How I increased my blog’s Search Traffic by 44% in under a month

by Jason Acidre on January 29, 2013 · 133 comments · Search


I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now, but I didn’t really optimize my blog for search extensively – which is kind of odd, since I work as an SEO.

Mid last year up to last December has been a very busy stretch for our fast growing team. Growing our company and working with our clients somehow limited my time in maintaining this blog (especially in publishing new posts on a regular basis, which led to gradual loss in search traffic).

So when year 2013 started, I decided to re-optimize my blog (some parts of it), a week before I published my recent post about Advanced SEO tips for blogs.

The result was definitely interesting, as I get to improve my blog’s search traffic by 43.92% with minimal effort, in the first 24 days of the year.

The core concept of what I did to optimize my blog is quite simple:

  • Determine variations of search queries that are sending highly qualified traffic to my site (often keyword variations that I haven’t primarily targeted for my existing pages/posts).
  • Optimize the pages/posts to match and be ranked/served on those long-tail searches.

When a page or a blog post has a high user-activity rate from its alternative keywords, it perfectly means that its content is very relevant and useful. This also means that it has high chances of getting more visible on search results for its other long-tail keywords, as your data proves it.

Finding effective long-tails on Google Analytics

There are 2 simple ways to identify long-tail keyword variations that are sending good traffic to your site. These are simply the queries that you haven’t really optimized your pages to rank for, but people use them to find your site’s content.

The first one is through Google Analytics’ Organic Search Traffic data (Traffic Sources > Search > Organic).

Export your site’s organic search traffic data into CSV or excel format. It’s easier to segment your list of keywords once they’re in Excel.

Be sure that you’ll be downloading everything (from the past month or 2-3 months), by expanding the rows displayed (on the bottom right part of the table), also by exporting the rest of the pages.

Once you have exported and collated the list of keywords from Google Analytics, you can start segmenting it by separating the keywords you believe are attracting highly engaged visitors from search engines.

I start segmenting using 2 primary metrics here:

  • Average Visit Duration
  • % New Visits

You can sort your list based on these 2 metrics (and with common sense as well), and also start transferring feasible long tail keywords on a new tab of your spreadsheet. It will look something similar to this:

You can then check each keyword’s approximate search volume to see if they’ll benefit your campaign once you start reoptimizing your pages. Run these keywords on Google Keyword Tool.

Another way to find possible long-tails that you can use for this optimization process is through your site’s Top Landing Pages’ data (Content > Site Content > Landing Pages).

Check your site’s top landing pages on GA, particularly the old pages/posts that are continuously generating incoming traffic from search engines.

Identify other keywords that are sending qualified traffic to them (have high time spent on site and send new visitors to the site), by adding “Keyword” as a secondary dimension for the table (Traffic Sources > Keyword).

The table will then display the keywords that the page is getting found by searchers with.

Run the search queries that you’ll find from this keyword discovery process on Google Keyword Tool as well, to gain better insights on which ones to utilize to improve your existing pages/posts’ search visibility.

Once you’re good with the list of new long-tail keywords that you’ve generated, you can start optimizing your site’s pages where they’re designated.

Reoptimizing your blog/site with newly discovered long-tails

Basic on-site optimization can certainly do a lot of amazing things. Advanced could be great and shiny, but at the end of the day, advanced is just being really good with the basics.

So in this part of the process, I just chose 20+ keywords – which I’ve gathered through my Google Analytics search traffic data – to start with.

I’ve tracked the pages where they are sending good traffic to, and optimized few of its basic page elements to improve their search visibility.

Title Tags

I updated most of the title pages (not the post title), so I can include the terms/variations in which they are getting highly-engaged search traffic.

For instance, I updated this post’s title tags as it is continuously getting unique visits for the query “link building for competitive keywords”.

There are also cases wherein I changed the title tags so that the content wouldn’t be time-sensitive. Like on this post, which was originally titled “link building in 2012: scalable link building”:

Meta Descriptions

I don’t actually include meta descriptions on my posts (I think 80% of my posts have no meta description details). So if I see that it’s impossible to change/edit the title tag (if it’s already great and ranking very well for the primary keyword), this is where I use the other variations.

From the screenshot above (excel list), you’ll see there that one of my posts are getting search traffic from these 3 variations – “viral marketing strategies, viral marketing techniques and viral marketing tactics”.

So I targeted these three with the help of the title tag and its meta description:

Another simple example, is adding a single word on the meta description, just to make the page more visible for another long-tail (that I wasn’t really targeting before).

In this case, I just added the word “new”, for the page to be able to target the keyword “new SEO strategies”, in which the analytics data prove the page’s content is also relevant with.

Internal Links

The entire process is also a great way to diversify your internal links’ anchor texts. Build new internal links to the pages that you’ve reoptimized using the new set of long-tail keywords you’ve discovered from step 1.

You can also choose to reoptimize and diversify the anchor texts of the already existing internal links pointing to them from older pages/posts on your site.

Use Google Webmaster Tools (Traffic > Internal Links) to track pages from your site that internally/contextually link to a page you want to optimize.

Build new signals

Create new signals for search engines to crawl, re-index and recalculate your reoptimized pages/posts. Several ways to give them reasons to recrawl your site are:

  • Publishing a new post – I published 2 blog posts after optimizing my older posts/pages, so crawlers will definitely be back to re-crawl the entire site, and when they see the changes, boom.
  • Sharing the updated old post on social networks – I shared some of them on Twitter.

 

  • Building new linkslinks doesn’t necessarily need to point on the posts/pages that you’ve optimized. I got a few natural mentions/links this month. Those are good indications for search engines to recrawl the entire site and recalculate its inner pages’ search rankings.

Final Blow

The strategy doesn’t end here. Take advantage of the process, since it can help continuously grow your site’s organic traffic.

Make this process a part of your monthly SEO tasks

Try discovering new keywords that could bring potential leads/customers to your site through your already existing pages.

The whole process, including the reoptimization of a few pages/posts, only took 20 – 30 minutes of my time. The result was far more than what I’ve expected, so what more if I keep doing it on a monthly basis.

Use your search traffic data to guide your content development strategy

Along the process, I also found keywords that tackle whole new ideas, in which they deserve a new post absolutely relevant to them.

Your list can throw bunch of content ideas that you can write about in the future. And the best thing about it is that people are really seeking for it.

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Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre is Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive, marketing consultant for Affilorama and Traffic Travis, and also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre and on Google+.

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TraiaN January 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Yeap, sometime we forget to optimize our own web properties in favor of working for our clients. You’re not the only one ;)

By the way, make sure that if you are comparing DEC to JAN your data might be skewed because of Christmas.

Cheers.

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Kaiserthesage January 30, 2013 at 3:23 am

Thanks for the input Triaan.

I actually considered that as well (also compared my Nov – Dec search stat, almost the same thing – about 6% increase). My search traffic also dropped (about 10% since September last year and remained the same up to Dec, which I feel might have to do with the EMD update), but it’s now getting back to its normal amount of weekly/monthly search traffic :)

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Joel January 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Looks like a great strategy, well laid out, great article. Thanks for your detailed explanation. I believe there is a plugin that automates this for you that is called Hit Tail. The unfortunate reality however to the whole thing is once the beta version of Chrome is released your not provideds will increase from 10% of Chrome users to 100% of them. What do you do when 95% of your keyword data is Not Provided?

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Tom February 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Webmaster Tools? Or is that subject to (not provided) issues too? Been out the game a while…

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Noman Ali January 30, 2013 at 1:21 am

A big bOOm will come on my way after follow these steps for sure, yea that’s true blog optimization is much as important as you give importance to the content, content is king but king also need to learn how to organize things otherwise your king will unable to do something good for you. Nice post Jason

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Mark Scully January 30, 2013 at 2:36 am

Great post Jason :) – 44% increase is an incredible difference.

Thanks for the walk through of the steps you took with this. It’s something I’m hoping to implement on a monthly basis as well.

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Arwin January 30, 2013 at 5:49 am

Wow this is a full load of information shared for free. :D, would try this stuff and see what will happen next.

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Krish January 30, 2013 at 7:04 am

This is extraordinary and a wonderful write up mate. The way each step is explained in a detailed way is simply amazing. Reminds me that even SEO’s forget some basic tips at times(like me :-/)

This will certainly help me in my future SEO work

Many Thanks,
Krish.

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Rebecca L. January 30, 2013 at 9:51 am

When exporting data from GA, there’s no need to export multiple pages. Just set your rows to 500, then find that parameter near the end of the URL string and change the number of rows manually there. It may take awhile to load everything, but you can get as many rows as you need on a single page and then run a single export. Much more efficient than patching data together from several sheets. :-)

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Kaiserthesage January 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for the tip Rebecca! Didn’t know that haha!

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Sean January 31, 2013 at 8:15 am

That’s a great tip Rebecca, I didn’t know that either.

Good post Jason, cool to see some actionable stuff that gets the brain ticking a bit. I’m just trying to create a report which shows the how the best terms convert per page and then optimising around that.

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Kaiserthesage January 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I also tried using conversion data (from analytics) as the main metrics in finding good long tails before. I think it’s also efficient, though I find this one simpler (for readers) :D But yeah, I would love to see a post/guide on doing clean reports for this type of audit process, maybe you can do it and I’ll update this post referencing yours :)

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Michael Aulia January 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Thanks for this tip. I’m getting frustrated of losing half of my old traffic these past 6 months and would love to do anything to get it back (or at least try something). I normally got lazy with these optimization things but I guess there’s no choice

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Kent Morris January 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Hi,
Increasing your traffics was not an easy task, you must need to be knowledgeable enough in order to generating traffics. I like you post Kaiserthesage.

Thanks

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Rajkumar Jonnala January 31, 2013 at 6:07 am

I tell one thing man, you write extremely well researched articles on SEO. Really I learn many things by these articles.

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Ricky Villers January 31, 2013 at 8:14 am

Hi, I really like the way you mentioned your blog and I will be taking advantage through this. I am also facing the problem of dropping traffics. It will be very helpful for me. Thanks

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Andrea Toribio January 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hi Jason, Thanks for this comprehensive article. GA really does provide a lot of insight and most of them are still untapped. I’ve recently found out unique search strings leading to our site, though not all of them have high search volume. But I decided to optimize it for those keywords anyway and so far it is contributing not just traffic but also conversions. Btw, just thought you should know (if you haven’t already addressed it) that some of your tweets are still referring to your old posts’ titles, like Link Building in 2012 and another article from 2011. ;-)

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Pankaj February 1, 2013 at 3:24 am

Hey Jason,

What can I say about this amazing post, I must say that you truly spend your time in serious R&D of SEO and link-building. Keep it up dude!!

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Mike February 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Great and thorough post!! Is there a minimum “Average Duration Time” that you stay within when utilizing this process. My Average Duration times run from 0:00 to 29:00. Thanks!!!

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Kaiserthesage February 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

A minute or so (average time spent on site) is a good start. I also consider (30 – 50 seconds) – as some might have just bookmarked the post.

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David Bennett @ecards February 2, 2013 at 6:24 am

Just thinking about this the other way around, if you are getting traffic as a result of tweaking title tags, then it indicates that Google pays attention to title tags? Yes?

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Kaiserthesage February 8, 2013 at 12:27 am

Yes, it’s actually one of the biggest on-site factors that Google look at when ranking web pages. But of course, they also use other signals to determine if the page is really worth ranking.

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Lee February 2, 2013 at 6:24 am

Hi
Such good info on title tags and mete data. I have been using it but it has all,been a bit confusing to me. Still not completely sure so will read back through a couple more times to get it clear in my head before I change anything on my site.

So for great heads up thanks lee

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Karthik February 3, 2013 at 1:46 am

This is an excellent post. I’ve recently started looking at some of the long tails that hit our site and optimizing our blog to further cater to those searches. But, I never actually tried internal linking as much.

Do you think internal links are as useful to Google’s algorithms as the external anchor link texts? Or are they a whole separate story altogether?

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abdelrhman February 3, 2013 at 5:57 am

Really great strategies and amazing methods i really looking forward to use it on my blog .. Thanks for sharing

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Codrut @ How to Start a Blog February 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Very interesting article… now, I wanted to ask you: is there a reason why you’re not using meta descriptions? What about you guys, are you using meta descriptions in your SEO approach?

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Kaiserthesage February 8, 2013 at 12:29 am

The truth is, I’m just lazy to add meta descriptions on my posts haha. Though I almost always recommend optimizing this one to clients.

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Mario Carino February 4, 2013 at 2:15 am

Hi Jason, I have a question. What if I come up with a keyword idea but it has no search information according to GKT? Is it still good to target those phrase?

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Kaiserthesage February 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

Depends, if you’re getting substantial unique visitors from that search query (based on your Analytics data), then I’d definitely go for it :)

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Inessa Bokhan February 4, 2013 at 3:51 am

“I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now, but I didn’t really optimize my blog for search extensively – which is kind of odd, since I work as an SEO.”

That’s so familiar! :) Thanks, Jason, the post is awesome – clear, precise and up to the point. *Gone to optimize my own blog*

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Wida Search February 4, 2013 at 5:05 am

Thanks for sharing Jason as always

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Bradley Johnson February 4, 2013 at 7:32 am

I like this! Thank you for sharing this informative post with us. As a website owner or a blogger we all want our traffic to increase for whatever benefits we derive from it and for this reason many people put in a lot of effort towards the excersise of improving visibility on the serps which will lead to more traffic if the blog or website is visible.

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Louie Sison February 4, 2013 at 7:54 am

Sir Jason,

I will definitely add this tip on my monthly SEO tasks. It was really a good share! More outstanding articles to come…

All the best to you,
Louie Sison

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G Winch February 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

Good read, I am newish to the blogging arena and appreciate posts like this, they really help.

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Mike February 5, 2013 at 2:55 am

Never thought about this, will definitely add this to my to-do list every month. Thanks for the share! I learned something new today :)

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Robert February 5, 2013 at 4:22 am

I haven’t though of digging through google analytics and make use of old content like this. Brilliant tactic :) Thank you so much.

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Dejeesh February 6, 2013 at 2:23 am

Wow.. this is an awesome share KAISE,

I have been investigating to build my blog traffic over and over with usual blog promotion techniques, but the result is :(
Definitely I will try this and analyse my blog keywords which is already ranking in search engines. Now my blog an extra energy,

Thanks again KAISE.

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Leena Dasot February 6, 2013 at 2:39 am

Hi, Its really impressive all the information you collected is hard to find just by click. Your ideas and views are truly innovative and exciting. I will be taking advantage through this. Thanks

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Lexi February 6, 2013 at 3:59 am

Fantastic tips! I spend an enormous amount of time researching long tail keywords myself and I’ve been seeing a steady increase in my site traffic as well! Hopefully things will work out better this year. I heard the Zebra update is just around the corner. Wonder how this will affect SEO?

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Daniel February 6, 2013 at 7:16 am

Long tail keywords calculate up to 80% of the whole Intenet traffic. That’s much more that competitive ones. I make a bet on them.

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Kevindng September 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

nice tips for my blog, thank you very much

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John Mech February 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

Awesome tips…I am going to try this… :)

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Kevin Rack February 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thank-you for the great tips and advise, I better improve my content before getting this technical.

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Jason February 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Great article. Keyword analysis is definitely one of my weak areas. I’ve always focused on creating stellar content, and not worrying about keyword stuff. However, I know my business will benefit by focusing more on this element for us.

Great insight here…

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atravelbook February 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hey,

Very nice post, I learned new ideas of generating extra traffic.

Thanks for sharing.

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Matt Shealy February 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Very nice post Jason! I implemented this type of strategy for a client but pulled in multiple conversion points (client site converts in multiple ways) and found that to be the most actionable at increasing revenue but I like your angle to identify long tail traffic that has good engagement rate. Good stuff!

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Larry February 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

The reason why the SEO industry gets a bad wrap is because SEO’s themselves don’t have Great platforms. They like to teach people how to do SEO without implementing and making their own sites great.

Funny isn’t it?

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Greg February 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Also few people optimize for the long tail searches, which makes it an easy pathway to higher traffic. Combine the above techniques with the Google Keyword Tool to find keywords with a minimum of 90 monthly searches, and then blog about such.

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Vince February 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hi Jason,
Thanks for a comprehensive and practical article. I’ve bookmarked it and put on my to-do list to optimize my blog too.
Cheers,
Vince

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Shane Rivera February 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hi! I left the world of search engine optimization 2 or 3 years ago and became a full-time mom. I was originally a writer/blogger-turned-SEO specialist (turned homemaker) and I found your article very helpful. I’m losing a bunch of blog traffic recently and I have no idea why. I don’t have the luxury of time to “tweak” everything (and enough coding knowledge, too) so this strategy, I think, is perfect to get me started. Thanks and more power to your blog! :)

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Vadim February 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Great advice! I will follow your recommendation on our blog. Lets see what happens

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Raw Media February 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Wow … Great Post … straight to the point :)

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Link Moser February 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm

How do you see the list of keyword phrases under “Search, Organic” vs. the ones you find under “Search Engine Optimization, Queries” in Google Analytics? I see the first as being those that drove traffic to my site and I see the latter as those that showed in the SERP’s but perhaps with some optimized blog posts, could improve ranks and the long tail? I was just curious if you had thoughts about which ‘list’ is the better target to optimize for as I’m about to test this idea myself.

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Clark Antiquiera February 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

For being new on seo, this post gives more impact to me and I applied it and study it as well. THUMBS UP! :)

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Zung Tran February 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Nice tips for small blogs, but difficult to apply to large websites, because the number of posts too much to be able to optimize each article! Anyway, thanks! xD

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Exact Marketing February 8, 2013 at 12:47 am

I am new to blogging and article writing but have several websites with dormant blogs – for me this is a great way to build out the content on my sites in a logical, focused way – with the end goal of ranking for relevant keywords and generating traffic. A great strategy which I think will work for any small business.

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Steve February 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

Every one is now more concerned about long tail keywords as short keywords are over saturated with results. But its sometime tricky to find the right long tail keywords.

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Shrikrishnap February 8, 2013 at 1:57 am

Hi Kaiserthesage,
I also have seen sudden spikes in traffic whenever I had reworked on tags or labels for old posts alone. This is really nicely put together post. Thanks a lot for sharing this very useful post.

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Colin Gray February 8, 2013 at 2:22 am

Thank for that Jason, learned loads!

I had a couple of questions though, if you have a minute.

1. Would you mind going into a bit more detail on how you chose the keywords to work on? You talk about ordering by visit duration and new visit percentage, but you don’t choose the highest of either in the examples. Is it a case of choosing the highest ranking, but the least optimised? Or is it worth working on those that bring in few visits, but could be promising?

2. Is there a reason why you don’t change the post titles, only the title tag? Couldn’t
a change to the post title compound the effect?

Thanks again,
Colin

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roybert February 8, 2013 at 2:51 am

Some good information for me as I am just trying to start a new blog. I do not have a lot of data yet but I will be using some of you tips.Thanks

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daniel February 8, 2013 at 3:36 am

nice post. I always get a little nervous, when I see an Excel screenshot with manually inserted coloring ;) Also there is an GA api for those tasks, working with the interface is not a scalable solution, the api allows for automation of this task. I use a VBA macro to pulll the data and crunch it to our needs. You should have a look at that.

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SubmitShop UK February 8, 2013 at 3:57 am

We have started to work on the same way Let see how much traffic will increase. As mentioned by above Zung Tran I think the same can also be applied to big blogs you have to work hard.

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Adam February 8, 2013 at 4:32 am

Some great tips definitely worth carrying out as an addition to the monthly routine!

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Ron C.@SEO Copywriting Blog February 8, 2013 at 4:49 am

As a matter of fact, SEO means fresh relevant content. Now, when I say fresh, that doesn’t mean new article written or new video published. It means re-optimizing your pages once again. Any change makes you novel and original once again. a

Remember, they are just robots; they don’t feel you.

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Johnny G from Healthy Wealthy Affiliate February 8, 2013 at 5:58 am

Interesting… I’m going to bring life to my older posts from a year ago with the HWA re-vamp. Thanks for the article, very insightful. Quick question – do you post your blog post to facebook, twitter and Google + each time, or just on certain posts?

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Abe February 8, 2013 at 6:06 am

This is great and I’ve seen a bit of success from this already. You actually took it a step further than me so I have a little bit more to do. Thanks

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Martin Sujan February 8, 2013 at 8:35 am

It’s an awesome step by step manual. I’l try it :)
I just want to ask one question. Did you compare first 24 days o January with 24 last days of December? It looks like that on the graph. It seems there was smaller traffic during Christmas. If I am right I assume the traffic rise would be somewhere around 25%. But anyway, thanks for the nice piece of content.

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Monica February 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

I think that people have to remember that “Advanced SEO tips for blogs” is in incredibly and highly searchable subject so .. sure, I can see why you increased your traffic by 44%. I’m sure the tips you’ve mentioned above help .. but again your blog post topic is already a highly desired topic that people are searching for.

Monica.

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Carlos February 8, 2013 at 10:50 am

This is very helpful! It’s a great way to tweak old blog posts. But I think this will be a good way to freshen up product descriptions in eCommerce.

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Samuel February 9, 2013 at 5:13 am

Nice well laid out post with good theory, however your stats don’t show a true 44% increase… That is total visits including people that have been to the site before. If the post is indeed about optimising the site then you are talking about unique visitors which only shows a 1.85% increase.

The other thing to keep in mind is that traffic is lower through Christmas as you can see on the graph so of course you are going to have some increase when comparing January with it.

I don’t know you and don’t like to make trouble, If you are going to make a post like this then the data should be explained properly that’s all.

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Jeremy Kaiser (also sage :-) February 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

Simple but Brilliant optimization tip that is too easily forgotten… This year I will not miss it and actually I am gone include it straight away in my team work plan for 2013

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Kaiserthesage February 13, 2013 at 5:46 am

My doppelganger! COOOOOOOOOL!!!!

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Jeff Machado February 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

Jason,

Thanks for this excellent post. This is definitely why publishing content on a regular basis is so important – it gives you raw data to work with to help you decide what to write about next.

Next step I would add is to start setting goals in Google Analytics for your site so you can start drilling down to which keywords bring in the most leads and convert to affiliate sales/customers.

Jeff

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Brent Baltzer@Amplify Interactive February 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

Hey Jason, great post. We use similar tactics for our clients here at Amplify Interactive and this post really has some great tips that will help me refine my process… cheers! By the way I put this post in our weekly round-up… check it out! http://www.amplify-interactive.com/blog/sem-playlist-articles-of-the-week-2-15-13/

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Tatiane Pires February 21, 2013 at 6:58 am

Reading your post about increase search traffic, I noticed that your links are like kaiserthesage.com/some-keywords instead of the usual domain.com/post-title. The links to posts on my blog are tatianeps.net/[year]/[month]/post-title. Do you think that if I remove year and month from the link would be helpful?

@tatianepires

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Kaiserthesage February 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Yeah, I believe so. Shorter URLs are better (easy to remember for users, and easier to be displayed on search results).

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Life Ok March 3, 2013 at 2:38 am

Really great strategies and amazing methods i really looking forward to use it on my blog .. Thanks for sharing

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Michael Angstadt March 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

Great article, adding in stuff like conversion and transaction information from eCommerce tracking starts to expose some powerful opportunities when it comes to growing businesses online.

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Dan Shure March 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

Dude, I had this on my list to do, but after 17 Wil Reynolds tweets I’m on it a bit faster.

One thing: you can export as many rows as you need from analytics by editing the parameter in the URL –> http://screencast.com/t/agnY4GoUfHg

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Haroon Saleemi March 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Really good walk-through. I just tried it out for our website and blog and discovered some additional keywords that were under the radar. I also had a lot of “Not Provided” keywords but what can you do. Its a good idea to do this every few months and re-evaluate keywords.

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Lui B. March 25, 2013 at 5:38 am

Hi Jason,

I’m glad I discovered your blog through a social bookmarking site. You’ve outlined some great insights here which I now apply to optimize my sites (I’m not an expert in SEO, btw) . Anyways, what you think do should be the ideal number of global/local monthly searches for a particular keyword (in Google Keyword Tool)? Do you think keyword density is still relevant today? Sorry for the basic questions :>

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Carlos from WisdomAndHealth.com March 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

One variation of this is I’ve been searching for specific brand names in my dataset, where a brand name is for a product that I want to optimize for. This also generates ideas for blog posts. For example, we sell a product called Wobenzym PS. Looking at my KW data, I can see a lot of people have questions about this product, like how much to take, etc. This is good fodder for new blog posts and for FAQs in our product page.

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Frank April 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Great post! Thank you! A great result with a little effort. I will do on my blog, too.

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Mark April 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

The only problem with the Top Landing Pages strategy is that all my top pages have not provided or not set next to then, so this tactic is all but useless.

Unfortunately the dreaded not provided accounts for over 50% of my search traffic (grrrr)

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gajendran megajolla April 6, 2013 at 2:34 am

it is an really useful tip, it helps me lot, thanks for this amazing post.

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ganesh April 8, 2013 at 12:52 am

Wow glad to know description about hoe to increase traffic from huge websites thanks for sharing…….

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Rich April 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

Hi Jason, really happy about your article. I have been looking to increase my long tail key word productive. It seem like every time I think I have handle on my long tail key word usage, Google makes a few changes, then its back to the drawing board. Thank you

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Barry@webtraffic April 13, 2013 at 3:54 am

Your style is unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from.
Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this
page.

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MJ April 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Thanks for the great advice on SEO. This is the first time I’ve heard of this tactic, but the basics sound like it just might work. Thanks again.

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Johny May 4, 2013 at 6:04 am

This is very useful guide for me, Thank’s for sharing this strategy

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Boomer Appleseed May 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I’m impressed with the amount of time spent on average per visit. It goes all the way up to 8 minutes. That’s something to be proud of. It means that your content is liked. All the SEO tricks in the world doesn’t mean anything if the content isn’t valuable. Keep it up.

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Michelle August 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm

That’s odd… you’re not using meta descriptions? O.o

Awesome tips, btw… I’m going to try some of these!

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SEO Wizard September 20, 2013 at 7:07 am

I came across this post last month took the advice given and had a massive high in search engine traffic for some keywords over 40% increase thanks so much.

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Joseph Nirmal September 24, 2013 at 4:42 am

Hi Jason,
Very informative post. My blog is not indexed in Google webmaster tools-> Health-> Google index. How to solve?

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Rajesh @Bloggging Guide November 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Awesome tips, will surely follow these for my blogs, nowadays it’s better to focus on Long tail keyword.

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Jason@doseoyourself.com December 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I will definitely be trying this out on my blog, great post!

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Cancun Girl January 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

Thx fo the good tips Jason! I must be doing something right when I already did many of these steps before reading your post, except the Excel ones… anyway, I think a great way to revitalize old posts is adding the year, like 2014 Likn Building Strategies, just as an example. Best of luck and success with your projects though all 2014 for everyone :)

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SiteUP January 7, 2014 at 2:46 am

Well, this is so impossible today. Because of ‘not provided’ basically there is no way to learn about those keywords.
But at the time of writing, it was a great way to increase trafic.

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suklambar January 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

Wow, nice ideas Jason, It’s a unique technique to increase traffic . thanks for sharing with us. keep sharing . . .

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Prabhat January 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm

I tried this few months back on my website, but could’nt see notable difference. Seems my efforts were not up to the mark. Need to try this once again..

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Spencer @ Must Adapt March 19, 2014 at 2:57 am

Awesome post, I like the methods that you’ve used to pull in more traffic, great strategy!

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Jon Poland March 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Jason — thank you for putting together this post. I’m not sure how I missed this post when you published it, but I’m very pleased that I came across it this evening. This past week I’ve been doing some serious thinking on how to take my blog to the next level. Your post has given me several new strategies to implement.

I love the idea of adding a new word to the meta description to attract additional long tail traffic. It’s very simply, yet I can see that it is also very effective. Thanks again!

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albin thomas July 22, 2014 at 2:50 am

I adore your style of writing.I think a great way to revitalize old posts is adding the year, like 2014 Likn Building Strategies, just as an example. Best of luck and success with your projects though all 2014 for everyone

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albin thomas July 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

I have been looking to increase my long tail key word productive. It seem like every time I think I have handle on my long tail key word usage, Google makes a few changes, then its back to the drawing board. lots of Thank you

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