The wilderness of SEO plugins
Recently I wrote an article about SEO and today I am going to tell you some things I learned about using SEO in WordPress. Note: If you are using Blogger, that belongs to Google, so Google take special care of you, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to use SEO. You still should, but since I am not using Blogger anymore, I suggest you find some tutorials on how to do that (that seemed a bit complex to me).
When I first started using WordPress, I found this plugin, called Squirrly SEO. I liked it at first, but then they updated it to the light version, and if you want the full version, of course, you have to pay for it. But since they lost my respect by doing this, I will not pay them.
Though it was fun – they got this red-to-green bar, depending on your post SEO, you could add a picture on your meta (meta is how your post appears in google, that few sentences that you can actually change using SEO plugins) and they got a lot of tasks, which was like a game to me. They even sent me some weekly SEO updates with the colourful graphic picture showing my progress in being SEO king or queen or pro or squirrel. But after the trick they pulled I went on a search for another SEO plugin.
The second plugin I started using was Yoast SEO as a part of Jetpack. They don’t have that red-to-green bar (I miss it a lot), but I don’t need to set up so much things, and do all the tasks (which was fun for me), they count the keywords and do some SEO analysis, and I hope this is just enough to keep my SEO game going.
So this is my post SEO routine :
1. I set up a keyword.
2. I usually change the meta description (since I like long intros into my article and when people google my stuff I don’t want them to get “Introduction to SEO – One hot summer day I was laying on the grass in the park…” kind of thing. I want them to get curious, but I want them to see that there is something in my article they could use.
3. I get check all the analysis data, to see if I done all the SEO things. Usually it is all okay, but sometimes I forget to put a second heading, or put some outbound links. Well just in case, it is better to check it.
4. I go to the ‘Social‘ section, but usually skip it, because I don’t really like when robots post on my social media, I like doing it myself.
And I am good to go. It takes like 2-3 minutes, unless you accidentally skipped something, so I think it is worth it. At least when I started doing that SEO juju, I monitored the traffic, so I get about 30% of the traffic from search engines, and I count is as an achievement itself.