Five quick WordPress SEO tips
- Improve your site speed
- Optimize for mobile
- Delete thin content
- Ensure all your images have
- Review your site structure and internal linking
Improve your WordPress site speed
Site speed is important for a lot of reasons. People will tend to leave if a site takes longer than 3 seconds to load, for one.
But it’s also important to Google.
You can check your site speed using a tool like Pingdom. However, it’s more accurate to check your speed in Google Analytics, if you have it set up.
(If not, definitely set it up – it’s really easy and gives you a lot of awesome data on your site.)
To find your site speed in Google Analytics go to Behavior → Site Speed → Overview.
Now, here are two quick tips to improve your WordPress site speed in less than 10 minutes:
- Install and set up one of the popular caching plugin.
- Compress and reupload any huge image files on your site.
- Get a better hosting provider (we recommend SiteGround).
Now, #2 could take a long time to do if you have a lot of images. But it’s one of the best and easiest ways to speed up your site for better search rankings.
2. Optimize your WordPress site for mobile
Mobile has long overtaken desktop in the number of users browsing online. And it’s only going to continue increasing as phones get better and voice search improves.
Google knows that. And they reward mobile-friendly sites with better rankings.
It makes sense – Google’s goal is to provide the absolute best experience for the end user. Obviously, viewing a mobile site on a mobile device is going to provide the best experience.
Here’s an example of a screenshot.
3. Delete and redirect thin content
Thin content is any page on your site that’s under 300 words long and doesn’t provide clear value to the reader.
The reason we want to delete thin content is that it doesn’t provide any benefit. If you think of your site as a farm, and Google’s “SEO juice” as your farm’s water, you want the water going to the right places.
4. Ensure all your images have alt text
Did you know that Google image search accounts for 10.1% of all Google’s search traffic?
alt text to images is a super easy and simple way to take advantage of some of that traffic.
Plus, Google uses
alt text to determine the topic of a page, so it can even help your search rankings on non-image search.
5. Review your site structure and internal linking
Your site’s navigation is hugely important to SEO. Google gives the highest ranking authority to those pages in your navigation, since they are linked to from essentially every page on your site.
Remember the farming analogy? Adding internal links to important pages is like adding another stream of water to that crop. The more internal links, the more water it gets.
Make sure your navigation is clean, and don’t link to more than 5-15 of your absolute most important pages.
If you aren’t sure which pages are your most important, just look at your analytics to see which pages get the most traffic. (Or you could just do a gut check – you know which pages you put the most effort into.)
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