5 Important On Page SEO Tips

5 Important On Page SEO Tips

As most of you know, “G” does take into account your physical site when determining your rankings. It’s not just links anymore, and that is a good thing for the people and business’s that are legitimate and doing the right thing. It’s going to get harder and harder for low-quality, old content, thin, spammy, and MDA (made for advertising) sites to rank in the future if not already. Here are some of the most important On-page SEO Tips.

1) Page Load Time

This now more than ever is very important if your trying to achieve page 1 ranking for your site. When “G” crawls your site it needs to be fast and easy to navigate through. IF they try to crawl it and it gets stuck for a few seconds you better believe your losing points. Some of the most common items that cause this are WordPress Queries (Database), Plugin’s, & Images. You can use Pingdom Tools to check your page load time, as well as their DNS Health Test. Another great tool is GTmetrix, which uses Google’s Page Speed and Yahoo! YSlow to test the performance of your site. They then recommend how to fix these issues. There is also the option to use Google’s Page Speed Anayslsis Tool.

2) Title Tags

Your Page Title (Title Tags) is what shows up on the first line in the search results. This should be set to the Primary Keyword you are trying to rank that page for. When doing this it has been known to sometimes give a couple page bump in the search results, and recently we did this for a client and they went from page 3 to page 1. If you have not implemented this, do it now!

3) H Tags

The Headings are still valuable, and they go from H1 to H6, while H1 is the most important. This tells the search engines what your page/post is about, and this should be your primary keyword. By default, most WP Themes use your post title for this, but you can define them in your editor or .php files.

4) Internal Linking

Very simply, this is linking to another page on your site like this – SEOjus. Linking to other pages on your site is a necessity, and if done right can give back ten-fold. Make sure to use the right anchor text while doing this, not using “click here” or “visit page” as the anchor. This not only tells “G” what the page is about, but informs your readers where the link will take them. Also, there should never be a dead end page. This is a page that has no internal links on it, thus causing the crawler to stop. There should be a never ending cycle of internal links, causing G to go from page to page to page, and not creating a dead end.

5) Fresh Content

Most of us know that updating your site frequently is like eating breakfast, you have to do it.  G likes to see sites that add new content on a regular basis, rather then site  that has not added or updated anything in a long time. A lot of business owners added a blog to their site for this purpose, because it might not be ideal to change their main pages. While that might be necessary at times, it is not good to frequently update a already published page. G likes to see action on a site, not stagnant pages.

 

There are lots more On-Page SEO Tips that could be added here, but we will saved that for part 2. If you have some on-page SEO Tips you would like to share, please feel free.

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26 Comments

  1. So, after reading this post, I have one question that do we really need to change the h1 tag of post title to something other?

    And like you have said in your blog post, Google loves fresh content more than anything and many sites has lost their rank in SERPS after not updating their blog for quite long.

    Do reply to my above question.
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    • Hi Anurag,

      Good question. G does take into account your H Tags. They recommend only using 1 H1 Tag per page, so you have to see if your theme automatically gave your post title the H1 attribute. If you already created a post, and the theme did attribute that, I would leave it alone. For future reference, your post title should start with or contain the primary keyword you are targeting.

      So if your next post was about blogging tips, you would call the post something like: 5 Best Blogging Tips, or Top Blogging Tips, or Blogging Tips for 2013. That way when “G” does crawl your site, they see your post is about blogging tips, and all your content should be about this. You would then use the H2 & H3 tags for secondary keywords. Just be careful to not over-optimize. Hope that answered your question. If not, I will elaborate. thanks so much for stopping by SEOjus!
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  2. This is a great article. It is so important to make sure your site is in good order before you go out link building otherwise it could all be for nothing.

    • Hello Chris,

      Very sorry for the delay in approving and replying, there was a bug in the comment system.

      Thank you for the compliment, I consider SEO like building a house.

      You need your foundation before you build the house.

    • Hi Darnell,

      Sorry for the time it took to approve you r comment, something happened with a lot of comments.

      I have not compare it to any other blogs but I know our site does take a few seconds to load. I think it’s due to the theme we use. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Thanks for recommending Pingdom and GTmetrix. I was looking for some page load time checker tools that could analyze how much time my website takes to load. Cheers!

  4. SEO is a complicated process but surely once this tips were applied it will be a guaranteed success. I have known of people personally who were very successful in this field.

    • Hello Ashish,

      Sorry for the delay in the response, thanks for commenting on this post, and good luck to you.
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    • Hi Rahul,

      Thank you, I tried.

      I love WordPress and I use it for all my sites and my clients sites. I would never use Blogger, but everyone has their preference.

      Have you already migrated?
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    • Hi Crystal,

      Thanks for the comment, on-page seo is only the beginning of ranking a site, but it is the foundation.

  5. Hey justin
    Nice post but I am some questions which you don’t covers in this post like,
    Q.1 What you think about ALT TEXT in images???
    Q.2 What is the importance of keyword density in a post???
    Reply me with your answer. I am waiting and thanks for sharing this valuable information. 🙂
    Chetan Gupta recently posted…Why and How to Start Blogging Using WordPressMy Profile

    • Hi Chetan,

      1) Alt Text is a way to optimize an image, I do not think it will make or break a site, or change your Rankings if you do or do not use it.

      2) I also do not think keyword density plays that much of a role in ranking. As long as you have your Title Tag, URL, and H1 Tag set correctly, and sprinkle a few variations of the keyword in the page or post you will be fine.

  6. Nice tips I must say. Some of them I was already aware of, but I didn’t know that the Page Load Time could make so much of a difference. I guess I will have to keep that in my for my website from here on end.

    • Hi Taylor,

      Page Load Time is a small factor when it comes to ranking, but it’s more for the user, some people will not wait that long for your site to load, which causes them to bounce back to Google, which affects your Bounce Rate.

  7. On-page SEO is one of the most essential activities one can undertake for the long-term improvement of their website. Simply slapping up pages without much rhyme, reason, or planning is an ineffective way to approach an internet presence. In addition, one is guaranteed to always be behind the curve of those that take these circumstances into consideration. The attention does pay off, it just takes time. Thanks for this share.
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    • Hi Maya,

      Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Yes on-page SEO is important, but it is only half the battle when it comes to ranking.

  8. Thanks for this on page SEO article. H2 tag is missing effected on page rank. I can link to any page in my website page content.

    • Hi Kroy,

      I really did not understand your comment, but thanks for visiting the site.

  9. Good blog post Well writtien, great information and easy to understand and implement! Most people think SEO is too complicated but its not really and you did a great job of explaining the process.

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