10 Blogger (Blogspot) SEO Tips for Higher Rankings

10 Blogger (Blogspot) SEO Tips for Higher Rankings

This post is about Blogger SEO tips which will help to make search engine rankings more better. Although in this post, I am not covering all about SEO but tell as much as important for Blogger SEO (BlogSpot on-page SEO). Blogger is 2nd biggest blogging platform. There is only one problem with Blogger. BlogSpot search engine optimization is hard. A lot of plugins are available in Wordpress which care for website's SEO but Blogger does not have an automatic process, everything is manual. On the other hand, Blogger provides many features. Unlike Wordpress, Blogger users do not need to pay even a single penny for hosting. Blogger provides unlimited space which is totally free. Blogger security is very strong as compared to Wordpress. You can also find beautiful Blogger themes which are free as well as paid. The only problem is Blogger SEO but it is not as much hard as some persons think. Following are important Blogger SEO tips which will help to improve BlogSpot search engine rankings.

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10 Blogger SEO Tips for Higher Search Engine Rankings and More Traffic

1- Important Things Before Starting Blog :

Blogger SEO tips before starting a blog which is important to tell. Newbie who does not have proper knowledge start their first step with a wrong action which leads them to failure in online business. According to me, 4 things are very important to know before starting a blog/website. Your struggle for search engine rankings starts when you just think to create a blog.

Blogger SEO Tips, Important Things Before Starting a Blog

* Plan Your strategy:

This is the very first blogger SEO tip. Before starting a blog, you have to decide the blog niche. You must have proper knowledge of your niche. Without proper knowledge, it is very hard to be a good blogger. Do not start a "multi-topic" blog. A site which contains more than one topic (e.g Songs, Games, Videos in a single site) is referred to as a multi-topic site. Its SEO is hard. Only select one topic (e.g SEO, web development, WordPress training). Sucha site can easily rank.

Next thing to decide is this, how you will deliver content to your readers. When you will post and how many posts you will do in a week. A lot of posts are not necessary for high-rank Good content is key for higher rankings in search engines. Make a post of at least 700 words also include images as many as possible. Make your own time table for posting. It does not matter that you will post one article per day or one article per week but you must be regular in posting. If you plan to post one article after every 2 days then must do it on time. But if you do not have too much time then post one article in a week. Search websites related to your topic/niche and see how they are delivering content to readers. Always write your own content and never copy or spin other's content. Google always looks for something new and more better so try to do more better than others.

* Do Proper Research :

Another important Blogger SEO tip. Do proper research about your niche before starting a blog. Gain more and more knowledge. Use "Google Keyword Planner" and "Google Trends" to see how popular is your niche, in which country this niche is most popular and how you will (compete) others and attract visitors. Visit other websites that are related to your niche, read their content and think about how you will do more better. You have to write better content than others to get higher search engine rankings.

* Domain or Subdomain (Blogspot) Name Selection :

Domain/subdomain (BlogSpot) selection is also an important part of Blogger SEO. Be wise in domain name selection. Use a maximum of two words as a domain name. Longer domain name is not good for SEO. Keep domain name shorter as much as possible. Try to use relevant Domain/subdomain name. If a related name is not available then choose a brand name. Brand name means a name which will be easy to remember (like our domain name "BloggingEfforts"). Make sure that your domain name keywords have low competition. Low competition keywords can optimize easily as compare to medium or hard competition keywords. I suggest two free tools for the domain name suggestion. First one is "Lean Domain Search" and second is "Shopify Name Generator". Below are the links of these two tools which will give many ideas about domain names :

1- Lean Domain Search
2- Shopify Name Generator

or buy a domain name from BlueHost using below domain search tool.

* Blogger Blog Design :

This is the last blogger SEO tip. After this, you can create a blogger blog and then we shall proceed to more Blogger SEO settings. Google says that websites must have a user-friendly design. Keep your website clean and do not use so many widgets. It can create loading problems for visitors and affect your SEO. Make sure that visitors can easily search each and everything that they are looking for. Create a good navigation bar. Unlike older days, now you can find beautiful themes for Blogger that are SEO optimized and user-friendly. Here is a link for "Free Blogger Themes" or Buy Advance Themes from ThemeForest

2- How to Make Blogger Title SEO Friendly :

The title plays important role in Wordpress as well as Blogger SEO because visitors read the only title in search engines to visit a page. Do proper research about keywords in "Google Keyword Planner" and use your selected keywords in the title. Title length must between 35 to 60 characters. Remaining characters after 60 will not show in search engines. Avoid using stop words (e.g a, an, the). Such words occupy space but do not give any benefit for Blogger SEO. Do not use a keyword multiple time in the title. It compels Google and other search engines to remove your post/page from their search. Following Example will help to understand better.
Example: How to Do Blogger On-Page SEO & Off-Page SEO. Here keyword "SEO" is used two times. Google will not include it in search because it is considered as "Keyword Stuffing".
Blogger post title usually includes home page title which is bad for SEO. You have to optimize the Blogger post title for better SEO. Follow the following instructions :
Go to your Blogger Blog >> Edit HTML >> Search for the following code


and replace it with following code :

<b:if cond=’data:blog.pageType == &quot;index&quot;’> <title><data:blog.title/></title> <b:else/> <title><data:blog.pageName/> | <data:blog.title/></title> </b:if>

Now your title is seo optimize and it will show only post title.

3- SEO Friendly Meta Description :

 Meta description also plays important role in Blogger SEO. In meta description, use all your selected keywords. Meta description also has limited words. You can not use more than 150 words in the meta description. Remain keywords will not show in search. A keyword can be repeated maximum of 2 times. Do not cross this limit. Otherwise, you are breaking Google's rule. Use this tool to see how your title and description will look in Google.

4- Blogger (BlogSpot) Custom Permalink :

Permalink/URL is also an important part of SEO. Blogger gives 2 options. First one is to use their automatic generated link for the post and the 2nd one is to create custom permalink. Always use custom permalink which allows editing post link according to your wish and search engine requirements. You can see a custom permalink option is a right side while writing a post. Use max 3 to 4 words in post permalink. Post URL also depend on your domain/sub-domain name. If your domain name contains fewer characters then you have more space for characters in the permalink. 
As you know Google has created specific lines for webmasters and we can not cross them if we want good rankings in search engines that's why a good Blogger SEO tip is to use maximum 3 words in URL/permalink. Do not use stop keywords (a, an, the) in BlogSpot permalink. SEO friendly permalink contain only keywords. Do not repeat keywords in permalink otherwise, it will be considered as keyword stuffing. Below screenshot tells how select and edit Blogger custom permalink.

How to Create Custom SEO Friendly Permalink in Blogger

5- Keyword Density in Article :

The article is the main thing which brings visitors to your web/blog. Articles must be a reader and search engine friendly. Before writing a post, make sure that you have enough knowledge about that topic. After that go to "Google Keyword Planner" and search keywords. See analytics of different keywords and select some keywords for your post.
After keyword planner, go to "Google Trends" and see details of your keywords. Google Trends tells when and where this keyword is most popular and what is the current status of this keyword. These two tools by Google are very amazing and gives many ideas to webmasters to improve their SEO. Must use them for Blogger SEO.
After doing proper research, you can start writing a post. Your keywords must not be greater than 3%. This is the maximum quantity. Mostly we try to cover it by 2% which is best for SEO. Wordpress users can install SEO plugins which tell about post SEO but Blogger users do not have such facilities. Do not worry, every problem has a solution. Blogger users can still check SEO of their posts. I am telling two online tools to check Blogger post SEO. Both tools are almost similar in working. One of them is from "Yoast SEO" and second is from "SEO Review". These tools will analyze post and tell how much your article is SEO optimize. Following are links of these two tools :

 6- Label for Blogger SEO :

Label plays the same role in Blogger which category plays in Wordpress. Use your keywords as a label for Blogger SEO and better search engine rankings. Let me explain it with an example. Suppose I wrote a post about "How to Do Image SEO in Blogger". Then my label will be Image SEO, Blogger SEO, Image Optimization. Did you understand? You can add more than one label but these must be related to post. 

7- Interlink Posts : 

Another Blogger SEO tip. Interlinking is important in on-page Blogger SEO. What is interlinking and how to do it?. Interlinking means to link similar pages/post with each other. You just have to put the link of a post in another post but both posts must be similar which means they may be under the same category. 
Suppose I already published a post about "Image SEO in Blogger" so while writing a new post about "Blogger SEO Tips", I can interlink both posts with each other. But do not put the link anywhere in the post. You have to make a good connection between both posts. You need to know something important about interlinking posts. Read below instructions and follow for good Blogger SEO.

  • Always interlink similar pages.
  • Use at least 3 keywords as anchor text.
  • Link can be added in the image. ALT tag will work as anchor text.
  • Do not use the "no-follow" tag for internal linking. We use no-follow only for external links.
  • Do not add too many links at the same place.

What is Interlinking in SEO. How to Do Interlinking in Blogger

8- Blogspot Image SEO :

Image SEO helps in two ways. First, it helps in search engine optimization and seconds it increase website speed. You have to do some simple things for image optimization. Choose the best image format. Give a good name to the image. Always give title and alt tag to the image. Compress image online using tiny png if you are using Blogger or use image compression plugin if you are Wordpress user. Read this post "How to Optimize Images for Blogger SEO" for a complete guide.

9- Blogger SEO Settings :

Blogger seo settings are some types of instructions to search engines. Blogger seo settings tells search engines, how to crawl your blog. You give the instructions that which page will be crawl and index and which pages will not be crawl. Wrong use of these settings can effect Blogger as "Blogger" already has mentioned in this section.

* Custom robots.txt :

Go to your Blogger blog then "Settings" and then "Search Preferences". Scroll down and paste below code in "Custom Robot.txt" box. 

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google
User-agent: *
Disallow: /search?q=*
Disallow: /*?updated-max=*
Allow: /
Sitemap: http://bloggingefforts.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?orderby=updated

Change "bloggingefforts.blogspot.com" with your Blogger blog address. That's all.
Below is a screenshot which will help to understand more better.

Custom Robots.txt for Blogger SEO

* Custom robots header tags :

This option is after "Custom robots.txt" on the same page. Just look at the below image and apply all settings according to it. That's all.

Custom Robots Header Tags for Blogger SEO

10- Nofollow vs Dofollow :

Nofollow and Dofollow are two attributes which play a different role. Nofollow attribute prevent search engines to crawling a link while Dofollow attribute allow search engines to crawl and follow that link. You can apply these two attributes in Blogger very easily. Whenever you put a link in a text, the link box gives the option "Add rel=nofollow Attribute". Link will not be crawl if you will check that option. Use nofollow attribute while adding external links and always use dofollow attributes for internal links. It will improve your Blogger seo.

How to Apply Nofollow and Dofollow in Blogger

Last Words :

Blogger blog can be successful after applying all seo techniques. Apply above Blogger SEO tips to get more traffic from search engines. If you think this article is helpful then also help other Bloggers by sharing it. Subscribe us and follow us to get more tips about seo, blogging and make money. Now its over to you. Happy Blogging !

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