Yoast works best when you a little bit about SEO. Yoast which you will find at the bottom of each of your posts after you have installed it. It sits there doing no harm so if you don’t use it the world won’t collapse around you. All Yoast is, is a tool to check you have your keyword in places. It is just a checker. If you don’t fill it in all that has happened is you haven’t checked if the keyword you want to target is in the optimal places. And if you don’t know your keywords in the first place then its best to leave it alone.
Soooooo let’s get to a post I put up a few days ago on my site. 70 Blog Post Ideas. You will see in the image that there is a grey dot next to Enter your focus ke…This means I haven’t entered a keyword in, these change colour.
There are also lots of red dots below too. Bad Kairen, I didn’t pay attention to my keywords.
In the next picture, you will see I have put the term blog post ideas into the Focus Keyword box. It then runs its clever little checker and I have some green dots. Green dots are good, they mean things are in the right place. But my red dots are telling me I haven’t specified my meta description (the bit Google shows in search results) and my dentistry is rather low.
Some of the scores don’t update unless you press update on the post, so always do that.
So, I went back to my post and created the meta description and tweaked the wording. I added alt to my picture (this one will be really useful for you as you have a lot of images, afraid another thing to add to your list of must do’s) Each time I tweaked something I would press update for it to run the checker again.
I basically keep going till I get a green dot. See now there is a green dot. And further down my reds have gone green with a few oranges.
It’s saying that although I haven’t got everything right, I have enough that it thinks I have optimised the post enough.
You will also see the dots on the post list page. Greys are the ones you haven’t optimised.
But remember it’s just a checker. If I went back to my post and changed my target phrase to blogging ideas or pink grapefruit I would get red dots again.
Quick Guide On Using The Yoast Plugin 5
With blogging becoming so popular it is way too easy to blend in, just be part of the crowd. Shuffle along in your own little world with not many people noticing you. But wouldn’t you like to know how to stand out in the blogging crowd ? To be the blogger they remember? To be the blogger that is one of the ones that earns from their blog or achieves whatever goals you have set yourself?
It can be hard to distinguish, though, one blog from another and it’s not just in looks with themes and colour schemes being used over. It’s in the writing style too. My other blog is a parenting blog…yawn…I mean everyone does a parenting blog. I get it, though. You give birth to which is a miracle in self then for more years than you remember your life revolves around this burping pooing little bundle of an acorn. You manage to teach it to walk, talk and dress itself all whilst remaining fairly same. You want to share with the world that you managed to do this amazing thing that several other millions have managed too. You have lost all career skills and the only thing you know how to do, even in your sleep, is be a parent. So, of course, that is what your blog is about.
BUT if you want your blog to stand out, if you want the world to hear your battle cry, you have a few things you need to do.
First and the most important one is to be yourself. That bit just right there is probably the biggest bit of advice ever. It is what will make your blog different because even though there are zillions of us on the planet, we are all completely different. Embrace that, run with it, no actually don’t just run with it, sprint its little socks off.
Share Your Story. So your life revolves around little acorn. But there must be and will be something that makes your story different to everyone else’s. Mine is that I am a single parent, to teenagers and not ashamed of it. That’s my story. What’s yours?
Have An Opinion. Anyone can be a sheep and follow what everyone else is saying, believing and doing. Have an opinion and be proud of it. Dare to be different. Yes, you may piss off a few but you will gain far more credibility instead.
Don’t Please Everyone. Well, you can if you want but no one remembers the person who tries to please everyone. Instead have one thing your fantastic at, one thing that everyone turns to you for. One thing that you truly excel at.
Don’t Be In It For The Money. The big trend bucker. Instead of being driven by money, be driven by the care. Care about people, your readers, a service you offer. Just give a darn instead of instead of counting the money. Too many people these days are in it for themselves and it shows.
How To Stand Out In The Blogging Crowd 2
Growing my blog traffic from Pinterest is so much easier now that I learned how to use BoardBooster. I learned on the Pinfinite Course that I did earlier in the year that the secret of getting more followers and traffic to my blog lay in getting to grips with Pinterest. Imparticular in pinning lots as Pinterest is, after all, a search engine and requires constant feeding. It does reward though with lots of lovely traffic and new followers. BoardBooster helps by doing lots of the boring bits for you, leaving you time to get on with other blogging tasks.
You can see below the difference my other blog had once I started using BoardBooster. In the top picture, you can see I was getting about 14 daily clicks a day to my website from Pinterest in May. I started the course in April when my Pinterest traffic was even lower than May. So May was the first full month and I was rather pleased to see it starting to work. The middle picture is August and you can see my average daily visitors from Pinterest to my blog has risen to about 130. That’s just from Pinterest. I wouldn’t be able to get the same amount of pinning done each day if I didn’t use BoardBooster.
Oh and another brilliant thing that you can see in the July picture is the spike. One of the pins took off and wow big spike in numbers. Can you see now how it should be a must to learn how to use Boardbooster ?
BoardBooster gives you a lovely 100 free pins which are nice but no use at all if you don’t know how to set it up. I know I looked at BoardBooster before I did the course and it scared the life out of me. So I thought `I would do how-to so that you can learn how to use Boardbooster (with pictures) so you can start getting traffic from Pinterest too.
We are going to go over …
- Creating your BoardBooster account.
- Connecting your new Boardbooster account to your Pinterest account.
- How to add boards to the Scheduler, setting up the Scheduler and tweaking the settings.
- Setting up and configuring Looping.
Learn how to use Boardbooster
First, you need to set up a new account on BoardBooster . When you first get to BoardBooster it looks like this.
Click the Sign Up For Free Trial Button which will give you a box to enter your details. Make sure you pick the correct time zone too.
BoardBooster will then ask you to link up your Pinterest account if it doesn’t go to the Account button on the top right and under your Profile details you can add your Pinterest details and it will link up. If for any reason do send a quick message to support as they are super helpful
Scheduling on BoardBooster
Next, we are going to set up Scheduling . Head over to Pinning Tools and in the drop down click on Scheduling. As you have your Pinterest account connected it will bring up a box showing you all your boards. Bit like the one below which is of my own account.
Select the board that you want to schedule pins too. You can select as many as you want or as few as you want.
BoardBooster will then show you a settings page which is below and has an advanced option which is in the second picture.
You can either tweak the settings at this point or leave it at these setting as you can edit the settings whenever you want.
When you press Submit it may look like it’s not doing anything. It doesn’t panic. What it is doing is creating a secret board for each board you selected to schedule too. So if I picked Blog Content it would create a secret board on Pinterest for me and would have the same name with ” around it.
Next, you have to fill the secret boards on Pinterest. Log into your Pinterest account and go to your profile , scroll to the bottom to your secret boards and you will see your new source boards for BoardBooster. They are at the moment empty so you need to go to your feed and repin all those exciting pins you want to share with your followers to your new secret board. Fill it as much as possible. If you have it set to 3 pins a day 7 days a week you will need at least 21 pins on that secret board for BoardBooster to pin out during the week for you. Do this for all your secret boards you have created.
You can soon get into the habit of filling your secret boards up once a week or month or as time allows.
Looping on BoardBooster
Looping is the secret sweet spot of BoardBooster. It’s getting older pins that you pinned in front of your lovely newer followers. Basically, it takes a pin from the bottom of the pile in your board and puts it at the front. It waits a few days and then whichever of the two pins are doing the best with repins etc it keeps and it deletes the lesser pin.
Back in BoardBooster go to Pinning Tools then Looping . Click Add Boards and like with the Scheduler it will give you a list of boards. It’s a good idea to have at least 100 pins on a board before you start Looping. Pick the boards you want to Loop on and Boardbooster will pull those boards for you. You can now edit your settings. The maximum you can loop per day on a board is 12. But if you have 10 boards and they are full enough to loop 12 pins a day ( ideally several hundred pins in that board) then you are effectively repinning 120 pins a day!!.
Ready to try out your free 100 pins at Boardbooster ?