I remember what it was like to get started with search engine optimization (SEO) a several years ago. It wasn’t that hard to get ranked fairly high for most relevant keywords. I did some keyword research, to find the most searched for keywords with low competition, and then I did some on-page optimization. And that was about it. My blog(s) ranked fairly high within a few days.
But, as you might already know, things have changed. Google have updated their algorithm several times, with new major updates like; Penguin and Panda.
I’m not writing to explain what the new feature of SEO is, because that would be a very long blog post. All I want to say about the new updates is that social media is a major part of what we should be focusing on during – and I’m going to do some experimenting with SEO and the vegetarian festival (the site is in Norwegian), to see how well I can get posts to rank with the power of social media (especially Facebook likes and shares).
But, what I discovered a few days ago, is that I have been neglecting how important it is to focus on getting my blog and blog posts indexed in Google. If Google is not indexing your site, you won’t get any traffic from Google. So, instead of manually pinging Google and trying to do everything right, I ended up buying a brand new plugin for WordPress. The plugin does everything automatic, and I have total control via the dashboard.
The plugin is WP Indexer, and it helps me get all my pages indexed by Google and it does it fast, and it’s the easiest way to do it. I still need to do the SEO part to get a high ranking, but now, Google is crawling my site and finding all my posts (all the time). WP Indexer uses seven different techniques to get everything indexed:
- Relevant Tags
- Homepage links
- Authority ping backs
- RSS pinging
- Index Check Quantity
- Smart Pinging
- Unindexed Related Posts
I won’t go into details about all the different techniques. You can read about it WP Indexer at Tim Bonner’s blog (he was the one that told me about it). But, what I have seen, so far, is that all my old posts are now indexed by Google, and I get more traffic. I haven’t seen a huge spike in traffic, but I can see that I’ve received more traffic in total, and I see more traffic to my old posts, and even though I haven’t analyzed everything yet, I believe that what I’m seeing is all because of WP Indexer.