SEO: The Beginner’s Guide to On Page SEO

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Well, I tried my best, and had covered all the basic on page SEO techniques that a blogger need to follow for better ranking in Google SERP.

You might be aware of the term SEO and how it works. Still if you have any doubt, I hope that will be gone after reading this post, as I have tried my best to cover all the aspects of on page SEO for better ranking.
However, before going further, let me give you some sort of knowledge related to SEO.

SEO is the procedure to make your website visible to search engine and get traffic from there through some unique and natural ways instead of paying for ads. The search engine will rank your weblog or content you have posted in such a way that would be relevant to the demand of the user who is searching for specific keywords.

Whenever visitor or Search crawler visits your blog, both quickly search the whole website by checking the Title, Sub Titles, and content, images, videos posted in it that either if the content is informative OR not.

LET’S START WITH THE BASIC ON-PAGE SEO GUIDE:

Keep in mind, that on Page SEO is all about optimizing your website content for Search engine and Visitors in such a way that Google recognize it as a Quality piece and give it place on google 1st page.
On page SEO is more focused on optimizing your website content, like Keyword in Title, URL, in 1st paragraph, H1, H2, H3 (Headings) internal linking, Images Alt text, keyword density, and so on, while Off page SEO refers to the backlinks that we normally get from outside website.

If you put some efforts into below classification and procedures, you will see a boost in traffic and better SERP position.

Some Basic Practice to for making your ON Page SEO perfect:

A KEYWORD RESEARCH:

right keyword research

The first step to write the right content for your blog is to identify the market gap and problems of people for which they are searching. That is only possible by doing keyword research.

While doing keyword research you have to look into the matter that what keyword has greater volume of searches with less competition. In addition, you have to target the long tail keywords normally.

Therefore, for getting good and accurate results you need to have a paid keyword research tool like Kwfinder, Longtailpro, Moz, SEMrush Keyword tool, or Ahrefs etc.
I personally recommend Kwfinder more over other research tools due to easy use and better Performance.

You have the Keyword Research Guide of Brain dean of Backlinko and Kwfinder research guide at Razorsocial

TITLE OF THE CONTENT

Your title should be the collection of such words, which describes your content. Your title is the root of your content, which increases the thirst of your readers and forces them to read the whole content.

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After that, I highly suggest you to place your keyword/topic phrase at the start of your first paragraph. There’s a term referred to as “above the fold” where Google puts a large stress on the content. Google wants its users to find the solutions to their questions very quickly within Nano seconds.

Your Title should be so attractive that when people click on your web page they must wish to read the whole content. You should include the main keyword or some close variation in the heading. There is no limitation to the length, but usually, it fits inside one or two lines.

URL OF POST

Your post’s URL address should be giving a clear meaning to what the weblog is all about. Normally when user searches something in Google, they look into the URL that either it is giving some meaning to the topic they are searching or it is misleading.

As we know, that Google is dependent on bots. That bots check different website for a relevant keyword, which people are searching. So try to add your focus keyword in the URL of your post. Your web page URL must be clear, readable and accessible for users because it is a best practice that helps Google to find the post easily.
There are no such rules for a short or long URL but the best one is the short URL, because it looks more natural, accurate and is easier to remember.

Let me share a screenshot for you to understand the above concept easily:

url of a wordpress post

If you examine the above screenshot, you will see that the keyword for which I have searched is used 3 times in the post. In the heading or title, Then in URL and after that in the Meta description. Google want fair and simple work, do not much think about the platform either you are using custom or CMS, try to use short and optimize permalink, and try to avoid permalinks as showing below.

To change your Permalink, go to your WordPress website admin panel, Hover your mouse on Setting, click on permalink and change your URL from default to post name or custom. Image given below!

wordpress blog parmalink

KEYWORD DENSITY:

SEO optimized content help you in the ranking of your weblog in search engine while Good and quality content help in engaging with visitors.
The most important thing you should know is the keyword density. Google, as well as other search engines, always look for keyword density. If your keyword density is 1-2% then its fine. Never ever, try to use your main keyword so many times, as it will look spam. Instead of the main keyword, use the LSI keywords that will reduce the chances of spamming and increase ranking on different keywords.
Use your main keyword in such way in your content that it looks natural.

Here is a video of matt Cut telling about keyword density:

META DESCRIPTION OF THE POST

Another step in the basic guide to On-Page SEO is the use of Meta description.
According to different webmasters, Google did not give much importance to the Meta description. However, if we take it in the case of niche website then the importance of Meta description can’t be ignored. As we know that, the habit of a search crawler is the picking of relevant text from your website to display it in search engine results.

In Niche website, it plays a key role. Let us suppose an individual is searching for any topic, now the result arises in the search bar but that result is not providing the complete information related to the search of the individual. What do you think? This individual will either click on that result or ignore?
The simple answer is that he will ignore:

Therefore, it is better to write a 100-150 word of unique and quality Meta description for your post including your main keyword, which has value. Value means that there might be a chance of clicking from the visitor on that particular content having the quality Meta description.
Below is the example of Good Meta description

meta description sample

Read How to write the effective Meta Description

CONTENT IMPORTANCE

I can say that content plays an important role in the progress of the site. Content ultimately drives users to the website; if you make them happy, then they will spread and share your worthy content with other people.
Content is the king but according to experts, high quality & unique content is the only way that will help you and your blog in Long Run. We can say that content runs the site because it drives people to the website, keeps them informed, and makes them to share it with other people. Optimized content always help in bringing in visitors as well as search bots.

The best way that search crawler loves, is to use the targeted keyword in the first paragraph of your content. The first paragraph is the root of the whole content and the bridge between you and your visitors. The first paragraph should be relevant and informative, must contain a brief content plan and the most important keywords.
Ok, now you got the idea of how important quality content is.

However, which type of quality?
Either copying from high authority blog or making of your own post with proper research. Quality content means to write something new after proper research and with some addition. So try to do a proper research before writing a blog post, if you, in real, want to conquer Google.

Read the Importance of Quality Content HERE

I suggest some tips and tricks in order to get some traffic.

1. Make the first paragraph as a key-element that can capture user attention.
2. Use targeted keywords in the prominent location; users pay more attention to that area.
3. Compose content for people while keeping search engines Algorithm in mind.
4. Make the first paragraph a summary of the page
5. Place your targeted keywords at the beginning of the content
6. Include at least one image to make the content friendly.
7. Add at least one link to another high authority page.
8. Provide unique value, relevant information, develop the title, be interesting and informative for the users
9. People usually scroll the page, so try to write short paragraph that grab attention of the people.
10. Use the targeted keyword just 3 or 4 times throughout the blog post.
11. Avoid keywords, stuffing too many use of focus keyword will bring a penalty as a gift and your website will be de-indexed.
12. Group paragraph and include sub-headlines with main targeted keywords
13. Include a table of contents at the start, link to the sub-headlines. (Use table of content plugin)
14. use text in bold, italic or underline to emphasize keywords and important ideas
15. check the for grammatical mistakes and spelling blunders before placing your content
If you are thinking of that only text will make your website complete and perfect. Then let me clear it that you are completely wrong. Google rely on the different things. Videos, text, optimize and professional website, are some of the tools by which you can tell Google as well as your audience that you did proper work before publishing this website or content. To encourage users and to reduce bounce rate, Text and videos play a key role.

Internal linking:

Some other Basic guides to On-page SEO are trying to interlink all the related posts to each other which we call internal linking, one of the most important things which reduce your bounce rate and engage visitors.

Also if you find something outside from your weblog which has quality, must link that to your content as Google really love this thing, as well as your visitors, got much information under one roof.

Here is the complete guide to Internal Linking.

Content with more than 2-3 direct affiliate links may affect your website, so try to avoid adding many links in 1 post and use a tool for shortening those links. The one, which we are using and recommending, is the Pretty link.

internal linking sample

Internal linking Sample from Shoutmeloud

ALT TEXT FOR IMAGES AND VIDEOS:

Another tip to basic On-page SEO is the use of images and videos with correct ALT text. Google, as well as other search engines, are not much mature yet to read the Message in the image or video that what is happening there inside. So what they do? They go to the ALT text, description or file name and caption. Whatever they find there, will rank your image on that keyword.

Therefore, it is important to place your keyword in the title and alt text of your images.
Try to provide correct information related to your main keyword for indexing and bringing more traffic.

Recommended to read: A guide to Alt Text and Image Title

REDUCE BOUNCE RATE:

Reducing bounce rate is another headache for blog owners. It is difficult to know all the reasons of high bounce rate: but though some of them are:
1. Website with such colors and layout that hurt the eyes.
2. Website content with irrelevant information or the information you are sharing has no proper flow.
3. Bad Website navigation, which results to leave the weblog immediately.
4. The technical issue is also one of the reasons of high bounce rate, let us suppose a viewer is viewing your website. After clicking on a link, he found some PHP codes instead of relevant data. What would happen? Immediate leave of your website by the viewers.
5. Some other reasons are Wrong keyword selection, auto web surfing, wrong page title and Meta description and improper external linking.

Now the question which arises is that how to reduce the bounce rate? Some suggestion are given below

o If your website has popup ads, remove them immediately as pop-up ads annoy people.
o Make your website design professional and responsive as well as increase the loading speed.
o Display advertisement on right places, write and share quality content and use internal linking to engage visitor for a long time.

A guide to reduce your website bounce rate

SOME OTHER TIPS OF BASIC GUIDE TO ON-PAGE SEO:

Increase your weblog loading speed: Faster the speed more will be the viewers. Our recommendation is to use MXDN or Cloudflare free if you are a beginner.

AS GOOGLE CEO ONCE SAID:

“That here at Google we’re obsessed with speed, in our products and on the web. As part of that effort, today we’re including a new signal in our search ranking algorithms: site speed.”

SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING

Social media sharing is not directly linked to the on-page SEO. However, you can take it as one of the important factors. Because Google really loves social signals. The more social signals mean the better your weblog rank and Bounce rate will be.

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OUTBOUND LINKS:

Links are considered one of the important factor of SEO. It’s good user experience to link to other content which cover the topic further. Links should always be highlighted within the text so that it eases the process of scanning through the document.
Only give a link to those pages, which you want to rank higher but the number of links should not be more than 5-7.

So these were some of the basic guide to on page seo tips for making your blog and blog posts optimized internally, not only for visitors but also for Google as Google love organized website.

Read How outbound link increase your website Authority 

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I am a professional blogger and social media activist famous for blogging & SEO all around the KP, Pakistan. My life Aim is to spread Love with the help of my Blogging expertise.

9 Comments

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