On-Page SEO Techniques: Rank On The First Page – 2018

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On-Page SEO Techniques

So if you want your blog post to perform well, your On-Page SEO Techniques plays a vital role in that.

So what all we need is to make our web page search engine friendly so that the search engines can easily understand the targeted keyword and the content of the web page.

So when it comes to web page optimization, there are two types:

  1. On-page SEO
  2. Off-page SEO

So in this article, I will be covering both types optimization. Let’s first understand what On-page optimization is about.
Let’s not confuse On-page optimization with On-site Optimization.

On-page SEO/On-site SEO: It basically deals with everything that you can change and manipulate on your website with the thinks likes targeted keywords, heading, content, sitemap and permalink structures.

On-page optimization accounts for 25% of your website’s SEO. It is not too big but it sets the foundation for you Off-page optimization which accounts for roughly 75% of your website’s SEO.

10+ On-page SEO Techniques That Will Boost Your Rankings

1. Post Title

You post title is the most important factor for on-page SEO. So, start title tag with your keyword. The closer the targeted keyword to the beginning of the title tag, the more have the chances of getting ranked in search engines.

Add Modifiers to the title

Adding modifiers like “top”, “best”, “guide”, “2018”, “reviews”, help you attract visitors and rank for long tail keywords.

2. Permalink Structure

Avoid using ugly URLs: yourwebsite.com/31-03-18/category/post-title

Leverage SEO-friendly URLs: yourwebsite.com/post-title

According to a study, shorter URLs rank better in Google. So, keep your page’s URL short and keyword rich.

3. Heading Tags

Always wrap your title in an H1 tag. It is the main title of your post. Most of the CMS’s like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal automatically ads h1 tag to the title of your blog post.
So if you are using any other custom CMS, have a look at the source code of the page and fix the title tag to h1 if required.

Once you are done with h1 title tag, attach an engaging image or video that reduces the bounce rate.

After this featured image, you need to wrap your article’s subheading in h2 tag.

Always remember to include the targeted keyword at least once in the subheading tag as well.

4. Keyword Density

Drop your targeted keyword in first 100 words and keep the keyword density to 1.5%. It is crucial that you use your targeted keyword in the first and the last paragraph of the article. And use it in the content where it makes sense.

5. Internal Linking

It is very important that you interlink your content. Add 2-3 internal links to your each blog post. Wikipedia is the best example of internal linking. Check out Wikipedia.com

While internal linking, try to use keywords as the anchor text. At the same time, be careful and don’t overdo it.

Keep in mind that you don’t link to those pages that have same targeted keywords.

Internal linking of blog post also helps you to reduce the bounce rate and get more page views on your website.

The biggest benefit of internal linking is it passes the page rank to the other pages of your website as well.

6. External Linking

External linking is a powerful technique for making your website search engine ready. It act as a relevancy signal that helps search engine figure out the topic of your blog post.

According to a recent study, pages with outbound links outrank pages without outbound links.

7. Meta Tags

It is important that you add a unique and relevant Meta description to each and every post. Write Meta description related to your post and make sense. Again, be careful and not overuse and spam targeted keywords.

Google has already made it clear that they don’t care about Meta description part. But other search engines like Bing and Yahoo! Still care for this.

So should you spend time on Meta description tags? Well, here is the official statement from Google:

8. Image Optimization

If I talk about image optimization, it is one of those technique that people usually don’t focus on. While it helps a lot in driving traffic from image searches in Google and other search engines.

Make sure that you use targeted keywords in your image file name (for an example, on-page-seo.png)

Use targeted keywords in the “image title” and “alt tag” of the image tag helps you to make your blog post more focused, targeted and image search friendly.

These are the technical parts of image optimization. But if you look at another important benefit, then images create engagement.

More the attractive images you use, more the engagement will be and more the people will stick to your website. That will help you to increase the overall rank of your website.

But there is one more important point to note. If you use more images / heavy images, this will slow down your website. And people don’t like to visit those websites that doesn’t load faster.

Slow loading websites also loose Google Rank. So it is very important to use:

  • Image Compression tool
  • Caching Plugin
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)

To learn more about website speed and image optimization, checkout:

6 Ways To Speed Up WordPress Website Performance

9. Word Count per Post

Website with low word count perform poorly in search engines compares to those that have high word count. So create posts with at least 500 words in length.

It is highly important that you are well researched and have lot of information about the topic. Especially, if you are targeting the highly competitive keywords.

According to a research conducted by Backlinko, longer content rends to rank significantly higher on Google’s first page.

If you ask my personal opinion, I would recommend you to write blog post above 1000 words. 2000-3000 words article would be more than handy.

Also remember to not to stretch it too long that it becomes less informative and boring.

10. Write Engaging Content

Writing engaging content is the key for people to stay on your website. If you are unable to do that, people will not spend much time on your blog and they will leave the website. This will result in bounce rate and decrease in search engine ranking.

11. Include Prominent Social Sharing Buttons

World is becoming more social and that has affected modern On-Page SEO techniques as well. Social signals has always been a topic to watch out.

Google’s partnership with Twitter, which added tweets to Google search results. It’s a further evidence of how social media is impacting modern ways of Search Engine Optimization and Search Engines like Google.

Social Signals for SEO includes:

  • Number of tweets and retweets, popularity of the post amongst users, no of followers and the people who are tweeting.
  • Facebook page likes and shares
  • Google +1s.
  • Links and mentions from social community websites like Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon and Tumblr have made a big impact on Seach Engine Result Pages (SERPs).

With these things in mind, always consider using prominent social sharing buttons alongside your blog post.
According to a study by BrightEdge, prominent social sharing buttons can increase social sharing by 700%.

12. Boost Site Speed

Google has already stated that page loading speed is an SEO ranking signal.

According to MunchWeb, 75% of the user wouldn’t like to re-visit the website that took more than 4 seconds to load.

So always keep in check with your website’s loading speed. There are tools like GTMetrix.com and tools.pingdom.com that allows you to get data that helps you to optimize your website.

You can use Content Delivery Network and image compression tools that I discussed earlier. You might also consider changing the Web Hosting Server.

13. Sprinkle LSI Keywords

LSI keywords are nothing but the synonyms that Google uses to determine the relevancy of the web page.

On-Page SEO Techniques Checklist

  1. Keyword in the beginning of the title
  2. Keyword in permalink
  3. Keyword in first paragraph
  4. Keyword in image alt tag
  5. LSI keywords in body
  6. LSI keyword in H2 or H3
  7. Keep keyword density to 1.5%
  8. Remove all stop words from permalink
  9. Add multimedia
  10. Write Longer Posts (1000-3000 words)
  11. Use Server Level Gzip Compression
  12. Optimize images for web using tools like Photoshop or Caesium before uploading
  13. Use ewww image optimizer plugin for WordPress
  14. Optimize and boost page load speed
  15. Use social sharing buttons
  16. Write engaging content
  17. Internal Linking
  18. Outbound link with high quality websites
  19. Write Unique Meta Description that make sense. It should be less than 320 character (Revised for 2018)
  20. Share post to all social platforms once you publish.

Things not to do:

  1. Don’t put more than one H1 tag
  2. Keyword stuffing

I hope you would have enjoyed reading On-Page SEO Techniques. If I missed something, share with us and put your views in the comment section below.

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