Hi everyone – today we’re going to talk about SEO for non-techies!
Thanks for sticking with me and dealing with the new site as I work the bugs out. For the last two weeks, I’ve delved further into SEO, html, WordPress, plug-ins and techie stuff than I’ve ever done before.
I’ve also just completed going through all my old posts and re-writing them, adding new links, videos, etc.
I now realize after reading up on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) that I made some mistakes starting out back on Florida Survival Gardening. If you are on WordPress, go download Yoast and learn how to use their tool. They provide good info for free on their website.
So now.. here’s my little post on what I’m learning about SEO.
SEO for Non-Techies, i.e. Survival Gardeners
If you title a post “This is Amazing!” and then show a picture of a snake dancing with no caption, search engines won’t easily find your “amazing” post on the dancing snake.
Instead, if you want people to find your post when they search for “dancing snake,” on Google, you need to title your post something related to the content.
You could call the post “Check Out This Dancing Snake!” and it will get found. Your chances go higher if the picture of the dancing snake is titled something like dancing_snake.jpg with an alternative tag on the photo that says “photo of a dancing snake” and a caption that says “Dancing Snake!”
Many of my older posts were also too short to rank high on SEO. If you only have a couple of lines on a blog post, it won’t rank well. In contrast, if I wrote an article with at least 300 words and well-labeled photos and good sub-headings, it would get picked up higher.
This stuff is crazy but I’m finally pulling it together. I would love to have more people stop by and see my writing… so I went back through all 900 posts and fixed the SEO on the ones I could.
It’s so bad… I’ve been dreaming in SEO.
“It looks like you’re trying to fly”
“Dreams on flying”
“flying dream die at end”
“i dreamd i flyd
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Anyhow, it’s been very interesting learning all the crazy tech stuff I never learned before, though I’m sure you all would rather have a gardening post today.
Thanks are in order for my friend rycamor who is hosting this new site for free, my friend Difster for help with WordPress, and Dave Dalton for the help with SEO.
And, since we’re talking about SEO for Non-Techies (see – I crammed in my keyword again!!!), here’s an SEO-optimized picture of a frustrated gardener:
Anyhow, if you find anything really weird on the site, let me know.
And please, go back through the old posts if you haven’t seen them in a while and have time… a lot have some new info and some have even been re-written.
And that concludes
SEO for Non-Techies
That headline right there will boost my rankings for the search term “SEO for non-techies!” Ha! I got my keyword phrase in again!
Tomorrow I’ll be back to gardening posts… thanks for your patience. Please subscribe to the newsletter if you’re not on there already… there are some cool projects in the works.
-David The Good