Search Engine Help! Does anyone have any advice on how to get my content on Google and other search engines? When I look up my stuff on Google it never comes up and, according to my stats page, I very rarely have any traffic from a search engine. Any help, y’all? Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related 61 thoughts on “Search Engine Help!” Add yours Study the basics of SEO, it basically includes making your post title more catchy and a sentence with related words as the excerpt. You know, using terms people normally Google. LikeLiked by 2 people Reply If I can ask, how many of your visitors come from search engines, especially google? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply about 1%, to be very honest with you, I myself have not mastered the art of SEO, plus your posts will automatically be ranked higher in search engines if you go self hosted. Basically you get what you pay for, but if you learn SEO on your own you can definitely gain some views even in the case of a free plan. LikeLiked by 1 person I’ll try to learn! Thanks for the advice 🙂 LikeLike Are you including keywords and naming your images the title of article LikeLiked by 1 person Reply No I’m not. What do you mean? LikeLike Reply When your writing your blog. In post settings where you would attach a picture is Categories & Tags. In tags is where you hashtag to get your story out to the people. I also saw one of my articles in google and it was actually the image name not the article name. So I’ve started making sure if I have image it is named close to the article. LikeLiked by 2 people Ohhh okay. I’ll look at that. Thanks! LikeLiked by 1 person It will also take a few months in my experience for Google to start “discovering” you. Don’t get discouraged as eventually it will pick you up :). LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Haha I hope you’re right! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I haven’t watched this yet but I intend to. https://youtu.be/lyiikzjg9a0 WordPress has a help button so it maybe worth checking there. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Oh thank you so much! I’ll look at that! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Just found this as well. I’m going to give it a go tomorrow LikeLiked by 1 person Sounds good! I’ll keep you updated if I learn anything LikeLike regarding tags: in the reader section along the top there is the option at the botton that says tags. People can put in a word that seaches all the blogs that have this in the tag of their post. For instance, I have “poetry” so it provides it provides a stream of posts as people publish their posts that have “poetry” in their tag section. So just as google search engine, you want to put in tags that a person might reasonably search for. The post may be about getting a flat tire, but not many people are going to think I want all the posts that are about flat tires. For your blog “college” or “college life” would be good possible tags for each post. Also more broadly your blog is about your day to day experiences, so “Life” would be a good tag. Also you can search for those blogs and see what other tags people use. You can also then follow some of those blogs that you will actually read from time to time (some people go around and just follow people in the hopes of getting followed, yet never read any of the posts that they follow. For me this is a major breach of blog etiquette.) LikeLiked by 4 people Reply Ahh I’ll do that! That’s for the advice! Do the tags help me on search engines or just on WordPress? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply i don’t know about search engines. The other thing that might help is posting your blog on Facebook and Instagram. You can set up your blog so that it automatically posts on your Facebook I don’t know about Instagram but I would assume so. LikeLiked by 1 person Ahh not a bad idea! I’ll have to do that. I have a YouTube channel with it actually but a Facebook and Instagram might help too LikeLiked by 1 person I would add that a good way to get people whose blogs you are reading is check out your blog is to make a comment in the comment section, as this gives people the knowledge that you are actually checking out their posts. (For me personally, people who put at the end of their comment, “please check out my blog” is also a breach of etiquette and I won’t check their blog. I can decide for myself when someone comments whether I will check out their blog). LikeLiked by 3 people Reply Hmm good point. Saying “check out my blog” can seem kinda pushy LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I wish I knew! I keep telling myself I’m playing the long game with blogging and it doesn’t matter about numbers as long as I have quality content etc, but the fact that my posts get so few views bugs me. It’s good stuff! (I have read the above and I am not saying “check out my blog”- just, it’s frustrating that people aren’t finding me or clicking on my stuff) LikeLiked by 3 people Reply I know the feeling! How many views do you get? If I can ask LikeLike Reply Apart from the initial interest of my first post, about 10-20 on a day that I publish a post? Which is really quite demoralising- it’s not like I’m not sharing my stuff on social media, etc. I do know that my long form posts aren’t to everyone’s tastes (I’ve been told that my stuff is far too long, but, it’s how I write), but I think what I have to say is worthwhile and there must be more potential for interest than that. LikeLiked by 1 person I’m so sorry 😦 LikeLike I feel that I’m having the same problem LikeLike I can’t see your metrics but from your comment section, follower count etc, you look like you’re doing OK! (I’m not dismissing what you’re saying, of course) I admit I am trying to play the long game here- I’m hoping my blog will be something future employers look at to see how I conduct myself, think, etc, so it’s not all for naught. But the reinforcement in the interim is better than I thought it would be, and I miss it when it’s not there! LikeLiked by 1 person I believe in you and I’ll stop by you blog frequently! LikeLike Thank you- likewise! LikeLiked by 1 person One tips that I’ve seen is to have your blog liked to your Twitter account and your Facebook page. I am still very unclear what to do after that. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply The first thing with SEO(Search Engine Optimization) is your title, as some of the other people on here wrote. A title with buzzwords will garner attention from search engines. Another way(this is mainly for websites), is metadata. I don’t know how much you know about coding, so I’ll be as thorough as I can. So HTML(the markup language used to create the base of a website), has these these things called tags. These include body, head, headers, paragraphs, etc. One of the tags that’s available is called meta. There’s a few different classes of meta tags that you can use. There’s keywords, which are basically hashtags. There’s robots which is for search engines specifically, and it kinda instructs them on what to do. If you have any other questions, lemme know 😀 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I have so many questions! How can I use that meta to increase traffic? I know nothing about coding…and I’m pretty sure I used meta incorrectly in that sentence lol LikeLike Reply Unless you’re hosting your own site, you will not be able to changed the meta directly. I would suspect that the meta would be influenced by the tags you pick for your post (note: I could be wrong). LikeLiked by 1 person Hmm okay. I’ll try to look into that LikeLike So the way search engines tend to work is that they have access to pretty much the entire web. When you type into that search bar, you’re filtering those results to get what you want. I don’t know the fine details of it, but I’m pretty sure the search engine not only looks at written words, but they also look for stuff in the HTML of the page, which is where the metadata comes it. I think if you have WordPress premium you have access to stuff that can change your page’s HTML. I know it has CSS features(CSS is like the design portion of a site), but I’m not too sure about HTML. But if they do have it, then between the head tags you’d put for example . LikeLiked by 1 person Hmm, I don’t know if I know how to amend the HTML code? Any ideas? LikeLike I’ve never tampered with WordPress HTML myself, but I’ll look for a YouTube tutorial or an article on how to do it if you have WordPress Premium; and I’ll send you the link when I can. LikeLiked by 1 person Thank you! Much appreciated! LikeLike http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/wordpress/wordpress-introduction/adding-html-wordpress LikeLiked by 1 person Post everyday – 2x per day and after 3 Months, you’ll start to see yourself move up LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Can I ask, how much of your traffic comes from search engines? LikeLike Reply Pay Google. But seriously, all of the above. And the more people read your posts, the higher Google will rank them. Success breeds success, so to speak. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Hmm, I guess I’ll keep pushing forward LikeLike Reply Hi, I enjoyed reading all the responses to your query. I am a newbie here and I keep looking for this answer everywhere. Spoke to a couple of friends who have done well in the blogging world. Some suggestions that I follow are: 1. Appropriate and interesting tags. 2. Spend dedicated time on reading, commenting and liking other blogs. 3. Share your post on fb, instagram, twitter , linkedin, google plus, whatever you can lay your hands on. 4. Regular with blog posting. LIke, I post on all fridays. All this in addition to spending hours to write an interesting and connecting blog entry. I still get 95% of my views from friends and family. I am very happy when I get a view through worpress, google plus , or instagram. I recently got a couple of views through google plus. And I am still trying to understand what I did “right” in that particular post. 🙂 Regards. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thank you so much! LikeLike Reply Having several posts on similar topics seem to help. I’m new to it too so not an expert LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I hope you’re right! LikeLike Reply I’ve heard that if you use too many tags then you’re considered a spammer or a robot, well, I don’t understand the tech stuff very much, but I’ve been blogging quite a while now and if I type in my name some of the WordPress titles come up. I stop my tags at six, usually. Thanks for stopping by my site. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I’ll remember that! That’s for the advice 🙂 LikeLike Reply You’re welcome. LikeLiked by 1 person Hi! 😊. I noticed big jumps in traffic when I did the following… – I joined my Silent Wave blog to Twitter and made friends within the community 😊 – A while later, I created categories for my blog posts and moved them all out of the nebulous “Uncategorized” to their respective categories. – I tagged each post with words that were relevant to the content and also likely to be searched. My Who Loves Kitty blog has remained small (which is fine with me), but the Silent Wave blog grew a lot. It took a couple weeks after making each change for Google to recognize it, but that’s about it. I also love linking to other blogs and bloggers when it’s appropriate and relevant, and I reblog other people’s posts (with permission) when I come across something really cool. I also like to interact with other people on their blogs when I can. I’m following a lot of people, but they’re totally awesome and it’s totally worth it 😁💚💙 LikeLiked by 2 people Reply I’ll look into that! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I’m struggling with the same issue. Glad to see you have several responses! I’m pretty much doing everything. Still trying to understand the SEO. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply How long have you been blogging? But ugh it’s so frustrating! LikeLike Reply I just started a few months ago. The purpose of it was to do crafts, but more people seem to be reading my non-crafts posts! My husband suggested less crafts per month and more writing. LikeLiked by 1 person Oh cool! LikeLiked by 1 person Are you looking for scholarly articles or sources? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply No just people’s advice on how to get my stuff on Google 🙂 LikeLike Reply I don’t know what I was reading when I was reading the article, but I just googled awesomely single my tag line in my blog. 2nd result in google plus LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Ohhh my gosh! How did you get that high up on google!? Totally jealous lol LikeLike Reply My business comes up as one of the first, when you search the key words. I pay a guy to get me there. He knows the SEO stuff, and it’s worth it. e-mail me if you want his contact info. firstname.lastname@example.org Oh, and thanks for visiting MY blog. 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Oh that would be a huge help! I’ll get in touch with you LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply to texaslawstudent Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (Address never made public) Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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