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Search Engine Optimization Tips for Blogs – Quantities of Content and Submit to Search Engines

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this Search Engine Optimization Tips for Blogs Series and have finally come to the final set of tips to keep in mind.

  • Quantities of Content – I always get into trouble when I write about having lots of content – but I think its true that bigger sites tend to rank better than smaller sites – whilst it is possible to rank highly with a small site – it’s probably not the norm.. Search Engines will see your site as more comprehensive the more content you have. You also better your odds of being found in Search Engines if you have more pages. By no means am I saying just to put up random junk content – be careful about this – rather work at building a comprehensive and large site over time.
  • Submit to Search Engines – You can do all the best onsite SEO strategies in the world and still get no where because the Search Engines have not found you to start with. Each search engine has a way of letting it know about your site – submit your URL to be included in the index. Please note that this takes time and perhaps a quicker way is to get linked to by a site already indexed by the search engine. I’ve written a post about his previously here.

    You might also like to tryout some of the services around that offer to submit your sites to search engines for you – I’d be wary of paying for this sort of service though. I never have and seem to do ok.

Again I will reinforce – the above techniques come out of my own experience and from the things I’ve learnt from others. I am not an SEO expert but find that if you keep the above in mind you can do reasonably well. Don’t become obsessed by SEO – if you do you run the risk of forgetting about your reader, forgetting to write quality content and you could find yourself getting into some dodgy SEO tactics that could get you banned from the Search Engines You’re trying to get listed in.

I’ll finish here by adding that SEO can take time – so be patient. After 2.5 years of blogging I’ve managed to build my blogs page ranks and SERPs but it did not happen over night. Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do nothing works – it may be that the words you’re wanting to target are actually a heavily targeted segment of the internet (consider changing your approach) – or it may just be that there is some unknowable glitch with the SE you are targeting – its a fickle game and one that I’d recommend you don’t rely on alone. So yes work on your SEO but also consider the many other methods around to find readers for your blog. You might like to read my Finding Readers for your Blog Series as a starting point.

Feel free to have your say on the topic of SEO and blogging below – share your comments, experiences and questions for the ProBlogger community to interact with.

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Comments

  1. Kurt says:

    You’re not kidding when you mention it takes time. I had a wiki get abused by a spammer a while ago, and now that my PageRank is shot, it’s taking Google ages to come back to my site and re-index it now that I’ve fixed it.

  2. Fritz says:

    I converted my cycling resources page into a blog last March. Today, it’s number 3 in Google SERPs for “bicycle blog.” This in spite of it being only a PR4 and 11 IBLs listed by Google.

  3. Jim Turner says:

    If interested Darren I have a comprehensive look at what a Daddy Blogger can do the the big companies and SEO.

    http://www.onebyonemedia.com/archives/000044.html

    I have found a few more companies as well.

  4. Allan Burns says:

    I believe you are right about the bigger the site. I recently tested a datafeed type site and it got search engine traffic from day 1 (almost). On the other hand my blog with quality content but a lot less pages gets zero SE traffic.

    Is their no justice in this web world?

  5. SEO UK says:

    Excellent overall series here Darren. I think you have covered a lot of ground however I do feel their is alot more to cover when it comes to SEO such as the techniques you may use to do link building.

    All in all good job.

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