It’s a complete all-in-one SEO checklist for blog posts.
The things I’m going to tell you in this SEO checklist are the same you can apply in your blog posts writing.
You can either pick some excellent points or whole points can also be implementable with a blog post.
And one excellent point in this article is that… These SEO strategies are already used by some of the best content publishers in the market.
So lets get started without any time waste…
Find Awesome content ideas for post writing
Sometimes finding the content ideas to write a blog post becomes very hard & complex.
I have personally felt this problem. That’s why I’m including this topic.
And after implementing this, I have not too many content ideas problems.
So, what are some best ways to get awesome content ideas for your blog posts, In just some minutes.
The Buzzsumo is a best content finder tool for writing blog posts.
It allows you to find content ideas related to your niche.
For instance, I have searched a Queries “rank on google” and showed me the top SERP content ideas in the picture below.
You can choose them to do keyword research and write a blog post on a particular topic.
Buzzsumo really helps a lot in content discovery.
2. Forum sites
The forum sites are one of the best ways to find awesome and very effective blog topics.
You will get the questions that are asked by real users on the net.
Further, you can make a blog post on them after doing keyword research.
Some best forum sites…
I will recommend to you only 3 forum sites that are most popular.
And quora is best among these 3 forum sites, because it has the massive amount of daily traffic that no other forum site contains.
As, Millions of peoples comes every single month on quora.com
So, how you will get the content ideas from Quora. Let’s see…
just go to quora.com
Now, As mentioned in the below image you can see…
I have followed spaces or groups on quora.com that are visible in the green box.
Just click on the spaces one by one and see the questions asked by the public on Quora related to your niche.
To see the questions click on any one space as in the green box of the above image. Then, you will see the question asked by users likewise in the below image.
The above two images are showing the questions asked by users on quora.
You can grab these questions to make a post for your blog.
For more questions you can follow more spaces and see the content ideas as much as you want.
Keyword Research checklist
Now, You should always go for keyword research after finding content ideas for a post.
You only have the content idea. but, you don’t know whether it’ll rank on Google or not. So, to know it we used to do keyword research on the blog topic.
Once you have selected a blog topic then you have to go for keyword research.
1. Google suggest
The best way to find the best searched keyword on google, use google suggest.
Lets we have a topic “SEO tools” write it on the google search box without pressing the enter button. Then press the space button to see the suggestions by google.
Likewise in the below image…
These are the most searched phrases on google on this keyword “SEO tools”.
To find some questions on this for more ideas.
Press enter in your search box after writing the keyword. Then see the “People also ask” & “Related searches” by scrolling down.
Likewise in the picture below…
Pick the question that fits you.
Tip: Use keywords everywhere extension for related keywords, people also ask, and long tail keyword ideas.
2. Answer the public
Answer the public is one of the best ways to get a lot of questions about a particular search topic.
Let’s have the same topic “SEO tools’ ‘, search it to answer the publish keyword research tool.
As you can clearly see in the above image there are a lot of questions that you can choose for creating a blog post.
SEMrush is an all-in-one digital marketing SEO checklist tool for an online business, you can use it for your blog posts.
You can use it for your blog keyword research. I know it’s paid, but you can also use it for free.
SEMrush allows its users to have 10 daily requests on its keyword research tool.
How does it work?
Go to SEMrush.
Type your keyword and see the results as shown in the below image.
In the same way, you can see in the below image showing the data on this keyword.
As this keyword is highly competitive you can clearly see it’s keyword difficulty is 70% that is the hard to rank for new sites.
In the same way you can see the related keywords in the below image.
Pro Tips: Don’t forget to analyze the top 10 competitors of your keyword. The below image is showing the top 10 SERP results. You should click on them one by one and take the idea to the post length and keywords. To write better content than these 10 sites.
What are the main things to focus on while keyword research…
- Keyword difficulty should be less than 30%
- SEO difficulty less than 40(Use Ubersuggest to see SEO difficulty)
- Keyword competition, not more than 0.5
- Bring some variation in keywords if more SERP results are already present on google.
- ignore the CPC
- Analyze your competitors to the selected keyword
best keyword research tools…
Content writing checklist
The majority of beginners are stuck in content writing.
Because, They don’t know how to write content and properly optimize it for better SEO.
Further, Follow the steps of this guide to write SEO-friendly content.
So, what is the correct way of writing a blog post?
I’m gonna showcase some steps to make this topic simple and easy to understand.
Here we go..
1. Make an attractive title
Your blog post title should be efficient to attract viewers. i.e you have to make an attractive title for your blog post.
Let’s have an example…
Suppose we have 2 blog title
- “How to save more time”
- “Way to save almost 3 hours a day”
Now tell me which one is the more attractive title, Definitely the 2nd is looking more attractive than the 1st.
So, try to make attractive titles also heading inside your posts.
2. Write an attractive intro to your post
Now, the intro part of your blog post will decide whether the visitors will read your content or not.
Do you think, Is it true?
Definitely yes, Because your intro creates an impression on users either it can be bad or good.
Nothing but, your first 200 words of the post will be much effective to create interest in reading the article.
If you were successful in creating an excellent impression or interest in your intro then you will win this point.
So, how can we make an attractive introduction for our blog post?
- Use some figures & facts about your post
- Try to add some real proofs
- Try to create a story about the post
- If possible add an image to show honesty
These are only some known & effective points that you can use.
But, you should think about these ideas by yourself. Because, when you will start working by your own mind.
And start doing experiments, then you may have the ideas that no one else has.
For example, I have shown you the above 4 points to make a better intro. I haven’t copy pasted these 4 tips.
But, I used to create them by my own mind, not by others.
I’m telling you this because you also can be able to create new ways to make your blog better.
3. Write lengthy & informative content
When you write a lengthy content, your ranking chances on google increases automatically.
Because, your posts automatically start ranking on related keywords also.
This is the beauty of lengthy content that helps a lot in rank high.
But, writing lengthy content does not mean you’ll write nonsense things.
No, you have to increase the length of the post by adding more information about the topic. By not adding nonsense kinds of stuff.
4. Use facts and figures
The facts & figures means you have to add the real facts and infographics related to the topic.
Consequently, adding facts to the blog post. Makes it more interesting for readers.
And this creates the reason to trust users on you.
Further, figures can be in the forms of images, infographics or other media . That you would like to add to the post.
As a result, Using facts & figures to blog posts creates trust and users can easily trust you.
Because, You are not showing them only theory. But, also you are providing real facts about that blog topic.
5. Use short paragraphs
Using short paragraphs will increase your content readability score.
Short paragraph means you have to write a paragraph by maintaining the least number of lines .
For example, you can see the paragraph length of this post. I have written only 1-2 lines of paragraphs only.
The short paragraphs are easy to read and also not boring.
In fact, it boosts the readability score upto maximum score.
6. Add visuals & Multimedia
The visuals and multimedia you can add in your posts to create the interests in reading.
Because, images can say 1000’s of words itself.
Moreover, visuals increase the user engagements & session duration to your website.
Researchers say 90% of a human brain catches information by images only. In fact, we also think in images.
Have you ever thought about texts?
No way! You always think in images only and that’s a fact.
Because, people will see images & infographics and this will hold them to your site.
The visuals can be in any form. It can be…
- Figures, etc.
7. Write conclusion
Write the conclusion of your blog post at the end of the article.
Now, the question is what will you write in conclusion?
You can summeries your article in your conclusion in 5-6 lines or more.
consequently, you can ask your users feedback and their problems in blogging or something else.
So that you can interact with them and solve their queries.
This will create a very good impression on users. And they will like your site & come again in future.
Furthermore, This will give you content ideas. Directly you can make a post on users queries.
8. Add QNA or FAQ’S
Add some FAQs at the end of the article. This will help in ranking on the QNA of google.
FAQ help in google ranking.
Google also ranks websites that answer questions asked on google.
So, from where you will get the questions for FAQ’s?
You will get it on google.
Just search your blog post title on google and scroll down then see the “people also ask” section. It contains some questions related to your blog post title.
Add about 3-5 questions and answer them at the end of your article’s end.
For example, see in the image below…
I have searched for this post title i.e “The complete all-in-one SEO checklist for blog posts”.
In the above image you can see the “People also ask” add these questions to your blog posts ending.
Further, in the above image, I have clicked on the first question and you can see the website is ranking on this single question only.
So like this, you can also do the same to rank on google. Moreover this will increase your traffic also.
This on page seo checklist will optimize your content for ranking on search engines.
The on page SEO in the most important part of SEO without it you can’t rank on search engines.
1. Insert your keyword in first 200 words
You should add your focused keyword in your first paragraph or first 200 words.
Because, google’s crawler finds the main keyword that is related to the searched query from the start of your blog post.
If the crawler is not able to find the keyword it will stop the further process and leave your site.
So that is why it is important to add focused keywords in the first paragraph.
2. add keyword in H2, H3 or H4 headings
This is mandatory to add your main keyword in your H2, H3 or H4 heading.
Because, Again crawler finds your keyword after finding keyword in first paragraph for further process.
And one of the main advantages of adding keywords in headings is that google makes your headings as a new post URL.
So that your post can also be ranked on headings.
For instance, someone on google searched for their query, and your post heading is totally matched or related to the searched query.
Then google will rank your website’s post on headings also.
3. Maintain keyword density
Try to maintain a good keyword density in your blog post.
Keyword density nothing but, optimizing the content by adding the focused keyword to required points.
Now, The question is how to add keywords in our blog posts?
It’s so simple.
You can add up to 5 keywords within 1000 words of your content in your post.
But keep in mind don’t over optimize your content by doing keyword stuffing.
Keep the number of keywords in moderate mode not so much & not too low.
4. Connect internal posts & pages
Connecting internal posts is nothing but, Inserting links of older posts of your website into new posts for passing link juice.
The internal linking is one of the most important factors of on-page-SEO.
You should maintain a good level of internal links to your posts.
So, you already know how to interconnect pages or posts with other posts to your site.
But, Do you know how many links you should insert to your new posts?
The answer is so simple.
You can insert 1 link after every 50 words to your new post. Whether it’s internal or external.
This is mandatory to maintain this ratio, so as not to create spamming impressions of your site in front of google.
Pro Tip: Do not insert more than one link of the same post in your new post. Because adding more links to the same post may decrease the page authority of your site.
5. Make short URLS
Try to make your posts URLS as short as possible.
Because, Google prefers short URLS. Furthermore, Short URLS performs best on google.
How can you make your posts URLS short?
Here are two methods to optimize your URL.
1. optimizing whole site URL structure via setting
Go to wordpress dashboard>>settings>>Permalinks.
Now select the “Post name” option, then save settings.
2. OPtimizing particular post URL via yoast SEO slug
for this setting you have to use the yoast plugin.
The first thing you should keep in mind, never copy paste your whole post title in your Slug.
Likewise, Here you can see in the below image, my post title is this.
And you can see in the slug or permalink URL, I have removed some words.
Only insert your keyword in slug, and remove unwanted words.
This will make your posts URL shorter.
6. Add alt text to images
I’m asking you to add alt text to images. Because, google robots can’t read images.
They only read the alt text(alternative text) of images.
And, on the basis of them they decide on which topic is this image.
So, How to add alt text to images?
See in the below image.
Click on the small setting button located just right to Publish button.
Then, click on any image that is inserted to post.
Now, you can see, there in the green box, write your alt text for the image.
You can see, As my image alt text is “permalink settings”. In the same way write yours.
Also, insert your main keyword with images. Likewise, I have inserted that you can simply copy & paste your post title.
Like, I have pasted the title “The complete all-in-one SEO checklist for blog posts” in some images. This step will optimize your post for image ranking.
7. Add keyword in Meta description
Your meta description should be filled with your main keyword.
What is a meta description?
This is your meta description.
You have to add your focused keyword to your meta description. If you are using Yoast SEO plugin. Then this will be so easy.
While writing your post, scroll down to the end and you will see the option meta description.
Now add your keyword in it. use some attractive phrases to attract people to get clicks.
Likewise, you can see this post’s meta description.
Some important points related to keywords…
- Add the keyword in Headings
- Insert the main keyword within the first 200 words
- Add keyword at the end of 200 words also
- You can add keyword around 3-4 times within 1000 words
Off-Page SEO checklist
The off-page SEO is also known as link building to your website.
Furthermore, Backlinks are the top rated ranking factors of a website to rank on google.
The off-page SEO is all about creating quality backlinks from high authority websites in your niche.
In fact, creating links to your site will give you extra traffic & also increase your website authority score.
Now the question is, How will you create backlinks?
Creating backlinks with authority sites is most effective in ranking & traffic.
There are a lot of ways to create backlinks. This article will show you the best from them.
Are you ready?
Let’s get started…
1. Make awesome backlinks with guest posting
Guest posting is a free method of creating high authority backlinks.
To create backlinks with guest posting you have to search sites in your niche and contact them for backlinks.
First of all I want to tell you how it works…
You will contact site owners in your website’s niche or your competitors. Then, you have to write content for them and in return they will give you a do-follow backlink.
How to create backlinks with guest posting?
To Search websites in your niche.
Type a blog topic related to your niche on google and you will see the top 10 results.
Likewise, I have searched in the below image.
Now, click them one by one and find their “contact us” page or email. Ask them to have a backlink in return for a beautiful post.
You should attach your post while you contact. It means you have done your whole work in the first meeting only.
Like, write your message to the site owner and in that message attach your post also.
2. Broken Link building
This method is also free to create high quality backlinks to your site.
First, I will tell you what exactly it is.
You will contact website owners by showing them their website’s broken links, posts or pages. And ask them to link your similar post to the broken link. That you have published to your site.
So, How to find websites that contain broken links?
For this you have to use a links analysis tool like Ahref free link checker tool or any other.
Simply you have to search a domain in your niche in the A Href tool and see the total number of broken links to the page.
Like in the below image this domain has 2 broken links.
You can contact this person and ask for a link to your similar post.
This method is beneficial for both of you.
You gained a strong do-follow backlink and the site owner solved his broken link for good SEO.
Tips to Improve SEO Rankings
Here are some tips to improve blog posts SEO rankings with this all-in-one checklist.
1. Use Google search console to update outdated posts
Google search console is one of my favorite methods to update blog posts for improved rankings.
I personally use this method to update my blog posts.
How to update blog posts via google search console?
Visit your site and select a blog post to update. Then, copy the URL of the post. As in the image below.
Now, visit google search console>>Performance>>Click “+New”. Then, Select “page” option. As shown in the below image
Then, This little window will open after clicking on the “+New” button. Now, paste the URL of your post here then click apply.
Therefore, You can see in the below image.
All the ranking queries of your pages appear here. Your post is also ranking on these queries also.
Now add these keywords to your blog post to rank it higher on google.
After updating posts via google search console.
Now, add some latest informative & valuable content to it, and make it more valuable for your readers.
2. Improve your website’s loading speed
The speed of your website is one of the main reasons whether your site will rank or not.
Because, Google prefers only fast websites to rank in higher positions.
Therefore, you have to be fast to grab higher ranking on search engines like google.
Furthermore, Not only google, But also your readers or visitors want fast websites only. Because no one wants to waste more time seeing a site is loading on screen.
The users can easily bounce back, if your site does not load fast.
How to make a website fast performing?
Apply these all points to your site…
- Use Cache plugin(Recommended: WP Super Cache)
- Use image optimization plugin(Recommended: Smush)
- Connect site to Cloudflare CDN
- Clear inactive themes & plugins
- Clear your backend as much as possible from the file manager
- Use lightweight SEO-friendly theme
- Reduce the number of plugins
I use the same techniques that I’m telling you and you can see my website’s speed performance by GTmatrix.
Therefore, Check your website’s speed now before applying these points. Then, again check your site speed after applying these tips.
I’m damn sure you will thank me later.
3. Add social media share buttons
The social media share buttons will allow people to share your posts to their social media profiles.
This may increase your blog traffic and more of the audience will engage with your posts or websites.
The Smash balloon is the best social share plugin for a WordPress website. You can try it for your site also.
4. Add popups to grab visitors email
This is a very basic tip and I know you all already know to insert pop ups in a site.
But, some of you don’t use it properly or even some people don’t have any subscription box on their site.
At least you should place a subscription form to get visitors’ emails.
So that you can send your every new post notification to them.
Recommended: how to add an email subscription.
Emails will help you to do email marketing. You can grab some extra traffic to your site via emails.
A good content is worthless if you will not promote it.
Conclusion: The Complete all-in-one SEO checklist for blog posts
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Questions related to this all-in-one SEO checklist for blog posts.
Q1. How do I optimize my blog posts for SEO?
Ans. You can optimize your blog for on-page SEO and it is more than enough to rank. Further, If you will follow this all-in-one checklist, you can optimize your blog posts for the best SEO results
Q2. How do I set up an All in One SEO Pack?
Ans. 1. use the Yoast SEO plugin
2. Grammarly chrome extension for grammar mistakes
3. Use an SEO tool like SEMrush for checking SEO issues.
Q3. How do I get my blog noticed by Google?
Ans. One of the best ways to get your blog positively noticed by google.
Publish posts to your website on regular basis. Maintain the post publishing consistency. And another way is, to update your blog posts every single week to get noticed by google.