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SEO TIPS for Increasing Traffic

Updated on February 11, 2016
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For the people that want to use SEO (aka Search Engine Optimization) techniques or want learning further how to use SEO. Here are some tips for you. By the way if you don’t know what SEO is, I have a hub on that, to view it click here. Putting that shameless self-promotion out the way here is my hub on some SEO tips for increasing traffic.

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Word of the Wise: SEO and traffic

First and foremost you have to understand that SEO and traffic go hand in hand, they’re thick like thieves, blood brothers almost. SEO and traffic go hand in hand because SEO is all about ways and techniques that will increase visibility and page ranks by the search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc). SEO is often a tool used by marketing and advertising teams of companies trying to sell you products or services. If it is not companies, it’s regular people with personal blogs who are trying to put their name out there. The World Wide Web is a big place, like a zoo or kingdom with some on top and some on the bottom. SEO can be a power or supernatural force that allows some to rise up the ranks and be noticed in supernatural ways. This more of an unnatural way to promote your content and get your work out to the public.

Content is King

Post and update frequently. Make sure your work is original (not plagiarized), interesting, useful, creative and engaging. Your content should also be off high quality, it shows that you respect the reader and their time and makes you look good. Make a schedule, keep your word, and make sure you update regularly. Also make sure you are engaging your audience, so ask readers/viewers questions, and try to create a dialogue going.

Use key phrases with low competition.

If you don’t know what this means, sign up for Google AdWords and this can help. As stated in my hub, “The Ultimate Guide to Seo: Vocabulary Terms You Must Know,” keyphrase is a specific choice of words aka a keyword phrase (s) that is used to elevate your content’s position among search engines. It’s intentional, thought out and used to increase visibility to your content. SEO mavens do this by using keywords, which are some of the most popular/commonly used search terms and turning them into keyword phrases.

Use bullet points and bold and underline keywords and keyphrases.

This is one tip that Hubpages emphasizes and encourages writers to do when creating a hub. If you don’t know this, start a hub and bold and underline a keyword. You should see it on the top right corner (it’s called style tip and hightlighted in blue) where Hubpages make suggestions and points out errors to you (such as if you have a blurry, low pixel picture, etc.). Bullet points, bolding and underlining keywords and keyphrases emphasizes your points. Doing this also acts as marker for search engine bots to fish for keywords and keyphrases that people type when looking for information from the search engines. It draws attention to your content and allows bots to find your work easier.

Picture of Random Kitten :)
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Use images (among other media content).

This is a big duh. Make your writing interesting and give your reader a visual to imagine your points and views. Make sure you are not using copyright material and that the images and media you find are free use, public domain images. A good source for useable images, sounds and videos is Wikimedia Commons.


P.S. Isn't that kitten cute!!!

Use Hyperlink for keywords and keyphrases.

Hyperlink, sentences and phrases, that you are important and are specific keywords/key phrases. Hyperlink means adding a clickable link (to oftentimes on an outside/ related online content) within the text. How you can tell when something is hyperlinked is if you look at a text and when you move your mouse towards it, it suddenly highlights itself. That’s a way to further get your content to rank higher and be noticed by search engines (such as Google).

Social Media sites like Facebook can get word about your content out there
Social Media sites like Facebook can get word about your content out there | Source

Use Social Media

SEO and Social Media are friends. We all have a Facebook (well not all, more like 99.9%), so use it to your advantage. Post statuses with links of your content on your Facebook walls, create tweets with links to your content on Twitter, and so on.

Just get your content out there for people in your world to see. Plus if it’s interesting and useful to them, they will most likely spread the word to others by sharing it to their timelines and statuses. This will save you time and work and acts as free promotion for your content by others.

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So these are my tips on ways to increase traffic and tips and tricks to use SEO to help increase traffic. If you have to rely a bit on SEO, do it the right way through Social media, Content and Links formula along with other useful techniques. You can use this on Hubpages, your blogs, YouTube, etc. Just figure out what works for you. Thank You!!!!

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    • raymondphilippe profile image

      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Interesting read. It is an ever changing field and sometimes hard to keep up with the pandas and penguins. Voted up.

    • sangre profile image

      Sp Greaney 3 years ago from Ireland

      I'm still catching up with this. Sometimes it's too much work to bother. Very interesting hub.

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      deecoleworld 3 years ago from USA

      @raymondphilippe: It's true, I haven't heard of SEO until 2 years ago. Thanks for commenting and reading!!! :)

      @sangre: I get that completely, SEO is very technical and detail oriented. Anyways thank you for reading and commenting!!!!

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