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Effective SEO Tips for Bloggers to Boost Your Traffic

Effective SEO Tips for Bloggers to Boost Your Traffic

The world of blogging is very beautiful, but without proper SEO, your audience is not going to expand with the speed you need to make a profit. Your website is not going to rank high in Google, even if your content is top quality. Search engine optimization is within reach of any blogger, but depending on your current level and your expertise, the time needed to optimize your blog differs.

Having the right tools and knowing the ropes of the trade is definitely going to speed things up and make your path smoother, so here are the most effective SEO tips a blogger needs to know.

Link Your Blog with Your Social Media Page

Having a static website is no longer enough for building an online presence. This is why blogging is so amazing, as it attracts the Google crawlers with fresh content on regular basis. But, if you search for a brand or another keyword you will first see their social media page. This is because Google now knows that we are using social accounts to post the latest news and our audience are spreading the posts with their network, which helps your local SEO strategy.

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Having a blog linked to your social accounts is going to attract the crawlers, which will notice the high level of activity under your brand or name, lifting you in the ranks. Linking your blog with the social networks is going to make it more noticeable for both the crawlers and your audience, which is beneficial for your brand name and your blog traffic.

However, there is a fine line between boosting the ranking and lowering them: if you create profiles on social media and don’t use them, your blog will be penalized for this, so make sure you do use these accounts.

Name Your Images

Images are very important for blogging, as they help you to communicate the message to the reader. But the images can’t be “read” by the crawlers, unless you name them. If you are serious about SEO, you are going to name your images, giving objective descriptions and tags, relevant for your blog content. For example, an image with the title IMG.jpg is not relevant for your content, while an image with the title seo-tips-bloggers.jpg is going to be relevant and will help your SEO ranking.

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Think of Your Titles

The title of the article is very important, as Google first reads the titles, then the content, just like your audience. This means you have to work on your titles. The best way to find a great title is think about a question – how would you question Google search engine when you are looking for a certain information. The answer will become your strong post title.

The title tag of your entire blog is another big thing for SEO, so make sure you have a relevant title for your blog. The title tag is among the first details “noticed” by the Google crawlers, which makes it very important for your blog. Use pipe symbols to separate phrases in your blog’s title and use keywords relevant for the entire blog. Between the pipe lines put phrases like “Remote Work” or “Healthy Living”, which are phrases likely to be searched online by your target audience.

Keep Your Content Easy to Read

Bloggers can and should write long posts – it’s in our nature, because sometimes we tackle important topics, which need space to be properly discussed. But there is a big difference between long posts that can boost your SEO ranking and those which lower it: the length of the sentences.

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When you write a longer post, which is appreciated by Google, you need to keep the text easy to read by using short sentences. A valuable post for your readers and search engines is one that has a long, interesting text, which comes with something new, it has images, and maybe couple of links. Throwing in a list and short descriptions won’t work; posting long sentences won’t work either, as your audience is going to have troubles reading the content and will give up. If you only have to say something short, post it on social media, leaving the blog posts for longer articles.

To be sure, you can also check your posts with free SEO tools.

Adjust The Permalinks of Your Posts

The shorter the permalinks, the more traffic your blog will get, but for this you need to adjust the permalinks. This can be made in two main ways: you can adjust the general form of the permalinks from the blog’s settings or you can choose to adjust each permalink manually, before publishing. When you do this, keep the link short and relevant and try to include the main keywords in it.

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Use H’s to Structure The Content

For your readers you use paragraphs and punctuation to structure the content and make it easier to read. But the crawlers need H tags to know the structure of an article. From H1 to H5 or more, you have a lot of options to pick from. H1 is the first element read by the crawlers and the most important, so it’s usually the title of the article. H2 is the second in the hierarchy, so you should use it for subtitles. Make sure you have at least couple of H2s in the article, which will signal Google that your piece is well structured and ordered.

Lastly, make sure you do take advantage of the free SEO plugins for bloggers, such as Yoast and All in One SEO pack, which can elevate your blogging game. Especially for beginners, these plugins allow you to adjust your articles with ease, making them ready to impress Google.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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