If you are wanting to improve the SEO on your blog posts, you need to make sure you get your site on google. It’s not enough to hit just publish your blog post and call it a day. Google is crawling millions of websites and indexing them, so if you don’t submit your site yourself, it could take months for Google to index your site.
With this method I’m about to show you, your site will be instantly indexed!
Note: As I’m writing this, Google is changing the interface for the Google Search Console, so your experience may vary slightly from the instructions I provide
Add your site to Google Search Console
The first step to get your site on Google is to add it to the Google Search Console. You can do a lot of cool things in the search console like monitor the keywords that show up for your site and their rank. But I’m going to keep it simple in this tutorial and show you how to get started.
Step 1 : go to: https://search.google.com/search-console
Step 2 : You may see Google Search Console’s beta interface. If you see it, go up to the search bar where it stays search property. Click the search bar, go down to add property, and add the url of your website. If you’re taken to the old search console’s interface like in my example below, just click the red add property button to add your website url.
Step 3 : Next you will need to verify your site. You can verify your site through your web hosting account, or you can verify using alternate methods. If you’re not very tech savvy, I reccomend you try to verify using your hosting account first.
Fetch Your Pages
The next step to get your site on Google is to fetch your pages. This is probably the most important step. This is where you are literally telling Google to crawl the web page and index it in the search engine. Every time you create a new page or blog post on your website, you should be fetching it in the Google search console.
Step 1 : In the Search Console dashboard, go to crawl > Fetch as Google
Step 2 : Enter the permalink of the page you want to fetch. Make sure to include the “/” at the end of the link. For example, if the page is example.com/cooking-tips/ enter cooking-tips/
Step 3: Once the link is added and there isn’t any errors, click the Request Indexing button. Google will have you verify that you aren’t a robot, and make sure to select Crawl only this url.
That’s it! It’s pretty easy!
Submit your sitemap
For this step, you need to create an xml sitemap for your website. This is going to vary on the type of website you have, and if you’re using WordPress, different plugins can do this for you. If you’re using Yoast, you can find instructions here.
Step 1 : In the Search Console dashboard, go to Crawl > Sitemaps
Step 2: Click the Add/Test Sitemap button and enter the permalink for your site. Run a test to make sure that the url is working. Once Google has confirmed the url works, repeat the steps and submit the sitemap.
Now get out there and get your site on Google!
If you’re wanting to start on an SEO journey, just remember that this takes time. The more you pay attention to the details, the better you’ll get.
Google is also a fickle creature. Some sites require minimal effort to rank on page 1, while others need a lot of optimization. As one of my SEO expert friends says : “SEO is a science”.
If you’re wanting to optimize the content on your blog and make it SEO friendly, I encourage you to snag a free copy of my SEO checklist for blog copy. Anyone can implement it whether you are a techie or blogging newbie.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if the comments below what else you’d like to learn about!
This is the one question that drives bloggers crazy: How do you get organic traffic to your blog? Everyone from newbie bloggers to the experienced struggle with this.
But hold up! ✋
I’m going to reveal a crazy simple trick that the SEO pros use to rank blog posts on the first page of Google! And by “SEO Pros” I mean people that you would pay money to in order to get these results. And it’s not complicated ( but they don’t want you to know that! ). In fact, when you’re done reading this you’re probably going to be thinking “Really? That’s it?”
Prepare to get your mind blown!
Step 1 : Research Your Keyword
First of all, if your REALLY want to get organic traffic to your blog, this is the most important step. Before you even begin to start writing or think of a topic, you need to decide what your keyword is. Not only that, you need to use a keyword that people are searching for.
“But how the hell do I do that?” you might be thinking.
Get ready for this because it’s easy AF! ?
Go to the search bar in Google or Pinterest and start typing something. In my example I typed “meditation”. You’ll get a dropdown of suggested keywords. These are going to be the top keywords that people are actually searching for!
I know. It’s stupid easy.
Now you have your keyword. So what do you do with it?
Step 2: Place Your Keyword In The Title & Meta Description
The next thing you need to do is place your keyword in the title and meta description in your post. This part is super important, because in order to drive organic traffic to your blog, Google needs to know what your post is about.
For example if we look at the keyword “meditation tips”, this is what it would look like in the title and meta description. This article was on the first page of Google.
The meta description for your blog post is directly underneath the title, and the two show up together in Google search results
Note that the blog title doesn’t have to literally be “Meditation Tips”. Rather, the keyword was integrated into a catchy title. Because lets face it. Just because your blog post shows up on the first page of Google, that doesn’t guarantee that people will click on it.
Keep it interesting people. We don’t live to serve the Google Gods.
Step 3: Sprinkle Your Keyword Throughout Your Blog Post
So this next part is tricky.
Now that your keyword is in your title and meta description, you need to make sure that it’s placed throughout the body of your blog copy. When done right, Google will love you. When done wrong, Google will think you’re cheating and only writing content for search engines. This is known as “keyword stuffing”.
My strategy is that I try to place the keyword within your content at least 3 or 4 times in the content in a way that appears naturally. Google is very smart and can tell whether or not you are writing for human beings. So even though your REALLY want to try your best to rank on the first page, keep in mind that your first priority should be to write for humans.
Step 4 : Take care of the small stuff
Now that you’ve got your keyword integrated into your content, it’s time to tie up the loose ends. So how do you do that? Well I’ve made a handy checklist to help out.
I’ve created this checklist to help guide you and keep you on track with keeping your blog posts SEO friendly. Not only does it list the items I talked about in this post, but it also lists a few extra items for on page optimization for your blog post.
Stay tuned for my next post where I show you how to index your site in Google search engines!
Welcome to Marketing Mochi! You have found yourself on the very first blog post! Congratulations!
This is designed to be a helpful blog that will teach you everything you need to know about digital marketing. I have been thinking about starting this blog for quite some time now, and I think there is a enough of a need out there to teach the masses about marketing.
I am a web designer and digital consultant by trade. It is my job to help my clients with their online presence. So I have a BUTT LOAD of information in my head. I am hoping this blog will be a great way for me to unload some of this knowledge and share it with you!
And don’t worry, I’m not some self proclaimed “Marketing Guru” that can get you to 6 figures in the blink of an eye. Everything that I share with you in this blog are going to be things you can do without having to hire someone to get the job done. No complicated hacks. No nonsense.
What You Can Expect
Most marketing blogs are very…I don’t know…how you say… “professional”?
Yeah I’m not about that life. ?
There’s going to be lots of swearing, emoji’s, gif reactions, and probably bad grammar. But I don’t care. You guys are here to learn right?
Also, there’s going to be a lot The Office gifs. If you don’t like the Office, then this blog may not be right for you.
Here are just some of the topics that I’ll be covering in this blog:
- How to setup Facebook ads like a pro
- How to have a gorgeous social media presence without a graphic designer
- Manage your social media without pulling your hair out
- Build a website without touching a line of code
- Facebook Chatbots: Why you need one and how to use one
Does this sound pretty cool to you?
If you like to learn a thing or two from me, awesome! I’m happy to help!
I invite you to subscribe to my mailing list and follow me on Facebook. That way I can let you know when I have more content.
Right now the blog is pretty barren sooooo I need to start writing!
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