The slide deck from an introduction to WordPress SEO, covering basic search engine optimization, onsite and offsite factors, keyword/topic and content strategy, WordPress SEO by Yoast and a few recommendations to help people learn more about SEO in general.
What I’ll Cover…
• What Is SEO?
• What Are SERPs?
• Why Should I Care?
• Getting Found
• Onsite and Offsite
• Keyword Research
• Page Anatomy
• Essential Tools
• WordPress SEO by Yoast
• SERPs of Tomorrow
What Are Algorithms
• Search engines use a program called an algorithm (think of it like a
secret recipe) to determine what pages to suggest for a search
query by a user.
• Algorithms are constantly being updated which means that rankings
are constantly changing.
Profile Your Visitors
• What gender?
• What age?
• What interests?
• What do they need?
• What is the purchase cycle like for them?
• What pain points can I alleviate?
• What competitor sites do they also visit?
• What can I provide that no other site does?
The Evolution of SEO
• Optimise your pages content
• Titles, headings, images, text, meta descriptions
• Keywords and content strategy
• Site speed
• Site security
• XML sitemaps and Robots.txt
• Schema markup
• Overall site configuration
• Fast site speed (good theme, good hosting, site configuration - aim
for load time 3-4 seconds)
• Focus on keeping visitors on your site and viewing multiple pages
(use internal linking)
• Keep your bounce rate down if more than
• Links (context, anchor text), citations, mentions
• You want links from high authority sites
• Links from low authority or low trust sites can be harmful
• Social media
• Blogs, forums, etc.
• Examples of good links: mainstream news site or blog, natural
• Example of bad links: spammy, unnatural
Your best strategy should be to encourage natural linking.
Create stuff people like, people share stuff they like
How do I get links?
• Inbound Marketing – create high quality and unique
content and lots of it!
– Blog, news, articles, surveys, interviews
– Social media
• Knowing your audience
• What they search for
• What keywords to focus on
• Competitor analysis
• Look for words that have high search volume and low competition, they will
be easier to rank for
• Many tools and methods available
• Looking for keywords with:
– high traffic value
– low competition
– make great titles
– make great content
Google Keyword Planner
Google Trends – Keyword research
• Descriptive Filenames
• Image ALT Tags
• Page Titles – Unique Title Tag for each page combination of target
• Page URLs – Try to use keyword with hyphens as separators
• Meta Description – Used in SERPs, try to include chosen keyword
• Google Analytics
• Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools)
• Google Keyword Planner
• Excel/Google Docs
• WordPress ;)
I’d highly recommend starting off using these free tools.
Specialists will use a variety of tools, however the above are more than
enough to get started.
Google Search Console
(formerly Webmaster Tools)
Google Keyword Planner