Two sides to this coin…
- Does WordPress SEO work?
- Does the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast really work?
And then I am going to leave you with some awesome tips and additional resources to take your WordPress blog / website to an entirely new level of whitehat SEO and rankings…
And share some of the exact SEO strategies I use to get my WordPress websites ranked in Google fast. Sound good?
Great! Strap yourself in and let’s jump right into it.
And remember, If you have any questions or feedback, I would love to hear them in the comments at the end. I always try to respond as quickly as possible.
Does WordPress SEO Work – The Proof
Proof From Google
In short, yes. WordPress SEO really does work and WP is actually one of the best CMS (Content Management Systems) for SEO. Why?
Many reasons, but nobody says it better than Matt Cutts in his speech on WordPress SEO in the video below.
So does this mean that the rest can be done with a plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast?
Nope… The rest really comes down to you, but I’ll dig a little deeper into this later on for you. It’s really quite simple once you understand the bigger picture.
First, I’d like to share some results from own Niche WordPress Blog case Study.
Proof From My Own 1 Month Old website.
Besides the WordPress website you are currently looking at (shweetlife.con) which has multiple first page Goolge rankings…
I started a niche case study a little over a month ago.
Using only whitehat SEO so that I know my website will not get knocked off of the face of the earth with a nasty Google Penalty.
Usually you will only start to see first page Google ranking and with it significant spikes in traffic around the 3 – 4 month mark, so to see results at the 1 month mark says a lot about WordPress for SEO purposes.
Here is what my Google analytics looks like as of writing this post…
Note the spike in traffic near the end of the graph. This is as a result of my sites first, first page google ranking…
Yeah, 50 sessions a day is nothing to write home about, but again… The site is a baby at one month old, has 9 pages and 3 posts.
To give you a better idea of visitors actually finding this site from Google, have a look at the entrance stats in the image below.
As with ShweetLife.com, this new websites traffic and rankings will continue to grow with each piece of content added.
So to answer the question again, does WordPress SEO work? Yeah, WP is all that I use, but I do not go through WordPress directly and there is a good reason for this which I’ll expand on a little later.
First, I want to discuss the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast…
Does the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast really work?
Yeah, WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast does work and I personally use it on ShweetLife.com. However, you do need to be careful using the plug in.
Firstly, just because you have the yoast plugin installed on your site by no means guarantees you of getting rankings in Google.
In all honestly, using the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin and stats provided could result in bad SEO practices like keyword stuffing among other things.
For my website case study I am using All In One SEO by Michael Torbert and it is a fantastic plugin as well. The results are already showing, but again…
Your rankings do not come from plugins… In fact, too many plugins will also negatively impact your SEO.
Speaking of factors that REALLY impact your SEO. Let take look at a few tips which are going to be 100 times more valuable than any plugin you may find…
5 Awesome Whitehat SEO Tips I Personally Use To Get WordPress Sites On The First Page Of Google And Keep It There.
Plugins Can Be A Bad Thing For SEO…
Yip, too many plugins, plugins compatibility issues and the wrong types of plugins can harmful to your sites rankings.
Plugins not only slow down your website performance, but can lead to a bad user experience as well… And Google is all about user experience, so be careful how many and which plugins you decide to use on your website.
For example, you know those sites you land on, usually from paid advertising and as soon as you land on the site, you get bombarded with 101 things happening all over the screen at the same time… It’s a bad experience. Right?
Well, there is a reason these sites are forced to use paid advertising to get visitors… Google won’t go near them with a ten foot pole!
So keep your plugins to the minimum and keep your visitors happy. Google is watching… Bounce rates, time on page and various other things all impact your rankings and Google knows more than you realize.
Quality Original Content Is Key To Rankings
This is again falling back on user experience. Produce original, relative and quality content that your niche market is looking for and rankings will come naturally. Don’t believe me?
You are looking at the results of this. Quality niche related content will help to create social engagement on your site.
Social engagements (Shares, comments, likes, retweets and +1’s) are factors in Googles algorithms and if you are not getting any, then it suggests that no one is interested in your content. So why would Google want to show it to people then? Right?
Targeting a specific niche market and getting involved in relative groups / forums to share your content in does help with this a lot.
Low Competition Keywords
Especially when starting a new blog. You need to focus on super easy to rank keywords. Even if they only have 50 monthly visits.
Then as your website builds Authority, you will be able to take on bigger competition and rank for high traffic keywords.
Quality, Consistent Flow Of Relative Comments
Once you get your first page ranking… how do you keep it?
Well, firstly we need to realize that Google likes fresh content… So how do you keep your content fresh?
Easy, new and relative comments both add fresh content and will help to keep your rankings intact.
So the first thing you can do is to ask for comments from your content…
Need help getting comments on your website or with WordPress SEO? Ask me in the comments at the end and I’ll happily let you know. Remember to explain a little bit about your SEO strategy at the same time if you have one. I would love to compare notes.
The biggest tip I can give you for SEO… Forget about backlinks!
Please do not fall into the trap of trying to pay for backlinks or for that matter paying for backlink strategies.
The last Google algorithm update saw the drop of several sites rankings and for other sites rankings increased.
Most of the sites that dropped in rankings where focusing predominantly on backlink building. (This has become a really big online market and is filled with loads of scams and dodgy methods)
Then, there are those who benefited from the updated and saw massive increases in traffic as a result of it… These are the websites who do not take chances with backlink strategies and know that if you do everything else right, quality backlinks will come naturally.
Btw… You do not need any backlinks to get rankings as long as your SEO strategy is focused on the right aspects of what Google is really looking for.
With that said, I’d like to share some additional training and resources with you…
Additional WordPress SEO Training… Without Worrying About Google Penalties.
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If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to jump in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.