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									SEO Mistakes Most Bloggers Make By Stephan Spencer, Founder & President, Netconcepts

© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

Blog SEO
 So easy a child could do it  16-year old blogger  Passive income: ~$1000/month from Google AdSense  Effort required: 1 hr/month  Thank you, Google!
My daughter, SEO-in-training

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#5 for “neopets” #3 for “neopets cheats” #6 for “neo pets” etc.
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© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

Biggest SEO Mistakes
 Leaving title tags to be auto-generated (from the post name, category name, etc.)  Squandering your “crawl equity” by letting pages get indexed that don’t deserve to be (“Email this page” etc.)  Having multiple “homes” for your blog  Not using unique “Optional Excerpt” to minimize duplicate content  Not using rel=nofollow to direct PageRank flow
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Biggest SEO Mistakes
 Over-reliance on date-based archives  No stability in keyword focus on category & tag pages  Suboptimal URLs (too long, too many words, too many directories)  Only one RSS feed, and it’s un-optimized  Hosting blog/feed URLs on a domain you don’t own  Using suboptimal anchor text when linking internally
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What Are We Waiting For??

Let’s Fix Your Blog!

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Rejig Internal Linking Structure
 Tag clouds & tag pages & tag conjunction pages (e.g. “UTW Theme Compatibility Thing” WordPress plugin)  Related Posts (e.g. “Yet Another Related Posts” plugin)  Top 10 posts (e.g. “Popularity Contest” plugin)  Next & Previous / pagination (e.g. “WP-PageNavi” plugin)

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© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

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Tags point to Technorati tag pages Tags point to internal tag pages

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A tag page

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Optimize Title Tags
 Blog name at the end of the title, not at the beginning  Tag name should go in title on a tag page  Customize with additional keywords for display only on your home page  Override title tags w/ custom one ( “SEO Title Tag” WordPress plugin)

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“SEO Title Tag” plugin for WordPress
 Allows you to override the title tag with a custom one on any post, static page, tag page, category page, etc.  Now updated to work with WordPress 2.6  Can even define a custom title on ANY url  Reverses the order of the blog name and the title, or drop the blog name altogether, or replace it with a shorter nickname  Can use category’s description as the title on category pages  Has a Mass Edit admin and an Options page to change settings  Download at www.netconcepts.com/seo-title-tag-plugin/

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“Thin Slicing”
 Make quick decisions. Don’t overthink.  Only really works if you’re an expert  E.g. hand-optimize title tags across hundreds of pages quickly (prioritized)  Focus on your title tags, H1s and URLs  Don't obsess, doesn’t have to be perfect. Instead, iterate.  If you don’t have an admin interface, use a spreadsheet and do a database import

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Thin slicing title tags
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Great name for the blog!

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Optimize URLs
 URL affects searcher clickthrough rates  Short URLs get clicked on 2X long URLs
(Source: MarketingSherpa, used with permission)
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Optimize URLs
 Further, long URLs appear to act as a deterrent to clicking, drawing attention away from its listing and instead directing it to the listing below it, which then gets clicked 2.5x more frequently.
– http://searchengineland.com/080515-084124.php

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Optimize URLs
 Subdomain? Subdirectory? New domain? Domain of your blog host?
– www.metlife.com/blog vs. StayingFitBlog.com – Got a blogspot.com or wordpress.com URL? You benefit from their domain authority, but you’re forever wedded to them!

 Rewrite to contain keywords, hyphens not underscores  Maintain legacy URLs even after switching platforms  Keep post slugs relatively short (e.g. “Slug Trimmer” or “Clean Trunks” plugin)
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Optimize URLs
 Test and optimize URLs, but don’t lose link juice to previous URLs. 301 previous URLs to latest. No chains of 301s.  WordPress handles 301s automatically when renaming post slugs  Mass edit admin for URLs (post slugs) in WordPress – via the “SEO Title Tag” plugin (www.netconcepts.com/seo-title-tagplugin)

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Thin slicing URLs
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Optimize Anchor Text
 Make the post’s title a link to the permalink page  Use SEOMoz Backlink Anchor Text Analysis tool or BLA (tools.seobook.com/backlink-analyzer) to look for opportunities to request revisions to anchor text on inbound links  Internally link back to old, relevant posts within the body of a blog post. Don’t use “here” or “previously” etc. as the anchor text!
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Post title is anchor text. “Permalink” is yucky anchor text!

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“Sculpt” Your PageRank
 My preference is to have rel=nofollow...
– On links in trackbacks, comments (by default on most platforms) – Where the link would be reciprocal – On links to date-based archives, assuming you have category and tag hierarchy (noindexing/disallowing is not enough!)

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Minimize Duplicate Content
 Code your Main Index Template to display “Optional Excerpts” on everything but permalink page  For each post, write unique content (i.e. paraphrase), don’t just use the first couple paragraphs (i.e. Don’t use the <!--more--> tag!)  Meta robots noindex & rel=nofollow are your friends
– Date-based archives – “OR” Tag conjunction pages (e.g. netconcepts.com/tag/seo|articles) – Printer-friendly versions
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Improve the Keyword Focus
 Heading tags
– category name on category page – Yes for post titles, no for dates!

 Emphasis tags within posts (bold, strong, etc.)  “Sticky” posts
– Always appear at the top of the page – A way to add keyword-rich intro copy to a category page or tag page – e.g. “WP-Sticky” or “Adhesive” plugin
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Sticky post

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Optimize Your RSS Feeds
         Full text, not summaries 20 or MORE items (not just 10) Multiple feeds (by category, latest comments, comments by post) Keyword-rich item <title> Your brand name in the item <title> Your most important keyword in the site <title> container Compelling site <description> Don’t put tracking codes into the URLs (e.g. &source=rss) An RSS feed that contains enclosures (i.e. podcasts) can get into additional RSS directories & engines
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© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

© 2008 Stephan M Spencer Netconcepts www.netconcepts.com sspencer@netconcepts.com

Thank You!
 For an ebook on Google power searching, SEO checklists & worksheets, and audio recording, executive summary & transcript of thought leaders teleconferences on SEO & blogging, drop me your business card or e-mail your request to seo@netconcepts.com  To contact me: stephan@netconcepts.com  Download...
– PPT: http://www.netconcepts.com/learn/seo-mistakes.ppt – Article: http://searchengineland.com/070823-082758.php
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