Search Engine Optimization #SEO

Search Engine Optimization

Your eyes blur-Your brain takes a vacation- You feel the desperate need for a nap.

cropped-cropped-fb.pngSEO for writers who are dummies when it comes down to technical. Include me in the SEO dummy category.

I have two novels and three short stories under my belt. I’ve built my website and integrated my blog and website together. I’m creative-not technical.

Recently I’ve been reading about SEO. A must for authors who own a blog and/or website. You’ve written a book. You want it to sell. You want to see your name in the google rankings spotlight. At least, I do. I installed an SEO plugin on my Website a while back and forgot about it until I recently looked myself up on Google. It wasn’t pretty. The plugin wasn’t doing what I expected it to do. It wasn’t even compatible with my website anymore.

Fine. I didn’t know much about SEO, but it was time to figure it out. I found numerous post on Search Engine Optimization. H1, h2, h3 headings, entering shortcode. Using bold, italics, hashtags. I spent hours reading these posts and yes, I did feel the desperate need for a nap. I have a day job, a family to take care of, and I write. Entering shortcode? Not. And the bold, italics, hashtags verdict is still out. Those may or may not help SEO rankings. Is it still worth taking the extra time to use them? I think so. But I also needed a good plugin. I spent more time reading up on the different SEO plugins available for my website. Yawn. Tired and confused.

After searching the internet and reading about SEO until my brain felt like it was going to explode, I logged into twitter. Anyone know of a great WordPress SEO plugin? I asked cyberspace. I received a reply back from All in One SEO plugin.

All in One SEO plugin for WordPress is easy to set up.

The guidelines: They are not a third party plugin.

The perks: (Here are a few of many)

XML Sitemap support – submits your sitemap to Google and Bing and improves your SEO

Google Analytics support

Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines

Generates META tags automatically

*For beginners, you don’t even need to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.

For advanced users, you can fine-tune everything to optimize your SEO

Compatibility with many other plugins

Since my blog and website are already integrated this is a perfect match for me. I need to concentrate on my writing not Social Engine Optimization.

All in One SEO offers free and pro versions and it only took me about two hours to set up. I had to play around with it. A neat feature is that you can write up your post, scroll to the bottom of the page and add your title, description, and keywords. If you chose to make that information different from what All in One generates.

As a writer, I started out strong when I first set up my blog and began posting lazy content somewhere along the way. Over the years, I went from saying Hey, I’m Here to getting a low score on the google totem pole. What I found is blog less. Make it real. Something I used to do. I’m not sure what happened.

A little extra effort in your blog content and research finding and installing a good SEO plugin frees up your personal time to write that epic novel sitting on the back burner.

Write smart- SEO smart- save time.

Since finding this plugin I have gone back to school to learn more about SEO. Now I am more educated on Search Engine Optimization-And I’m now more appreciative I was led to All In one SEO plugin for WordPress!

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: www.Lynnthompsonbooks.com Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlakeAMontanaDaytonNovel Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lynnthompsonbooks

One thought on “Search Engine Optimization #SEO”

  1. I use Yoast SEO for WordPress and it walks me through the steps I need to create good SEO. I get a green light when I’ve done the suggested steps. I’ve used it for a few years and know what I’m doing now. I can tell you that this stuff does work. My traffic is way up! When I write a guest post for someone who doesn’t use this, I can structure my post in such a way that it provides a similar setup. Congratulations on figuring this out.

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