The Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Handbook — 201+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is evolving. And the good thing is… you no longer need a ton of backlinks to rank higher on search engines. In fact, all the Google algorithmic updates that happened over the past several years were to filter out low-quality websites.

For instance, there was an algorithmic update to penalize content farms and websites that were engaged in spamming. And there was another update to penalize web pages with slow loading speed or one with lot of ads.

Here is a comprehensive list of SEO resources that I have collected over the past several years. I have made sure that only the best resources that are comprehensive and simple to understand remain in this list. And to make it easier to consume I have organized all the resources into the following categories and sub-categories. [Read more…]

How I Increased My Organic Traffic By 500% In 10 Months (And Doubled Them In A Year)

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Blogging is one of the most powerful modern marketing medium out there. The only problem is — you cannot expect overnight success. Why? Because it’s a marathon and not just a sprint! So, always go term!

“I’ve worked in marketing since 1987 and nothing I have used, studied or witnessed, comes close to the marketing power of an effective blog. Period.” — Jim Connolly

When I compiled the blog marketing resources I mentioned that I do not have a blog promotion strategy. Still, I wanted to share my blogging strategy with you and realized that it’s better to publish  a new blog post.

So, that’s how I come up with this topic and it’s all about how I increased my organic traffic from 250 to 1,500 to 3,000 without spending a penny.

Don’t Miss: 7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips. [Read more…]

12 Blog Marketing Resources To Promote Your Blog (Plus 21 Quick Tips To Increase Traffic)

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My blogging strategy is pretty simple. When I publish a blog post I just ask myself whether it solves some or any problem, or is it literally “just another blog post” on the blogosphere.

And I try to make sure that each blog post of mine targets different audience (by focusing on different long tail keywords). That’s why I do not have multiple blog posts covering the same topic over and over.

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts (Or Less) Is All You Need To Become A Great Blogger

Also, I rarely do content promotion or link building because as an “on-page guy” I spend most of my blogging time over on-page stuff. For me, blog marketing is all about publishing and attracting organic visits — yes, I love organic traffic. :)

That said, today, content promotion is as important as content creation. If it was all about content creation back in 2000’s then today it’s like — 90% promotion and only 10% creation.

I have already written about different aspects of blogging over the past several years but I haven’t written much about blog promotion or traffic generation strategies. It’s simply because I don’t have a blog promotion strategy, yet.

Today I want to share some of the best blog marketing resources that I think is good for beginners as well as experienced bloggers.

If you have started a new blog recently and is wondering how to promote your blog then the following resources should help you.

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The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post

Writing is my Hobby

First Published: March 18, 2014; Last Updated: February 3, 2015

Over the past several months I have collected a ton of good resources about how to write a perfect blog post. And I thought it’s better to do a mashup than simply rewriting/reposting what’s already said in the blogosphere.

So, I will be focusing on writing a blog post that’s well optimized and that attracts search engine and social media love.

As you probably know, there are a lot of bloggers who write really awesome content but the problem is their blog posts are not so optimized. The reason could be they don’t care about SEO much or they are not so tech-savvy so they don’t know how to optimize their blog posts.

Hence I believe that this blog post will also help the not so tech-savvy bloggers (food blogs, personal blogs) so that they can optimize their existing and future blog posts to skyrocket the traffic.

Don’t Miss: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

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The Content Marketing Handbook — 81+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Content Marketing

Content marketing is everywhere and it’s actually the new SEO (sort of). And that exactly is the reason why internet startups are spending a lot of money on content marketing to acquire new customers in an organic way.

Now, what’s interesting is that the content marketing tactics are changing rapidly and there is always a new idea to attract even more customers.

I collect marketing resources as I browse the web and I choose to archive it online as a handbooks. They all can act as a starting point in their respective niches and The Content Marketing Handbook is my 7th handbook.

Note: I have focused only on content marketing and not “Writing” or “Blogging” topics. But you can always look at Blogger’s Handbook or Writer’s Handbook for awesome freelance writing and blogging resources.

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Why Sponsored Reviews & Nofollow Links Are Highly Undervalued

Sponsored Posts

If you are a blogger then it’s very likely that you are receiving a ton of requests from brands and individuals for sponsored posts (sometimes known as sponsored reviews), guest posts, text links, paid posts, link exchanges, and all sorts of stuff.

They try to pitch us in different ways, like:

Hello,

My name is M and I would like to contribute on your website as a guest author.

I’ve written several tech, internet marketing, SEO and Social media related guest post articles, and I would like to write an article about the matters closely related to your website.

Please feel free to suggest to me any topic, and I will write an article specifically for your blog/website!

The content will be around 700-1000 word including images and videos and it will be original, informative and 100% unique.

I can also suggest you great topics for your website.

I will send you article ASAP with details. You can review the article and let me know if you can publish on your website.

Looking forward to our successful cooperation!

Kindest regards,
M

And some of them even mention straight away that they willing to pay for it. Basically, they are all after one thing: “dofollow links” —  to boost their search rankings. That’s right! Some of them mention it when they pitch us and some don’t. [Read more…]

21 Content Curation Tools That You Never Thought You’d Need

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If content marketing is all about creating and sharing your own content then content curation is all about finding, organizing, and sharing great content. Content curators aggregate interesting content from across the web about topics that they’re passionate about.

Today, Content Curation is as important as content marketing as it’s a great way to improve the user experience of your website and/or brand. Moreover, content marketing is not easy as creating high quality content is expensive and takes a lot of effort and time.

Read: Forget Content Marketing, Let’s Focus On Content Curation

Why Content Curation Matters?

Content Curation is not something that can be automated because no computer algorithm can find exactly what your users want. So it’s your job to find interesting content what you think will be of interest to your readers.

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Over 101 SEO Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as you probably know, is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engine results pages (SERPs).

But do remember…

Your goal should really be to make a fantastic website that people love and tell their friends about and link to and want to experience. As a result, your website starts to become stronger and stronger in the rankings. — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts)

If you’re a SEO professional then you would already know that SEO Tools change rapidly and there’s always one after the other. In fact, I have done several SEO Tools posts that is related to the different aspects of SEO.

And you know what… a good percentage of those blog posts are worthless today. Because most of the tools that I have mentioned on those blog posts are either obsolete or we don’t need it today. [Read more…]