How To SEO a Blog Post in 2017 – WordPress SEO

Today I cover all the essentials you will need to know to rank your blog in 2017. I cover on page signals, off page signals, user signals, content marketing tips, …

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Version 7.6.4 Bugfix: Title tag issue with $ sign when followed by a number 0-99 Bugfix: Post Metabox Single Tab layout issue. Bugfix: Open Graph Integrator now outputs the correct URL on the “Posts page” when the “Front page displays” option is set to “A static page” Bugfix: Fixed errors that would appear when Meta Keywords Editor and the WP DEBUG mode were both enabled. Bugfix: Fixed bug that would cause a single, blank autolink entry pointing to a post to appear on the Deeplink Juggernaut Content Links list Bugfix: The “Link Masks” section of the “SEO Settings” box no longer includes links to anchor targets Bugfix: Restored access to the “When displaying page lists, nofollow links to this page” checkbox that disappeared from the “SEO Settings” box in version 7.3. Bugfix: Fixed errors that would appear when Open Graph Integrator and the WP DEBUG mode were both enabled Bugfix: Fixed errors that would appear when Rich Snippet Creator and the WP DEBUG mode were both enabled Bugfix: Fixed errors that would appear on the post editor screen with the WP DEBUG mode enabled Bugfix: Rich Snippet Creator now outputs a hidden datePublished property using atag instead of using a self-closing

JavaScript Applications, WordPress & SEO

There have always been some kind of workaround for SEO with AJAX or SPA’s, whether it was using a service like prerender.io or fine tuning your sitemap so Google could see the pages that would load. I realized I needed to shift my thought process, and what I was teaching and talking about, from a whole website built with WordPress as a SPA, to only parts of the site using AngularJS to create high functionality UI blocks, that is where the power of JavaScript frameworks really are. I’ve heard some very knowledgable SEO professionals suggest that 1 particular JavaScript framework is better than another for SEO reasons. While this may be true, these SEO professionals are missing the point of JavaScript Applications entirely, ESPECIALLY when it comes to using them in a WordPress ecosystem. For me, WordPress used to be the blog platform I’d attach to a site just to help with the overall site SEO, and by blogging and writing articles, the sites I’d be helping work on would rank higher. With all the great plugins available nowadays to only help improve SEO on your WordPress website, mainly Yoast SEO, I don’t see a point in not utilizing WordPress to its highest potential. Yes, a JavaScript AJAX powered blog website could add some new ways to do cool UI / UX, however today it would take more work to make that site SEO friendly than just leaving it as default WordPress. In a nutshell, if you want to use WordPress to create a site with good SEO with minimal effort to get there, you shouldn’t make your whole website a Single Page Application. Javascript Frameworks and SEO. As I said before, I’ve never had an easy answer for the question about SEO and JavaScript SPA’s, there has always been workarounds, and no matter how well a JavaScript framework may be able to play with the solutions, as of today, there is never going to be as good a solution as just using WordPress by itself. Once I realized that I should be talking about how JavaScript applications should only power parts of a site, and a whole site built in a JavaScript framework is not necessary, the SEO question becomes moot. When I wanted to add a blog, I just added a blog and it was also just regular WordPress with the Yoast SEO plugin to help out with some of the SEO settings. TL;DR. If you want to build a Single Page Application powered by JavaScript on top of WordPress, ask yourself if you really care about SEO. If you don’t, go for it. This gives the “Marketing” pages the benefits of WordPress & easier SEO without affecting the JavaScript application. JavaScript Frameworks shouldn’t be fundamentally gauged on SEO since JavaScript Applications shouldn’t be used to build sites that need great SEO to begin with. You have WordPress for SEO, and JavaScript Application where and when you need it.
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SEO Playbook Private Practice WordPress Websites

Do you offer marriage counseling in San Mateo County? An ideal scenario means a search for “Marriage counseling San Mateo” turns up your private practice on the first page. This blog post takes the all-important concept of SEO for private practices and shares an actionable strategy to implement best practices on WordPress websites. The most important elements of Yoast are basics found the editor view of each content page. Imagine you’re looking at the “About” page of your website; do you want to waste all this SEO real estate on a single generic word? It’s fine if the webpage itself displays “About” as the title, but the SEO title needs to be expanded. Most private practices can use spare room at the end to include a divider and the website name for extra branding, but this is optional-especially if it’s already in the page url. The webpage’s unique slug is vital for SEO. WordPress tries to be helpful here by automatically taking a page title and creating the slug; for instance, a blog post titled “A Guide to Private Practice Websites” becomes “/a-guide-to-private-practice-websites”. Do you want WordPress to automatically include your first sentence with an arbitrary cutoff point at 160 characters? Instead, take a minute to steal your best sentence from the page and edit the words every so slightly to fall within the character limit. Yoast also gives a detailed scorecard on the content within the page and serves as a great tool to not only better understand SEO concepts, but to set yourself apart from 99% of the pack. With the keyword phrase in place, Yoast runs an analysis of your page and displays a handy scorecard organized from bad marks at the top to jobs well done at the bottom. Longer content pages are better served with subheadings to break up the text and provide another chance to inject keywords. Most people are less incentivized to link your service pages and other content heavy on marketing-instead, consider penning evergreen resources in your focus area. Create amazing content first and foremost and tastefully make the page SEO-friendly versus the other way around. Your content ultimately hinges on visitors who want to visit more pages on your site and share your content with others. A specialized web design, SEO and online marketing service for private practice owners.
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20+ Best SEO Friendly WordPress Themes 2017

If you are purchasing a quality WordPress theme, it must be SEO optimized, and you should not settle for less. SEO Engine is a WordPress theme dedicated to digital market agencies. More info / Download SPIN SEO. Spin SEO is a business oriented WordPress theme. More info / Download SEO WP. If you are looking for a WordPress theme with a high degree of flexibility that was specifically created for SEO companies, Digital Marketing Agencies and social media expert sites, look no further than SEO WP. It includes a limitless number of page designs, plenty of header styles, and a wide range of footer layouts. GoodLife is a powerfully developed and extensively polished, incredibly resourceful and nimbly flexible, consistently reliable and amazingly fast-loading, technologically top of the line and highly modern, bright and energetic, youthful and colorful, splendidly mobile friendly and extremely responsive WordPress magazine multipurpose website theme. Seo Company is a clever and creative, rapid and reliable, intuitive and innovative, readily responsive WordPress digital marketing and social media website theme. With a sleek, minimal interface that keeps users focused on your content undistracted, a highly legible, readable design that is popular with all demographics, intuitive demo importation to set up your digital marketing website overnight, with a single click, and much more under the hood, it really is no wonder Seo Company is among the most successful SEO website themes on the market this year. More info / Download TopSEO. TopSEO is a competent and business-savvy, engaging and fresh-faced, youthful and feature-rich, highly responsive WordPress SEO and digital marketing website theme. Affiliate marketing websites, digital marketers, and related industries love using Be Theme because of its superb collection of niche market website demos that have been polished for multiple, specific applications, yet retain a completely cutting-edge approach to search engine optimization, with enhancements applied in a slender, lightweight manner from the codebase up, making every nook and cranny of a Be Theme website a completely SEO enhanced element on its own, and part of a larger, well-indexed whole. SEO Crawler is a highly specialized WordPress theme. Yosemite is very beautiful, even among other well-designed WordPress themes. More info / Download MagXP. Experience a theme that is considered one of the best SEO optimized products on the market. There are also some beautiful screenshots and a live preview, made available for those who are interested in purchasing one of the best WordPress themes on the market. More info / Download Thank you for visiting Colorlib and reading this article! We highly appreciate it! Now you might want to learn how to make a website using our free WordPress themes.
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Google XML Sitemaps vs WordPress SEO by Yoast

Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold is a well known and extremely popular plugin, but is it necessary if you’re using Yoast SEO? In this post, we’ll take a look at the sitemap capabilities of both plugins and the ups and downsides of using one or the other. Before we get started it’s important to be extra-clear that Yoast SEO provides many more features than simply the ability to create sitemaps. Put simply: Yoast SEO is about the best SEO plugin available In this article, I’ll be looking at only Yoast’s sitemap features. As the name suggests, Google XML Sitemaps is an extremely focused product. Comparing Yoast and Google SEO Sitemaps as-is, in their entireties, would be a bit silly, so throughout this section I’ll be focussing on only the sitemap capabilities of Yoast. Yoast SEO has a whopping 19.6 million downloads with 100K being added every week! It’s rated at 4.6, which is a bit less than Google XML Sitemaps, but due to the huge number of features and the difficulty of setting up SEO properly, a lower score is really kind of inevitable. My second issue is that Yoast gives you a huge warning about using Google XML Sitemaps when it is activated – even if you’ve set Yoast to not generate sitemaps for you. To be honest, if forced to choose, I like Google XML Sitemaps layout a little more simply because it has a bigger font – thereby enabling you to scan your sitemap more easily. There aren’t a lot of specific resources on sitemap best practices that go into this level of detail but if I had to choose, I would go with the way Google XML Sitemaps does it. Each Sitemap file that you provide must have no more than 50,000 URLs and must be no larger than 10MB. With the month-based separation that Google XML sitemaps uses, the corresponding file is more likely to have no more than 100 or so URLs – which will then be small enough to be measurable in kilobytes rather than megabytes. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that both products generate a valid XML sitemap that Google, Bing, and other search engines will love. Google XML Sitemaps does give you more options, which is nice, but most of us won’t really need such granular control over our content. If you do need the additional options, I suggest using Google XML Sitemaps in conjunction with Yoast – in which case, just be sure to switch Yoast’s sitemap features off. For the rest of us, the answer is pretty clear: if you’re already using Yoast, there’s really no real need to use Google XML Sitemaps as well.
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DIY Alternative to WordPress SEO Plugins

Most SEO plugins have way too many bells and whistles for my simple needs, so I wrote a little snippet that’s meant as a drop-in, DIY replacement for the big WordPress SEO plugins. If you want a lot of features and options, then try Yoast’s awesome SEO plugin or the great All in One SEO; otherwise, if you just want something simple that works, check out Basic WP SEO – a simple slab of code that you add to your functions. SEO title – uses custom meta if exists, else generates an optimized unique title. These are some useful, beneficial things to include in your web pages, which is why SEO plugins are so popular. The problem is that most SEO plugins are just way too overwrought and heavy-handed, especially for DIY folk who implement stuff like. Test well and fine tune as needed Optional: add custom description, keywords, and/or title to any post or page using these custom field keys: mm seo desc mm seo keywords mm seo title To migrate from any SEO plugin, replace its custom field keys with those listed above. Once the Basic WP SEO script and header tag are uploaded to the server, visit each of the different types of pages and view the source code to verify proper functionality. Optimized title tags based on Perfect WordPress Title Tags Makes it easy to migrate and use data from most any SEO plugin. Again, the main purpose of this script is to provide a simple alternative to the “all-purpose” WP SEO plugins currently available. To utilize any existing meta data from other SEO plugins, you basically have two options: change the script or rename the meta fields in the database. Apparently Yoast SEO prepends its prefix to any existing SEO fields when activated, so who knows what names you’ll actually see in your database, but the meta data should look similar. Edit the mm seo desc, mm seo keywords, mm seo title in the Basic WP SEO script to match the existing field values. UPDATE `wp postmeta` SET `meta key` = ‘mm seo keywords’ WHERE `meta key` = ‘ yoast wpseo metakeywords’ UPDATE `wp postmeta` SET `meta key` = ‘mm seo title’ WHERE `meta key` = ‘ yoast wpseo title’ UPDATE `wp postmeta` SET `meta key` = ‘mm seo desc’ WHERE `meta key` = ‘ yoast wpseo metadesc’. Once the meta fields have been renamed, they will be used by the Basic WP SEO script if available; or if not, then you can either add them manually, or else the script will automatically generate unique descriptions, keywords, titles, and robots tags for your posts and pages.
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