How to SEO – 10 SEO Tips for 2013

How to SEO-10 SEO tips for 2013 is the first post that I write for this blog in 2013. Although you have read many SEO tips posts, I write this as the first post for 2013 because after reading this you will be able to know at least one thing about SEO that you might not heard earlier.

How to SEO – What is SEO

SEO is search engine optimization. SEO can be mainly divided in to two parts; they are on page optimization and off page optimization.

10 SEO tips for 2013

How To SEO - SEO Tips 2013

1. Quality Content

Although you believe or don’t, quality content is the most important thing for SEO. Even though you do everything about SEO and if you don’t have quality content you can’t get a good search engine rank.

2. Important HTML Tags

Few years back, Meta description and Meta keyword tags were very important for SEO, but now major search engines like Google don’t care Meta keywords.

I can mention that Title tag, Meta description tag, Image alt tag, H1 tag and H2 tag are the most important tags for SEO.

If your blogging platform is WordPress you can use Yoast plugin as a SEO plugin.

3. Post Length

Before panda and Penguin updates, writing five posts each of hundred words better than writing a post with five hundred words, but now it is different as writing a post with five hundred words is more worth than writing five posts with hundred words.

You should write 300+ words posts and it is better if you can write 600-2000 words posts. But don’t forget that quality is better than quantity. So don’t write useless sentences to increase word count.

4. Pay attention about other search engines

There is no doubt that Google is the best search engine. Almost every blogger tries to optimize posts for only Google, they don’t think about other search engine like Yahoo or Bing.

Every search engine has their own algorithm to index web pages. So, do a small research about how to optimize posts for yahoo and Bing. If you studied well, you can easily drive more traffic via Yahoo and Bing because many bloggers don’t try to optimize posts for Yahoo and Bing (Never forget Google).

5. Link Building

Link building is the main off page optimization technique. When creating backlinks, pay attention about the following points.

1. Always try to create quality backlinks.

2. Don’t use any script or software to create backlinks (A quality backlink is more powerful than 100 bad backlinks).

3. Create both no-follow and do-follow backlinks(Don’t create only do-follow backlinks because Google might take it is unnatural)

4. Don’t use any spam method to create backlinks.

Generally you can use the following technique to create backlinks.

1. Guest Posting

2. Forum Posting

3. Blog Commenting

4. Submitting to Web Directories

5. Article Submission

6. Don’t buy Fiverr Gigs

Fiverr is good place to make money online as well as buy services. As a buyer, Fiverr is good for graphic design works.

As a buyer, Fiverr is very bad place for SEO works because more than 95% SEO related gigs are fake gigs.

For the example, please check the following gig.

I will manually build 300 High PR backlinks for 5$.

Now think about this gig. If you were the seller, would you able to create 300 high PR backlinks manually for only 5$? I know that your answer is “No” because anyone don’t do this type of big work for only 5$. They use software or web scripts to create backlinks. Google hate this type of works.

Now I know that you have a question. The question is, how do they have so many positive feedbacks if backlinks are low quality?

The simple answer is people who buy SEO services from Fiverr, don’t have good knowledge about SEO. They don’t know difference between quality backlines and bad backlinks. So after getting any backlinks, they put a positive feedback.

7. Keyword Researching

Keyword researching is a must thing you have to do. If you don’t like to go premium products you can use Google Adword keyword Tool.

Many new bloggers don’t know how to use Google Adword keyword Tool. If you also don’t have good knowledge about Google Adword keyword Tool, go to YouTube and search “Google Adword keyword Tool tutorials” and study them.

8. Keyword Placement

Now you have selected keywords for your next post. Then you have to place your main keywords in the correct places in the post to get 1st rank in Google.

1. You must include your main keywords to title tag.

2. You must include your main keywords to Meta description tag.

3. You must include your main keywords to post URL.

4. Try to include your main keywords to 1st sentence and last sentence in the post.

5. You should include your main keywords to H1 tag and H2 tag.

6. You should include your main keywords to image alt tag.

9. Adding a Sitemap to Your Blog

When talking about SEO tips, we can’t forget about the sitemap. So add a sitemap for your blog. If your blogging platform is WordPress, use a plugin such as Google XML Sitemaps to generate a sitemap.

10. Learn SEO

My last SEO tip is that learn SEO, don’t read only one seo tips article and don’t trust it because there are many opinions about SEO among bloggers. You can find many SEO tips articles using Google search engine. Then read many SEO tips given in those posts. After that decide what the correct SEO tips are and what the wrong SEO tips are.

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48 Responses to "How to SEO – 10 SEO Tips for 2013"

  1. These are the good suggestion I will try these.
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  2. SEO has never changed for the past few years. The only thing that has changed is on how Google changes it’s algorithms and on how you promote your site efficiently. No black hat techniques and spam and always make sure that you connect with your audience and readers.
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  3. Steve says:

    Great points, yes as you have mentioned, Guest posting, Authority backlinks and CONTENT these are the major things which is going to help website get on to the top SERPs in 2013.
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  4. Lisa Chaves says:

    As always Content is King. To be able to combat against Panda-Penguin updates, every blogger must leverage and invest more with unique content.
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  5. Paban says:

    I think on page and off page optimization should be perfect from the beginning to achieve long term benefits.Unique content with quality backilinks will drive genuine traffic to websites
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  6. Thanks for sharing a important stuff about SEO as the google algorithms are really keeping seo techies on toes you have mentioned the exact guidelines which is to be followed for successful SEO campaign
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  7. Rahul Pahal says:

    Hi Ranuka..
    I liked your post. Some points are really helpful. I specially appreciate the 8th point ie keyword placement. All these 10 tips will help improve all your readers’ blog. keep up doing it.. great work.
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  8. Amal Rafeeq says:

    Hey Ranuka. That’s a whole lot of SEO tips under one great article. Well put man. Thanks for sharing and keep it up :)
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  9. Jasa SEO says:

    This article is very interesting, I continue to learn about SEO, especially for geo-targeted pages on Google Indonesia. I have seen this in 2013, SEO is more difficult, since more and more difficult to predict Google
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  10. Nirmala says:

    Valid SEO tips! As you said, unique content with quality backilinks drive genuine traffic to websites. Also, as per your view the post length with proper keywords stuff would bring the site to top on search engines. Thanks for sharing this nice information!
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    • Ranuka says:

      Now creating quality backlinks is very hard work. Writing a guest posts is the best way to create quality backlinks, but it takes more time. Thanks for the comment.

  11. Hi Ranuka….
    I agree with your all points except the post length…….
    I think post length doesn’t matter until it is a natural writing…….. you can write a 100 word article if you can put all information in 100 words……
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    • Ranuka says:

      Hi Sandeep, Thanks for disagreeing with post length. I am really like this type of comments. How ever, I think that Google may don’t like 100 words posts even it is quality, but readers will like it.

  12. I think the best advice would be “Be Natural”, your all points are important not in 2013, also in 2014 and other years, keep doing Good work bro..
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  13. Mark says:

    What about mobile SEO?

    I think thats pretty important for 2013 and knowing how to construct your pages correctly for mobile vs desktop will help your SEO efforts…
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  14. Ehsan Ullah says:

    Ranuka, This is a great first post of the year on your blog and It’s even nice to see you wrote about SEO as your first post. Those are few great tips that can be applied in 2013 to get good ranking, but other than those 13 there are a lot of other tips that should be followed.
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  15. Fabrizio says:

    Hey Ranuka, amazing write up on SEO. Thanks for the heads up about buying SEO gigs on fiverr, that does sound like bad news. Another great back link strategy is to use content curation tools like Scoopit and Storify. I’ve gained some good quality backilinks from doing this.
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  16. Manoj Rawal says:

    Yeah i fully appreciate with your all these points and yeah “ Traffic is a byproduct of doing great content.”

    Manoj Rawal
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  17. Wow Raplus you seem to be very busy these days and now I understand that you are learning SEO especially for the year 2013…. You have mentioned some very good tips which would be very helpful for those who are not so good at SEO and want to use some best SEO techniques for their blog in the year 2013….
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  18. Joe says:

    With 2012 over, everyone has started making predicting about what lies ahead for SEO in 2013, so here is mine.

    First prediction: SEO will be have two hundred new definitions by the end of the year – after 2012 it’s already known as inbound marketing and content strategy.

    Second prediction: It will still be as important as ever!
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  19. Praveen Soni says:

    Hello Ranuka,
    Here I learn keyword placement techniques. i note all your six points we know that every blogger optimize the post according to google algorithm we should also keep in mind yahoo and bing.
    Also agree with your point that “don’t use any tool for backlinks”
    thanks for sharing ;)
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  20. sumit says:

    amazing seo tips, quality content is very important factor if we want success in blogging. last tips is also very good …we must learn basic seo tips.thanks for sharing the awesome article.
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  21. Good one Ranuka. As you mentioned submitting sitemap is important but many bloggers do not really concentrate on the importance of having a sitemap.
    I am now searching a sitemap plugin for images as per Google’s suggestion so that my site’s mages are indexed properly and I can draw some visitors from image search too!
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  22. Ferb says:

    Hi Ranuka, post length is the most important and which I’m having problem with. I thought that if the more words in post, the better. But I realised, it’s not right at all. Quality is the key.

    Thanks for Graet Post – Ferb
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  23. Vineet Saxena says:

    Hi Ranuka,
    Yes I have been a victim of Fiverr gigs once and since then I decided to stay away from it.
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  24. It is a great overview, and one thing you could have simply followed up in summary is for bloggers to install WordPress SEO by Yoast and look at the on-page analysis which basically examines your content and gives you recommendations, tells you how to optimize it further. The more you use it the more you naturally start writing SEO optimized content form the start (behavior) so you spend less time later having to proof and optimize it after you finish writing.
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    • Ranuka says:

      Hey Justin, You are a successful blogger. So this comment is a very important comment for me. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting :-) I love this type of comments.

  25. For 2013 I think I will take more care about social media. In this panda and penguin world we can’t depend on SEO. Moreover Google is going to introduce Author rank which highly depends on social media.
    But I must say all your of tips are worthy for SEO. I’d like to add one more tip which worked great for me on 2012 which is INTERLINKING. BTW you’ve implemented this on your post.
    Thanks for your nice tips.
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    • Ranuka says:

      Most bloggers hate panda and penguin updates. But I like it. interlinking also very important for SEO as you have said.

      Social medias are also very important now. Sometimes, social shares are better than quality backlinks for SEO.

      Thanks for the comment

  26. Shahzad says:

    Thats’ great. One point from me.
    Value readers than Google. I believe this would be the best SEO tip of 2013 in the light of frequent panda/penguin updates and Google also recommend it.

    Thanks for a nice post.
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  27. Ummeed says:

    Nice to see a great post in the beginning of 2013. Guest posting and Blog commenting is now a days so important. keep up your good work :)
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