Here are the top 25 blogging SEO tips to help all blog posts compete for a first page Google ranking.
1. An AI SEO tool
can cut down on the time it takes to create a post.
Artificial intelligence (AI) tools, like Clearscope and RankIQ, tell you what topics marketer should cover in their post to compete for a first-page ranking on Google. This allows marketers to quickly create a detailed outline.
2. Do not use single-phrase search volume when choosing keywords
One of the most common mistakes bloggers make when blogging is to use single-phrase search volumes to identify keywords. This metric can only be used to measure the traffic you get from Google ads.
3. Poll create original research posts from poll results
Original posts receive a lot of backlinks. Marketers and bloggers can generate original data by identifying large Facebook groups in their areas of interest and posting polls. These polls can provide the basis for a research article.
4. Get interviewed on podcasts to generate high quality backlinks
Backlinks to blogs can be created in many ways, including by being interviewed for a podcast. These links are often included in the show notes for the episode.
Marketers can send emails to show hosts to advertise that employees are available for interviews on podcasts. Details of podcast hosts are relatively easy to find through hosting sites; Apple’s Top Charts lists the top 300 podcasts in a number of different areas. If bloggers do not have time to send emails, there is the option to sign up to PodcastGuests.com and have the hosts reach out instead.
5. Write blog posts on the most searched stats for year-round passive backlinks
Journalists who cite data or statistics often include a backlink to the source in their articles. However, they will click on the title with the most data points. (E.g., 50 Latest Dog Biting Statistics).
Marketers have the ability to boost their blogs’ SEO by using keywords to find the most searched statistics in a particular area. A blogger can find out which statistics are most popular and write a blog post that includes additional data points.
6. Use Google ‘friendly’ terms in your title
When marketers run an AI SEO Report through a tool like RankIQ, it lists the words Google ‘likes’ the most within titles. This allows bloggers to create optimized post titles by selecting the words that drive the most click-through rates for certain keywords or phrases.
7. Your blog title
should contain a targeted front end modifier
A strategically placed front-end modifiable, such as “best”, “top”, or “good”, can elevate a marketer’s blog rank from #3 to #1. Different areas and topics have different front-end modifiers. Food bloggers get over 90% of their traffic from recipe posts. For recipe posts, the top front-end modifiers are “easy”, “best”, “homemade” and “simple”. (E.g., Chicken pot pie recipe).
8. Always strive to be better than your competitors
Before a list post can be published, marketers need to look at the competition on Google’s first page. If the highest number in a title is 15, then they should consider lengthening their blog list post to 25. This will increase their CTR and push their blog posts past titles that have lower numbers.
9. Do not go over 60 characters in your blogpost title
10. At the end of each title , use brackets to indicate the current year.
Google searchers are looking for the most current information. Blog posts which have the current year in their title are going ng to get more clicks than those that do not; using square brackets increased the click-through rate by 38%.
An example would be: ’25 Email Marketing Tips for Bloggers ’.
11. Link to an internal post from two other high-ranking posts
Markets should link to their company blogs as soon as they publish a new post. They should also link to at least two historical blog posts that have lots of inbound links.
12. Write 40-50 word paragraphs to rank for featured snippets
Multiple studies have confirmed the majority of featured snippets are pulled from paragraphs which are 40-50 words in length. This length is the optimal length for maximum reader engagement.
13. Make sure your ‘content grade’ is an A+ before publishing
Backlinko looked at 11.8 million Google results and found posts with a high content grade ranked significantly higher in Google search. Content optimisation tools, like RankIQ, will grade a blog’s content based on what Google wants to see from a post for a specific keyword phrase.
14. To increase the ‘dwell-time ‘ of your post, add FAQs at its end.
An easy way to increase people’s time on a page is to include a frequently asked question section at the bottom of a blog article.
Marketers can use search engines to determine the most popular questions asked about a topic. Google even has a dedicated “People also ask” option.
Marketers should consider included around 3-5 of these questions, and their 40-50 word answers, within their businesses’ blog posts.
15. Listen to teaching podcasts like ‘The Blogging Millionaire’
The host of The Blogging Millionaire – a podcast devoted to teaching different blogging strategies – gets 5 million monthly visitors from over 100,000 first-page Google rankings.
Brandon Gaille, host of the podcast, has so far taught over 100 blogging and SEO growth hacks in short ten-minute episodes.
16. Keep your intros to three sentences or less to increase engagement
Readers need to be able to read the entire blog post quickly. For list posts, marketers shou