By Ethan Lyon, Senior Writer
WordPress is an open-source blog publishing application that eliminates web programming for the end user. As it is open-source, there are many different features that have been created by developers to enhance your blogging experience and website design. Many of these features allow bloggers to increase their SEO performance. We will discuss many of these features and how to use them in WordPress.
Use Static Key Words
The more key words you have on your webpage, the more attractive you are to web crawlers. (In simple terms, keyword density is one of many variables web crawlers look at. For example, Google Search looks for the quantity and quality of other sites linking to you).
WordPress has many tools to create sections to feature your own blog posts. In WordPress, click on the “Appearance” button in the left sidebar. A drop down menu will appear. Click on “widgets.” Then drag and drop widgets, such as “recent posts,” “tag clouds” and “links” in the sidebar 1 column on the right. These widgets will increase the number of key words that appear on every page.
Use WordPress Plugins
You might also consider a plugin that features relevant post. This will increase your SEO and pageviews by creating an additional source of keywords and generate relevant content for your reader. Simply click on the “add new” link in the “Plugins” section. Just search for “related posts” and select a plugin with high ratings. Once you’ve installed it, you’ll see a “Related Posts” section under all of your blog posts.
Use Key Words in Permalinks
A permalink is the unique URL for a given web page. When search engines crawl your site, it’s important to have your keywords in the URL. To do this, simply log into WordPress, click on the Settings menu and go to “Permalink.” Then click on “Day and Name” under “Common Settings.” This will add your headline into your URL and make you more attractive for web crawlers.
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