline on the general page will form the home page title

Site Title and Tagline, as found in Settings > General page, in the admin section

and then

Page Name and Site Title for post and pages.

Page Name and Site Title for post and pages.

those 2 elements form page titleGoogle uses 60 characters so it is vital that you use all 60 to their optimum.

So looking at our 2 examples here the top one (home page) has used 59 characters and the

“writing good page titles” has only used 40 so I have 20 characters left to use.

This page has been published so I can add text to the title here without it changing the URL.

adding text to the page title does not effect the address once page has been published

…but the main thing is it

changed title text.

changed the title text.

improving visitor engagement

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Adding Video

Adding a video clip from YouTube will require the copying and pasting some code.

find the youtube video required

The code you need is located under the video (that you wish to use) on the youTube website.

You need to click on Share > Embed

locate the code

Here is an example of code. This is used to embed the video into your web page. It is not the same as a link.

You need to select the code

When you first see the code it is highlighted, meaning it is selected, so press CTRL and C on the keyboard to copy it.

Now return to the page editor. However there is no handy button the helps us embed video, code needs to be pasted into the page using the Text mode.

To paste the code we need to be in Text mode

To paste the code we need to be in Text mode

For some readers pasting in the code in Text mode will not be a problem.

However I understand that some of you will be uncomfortable working in Text mode and finding the right spot, within all that code, to place the video link might be a problem.

So I will show you an alternative way which minimizes your time in Text mode.

Firstly you need to switch to Visual

Switch to Visual Mode

Then scroll to where you wish to insert the link embed code.Locate where to insert video

Click the cursor at the location where you want the video – making sure you have a space above and below. This will help us identify our code.

Press Ctrl and V to paste the code.the embed code for the video goes in

Now switch to text mode and you should see the code – we just need to make a slight amendment to it.this is our code in text mode

We need to get rid of bits at each end of the code to make it work correctly.

The &lt; at the front needs to be <

The &gt; at the end needs to be >

alter the code

Switching back to the Visual Mode should show you the video that we have just successfully embeded. If not leave the page/post without saving.

switch back to visual

 

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Outgoing Links

The much overlooked outgoing link.Most think the sole purpose of an outgoing link is to reciprocate an incoming link.

However what they are overlooking is that fact that an outgoing link can assist the search engines greatly.

How so?

By verifying exactly the contents subject. A link to a wikipedia page or a .edu site does this nicely.

So for those that don’t know how to insert a link into a WordPress page I will show you.

Firstly let’s go to Wikipedia and find a suitable page to use (for demonstration purposes only).

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This is the wikipedia page I have selected, It’s subject matter is WordPress so it should make a good outgoing link from a page of this site relating to WordPress.

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We do this by moving the cursor into the address bar and clicking. It should highlight the address to show that it has been selected.

Now we copy it pressing CTRL and C on the keyboard or right mouse click and selecting COPY.

Now we need to go back to the editor of the page that we wish to insert our link into.
in the page editor

You may wish to select the Visual option so you don’t have to deal with any code.

You will need to click into the space that you wish to insert the link.

The visual mode gives you tools to use. You are going to need the link tool.

small tool bar appears
Depending on which version of WordPress you have this small tool bar may appear or..
full option box
..or the full options box appears.
Note that you a list of site pages and post appears.
Meaning that this is also the place for creating internal links (link within the site).
paste our link in

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Get Your Keywords in Early

Google is always very keen to establish subject matter of your pages.

As it’s reputation depends on delivering good search results.

So the keywords appearing early within the content should not be to difficult to archive.

And of course it would be re-assuring to the visitor to see that they have indeed been delivered to an appropriate page.

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Wrap you Keyword in H1 tags
Each page should only have one heading, the main heading is the H1 and sub headings go down to H6.toggle tool bar options to reveal more tool settingstext tool options
As your page should only have one subject this makes sense. Sub-heading can serve to broaden the scope of the scope whilst still remaining on topic.If you wish to highlight some text don’t use the heading functions – use the B (bold) or i(italic).Like all things website related the subject of headings can quickly become “tricky”, however if you are interested in learning about the heading structure of your blog this article covers headings for home pages, posts and categories and is well worth a read if you wish to extend your To Do list even further.

Word Of Warning
Some WordPress themes might already have a h1 section coded into the main header that appears at the top of all pages.Usually appearing next to your logo. Not critical but not ideal either. Bing will constantly flag this a an error! Screaming Frog will confirm the number of h1 occurrences for you.
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Page Loading Speed : Everyone’s in a hurry.
Timing is everything on the internet if your site doesn’t load quickly enough you are dead in the water.
There’s something about computers that makes us all very impatient. We expect everything to be instant.

We don’t care that the site we are momentarily waiting for is hosted on the other side of the planet.

The most common issue is image size. As a website owner you are going to have to understand a little about images size.

It’s simple: images are most often measured by pixels the more pixels the bigger the image.

The screen you are looking at now is measured by pixels.My laptop screen is 1366 pixel wide and my smart phone, on it’s smallest camera setting takes a picture 1600 pixels wide. Bigger than my laptop screen therefore much wider than my website at max-width!

At most I insert images of 600 pixels wide so they fit nicely inside a normal size web page.

But your images are not bigger than your site.

Maybe they look the right size because WordPress is displaying oversized images at website proportions.

Big images made smaller doesn’t sound the most efficient way to do things does it.

Something has got to give.

Unfortunately it will be your visitors giving your site the cold shoulder.

If we want an image to fit into a space 600px wide ideally the image should be that exact size.

Fortunately WordPress can re-sample the images on your site already.

 

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Adding Modifies to Page Titles
See SEO Tip 2
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Social Sharing Buttons
The social sharing buttons that you see on this page come with Sumo Me which is covered in another post which urges to start building your mail list today. As sumo me always provides the mail list sign up prompts which you have no doubt noticed.
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Post Long
A post the length of a tweak are not good enough for your website.

They belong in another place and serve a different purpose.

The top ranking sites have post of an average of 300 words and pages of 1900 words.

However it is a combination of factors that get them to that position.

Writing a post of great depth on a subject will easy take you past those marks.

Padding it out to make it longer is not a good idea – at the end of the day – visitor engagement will decide.

At the time of writing this posts’ word count stands at 2706.

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Work on that Bounce Rate
A bounce is when someone “bounces” off your website very quickly. We all do this when we land of a website that expects as to do the work for them i.e. digging in to find something relevant. They clearly have not put any thought into improving visitor engagement.
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Related Search Terms
Related Search Terms!
Where do you find them?
Easyrelated search terms found at the bottom of google search results pages.

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So let’s assume:

that the definition of a successful website is one that

Generates money

or

Generates leads

We all know that the amount of traffic to your site is important.

So what are your options:

  • Pay Google to send traffic to you.
  • Drive lots of traffic to your site through content marketing.

Let’s just imagine:

that one of the above options is in place and thousands of visitors descend on your site on a daily basis.

That’s great, well done.

So the next thing we are going to find out, pretty quickly too, is whether people think your website sucks or not.

If you are found guilty of having a site that sucks then it was the on-Page SEO that convicted you.

It’s Official – your website sucks!
Everything that appears on your site is an on-Page SEO element.

If it causes visitors to leave, which is recorded by Search Engines, because you haven’t made it to its optimum level then it is a Search Engine Optimisation issue.

Let’s go back to basics:

Search Engine Optimisation comes in 2 flavours:

On-Page
Off-Page

On-Page comprises:

Internal Links

  • Textual Links, within the website text
  • Menu (navigation) Links

External Links

  • Outbound links to other sites

Keywords (to be found in)

  • Page Titles
  • Page Description
  • Content that covers the subject matter comprehensively and naturally. No need to stuff keywords in artificially.

Web Standards

  • Required Pages (Privacy, Cookie Policy and Site Maps)
  • Code Validation (correctly written code)

Utilising all SEO opportunities,

  • Supplying Alt (alternative) text for images (written description of image)
  • Video Transcripts (search engines and some visitors will require written version)
  • Creating Downloadable PDF version of web pages

Site Accessibility

  • Access for all – despite physical abilities
  • Ease of Use, user experience (UX) – despite physical abilities

Off-Page SEO comprises:

  • External (Back) Links
  • Social Engagement

With the Off-Page SEO there are two roads that you can go down:

White Hat, legitimate techniques and practices that Search Engines approve of.
These will stand you in good stead.

Black Hat, techniques and practices that Search Engines don’t approve of.
Can give you short term benefits but may turn nasty at any moment leaving your site out in the wilderness.
Not to be recommended.

So let’s just imagine…

…that you are a Search Engine and you have to rank all the websites out there. Okay the ones that pay the most money to you go straight to the top.

Then the ones that are able to drive lots of traffic and hold on their visitors on their sites come in just behind.

Then its the best all the rest. That is going to be a big number.

So how do you sort them out.

Easy.

You raise the bar.

Which solves two problems. It’s in your interest as a Search Engine that the general standard of websites improves.

Your product as a Search Engine is Search Results and the better the quality of your search results the longer you maintain your position in the Search Engine Sector.

So you raise and continue to raise standards.

Coding standards are set by W3C. However Google and Bing have much more control over standards as they have the biggest carrot and the biggest stick. They can control website traffic. So when they say jump…

Back in the 1990 you could get away with having website like a one page leaflet (stuffed with keywords). These days it has to be of university dissertation quality.”

Link Building – for website traffic

Link Building

Websites that don’t connect with other sites within the network will be forgotten by the network!

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Best Case Scenario.
The best links are naturally earned.
To receive such links would be the result of you being:

  • An authority on your subject.
  • Your articles are regularly published on other websites.
  • You are quoted and your views carry weight.
  • Your blog posts are heavily “liked” and “re-tweeted”
  • Your content has legs and is able to spread your word under it own energy.
  • Your Website has lots of trust and authority.

Congratulations you have achieved link nirvana.

But I am guessing that we are not quite there yet!

That’s okay, because now we have a target – right.

To get there will require some application on your part and maybe a strategy or two.

This is going to require some serious thinking!

serious thinking
let's get going
Okay, so let’s go right back to basics

Why do we want links to our site.

Good quality links = traffic to your site.

Not solely because people click on the links and arrive at your site.

SEARCH ENGINES SEE QUALITY LINKS AS VALIDATION OF YOUR SITE AND YOUR SITE WILL CLIMB UP THE RANKINGS!

What we DO NOT want
We are not interested in getting links from a websites “links page” buried within dozens or hundreds of other links.

This is seen as being in a “bad neighbourhood” because these pages will take links from anyone regardless of trust and authority and bad links are very contagious.

This type of link will do you more harm than good.

not what we want
This is what we DO want!
Contextual (relevant) Back Links.

A link that appears naturally within a passage of text and linking back to you.

That link being on a website releavnt to your sector and having a good deal of trust and authority.

this is what we want

Okay so how does that happen?

Here are your options

Pitching the idea of contextual back links, in the form of guest posting, to owners of high ranking websites in your sector.

or

getting them naturally, without having to ask!

The second option sounds great but that is not going to happen any time soon.

In both cases what you need is a reputation, the best one you can lay your hands on!

So how do you get one of those?

Simple!

CONTENT = REPUTATION

GREAT CONTENT = A GREAT REPUTATION

FANTASTIC CONTENT = A FANTASTIC REPUTATION

That all sounds great and kind of poetic but seriously if you can produce fantastic content I guarantee doors will start opening for you.

Here’s my post on writing better content – What the best website do.

However quality posts are not written in 10 mins, better to post 1 quality post a month then 15 post containing your thoughts of the day.

SO WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE?

You have to produce better content

and you going to have to get your work out there.

Adding content to your site and telling your friends on facebook is not going to get you anywhere.

You are going to have subject your content to true scrutiny and accept the consequences – remember when you make your website successful – you will have no one to blame but yourself!

So this is where we start – Guest Posting

You may not realise it but there are lots people out there openly inviting others to submit guest blogs to appear on their sites.

This is a win win situation.

They get content and you get a profile. You may or may not be allowed to link back to your site and just end up with an author credit but if your name appears on sites with lots of trust and authority this will have a positive effect on your standing.

However it has to be said that certain conditions of quality have to be met for your guest post to be published.

Which is fine because I have and will continue to bang on about quality of content.

Putting words like quality and great in front of the word content is not going to be a deal breaker, is it?

In this section I am going to give you my take on guest posting and show you how easy it is to found places to post and what conditions we are required to work under.

Then I am going to back that up by adding links to resources from experts in the field. These guys, in my opinion, create fantastic content, so there are two reasons to read it.

They have not asked me to post these links – they don’t need to – as their content and reputations are unquestioned.

By me adding a paragraph and introduce you to them is adding value to this post.

But first – let’s search for someone accepting guest posts

So lets pop over to Google – other search engines are available – apprarently!

And enter the subject that we wish to post about and then adding “Guest Post”

search google for guest posting

Hey Presto a likely candidate.. that’s the easy bit done..

search results for guest posting

So let’s pop over to their site and have a look

Condition for accepting guest post

Okay we all need to know where we stand and know what is expected – that saves a lot of time later.

Yes we accept guest blogs

A quick look at their trust level to make sure that all our work will be worthwhile.


Resources to help you and which add value to this post

The Ultimate Guest Blogging Guide

ultimate guide to guest posting
This comprehensive 8 step guide will show you a raft information on guest blogging. I would recommend reading it over a number of sittings. The Utimate guide takes you from the conception point of your idea to commenting on your comments.

On your first scan through you can be forgiven for thinking that you have bitten off more than you can chew but the best guides, like this, give you the whole process and break it all down to bite sizes pieces that you will have no trouble digesting.
Traditional publishing could easily turn these types of guides into 300 page books at £30 a pop.

Big one page post is what it is all about.

Fantastic content = Fantastic reputation.

The definitive guide to guest blogging

the definitive guide to guest blogging

Do you know what?

I feel incredible guilty for listing Brian Dean’s Definitive guide after The Ultimate guide – somehow I don’t think that Brian would care one jot. This gentleman is truly raising the bar and we simple follow in his wake. Some faster than others.

I am new to this game but I can now spot Brain infulence in many places – and that is the whole point.

Keywords : Quick Guide 2016

You need to know them, research them and embrace them.
Keywords can be a single word, 2 or 3 words or a phrase.

Keywords are the words that you think/hope/want to be typed into search engines to find your site.

Sounds straight forward, right.

So far so good!

So we put these keywords into the titles and content of our webpages on our site and all the visitors will find us.

Remember each page will have it own set of keywords.

What could be simpler?

All we need to do is:

1/ To hope no one else has thought of that.

2/ And for everyone to enter our keywords correctly into the search engines.

3/ Bingo, we’ve cracked it.

High fives and fingers crossed all around.

Sometime later…………………

Which do you want first the good news or the bad news

The good news

That thing with those keywords, someone else had already thought of that.

Who?

Everybody

And the bad news!

People didn’t type exactly what we wanted into the search engines.

Gosh, people they never do what we expect. Can you believe it?

And it get worse

All those big companies with the huge budgets – they seem to have the whole market stitched up all for themselves.

All of it?

Well 98.6572%

Ah, some good news at last

What we have here is a niche. We’ll call it 1.3428% until we can identify it.

How to identify your keyword niches

Okay folks this is going to take some creative thinking and some research and will involve you

knowing your audience
knowing your market
knowing your product

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Appropriate, targeted keywords are how search engines and therefore potential clients, will find your website. The wrong choice of keywords will result in the dreaded “bounce rate”, when visitors find your site but then depart immediately.

Website DNA

The more often a keyword is used by searchers, the more attraction power it has.
Keywords
You will need to use strong keywords in your titles and your text; these brief words should describe each page realistically and succinctly.

Search engine algorithms are sophisticated – and strict.

They will notice keyword stuffing so please avoid doing this as you don’t want to risk your website being ignored or even penalised.

Relevance is vital, too and keyword must reflect the subject of each page.

We’ll show you how to research keywords that your customers are the most likely to use when looking for your products or services.

Bear in mind, though that you’ll need to repeat this exercise for each page.

Individual pages, if appropriate keywords have been included, will appear in search results, giving your future customers more access to your business.

Keywords: How to Do It

Assuming that a web developer or designer is putting your website together, we would urge you to do some homework before giving him or her the content, primarily focusing your preparation on keywords.

Concentrate now! You’ll need to match your keywords and keyword phrases to what your potential clients are most likely to be looking for.

To help you, an excellent free tool is http://www.googlekeywordtool.com/, which is easy to use and as it’s supplied by Google, it’s highly likely that the main search engine out there (er, Google) will approve of a good choice.

Make sure that your content is closely related to the keywords and that only keywords which reflect that content are included – we’re talking relevance here, in other words. Don’t talk about parrots if you run a dog grooming service.

Do not overuse keywords. We’re repeating ourselves here!

Your keywords will need to be in the:

Page name

Page Title

Meta description

Main heading

Keyword can appear naturally in
Sub heading

First paragraph

Alt and captions of an image only if appropriate.

They is no need to force keywords into content

Types of Keywords

Keywords/keyword phases fall into four different categories

  • main keyword (cats)
  • related keyword (cat food)
  • informational searches (cat food ingredients)
  • transactional searches (buy cat food)

If you’re still not sure, don’t sit there stumped. Contact us and we can help.

 

With us so far? Try using this handy tool. This will give an instant report on how your keywords are being used on any page on your website. Assuming you can change its content, you can make amendments and see an instant improvement.

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