One goal that I had set myself up for November is to increase my traffic coming to my blog. I find that my main source of traffic is coming from my Instagram page (follow me @mommyfinance), but I realized that I needed to start branching out to other sources. SEO came up as a topic of discussion with my blogging buddy Gabe, The Shiny Dollar, but we weren’t sure how SEO comes into play.
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I knew a little bit about SEO but the majority of my knowledge is from the YOAST plugin. If you don’t have YOAST yet, you should definitely download it for your blog. YOAST makes it easy to explain what is needed for your blog regarding SEO. It’s such an awesome plugin that it definitely made my list of easy SEO tips to follow. Other than learning from YOAST, I didn’t have much experience in this area.
So what did I do?
I looked back at the very blog that influenced me into blogging again. Grant, who blogs over at millennialmoney.com used to build and sell websites as his side hustle. I’m pretty sure he knew a thing or two about SEO and when I did a quick search on his blog, he had an amazing list of 67 SEO tips all on one page. Pretty awesome if you ask me.
Instead of me relisting everything he had on this page, I’m going to share with you just 8 easy SEO tips that stood out the most to me.
3 Easy SEO Tips on the Basic Set Up
To get started with SEO, we first need a blog. To get it, we need a blog host, a domain host, and a theme. Pretty simple instructions so far.
For my blog host, I went with BlueHost. Years ago, when I first got started with my very first blog, I had gone with GoDaddy. They were okay but after I compared prices, I immediately went with BlueHost. I just couldn’t believe I was paying $12 a year for my hosting at GoDaddy when I could get it so much cheaper with BlueHost for less than $4 per month. Talk about the savings!
Now that your blog host is taken care of, a domain host is needed to house your blog. There are many different hosts for your blog but the most popular is WordPress.Org. I had no issues with WordPress before so I continue to use it.
WordPress.Com does offer a free blog account, but if you want to build your business through a blog, it’s better than you go through paid hosting instead. Although a free blog is under your name, you don’t technically own it which means that it can be taken away from you at any time. In this case, free is not always better.
This goes the same for themes. Although there are a lot of free themes out there, it’s always better to go for a premium theme. It does come at a cost but if you’re looking at long term, it’s definitely worth the investment. Most premium themes have more SEO potential and it gets updated frequently. I got my Annie theme from Themeforest.
If you’d like to see easy to follow set up instructions, please continue to the link below.
5 Easy SEO Tips for Free Tools and Plugins
YOAST – Like I mentioned above, I use the YOAST plugin. It’s a free plugin for WordPress and it basically tells you what is missing in your post and it scores the readability of your post. For a free plugin, it’s packed with so many features that it’s hard not to have it.
Google analytics – Google has awesome free services that you can use for your blog, definitely sign up for this if you haven’t yet. You can see the details of your blog traffic and with the data provided, you can use it to increase your page ranking.
Cool trick to try: In google search type site:yourdomainname
So, I would type in, site:http://mommyfinance.com/
Google will send you back search results and here you’ll see all of your site’s pages. When I did this I noticed that I had spelled Holiday wrong.
Check your page speed: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
My blog did poorly. It looks like I have a lot to fix. I didn’t even know you can check how well your site does. The analysis can definitely help with specific areas of your blog that needs fixing. The optimization will help SEO results and loading speed.
Keyword research – I’m still learning in this area but one video that I came across, helped me understand it a lot better. Using better keywords to get ranked will help your SEO ranking AND help you be seen in Google’s search engines.
These are just a few easy SEO tips that I learned from Grant at Millennial Money. If you want to see his full list of SEO tips, head on over to 67 BEST SEO TIPS FOR BLOGGERS.
Helpful Resources that I’d Like to Share:
Below you’ll find my top resources for blogging, saving money & more!
Blog Resources: Here is a list of tools that I personally use for my own blog. See all the courses I took to improve how I blog and the list of plugins that help keep my blog running smoothly.
Save Money on Groceries: This has been such a struggle for me since day 1 and I always go over budget with grocery shopping on certain weeks. But as long as I stick with my plan, I have my shopping list, and I leave the boyfriend home then I’ll be fine.
$5 Meal Plan: This has been such a time saver for me! This relates to my resource above on grocery shopping. I struggled with meal prepping because I just don’t have the time to spend looking for recipes. I decided to try this out because I have seen popular bloggers mention it and curiosity got the best of me. The system sends me recipes and a shopping list weekly. The recipes are so easy to cook and it helps me save time.
Personal Capital: Do you know what your net worth is currently? Instead of logging into many accounts to track my net worth, I rely on one service. Personal Capital tracks your investments, expenses, and savings. The best thing about this? It’s free!
Free Printables: I went a bit crazy and created a bunch of my own printables that I use for myself to help keep me organized. I also find some amazing printables online that I’d like to share with you. You access everything if you sign up below. I’ll send you the password and the library is yours to enjoy!
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