If you haven’t noticed I like using WordPress for all my sites. I use it on all my affiliate sites and my own blog. I’m one of the millions of bloggers out there that use this CMS, and I recommend it to all my clients that want to put something on the web.
Although its in my opinion the best of the software tools to use online, it’s not SEO friendly when you first install it. Having spend the last couple of years building affiliate sites, flipping site and selling stuff on the web, my experiences have taught me what works and what doesn’t in terms of having an optimized WordPress setup.
Note: Use these tips for getting more traffic to your blog wisely and at your own peril. Most of these tips have been tried and tested and they’re totally fine, of course not every person will agree with some of them. My clients have tested them and it’s worked perfectly for them just as it has for me.
Okay, now that I’ve made some disclaimers here, let’s just get into the content you came here for.
(So I want to apologize for my mistakes. Yes, I know…you guys are mad at me because you wanted to see this weeks Hot Links but you weren’t able to.
I made a mistake and I thought the post was already scheduled automatically.)
Hot Links Friday
I spent a lot of time reading on the web and looking for great content for you folks to consume over the weekend so you can improve you small business revenue, productivity and hopefully success.
This week I did find some random post around the web, but I gotta tell you that most of the good stuff I found in one blog. I think you’ll find some great snippets in between all these posts from QuickSprout and be able to apply some of them to your own small businesses.
A lot of small businesses are beginning to use social media for SEO, but more importantly word of mouth. Now there’s a new platform small businesses can start using to connect with their customers. It’s Google’s plus one.
And I have good news, it could affect your SEO in a positive way.
If you don’t believe you can see the proof here. I found this post randomly looking for more information about Google+ and it made me realize that if you’re selling anything online, you should incorporate the button.
Even though some people still think it’s to early to determine if Google+ is going to thrive or be a flop, you should test it on your site and see if it help your webpages higher in the search engines. What is there to lose?
In this experiment seomoz did, to test the influence G+ and Twitter had on the search engine it showed how it did affect the SEO for these pages.
Okay I get it, How do I add the G+ button?
It’s not as hard as you think. If you go to this page that Google has made specifically if you want to install the Google+ button, you’ll know the basics to get it installed. If you’re using WordPress it’s even easier. I understand some people might be using some frameworks like DIYthesis, or Genesis.
You can find a tutorial on how to add it to Thesis here and Genesis here.
I think that if you’ve a website or a business that provides value to the web and you have a tribe that backs you up, each +1 you get can increase your rankings which is great but also serve as great word-of-mouth or social proof.
Any business that is not utilizing this tool might be giving their competitors an advantage if they actually have recommendation and you don’t.
On Google’s official Webmaster Blog they said:
“But the +1 button isn’t just for search results. We’re working on a +1 button that you can put on your pages too, making it easy for people to recommend your content on Google search without leaving your site.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll add +1 buttons to search results and ads on Google.com. We’ll also start to look at +1’s as one of the many signals we use to determine a page’s relevance and ranking, including social signals from other services.”