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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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Published on March 20, 2019

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

What is a Mission Statement?

Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

“Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

“To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

  • What we do?
  • How we do it?
  • Whom do we do it for?
  • What value are we bringing?

Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

After all, that did check off all the boxes:

What we do? Provide widgets.

How we do it? Online.

Who do we do it for? The consumer.

What value we bring? The best widgets.

The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

Compare that mission statement to this one:

“We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

What’s the difference?

Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

1. Keep It Brief

Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

2. Have a Purpose

A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

3. Include a “How”

Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

7. Think Long Term

A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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8. Get Feedback

This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

Strategic Planning

A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

Measuring Performance

By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

To Hold Management Accountable

By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

To Serve as an Example

This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

Final Thoughts

Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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Reference

[1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
[2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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