9 Killer Blogspot SEO Tips For bloggers

SEO of BlogSpot Blogs

We already had enough conversation about BlogSpot or WordPress and for one reason I don’t like BlogSpot much is because the limitation of optimizing it for search engine. There are many BlogSpot SEO guides that you will find on Internet, and many of them is related to template editing and all, but in WordPress, plugins make it easier to optimize your blog.

BlogSpot SEO

Anyhow, I’m not here to disappoint my BlogSpot friends. Instead, I will be sharing some cool BlogSpot SEO tips which will help you to get better ranking. Blog-Spot being a free Blogging platform, it’s always a preferred platform to start Blogging and learn the basics. If you have not created a Blog, here is a quick guide on How to create a Free blog on BlogSpot.

Google Blogger is free and easy to use web publishing tool. Many bloggers initially use Blogger and then Migrate to WordPress complaining about the lack of official templates, post SEO friendliness , plugins etc., We have already discussed this in our previous post With little effort we can make Blogger posts really SEO friendly and an effective free medium for online business . So here I have collected some search engine optimization (SEO) tips for Blogspot blogs arranged in no order .

BlogSpot SEO: Useful Tips and Tricks

When we talk about SEO, very first thing which you need to keep in mind is: We can control on site and off site SEO. On Page SEO is covered by you which includes article quality, how well it’s optimized for Keyword and meta value for that article. No need, to feel furious or lost with above SEO terminology, as below mentioned guide will help you to learn every basic and make your Blogger blog more search engine friendly.

Format Blogger post URL link

Permalink plays a great role in search engine ranking of your post. There are few rules which everyone should follow for Blogspot permalinks:

  • Keep the number of characters in post title to 50
  • Remove Stop words from permalink (Ex: A, an, the)

While writing a blog post, you have an option to edit the permalink. Simply use it to edit your permalink and remove the stop words. A good idea is just to use Keywords in your permalink. (Don’t make it look spammy). While writing the blog post, you get the option in your right panel to keep it automatic permalink or manual permalink. Simply select manual permalink and edit it according to your wish. Check this screenshot for example:



Harsh has already covered this feature in detail, and you can read it over here: How to use the custom permalink for BlogSpot blogs.


Maintain the keyword density

Keyword density is an important aspect for better ranking. Too less will lead to less ranking and stuffing your Keyword will lead to over optimization. I usually maintain a ratio of 2%/post. Though, you can pick keyword density for your Blogpost SEO, account to one which works for you. Publish articles in relevance to post title and include necessary keywords in the post. Never stuff keywords to manipulate search engines. But after finish you can analyze the whole post to find out suitable locations where the keywords can be safely inserted without distracting readers .

Read: What is optimum Keyword density for Better ranking

Blogspot proper labels and related posts

Label adds to the keyword density of the post. Labels should be widened rather than putting them into the single narrow category.I will explain this point by an example. Consider a situation when you are posting about Google chrome and putting them into label Windows software’s or browser. Here you will miss keywords like Chrome browser, Google chrome, etc. which would otherwise add to the keyword density of the whole post. Labels also affect related posts widgets in Blogger.And if there are so many posts tagged with similar labels , it would affect the arrangement of articles in related posts.

Format Blogger post title

When we talk about BlogSpot SEO, post title plays a major role. Blogger post title is usually followed by home page title. Have a look at the image shown below.

blogger-post-title Here the post title should be “city of (long-distance ) Love! “. But the title is included in the home page title ” Still in Berlin “, and this would harm the SEO friendliness of the article title. Here is how to fix this. Go to Blogger edit HTML > find out code section


and replace it with

<b:if cond= 'data:blog.pageType == &quot;index&quot;'>

Now the individual pages will have post title itself.

Format Blogspot images for SEO

We have already shared a detailed article on Image optimization for SEO and basis of optimization your image on BlogSpot is by adding alt tag and title tags in every image. In WordPress, this could be easily achieved by using plugins but in BlogSpot this needs be done manually. You should insert them manually after uploading each image. Here is a guide for Image optimization for SEO.

Provide meta tags

Meta tags are generated HTML tags used by search engines to identify the title, description, and other details of a URL. They don’t have much influence on search as they were before, but would make a slight impact on targeted keywords.

Read: BlogSpot SEO advanced search preference 

Provide good title, description, and footer text

Title, footer, and description plays an important role in search engine optimization of every blog. If you are targeting, some keywords make sure that you included those keywords in the above-mentioned locations.

Nofollow external links

Nofollow is an HTML attribute specified on hyperlinks to block search engine advantage of external links in a website. In Blogger, you can select HTML section of the post window and add rel=”nofollow” attribute just after URL to prevent search engines from crawling a particular link. Also read: How to add nofollow link attribute to any link.

Format comment section

The Comment section should be no-followed and moderated to avoid spam comments. Try to include the post keywords when you are replying to reader comments. This would also add up to the total keyword density of the post. Since Google have integrated Google plus comment form with BlogSpot, I highly recommend you to enable it. This will ensure that you get higher social media interaction and share for your post.

Read: How to enable Google plus commenting on BlogSpot blog

Blogspot is Google’s baby blogging platform and if you do it right probably you will be doing great in terms of traffic. Always get your basic right.

If you like this article, don’t forget to tweet and stumble. Further you might like to read Following articles for Blogspot blogs:

I hope this guide will give you much better idea about BlogSpot SEO, though my suggestion would be when you think you are ready with Blogging and had enough experience on BlogSpot, move to WordPress. Here is a wonderful guide for WordPress, which will help you to get started.

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Smartin is a .NET programmer and part time Blogger for a network of Blogs . You can follow him on twitter @smartinjose


COMMENTs ( 41 )

  1. says

    I have read the article and I agree that these tips are useful to set up basics of SEO for Blogger blogs.
    With some little customizations and optimizations now Blogger blogs are very SEO friendly. The only thing which is hard to obtain in Blogger blogs about SEO is speed of the blog which in WordPress can be easily achieved through various plugins
    Eitherway great post from great blog which I enjoy reading for a long time now and please keep it up :-)

  2. says

    Hi Harsh,
    Yes, we need to format our post URL and it is a good idea. It can help us to rank better on the SERPs.

    Blogging is good way to make some extra money online. You need to learn more about blogging. And updating with latest technique you can be a smart. If you are serious to make some thing with blog then you should take proper action. Never give up!

  3. says

    I have a question. Can we add social media buttons like Facebook and Twitter to Blogger blogs and is there any specific SEO trick regarding social media optimization for blogger blogs?

  4. says

    Very good and informative post i really appreciate your writing as well as good knowledge in SEO, Actually my most of website is on blogger platform and your blog give me lot’s of information that how to optimize website on blogger really nice once again thanks for recommend us.

  5. Raymond Tupas says

    Hi Harsh Agrawal, thank you for this great tips, as a blogger doesn’t have a lot of option for SEO, your article helps us to optimized our blog. Keep it up

  6. says

    Very nice and informative post. I want to know the answer of a question which i had posted on may forums but can’t get any reply, i hope you will help me. Bro last week i checked DA, and PA of my Blog and DA was 21, and PA 31, but in Moz (moz.com/researchtools/ose) analysis it shows Spam score 4/17 for my blog, so my question is how to remove that spam score?? and second is that affect on rankngs or not??.

    Suresh Kumar

  7. says


    Blogging can be one of the most profitable online business opportunities but is no easy feat. It can take months, even years, before things start running smoother and you start earning. Once you gain trust and influence from both search engines and users, your chance of earning a decent ad income from blogging is pretty much guaranteed.


    • says

      You are so right about blogging being a profitable online business & for some it takes a month or years to earn decent income from it. I believe most important thing here is the approach. If your approach is correct, I think it would work out great in shorter span.

  8. says

    Thank you for this useful tutorial. I try to optimize my blogspot seo, I know it needs more hardwork than using the wordpress blog which is equipped with plugin, but your post really helps.

  9. says

    Nice tips, but i don’t know what happen to my blog i dont get a good traffic from search engine, because of this Google adsense refused me.

    • Raymond Tupas says

      Google adsense doesn’t have to do with how much traffic you get. It was you content and your strategy on blogging. I have learned a lot here in shoutmeloud, you might want to try to read their other articles.

  10. says

    These tips has given me so much information. As a blogger, it is also important for us to read and listen of what other blogger’s ideas cos it will greatly help us for the success of our online campaign. I haven’t used the blogspot platform cos I am not yet sure of its SEO impact. Thanks for clarifying everything and I think I should give blogspot a try.

    • says

      Almost every who are in online want to become a blogger and willing to make blogging as his/her career. You have good command on Blogging and Blogger. Thank s for sharing . This will be helpful for them who are new in blogging!

  11. says

    Hi Smartin Jose, A great tips you have shared on blogger, I would like to know How Google is handling SSL updates with Blogger, I have seen Matt cuts to switch towards Https, Is it signal for blogger to move from http to https? I finding this answer but still not received.

    Also if we have to move from http to https then how it can possible with blogger, having a custom domain?

    Thank you
    Vijay Bhabhor

  12. Khalid Shaikh says

    Hey, I really appreciate your write up. Blogging is proving to be a major tool for SEO as well as SMO. With keeping the keywords in mind, after the Google’s recent updates, it’s important for bloggers to also take care of the SEO Techniques and have strong Social Media backup!! Thanks for this

  13. Ruslan says

    I was edit template to make proper titles with your code
    It made my titles without useless blog name. But the strange thing that i see is that titles appearing in Google serp now as :
    “post titles” – “blog name” – “Blogger”
    while title code is only “post title”
    Coould you tell me please why this happen?

  14. Akash Agarwal says

    It’s a nice article. As a blogger this is very helpful to me. I always keep this seo tips in my mind. Thanks for sharing such informative post.

  15. says

    I’m a new blogger hoping to grow this big someday. I tried the permalink change on an already published item and it seems to have worked. First I reverted the published item to draft, then I updated the permalink and saved. So far I haven’t seen an error message… Or is there something I’m missing. Hope this helps people who want to do same on old posts

  16. Neha Ahire says

    Nice Post,
    But one thing I want to say is – Some times I saw some blog links appears in google results just after it posted on blog, result contains the term “2 hour ago”.
    I want to know the secret behind it. Can my post also get listed just after I publish them ?

    Please help me on this issue.

    • says

      Yes, you need to work on improving the crawl rate of your blog. Here are few tips:

    • Manually ping your blog to ping services. You can take help of http://pingler.com
      Maintain a publishing schedule. This will help Google to set a crawl rate for your blog.
      Build more backlinks, this will give another way for bots to come to your blog often.
      Submit your sitemap to Google Webmaster tool.
    • Hope it helps…!!

      • Neha Ahire says

        Thank You Harsh,
        Specially for Ping service, I was not aware of this. I used pingler.com and some result not shown. anyway I think it will help most. One more thing I submitted sitemap to webmaster, it a great tool but I dont know how to build more and quality back links, can you help me on this matter too.

  17. Prachi says

    Hello Harsh,

    This article has really helped me designing and optimizing my blogs.

    Thanks for the great info…

  18. Sahil Kotak says

    They were some of the basics of SEO for the bloggers and I find them useful to re-collect all the memories.

  19. Ajay singh bisht says

    wish i had read this when i was a blogspot blogger..never the less,will be using the essential tips even now…

  20. Tech Buzz says

    changed my blogspot blog titles now, didnt knew about how to format it. Thanx for sharing such useful points to make blogspot blog much better with SEO

  21. smartin says

    @Noah : I never advised to stuff keywords :-) . But a normal keyword length ensures you chances for getting higher search positions .

    @Neeraj Kumar :Glad to know that you liked my post .

  22. Noah says

    Nice tips, though I’m not so sure I agree about the footer text. Or, at the very least, people shouldn’t just be using their footers to keyword stuff, that is.

  23. smartin says

    @kadambari : I think the about me section is formatted from Blogger dashboard . Use basic HTML tags like and to create bold characters and paragraphs .

    • kadambari says

      I tried using the html tags like and , but it’s still of no use.
      I was also having probs in editing the html code fr the twitter gadget. I had taken d code frm a site and i wanted to change the pic, but with the current code only a part of the pic gets displayed. Can u help me with that too?

  24. smartin says

    Hi Rahul , I quick checked you blog . Seems that have not followed the tips . The title of individual posts are not tweaked and images are not optimized with alt and title tags . .

  25. kadambari says

    As u had said, i reverted back to a basic template. But still it’s not provinding any formatting text options. I tried using and too, but its still nt wrkg.
    And the worst part is that now i’m not getting the layout option on the dashboard. Without that, i wont be able to use any templates other than the ones provided by blogger.

  26. kadambari says

    Thanks for such a quick response. I reverted back to a basic template. But the basic templates don’t provide any formatting options. I had earlier tried using and for making paragraphs but it didn’t work, and its not wrkg in d basic template too.

  27. kadambari says

    I’m having problems formatting the text in my about me section. I’m unable to put the text in paragraphs, make it bold etc.
    Kindly help me.

    • says

      Kadambari That problem may be because of your template. Try to revert back to some basic template for a while and check of you are able to make text formating. moreover before you do that, make sure you take a backup of your current template.

  28. buzzintown says

    Very informative post. I wanted to optimize my blog title n your post help me in doing so. It is so easy to have my desired blog titles now.