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Installing a WordPress is very easy it is just done by one click installation. You can have a look at this documentation CLICK HERE

Once you have installed WordPress there are some more steps you need to follow. To give your customers a better experience with your blog you need to install few plugins. Let us have a look at some of “Must be” plugins.

SEO Plugins :

Support for SEO on Custom Post Types, Advanced Canonical URLs, Fine tune Page Navigational Links, XML site maps, Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines, Generates META tags automatically and Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs. These are the tasks done by SEO plugins.

Some of the plugins for these features are WordPress SEO by Yoast, All in One SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps .

Avoid Spams :

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Akismet is the best and only plugin that filters spam.

For Back Ups :

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There are many plugins that provide back ups for the wordpress. Each plugin has its own features other than just maintaining a back up. Back Up WordPress is one of them.

Analytics :

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Adds extra search engines which tracks the downloading IP, monitors number of views. Google Analytics for WordPress , WordPress.com Stats.

Cache :Wordpress-cache

 

This helps in improving the speed of the wordpress, it increases its performance. W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache are most popular caches used.

Contact Form :

Contact form is one of the important aspect and it is a must. Contact From 7, cform, WP Contact Form, Gravity Form are the most popular contact forms used with additional features..

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For effective and amazing photos you can use gallery plugins like NextGen Gallery, Simple Photo Gallery . These are the most popular plugins used.

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Let your viewers share their opinion on your product or an article by installing plugins like Disqus, Commentluv etc.

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Security is a very important for any site. There are plugins available for providing security to the wordpress and they are All In One WP Security & Firewall, BulletProof Security, Captcha etc.

Social Media :

Social Media is the best to reach people, you can install plugins like Sociable, Share This, Fat Free WordPress Social Share Buttons Plugin, WordPress Social Sharing Optimization etc

Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the important topics for every blogger to keep in mind. Most bloggers struggle to get more traffic to their blog from search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing.  WordPress is one of the most powerful open source content management system (CMS) that helps you to create a website or a blog. Many of the blogs now-a-days are created using WordPress because it is easy to update your posts in WordPress site and it is extremely famous, truly capable and adaptable for many bloggers and WordPress plugin community provides many SEO plugins for the WordPress users to fulfill their SEO needs so that you can increase the traffic from the search engines. Below you will find top 10 SEO plugins for WordPress that you can use to make your blog SEO friendly.

1. All in one SEO Pack

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All in one SEO Pack is one of the most popular and commonly used plugin by the bloggers with more that 14 million downloads. Many SEO professionals use or recommend this plugin because it includes many great features. It helps you to avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blog and even generates meta tags and optimizes titles for search engines automatically. Some of the key features of All in one SEO pack are mentioned below

  • This plugin supports Google Analytics
  • It also supports Custom Post Types
  • Advanced Canonical URLs for your posts
  • Fine tune Page Navigational Links
  • Built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality
  • ONLY plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites

2. HeadSpace2 SEO

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HeadSpace2 is another WordPress Seo Plugin that controls almost every aspect of your sites meta data including advanced tagging and it also allows you to add Google analytics to WordPress website. With this plugin you can manage all page titles, meta-data, meta-descriptions, keywords and tags at one place. Some of the key features of this plugin are

  • You can configure meta-data for all posts and pages.
  • You can define tags, with suggested keywords
  • It also allows you to add Google section targeting
  • You can also Configure first-time visitor messages
  • You can Follow on archive, category, page, tag, and comment links
  • You can also define additional CSS and JavaScript files

3. Google XML Sitemaps

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This plugin will help you to generate an XML sitemap that will help the search engines like (google,Bing.Yahoo,Ask) to make better index of your blog.When you have a structured sitemap,  search engines will find much easier to crawl and retrieve it more efficiently.The best part of this plugin is when you create a new blog post it will automatically notify to all the major search engines.

4. WordPress SEO by Yoast

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WordPress SEO by Yoast is extremely easy to use SEO plugin so that new bloggers can easily understand. This plugin includes with snippet preview and page analysis functionality  which helps you to optimize your pages,images and meta tags. It helps you create better titles and even you can block duplicate pages from search bots. This plugin will also help you to create fully customize breadcrumbs so that users can navigate from one page to another page easily.

5. SEO Friendly Images

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This plugin will help you to add alt and titles attributes to images automatically so that you can improve images search traffic for your blog. With this SEO friendly images plugin it will automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. ALT attribute will tell search engines about the image description  and TITLE attribute is a tooltip text displayed when the mouse is over the image

6. Automatic SEO links

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With this Automatic SEO Links plugin it will automatically link to this plugin and will replace all matches in the posts of your weblog.It also allows you to set the title, target and rel for each link.This plugin also changes the words in plain text, if it finds a word in a link, title, header.

7. 404 SEO plugin

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This plugin will replace Page Not Found(404) error with suggestions of the related links on your site with the help of  the words in the URL.With this plugin you can have full control on dead links and redirects .

8.Nofollow Case by Case

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Nofollow case by case allows you to where to add or remove nofollow attributes for the comment links. It also helps you to open the comment links in a new window.In case if you are not configured it automatically puts nofollow attributes from all your comment links and comment author links.

9.SEO Rank Reporter

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This SEO Rank Reporter plugin will track google ranking based on your keywords that you enter and displays user friendly graph so that you can understand easily and make necessary changes to improve traffic. Below you can find main features of this plugin.

  • Add keywords to the reporter and let the reporter track your website’s (or other websites’) ranking changes.
  • View a historical graph of rankings.
  • Visually compare how your website is ranking compared to competitors.
  • Watch how traffic fluctuates based on ranking changes.

10.SEO Ultimate

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SEO Ultimate is an all in one plugin where you can manage all your title tags, nofollow, meta tags, Open Graph, slugs, canonical, autolinks, 404 errors etc. In this plugin all the modules are managed individually so that you can disable the module which you don’t want.The main features of this plugin are

  • Title Tag Rewriter
  • Meta Description Editor
  • Deeplink Juggernaut
  • Open Graph Integrator
  • Author Highlighter

There are many other plugins in WordPress which can be used for SEO purpose. We have shared only top 10 SEO plugins. If you want to know more about WordPress Plugins or any particular one, please contact me by commenting on this blog post. If you find this informative, consider sharing with others.

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Guest Blogging is the most effective way to increase your site’s traffic, popular way to link building and to reach new audience.  Many online businesses try various methods like Adwords campaigns, Social Media Campaigns, etc but the most easiest and result oriented way by which popularity can be gained and can do wonders for SEO (i.e. Guest Blogging) is often ignored, even if people post guest blogs then they don’t follow the proper strategy, most people often commit mistakes here like choosing site with low traffic, selecting/posting in irrelevant sites and posting low quality posts.

Does Guest Blogging Works?

Most people (due to lack of knowledge) thinks that guest blogging is just a waste of time and it doesn’t benefit them. If you are one of them then you are going in a wrong direction and missing something great in the blogging field. Most bloggers submit their best posts to guest blogs instead of posting this on their own blog, I know its surprising, but its true.

Benefits of Guest Blogging:

Increases Traffic: 

Guest Blogging brings new visitors to your site. It is not a back linking tactics which anyone can do easily instead it requires very hard work and if your post is submitted in a reputed blog then

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you can get around 500 – 1000 visitors by just a single post. By guest blogging, your site will get more targeted traffic when compared to organic or social media traffic. My average bounce rate for organic traffic  was 71% with the average time spend of 20 seconds where as average bounce rate for the visitors coming through guest posts is 19% and the average time spent on my blog is 5 minutes.

More Email/Newsletter Subscribers:

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If users like your post then definitely they would like to read all your posts. Therefore, guest blogging not only brings traffic but it also increases your newsletter subscribers.

Good Relationship with Other Bloggers:

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It is very crucial for the people in the blogging field to maintain good relationship with the fellow bloggers in order to get benefited. It increases your chances to get good referrals and besides potential sales, you may come across several bloggers, industry experts, etc. This will also increase your future guest posting opportunities. If you build relationship with bloggers then you will get lots of support from them, you will find a reason to motivate yourself, they will share interested information related to your niche and they will try to solve your website’s problems.

It Improves Writing Skills:

You might be thinking why should I write  “guest posts” to improve my writing skills though I can improve by writing on my own blog. Research says that many famous bloggers have improved their writing skills by posting guest blogs. The reason is you take your own blog for granted and post as you write but when it comes to guest posts you immediately start paying

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attention towards your writing and will proof read your content because it doesn’t matter how informative your post is or how much expert you are in a particular field if the visitors cannot understand your posts. Therefore, you will start proof reading your content before posting which will be benefited to you in long term.

Social Media Popularity:

You have to be famous among Social Media users, but how? To be popular on social media sites your posts must get large numbers of Facebook likes, twitter followers, Google plus likes, etc. If visitors on guest blogs like your posts then surely they will share your posts which will pull up your reach and surely your site will get popular on social media too.

Steps for Effective Guest Blogging

Get Ready before you start:

To get best results out of guest posts one must take certain points into consideration because if a guest post is accepted in a reputed blog then surely traffic boosts up but to convert those new visitors into regular readers we have to concentrate on some basic protocols which is necessary in order to convert your new visitors to regular ones.  New users will notice design before they look into text and if they find it poor and disorganized then they will directly leave your site without reading the content. Therefore, design is important and apart from design work on tag lines, header and  make best usage of colors.

Write in Relevant Blogs:

Always try to write in blogs of your niche like if you deal in web hosting then you have to find recognized blogs under this topic like you can write for hosting, seo, online marketing,etc.  Once a blog is selected write quality content and always remember that you are an authorized blogger and your post should be problem solving. It will rise the opportunity to get your post accepted and once it is published you will surely get targeted traffic to your blog.

Research about Guest Blogging Site:

Analyze guest blogging site on various factors like:

Active Visitors: Selecting a site with good active member count will help you to get more social recognition through shares on social networking sites and referrals.

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Page Rank: Choose a site with a high page rank because Google rates page rank between 0 to 10 where 10 is highest page rank.

Alexa Rank: It is calculated based on website’s performance in the last 3 months. They calculate rankings based on estimated average daily unique visitors to the site and the estimated number of pageviews on the site.

Get Familiar:

Blog owners get plenty of requests from bloggers to write guest post, they cannot allow everyone to write a post, you can maintain good relationship with them and get your posts accepted. To get noticed, comment on their articles, like their quality posts, raise questions if you have, reply to the comments, give suggestions,etc. If you do so, admin will notice you and accept your guest blog posts whenever you want to write a post.

Make your offer interesting:

If you are interested to write in a particular blog, then you must include the following details in your request to get accepted as a guest blogger.

  • Why have you chosen that particular blog?
  • Who are you and your blogging experience?
  • What topic are you going to post?
  • How will it be benefited to the users?

If you answer the above questions then blog owner will get convinced and give you an opportunity to post in his/her blog.

Don’t be Impatient:

Owners/admins of renowned blogs take time to respond. Just few comments and social media shares are not going to work in all scenarios. If the admin don’t reply your first mail then politely remind him after few days, but don’t lose your patience as it takes few weeks to reply.

Write According to the Blog:

Try to get as much knowledge as you can about the blog you are writing for in order to write an adequate post and also to get your post accepted. Following are the few things that should be kept in mind before writing guest blog post.

Research: You should have complete knowledge about the topic you are writing, try to give something extra to grab readers attention towards you.

Slow and Steady wins the Race: Always remember that you are not just writing a guest post instead your article will reflect your personality and business. Take your own time to write, cover all important points and consolidate what you write.

Manage Word Count: Every blog follow their rules for word count, to write adequate post for a particular blog research about that blog and check what is the usual word count and write similar size posts.

Check Your Post: It doesn’t matter how many posts you have posted, always proof-read your post before submitting. Readers don’t like posts with spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes or if it is unstructured. Give more stress on proof reading because your post might got rejected even after giving useful info if it is messy.

Share Useful information: Users visit blogs to find out solution to their problems, they don’t want their time to be wasted, always write solutions pertaining to the issues and share useful and interesting stuff.

Never Focus Too Much on Self – Promotion:

Few new bies  try to make much out of their guest posts and due to this they concentrate on self promotion rather than providing quality content. It might lead to rejection of your posts, focus on quality of the content your submit to other’s blog, you need not worry about traffic because if your post is accepted then you will get targeted traffic from the link posted.

Your Job is Not Yet Over:

If your first guest post is accepted then it doesn’t mean that you have done your job instead your work has just started, you have to get involved into several other things to get succeeded into blogsphere. Make sure you follow the below points:

Share Your Guest Post:

If your post is published then do share it on your social profiles and your blog. This will bring instant traffic to your guest post and its the best way to impress blog owner and also to get a chance to publish more posts on his blog.

Be Interactive:

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Your active contribution in comment section is must, always be ready to answer questions by the reader, give explanation if someone criticizes or disagree to some of your points and reply to the suggestions. If you do follow this then you will get fame in no time, it will also drag traffic to your own blog and if you interact and provide answer to the questions of the readers then you will be recognized as expert blogger of your niche.

Be Ready with more posts:

After successful submission of guest post, be ready with more posts for submitting in guest blogs as well as on your own blogs because if readers come to your blog then they should find enough posts on your blog which drags them to your blog regularly, if you don’t have sufficient content then you might lose visitors. When traffic increases post regularly on your blog and make your blog more interactive. If users find something new and informative regularly then they will definitely visit your site.

This is all about “Best Way to do Effective Guest Blogging”, please do drop your comments, questions and suggestions in the below section. If you like this post, please consider sharing it with others.

My week doesn’t end without hearing the question what is best, on-page SEO or Link Building, many people asked me whether they should spend their money on link building or on-page SEO. Though there are many SEO companies but if you ask them which is the best method they will suggest the method at which they are good. If they are good at on-page optimization then they will say it is the best method and if they are good at backlinking they say it is best.

But the fact is SEO is depended on your site and each and every website has to be optimized according to its requirement. I’m going to walk you through 4 cases and explain how I’d allocate your budgets for each one.

Case #1: The Specialist

70% On-page, 30% Link-building

The Specialist is an established site with a solid, trusted link profile and usually a good base of content. In many cases, it’s a site that’s evolved “organically”, which is a fancy word for “without a plan”.

The Specialist could be suffering from any or all of the following:

  • Keyword research is 5 years out of date
  • Internal links have grown like weeds
  • Site architecture doesn’t reflect business goals
  • Page TITLEs overlap or are duplicated
  • Old but valuable (i.e. linked-to) content is 404’ing

In many cases, no one notices, because The Specialist’s strong link profile and solid content keep it ranking well. The problem is that you’re sitting on a gold mine of untapped potential. Of course, The Specialist should keep building solid links, but a shift (even for a few months) to really planning and focusing on on-page issues, from keyword research on up, could produce huge dividends.

Case #2: The Perfectionist

30% On-page, 70% Link-building

The Perfectionist often comes out in new webmasters. They’ve read 500 SEO blogs and are following all the “rules” as best they can, but they’ve become so obsessed with building the “perfect” site that they’ve hit the point of rapidly diminishing returns. The Perfectionist wants to know how to squeeze 0.01% more SEO value out of an already good URL by moving one keyword.

It’s time for The Perfectionist to remember the 80/20 rule – there comes a point where your on-page is good enough, at least for now. You have to get Google to your site to put that on-page magic to work, and that means building links. It’s important to develop content (which is why I’ve left on-page at 30%), but put almost every other on-page tactic to the side temporarily and spend a solid 6 months developing and implementing a link-building campaign

Case #3: The Blistering Confusion

90% On-page, 10% Link-building

The Blistering Confusion  is a Google engineer’s fantasy (or possibly nightmare). She’s broken every single rule of on-page SEO, which worked fine for a while, but then came “May Day” and “Panda”, and now Google is even talking about penalizing her for optimizing too much. The Hot Mess has let something spin out of control, including:

  • Blocked crawl paths and bad redirects
  • Massive URL-based duplication
  • Excessive internal search, categories, and tags
  • Aggressive ad-to-content ratio
  • Extremely “thin” content
  • Nonsensical site architecture and internal linking
  • Keyword stuffing that would embarrass 1998

In some cases, this could be “over-optimization” and an attempt to manipulate the search engines, but in other cases the Hot Mess is just that – a mess. Whatever the cause, put down everything and start fixing the problems now. Chasing new links without fixing the mess is like having your carpets cleaned while your house is burning down.

Case #4: The Bad Boy

10% On-page, 90% Link-building

Finally, there’s the Bad Boy – he’s broken every rule in the Google link-building playbook, and they’ve finally noticed. This could be a large-scale devaluation or a Capital-P Penalty, including:

  • Paid links
  • Link farms, networks and exchanges
  • Excessive low-value links
  • Aggressive anchor-text targeting

What is SEO?

SEO is the abbreviation of Search Engine Optimization and it is a process to bring relevant visitors to your site by following the rules and regulations of search engines. The traffic which comes through SEO is unpaid, it is known as natural traffic or organic traffic.

Whenever you enter a question in a search engine and hit ‘enter’ you get a list of web results that contain that query term. Users normally tend to visit internet sites that are at the top of this kind of list as they understand those to be more relevant to the query. If you’ve ever wondered why many of these websites rank better than the others then you need to know that it is because of a powerful web marketing technique called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

SEO is a method which helps search engines locate and rank your website higher than the millions of other sites in response to a search query. Search engine optimization thus helps you acquire traffic from search engines.

This SEO tutorial covers all the necessary information you need to know about Search Engine Optimization – what is it, how does it work and differences in the ranking criteria of major search engines.

How Search Engines Work

The first basic reality you need to know to learn Search engine optimization is that search engines usually are not humans. While this might be obvious for everybody, the actual differences between how humans and search engines view web pages are not same. Unlike humans, engines like google are text-driven. Although technology advances rapidly, search engines are far from smart creatures that can notice the beauty of a cool design or enjoy the seems and movement in movies. Instead, search engines like google crawl the Web, looking at particular site products (mainly text) to obtain an idea what a website is about. This short explanation is not the many precise because as we will see next, search engines carry out several activities to be able to deliver search results : crawling, indexing, processing, calculating relevancy, as well as retrieving.

First, search engines crawl the Web to see what is there. This task is performed by a piece of software, called a crawler or a spider (or Googlebot, as is the case with Google). Spiders follow links from one page to another and index everything they find on their way. Having in mind the number of pages on the Web (over 20 billion), it is impossible for a spider to visit a site daily just to see if a new page has appeared or if an existing page has been modified, sometimes crawlers may not end up visiting your site for a month or two.

What you can do is to check what a crawler sees from your site. As already mentioned, crawlers are not humans and they do not see images, Flash movies, JavaScript, frames, password-protected pages and directories, so if you have tons of these on your site, you’d better run the Spider Simulator below to see if these goodies are viewable by the spider. If they are not viewable, they will not be spidered, not indexed, not processed, etc. – in a word they will be non-existent for search engines.