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5 Best SEO Practices You Should Follow to Skyrocket Your Website Traffic Quickly

SEO is not hard. But it takes a ton of time. That’s why most people struggle to get more traffic from search engines.

If you’re also one among them who is finding it really hard to increase your search traffic, this post is for you where you’ll discover 5 of the best SEO practices to quickly grow your traffic.

If you’re wondering why you need to focus on search engine traffic, here are few of the amazing benefits.

  • Search traffic is free
  • If done right, search engine traffic can send you a ton of sales (by using and targeting the profitable keywords)
  • Search traffic increases your website’s visibility and gives more exposure
  • And the list goes on.

So are you curious to find the best SEO practices to grow your search traffic? Let’s get started without much ado.

Use long tail keywords

We all want more search traffic that too quickly, right?

So what’s the best way to boost your search engine traffic to your sites? If you said, long tail keywords, you’re absolutely right. Long tail SEO is the quickest way to bring more visitors from search engines like Google.

Long tail keywords generally contain 4 or more words in it. For example: “best SEO practices for beginners” is a long tail keyword that consists 5 words in it. You can quickly rank for such keywords because they are less competitive when compared to short tail keywords like “SEO practices”.

Are you getting me?

Here are few of the reasons to use long tail keywords when creating content.

  • Long tail keywords quickly boost your search traffic because they are less competitive. Meaning, fewer people are searching for them so you can easily outrank your competitors.
  • They help you get more authority in search engines for keywords that you are trying to rank for. Enough said!
  • They generate high-quality traffic. The visitors that use long tail keywords are more purchase-oriented. Meaning, they are looking for some conclusion to close a deal or buy a product. So you can easily increase your website conversions by using long tail keywords.
  • They help you target more specific audience so you can serve well with your content or products.

Have a look at the following illustration to know more about the importance of using long tail keywords to skyrocket your website traffic quickly.

long tail keywords seoSo are you convinced that long tail keywords are great for increasing your search engine traffic and sales? But do you know how to find really good long tail keywords? Here are few quick tips just for you.

  • The first thing is, get access to the right tools. They can help you save more time and you can quickly find really great long tail keywords. I highly recommend you to checkout SEMrush to find profitable keywords for any niche. If you’re just starting out, you can use free tools such as Google Keyword Planner, KWFinder etc. They also work well but you can get better results with premium tools like SEMrush or Moz (as they provide more accurate information and used by most SEO experts).
  • Always focus on finding long tail keywords with less than 1000 monthly search volume so you can easily rank for those keywords even if you've got a new blog. Just make sure to get 1 or 2 quality links for every post you write to get even better results.
  • Once you’re done with long tail keyword research, create long-form content with around 2000+ words and use your keywords sparingly within your content. Google rewards long form of articles over time. So make sure to use this long SEO strategy wisely to boost your overall website traffic from search engines.
  • Make sure to update your blog posts frequently. Most bloggers forget about the importance of their existing content. When done right, it can bring you a lot of traffic without spending much time. You can improve your existing posts by building more links, updating it with latest information, deep interlinking, publishing it again on the homepage etc.

The 80/20 rule of content

The biggest mistake most bloggers make while they are struggling to increase their website traffic is this: they create more content.

Seriously, that’s a blunder. What’s the purpose of creating more content when you can’t get more people to read your already published content?

So what can you do instead to get the most out of your content?

Here’s what most experts like Derek Halpern would recommend: follow 80/20 rule of content creation. What does that even mean?

Spend 80% of your time in promoting your content and 20% in creating that content. Let me simplify it for you.

If you spend 2 hours on content creation at an average, you should spend at least 8 hours in promoting that content. Promoting your content is what helps you reach a wider audience.

Without doing that, your content doesn't go viral or attract more website traffic. If you’re wondering about how to promote your content to reach more audience, here are few quick tips for you.

  • Find forums in your niche. You can do a quick Google search using “your niche” + “forums” to find relevant forums in your niche. I mean, if you use “marketing + forums” search query on Google, it will give you all the marketing forums recommendations like Warrior Forum. Simply join them (most of them are free), start networking with other people by commenting on their links or posts. Sooner or later, you’ll start building a network using forums whenever you promote your content.
  • Repurpose your content. Once you are done publishing your textual form of content, turn it into infographics, eBooks, videos and other ways. The more promotional channels you use to repurpose your content, the more traffic you can attract to your sites. It’s as simple as that.
  • Make sure to link out to other bloggers while creating content. That way, you can reach out to them after publishing it. Many bloggers will be glad to promote your content or even link back to your content if they find your content informative. That means you can attract both traffic and links apart from building relationships with other bloggers in your niche.
  • Don’t forget the importance of promoting your stuff on social media. You can find and join Facebook groups. You can tweet multiple times to reach a wider audience. You can use sites like Instagram, Pinterest to attract another level of audience (make sure to use appealing images within your content to get more traffic from these sites). Don’t forget to add social sharing buttons to your content so that your readers can easily share it with their networks.
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seo for bloggersSocial media is the new SEO.

Getting traffic from search engines take some time but you can attract more traffic from social media sites almost instantly.

Did you know that your search engine rankings are directly proportional to the social shares that you get?

Yes, top ranking web pages have more social shares. Google gives #1 priority to the pages where people interaction is high (such as sharing your content with others on Facebook, Twitter etc).

Not only that, here are few more benefits of using social media to skyrocket your website traffic.

  • You can network with other influencers easily using social media. Undoubtedly, networking is the key to grow your traffic, brand awareness and overall sales in the long run. So don’t ignore it!
  • You can increase your traffic almost instantly when you use viral headlines while sharing on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram etc. Just make sure to analyze the post headlines that already gone viral in your industry. You can also use tools like Buzzsumo to find out top performing posts in your niche.
  • Not only your social shares impact your direct traffic but they also create an impact in your search engine rankings. The more social share you get the better search rankings you’ll get on Google. It’s as simple as that.

SEO means Bing too, not just Google

Hands down, search engine traffic is the lifeblood of any profitable website that makes money.

But here’s the thing: most bloggers I know focus ONLY on Google. They often forget the importance of Bing. If you’re still wondering about Bing, it’s another biggest search engine after Google (run by Microsoft).

Have a look at the below chart to know the importance of Bing vs other search engines like Google.

bing seoHere are few key findings from the above chart:

  • With generic keywords, Google is more generous to local businesses. So if you’re running a local business, Google is a great place to focus your SEO efforts.
  • Google gives greater % of space to both Local Results (40%) & Local Business Sites (19%). Why? We all know how big Google is! They control almost 80% of the whole internet searches.
  • Bing & Yahoo give more space to larger websites (65% & 58% respectively). This is where Bing wins the race.

As you can see from the above chart if you’re running or affiliate to largest sites, focusing on Bing can give you even better results in terms of getting more search traffic and website sales.

If you’re still wondering about whether or not to focus on Bing, here are few demographics of Bing.

  • 72 percent of users are 35 or older. That’s compared to 53 percent of the U.S. population, according to the census.
  • 48 percent of Bing users earn an annual salary of $75,000 or more, compared to only 35 percent nationwide.
  • 79 percent of users attended college, compared to 59 percent nationwide.

So if your demographics and target audience meet the above criteria, you should definitely focus on Bing.

Always build backlinks

Backlinks have a HUGE impact on your search engine rankings.

Just have a look at the screenshot below to know the importance of attracting more backlinks to improve rankings.

on page seoBrian Dean’s high traffic post “on page SEO” gets #1 result for the same keyword phrase. Just look at the number of links it has. Over 2600 backlinks. That’s insane, right?

The reason that post is consistently ranking on #1 on Google is that of the backlinks.

So what can you learn from it?

The more links that you can attract to your posts, the better they perform on Google search. It’s as simple as that. And here's a great movie about SEO by top influencers.

Final thoughts about top SEO best practices in 2018

As I said earlier, SEO is not complicated. Focus on one or two best SEO practices and you can really see incredible results. But you need to be consistent with your SEO efforts.

Don’t focus on getting quick traffic by following black hat SEO techniques such as buying links, keyword stuffing, plagiarism etc or you’ll be penalized even before you realize.

So what are your thoughts? What are the other best SEO practices do you follow? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Anil Agarwal blogs at Bloggers Passion where he is writing about topics related to blogging, SEO, affiliate marketing and email marketing. You can connect with Anil Agarwal on Google Plus here.

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54 comments on “5 Best SEO Practices You Should Follow to Skyrocket Your Website Traffic Quickly”

  1. Hi Anil,

    I found many bloggers do not use internal links that help with the SEO structure of their sites. The other thing many newbies do not due is use the proper H1, H2, H3 tags in their blog posts. These can really make a difference when someone comes to read their content too. It can make the copy scannable and easier on the eyes.

    Thanks for the tips and have a great day!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      First of all, thanks a lot for having me.

      As for your observations, you're totally correct, and I wonder why people often neglect those critical SEO tasks.

      Both internal linking, and proper H1, H2, etc are very important not only for SEO, but also for the overall user-experience of any site.

      Thanks a lot once again Lisa.

  2. Hey Anil and Sue,

    Hope you both are doing good.

    I have done quite well with long tail keywords without a single backlink. In some cases, even with competition, simply doing proper onpage SEO can get you better results. Longtail is the sweetspot of SEO traffic if you ask me 😉

    ~ Enstine

    1. I couldn't have agreed more Enstine,

      You can totally rank a page without any link to it. However, the keyword must be not only long tail, but low competition.

      Thanks for the great input Enstine, and do have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Hi,

    You are a new blogger’s dream come true. Every single post of yours is packed with tips to implement. I'm RevGlue.com affiliate blogger. From this post, I will certainly implement the mind mapping idea. I do outline but I totally get the importance of mindmapping now. Also, I love your ‘80/20’ method of writing. It is such a great tool to use to teach new bloggers the skills you have to share. Thank you for constantly enhancing my blogging education.

    1. Hey Julia,

      Thanks a bunch for the kind words. You actually made my day with those words :). Glad I could help.

      Start implementing the mindmapping idea immediately, and you'll certainly see the difference.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hi ANIL AGARWAL

    Your Post About SEO Practice Iss Very Great . All Tips Which You Share For Getting More Real Traffic On Your Site Awesome. It Is Helpful For Newbies.

    Best SEO Tips Thanks For Sharing..........

    1. Thanks Muhammad,

      Glad u could be of help with my post. But please, endeavor to implement everything you learnt from this post.

      Remember, learning is never enough - - we must also learn to practice what we learned each time.

      Here's to our success.

  5. Thanks for all the detailed information! A quick question though: when commenting on another post, does simply adding your website in the provided box give the backlink or should we be actually typing the URL into the comment box with our comment? This always seems a little spammy to me - do people allow those comments?

    1. That's a good question Claire,

      However, you should never paste your link to the comment box, it's outright spammy, and no blogger will allow it on his site.

      Always put in your link in the provided space after your email address. Although, comment links does not pass much link juice, but it helps a lot.

      Thanks for the question.

  6. Hello Anil,

    Wonderful post. On page SEO is definitely plays a great role in ranking a blog or website in search Engines. Long tail keywords is very important to cut down your competition and gives you higher rankings. I am currently using longtailpro to find some high performing long tail keywords. SEMrush also does the job excellent. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips here.

    Have a Great Day 🙂

    Vishwajeet

    1. Hey Kumar,

      Im happy you agreed with my points. You can never go wrong with proper on-page SEO and low competition, long-tail keywords. Therefore, make it a habit.

      Long tail pro is an awesome keyword research tool indeed. But I'll also recommend keywordtool.io for getting more long tail keywords.

      Thanks for the wonderful comment.

  7. Hi Anil,

    Yes, Anil I agree with you. Long tail keywords are the most important factor to get traffic on a new blog.

    Also optimizing the post SEO matter too. By using Yoast SEO plugin anyone can do SEO these days.

    Internal linking plays an important role if you want to grow your site to a higher level.

    Thanks,

    Pratap

    1. Absolutely Pratap,

      Long tail, low competition keywords is the way to go, going after these type of keywords will always make it easier for you to rank them, even with little or no backlinks at all.

      And with tools like Yoast seo, anyone can do this.

      Thanks for the response.

  8. Great article! Another point to be aware of– ensure your website is mobile friendly. Watch out for popovers or interstitials! Google have that stated pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly. We’ve seen this a lot and it can really impact the mobile rankings. Given that Google are moving to prioritise mobile results in the algorithm then it really means your mobile experience in many ways needs to be MORE compliant than your desktop experience.

    1. I couldn't have agreed more Manish,

      One of the worst things a blogger can do to his blog right now is not properly optimizing it for mobile.

      The search engine giant now uses mobile responsiveness as part of their ranking factors. Hence, everyone should ensure their site is very responsive for mobile devices.

      Thanks for stopping by man.

  9. Hi Anil,

    I just left you a comment on your review if SEMrush keyword research tool. And here again you are giving us more insight on the tool in terms of using long-tail keywords.

    Long-tail keywords are great and can make the difference in your search rankings if used correctly. As mentioned, they are less competitive and ranks pretty well. However, using relevant keywords are also necessary as well as tools like Yoast SEO.

    The amazing thing about Yoast is that it analyze your article and offer suggestions to improve your SEO.

    Another strategy that works well for me is blog commenting. Yes, blog commenting has the potential to drive massive traffic to your website. For instance, I'm getting traffic from website where I haven't written a single guest post. Why?

    Simply being comment on those site regularly. So it's a good idea to implement these strategies.

    Thanks for sharing this insightful post.

  10. Hey Anil,

    Great article. What I loved about this article is 'SEO means Bing too, not just Google'. People are always trying to rank in Google only and I don't know why? One more thing I like is 80/20.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing article.

    1. You're welcome David,

      Glad you like the article. Yea, there are other search engines on the internet, and that includes Bing, but people always make the mistake of focusing on Google alone thereby missing on other great opportunities.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Thanks a lot for all the supports and shootouts Moss,

    You've always been very supportive. Indeed, everything here goes down to targeting long tail, low competition keywords. Those are the real gems.

    Any marketer who's still going after those competitive keywords today will only get his hands burnt, except he has a lot of money to spend on links.

    Also, blog commenting, when done well, is also a very wonderful way of promoting a blog. Because like you said, It'll keep bringing traffic to your blog even when you haven't guest posted on that blog.

    And again, it's a good way of building solid relationship with others in your industry.

    Thanks man

  12. I love it Anil.

    Big fan of building backlinks here by building bonds. Build friendships. Help people. Assist people. Connect with folks. With patience, and detachment, guest post invites flow your way. Freely. If you practice writing. Then all types of backlinks flow your way through friend networks and increased exposure. Build friendships and sweet links follow.

    Ryan

  13. Hey Anil,

    I can never get enough of these 'SEO' articles. It's always good to remind ourselves of these best practices and even more importantly, to take action on the info.

    About updating posts, I think a lot of bloggers forget this. I try to think of a scenario where a visitor comes to your place, only for you to serve him with stale food. Lol. Some posts do need serious updating. Thanks for the awesome reminders.

  14. Hi Anil,

    Great tips on SEO. You have really given some very practical but unconventional advice here. It is undoubtedly true that most bloggers concentrate on google alone and ignore other search engines.

    The 80/20 rule is something very useful as a guideline. It lets us know whether our efforts are enough or not. Otherwise the old mistake of creating more and more content will continue.

    Thanks for sharing these amazing tips with us. Have a great day!

    -Naveen

  15. Hi Anil,

    Great tips on how to improve our SEO. I always make it a point to properly optimize my blog posts using the Yoast SEO plugin. This plugin makes it so easy to make sure that everything is good before you hit publish.

    I've also made it a point to really start focusing more on better keyword research. I am trying to target lower competition keywords. When I first started my blog, I really didn't take the time to do keyword research, I would just write a blog post.

    It does take time to start seeing traffic from Google. But I am finally starting to see traffic from both Google and a little bit from Bing.

    I know that over time, I will start to see more traffic. You're right, it does take quite a while to start seeing traffic from the search engines.

    That's why I love using social media. It's the faster track to traffic while you're waiting on the search engines to catch up.

    Thanks for taking the time to share these tips with us.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

    1. Hi Susan,

      Honestly, Yoast SEO is actually a God's sent to the SEO marketers. It's been so helpful in the industry, and I'm glad I started using it earlier.

      Like you, most of us didn't start doing keyword research as well when we started, but thank God we started focusing more on it as time went by.

      You're right, you don't have to focus only on SEO because it takes a hell lots if time to bring results, you also must be trying other sources of traffic while waiting for the search engines.

      Thanks for sharing.

    1. You're much welcome Courtney,

      Glad I could help with the post. And do let me know if you have any question.

      Cheers!!!

  16. Thanks for the tips. SEO seems so complicated to me as a beginner, but I guess the best way to learn it is to just start doing it in small steps.

    1. You're absolutely correct Ana,

      SEO is always a tedious process for everyone in the beginning, but the more you practice it, the easier it becomes.

      Keep learning and implementing, and you'll soon become a master of the game.

      Good luck.

  17. Hi Anil,

    I understand the power of internal linking. I have seen how an effective internal linking strategy helps to rank high in search engine results. It is also good that a blogger should not just focus on Google but also work to rank high in Bing and Yahoo also.

    There are hundreds of tools that a person can use still many nebies do not understand the importance of using the right tool for right job.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Gaurav,

      Proper internal linking can indeed perform wonders. You just have to obey the basic rules, and you're good to go.

      And yes, there are lots of tools out there that'll simplify the entire process, you just have to research and pick the one that works best for you.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  18. I totally agree with your 80 20 concept marketing is very important if you do not market your content then definitely less people will be aware about your business or blog.

    Thanks for sharing.Very helpful

    1. You've said it all Poonam,

      It's not all about writing quality content alone, you also must endeavor to take those content to the eyes of people else, only you will read it.

  19. Dear Anil,

    This post is awesome! And especially resourceful for a new blogger like me. I've been struggling with traffic to my site. Will try an implement your inputs.

    Thanks !

    PS: I was wondering if you would be able to give a review of my blog?

    1. Hi Aliya,

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad you like the article.

      We were all beginners at one time, you just have to keep learning and practicing, and you'll soon become an expert too.

      As for the review, I'll check your blog when I have the time, but not at the moment.

  20. Hi,

    Great piece of actionable info which can be put into practice. I especially liked your emphasis on Bing and Yahoo. It is one fact which many websites ignore. We are all too busy with Google rank, Google algorithms and everything about Google that we forget other search engines. The pie charts representing the data say it all and it is the most valuable take away that I got from this post.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you Jaya,

      Google is definitely not the only search engine on the internet. Admittedly, it's the most popular, but that doesn't mean you can't still benefit from other search engines.

      Yea, we're often too focused on Google while missing on other opportunities.

      Thanks for the wonderful comment.

  21. I totally agree with you about the long tail keywords part. I run a wedding studio, and it's very hard to let my targeted keywords to stand out. Then I focus on the less competitive terms, such as LGBT wedding, mom and dad wedding photography etc. It really ranks my website higher than before, and brings more traffic to my site.

    However, the first thing is you should know your mission clear, you should be able to define what makes your product or website stand out from this market.

  22. Really good tips that anyone can implement, no matter their skill level or blogging experience. I'm a huge fan of repurposed content, there's no need to reinvent the wheel every time you sit down at the keyboard 😉

  23. What a helpful post! I've realized that SEO is the best way to drive traffic to my site so I am really trying to learn as much as possible about it.

  24. This may sound like a stupid question but I am still learning so please bear with me. So I tend to use Long Tail Keywords that are based on my title. So When using Long Tail Keywords does google only read the whole 5 word phrase or can it also parse out the main keyword? Or do you have to add the small keyword as a separate keyword in things like yoast?

    I am working on my SEO. I agree with your 80/20 rule because I have one blog post popping on SEO so I promote it more as well.

    Also, is there a way to focus on Bing? I get the majority of my SEO from google but I get nothing from Bing. Is there a protocol to focus soley on Bing?

  25. Hey Anil, thank you for sharing such a great post. You shared great SEO practices and the comparison showed between Google and Bing was worth knowing.

  26. this information is very useful for me, which is related to the social media web sites.

    thanks for giving advice.

  27. Hi..Thank u so much fr this wonderful post.You have covered every aspect of SEO very nicely,even a non technical person like me can also understand it very easily.

  28. Hi Anil,
    This is my first time actually commenting on some one else's blog. i should do more often if i find awesome content like yours. i find your blog thoroughly educational and actions steps to take with you and implement it. thanks a lot

  29. Nice guide, Neil. Page speed is incredibly important, but something else that is becoming increasingly important is how well your site displays on mobile devices. I’ve always preferred building my own static sites in HTML (I’m old-school), but I’ve been using WordPress more often because it’s easier to make my sites mobile-friendly.

    I’ve always shied away from specific formulas related to anchor text. Usually I’ll let the person who runs the site I’m getting a link from decide what anchor text would be appropriate. In fact, I’d be reluctant to ask a site owner for specific anchor text because I think it would border on rudeness. (That’s something I learned from Eric Ward.)

    Lots of great tools and stuff in this post. I’ll be recommending this page to at least one of my clients to review for his in-house work.

  30. Very informative post with great tips you have shared. Tips like content written with long tail keywords are really a good way to get not only traffic to sites but also to connect with audience. The post is very helpful for new bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Writing a better content than your competitors on a long tail keyword is a no-brainer way to get to Google first page on time - even without backlinks.

    Thanks for this awesome piece.

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