Search Engine Optimization SEO: 5 Ways Organic Search Ranked #1

SEO Search Engine Optimization

by Calvin K. Lee, MBA, CPA | Category: Web design, SEO and social mediaInspirational Life



In this post I’m going to share some of my SEO secrets. Anyone with a website should know the basics of SEO, which is how to drive traffic to your website.

I’ve recently spent a lot of time learning Search Engine Optimization and implementing what I learned on my website. My hard work is starting to pay off as today I saw on Google Analytics that Organic Search traffic was ranked #1 on my website.

Organic search ranked #1 on today's Google Analytics on my blog
Organic search ranked #1 on today’s Google Analytics on my blog

Having 9 unique visitors to my site on a day may not seem a lot to some of you, but for my website that’s only been active for a couple months I’m pretty happy with the results. What’s even more interesting is that the visitors came from 9 different cities from 3 countries (United States, Canada, and Russia)!

Source traffic from 9 different cities on Google Analytics
Source traffic from 9 different cities on Google Analytics

I spend 2 hours each day 5 days a week listening to podcasts on how to improve my website and SEO. That’s 10 hours of education a week, not including additional time I spend educating myself through Udemy.com and YouTube tutorial videos.

I like the quote that says,

“If I was given 8 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 hours sharpening my axe.”Tweet:

Here, my goal is to build my website and implement SEO techniques to drive more traffic to my website & blog. Sharpening my axe refers to me educating myself through podcasts, webpage articles, YouTube videos, and Udemy.com online courses.

Secret #1: Use Yoast SEO plugin

This WordPress plugin is simply amazing. It tells me how to improve my blog posts so that they are optimized for SEO.

Some of my blog posts are ranking high enough in the search results on Google and Bing that when people search, my blog is showing up on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP). From Google Analytics I can see that organic search on Google brought 3 visitors to my site, and Bing organic search brought 1 visitor to my site. Facebook brought 1 visitor, Twitter brought 1 visitor, and I also got 1 referral from another website.

Google & Bing
Google & Bing

Secret #2: Optimize each page on your website for SEO

I use Yoast SEO plugin to optimize the pages on my website. I’ve done it for some pages, but there are still a lot of improvements to be made. As I improve my website, I expect my page rankings on Google and Bing will improve.

Secret #3: Use social media to share your content

When I publish a new blog post, I share it on social media. I find that Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and other sites create traffic to my website. This also helps my SEO on my website.

I’ve done some experiments with social media and had some great results. I’ll share about how I used Twitter to increase my exposure in a future post.

Secret #4: Use keywords, keywords, keywords!

The best way to optimize your website is to use keywords, so that when people search those keywords in a search engine, your site will show up on the Search Engine Results Page. I can write a whole post on this later.

 

Secret #5: Use Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3

This is one of the easiest way to tell Google or Bing what your keywords are. I use these headings in my blog posts.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Calvin K. Lee, MBA, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois) is a leadership coach, website owner and tech enthusiast. He’s interested in leadership coaching, website building and creation, how to get the most out of a website by using SEO and social media, graphics design, and more. He can be found on Twitter @calvinklee2010 and YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1R8rF9w

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