How To Increase Organic Blog Website Traffic Easily

How To Increase Organic Blog Website Traffic Easily

Creating great content is tough to say the least. If you go through the effort of making great content, you want to maximize its value. Value can be created in many ways, but generally the more traffic your content generates, the more valuable it is to you. So here’s a guide on how to easily increase the traffic to your great content. Using the Unique Word Visit Influence Report you can quickly & easily make an educated gamble by tweaking your page titles to increase your organic traffic.

Unique Word Visit Influence Report

  • Login to Google Analytics
  • Set the date range to the past six months
  • Go to Acquisition > Keywords > Organic and set the Primary Dimension to Landing Page
  • Click on the most visited blog post of yours in the report
  • Set the Primary Dimension to Keyword
  • Setup a filter to Exclude Keyword Exactly Matching “(not provided)”
  • Set rows to show 5,000
  • Export the report as an Excel file
  • Copy and paste the Keyword column into Column A of another sheet of your Excel file
  • Run the following macro on the Keyword column of your report:
  • This will extract all the unique words from all your keywords and spit them out in column B
  • Now copy and paste the Visits column into Column C of your new sheet next to the original Keywords from your exported Google Analytics report. Make sure to remove the total visits from the bottom of this column
  • Now in Column D use the following SUMIF formula & drag it down for your entire list of unique words:
  • Now copy column D and paste the values, then use the Sort function to Sort By Column D, Sort On Values, Order Largest to Smallest
  • Remove all the Stop Words, partial words, misspellings and non-plural words (if appropriate)

This will reveal how many visits each unique word is contributing to your most popular blog post.

How to Use the Report

  • Use the Unique Word Visit Influence Report to look for words driving lots of traffic that are currently missing from your blog post’s page title. This report can guide you on modifiers to consider using to further optimize your blog post page title.
  • Adjust your post’s page titles accordingly and re-submit the posts via Google’s Webmaster Tools to speed up the page title updates in Google’s index.
  • Do this for your ten most popular blog posts and enjoy the additional traffic, merely through a well educated page title adjustment.

The Results

Organic Traffic Increase To One of my Most Popular Posts

I was able to achieve the above results for just one of my more popular blog posts (when comparing the same four days one week to the prior week). Considering it only took about 15 minutes, it was well worth the effort.

7 Basic SEO Tips, Tweaks, Tactics & Strategies

7 Basic SEO Tips, Tweaks, Tactics & Strategies

It’s quite amazing how many web sites there are that don’t do the basics. If you have a web site and you want it to succeed, then make sure you’ve done all of the following at the very least. This post will explain domain-wide redirects, proper page title, meta description, alt attribute, and URL usage, as well as web analytics and making sure to host all your own content on your own domain.

Domain-wide Redirect

Search engines consider separate sub-domains to be separate web sites. This is why domain.com and www.domain.com are considered separate web sites. External web sites will sometimes link to your site using both variations and this can lead to you not capturing the full potential of your backlinks.

To avoid this problem, you simply need to setup a domain-wide 301 redirect on your Apache web server. Assuming your site is running on Apache (the vast majority are) then you can use the following code. You’ll just need to edit your .htaccess file in your root public directory, or you’ll need to create a text file and save it as “.htaccess” and upload it to your root public directory.

Ideally you’ll want to redirect the variation with the least unique domain backlinks to the version with the most unique domain backlinks. You can utilize Majestic SEO’s Site Explorer to determine this. Just register for a free account, then enter both variations of your domain (http://domain.com and http://www.domain.com), be sure to “Use Historic Index” so you’ll see all the backlinks for each. Then, by using the following lines of code, redirect the version with the least unique domain backlinks to the version with the most unique domain backlinks.

non-www to www

www to non-www

Proper Page Title Usage

Make sure your page title is no more than 70 characters in length. Place your targeted keywords as far left as possible, throw in your site/brand at the end after a pipe (|) symbol.

good page title example

The following is a good page title because it is exactly 70 characters in length. In addition, it has the most relevant keywords at the beginning and includes the web site name at the end.

bad page title example

The following is a bad page title because it is very short. The only keyword it has in it is SEO. It is only 8 characters in length, meaning it is not making use of the additional 62 characters it could be to target additional, longtail keyword phrases. It also explains nothing about the web site’s home page.

Proper Meta Description Usage

Make sure your meta description is no more than 155 characters in length. Place the keywords you anticipate the page ranking for near the beginning of the meta description and be sure to finish it off with a nice call to action. If your page comes up in the results for the keywords you have in the meta description they will be listed in bold. This will help your listing stand out more, then your call to action will entice users to click on your listing even further. Both of these tactics combined can help increase the click through rate on your search engine result page listing.

good meta description example

The following is a good meta description because it is exactly 155 characters. It also includes keywords that the page is targeting and likely to rank for. In addition, it has a nice call to action that will entice viewers to click on its search engine result page listing.

bad meta description example

The following is a bad meta description because it is very short, does not include many keywords and has no call to action. It is only 57 characters in length, meaning it is not making use of the additional 98 characters it could be to explain in more detail what the web site is about and include more relevant keyword phrases as well as a call to action to entice viewers of the search engine result page listing.

Use ALT Attributes

Images on a web site are like a black box to search engines. This is why alt attributes exist. All search engines have to go on is the name of the image file if you do not use alt attributes. Blind people have the same problem with images on a web site that search engines do. You should always use alt attributes to explain what the image is about. Ideally you can find a happy medium between describing an image and utilizing relevant keywords you are targeting.

good alt attribute example

The following is a good alt attribute example for the above image because it explains in detail what the image is about and it also includes many relevant keywords. This is equally good for visitors and search engines to consume. In addition, the alt attribute does a good job complementing the image file name.

bad meta description example

The following is a bad alt attribute example for the above image because it explains nothing specific about the image. Simply “seo graph” is too generalized. If you typed “seo graph” in Google would you want to see this image? Perhaps, but you’d be far more likely to want to see this graph if you typed in “keyword length conversion rates”. In addition, the image would likely rank much higher for the phrase “keyword length conversion rates” than “seo graph” because it is a far less competitive keyword phrase. The alt attribute in this example, is also not very complementary to the image file name.

Use SEO-Friendly URLs

SEO-friendly URLs are equally people-friendly in that they are easy to remember and include keyword phrases in them. They are important because they help re-emphasize what the page is all about. Not only that, but when people link to a web page they commonly will copy and paste the URL. If your keywords are in the URL, then you get backlinks pointed to your site that have your targeted keywords in the anchor text.

SEO-friendly URL example

The following is an SEO-friendly URL because it utilizes hyphens to separate words and English words to explain what the page is about. Just looking at that URL, you have a pretty good idea about what you’ll find after you click on it don’t you? If you did a Google search for “seo friendly urls” the keywords “seo”, “friendly” and “urls” would be bolded, which again helps with clickthrough rates on your search engine result listing.

SEO-unfriendly URL example

The following is an SEO-unfriendly URL because it tells you nothing about what the page is about. All I can tell is that it’s one of many posts on seopeng.com. If I had never been to the site before I would have no clue at all what its about. Perhaps it has something to do with search engine optimization? For a site about SEO, they don’t really seem to know what they’re doing!

Host all your content on your own Domain

So many business web sites have a blog hosted on a free blogging service such as Blogger. This is a horrible idea because the point of a blog from an SEO perspective is to create great content, which generates backlinks organically. When You host this on your own domain such as http://www.domain.com/blog/ it associates these backlinks with your root domain and increases its overall domain authority. When you have your site hosted on a third party site is doesn’t give you the same benefit. This applies to any content you produce that is hosted on a third party site, always place it on your own root domain when possible.

Install web analytics

How are you going to measure the success of your web site if you have no data on what it’s doing? There is absolutely no reason not to install analytics on a business web site. You need to establish goals for what you want people to accomplish on your web site. These are known as conversions, desired actions you want users to take on your site when visiting. For a business web site this could by filling out a contact form, requesting a quote, giving you a call, signing up for your newsletter or purchasing a product. There’s no excuse, setting up analytics is very easy and there are many free web analytics packages out there. Google Analytics is one of the best free web analytics packages out there. Stop flying blind and install it today if you have not already!

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