Hacking is such a dirty word. I think of hacking and two things come to mind. Someone or something getting chopped to bits, or some random dude trying to break in my digital backdoor to steal my info. Both visuals are unsettling.
But let's take a step back... Are hacks or hacking the system all that bad? Well, obviously if its illegal, you don't want any part of it but that's not what I mean.
I'm talking about ways to make like easier. To make your blog efforts easier.
These sort of Hacks are a godsend and we have a few WordPress SEO Hacks that you're gonna love. (Virtual high five! Yeah!)
Add an XML Sitemap To Your Blog
An XML Sitemap is the first SEO Hack on our list. Essentially, a sitemap is a list that consolidates all your site's pages and posts onto one page that is accessible to the search engines.
This is vital as this helps those pesky little bots and spiders scanning your site better understand and categorize what your website is all about.
There are a few ways to create a sitemap, but many popular plugins already have the capabilities. My favorite is the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. The plugin has an easy way to create a sitemap for your site. After creating the sitemap, its best to upload it to Google Webmasters Tools.
Speed up Your Site by Reducing Unnecessary Plugins
With Google Panda and Google Hummingbird, SEO changed a bit. Well... actually, our understanding of it changed a lot.
Now page speed has become on the of defining factors in your page ranking results. What does that mean?
Slow page speed = Lower ranking
Besides your pictures, another contributing factor to a slower website can be your plugins.
You entire site is made up of files that are hosted on a server which are then delivered to your viewers when they view your site. The more files you have to deliver, the slower your site will be and plugins can add heavily coded files that bog you down.
Removing unnecessary plugins, or replacing ones you have with better ones, can help boost how long it takes for your site to load. Go through and check what plugins you may not need and then run your site through a performance checker like GTmetrix to check your site speed after you've removed certain ones.
Add Descriptions To Your Categories
This is the last on our list of WordPress SEO Hacks. The Category.
Sure, it's easy to add a Category to your WordPress site, but did you know you can a description?
Yup, sure can. The upsides to adding a description is two-fold.
First, since you're adding a description to your Category, you can use your targeted keyword in your description to define the category as a whole. Always a nice touch.
Plus, this helps those same bots and spiders with understanding your Categories better and thus helping your sites ranking.
To add a description to your Category, got to your WordPress Dashboard:
- Hover over Posts
- Select Categories
- Click on your Category name
- Add a description to your Category
- Save and repeat
SEO is still very much alive a necessary, and I hope this post helps you guys out in your SEO efforts. If you're new to WordPress and are looking for more information on how to set up a blog, please check out our post:
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