89 responses

  1. Kristi Hines
    April 18, 2011

    All great tips – a lot of bloggers leave out some of these which can have serious consequences when it comes to getting traffic from search engines.

  2. Renu
    April 18, 2011

    Hi Harsh,

    Just a couple of questions.
    1.How does the changing of a post title(after publishing the post) and republishing effects the blog? I remember reading somewhere that google will stop indexing it if we change the title after posting once. How true is that?
    2.In your post you have mentioned not to change the permalink after posting. What are the consequences of it?
    3.Even the permalink of this post contains stop words ( How, to). Isn’t that contradicting your post?

    Thanks much for the help. Looking fwd for your reply

    • Harsh Agrawal
      April 18, 2011

      Hey Renu
      One should not change the permalink else it will be broken link for old permalink but if you set a 301 redirection, it should not be an issue..
      Changing post title later on is a bad thing in terms of search engine.. As your old post is already indexed and crawled by Google and post title tag is an important part of it….If you change your post title tag a lot, Google might take it as one of the spamming activities. As Google has already given ranking to that page because of it’s current SEO factor and if that page is performing good in search engine, you might not like to play with it’s on-page SEO structure…
      In this post I have removed the last stop words “In” and rest “How to” and other keys are important..!!

  3. Garish Wasil
    April 18, 2011

    Good tips, harsh. One thing I would like to ask in regards to the 2nd tip, i.e keyword selection. Like you wrote someday ’8 things after installing wordpress’. What keywords should we use in such posts ?
    Waiting for your reply.

    • Harsh Agrawal
      April 18, 2011

      Garish first step would be to find the best keyword and that you can take help of Keyword Suggestion tools. But anyways, if you write a post without doing a keyword research, you should think from a readers perspective that what keyword you would be using for searching something like that ” WordPress essential setting” “Steps after installing WordPress” and so on…

      • Garish Wasil
        April 18, 2011

        Thanks for suggesting.
        But that post ’8 things after…….wordpress’ contains 8 things and all that 8 terms are usually searched like wordpress permalink structure, wordpress security.
        Now my question is, should we target this with all the 8 keywords or only the ‘steps after installing wordpress’ or both. Thanks, kindly reply.

      • Aneesh
        April 18, 2011

        I think you can target it on both, so that you get better views from Search engines.

      • Harsh Agrawal
        April 19, 2011

        Garish you meant keyword like:
        WordPress permalink setting, WordPress discussion setting, WordPress privacy settings and so on??
        If your answer is yes, then you can… But then use proper header tags and make sure you use a descriptive amount of words to explain those sub headings…!!

      • Garish Wasil
        April 19, 2011

        Yes Harsh, I meant that Keywords. Can We rank higher in Search Engine for all those keywords for the same post. As you and other webmasters say to focus on only one keyword per post, will not this contradict it. Also google will divide the priority into 8 keywords (if we use 8) instead of one and thus we will rank lower. Isn’t it ??
        Sorry, I am asking too much.

      • Harsh Agrawal
        April 19, 2011

        Too many keywords in a single post may lead to keyword spamming. It’s better to narrow it down and target for 2-3 keywords. Just my 2 cents.

      • Garish Wasil
        April 20, 2011

        Thanks for the reply. I got it now that we should focus on 2 -3 keywords only in one post and we can create another post for any other keyword related to it.

      • Prashant Rohilla
        April 20, 2011

        I think harsh Using Keywords Is no longer effective because google last year announced that it does not use Keywords to rank Pages, instead meta description Can do great wonders!

  4. CA Karan Batra
    April 18, 2011

    This si the first article which I’ve read on how to upload a Blog Post. There are many articles on how to write a good blog post but barely any on how to upload them. Loved this so much that i’ve added this to my favorites.

    • drypin
      December 6, 2012

      is the tip still working after panda update ??

  5. Lakhyajyoti
    April 18, 2011

    Great tips Harsh.Learn lot of new things related to SEO from your post.I’ll try these tips on my upcoming blog posts.

  6. PankajGupta
    April 18, 2011

    Why we should use keyword field in all in one seo plugin to get ranking on those keywords, if we are already getting traffic from keywords related to those posts? I am confused. I never used keyword option for my blog because my blog posts are on top for the keywords on which I have written the post. can you please give me solid response so that I should start using that option :) ? Thanks..

  7. Mohit
    April 18, 2011

    I usually put first three lines of the post in the meta description ,How good this is?,or we should write different meta description ,waiting for reply

  8. Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com
    April 18, 2011

    Great post, really. I tend to do the mistake of spamming too common keywords on the meta tags (or even keep them blank) :( It’s a new tip for me to be honest and I should do that from now on my every post!

  9. Pumama
    April 18, 2011

    I suggest use some free services to research keyword, such as: google trends, google keyword tool, google insights, etc.
    Or some paid plugins for wordpress: keyword winner, seo scribe.
    I’ve used them and they work very good

  10. Suresh Khanal@Bivori
    April 18, 2011

    You did it really great by publishing the email publicly. Very useful post for everybody so that they can pay more attention to the SEO and do the required. The tools and plugins you mention are wonderful. Its a real gem indeed. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. Florian
    April 18, 2011

    Thanks for your advices. This post contains a lot of useful information! The theme I use on my blog uses H2 as default for post titles and if I use the H tags in the text the padding and stuff is all messed up.
    Guess I have to fix that.
    Thanks again, also for the hints concerning giving tags to articles ;)

  12. Wasim Ismail
    April 18, 2011

    Great tips, and refresher. At times we can easily miss these out, taking time out to ensure that every element of your article is optimised will definitely pay off over the time. As it only takes an extra few mins to carry out these tasks.

  13. Vinayak Nagri
    April 18, 2011

    Thank you for this post. I really wanted to know more about SEO. I would definitely follow all those steps in CAG, SML and TP as well as in my blog.

  14. Mahendra
    April 18, 2011

    Really very useful article.
    specially, I was not sure about how to set up H1, H2 ,H3 …. hehehe.. now I got it… how it can be set and it really works great.

  15. Manish Singh
    April 18, 2011

    @Harsh.. Dont u use All in One SEO pack?

    How to get that SEO details and additional styles?

    • Jagan Mangat
      April 18, 2011

      Because Shoutmeloud use Thesis WordPress theme which includes SEO Details and Additional Styles option which works as All In One SEO pack.
      Nice Post Mr-Harsh almost everything explained in detail.

  16. Anand Kumar
    April 18, 2011


    Its not only for guest writers but also applies to all the geeks. I think most of us know these thing but probably we are lazy to implement such seo things, on not only here (guest writers) but also on own blogs!

    Thanks for the post!!

  17. Digital Bunch
    April 18, 2011

    Thank you but I didn’t understand that we really need to keep the post titles maximum to 60 words? Or it need to be 60 characters?

    Please me clear.

  18. sureshpeters
    April 18, 2011

    meta data shoule be unique from other posts. and adding a keyword in first paragraph as well as image optimization.. and remaining all your mentioned :) its a best post…

  19. Deepanshu
    April 18, 2011

    wowo great article harsh :-) just wanted to ask about the title change…i sometimes have to change my title..i need to change some of the titles of the old posts as I didnt pay attention to this stuff at the begining.changging titles will hurt ? :roll:

  20. Kok Siong Chen
    April 18, 2011

    Hi Harsh, thanks for your checklist! It is really useful for me! One question from me. Is it necessary to put keyword in H3 tag? I seldom use H3 tag in my article.

  21. Sreerag Nampoothiri
    April 18, 2011

    Excellent post harsh :)
    I am using the WordPress SEO along with All in one SEO. In there there is a column called “Focus keyword”. What i have to fill there?

  22. Kunal @ TechHogger
    April 18, 2011

    Nice work Harsh. I had been making mistake to select meta keywords. Will help me to be precise with that now. I was using the common keywords that too in wrong way.
    Thanks for teaching so many people SEO tips.

  23. Pratap
    April 18, 2011

    Right now i am using all in one SEO. Recently i have changed the permalink of one post. Now i came to know the importance of it. further i am not using any inter links of posts. Here onwards i use insights plugin. Your article revealed many tips. Thanks for informative article.

  24. Jacob Stoops
    April 18, 2011

    Great article. Love the pictures and the detail. Also, thanks for linking to my ‘Stop Words’ post. It is much appreciated!

  25. Rajesh
    April 18, 2011

    I think using H1, H2 etc tags in the blog post, helps search engine to recognize the post headings, and its really helpful.

  26. ash_nallawalla
    April 19, 2011

    The first tip needs a correction. The two items are a Title Attribute (often called a Title Tag and is shown in a search result) and the H1 (this is theme-dependent and seen in the body of the article). A “Meta Title” is not used by search engines for ranking purposes. It can show up in the and also occurs in a few other tags such as an image, e.g.

  27. eTipsLibrary
    April 19, 2011

    You are telling not to use the stop words in the permalink but at the same post permalink you have used the stop word “to”. Also one thing i noticed that after you realize that your traffic has dropped due to panda effect etc your increases your post length (words per post).

  28. Younis Idrees
    April 19, 2011

    Harsh Agrawal Great work. Now i get the point how you blog is working. you stole my idea and presenting in your blog. Great work keep it up. I just have write a comment on your blog and you did stole whole idea. Great work. This is the idea behind the success of your blog. Great work . check the comment number 23 at.

  29. Trong
    April 19, 2011

    Dear Harsh!

    This is exactly the article that I have found these days, thank you so much for the SEO check list and detailed descriptions for each item in the list.

    About your tips on ALT image tips, could you please advice me “what is the best way to deal with images from Snag It?” I have two ways to do it:
    - Save the image from Snag it’s clipboard and set the SEO name for it other than img0001.jpg. After that input this image to Windows Live Writer, the SEO image friendly will do the ALT & Title of image for us.
    - Copy & past image(img0001.jpg) directly to post and manually enter the ALT & Title property.

    I prefer the second way because it’s fast and convenience, but I am wonder that on the view of SEO what method is better? could you please advice me.

    Ah, I have one more question, what is the SEO plugin that you used in your posttitle.png, is it All in one SEO :)

    Thank you so much.


  30. Geekyard
    April 19, 2011

    Well explained Harsh :) I need to concentrate on Image Alt attribute with SEO friendly Image plugin. Am already following other mentioned tips :)

  31. Anamika
    April 19, 2011

    Very well written post..can you please do a post on the benefit of using thesis theme when compared to a normal wordpress theme? have heard great things about it.

  32. ashish
    April 19, 2011

    No words…
    This article can change entire blogging style of a person and direct it towards a positive approach..

  33. DJ Arifr
    April 20, 2011

    The way which is shown on this post is applicable for thesis themes only, if anyone wihesh to use this on any posts then he must use All In One SEO Pack…. Isn’t it Harsh?

  34. Chris Adams
    April 20, 2011

    Good point on shortening up the permalink, definitely a smart idea especially when the post title is on the long side. I would have one additional recommendation though, that’s to not use any capital letters, instead they should all be lowercase.

  35. doroki
    April 20, 2011

    great tips for doing good in seo and pagerank. Specially putting metatag carefully. These kind of tips re going to be great help to optimize the post for search engine or pagerank

  36. Lalit
    April 21, 2011

    Hello Harsh,
    I have a question: My Blog is a dofollow Blog and I also use SEO super comments plugin so that the comment is indexed by Google. I have read your comment on some other Blog where you said that having dofollow comments does not hurt unless we get spam comments! So no doubts on the dofollow thing. But does the usage of such plugins help in SEO?

  37. urwordpressdiva
    May 28, 2011

    This is a great article. One reason I encourage clients to select a theme that is SEO friendly so they do not always have to rely on doing so much themselves. But of course, knowing the info you provide is a good thing so that you can maximize your posts.

  38. Tushar Agarwal
    August 6, 2011

    Hello Harsh, i am using Yoast WordPress SEO plugin, i fill in the focus keyword, but should i also fill the meta keyword after this as stated by you?.

    • Harsh Agrawal
      August 6, 2011

      Tushar question is how you filling your Focus keyword? By using Keyword density checker or when you write article you keep that keyword in your mind and used the same and similar keyword in the post??

      • Tushar Agarwal
        August 6, 2011

        I use the keyword tool to select the appropriate keyword and use that keyword in my post. Is that okay? or i need to do something else?

  39. Sumanth Kumar
    August 21, 2011

    great tips harsh..really helpful ..till now i have used generic keywords which is a big mistake according to u…have to correct the keywords now..thanks for sharing tips ..

  40. Harleena Singh
    August 21, 2011

    Hi Harsh,

    Informative and educative post!

    Though I knew a little about SEO, but this post surely makes things so much clearer. I have been thinking about shifting to wordpress also for a long time, as I have heard it is any day better than blogspot. I would need to try out everything mentioned here to get the feel of it.

    Thanks for sharing a great post!

    • Harsh Agrawal
      August 21, 2011

      @Harleen WordPress is any time better than BlogSpot for many reasons.. More over WordPress is considered as a professional platform.. Though if you are a hobby blogger, I would suggest stick to BlogSpot as WordPress requires lots of tech skills and you have to manage your own hosting…!!!
      You can use my BlogSpot to WordPress migration Service if you want :) http://www.shoutmeloud.com/services

  41. Raj
    August 21, 2011

    awesome post, besides getting for writing u r even teaching SEO for the writers… wish I am one of ur writers.. :)

  42. Nasif
    August 22, 2011

    Does meta keywords play any role ? Many experts suggested not to waste time on it. Looking forward for reply

    • Harsh Agrawal
      January 26, 2013

      @Nasif Not anymore…But it matters for Websites which are in Google news.

  43. andrew
    September 1, 2011

    THANX. Very useful and informative blog post for me as i am a newbie in this.
    Now i will pay more attention to these little details as anchor text and alt text for images … The part that described how to use or think of the right keywords was very interesting.

  44. sudha
    October 27, 2011

    Good tips, harsh. One thing I would like to ask in regards to the 2nd tip, i.e keyword selection. Like you wrote someday ’8 things after installing wordpress’. What keywords should we use in such posts ?

  45. johnjeo
    November 5, 2011

    Hello I would like to know weather we can use all the small letters like for example “Great Things Happens” instead of that “Great things happens” can we use like this?
    and mine is a photoblog so can i use 3 keywords for a post? coz i dont have any discription in it

    thanks for the post

  46. SEO Austin
    January 9, 2012

    Thanks a lot for sharing your insights with us Harsh. The entire post was worth the read and it answered this one question of mine that i wanted to know – the length of the blog post title and you gave the answer through a tip which was “less than 60 words”. You have explained almost every aspect of writing a perfectly optimized blog post. I would like to know about some SEO plugins that could be used for optimizing content. If you know any then please do let me know.

  47. Jeet Dholakia
    January 10, 2012

    Hello Harsh,
    the article is excellent and provides lots of Do’s and Dont’s that each blogger should know. however i am trying so hard to get some traffic by following all this guidelines but the result is just opposite. can you provide some suggestion or tips to me.

  48. German Limpieza de casa
    January 25, 2012

    Hello friend, I have a new blog on blogger and I’m trying to optimize it but I find it very difficult and I’ve researched a lot to positions, but the majority of articles related to SEO optimization and tell me it’s much easier to optimize a blog on WordPress pluggins that exist in addition to help you optimize, you expicaciòn is very clear and quite explanatory friend today begin to create a wordpress blog and follow your advice step by step, thank you very much

  49. Deepak
    May 21, 2012

    Thank you harsh for such a good post it was informative but i have one question.
    The use of H1 and H2 how to use them more effecently because i am always quite confused where to and ow to use them

  50. Yash Sehgal
    May 23, 2012

    Have been doing all the things mentioned over here.Only thing I was doing wrong was using generic keywords along with main keywords in meta keywords.I see you didn’t mentioned anything about meta description.Would love to hear your advice on it.

  51. Raj Srivastav
    October 3, 2012

    Thanks for the great tips sharing. Just put an effort to started and this was really helpful and I’m glad you take it slow and methodically for us unskilled persons.

  52. otobong
    October 21, 2012

    Just what I needed. I’ve been confused lately how to optimize my post title for seo

  53. Sanjiv
    November 6, 2012

    Useful post as always. Though you should not change the permalink after publishing the post, can i change the meta title? Will it cause any adverse effect in the ranking of the post ?

  54. Harisankar P S
    April 21, 2013

    I am more or less a technical guy, and been writing a small technical blog. Being not much into marketing I wasn’t really aware of the what needs to be done to sell my old articles.

    This bog post you have written is really helpful for me, I really appreciate the effort you have taken to write this article.

  55. Robin
    May 1, 2013

    Article was really awesome Harsh, But I am in confusion that what should be the permalink of a blog post it should be longer or shorter and if shorter than what permalink will be correct for my blog waiting for your positive response

  56. Vishnnu Vermaa
    May 16, 2013

    Perfect Post Harsh :) It cleared my all doubts regarding the actual difference between Post title for readers and search engines. Thankk you !!

  57. Sahil Jain
    June 19, 2013

    hello harsh
    I am reading your articles for a long time.your articles are really inspiring indeed.If I choose different titles for readers as well as search engine.i have to write the search engine friendly article in title tag of(all in one seo plugin).but the permalink is controlled by default title of wordpress.i want to ask will it affect the permalink if I choose a different title for search engine.

  58. Yogendra Sharma
    August 14, 2013

    It looks like a complete check list for a perfect seo optimized post in WP. Thank you for explaining. :)

  59. Pawan Waghalkar
    October 10, 2013

    Great post, very informative. I knew about some of the techniques mentioned here, the info about stop words is new to me.

  60. Anchit Shethia
    October 10, 2013

    I once publish a controversial article saying How a Condom can protect from Computer viruses. And lol, I was ranking for computer viruses keyword for more then a month without even targeting it. So Social media shares are important too. Specially G+ ( I thought Google was unbiased :P )

  61. Sampath
    October 10, 2013

    Learned few tips from this article which i don’t know before reading this article. Awesome way of writing to get top in the search results. Well researched post. Thanks for the article.

  62. Abhishek Taneja
    October 10, 2013

    Thanks Harsh for this article on seo optimized post.
    i thoroughly read this article and got my all doubts cleared by looking at the comments with some great replies.

  63. Kajal
    November 9, 2013

    Hello Harsh,

    This is really an informative post shared by you. I want to ask you a question. We always search for keywords with high searches and low competition. For example, I want to write one post “Headache Remedies” or “How to get rid of pimples”. There is low competition and high searches for these terms. But I have seen some top results of Google Search Results. Their content seems to be unbeatable. I want to write over these topics. Can you tell me some tips to beat such posts? I have taken care of keywords density, uniqueness or any basic requirement that is necessary while writing. But it’s not giving any result. Please help me for the same. Any tips and suggestions would be really helpful.


  64. Ashish
    December 19, 2013

    We all know that H1 tag is most important heading tag. So, I changed my heading post title tag to H1 from H2. But within 1-2 days my page views dropped from 600-700 to 50-60. Does changing headings really harm ranking. As after the changes that I have made in heading tag most of my post is not showing in search results that were previously showing in first page. I also keep in mind that there is only one H1 tag on single post, no less important heading tag before H1 tag etc. Or there may be another reason for decreasing in ranking of my posts. Almost all of my post is not showing in search results that were in first page previously.

  65. Mahesh
    January 4, 2014

    thanks for sharing post harsh,But i am facing the issue with bing API i have done everything you mentioned in the post still when i paste that generated api key into LSI field i am getting the Error”Invalid key”.I tried to generate it several time still the issue remains same..help me out.

  66. Hari Prasad Chaudhary
    February 8, 2014

    This is great Harsh Bro. That is why I like to read article in your blog. It is full of information. Thanks for sharing this.

  67. Ankur
    February 15, 2014

    Great post. I followed many things already mentioned but some points are new and very logical.
    Only doubt is weather its still relevant after Google panda update.

    • Harsh Agrawal
      February 15, 2014

      Yes, this article is still relevant after all recent Google updates…

  68. Abhishek Tavasalkar
    February 15, 2014

    Atlast I found a post which I was searching for or rather expecting from a webmaster. It always bugs me how to properly use keywords in my post. But still I have a very big doubt Harsh. You chose long tail keywords like “Best iPhone RSS reader, Pulse iPhone RSS reader”

    So are you going to fit them in the article and in headings?
    I don’t know if my question is silly or serious but its one big doubt I have. Please do resolve it… Hope to get a reply from you sooner

    • Harsh Agrawal
      February 15, 2014

      So I will be using that long tail keyword in Title, Permalink and 1 or 2 times in the post body.. The idea is to keep article writing very natural, like we normally write..At the end (Time of proof-reading) simply tweak the article a bit to optimise it for that particular keyword. The basic Onpage optimisation is going to be the same for Short-tail and long-tail Keyword. You should check out this article on On-page SEO: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/onpage-optimization-factors-seo.html

    March 11, 2014

    Yes a Complete detailed post. I have got a lot of results of how to write a SEO optimized post in wordpress. but none of them explained it properly with images, i got it from here,
    but my only doubt is related to ‘interlinks’ . Harsh, Is this a SEO friendly way to link my content to the link of wikipedia to provide a better information to the visitors?

    • Harsh Agrawal
      March 12, 2014

      When linking out, it’s not just Wikipedia. Think of links as adding value to the post and which helps your reader to learn more about the topic you are writing about. Since Wikipedia is one great source of information, but it’s not necessarily need to be wikipedia only.

    March 14, 2014

    Harsh, thanks for this nice reply for my help :-) . I am using SEO by YOAST plugin for WP but after publishing post Sometimes it shows some red alert for SEO to reduce the slug. What should i do harsh, sorry for asking again a question but this is my final doubt

    • Harsh Agrawal
      March 15, 2014

      Are you talking about Permalink Slug? Before you publish the blog post, click on Edit permalink below post-title in post editor, and remove un-necessary stop words like “An” “the” “and” and so on.

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