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WordPress Posts And Pages Differences

WordPress Posts and Pages

WordPress posts and pages look alike right? 

And as a newbie, you are wondering whether to use wordpress posts or pages to publish your  blog post I guess.

In short,

  • WordPress pages are static. Meaning contents on pages rarely needs to  be changed.
  • Whereas WordPress posts are dynamic.. This means contents on post pages can be changed or updated a number of times to suit the trend of the content.

I know this doesn’t answer the question of whether to use posts or pages to publish your contents but I will be explaining all in a bit. 

Plus I will tell you which one of them has worked for me on my other niche blog.

In this blog post, you will learn

  • What wordpress pages and posts pages are
  • The differences between pages and posts pages
  • Advantages and disadvantages of WordPress  pages
  • Advantages and disadvantages of wordpress posts
  • If wordpress pages or posts are better for SEO
  • How to create pages
  • How to create a post
  • How to display posts in pages using the Gutenberg editor 

Enjoy.

What is a Page in WordPress 

A wordpress page displays static and timeless content.

 A page in wordpress is said to be timeless because the contents in that page does not expire nor does it need constant updates to conform itself with current trends.

An example of a wordpress page that is timeless and static is the about page. Your about page, you will agree with me, hardly needs major updates constantly. 

The most common pages you will see on most websites are the about pages, contact pages, privacy policy, disclaimers, resource pages etc.

How to create a page in wordpress 

  1. Login to your wordpress backend 
  2. In the menu on your left, click on pages>>add new
  3. Enter the title for your page
  4. Write a slug(keyword rich url) for your page
  5. Hit publish
Wordpress posts and pages

Just as you can create sub categories in wordpress, you can as well create sub or child pages in wordpress. 

Read: When to use categories and tags in WordPress

For instance, if you have a blender  affiliate  site where you write about brand name blenders, you can create a parent page as Best blenders reviews. 

The page should have about 1500 words reviewing various brand blenders.

 Then afterwards, you can create child pages for best blenders reviews with each page specifically for a brand. So here we have a parent page as

Best Philips blenders – Where you will have a detailed post on all the different blender brands.

 The child pages will be the specific Philips Blender module types.

 Each of the child pages should link back to the parent page. 

To create a child page for a parent page you have already created, here is what you should do.

  1. Create a new page post 
  2. Click on the setting icon
  3. In the document settings, scroll down and click on page attributes
  4. Click on the (no parent page) drop down arrow and select the parent page you want your page to be the child.

What is a post in WordPress 

Posts in wordpress are pages that are dynamic and time based. WordPress contents published with Posts are subject to frequent updates. 

As the trends for contents in posts changes, so do you have to update it with the current trend.

Unlike pages, posts are shown in reverse chronological order due to its timely feature.

So, instead of seeing posts dates in normal chronological order like 1, 2, 3,etc., your posts will be shown dates in reverse order like 3, 2, and 1. With 3 being the recently published post .

As time goes on , content you published using the post feature in wordpress may go old if it doesn’t see frequent updates. Contents 

that do not get frequent updates gets automatically archived in wordpress. 

Most wordpress bloggers are likely to use posts to publish their contents as opposed to using pages.

Wordpress posts and pages

How to create a post in WordPress 

  1. Login to wordpress 
  2. Select  on post>>add new
  3. Write your post title in the add title  block 
  4. Click on the plus button and select the paragraph block
  5. Start writing

Read: How To Write A Blog Post Fast

If you want to display blog posts on a page in wordpress with Gutenberg , here is what you should do

  1. Select the page you want to display your posts
  2. Click on the plus button to pull up the search bar
  3. Search for latest post
  4. Click on the latest posts block

You will have to customise the latest posts block to make it appealing. To do that, 

  • Click on the settings icon
  • Select block
  • Scroll through the settings to make the necessary settings

If you don’t want to use the Gutenberg editor, you can use page builders like Elementor pro, Beaver builder, Divi builder, etc. to customize the page, to display your blog posts.

Advantages of using Posts to publish your contents 

  • They are timely 
  • Easily shareable
  • Can be categorized and tagged
  • Can have comments 
  • Shows authors

Disadvantages 

  • Needs to be updated frequently 

Advantages of wordpress pages

  • Pages are timeless. This means they do not expire nor do they get archived
  • Pages rarely need updates
  • Pages can have sub or child pages

Disadvantages of pages

  • Pages can’t be categorized or tagged
  • Pages does not display authors
  • It does not display dates and time of publishing 

When to use posts and pages

Think of it this way. 

Whenever you are creating contents that will be evergreen and will rarely need updates, then you should publish using pages.  

If you are creating contents that may change over time, you should consider publishing using posts.

Using pages to publish your posts should follow a clean and clear structure. This way of structuring your site using pages is known as silo.  

If that is not done well, some important posts may be buried deep in the blog as you can’t categorize page posts, and it may take loads of digging by your visitors to find the contents they are looking for.

As a new blogger, it will be very wise of you to publish your posts using posts. 

I promise you,  you wouldn’t want to get your hands dirty with Silo (is one hell of a confusing  mess). You can read more about website silo here.

My advice?

Stick to  posts and use WordPress  categories and tags to organize your posts. 

Read: Here is how to get motivated to write everyday

Wordpress posts and pages

 Wordpress post vs pages SEO

The real question here is are wordpress posts or pages better for SEO?

WordPress posts and pages are all good for SEO. 

But posts have a better chance of being better optimized due to its time based factor. 

Why?

Search engines prefer ranking posts that are current and conforms with new trends. 

Thus, the date, author and time that comes with a wordpress post when published or updated makes it suitable for SEO.

On the other hand, Pages are suitable for evergreen posts. Think of something such as a basic chocolate cake recipe post. A post like that will hardly need changes. 

In my opinion Chocolate cakes recipe still remains the same. Safe for a few modern twists added to it.

Conclusion

I am glad you have been able to read to this end.

To recap, here is a summary of the key differences between WordPress posts and pages

Key differences between WordPress posts and pages

  • Posts are shown in reverse chronological order. Pages are not
  • Pages do not display date time and authors. Posts do
  • Posts are time based. Pages are not
  • Pages do not get outdated. Posts get out of date
  • Posts need constant updates. Pages do not need to be updated regularly 
  • Pages can not be categorized or tagged. Posts can be categorized and have tags.
  • Posts are dynamic. Pages are static
  • Pages can have sub pages. Posts do not have sub posts
  • Pages can be switched from default templates to  have their own customized templates.

WordPress posts and pages all play great roles in SEO.

 But, what you should know is that Google and for that matter, any other search engine  does not give 2 cents whether you publish your content using pages or posts. 

All search engines require is writing blog posts with a sprinkle of keywords to help search engines show its users what they are searching for.

Do good SEO and your post will rank irrespective of using Posts or pages to publish your post.

I hope this post has been able to help you understand the difference between wordpress posts and pages.

If you still have questions about posts and pages, Leave your questions in the comments section.

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How To Start An Anonymous Blog The Right Way

How To Start An Anonymous Blog

You are probably wondering how to start an anonymous blog  because let’s face it , not everybody wants their name out for the whole world to see.

How to start an anonymous blog

 It is totally understandable that you think it is impossible to start an anonymous blog. 

To tell you the truth,  you can either choose to go all out with your identity when you start a blog or not.

 You will be surprised to know that some bloggers you think reveal their lives on their blogs may actually be making up stuff.

In fact, a search for anonymous bloggers on Google shows almost no blogs but you and I know there are actually dozens of them out there.

 Only three blogs popped up as truly anonymous blogs after an extensive search in Google. The truth here is, they just don’t tell you they are anonymous. 

 There are several forums out there where people actually share their stories about blogging anonymously.

 According to them, they create make-believe stories about themselves on their blogs just to make people feel it is their real-life stories and achievements they are sharing with them. 

Well, some of them share bits and snippets of their true life stories, others do not and they are quite successful staying anonymous.

If these people are successful at blogging anonymously why can’t you? 

In today’s blog post you will learn how to start an anonymous blog. 

Here is what you are going to learn 

  1. What an anonymous blog is 
  2. Reasons why you should start an anonymous blog or not
  3. How to protect an anonymous blog.
  4.  How do anonymous blogs make money? 
  5. How to promote anonymous blogs. 
  6. How to start a free anonymous blog. 
  7. Pro and cons for blogging anonymously. 
  8. Successful anonymous blogs

Let’s get started

What is an anonymous blog

An anonymous blog is a Blog where the author conceals his or her identity from the public.

Bloggers who conceal their identity normally do so with a pseudonym.

 Some of these bloggers who blog anonymously take stringent measures to protect their identity from being exposed by the internet police.

Reasons why you should start an anonymous blog.

How to start an anonymous blog

There are several reasons why you will want to start an anonymous blog and some of them are listed below.

Desire for privacy: 

Most anonymous bloggers want to have a grip on their privacy. If you are not fond of being in public’s eye, then starting an anonymous blog is the right thing to do.

Fear of being judged:

 If you have the fear of being judged by close friends and family and being criticised by them, then you are probably better off starting a blog anonymously than facing their ridicule and scrutiny.

For whistle blowing:

 Of course,  I don’t mean the referee’s whistle to end a game.

If you have sensitive  information which you will want to share without you being identified as the source then starting an anonymous blog is your safest bet.

Personal blogging:

You only want to write about things that are personal to you. In this case, you only make your blog accessible only by you and no one else.

To do that, you will have make your site accessible logging in only.

You are new in the blogging world: 

It is very normal to not want to expose your identity when you start blogging. You can decide to expose your identity when you feel confident enough to do so.

Why you should not start an anonymous 

You shouldn’t start an anonymous blog if you

  1. Afraid of being found out and the backlash that comes with it because that day will surely come.
  2. Intend to do harmful things with your blog contents. Example spreading lies
  3. Don’t have much to write on the topic you have chosen. If there is not much to say, then write your thoughts in a diary instead. 
  4. Giving out false information.

If you want to start an anonymous blog for any of these reasons, then have a legal army lined up as a backup plan plus prepare for public backlash if you are found out.

Now that you know the reasons why you should or not start an anonymous blog, let’s talk about what you have to do in order to stay anonymous when you decide to start blogging.

How to start a blog in 10 easy steps

How to stay protected when blogging Anonymously.

Here is a list of steps to take which can help you stay protected on the internet when you decide to start a blog anonymously.

  • Create a pseudonym
  • Create a new email account
  • Use a VPN
  • Browse incognito
  • Purchase sitelock or whois Privacy

All the protective steps listed above is explained in detail below.

Create a pseudonym

In a world of blogging you need not to be afraid of using a pseudonym.

The pseudonym you create should have nothing to do with your real identity. 

For instance if everybody knows you love playing fortnite game and ukulele, you need not make your pseudonym as “fortnite and Ukulele” .

Anybody who knows you may quickly associate your “anonymous” blog with you.

You rather have to create a pseudonym which has nothing to do with your identity or personality.

Your pseudonym should stand out. It could be a funny name or a real fake name. 

Create a new email account

Create a new email account which is not linked to any other account.

For example, you can decide to use gmail as your personal email account and for your anonymous blog, your email address will be with hotmail. 

Better still, you can use email accounts provided by your hosting provider as your blog’s email address.

That way, people can only contact you through your blog’s email address.

Use a VPN

This option is for those who intend to blog anonymously on touchy subjects.

VPNS help you to surf the internet safely without your IP address being tracked.

This helps you immensely from being identified via IP tracing.

Use incognito mode: 

Using incognito mode to some extent can also help shield your IP address from being traceable.

You can always use the incognito mode in your browser to work on your blog.

But, you should know that this way of blogging anonymously does not 100% guarantee your safety.

Purchase sitelock or whois privacy.

A sitelock or whois purchase masks your details from the internet. Usually, when you purchase domains and hosting you will have to fill in detailed information about you. 

In order to prevent the information you filled being found on the internet by a simple search, you can purchase a sitelock or whois privacy subscription from your domain name provider.

Blog anonymous for free on blogging platforms:

When you decide to start an anonymous blog on a self hosted site, chances are, your identity being busted may be High. 

So, instead of starting an anonymous blog on a self-hosted site, you can blog anonymously on  free blogging sites such as wordpress.com.

That way,  you’ll be using a subdomain from WordPress. Eg. Mylonelylife.wordpress.com

Thus, all enquiries to trace your identity through your blog will lead to wordpress.com as they are the ones who technically own your domain and blog and not you.

Don’t link any blogging tool  Account to your personal email account. 

You may be tempted to signup for your blog  by linking to your personal email account. 

When signing up with blogging tools such as Google Analytics  and Google search console, make sure to signup using your anonymous blog email address.

Don’t use images which you are in

This is pretty obvious. Why would you show your face when you want to stay anonymous? You can cover your face in photos if you want to tease your readers with a glimpse of your features. 

Make sure you don’t use images which have your locations enabled on it.

How to promote anonymous blogs

To promote your anonymous blog, here is what you can do

Create social media pages

You can create social media accounts for your blog and promote it there. Make sure you don’t link any of the accounts to your personal pages.

One thing! Don’t ever like and follow your anonymous blog social media accounts using our personal account.

 Ever wondered why Facebook and the like suggest people for you to follow? They study your activities on their platform and use that to tailor a unique activity and suggestions for you. 

They will then suggest the same thing to people who follow you because if you are interested then your followers too will be interested. 

So definitely avoid stalking your anonymous social media accounts with your personal account to avoid it from being suggested to friends and family. 

Create and grow your email list

Encourage your blog visitors to subscribe to your blog to receive weekly or monthly updates exclusively  from you.

To grow your email list, you can offer an incentive to entice them to signup and subscribe to your blog. 

Guest Posting.  

You can reach out to other blogs similar to yours to write a post for their blog. This strategy helps you expand your blog’s reach.

Pinterest

People think Pinterest is a social Media platform. But truly speaking Pinterest is an image driving search engine platform which you can use to hugely increase your blog visitors.

 To promote your post via Pinterest you need to create a Pinterest account and register as a business on the platform.

You then create graphics that depicts what people will read when they click on the graphic image. 

This way of promoting your blog has been proven to work for most bloggers.

 To create your Pinterest graphics you can use a tool like canva free version or Photoshop to make compelling graphic posters which you will use to promote your blog posts.

Here is a wonderful course you can take on Pinterest to help you skyrocket your blog traffic.

Leverage Social sharing plugins

Another way to promote your blog post is by using social sharing plugins on your site.

Social sharing plugins enable social media buttons on your blog. 

This will motivate your visitors to share your posts to platforms they want to share.

The most important plugins to install on a new blog

Do SEO

SEO means search engine optimization. What you have to do is to optimise your post using certain keywords that are relevant to your post. 

The keywords are words that people typically used to search for information related to your post on the internet.

Using this strategy can massively drive traffic to your blog via search engines like Google. 

Beginner Friendly SEO Guide

How do anonymous blogs make money

Anonymous bloggers make money the same way regular bloggers make money.

 Anonymous blogs make money from displaying ads on their site,selling digital products, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts,etc.

The only downside to an anonymous blog when it comes to monetizing is the payment option. 

You have to expose your identity and information through the payment option you will choose.

If you are into crypto you can find advertisers who are willing to pay you  through cryptocurrency. This enables you to keep your identity intact.

The best way to monetize an anonymous blogging website is by producing your own products.

  That way,  you are the one handling the payments and everything that is associated with handling money.

Can you be a successful anonymous blogger?

Yes you can be a successful anonymous blogger. Provided the information you bring out is of interest to the public.

To be a successful anonymous blogger you have to be consistent in what you publish on your blog and consistently promote your blog till your voice is heard.

Use the various promotion methods that I have outlined in this post to help you to promote your blog and become successful blogging anonymously.

How to start a free anonymous blog

There are many free blogging platforms which you can use to blog anonymously. 

However, you should know that if you decide to blog anonymously on free platforms,  your content will not be yours, although you wrote it.  

Your content can be taken down as and when the site you are using to blog for free feels like it.

Here are some free blogging platforms which you can use to start an anonymous blog free. 

  1. WordPress.com
  2. Blogger.com
  3. Tumblr.com
  4. Instagram 
  5. Facebook 
  6. Medium 
  7. Quora
  8. Strikingly.com
  9. Write.as
  10. Notepin.co
  11. Vent
  12. Lyfster

All you need is to register an account with them and you are all ready to start blogging anonymously on them.

Pros for  Blogging Anonymously

Freedom to write whatever you want

When you blog the anonymous way, you can write your heart out without feeling insecurity of people judging you and the way you write.

Protection of your identity 

To help protect your identity from being exposed. Not only do you get to protect your identity, you also get to protect the identity of your friends and family from the public. 

Cons of Blogging Anonymously 

More Attention on you and your content

It is in human nature to be curious about vague identities. People can go to the ends of the world just to find out the identity of veiled personalities especially when your content peeks their interest.

Legal Problems

If you intend to blog about things that expose companies and people, be ready to face legal issues from time to time.

Fewer monetization methods

Although there are countless ways to monetize your blog, blogging anonymously may limit your monetization efforts. 

How? 

Most advertising agencies such as Google Adsense require you to sign up with your personal information. This may not help you to cover up your identity entirely on the internet.

Conclusion

On the whole, blogging anonymously is not as bad as you may believe it to be. The choice is always yours as to how you portray yourself on the internet.

I hope this blog post has been helpful to you.

The ball is now in your court.

Do you prefer blogging anonymously or publicly?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Don’t forget to share this post to help others who want to start an anonymous blog.


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WordPress Categories And Tags(All you need to know)

wordpress categories and tags

WordPress Categories and tags always confuse newbie bloggers when they start writing blog posts.

Let me explain these two to you in simple terms

WordPress categories help you to group a broad range of posts that are related together in one net. Whereas WordPress tags are used to group posts that are only specifically related to each other in one place.

There is always the confusion of either adding posts to categories or tags only or adding posts to both WordPress categories and tags.

Here is the deal, these two are good for SEO, and at the same time bad for SEO, if used wrongly.

In this blog post, you will learn how to create categories and tags for your blog. You will also learn why you should or shouldn’t create several tags and categories for your blog posts.

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wordpress categories and tags

What are WordPress Categories 

WordPress categories help you to group or organize your blog posts to make navigation of your site easy.

 The point here is, categories make searching for content on your blog easier for your visitors.

 A lifestyle blog typically has post content about travel, family, self-care, etc. All these topics need to be grouped in specific categories so they don’t mix up.

Categories also help search engine crawlers find it easy to crawl and index your blog post seamlessly. 

Again, creating categories for your blog posts helps give your site an SEO structure which makes your whole website structure optimized.

But there’s the catch

Adding your posts to several categories does nothing but create duplicates of your posts which you wouldn’t want to do. 

Only add a post to a category if it’s relevant to the category.

A cakes recipe post has no business being added to a rice category. 

Do you catch my drift? 

Good.

Relevance is what is needed with WordPress categories.

How to create categories in wordpress 

Creating a category is not as difficult as you think it may be.

What you have to bear in mind when creating your categories is to name your categories with keywords you want to rank for.

Using a food blog as an example, you can create categories for keto recipes, chocolate cake recipes, Italian pasta recipes, etc. Instead of generic names such as cake, keto, pasta, etc.

But you can use these generic names as your category names if you intend to make them parent categories for child categories.

In that case, you can have the parent category as cakes; and under this parent category, you will have child categories such as chocolate cake recipes, sponge cakes recipes, strawberry cake recipes, etc.

Here is how to create a category in WordPress

To create categories in WordPress,

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard 
  2. From the menu hover on posts
  3. Select categories from the posts menu
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  1. Enter the title and slug for the category 
  2. Click on add new category

NB: The slug will be the URL for your category. You can leave it empty or enter one for your category.

Example: category title: cakes   slug: best-cake-recipes

The category titled cakes is the parent category. To create a child category for your category, follow these steps

  1. Select posts from the menu
  2. Click on categories 
  3. Give your category title
  4. Enter the slug for your category
  5. Select the parent category the child category falls under like below
how to create child categories in wordpress

NB: You can write descriptions for your categories but it is not entirely important. Some themes may show the category description others too may not. 

Should you decide to write a description, make sure to include keywords in your descriptions.

How to add a post to a category in WordPress 

  1. Select the post you want to add to a category from your dashboard
  2. Click on the settings icon at the top right of your post 
how to add posts in wordpress categories and tags
  1. Select document
  2. Scroll down to the categories box
how to add posts in wordpress categories and tags
  1. Select the category you want to add your post

NB: Make sure to deselect the uncategorized box any time you publish a post.

Can WordPress Pages have categories? 

WordPress pages currently can not be added to categories. Categories in WordPress work for posts only and not pages. 

But, there are some plugins that you can install and use to categorize your WordPress pages.

So how can you actually create and use WordPress Categories the right way?

Here are 7 part guidelines for creating and using WordPress categories the right way.

  1. Do not create several empty categories. 
  2. Use simple .keywords to name your categories.
  3. Make the slug of for your category keyword rich.
  4. Your category title does not necessarily need to be the same as your slug.
  5. Link posts to relevant categories.
  6. Don’t add the same post to the parent category and child category. It creates several duplicates of the same post.
  7. Always remember to uncheck the uncategorized box when adding a post to a category.

Why are wordpress categories important?

You need to create and use categories; because it helps you to organize your blog posts and makes the overall site navigation experience for your blog visitors worth their time.

That’s not all

Categories do a great job of increasing the dwell time of your visitors. 

How is that possible? 

Well, that is because other posts in that category may catch the eye of your visitor. 

I personally love binge reading posts in categories on other blogs and I can say most blog visitors do the same.

Does using categories create duplicate pages?

The simple answer to this question is YES. Categories create duplicate pages of your post.

Your duplicate post in your category might do well on search engines to the neglect of the original post.

If you don’t want that to happen, there is a way to not make the duplicate posts not appear on search engines.

In fact, there are two popular ways to do that. That is by adding a canonical rule to a post or no-index your categories.

What is a canonical rule?

A canonical rule simply means adding a line to a post to tell search engines which post is original.

When you tell search engines which one of the same posts is the original one, search engine crawlers will ignore the duplicate page and rank the original post.

If you use Yoast or any other SEO plugin you can set your canonical rule for a post easily.

For more on canonical rules, read this post by ahrefs.

To set a canonical rule for your post here is what you should do using Yoast.

  1. Select the post you want to set the canonical rule.
  2. Scroll down to where the Yoast box is.
  3. Click on advanced
  4. Enter the url of the post in box under box under Canonical
how to set canonical rues using yoast

How to No-index categories

To no-index simply means you do not want search engines to make some parts of your blog to appear on search engines.

Here is how to no-index your categories using Yoast.

  1. Click on the Yoast button in your wordpress menu
  2. Select search appearance
  3. Click on taxonomies
  4. From the categories box, toggle the no button on
  5. Scroll down to save changes
how to no index wordpress categories and tags using yoast

Setting a canonical rule for your posts or no-indexing prevents them from competing with your original posts.

How to delete categories in wordpress 

  1. Go to categories 
  2. Select the category you want to delete
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the category page and click on delete

Or

Simply click on delete under category title from the categories table.

Remember to redirect your category to a post to prevent it from showing a 404 or error page when visitors use the category URL to visit your blog.

What are tags in WordPress

Tags in WordPress are used to focus on specific topics that are found in categories. Tags are useful when they are used strategically together with categories.

For instance, instead of creating a subcategory or a child category for the cakes category, you will create a tag instead.

For example, when writing a  post on how to prepare sponge cakes and add it to your cakes category, you create a tag titled sponge cakes. This way, anytime you write a blog post under sponge cakes, you will add it to the sponge cakes tag.

Very important: Do not create tags that will compete with your categories. 

The names for your and slugs for your categories should be different from that of your tags. 

To explain further, when you create a category titled cakes, do not create a tag with the same title or slug as that of the category.

What do tags do on WordPress? 

WordPress tags help group-specific blog posts that are related together.

For example, all sponge cakes recipes should be added to the tag sponge cakes.

Here is how to create tags in WordPress

  1. Click on posts in WordPress 
  2. Select tag
  3. Enter a title for your tag
  4. Write a slug for your tag
  5. Give your tag a description (if you want to)
  6. Click on Add new tag

How to add tags in WordPress to a post

To add a tag to a post follow these steps

  1. Select the post you want to add to a tag from your dashboard
  2. Click on the settings icon at the top right of your post 
  3. Select document
  4. Scroll down to the tag box
  5. Select or enter the title of the tag you want to add to your post

Most newbie bloggers think that tags are like hashtags for social media, which in some way could be true. 

Unlike social media hashtags that you can add more than 20, in WordPress, doing so adds more load to your page.

Why is that so?

Any time you create a tag, it creates a new page on your site which in this case becomes a duplicate of your post.

Let me explain to you further.

If you write a post on let’s say how to start a blog. 

Then you proceed to add this post to the following tags 

blogging, blogging for money, make money online, work from home, etc

All these tags which you have placed this one post in will create new post pages under each tag. 

Imagine if you add  20 tags to this post, how many post pages are you going to have? 

Is it not 21 post pages of the same post, all on your site?

Although Google says it doesn’t penalize duplicate posts, there have been some SEO experiments that show that duplicate pages do have an effect on page rankings.

Other than having duplicate post pages it increases your site resources which could eventually slow down your site.

Let me emphasize that, 

Word press tags are not social media hashtags. Desist from adding 20 or more tags to your post.

Tags in WordPress can be effective when used wisely.  Wisely as in using it to group products or posts that are closely related.

If you decide to use tags, make sure the URL or slug of the tags you create are keyword rich and it is something people search for on search engines.

I will advise that you add a post to one  or two tags instead of adding that same post to different several tags. 

What is the difference between categories and tags on WordPress? 

A category is a group that features a broad range of topics whereas tags feature posts that are more specific and super related.

Example

Category    

Cakes-  where all cake-related posts will be added

Eg. Sponge cake recipes,  chocolate cake, strawberry cake etc

Tag

Chocolate cake- where only recipes for chocolate cakes will be added

Eg. Chocolate rum cake, sour cream chocolate cake, chocolate bundt cake, etc.

Should I use tags in WordPress? 

You can use tags in WordPress but it is generally beneficial for e-commerce sites. Other than that as a normal blogger, you don’t really have to use tags in WordPress.

Do WordPress tags help in SEO

WordPress tags help in SEO to some extent. They do help when used wisely..

But honestly, WordPress tags don’t do much to help in SEO. Google has stated that tags look like search engines for them so they normally ignore tags when it comes to site crawling and indexing.

How many tags Should I use in WordPress?

You shouldn’t add more than 2  tags to a post in WordPress in my personal opinion. 

WordPress tags should be only added to a post if only it is relevant to the post.

 Don’t add irrelevant tags to a post just because you think it will give you more exposure just as social media does.

You can as well no-index tags. Just follow the tutorial above on how to no-index categories.

Should I use Categories or tags in WordPress?

Categories are better than tags when it comes to SEO.

But they all perform different functions.  

You can choose to use both categories and tags. 

Or 

you can ignore tags and create categories instead.

But overall categories should be much used as opposed to tags

What is most important is putting out a quality post that is search engine optimized as well as helps your reader.

How to add categories and tags together to a post

  1. Select the post
  2. On the left side of your post page click on the settings icon
  3. Scroll down and click on category or tags
  4. Click on  the  checkbox beside the category and tag you want your post to be associated 

How to add categories or tags to homepage menu

For the purpose of illustration, I will be using my theme as a guide. But I’m pretty sure is the same for most themes.

  1. Go to appearance in your wordpress admin menu
  2. Click on customize
how to link categories and tags in wordpress to your homepage
  1. Select menus settings
  2. Click on create menu
  3. Give your menu a title and click on next
how to link categories and tags  in wordpress to your homepage
  1. Click on add items
  2. Click on categories or tags
  3. Select the categories or tag pages you want on your homepage
how to link categories in wordpress to your homepage
  1. Select the primary or secondary menu box to indicate where you want the menu to appear.
  2. Hit publish

NB: Some themes offer double menus on the homepage. One becomes the primary menu and the other is the secondary menu. 

For instance, when you visit the homepage of this blog, you will see a menu in my header and one after the blog logo.

The menu in the header is my primary menu whereas the one after the blog logo is the secondary menu.

You can choose to have two menus or not.

I hope this blog post on wordpress categories and tags has been helpful.

To recap, here is what to keep in mind when it comes to WordPress categories and tags

  1. Categories groups a broad range of topics together
  2. Tag groups specific or related  topics
  3. Use keyword-rich texts as the URL for both tags and categories
  4. Don’t use the same keywords and slugs for your categories and tags
  5. Set canonical rules or no-index tags and categories to prevent them from competing with your original post.
  6. Don’t add a post to more than one category
  7. Add posts to relevant categories and tags
  8. Avoid the excessive use of tags
  9. Categories are better than tags

Now your turn. What benefits of WordPress and tags do you know and recommend? 

I would love to know your thoughts in the comments section.

Dont forget to share or pin this post to refer back to it any time.

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What is Anchor Text Links Meaning

Anchor text links is a descriptive and clickable highlighted text in a blog post which has a link embedded in it. 

It shows the user where the link will take them to if they clicked on the highlighted text

Anchor texts are to be descriptive enough for both site users and Google bots to have an idea where the link is leading them

In today’s blog post, we will be learning more about anchor texts in SEO and how you should be using them correctly in your blog posts.

It is always better to be on the good side of Google than to be penalized by them.

Continue reading to find out more about anchor text links.

 Does Anchor text matter?

Anchor text matters because it helps Google to do a good job of understanding links that are relevant and links that are not trust worthy.

In SEO, using anchor texts as a way of linking to other sites or your own blog posts, is one little part of the more than the 200 ranking factors used by Google to rank pages and posts.

When you are linking to a particular post or page, you need to make the text in which you are embedding the link, to be comprehensible and not oblique.

Not only does it serve as a way of making users understand where links will take them to; it also helps the Google bots to understand the links in a post or a website.

Just as you want to know where a link is leading you to, that’s how the Google crawlers also want to figure out what a link is about.

What is Anchor text link example?

An example of an anchor text is below.

 Basic SEO tips for beginners. The text highlighted in red is what is called anchor text

 The link is descriptive enough for you to understand where it will take you to, should you click on the link. 

Creating Anchor Text Links

  1. Highlight the text you want to use as your anchor text
  2. Select the link icon in the toolbar
  3. Insert the link you want to embed in the anchor text
  4. Click on the black arrow to insert the link

Types of Anchor Texts

There are 8 different types of Anchor text links which you can use in your blog posts or for a backlink exchange.

They are:

#1 Generic Anchor texts

Generic Anchor texts are links that are  non descriptive and have no keyword or brand term in it .

These are terms such as click here, learn more, etc. These links are generic and have no meaning.

It is generally not advisable to use these kinds of texts either  as internal or external links.

However, you can use generic texts in a strategic way which can be understood by both users and Google bots.

To use generic Anchor texts, you can use it as an occurrence anchor text.

What is the occurrence Anchor text?

Occurrence anchor text  is done by closely following a keyword term with a generic anchor text.

Study the example below where I use the occurrence Anchor text link strategy to link to a generic term.

“Learn the types of keywords here

In the example above, I linked to my post about keywords by using a generic anchor text.

But, the generic text came after the search term  I want to rank for.

 This way, you as the user understands what the link is about when you read it as well as the Google bot when it scans the text.

In the same way when you are linking to an external link, you can use the occurrence linking technique to link to other sites when you don’t want to give them too much link juice.

Another example of occurrence anchor text can be seen below

Here is a list of the best free seo tools you need to plan content for your site.

From the above example, I linked to the post using the generic term ‘best’ which is closely followed by the search term I want to rank for, which is free seo tools.

#2 Branded Anchor Texts

Branded anchor text is a way of linking another site using their brand name as the text for the link. 

For instance when you use just Amazon as the text to link to the company, you have used a branded anchor text to link to the site.

You will want to use branded texts as a source of backlink for your site as well as linking to other sites.

Using branded anchor texts as the source of external backlink to your site is a good way to establish authority in your niche.

#3 Exact-match Anchor text

An exact match anchor text is the text link that contains the exact keyword you want a post page to rank for. 

For instance, I’m targeting to rank for the search term free keywords research tools. 

Because I want to rank for that keyword, I have linked to it in this post which is somehow related to this post, using the exact keyword.

Using an exact keyword match to link to other posts on your blog is a great way to boost page seo. But, it shouldn’t be overused

Exact match keywords can be used for Backlinks albeit wisely

It is highly advisable to use exact match keyword links when you get the opportunity to write for high authority sites such as buzz feed, huff post,  CNN etc.

Where you don’t ever want to use exact match keyword is in

  • Blog rolls
  • Forums
  • Business listings
  • Comment sections

These sources of backlinks have been formally abused highly in the past which Google got a hint of; and rolled out an update that penalized sites which engaged in such back linking schemes. 

#4 LSI Anchor Texts

LSI anchor text is a keyword text that is similar to the Search term you are targeting to rank.

Instead of using the same keyword to link to a particular post, consider using other keywords that are similar to your target keyword. 

This way, you can rank for other search terms that are similar to your target keyword

You can use LSI anchor texts as your internal linking texts as well as backlink anchor texts.

For instance, if your target keyword is easy keto recipes; you can use easy to prepare keto recipes, Keto recipes for beginners, etc as your anchor texts.

#5 Partial Match

A partial match anchor text is a text link which does not contain the exact keyword you want a post to rank for.

Instead of linking to my post about tips for seo with the same keyword I want to rank for, I will rather link using  seo or seo for beginners. 

This makes it a partial match anchor text because it contains an instance of the keyword I want to rank. That is SEO

#6 Brand+Keyword Anchor text

This type of anchor text link contains your brand name plus the keyword you want to rank.

An example of a brand plus keyword is Nike running shoes. Nike is a brand name and the running shoes is the keyword.

 Brand+keyword is the best kind of anchor text link you can get as a source of backlink to your site or blog post.

#7 Naked Link Text

The naked link text as a type of Anchor text displays the exact url of a link without embedding it in any text.

This type of anchor text can be used as it shows the exact nature of the link. 

Naked Link texts can be quite unattractive in blog posts. But you can use it without attracting any penalty.

Example of a naked link https://Ubersuggest.com or Backlinko.com

#8 Title Anchor Text

The title anchor text is a type of Anchor text that links to the exact title of a blog post.  

An example of this type of anchor text is my post about 15 myths about SEO that are totally Lame.  This is the exact title of that post

You can use this type of anchor text as both in internal and external links.

#9 Image Anchor texts

Image anchor text is the Alt text of an image. Alt texts for images describe the image to search engines as well as blind people. 

If it’s possible, include your keywords in the alt text for your image.

Keyworded Alt texts marvelously work for fashion blog images. 

People searching for fashion stuff are likely to click on images that are related to what they are looking for as opposed to clicking on a blog post link.

So if you are in this niche take alt texts really seriously. Trust me I know what I’m talking about here.

Again, blind people rely on the alt text of images.

They use screen recorders to read to them. If you don’t give images on your blog alt texts, in simple terms you are being mean to the visually impaired.

Do make it a habit of ģiving your images anchor texts.

Alright, these are the ways you can use to link to blog posts either as a way of internal linking or building backlinks.

You should however note that, over optimizing with anchor texts, especially with exact match keywords, could attract a penalty to your site. Either internally or externally

But is Anchor text all that important for ranking.

Not really. 

Ahrefs analyzed in 2019 over 300,000 websites that ranked in the first 20 search results  for search terms to find out if anchor texts backlinks or internal links influenced their rankings.

The results showed that anchor text links had little relation for the sites ranking for certain keywords.

Whether it’s an exact match, partial, brand, etc anchor text it did not really matter.

What matters now is providing quality content that matches user intent.

However, it’s possibility shouldn’t be downplayed; as no one knows the exact measures  that influence page rankings.

That said, there are some best practices for anchor text links which Google recommends for you to follow.

Anchor Texts Best Practices

Basically what they want you to do when it comes to anchor texts is to

  1. Make it descriptive:

       Avoid using random words such as ‘here’

  1. Links should be obvious: 

it should be a different color from your regular text or underlined

These are the two major best practices for using anchor texts in your blog posts.

Best types of Anchor texts links to use

With the exception of generic anchor text links, the rest of the types of anchor text links listed above can be used both for internal and back links.

Using a variety of anchor text types keeps you on the safer side of SEO.

Wrapping up… 

Anchor text links help give the site user a good experience as well as web crawlers.

Over using keyword rich texts as links however, can land you in SEO trouble.

As the saying goes ” Too much of everything is bad”

Always remember to be on the safer side rather than the bad side of Google.

Follow recommended practices by Google and you will be good to go.

I hope this post has helped you understand what anchor texts are and how you should use them.

What other things about anchor text do you know? Share with me in the comments section.

Heyy…can I ask for a favor? Kindly pin or share this post if you found it helpful. 

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13 Creative Ways To Get Blog Post Ideas Fast

Blog post ideas shouldn’t be hard to get; considering the number tools and sites available for bloggers to help generate unique blog ideas.

But, most newbie bloggers sometimes suffer from acute writer’s block; which when not dealt with severely, could really impact your writing system. 

There is nothing cringe worthy than starting a blog  and being all bubbly about it in the first month or for some a week; and realize you are out of topics to write on.

Other newbie bloggers too, may have their blog setup but absolutely have no idea on what to write about.

If you are a newbie and you don’t take care, you will lose motivation for writing quickly and probably get depressed about it.

That is why I have taken it upon myself to help you generate dozens of blog post ideas you can certainly write on.

In this blog post, I will share with you 13 ways you can use to generate blog post topics for your blog in a few minutes.

How do I find blog post topics?

You can find blog post topics in several places. Some of which I am going to list below.

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#1 Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are full of blog post ideas. Not kidding here.

 People join Facebook to help them find solutions to their problems.

It is only logical that questions people ask in Facebook groups are likely the same ones being asked by 1000s of others on Google.

To get loads of blog post ideas from Facebook groups, you need to join ones that are in your niche.

When you join these niche groups, you can study the key terms that people use to ask questions in the group.

For instance, I am a member of several blogging groups. Most of these blogging groups are geared towards helping blogging newbies.

Most newbies normally use keywords terms such as ‘help’ ‘what is’ ‘confused’, ‘how do I’ etc. to seek for information.

This is what I do with these keyword search terms in the groups.

I search in the groups using these keywords terms to search for what beginner bloggers are struggling with.

For this Facebook group blog post generator trick, we will be using Boss Girl Bloggers group for Bloggers.

Within the group search bar, I searched for the following search terms; ‘help’ ‘confused’ ‘how do I’.

These search terms are the most popular question formats used by newbie bloggers.

From these searches, I got the following blog post topics

  • Why landing pages are important
  • Create Beautiful landing pages with x tool
  • How To configure the wordpress dashboard from scratch
  • Convert Pinterest views into clicks with this simple trick
  • What is DA in SEO and why it is important
  • X ways to Get backlinks for your site

By using this trick, you will be able to come up with dozens of blog post ideas which will definitely brighten your day up.

#2 Google related searches

Google related search is also a great way for coming up with blog post ideas.

Most times, bloggers often forget how much of a Gold mine this Google feature is.

The related searches section can generate for you thousands of blog post ideas which will help you not run out of blog topics to write about.

I personally, always use this Google feature to generate topics for my other niche blog.

Google related  searches for blog post ideas
Google Related searches

If a topic is featured in the related searches section, then it means people are searching for it. Therefore, you should write on it.

#3 People Also Ask section on Google

If you are a constant reader of my blog posts, you will notice evidently my secret crush for this section by Google.

Not only will you be able to get ideas for a blog post through this section; you will also get to find other questions which you can use to develop subheadings for your blog post.

This makes writing way easier and makes your thoughts flow as you write under each subheading.

Google is such a powerful and resourceful search engine such that it makes searching for answers easy. 

It also adds value to the answer you will get by adding other questions people are asking in relation to the question you asked.

Google SERPs page highlighted people also ask section
Google people also ask section

When in search of good blog post ideas, don’t skip the people also ask section on Google.

RELATED: HOW TO WRITE A BLOG POST FAST

#4 Answer The Public 

Another gold mine for generating good blog post ideas. It is a free keyword tool which generates all questions which has been asked in relation to your blog post  idea

It will give you questions that have been asked under how, where, what, who, when, etc.question formats that fall under your blog post idea.

I decided to play around this keyword research tool and it really didn’t disappoint.

Answer the public displaying blog post ideas
Answer the Public blog post generator

It gave me all the questions everybody’s mom asked to what the last person asked in relation to the keyword term.

Answer the Public also provided queries that included prepositions for that same keyword.

With this tool at your disposal, you can come up with  blog post ideas for every niche.

Unless the query you are making has never ever been asked on any search engine before, then you wouldn’t get an answer from the public.

But I doubt if a question on your mind has never been asked by anybody on the internet.

#5 Search Console

Search console has a queries section which shows you keywords people search for to land on your page.

The queries are plenty enough for you to choose from. If you are new to blogging, you will be tempted to ignore the search console.

Afterall, the gurus say it’s only used for submitting your site and checking errors and nothing more.

The truth is, search console does more than just submitting your site and checking for errors.

Every keyword people are using to land on a blog is accurately provided on the search console and not by any other third party app.

To verify and see if what I’m saying here is true, login to your Search console account.

  • Click on the hamburger icon on your top left.
  • Click on performance 

Scroll to the bottom of the performance page

You will see the queries people make to either give you impressions or clicks.

Use the impressions from the keywords to help you know the search volume for the keyword queries.

You can either use the queries info you have at your disposal to either update the posts pages they land on or write a new blog post around that search query  and link to the old one.

Search console is such an underused keyword tool that makes me cringe.

Related: How To submit your site to Google using Search Console

#6 Google Analytics

Similar to the Search console way of generating blog post ideas, Google analytics can also help you generate topics for your blog.

By now, I know  you are rolling your eyes at how I am obsessed with anything Google.

Not that I’m accusing you of being a hater. 

But let’s face it; they have good products to make online work move more smoothly.

That’s why, I love recommending their products.

You can use topics that are generating you the most  traffic from various platforms to create more blog posts around that topic.

To do this, you can check the posts generating the most traffic from organic searches, social platforms such as Facebook and Pinterest to write more posts around that topic.

Here is how to use Google analytics to check popular blog posts on your site.

Login to GA

  • Click on acquisition
  • Select all traffic>>overview
  • Click on the traffic sources and review your most popular blog posts.
  • Change the date range to the last 3 months

This method can give you the inspiration to generate more blog post ideas.

#7 keyword Research Tools

Keyword research tools are also one of the best ways to generate millions of  blog post ideas.

There are a variety of keyword research tools on the internet which you can use to get your next good blog post idea.

If you want to use a paid keyword research tool, I recommend Ahrefs. Ahrefs is a powerful keywords research tool that can generate several content ideas for you to write on.

On the other hand, there are several keyword tools which are free and are at your disposal to use at any time.

When using a keyword tool as a way to get a content idea, make sure to take note of the keyword difficulty, search volume and sites which are ranking high for that idea.

A keyword tool like Ubersuggest provides free limited daily searches for you.

It has a filter section which you can use to filter out the chaff from the good ones.

You can filter the search volume, and the keyword difficulty you prefer to work with.

I usually filter the monthly search volume for a keyword with 500 being the lowest search volume and 10,000 being the highest for any keyword I decide to use.

You can also do the same, less or more as I do. It all depends on you.

For the keyword difficulty  (KD) you can make it range from 1-15 or however you want it.

Using these filter tricks can help you narrow down the overwhelming keyword ideas that may be thrown at you with these keyword tools.

#8 Pinterest 

I bet there is no one who loves pinterest like I do. If there were to be a Pinterest militant group I swear my name will appear as the commander.

Pinterest is such a whole blog post ideas mood which is absolutely worth checking out.

One thing you should know is that pinterest is not a social media platform.

It is a search engine such as Google but this time it uses visuals as a way for searching for ideas.

Let’s just say Pinterest is where you create a poster for your blog and upload it there.

This way, you can promote your latest blog post without paying a dime.

Not only can you promote your blog posts, but you can also promote your businesses.

When used properly, Pinterest can be a traffic mane for your blog or businesses.

Lauren Duclos is the pinterest queen and her course is fire. I will let her handle all things Pinterest for you.

How generate blog post ideas from Pinterest

To get content ideas from Pinterest is as easy as ABC. Just type what your blog is about in the search bar.

For instance,  if your blog is a lifestyle  blog, just type in lifestyle and loads of topics will be shown to you.

The topics are beautifully color coded which makes the content ideas all the more interesting.

These keywords can further open other keyword doors that are further niched down when you click on them

Here is an example to follow

We will be using Lifestyle as the keyword to search on Pinterest. 

You can see that lifestyle topics range from luxury, minimalism, rich photography etc.

I selected minimalism, making the keyword now minimalism lifestyle.

Minimalism lifestyle also generated several keywords which included simple living, inspiration, Japanese, tips etc.

Pinterest search page blog post ideas
Pinterest Keyword search

I again selected simple living which also showed keywords such as interior design, less is more, home etc.

You see, one keyword has generated loads of ideas for a lifestyle blog which you can write about.

If you find Pinterest too difficult to understand, Lauren Duclos of Boss Girl Bloggers has a wonderful yet cheap course for Pinterest which makes the platform easy to understand. 

The course, honestly has done wonders for my one and half month old pinterest account.

#9 Google Autocomplete

There she goes with Google again. But can you blame me? Google is the Boss of unique blog post ideas generator.

Autocomplete  is another way to generate blog post topics for your blog.

I admit this is the easiest way to get ideas for your blog. 

You can type in a keyword in the Google Search bar and Voila! Your new blog post will be staring right into your soul. 

This is what you can do to make the Autocomplete work massively for you.

We will use the keyword ‘blogging’ in this highly confidential experiment.

I will be adding prepositions and question format phrases to the keyword.

The first preposition we will add is ‘is’. So the search format will be ‘is blogging’ and the Google autocomplete will complete the sentence for us.

The next phrase we will add to our keyword is ‘what’. 

We can go on and on with this blog ideas formular till thy kingdom comes.

The point here is, Google autocomplete is full of blog post contents you can snatch and write on.

#10 Hubspot Blog Post Idea Generator

Another unique blog idea generator I love.

Hubspot’s free content generator tool serves great and unique blog ideas which can inspire you to write.

Some of the ideas may not make sense but surely I say to you that, most of the topics generated by this tool totally makes sense.

All you will have to do is to type in a noun and hit the ‘get post ideas’ button.

It will generate a year worth of posts ideas for your blog in no time.

#11 Google Trends

What’s better than finding trending topics and writing on it?

Google Trends has all answers for what is trending in your niche. You can plug in your niche blog topic and it will show you whether the trend for that blog topic is falling or increases.

When you scroll downwards, you will find related topics and queries people are searching for in that niche.

When you see a related topic marked as a breakout, then it means the topic is hot and trending.

I searched for the keyword self care and it showed about 48 topics trending in the related topics and related queries combined.

The topics related to self care were mostly break out topics which means they are good to write on.

One thing I like about Google Trends is that you can do a comparison of topics to see which trends better. This information will help you decide on what to write about.

I decided to play around with 3 keywords under the personal development niche to see which one is trending.

The keywords were self care, self improvement and self confidence. It showed that of the three, self care had the most topics trending.

 

Probably because of the current season.

It had about 9 topics which were breakout topics that are worth writing about.

To compare topics, click on the + space and add the other keywords you want to compare.

You can also use the filter button to change the date range for trending topics.

#12 Stalk Your competitors blog post.

What are your competitors writing about? You should also do the same. 

Study the blog post topics that are gaining your blog competitors thousands of repins on Pinterest and try towing that same way.

However, you should note that it is always great to be inspired by your competitors but it is horrible to steal their work.

#13 Amazon Look inside

I got this idea from Neil Patel.  What you will do is to go to amazon and search for a general niche idea.

For instance, I searched for keto recipes. Then, I clicked on the top results.

If you see a ‘look inside’ graphic on top of the book cover, it means you read a preview of the book.

You don’t necessarily have to read the contents of the book. What we will be focusing on is the table of contents  in the book’s preview.

For example, in the table of contents in this keto recipes book, these were some of the topics which keto blogs can write on.

Some of the topics in the book’s table of contents were

What is keto diet

Keto smoothies

Meatless meals for keto diet

Keto breakfast and dinners

And plenty more to write on.

One thing you should always do is to check your potential to rank for the keyword before you embark on writing a blog post on it.

Oh Lordy,

I hope this was not too much to take in.  I tried making it small but my fingers kept on typing and typing . lol 

You now have an army of ways to develop content ideas. 

Please don’t sit there frustrated with what to write next.

 I hope this post has been helpful enough for you to generate blog post ideas.

Your turn….what other ways do you use to generate blog post ideas? I will love to know.

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16 Myths About SEO That Are Totally Lame

Myths about SEO constantly keeps on rising; and it’s so not cool.

Until Google comes to clear the air on these myths, they will continue to be what they are….myths.

In this blog post, I will be sharing with you some basic myths about SEO that are necessarily not true.

Does SEO still matter?

Yes, SEO still plays an important role in getting your content to be seen by your target audience. 

You need to follow modern seo practices to reap it’s benefits.

With that said, here are 16 solid myths about SEO you need to ignore.

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Myths About SEO

#1 YOAST is all there is to SEO

This is a big NO. 

Yoast is a good SEO plugin which offers few optimizations, when it comes to optimizing your posts for search engines.

Some of the SEO works Yoast offers for free is 

  • Meta tag description
  • Keyword tag
  • Content analysis
  • Schema

These are all good SEO practices all bloggers can incorporate. But the truth is, it is just a small fraction of SEO.

There is a  lot more to search engine optimization  than Yoast.

 It just happens to be a great SEO plugin that is really popular amongst bloggers. That is why it may confuse new bloggers on SEO.

One thing. 

Yoast free plan allows you to add one keyword tag, do basic content analysis,add meta tags, etc. to your blog post. 

It also has some really tempting premium features that may want you to go premium with them.

But,

Do I recommend that you buy the premium version? 

Honestly, I don’t.  

Why?

Rankmath, another SEO plugin, offers most of what Yoast offers in their premium version for absolutely free.

If  you want to see how Yoast premium works, then you can install Rankmath SEO Plugin. 

In conclusion, Yoast or any other SEO plugin,  just guides you to optimize your post for organic traffic. 

#2 SEO means instant traffic

How I wish this was true. But sadly, it is not. 

New bloggers often expect to get traffic immediately they post something and when nobody has visited their site to read their first post, they get frustrated and want to give up in the first week.

I once thought so too.

It made me nearly stopped posting on my first blog after getting almost no page visits.

Read what I did to increase my organic traffic here

But the truth is, organic traffic may come but it takes time.

When you make your blog live, Google places your site in what experts  call the Google sandbox. 

The Google sandbox simply means Google wants to get to know your blog or website for some time before it starts ranking your keywords.

Starting your blog and implementing SEO strategies right from the beginning does not guarantee instant traffic.

When you start posting, it takes Google about 6months to a year before you start getting constant organic traffic to your blog.

If your blog is a very niched site, you may get Google traffic within 2-3 months.

Nonetheless, if you practice and use the right SEO strategies, traffic and clicks may come sooner than you think.

I wrote this post about types of keywords to use in your blog post not less than a month ago; and so far I’ve had 10 organic clicks.

It’s not much but considering how this kind of blog post is over saturated and my blog is only a month old, I consider it not that bad.

#3 SEO is done once and That will be it 

SEO is definitely not done once.

If you want constant traffic to your blog then you should make SEO, a second nature in your blogging job.

All your posts should be search engine optimized.

This includes using paid or free keywords research tools to search for relevant keywords for your post.

Again, you should make sure to link to relevant posts. 

This could be linking to your posts known as internal linking or to other authority sites which in SEO it’s called external linking.

Also, make sure your post pages load fast and it’s mobile friendly.

All these are to be done frequently to boost your blog post rankings.

This definitely shows that SEO is not done once.

#4 SEO is about stuffing one keyword in your blog post

Keyword stuffing  is sexy…. Until Google kicks your blog down the ranking hill for trying to outsmart them by stuffing one keyword in your blog post. 

This will make you see the ugly side of keyword stuffing.

I know Yoast encourages keyword stuffing but seriously, don’t freaking mind them.

There is a better way to use keywords than what Yoast tells you to do anyway.

Instead of stuffing one keyword in your blog post, why not use varieties of your  keyword in your blog post?

For instance, if you are writing a post about starting a blog.

 To avoid stuffing your post with countless ‘starting a blog’, you can use varieties of your keywords such as start a blog, blogging for beginners,etc in that post.

This way, you can rank for all those keywords with the same post. 

Smart move right?

I always advise new bloggers to have one main keyword and 10 to 20 other keywords they can use in the same blog post. 

This method  helps you a ton by ranking you for different keywords related to your main keyword. 

#5 Keyword Research doesn’t matter

If you ever believed this myth about SEO then you need to ask for forgiveness from SEO.

Keyword research is absolutely important for SEO to kick in for your website.

Personally, I think doing keywords research makes it easier to structure your blog posts.

Apart from it helping you to structure your blog posts, it can also help to know if you can target the keyword or not.

Keyword research is a good source of motivation for writing blog posts.

The metrics you will get from researching for search terms or keywords for your blog posts can help you measure your success for your chosen topic.

Use any of these 29 free keyword tools to do your keywords research.

#6 SEO is difficult

 Ehh… not really. 

It only becomes tedious but not diffficult when you have to go back to all your posts one by one to make it search engine optimized… if they were not at first. 

You can always outsource the most difficult part to SEO experts to fix them for you.

Other than that, search engine optimization is actually not difficult.

What gets most SEO newbies confused is where to place the keywords in their blog posts.

Your main keyword is needed in your url, your title and in the first paragraph or 100 words of your blog post.

Remember not to over do it with one keyword in your blog post.

#7 SEO is all about backlinks

By jove! This always gets me frustrated. 

I took it upon myself to help some people with SEO and seriously I almost died out of frustration.

They were so bent on getting back links rather than writing quality content and doing proper search engine optimization.

I’m not saying back links are bad. Far from that.

Backlinks helps Google to know the credibility and your authority in your niche.

This makes it an important factor for ranking.

But without quality content who will link to your post? This definitely is not a question for the gods to answer.

You can answer for yourself.

Focus on quality content and follow best SEO practices first before you go looking for Backlinks.

Capiche?

#8 Choosing exact match domain name won’t get you to rank

Choosing an exact domain name can get you to rank. But, there is a catch to it.

Only exact match domain names that are spammy looking won’t get to rank on search engine results page

Provided your site has quality content and links, your domain name can get you to rank for any search term instance of your domain name…… Only if the search term matches the intent of the user.

When choosing an exact match domain name, it is advisable to keep it short and sweet. 

Suzi Whitford of ‘start a mom blog‘ runs an exact match domain name site; and honestly, she has quality blogging contents advice for moms here.

She ranks first on mobile for the keyword ‘start a mom blog’; and 2nd for the keyword ‘how to start a mom blog‘.

How is that possible? 

Because her site talks all about starting a mom blog, it shows her site matches what user’s who search for that keyword want to learn.

This makes me believe that if you have an exact match domain which matches the user’s search intent, you could still rank.

On the other hand, a blog with the domain name bloggingideas.com does not rank anywhere for the search term ‘blogging ideas’.

Not that it doesn’t share posts about blogging ideas. It absolutely does.

But, the spam score for this site is 47% . I believe links on this site is spammy that’s why it is not ranking for any search term.

In short, you can still rank with your exact match domain name if only the contents of your site is good and not spammy.

You should, however, note that Google does not rank domains. It ranks pages instead.

Make sure to put much more effort in your posts’ contents rather than your domain name

Or

Simply use your name as your domain name. That way, when you want to switch niches you will not get stuck because of your domain name.

#9 SEO is only about keywords 

Keywords are the core basis of SEO but that is not the only way to get your website search engine optimized.

Here are other SEO practices to add to your keywords optimization to make search engines really love your blog.

Make your post pages load fast: Use Gtmetrix to check your page speed. If it’s above 3s you should make sure to make it load faster by following the recommendations they give.

Optimize your images

Reduce your image sizes to help your images load faster.  

A plugin like Short pixel is perfect for image compression 

Describe your images using the Alt text. Include your keywords in it if possible.

Name your image files with your keywords  before uploading to your site.

Use proper URL format: Make sure your URL contains your keywords with no number at its end 

If possible remove stopwords like ‘a, to, and,for etc.’ from your url.

The point here is, there is more to search engine optimization than just focusing on keywords.

Combine all seo practices together; and you will see better results than what you may be seeing now.

#10 SEO is all about Domain Authority 

This one here gives me a headache.

New Bloggers fret about DA to the point that it demotivates them when their brand new acquired DA of 10 drops.

Heyy I’m not downplaying the DA metric but I think it is a depressing metric that only plays with your feelings.

Come on.

Google has not taken you out of their sandbox yet and you want to be established as an authority in your niche? Good luck with that.

Domain Authority is a metric designed by MOZ and not Google so why worry about it? It only predicts rankings.

MOZ clearly states in one of their articles that domain authority is not used by Google as a ranking factor. 

They even made a reference that Google actually dislikes that metric.

You can read the full article here

It’s good to focus on increasing your DA but don’t let it depress you.

#11 SEO is dead

SEO is definitely not dead. It’s just the best practices that keep on changing.

Anytime Google updates its algorithm, it means they have made some ranking factor adjustments.

Their latest  update only puts sites which have good links and authority on the SERPs. 

This means you will have to work hard to get quality backlinks, good page and sessions duration, low bounce rate etc. to establish yourself as an authority in your niche.

Unfortunately, no one knows what exactly gets changed except to swim in  the pool of theories by seo experts.

You can follow SEO experts like Neil Patel, Mathew Woodward and Brian Dean for updates on their findings according to their algorithm update research.

They normally give advice on how to stay on top after any algorithm update.

Long story short, seo has much energy left in it to die any time soon

#12 SEO is all about content

Content is good but what’s its use when people don’t stay to read?

A content without proper links to relevant resources is just empty.

Links and contents go hand in hand.  To make people stay longer on your site, it’s important to link to other posts that will help your reader.

Linking to relevant pages increases your pages sessions which also signals to search engines  that the contents in your post is helpful; so they should increase your ranking for that search term.

#13 SEO is using a .com domain

Another seo blubber dash you need to ignore. 

It really does not matter the top level domain you use to get good rankings.

About 95% of bloggers use .com as their TLD so is only logical that people are more used to .com domains.

But honestly, any TLD can rank on the first page…. Only if it has quality links and contents that are engaging plus it matches the user’s intent.

I Googled the search term ‘self improvement ‘ which has a high search volume on my phone. Surprisingly,  it was a .org domain that was ranking as number 2 after Wikipedia.

That domain also ranks as number 2 after Wikipedia for the search term ‘self love‘ on mobile

If your desired blog name with a TLD as .com is taken,  you can go for the .org, .net, .blog etc versions of it.

#14 Google penalizes Duplicate pages

Google does not penalize duplicate pages….. Unless it’s a copied content.

Duplicate content on your blog may be due to several factors which you either control or not.

The most popular factors for hosting duplicate pages on your blog is the categories and tags pages in your blog.

According to a post by a Search Engine Journal on duplicate pages, if categories and tags are not titled properly, it can cause a duplicate of your pages.

For instance if you have a category page for self love and a tag for self love, this will create duplicates for the post you put in these categories and tags

These duplicate pages will be competing with themselves to rank which may hurt your rankings.

Here is a post by a search engine journal that talks more about duplicate contents.

But, in a nutshell, duplicate contents won’t get your site penalized so long as they are not copied from other websites.

Google is smart enough to know which post was first published. It will rank the first post and ignore the other duplicate content.

You can prevent duplication of your categories and tags pages by making them no index. This tells robots not to index your categories and tags page on search engine.

How to no index categories and tags in Yoast 

  1. Click on the Yoast tab in your wordpress dashboard.
  2. Select search appearance 
  3. Click on taxonomies
  4. Click on categories 
  5. Tap on No under the show categories in search results

Do the same for the tags option. Scroll down  to save your changes.

How to no index wordpress categories and tags with Yoast

#15 Bounce Rate does not matter in SEO

Bounce Rate is one of the important factors when it comes to ranking.

Rand Fishkin in his SEO manly way proved within 70 minutes that bounce rate does matter.

He did a little experiment where he asked his twitter followers to bounce off a post ranking number 1 for a keyword; and stay longer on a page which ranked as number 3 for that same search term.

The results were instant. The post ranking number 3 for that search term shot to number 1, out ranking the previous post at number 1.

Believe it or not but bounce rate is one of the many ranking factors that decides your ranking fate.

How to decrease bounce rate

You can decrease your bounce rate by doing internal linking.

Link to other relevant posts that can help the reader.

Push related posts in your sidebar or at the bottom of your post to entice visitors to click on.

To add other posts to the bottom of your post, Gutenberg editor has a latest post block you can add.

Here is how to do it

How to add Latest posts block settings in wordpress editor 

  • Click on the add sign to add a block 
  • Search for ‘latest post’ in the blocks search bar
  • Click on latest posts
  • The latest posts block is defaulted to show all your posts.

If you want a particular category content to show, here is what to do.

  • Click on the latest post block
  • Click on the settings icon to display the latest posts block settings. 
  • Scroll down and select sorting filters
  • Click on the box under category and select the category posts you want to appear in the latest posts block.

This may make your blog visitors not bounce off your posts.

CONCLUSION 

These myths about SEO can be a pain when you start learning about SEO as a beginner.

You can test them out yourself to see if it’s true or not. 

I have done mine and it makes me believe they are indeed SEO myths

Make sure not to overwhelm yourself with SEO.

As I always end in my posts, take one step at a time with your new blog.

Don’t ever give up on it.

 It will surely make sense to you as you keep on learning about blogging and implementing the strategies you have learnt.

I hope this post on SEO myths has brought peace to you when it comes to search engine optimization. 

Your turn now…. What other weird myths about SEO have you heard?

Would love to know what you have have heard in the comments section. 

Happy Blogging!

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