28 Actionable Steps To WordPress SEO

WordPress has come along way since it first released back in 2003. The content management system now powers 43.3% of all websites on the internet. It’s free, it’s open-source and it’s SEO-friendly.

We can see why it’s gotten so popular.

But that doesn’t mean that the website that you create with it gets a free pass. You won’t get to be number on on Google just by creating a website on the platform. Remember that SEO-friendly bit mentioned a moment ago? As you can see, you still need to follow SEO best practices, as well as provide real value to your audience.

SEMrush has created a list of 28 steps that you can use to make your WordPress SEO just pop.

The list includes:

  1. Choose a quality hosting provider
  2. Us an SEO-friendly WordPress theme
  3. Make sure your website is indexable
  4. Set up an SSL certificate
  5. Pick your preferred site address format
  6. Enable SEO-friendly permalinks
  7. Install and configure a WordPress SEO Plugin
  8. Submit your sitemap to Google Search Console
  9. Noindex unimportant pages
  10. Plan the architecture of your site
  11. Nest your pages into subfolders
  12. Create an easy-to-navigate menu
  13. Use post cagetories correcgly
  14. Enable breadcrumbs
  15. Do keyword research
  16. Create great content
  17. Write SEO-friendly URLs
  18. Use headers correctly
  19. Write optimized title tags
  20. Craft unique meta descriptions
  21. Link internally
  22. Write descriptive image alt text
  23. Approve comments manually
  24. Speed up your website
  25. Optimize your images
  26. Mark up your pages with Schema
  27. Secure your WordPress website
  28. Use ‘Last Updated’ dates

Again, make sure you check out the full post over at SEMrush for the details.

Scott Davenport

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