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Today, I’m going to be discussing with you 3 great plugins you can get for your photography wordpress website that really help with SEO. As you know, wordpress is a great platform for your website, and currently it’s what I recommend all my clients to get.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
The first plugin we will be discussing is WordPress SEO by Yoast. This is a really great plugin that you can get for your site, which helps to guide you on the right things you need to be doing for your on page SEO. It has a little window at the bottom of your blogs and gives you a green light when you have entered the keyword correctly. It’s really good to use as a checker to make sure you have done your SEO correctly. It also gives you another little graph that you can use to which gives you an idea of other on page SEO factors and whether or not you are meeting all the requirements… this includes things like word count (which should be a minimum of 300 words) and other such factors. If everything is pretty good, wordpress SEO by Yoast will give you an overall green light for your blog post SEO.
Google XML Sitemaps
Now Google XML sitemaps is a great plugin that you can get which generates an XML sitemap. Before we look at exactly what this plugin does, we first need to take a look at what a sitemap is. A sitemap is basically a list of pages from your website that is accessible to search engine crawlers and users. These sitemaps are absolutely crucial for the search engines to be able to see what content you have on your site and index it. The standard process for search engines to crawl the HTML (code) on your site is to start with your menu items and move down. If you have pages that are not linked to your menu items, then all the more reason to go and grab this plugin ASAP. I cannot stress how important it is to have this plugin. The other great thing about this plugin is that it doesn’t just focus on Google, it generates the sitemap for all search engines, including bing, yahoo and ask.com as well.
The easier you can make it for the search engines to retrieve your content, the easier it will be for you to rank.
Finally, I wanted to discuss the importance of Social media for your SEO. Many search engines (particularly Google) have made changes to their algorithms (if you don’t know what an algorithm is click here).
to give social media importance when ranking a website. That’s right, search engines are now paying attention to how many likes and shares your content get’s and ranking it accordingly. So the more interesting your content, the more people like and share your content, the better your site will rank. As such it’s really important to make it easy for your visitors to like and share your content and you can do that with these great social media plugins….
WP social adds social media buttons to the tops and bottoms of your webpages and blog posts, this gives your readers a chance to share your site via social media.
Digg Digg adds a floating social media bar on the left hand side of your blog and allows your readers to like and share your content. It only works on desktop computers though, so make sure you have social plugins that work on both desktop and mobile platforms.
That’s all from me this week, hope you found this post helpful, remember if you need any help with your website I’m here for you! Just contact me to ask about my coaching.
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