Starting and running a blog can be very overwhelming. So many things to worry about, from your site design and usability to posting on a regular basis to SEO.
In my opinion, good SEO is one of the most important things you can do for your blog. Search Engine Optimization means that your blog is optimized to bring in free organic search engine traffic.
This is the traffic gold mine of the internet.
Search engine traffic is free and targeted. This means the visitors you receive via a search engine are looking for the exact content you’re providing. This means better quality traffic with more Page Views and lower Bounce Rates. If you’re providing the content they’re looking for, these search-engine-driven visitors are also more likely to become regular visitors to your blog.
So, I’m sure you’re saying: I want this!
But chances are good you’re confused or overwhelmed by what good SEO entails.
And no wonder, SEO is freaking confusing. It is no doubt the most confusing thing about blogging. Period.
So, today, I’m sharing my top 5 SEO Basics for Bloggers Resources that helped me dive into SEO and learn about this super important topic.
These 5 resources will help you understand the basics of SEO for your blog AND help you start implementing a few basic SEO tactics to help you improve your blog SEO and traffic.
Here we go!
Before you can dig into upping your blog’s SEO game, you need to understand what exactly SEO is.
This short article includes a great, simple video that explains, at the most basic level, what SEO is.
And at the end of the article, Search Engine Land includes some great beginner resources to help you continue your SEO learning.
Moz.com is one of the reigning sites about SEO.
This was the first site I discovered when I wanted to start learning about SEO. And this is the first article I came across. And it’s still great.
Frankly, this is more of a FREE SEO mini-course. You can even print it as a PDF for free.
It’s well-written and detailed yet not over-your-head-confusing.
If you really want to understand and dig into SEO, check out this amazing tutorial.
And if you REALLY decide you love SEO, Moz has some amazing resources to help you dig even deeper.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love Neil Patel’s blog. He writes the BEST blog posts about blogging. Especially growing your traffic and improving your SEO.
Neil’s posts are info packed yet easy to read. They’re also data-based which really speaks to me as a scientist.
This guide includes a lot of the basics and also includes links to some more advanced tutorials to help you improve your SEO.
Blog Tyrant is another great blog about blogging.
I love this tutorial because it really does explain everything simply and with tips you can use right away.
If you’ve been around here a bit, you’ll also know I love ProBlogger and Darren Rowse. This site is an amazing resource for bloggers. It covers everything about blogging from SEO to traffic to writing tips. It’s one of my go to resources.
This tutorial gives 8 great basic SEO tips that aren’t overly complicated and that you can integrate into your blogging right away.
Sum It Up
We will be digging a lot more into SEO around the blog here, but these 5 articles will help you understand more about what SEO is and some steps for beginners to help you improve your SEO.