What is SEO? 6 Laws of SEO for Bloggers

what is SEO?Alright bloggers, it’s my time to talk nerdy to ya! :) If you have ever wondered “What is SEO?” and “How does SEO for bloggers work?”, hopefully some of your questions will be answered through this post! This is part of my business of blogging series so if you want to go into further depth on SEO through a blog consultation, let me know!

What is SEO?

SEO stands for search engine optimization. Essentially, the idea behind it is that there are steps you need to take to get your blog to rank high in search engines. If you’re taking the time to write content, you want it to be FOUND, right?! So besides the people who regularly subscribe to you, and who find you through social media, a great way to get people to read your blog is for them to find you through search – which is why “What is SEO?” matters so much! So here are my top recommendations for SEO for bloggers.

6 Laws of SEO for Bloggers

1. For every blog post or page you have, choose a search engine optimized keyword.

VERY important: Choose a SEPARATE keyword for every post/page. I used to think that using the keyword “marriage blog” in each of my posts was a good idea, BUT I have learned otherwise.

The reason for this is that when people search a keyword, you want to kindly “manipulate” them to go to the exact page or post that you have determined…so that they find the right content they’re looking for. For example, on my love story page my keyword is obviously “love story,” but when I talk about our story in other posts I will work in a different keyword other than love story so that they go directly to my love story page if they search “love story.” (Sorry for the run on sentence, but hopefully that makes sense!)

2. With SEO for bloggers, how do you know which keyword to pick? Use the Google keyword tool.

The Google Keyword Tool, along with other tools like the Yoast plugin (see #3), will help you determine (1) what keywords people are most often searching for and (2) how competitive the keyword is. Ideally, you want to find a keyword that has a HIGH number of monthly searches with LOW to MEDIUM competition.

When you enter into the keyword tool, ask yourself: What need is my post meeting? What will people who eventually end up at my blog post have searched to get here? Let me give you an example. For this “What is SEO?” post, I went into the Google keyword tool and, after thinking of what people who find this post might have search to get there, entered “SEO for bloggers.”

SEO for bloggers

I then sorted by the highest number of monthly searches for my “SEO for bloggers” term. I found that “SEO”, “search engine optimization”, and “SEO services” had the highest number of monthly searches (obviously), BUT that they were also ranked high for competitiveness (obviously). “What is SEO?” was the fourth term most often searched, and I was REALLY surprised to see that this term was ranked low in competitiveness!

What is SEO?

SO, I decided to make “What is SEO?” my main keyword, BUT because I felt that “SEO for bloggers” was also something that really related to my post, I weaved that in as a secondary keyword. Just as important as finding the right keyword for SEO like I described above, is that you find a search engine optimized keyword that relates to your post. [Read more...]

Back Yard Ideas for Fall

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This Saturday was a rainy one, but we decided to make the most of it by spending date night at Home Depot! I’m telling you, there’s nothing like letting a man roam around in his favorite store! We were there for over an hour, as I dreamed up back yard ideas for cleaning up now that fall is here.

back yard ideas

Two of my favorite products we walked away with for solutions to my extensive back yard ideas were a Rubbermaid Roughneck 18 gallon storage tote and 45 gallon outdoor trash can. I was really excited to use these to gain control of our backyard.

outdoor trash can

Our patio and backyard extends to a woodsy area right behind us, and there are constantly leaves and sticks blowing everywhere! Even though our apartment complex tries to keep the area maintained, I always try to do extra work so it doesn’t look like a mess. Except I don’t know where to put the leaves and sticks after I pick them up! [Read more...]

Ad: Prepared Wings & Watermelon Kabob Recipe

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I have yet another awesome recipe to share that I made at our epic football party last week! This time, it’s Prepared Wings & Watermelon Kabobs.

In case you didn’t read my other post, because our friends are OBSESSED with football (both college and NFL, especially because we have two big NFL teams within a half hour of us), we threw a big party for the first preseason game. We may or may not have spent the evening flipping back and forth in between games so we could see both teams…but we also had some great football party food :)

In addition to the dessert recipes I made, I also made a recipe with Tyson’s prepared wings from the Walmart deli. A football party just isn’t complete without wings!

Tyson Deli Wings are the perfect fit for football parties and tailgates, because they come pre-cooked from the Walmart deli. They have Bone-in Hot Wings and Boneless General Tso’s flavors, and can be purchased in a Pick 3 Bucket, a plated meal, or wings by the pound.

I literally could have grabbed them 10 minutes before the party started, but I wanted to get a little more creative with it :) [Read more...]