It was already seven when I clicked the ‘Publish’ button of ‘Windows Live Writer’. I had just finished giving the last touch to my first post of SEO MMO Tips blog – The Birth of SEO MMO Tips – The First Step of Starting a Blog!
It is never sufficient writing good content, publish and wait for visitors to come and enjoy! You must tell people where to find your post. Here comes the role of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Today! in this post, I’m not going to discuss what SEO is and how to do it. I’m rather disclosing the actions I believe are responsible to make my first post indexed in Google just in four hours! Yes, four hours. It was eleven when I did a google search for site:http://seommotips.com to find my site indexed!
Search Engine Friendly URLs
After installing WordPress, the first thing I did was to beautify the post URLs. By default WordPress uses ugly URL structure such as: http://seommotips.com/?p=123. This URL is neither friendly to users nor it reaps the benefit of search engines to have keywords in URL.
I changed Permalink Settings to /%category%/%postname%/. This returns the Posts URL as http://seommotips.com/wordpress-plugins/20-essential-wordpress-plugins-of-seo-mmo-tips-blog/. This URL contains ‘category’ and ‘post title’ where the keywords are always targeted!
I don’t know if it has contributed anything to get the first post indexed in Google within four hours, but I’m sure, this will help me to have better grip of my keywords.
[Note: You can change Permalink Settings by clicking on Permalinks menu under Settings Group in your Admin Backend page.]
Ping services allow you to automatically notify blog directories and search engines that your blog has been updated. The bigger your ping list the higher the chances of receiving traffic from those sources, so check out the list below and include it on your blog. I was helped by Imran Yousaf the owner of BlogingJunkie to compose this list of ping services:
You can find even longer list in List of Ping Services – a post by by Daniel Scocco.
[Note: You can add the list of ping services by clicking on ‘Writing’ menu under Settings group and then pasting the list in Update Services box of Backend Admin Page. ]
Social Media Status
We can’t ignore the prominent role of social media such as FaceBook, Twitter and blogging networks such as BlogEngage, MMOSocialNetwork, FAQPal and many more. It all depends on how much time you can invest to be active in these networks and how efficiently you can build-up and maintain relationships.
I updated profile status message in FaceBook to inform my first post is published in this baby blog. I did it similar in Twitter too!
Then I shared my post with BlogEngage Friends. You can see the post and help me by voting in Blogengage through Vote on this article at blogengage.com
Similarly, MMOSocialNetwork is another powerful community of active and creative bloggers. I’d be grateful to you for voting my post Featured in MMO Social Network.
Because the first post of my blog was a type tutorial, I can post it on FAQPal too!
Comments in Other Blogs
The last thing I’d done after I published the first post within those four hours was writing some comments in some other blogs. They were not more than six to ten blogs as I remember. I always type my real name in Name field of comment box though I know keywords are of better value because this will be published as anchor text of a link back to my site. But as a blogger, I know, the keywords as comment author name look ridiculous and degrade the beauty of that blog. So, if the blog has not implemented KeywordLuv, I don’t use my keywords.
OK, these were all. Now can you suggest which among these tasks is responsible to index my first post within four hours in Google?