Blogging-Content Creation

Intelligent Tagging - How To Use Tags Right

Think of Tags as part of your website's index, letting both readers and search engines lock in on a specific topic and easily find all the content on your site that is related to that topic.  Tags are a way of organizing your website content so that readers and search engines can find it easier.  

Tags not only help readers navigate your website, but they also have the benefit of making your blog more 'sticky' for visitors. If you’ve ever used a 'related posts' plugin, you know the benefits of letting readers know how to continue to read about the same topics on your website. Instead of hitting the back button to search for more info, they see that they can find it all on your website.

While the primary purpose of Tags are to help your readers navigate your blog posts and other content, using them properly will also improve your SEO.  How does that work?  The internal links of the Tags guide search engine bots to discover all your site’s content by following those links. The anchor text of the Tag names tell the search engines what topics your website is about, and allow you to rank for those targeted keywords.  

Note on this blog post that we used two Tags, Blogging/Content Creation and Search Engine Optimization, because this post is about both of those broader subjects. When you click on either of these, you are linked to a page that displays all posts with the same Tag.  You can see how useful that might be, for your readers as well as for search engines.

Here are Some Best Practices for Using Tags:

10 More Websites with FREE Images For Your Blog Posts

Here are links to more FREE images for your blog posts.  Some of the photos on these sites are pretty spectacular.

These sites all have photos to use restriction free and do not require attribution.  However, be sure to check each site for any use restrictions and copyrights before using, as their requirements may have changed.  Don't take my word for it.  FREE turns into very expensive if you get into trouble for infringing on photographers' rights.

I'll post additional links for you when I get a chance.  In the meantime, check these out.

Is Your Blog Helping Your Website's SEO?

Can blogging help with SEO?  Definitely, but you need to blog with a plan. Simply writing a blog post on your site won't do much if you don't have a strategy in place to promote your blogs, earn social engagement and shares, and inbound links.

Most brokers and agents have heard of the potential SEO benefits of including a blog on their websites and updating it regularly, but most don't understand why.  Why Do Blogs Help SEO?  

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