Google Ranking for Blogs… how well does your blog rank?
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Post by the lovely Style Discoveryabove image by Perrimoon

When I first started blogging I had to rely heavily on my blog buddies– reciprocal visitors whose blogs I visit regularly. As I got busier with my full time job, I couldn’t keep up with the blog reading and commenting. That didn’t stop my blog from getting an increased traffic. There are many ways to get visitors and one of them I found is getting listed near the top in Google search result pages.

There are no hard and fast rules and I’ve worked this out by watching Feedjit’s traffic feed casually for less than six months.

If the blog is relatively new you will only have to check feedjit once a day or so. I check it two or three times day when I remember. See if any visitors have landed on your blog via Google through a search keyword. It’s easy enough to spot that as the source (xx arrived from) will be Google or other search engines. Click the search engine link and see where it takes you. You will see what that visitor searched for and how high your blog gets listed in Google. It could well be at top of the page or near the bottom of the page. Sometimes it’s not even in the first page.

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By looking at the keywords and how relevant your blog is you can work out what’s best for your blog and your locality.

For example, before I went off to take photos for WAIFT Fashion show I did a little googling to see how much coverage the event got in the previous year. I realised that there wasn’t much info available so I did a post and titled it carefully (added WAIFT and full text in the post) to ensure that it could be easily searched. After the initial post I watched Feedjit to see if there was anyone searching for that. Voilà! I was getting quite a few visitors from Google. With that information I did a series of interviews on each designer from the show to beef up the content so when searched using WAIFT Graduate Show in Google my blog appears in the top half (3rd or 4th) the first search result page so click here to see if for yourself.

You could also find out what people are searching and landing in your blog by looking at keyword search traffics from analytics software. I use Google Analytics but I don’t check it often enough. For me, using Feedjit is more spontaneous and instantaneous (no pun intended). This is obviously a reactive response to visiting patterns. If I could predict what people would search then I won’t be doing what I’m doing!

Watching how people find your blog is good but what if your blog isn’t getting any visitors from search engines? That’s highly unlikely but if that is the case with your blog follow these rules and see if you get any increased traffic over time.

  • Post often: Search engines love regularly updated content. I post daily and Google seems to like my blog for the kind of content I cover.
  • Use meaningful post title: Don’t get too poetic or cryptic with post titles. Post titles are important because they are usually styled as ‘headings’ and ‘linked’. Heading and linking are important for search engines. If you’re using Blogger, Blogger makes URL using titles for each post. URL containing matching search keywords gets better ranking.
  • Be linky: create links to other more authoritative sources or original website. Linked texts are more visible to search engines.
  • Alt text for images: Search for Ika Butoni in Google, at the time of writing my blog Style Discovery gets the third and my flickr album on the forth spots after Ika butoni’s websites. If you’re using Flickr (or other image hosting service) it helps to add meaningful titles for photos as well. In case of Flickr, the image title becomes Alt (text alternative for images for the visually impaired) text for images.

Here are some of the examples of search results showing Style Discovery ranking well. This is no luck. It’s the result of carefully targeted writing of the blog content.

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    memorylane_search_resultThe keyword was ‘memorylanecostumehire’westnet_search_burlesqueeven the local ISP’s search engine lists my post on burlesque and because it’s local (Perth) it was more ‘clickable’
  • writing on a sepecific designer
  • Ika-butoni-search-result

    Did you notice how the post title didn’t match the URL here? The title has Ika Butoni in the front but the URL has Hong Kong Fashion Week Fall/Winter. That’s beacause I checked the ranking after the post went out and I wanted to get ranked higher with the designer name rather than the Hong Kong fashion week thing alone. When you edit the title of a post the URL doesn’t change. After that little change, my post gets higher than any other pages online after Ika’s own pages. I can’t ask for better result than that.

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Comments

  1. Really useful post Songy! Im going to have to look into Feedjit as I mainly use Analytics.

    I have been trying to use my titles to raise my google ranking so glad im heading in the right direction, I think its starting to work :)

  2. Thom says:

    Thanks songy – trying this out now.

  3. Zori says:

    Wow, thank you very much. The post was really useful. I am trying this soon

  4. lisa says:

    Fantastic tips.

  5. songy says:

    J!

    Thank you for posting this. I really appreciate it.
    Without being a total arrogant ass, it helps to write something people can use. This way it gets posted somewhere else (in this case reputable community site such as IFB) and this is another way to get ranked high.

    Thank you everyone!

  6. Really interesting especially as I have no clue about this stuff. Not sure that I will ever rank really high on google though, apart from LFW I rarely write about things that people would be researching!

  7. Ashley says:

    This was so well written and so helpful, thank you for this! I use SiteMeter, and it lets me see what types of Google searches people are using before they come to my page, but I never knew what to do with that information. I’m off to do some more research now!

  8. Thank you so much for this article! I use Feedjit and Sitemeter. I have a picture of Heidi Klum from a while ago that consistently brings visitors to the blog (I get a lot of image searches), and I’ve also learned to use tags that are good keywords, such as Golden Globes Worst Dressed, Project Runway, or whatever is pertinent to my blog. At times, though, I write a more poetic title because that’s the kind of hairpin I am.

  9. anthea says:

    This was so helpful thanks!!

  10. eyeliah says:

    But I like posting song lyrics as titles, lol. I shall have to change that up, thanks for all this helpful information.

  11. This is exactly what I was looking for, brilliant! Particularly the bit about linking, that’s really interesting…

  12. Interesting article. One question that I have is – Does commenting on a poplar blog help with your own blog rankings?

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  15. Rajagopalan says:

    Hi
    I have understood that there are specific ways to improve blog traffic. However I have not fully understood the methodology you have explained to achieve better results. I want explanations in layman’s language! Would you mind helping me out?
    Thanks and regards.
    Rajagopalan

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