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Let’s start at the beginning, however. I know how to do this + how to tell you how to do this for WordPress sites. If you are using Wix or other site builders, then this is not going to work for you.
Now that that’s out of the way…
The first thing you need to do is install the WordPress plugin WordPress SEO by Team Yoast. (BTW: I have no affiliation with this plugin. I don’t receive any affiliate commissions or anything else associated with the plugin. I simply use it and it works.)
Once you do this, the information you need to complete automatically appears (on the pages + posts of your site).
2. Decide on your keyword for the page you are working on (Let’s tackle this one page at a time, shall we?).
3. On the page or post where you are working, scroll down to the bottom. Once the plugin is installed, you can see a section that says Yoast SEO.
4. It’s time to fill in the blanks. Type in the keyword in the Focus Keyword box. The plugin automatically fills in the title of the post and the Meta description. You can edit these by clicking on the Edit Snippet button. You want to make sure that the keyword you’re targeting for this page is in the title + in the Meta box. Use the keyword at least one time in the body copy of the post as well (this is not at the bottom, but in the main copy section of the page).
Conduct an SEO Check
Once you save the draft of the post or update it, check on the analysis section. If you have a green light and it says Good, then you are pretty much good to go.
You can hit the check link next to the good status. It shows you all of the ways that you can make your SEO even better.
Wait and Check
Wait at least a few days for Google to “crawl” your blog. Run a Google search for some (or all) of your keywords to see where your posts rank. How fast you rank can depend on how popular the keyword is. How fast you rank can also depend on how often and when Google crawls your blog. So, if at first you don’t succeed, give it some time…+ then, try, try again.
FYI: Rankings can vary day-to-day, so check back every once in a while to see where your page is for your keywords.
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I’m Kristie Lorette McCauley. I have a word addiction and I’m not afraid to use it (or admit it).
In my past life, I was a certified wedding planner. In my current life, I am the wedding planner content + copy writer.
I use my writing + wedding planning experience to turn your thoughts into words that land you DREAM brides + grooms + book your calendar solid.