Blogging still rules as a premier method for publishing website content. With the sheer numbers of pages and sites online now, the need to practice up-to-date and competitive SEO on your blog is critical. It is vital for your SEO tactics to survive the seemingly constant changes in how search engines rank content. What then are 3 of the best SEO tools for bloggers?
Guest posting is a well-established method for acquiring incoming links, which are elusive but powerful elements of SEO. Google loves naturally-earned backlinks. But it is time-consuming finding suitable blogs with owners who will allow you to post, as well as finding good quality authors to post on your own site.
Enter Myblogguest, a free site that connects blog owners and authors for guest posting. After joining, you can upload articles to their Articles Gallery without waiting for requests. Once you have added an article to the database, thousands of blog owners will be able to see it and ask your permission to post it on their sites. In turn, you too can search the Articles Gallery for content to add to your own blog.
To further support guest posting, Myblogguest has two helpful Forums, “Looking For A Blog,” and “Looking For A Guest Author.” Both list literally thousands of requests and offers for you to browse
As a guest poster, you earn a coveted natural backlink that Google and all the search engines will respect. It’s a win win situation for both blog owners and authors, and for you, an excellent SEO tool.
2) KeywordLuv and CommentLuv Plugins
These two WordPress plugins are powerful SEO tools because they encourage and reward commentators on your blog. Commenting establishes your site’s credibility, boosts your visibility, creates relationships and builds links. What more could you want?
The free versions are downloaded through wordpress.org and most users find them more than sufficient. Be sure your blog is dofollow to enable the plugins to provide backlinks. Premium versions are rather costly, but have quality reputations. For our purposes, the free versions are discussed.
Reward your commentators by allowing them to put their name and chosen keyword in an anchor text link at the end of their comment. The format, which is demonstrated in the comment box, is to enter into the name field yourname@yourkeywords.
For example, Ellen@theCookbookCompany, appears as “Ellen from the CookbookCompany,” where CookbookCompany is the backlink. Using Keyword luv will substantially increase your numbers of comments, lending credibility to your posts and attracting search engine attention.
When a reader leaves a comment, Comment Luv automatically adds a link at the end to their last blog post. If they have registered their site at comluv.com, they will get to choose from 10 different posts. For their friendly support of your blog, they are rewarded with a natural backlink. Like with KeywordLuv, commenting is encouraged, with its accompanying benefits.
3) Google Webmaster Tools
You can access this suite of powerful SEO tools by typing “Google webmaster tools” into your search bar, then logging in using your Google account information. These tools will provide you with data you can’t get anywhere else. They show you how Google sees your website.
The first thing you need to do is verify site ownership. Click on the link for adding a site, and follow the easy instructions. Once verified, you can begin analyzing your site as seen through Google’s eyes. In preferences, set your email forwarding to send you notifications. Notices about problems like crawling issues and malware alerts will come straight to your mailbox.
The main tool categories are Configuration, Health, Traffic, Optimization and Labs. Within these categories are SEO tools to help you optimize your site to meet Google’s requirements for ranking. For example, under Traffic, you can see how many links are incoming, and to which pages, impressions per day, and number of clicks on links.
The category Optimization includes HTML Improvements, Keywords Content and others. Keywords Content is particularly helpful because it shows the top 20 keywords listed in order of significance, from which you can determine the focus and cohesiveness of your entire site.
Google maintains a Webmasters channel on YouTube with many easy-to-follow videos to help you improve your SEO. You can check out their channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleWebmasterHelp?feature=watch
On the whole, Myblogguest.com, the Luv WordPress plugins, and Google Webmaster tools are a great start for any new blogger. All of them are current and have stayed relevant through the recent Google algorithm updates. And even better, they are free.
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