Here’s my previous post for Blog Traffic: 7 ways to Get Blog Indexed By Search Engines
Blog is your “window to the world”. It’s your way to showcase what you are all about and our way to see if we want to have anything to do with what you are all about.
Moreover, correctly set up, your blog can be a wonderful way to generate great amounts of targeted traffic, introduce your primary opportunity, make a few dollars to fund your business – you name it, the possibilities are endless.
So why would you want to kill this wonderful creation of yours?
Why would you want to tell Google “Step away, big boy; there is nothing for you to see here“?
Why would you want to commit blog suicide?
Unless you have no idea what I am talking about…
Well, allow me to introduce you to your blog’s worst enemies:
Top 7 SEO Mistakes That Will Kill Your Blog Traffic
1. meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,nofollow”
This is your way of telling Google “I don’t want any blog traffic from you“. Your URL will still get indexed, but you’ll never get ranked for ANYTHING. And, oh yeah, spam bots will still crawl you though.
How do you avoid this blog traffic mistake?
Make sure your privacy setting are set to “visible to everyone”.
It will look something like this:
(X) I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Sphere, Technorati) and archivers and in public listings around this site.
(_) I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors
You’d think it’s a newbie mistake, but let me warn you, I saw several SEO blogs that made the same mistake – most likely, by mistake. Even I made sure mine were set correctly after I read their posts!
2. meta name=”description” content=”MLM, mlm, Mlm, MLM blog, mlm blog, blog mlm”
Why don’t you just put in there “SPAM, Spam, SPam, more spam“?
This is the description that will show up in Google search results; it is your chance to lure your potential blog traffic to your page, so use it wisely!
Worse come to worse, keep it empty, in which case the search engines will simply pull an excerpt from your content.
3. meta name=”keywords” content=”MLM, mlm, Mlm, MLM blog, mlm blog, blog mlm”
Look out, Google, potential spam on this site!
Meta keywords do not count toward Google search engine rankings any longer, despite the fact that some people still believe that your meta keywords need to match your page keywords. Not so, not any more.
Another newbie mistake on the topic: when you add all your keywords in meta keyword tag (especially if you actually did some keyword research and found some great money keywords), any of your competitors can easily look them up through your page source. So you are basically saying to them “Be my guest, see what my best keywords are!”
Keep your keywords to yourself!
4. meta name=“generator” content=“WordPress 2…”
Now you are simply inviting the hackers in by announcing that you are using an older version of WordPress.
WordPress always recommends an upgrade to the newest version (I know, I know, nobody wants to mess up their blog upgrading to a new version, but it has to be done, trust me. Learn to back up regularly.)
Plus, Technorati might deindex your blog if you are running an older version.
5. The more meta tags, the better
Once again, not so.
Back in the days, these things did matter. Now, all search engines see is a bunch of useless crap in your page heading and your content is pushed all the way to the bottom.
I am sure being downranked for a low code to text ratio is not your idea of a successful blog.
6. <title>Multi Level Marketing And Network Marketing Blog Offering Tips, Tricks And Links To Make Money Online</title>
What’s the problem with that?
It screams “I don’t know what I am doing“, your potential blog traffic will go elsewhere, and Google will never rank you for the keywords you want, maybe for some bizarre long-tail combination.
- The page title should include ONLY our main keywords.
- The fewer words you use in your title, the more importance Google will give to each word, thus ranking you higher for them.
- Your page title should never look like this: Welcome to our page!
- Take out all the unnecessary words, like “and”, etc; replace them with “|” character (located above your right “enter” key).
- Combine the keywords – do that whenever possible to cut down on the total number of keywords in your title. Doing that will immediately boost the strength of each individual keyword.
7. Similar or same title tag on several or all pages.
For instance, your post title (and keyword) is “New MLM Business”. Then you go ahead and add your blog title to that, and now your page title tag looks something like this:
<title>New MLM Business | Multi Level Marketing And Network Marketing Blog</title>
Now what if you do that for most/all of your pages?
Since more than half of your title is the same on all those pages, Google might consider them the same or, even worse, categorize them as duplicate content.
Plus, you will never rank for “New MLM Business”, because most of your title is stuffed with other keywords.
Blog Traffic Mistakes Wrap Up
So do your blog a favor: don’t tell the hackers to hack you, don’t tell search engines not to rank you, don’t tell your blog traffic to go elsewhere.
These 7 mistakes are easily correctable, so go ahead, make sure you are not making them and don’t commit blog suicide!
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