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7 Ideal SEO Techniques to Pump Out More Traffic To Your Blog Today

7 Ideal SEO Techniques to Pump Out More Traffic to Your BlogEverybody wants more traffic to their blog, right?


Well, there are lots of ways to do that, but probably the most tried and true of them all is to get your blog ranked high in the search results of the big search engines.


To do that, you need to employ strategies to optimize your blog posts… search engine optimization (SEO) strategies.


Anil Agarwal is one of the top experts in SEO strategy development for bloggers.


I am so happy to present him to you here as the guest writer of this blog post.


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So, now, I’ll turn the rest of this blog post over to him so that you can benefit from his expertise.

7 Ideal SEO Techniques to Pump Out More Traffic To Your Blog Today

We have all been there.


Even after publishing great content, nothing really happens.


No traffic, no backlinks, no social shares and little to no blog comments on your blog posts.


If you are not getting more exposure to your content, you are doing something wrong.


As they say, SEO is the king of all traffic sources.


So it’s important for you to have a good SEO strategy in place.


That’s why I recently posted an extensive Beginner’s Guide To SEO.


Search engine (SEO) traffic has the following benefits.


  • Get targeted visitors to your sites
  • Attract more backlinks
  • Organic traffic is cost effective
  • Increase in sales, and
  • Many more…


If you are wondering how to get more traffic to your blog, here are few ideal SEO strategies you can use today to get more visibility online.


7 SEO tactics to get more traffic to your blog

#1 Optimize Your Blog Posts in SERPs


If you want to more search traffic to your sites, you need to optimize your content for Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs).


There’s no other way around it.


Here’s where a plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast comes in handy.



You can review Yoast’s definitive WordPress Guide here.


WordPress SEO functions as an SEO checklist each time you create a new blog post.


Here is how you can optimize each individual post using Yoast SEO plugin.


  1. Optimize your post title. The title is the first thing that people will see in search results followed by URL and meta description. Title plays an important role when it comes to ranking in search results. Here is the small trick to get more traffic: make sure that your keywords are near the start of the page title.


  1. Optimize each individual post: For this, Yoast SEO offers a snippet preview. The field “SEO title” automatically takes the value that you have given in your blog post. However, you can override it and paste in your title. It gives a warning by showing an orange color if the title length is too long. If it shows a green color, it means the character length is good.


  1. Fill meta description. Search engines use meta description to show your snippet, which is the text that is displayed just beneath the URL in the search results people see. So, make sure that it attracts readers to click on the link. Remember, it should contain the focus keyword of your post.


  1. Optimize Images. Most people overlook images. Fill out “alt text” and name of the file  for images. It helps in bringing a little bit extra traffic.  An image which is surrounded by related text or keywords always ranks better.


  1. Use XML sitemaps. You need to tell to Google that your site has been updated. How you can do that? Again, here comes Yoast SEO plugin which contains an XML sitemap module. Just enable it. Under “settings” go to “XML sitemaps-Yoast SEO” and enable it.


  1. Focus Keyword. Scroll down to Yoast SEO section once you finish writing the post. Under “Focus Keyword”, give a keyword that captures the theme of the article.It helps in increasing SEO performance.


Once you are  done writing your blog post, check all the above with Yoast SEO plugin to get more traffic.


#2 Play with your headlines


Do you know 8 out of 10 people read your headlines first?


Well, you have written some great content and the now the challenge lies here: how many people will read it and how well will it get ranked?


What can you do to do to drive readers to your content?


First of all, put in the same effort on writing catchy headlines that took to write great content.


No doubt, it’s the title that sells your content.


It’s the title that represents your content on all the social media links pointing to it.


And once people click on your blog title, it’s the headline that makes them stay on your blog and instills in them the curiosity to read the post.


Here are a few tips to write catchy headlines to entice your audience to read your blog post.


  • Make it simple and direct. For example, if your niche blog is beauty and fashion, you can title it something like, “Here’s how you can look younger”
  • Ask a provocative question.
  • Create a headline with a command in it. For example, “Subscribe to get amazing content every week”, “Don’t waste money on web design,” or “Create your website with WordPress in 5 minutes.”
  • Reveal some secrets. For example, “Secrets to making money online.”
  • Use words like “Now you can.” For example, “Now you can use these tips to check for yourself.”
  • Make the headlines personal by adding word “You.”


The headline you write should instill interest in your readers’ minds.


#3 Don’t forget interlinking to your posts


In Order to optimize your blog for search engines, interlinking to your posts is one of the good SEO practices. It is nothing but linking one of your posts to another. It helps you to get more organic traffic.


How it helps.


  • Interlinking helps in indexing your blog post articles effectively.
  • It reduces the bounce rate.
  • It benefits on-page SEO.
  • It passes link juice from one page to another.


There are some plugins that you can use to make interlinking automatic.


  1. SEO Smart Links. You can set your own words and phrases. For example, you can link the phrase “make money from blogging” to any specific post. It will automatically link to the old and future posts which have that phrase. If your blog has many posts and very long content, then this plugin acts as a powerful time saver.
  2. Mentionable. This plugin adds internal links in your blog post.  It even gives suggestions from posts.


If you don’t have strong content, then interlinking of posts doesn’t work. So first focus on creating amazing content and then use the above plugins to interlink your posts.


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#4 Link out to relevant and quality articles


Did you ever think of getting outbound links for your blog?  Some people are scared of getting outbound links. There are several reasons.  They feel they may damage their search engine rankings and harm their reputation. If you are also thinking the same, then you should definitely read this.


Outbound links are the links that refer to some other domain from your blog site.


Why link out to others?


  • It gives search engines a clear idea of what your blog is about.
  • It helps to build relationships with other bloggers in your niche.
  • It makes your blog a more valuable reference resource.


How external linking helps?


  • It sends trackable traffic.
  • Linking up with other blogs in your niche attracts targeted visitors. You can check their site domain authority and page authority with MozBar.
  • Linking out to other blogs encourages positive participation from the audience and also from other bloggers. It helps in expanding your blogging community.


Avoid too many outbound links, though.


Get external links from the top 30 sites related to your blogging niche, because getting external links from bad sites, spam sites and inactive sites will decrease your current page rank. So, choose carefully.


The more you help other bloggers, the more you grow in the blogging field.


It’s all a give and take system.


If you have a blog post in which you can refer to other bloggers’ posts, then just do so.


Provide their blog links in your post.


It improves your blog post content and gives you an opportunity to ask for link exchanges with other bloggers.


Linking out in this way brings targeted traffic to your blog.


#5 Google rewards 2000+ word blog posts


Content is king.


Without content, there is no blogging.


These days the competition is so high among bloggers that short content is dead. Readers look for useful, helpful and detailed long-form content.


Today, Google rewards blog posts of 2000+ words.  However, it’s not just about the size.


QUALITY always matters.


Give top priority to other things like creating amazing content, fostering user engagement levels, and optimizing the structure of the article with things like framing proper headlines, titles etc.


Then think of the length of your content.


Don’t just build out the content with useless and repetitive information, make sure it is useful and of high quality.


Why publish long-form content?


Because it will have more keywords which catch the search engines’ attention.


Analyze your targeted audience and what type of content and information they are expecting.


Word count is one way to get Google’s attention. To grab the attention of the readers, include images, infographics, videos and bullet points in addition to the written content.


This makes extends the time people will spend on your blog.


#6 Attract more backlinks


The results depend on what type of content you are generating and how you are presenting it in social media. Some posts attract many backlinks and some posts don’t do as well. Before writing content, analyze and know what you are trying to accomplish.


Generally, one of the main goals for creating content is to attract more backlinks.


Links are a major part of SEO.


Backlinks help a particular post to rank well and also help other posts on your blog.


If you can get backlinks from authority sites within your niche, you will see thousands of organic search engine visitors coming to your site.


Here are some effective tips to help you get high quality backlinks.


  • Write list posts. People love lists posts. For example, “17 trigger words to be used to attract readers’ attention.” Buzzstream analyzed over 22,0000 articles and found that list posts are more shareable. Lists posts remain one of the most popular content types.


  • Write posts on ultimate guides. A content marketer who invests time in creating ultimate guide posts can see great results in the amount of traffic he/she attracts. For example, “The ultimate beginner’s guide to building your blog audience.” 


  • Guest blogging. Do guest blogging on top blogs in your niche. It helps in getting quality backlinks. And it also helps you build relationships with other bloggers in your industry.


  • Write epic content. The reason Wikipedia is still hot and so many sites refer to it is that it has content not easily found anywhere else. Highly detailed posts don’t even need not be lengthy always.


To gain user attraction and to attract more backlinks, write controversial topics related to your blog niche, cover case studies, mention facts and findings, and use videos, infographics and images in the blog post.  


Build connections with other bloggers in forums, interview top bloggers in your niche, conduct blogger outreach, and republish the posts which have gone viral.


These are the effective ways to get organic backlinks to your blog.


Apart from getting backlinks, these will also help you to gain quality traffic to your blog.


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#7 Increase user engagement


Even after writing great content, if there is no user engagement, social sharing or blog commenting, it hurts any blogger. But don’t worry, you can encourage your readers to engage with you.


Understand your audience very well.


They are the foundation of your blog.


So, well before writing content, you need to know things like what kind of help your readers are looking for, how your blog can solve their problems, what they need, what your blog is about, what your targeted audience is and what you want to achieve.


Once you have answered all the above questions then think of how well you can provide a better user experience.


Here is how you can increase user engagement.


#1 Increase your social shares. If you put great effort into writing great content but fail to promote it, then there is no use to having done it. Spend 80% of your effort on promotion. Yes, give more weight to promoting your content than you do on creating content.  Ask a provoking question while promoting.


Write about trending topics that you can check with Buzzsumo tool.


Make sharing easy for blog visitors and entice your audience by using words like “you” and “your” in headlines.  


Use images and infographics in your blog post.


#2 Increase your blog comments. Everyone loves comments. It generates qualified visitors and leads.


You need to spend at least 6 hours a week in reading and commenting on other peoples’ blog posts.  It makes a lot of difference.  Commenting on influential bloggers’ sites within your niche fetches ideal clients and ideal readers for your blog.


Ask an open-ended question while commenting. For example, “what strategies helped you in gaining an audience.”


Don’t ask close-ended questions like, “what is your favorite color?”  


Mention influencers in your content, use videos in your blog post.


And most importantly, respond to all the comments you receive.


#3 Ask people to link to your stuff. In blogging world, it’s very difficult to rank high for any chosen keyword without other bloggers’ help. If other websites don’t link to your blog site, then it takes years and years to get success in blogging.


Before doing any link outreach, give your audience a reason to link to your blog. What is it that is so special about your content that it deserves to be linked to by other sites?  If you feel that you have worthy content, then start reaching out to people through email. One big mistake that most of people make is asking for link in the very first email. Never do that.


How do you write an email that will get a response? Well, address the name of the blogger and praise his/her blog post that you got benefit from. Tell them you’ve linked to it in your blog post and say that you would like to get his/her thoughts on it.


Don’t directly ask for link. It won’t work most of the time. Just mention your blog post and ask them to check it out. Play well.


These are the top three effective tips that increases user engagement.


Pick one from the list and check for yourself.


You may not see results immediately as it is a long term strategy.


Be patient and persistent.


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So what other tactics do you use to grow your traffic?


Did you like the tips mentioned here?


If so, please share it with others so they can benefit.


Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

About The Author

6 Most Effective SEO TipsAnil Agarwal is the guy behind Bloggers Passion blog where he is helping newbie as well experienced bloggers in taking their blog’s search traffic & revenue to the next level. You can connect him on Facebook here.



Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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112 Responses to 7 Ideal SEO Techniques to Pump Out More Traffic To Your Blog Today

  1. Ranjeet Sharma April 19, 2019 at 9:01 am #


    Great post, I have read and this is a very useful article for online review readers. I started a Blog and Hopefully, it will be successful like you.
    Thanks for the share.

  2. Ranjeet Sharma March 10, 2019 at 5:22 am #


    This is a very useful article for online review readers. I started a Blog and Hopefully, it will be successful like yours.

    Thanks for the share.

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  3. Jobayer Rahman
    April 29, 2018 at 11:39 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    At first, I want to give you a great thanks because I have learned much think from this article. This is the really informative article. I think technique no 6 is more effective. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Nzekwe Godswill
    October 16, 2017 at 1:30 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Amazing!!! This is awesome checklist. I have saved it offline. I think, it’s time to implement this secret strategies before it went viral. LOL!

    Thanks, for your valuable tips.I would like to say a lot of thanks for these knowledge sharing tips.


  5. Puspendu Seth
    September 15, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Cant really disagree with any of your point about this article. this is worth reading because I have learned new more way to have more traffic. SEO is really the future of Internet Marketing. Yoast is my favorite plugin too! I really enjoyed this article. So thanks for sharing such awesome post.

  6. dexterroona
    September 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    Cant really disagree with any of this. I would add though for article titles it may be worth trying to appeal to Googles featured snippets.
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  7. Vishal Chopra
    August 27, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    Hi Anil, This is the most thorough SEO technique to get quality traffic.

    I always use Yoast WP plugin because it take cares of my both on-page and off-page optimization which is one of the significant factor to rank on Google search.

  8. Anyaogu Ikechukwu
    August 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Although you said content is still king, still, more work needs to be done on promotion and engagement.

    I am currently investing on guest posting and Blog commenting. I think it’s providing more results.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. John Marc Ramirez July 18, 2017 at 5:11 am #

    Hi Donna, this is worth reading because I have learned new more way to have more traffic. SEO is really the future of Internet Marketing.This is a well-written article. 🙂 Great job!! Thank you so much.
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  10. Lisa
    July 7, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Donna!
    Thanks for this list of ways to get more traffic. SEO can be so challenging and you’ve given some basic concepts to understand. Although they are all important, I really like #5…Google does like the long-form content. All too often, bloggers seem to go for quantity and not quality. There is way too much of the same stuff on the Internet and it’s also important to set yourself apart. Long-form AMAZING content is the best way to do that!
    Thanks again!
    Lisa recently posted..Beginner’s Guide to SEOMy Profile

  11. John Marc Ramirez June 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    Hi, this is a wonderful article. I appreciate this one which is very informative and I will be sharing this one to my friends as well 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

  12. Kathleen Calado June 23, 2017 at 3:07 am #

    This are all accurately correct. Thanks for the wonderful advice Donna and Anil! I will save this article for future use. Keep up the great work!

  13. Rupesh Kumar
    June 21, 2017 at 7:19 am #

    This is a great example of epic content. Thanks Anil for such an informative post. I do agree with you that both on-page and off-page optimisation is required to stand your website among big competitors. Yoast is my favourite plugin when it comes to on-page optimisation.

    Recently Yoast has also added things like Cornerstone article, internal blog linking, etc. which may also cover your mentioned points.

  14. Donna Merrill June 12, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Hi Alok,

    Anil sure has covered so much in this article. I am happy to know you found it a good read.

    Aha…Indeed Content Repurpose! I haven’t tried that out myself yet…I think I have too many ideas in my head that prevent that lol. But many people I know are doing it and it works very well.

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    • Alok Rana
      July 7, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

      Hey Donna,

      You should also give it a try. I am using content repurposing on my daily routine. I used to experiment with different places to repurpose my content.

      Some of them are up to the mark and few of them are average to me. I have also mentioned different places to repurpose your content on my blog.

      You should check that out sometime. I hope it will help you in many way.


  15. Alok Rana
    June 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Hey Anil and Donna,

    You have almost covered everything from content curation to marketing in this article. I find it a good read for sure.

    You have also mentioned many productive tools for better techniques and improvement.That is one smart way to attract more readers as you have already mentioned authority resources are good to add in your blog post.

    After reading it all. I also want to contribute one more thing to this article.

    Content Repurpose: It is one advanced content marketing technique you may also know about. There are so many places we can repurpose our content for more exposure and marketing our content.

    Thanks for shareing your tips and its been a good read.


    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

      Hi Alok,

      I personally use both SEO Yoast and SEMrush for all my SEO purposes. And I also highly recommend you to give them both a try. I guess you won’t regret it.

      I agree with what you said about content repurposing.

      If done right, it can bring you a lot more exposure to your piece of content.

      Thanks for stopping by and keep rocking.

      • Alok Rana
        July 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

        Hey Anil,

        I am already been using these both tools SEO Yoast and SEMrush but to be very true I am still suing their free versions.

        I will try to buy their membership in near future.

  16. dexterroona
    June 7, 2017 at 5:03 am #

    I pretty much agree with everything said here. I’m a Yoast user and a Smart Links user. And I agree with all the internal linking and external linking strategies. I wasn’t aware of the 2000 word reward from Google…. I think if you follow all the steps in this post you’re going to see results, though the real results really come when you have built up your TrustRank.

    Regards Dexter
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    • Donna Merrill June 12, 2017 at 9:20 am #

      Hey Dexter,

      I love Yoast an my internal linking has been kind to me so far.

      Yes..the 2000 word blog post gets a reward from Google at this time.

      Anil has done so much research on this, I’m adopting what he has taught us here.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Importance of Taking Action in Sales When a Lead Shows InterestMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi Dexter,

      Writing detailed contents help you a lot.

      I’m writing 2000 word blog post almost for 3 years and the results are amazing.

      I not only tripled my search traffic but also sales. All the credit goes to “create in-depth content”. That’s what people love and that’s what Google loves.

      Let me know if you’ve any questions.

  17. Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS
    June 5, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    This is great information, thanks so much for sharing.

  18. Donna Merrill June 5, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    Hi Erica,

    Indeed this article from Anil is so wonderful. As for leaving comments, it is the backbone of our blogging. Six hours a week can surely do the trick.

    Leaving comments creates sort of a “friendship” with others. And after a while we get to know one another.

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  19. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    June 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

    Donna and Anil,

    What an amazing post – so detailed, so full of invaluable content. As I read all your tips, I realize I have not done so many of these. There is so much to learn, so much that is possible to do. What really helped is your saying to spend 6 hours/week leaving comments – so true. It takes time. And you have to spend the time to get the results. So many people don’t think they should have to spend the time to comment and share others’ work and they don’t want to spend the time to share on social media. There is a lot of work involved but the results can be so rewarding.

    Your blog post provided me so much food for thought, so many ways I can make immediate improvements.


    Dr. Erica

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi Erica,

      Commenting on other blogs help you in building better relationships as Donna said.

      You must spend some time to connect with other bloggers. That’s how you build a successful like Donna did.

      Yes, it takes time to build a profitable blog and that’s why you need support of other bloggers.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Ikechi
    June 4, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    Hi Anil and Donna

    It is so great go read this post and rhere is so much insight shared on getting ranked on Google. Tips here are spot. Thanks for sharing Anil

    Hi Donna . Thumbs up for inviting Anil to share his insight. Take Care

  21. Edward Thorpe
    June 4, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    Hi Anil & Donna,

    For only 7 ways to use SEO tactics to increase traffic, that’s a lotta information to cover – good job doing it in enough detail without repetition.

    Getting more backlinks is challenging and your suggestions are welcome. As is your tips about inner linking – something I’ve been neglecting. Gonna check out your plugin suggestions. Thanks, Edward
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    • Donna Merrill June 5, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Edward,

      Anil has done a fantastic job with this article. SEO seems more friendly now doesn’t it?

      I have been doing interlinking lately and it works so well.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 11:41 am #

      Hi Edward,

      Backlinks are the key to SEO success.

      90% your search traffic depends on how many quality links that you get.

      If you’re not focusing on links, you’re doing it all wrong. Let me know if you need any more help and I’d be glad to help.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  22. Chery Schmidt
    June 2, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Hey Donna! it was a nice surprise to see Anil here today with such a great article! ! I know we all love free traffic to our blogs and All these SEO techniques will surely help us! I have taken some great notes and will try to implement them starting with my next Blog Post!

    Thank You..
    Chery :))
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  23. Susan Velez
    June 2, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    Hello Anil and Donna,

    Great tips for anyone who wants more traffic to their blog, which I believe is every blogger.

    While I don’t focus 100% on SEO because I don’t want to rely on Google completely. I’ve done that in the past and regretted it.

    I do take the time to make sure that my blog posts are properly optimized. This has definitely helped me rank for some longtail keywords without a lot of effort.

    I love using social media, although I am still learning how to get better with it, always a student. It’s a lot easier and I actually enjoy it better than building backlinks like I used to in the past.

    Blogging is hard work like you said you have to test different types of blog posts out to see which ones get the most attention.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us, have a great day 🙂


    • Donna Merrill June 5, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      Hi Susan,

      I see that you are doing a great job with your blog. I too love social media. Getting the “word” out there is amazing.

      After SEO, Title searches, etc., social media is a must.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      Hi Susan,

      Truly said.

      Depending only upon one source (especially Google) is NOT recommended.

      You shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket.

      But here’s the thing, if done right, SEO can make a huge difference. That’s why one can’t ignore it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Jeric Danao June 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

    I just couldn’t agree more. It’s really nice to see that some efforts when it comes to SEO Yoast for making a blog for instance, is being appreciated! Not just it guides you as to where you lacked information but it also gives up some tips for recommended use. SEO’s definitely the king of traffic and having a website won’t ever be enough for this generation.

    Thank you for sharing this!

    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi Jeric,

      Indeed, having a website without SEO will just leave us staggering in space.

      My favorite is Yoast. It makes things so easy with that plugin.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Jeric,

      SEO Yoast is the plugin I use and I highly recommend others to use it.

      It not only helps you easily optimized for specific keywords but more importantly it’s extremely effective (even if you’re a SEO noob).

      Apart from Yoast, I also recommend you give a try to SEMrush, it’s the one tool I can’t live without.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Cori Ramos
    June 1, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Anil,

    These are all great SEO techniques. I’m working on each one you suggested here.

    So Google likes 2,000 words or more…I’m barely hitting the 1,000 to 1,500 mark. 🙂

    The one thing I haven’t done is ask people to link my stuff. I don’t know, I can’t bring myself to doing that because it seems pushy. I get a lot of those emails and sometimes they can be overly persistent – it’s a big turn off.

    I guess it depends on how it’s presented – like you said, play well.

    Congratulations on being featured on Donna’s blog!

    Have a great rest of the week!

    Cori Ramos recently posted..Extreme Blog Makeover GiveawayMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi Cori,

      So good to know you liked these SEO techniques from Anil.

      I wouldn’t think it is too pushy to ask people to link to your stuff as long as it was pertinent.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 2:50 am #

      Hi Cori,

      Practice makes it perfect.

      Just keep working on it, and you’d be easily able to churn out more detailed contents.

      The key here is to write at least 500 words daily (it doesn’t matter what it is).

      Let me know if you’ve any questions.

  26. Ankit Solanki June 1, 2017 at 3:48 am #

    HI Anil,
    I am struggling with getting traffic on my blog,
    you are the inspiration,
    Thanks for the wonderful pro tip.

  27. Ken Fernandez June 1, 2017 at 2:32 am #

    Awesome article! It’s all about having that natural and relative post for humans not robots. Make them part of the content and engaging. More than 800 up to 2000 words is a good quality and at the same time informative content. SEO is quite difficult at first and you don’t know what google is updating every month. But as long as you have that natural keywords and great content is all that matters.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this. I’ve been doing seo for just a couple of months and I’m having fun with it. And until now I’m in the progress of learning. You just gave the readers one of the best tips especially for newbies like me. Good read indeed!

    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

      Hi Ken,

      You said it! I rather have that natural post for humans any day.

      Indeed SEO can be difficult at first, but here Anil puts it all in perspective for us to be able to apply.

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    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 2:30 am #

      Hi Ken,

      Truly said. It’s all about people, not bots.

      If you want to boost your search traffic, focus on readers first. Later, optimize for bots.

      Here’s where keyword research comes into play. Do let me know if you’ve any questions. I’d be glad to help!

  28. Praveen Verma
    June 1, 2017 at 1:49 am #

    Donna and Anil,
    Happy to read your effective post. I never read before such a lovely post to get traffic from SEO techniques. Yes, everyone wants to get more traffic in their blog. I am new in blogging and always try to find better guide on how to get traffic. But, Here I found very nice and effective tips. All the points are explained nicely and easy to understand.

    I have read whole post and finished all my small and big confusion about how to get traffic from SEO.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Praveen verma

    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

      Hi Praveen,

      I am so happy that you found so much information about SEO in this article from Anil. He made it so easy for us to understand and apply.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 18, 2017 at 2:29 am #

      Hi Praveen,

      Thanks for the appreciation.

      Just make sure to apply those tactics one by one and let me know the results.

      If you got ever stuck in blogging, do let me know and we’re glad to help beginners like you.

      Keep rocking.

  29. Mark
    May 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing seven incredibly awesome tips Anil!

    I really love, and try and implement your proven advice,
    with regards to improving my blogs engagement levels.

    I am stating to get more unsolicited spam email
    offers these days.

    And 9 times out of 10, they want to ask for something,
    right out of the gate, without first at least attempting, to
    build, and establish some type of meaningful relationship.

    Thanks for sharing seven excellent, and extremely practical tips!

    Closely following them, will definitely help anyone move forward
    in an extremely meaningful way!
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    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Oh those crazy emails we get!!! I think it is unavoidable for all of us. That’s what our Spam box is for lol.

      These tips are so useful and I have to say I am guilty of not following all of them, but will start applying them.

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    • Anil Agarwal
      June 12, 2017 at 7:46 am #

      Hi Mark,

      That happens with me all the time (email spam).

      I don’t know why people expect something return without providing anything in the first place. I’d simply ignore such email spam.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Let me know if you’ve any more questions.

  30. Sherman Smith May 31, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Hey Anil,

    This is spot on!

    I say this because I’ve been doing most of the tips you covered here.

    After being stagnant for a while, I had to make some changes, which meant that I had to work even smarter.

    So I went from writing under 1,000 words, to writing 2,000+ words, focused more on keyword placement, started promoting 80% of my time, and plus more.

    Once you’re consistent with this, you’ll start to see your traffic grow continuously.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great rest of the week!
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    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      As a long time reader of your blog, I do see the changes you have made. I look forward to reading your longer posts.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 16, 2017 at 2:55 am #

      Hi Sherman,

      Wow, writing detailed content is a challenge in itself.

      I’m glad that you’re focusing more on creating detailed content and I’d love to know the results that you’re getting (in terms of traffic, shares or sales)?

      Keep rocking.

  31. Marquita Herald
    May 31, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    Great tips. I’m doing most of them now, though I could surely do more external linking. I have heard the point about 2,000 + word articles but of course, there are many “experts” who still advocate shorter articles. My own articles average 1,000 to 1,400 words and I’m pretty happy with my success rate when it comes to appearing on page one of Google so I’m going to just keep focusing on the quality of content. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
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    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

      Hi Marquita,

      I’m with you. The “experts” telling us to write shorter articles just doesn’t sit well with me.

      Your success rate is amazing and I love visiting you all the time.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 16, 2017 at 2:25 am #

      Hi Marquita,

      External linking plays a huge role.

      Not only it helps in SEO but it also helps in building strong relations with other bloggers.

      Wouldn’t you love it when you get a link or two to your content from other bloggers?

      Don’t focus on word count while creating content though.. but creating detailed content helps in getting better search rankings.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  32. Monika Sharma
    May 31, 2017 at 2:03 am #

    Hi Anil Agarwal, Welcome on donnamerrilltribe.com

    Your article is really nice. I read this article & appreciate these best SEO Techniques to Pump Out traffic. Usually people follow all basic steps for traffic but even they don’t get sufficient traffic on their blog.

    I think they should more focus on Techniques.
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    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi Monika,

      So true….I too appreciate what Anil has written here. There is always room for learning and applying.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 16, 2017 at 2:17 am #

      Hi Monika,

      Thanks for the appreciation.

      Focusing on SEO techniques works only when you’re following the RIGHT advice.

      Unfortunately there’s a lot of junk out there and most beginners get confused about what to implement and what to avoid.

      Here’s where following the right blogs such as Donna’s, Neil Patel, Moz etc can help you a lot.

      Do let me know if you’ve any questions.

  33. Freddy Junior
    May 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Hey Anil and Donna!

    Great post on SEO tips!

    I think it is very important for every blogger to learn all of this information. If they want to build up more traffic to their blogs that is.

    One important thing I always do before writing a new blog post is a bit of keyword research. I only use Google and their tools.

    Using keywords is a crucial step to getting your content found through many search engines online.

    Thanks for this valuable post post!

    Cheers! 🙂

    • Donna Merrill June 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi Freddy,

      Thanks for stopping by. Indeed, keywords play such an important part in everything we write.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How To Work Through Adversity – Tips For The Successful BloggerMy Profile

    • Anil Agarwal
      June 16, 2017 at 2:15 am #

      Hi Freddy,

      If you want to build a better blog, focus on traffic.

      Search traffic is the key here, not any random traffic.

      Make sure to spend time on learning SEO basics first, then start using tools like SEMrush, Yoast etc to slowly master the art of SEO.

      That’s how you get better at it.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  34. Ravi Chahar
    May 30, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Hey Anil and Donna,

    SEO has always been a pain for most of the bloggers. People try hard to understand the concept of bringing their blog posts’ score higher.

    No doubt that Yoast SEO plugin is one of the best you can have right now. It consists numerous of features to use.

    The heading, meta description, focus keywords and what not.

    Playing with the headlines is always a great idea. You should try to include the keyword in those 53 to 60 characters.

    Interlinking is required to improve the SEO and also to reduce the bounce rate.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
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    • Anil Agarwal
      May 30, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

      Hi Ravi,

      It’s indeed true that SEO is a pain for most beginners. But you need to start small somewhere otherwise, making your site profitable becomes a lot harder.

      You can start with Yoast SEO plugin and then learn some basics from Moz blog.

      Headlines play a crucial role too. You can use free tools like Portent to come up with excellent post ideas and headlines for your posts.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  35. Nikhil Makwana
    May 29, 2017 at 9:06 am #

    Hello, Anil & Donna!

    Very impressive post! I like your point #4. But I’m a bit confused about using dofollow or nofollow attributes for outbound link.

    If I’m using dofollow attribute for high authority sites are going to be helpful or not?
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    • Anil Agarwal
      May 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

      Hi Nikhil,

      Dofollow means you’re saying search engine bots to follow the links (aka authority sites, linking to other bloggers’ posts etc)

      Nofollow means you’re saying search bots NOT to follow links (aka product links, affiliate links, social media links etc)

      Using dofollow links to other sites (not only authority sites) does help in SEO! Make sure they are all relevant.

  36. Shantanu Sinha
    May 29, 2017 at 3:20 am #

    Hello, Donna Ma’am
    Great stuff provided by Anil, great to have him on your site.
    Some good points you enlightened upon the SEO and how to increase more and more
    traffic to our blogs. Everybody wants to attract more and more traffic to their blogs
    sometimes coming up with some good content also do not help them to get the desired amount of
    traffic on to their post. Sometimes it hard to get up to 2000 words for some article,
    we need to pick up the topics very wisely, so that we can gather more and more facts about
    that particular field.
    Also linking up with other bloggers also help to create a relation
    and this bonding helps you getting better, after all we are all here for the same job and mutual
    understandings is very necessary.
    Interlinking is something very helpful to gain from here
    I would be starting my new blog and this word would be in my mind. one of the important ingredient.
    Thank you for providing us with these amazing facts.
    Keep Writing and sharing.
    Thank you.
    Shantanu Sinha

    • Anil Agarwal
      May 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

      Hi Shantanu,

      Thanks for the kind words and love to see you around here.

      Great content is the key to more website traffic but most people forget about it and rehash just what everyone else is writing around the world.

      If you want to be successful in blogging, focus on writing about the pain points or write case studies. Focus more on users when you’re starting out and slowly learn SEO basics.

      That’s how you can master it.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  37. Sue Bride
    May 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Thank you Anil. From reading this you can see why Google likes longer posts. They contain such valuable information. But even with 2000 words there is always more to learn, hence the importance of external links such as your link to your Beginners SEO guide. Justifying what you say with stats is useful too.

    We may say we prefer to write for our readers rather than for SEO, but these days Google has readers in mind so following their preferences suits our readers too.

    I think it’s important not just to read the advice in this post but to study how you wrote it, the headlines you used, the keywords used etc.
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    • Anil Agarwal
      May 30, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

      That’s true Sue.

      Google loves fresh and more importantly MEATY content. It gives rewarding results to the sites that are filled with great information.

      You can’t provide great info within short posts, after all, we are not Seth Godin, lol!

      Headlines always play an important role. You can give a try to Portent (free tool) for generating lots of headline ideas.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  38. Gaurav Kumar
    May 28, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    Hi Anil,

    From the beginning, SEO has been helping businesses to target specific audience not just to boost traffic but actually to boost conversions and earning. SEO is always helpful not just to compete with businesses in the same niche but also help to understand how to target the specific user.

    Your tips are always helpful and effective. Thanks.

    Keep sharing more 🙂
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    • Anil Agarwal
      May 29, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Hi Gaurav,

      SEO is useful for both traffic and conversions.

      Just make sure to focus on users as well. Otherwise, it’s impossible to retain people on your sites for longer time and user retention is also a ranking factor.

      Thanks so much for kind words and keep rocking.

  39. Elise Cohen Ho
    May 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    I am just now starting to be more mindful of interlinking my own posts. I even started using inlinkz to help me place posts that are in the same genre that my reader just visited.
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    • Donna Merrill May 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

      Hi Elise,

      Good to know how you are interlinking your posts. In a while you will see an upswing to your blog.

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    • Anil Agarwal
      May 30, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

      Hi Elise,

      Interlinking always plays a huge role in SEO.

      Not only you’ll get better search engine crawlability but your audience will also find more relevant and interesting stuff related to your content.

      So make sure to put at least 1 link for every 200 to 300 words that you write. Also make sure to link out to other bloggers for building a network just like Donna does.

  40. Kathryn Maclean
    May 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    Hello Donna and Anil

    That is a great article Anil on seo techniques.
    Awesome title!

    Optimize Your Blog Posts in SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages)
    Good tips on Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress and informative tips on linking.
    So informative, a great reference on SEO.

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  41. Janice Wald
    May 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    Hi Anil,
    Nice to see you here on Donna’s blog. These are amazing tips. I am struggling with getting my posts over 2,000 words. I do everything I advise others to do but I still struggle. Working outside the home as a teacher means I don’t have the luxury of time either.
    When I do follow all these tips, I generally see it’s the shorter articles that are bringing me search engine traffic. I heard it takes a year to rank on Google. Otherwise, do you have an explanation for why it’s my shorter posts that bring me the bulk of my search engine traffic? Thanks,

    • Anil Agarwal
      May 29, 2017 at 9:07 am #

      Hi Janice,

      Glad to see you here Janice.

      Writing 2000+ blog posts is a bit hard especially when you are starting out. Here’s a tip though: write 500 words every single day and break your content into 500 word pieces.

      That’s how you can churn out massive posts quickly.

      When you’re writing massive posts, you don’t have to worry about posting frequency. Writing 1 detailed post a week is better when you’re in a competitive niche.

  42. Ryan Biddulph
    May 27, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    #1 is beyond key Anil and Yoast is the fundamental tool all bloggers should use to get their SEO game down pat. I use it with every post, going for green checkmarks, and not publishing until I get the all clear. At least until I get lazy LOL.

    It’s tough to do SEO on your own but with tools and excellent tutorials like yours here, all will come together with greater ease.

    Fabulous post!

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    • Anil Agarwal
      May 29, 2017 at 9:05 am #

      Hi Ryan,

      True that. Yoast is a must have plugin for WordPress users, it’s a pure bliss.

      SEO is little hard but if you put the right efforts, you can reap the best rewards in terms of both traffic, sales and user engagement.

      Keep rocking with your content Ryan.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  43. Mandy Allen
    May 27, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    Love these tips! I have always just written, not worried about SEO or ranking or anything, and my blog has done well without any of that. However, I have just started a new blog that I want to rank quickly so I must put into practice some of these tips!

    Enjoy the journey!

    • Anil Agarwal
      May 29, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      Hi Mandy,

      Focus on SEO too if you want better search traffic and rankings.

      Start small with keyword research, and focus on long tail keywords and use them sparingly while writing your blog posts. You’ll definitely see a HUGE bump in your traffic growth then.

      All the best on starting your new blog.

      Do let me know if you’ve any questions.

  44. Hadharm Hiidee May 27, 2017 at 9:31 am #

    Great Piece from Anil Agarwal. You really highlighted some good points for SEO and boost in rankings.
    Thanks for sharing.
    But I thought Google rank with quality content and not posts with up to 2000+ words because if you have up to 2000 words on a post and user didn’t get what they needed from the post. He/she will be forced to go back to search engine and that will lower bounce rate and also decrease in rankings and traffic.

    • Anil Agarwal
      May 29, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Hadharm,

      Writing 2000+ words really works as I’ve been doing it on my site for more than 3 years. This tactic alone helped me to triple my search traffic and overall website sales. I’m speaking it from my experience.

      Give it a try once and you’ll be pleased with the results if you write quality stuff over fluff 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hadharm Hiidee June 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

      Okay I will try this and see the outcome. Thanks.

  45. Muhammad Tabish
    May 27, 2017 at 7:31 am #

    Hello Donna Ma’am and Anil Brother,

    This is just and Awesome, Informative SEO Techniques, Appreciated For The Share,
    I like Your, #6 points, Keep Sharing, Stay Blessed,

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    • Anil Agarwal
      May 29, 2017 at 8:50 am #

      Hi Tabish,

      Thanks for the comment and I too agree with the fact about the importance of backlinks.

      If you’re someone who’s struggling to increase search traffic, you should focus on attracting as many backlinks as possible (do it naturally instead of trying to spam).

      Do let me know if you’ve any questions..

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