We all know that WordPress is the most popular and powerful content management system (CMS) for any blog or website. The WordPress has also some limitations but the best thing is you can remove these limitations by doing some proper setting for your blog or website. The default WordPress installation is not SEO friendly. But we can make WordPress website SEO friendly. So today we’ll learn how to make WordPress website SEO friendly?
Making a WordPress Blog or website SEO friendly is not a technical job. You can do it by WordPress SEO plugins (there are lots of plugins are available) or making the change in default settings. An SEO friendly website has more chances to rank higher in Google Search results.
How to Make WordPress Website SEO Friendly
Here we’ll change the default settings of WordPress which are not SEO friendly. So let’s start-
When you install and setup your WordPress blog, WordPress sets a default permalink structure like this http://yoursite/?p=123 which is ugly and not SEO friendly. I also provided a tutorial for WordPress setup, if you followed that tutorial, I hope you might avoid making this mistake. However, we need to change this default Permalink structure.
- Go to your Blog/website dashboard then Setting > Permalinks.
- Select Post name and click Save.
SEO Title and Meta Description
SEO Title and Meta Description are also very important for search engine optimization (SEO). The SEO Title contains keyword and Meta Description contains a short description of your post. To add SEO Title and Meta Description you’ll need to install an SEO plugin. I use Yoast SEO plugin. This plugin is free and also it has a premium version. The premium version gives some extra features. But the free one is also very good.
There are also many Premium themes are available that offers SEO as a part of the theme. But I’ll recommend you to use an SEO plugin.
Page Loading Speed
Speed matters for everything either your smartphone or your website. But right now I’m not talking about a smartphone. I’m talking about WordPress blog/website. The loading speed of your website can rank higher in Google search result.
The stock version of WordPress has an amazing page speed. But when you install a new theme and plugin speed decreases. It doesn’t mean WordPress blogs/websites are slow. Actually, when you install a new plugin or theme, it also stores some Java Scripts and other things on your website database.
Not only plugins and themes are responsible for the slow landing of your website, A bad hosting is more responsible than plugins or themes for slow landing. I’ll recommend you to read our guide for choosing a best hosting company.
Let’s assume you’re hosting your website with a good hosting company, you also installed trusted and popular plugins but after all of these, your website landing speed is slow.
Say thanks to WordPress because there are also plugins are available for resolving this problem.
There are two most popular and effective plugins —WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache are available. You can use anyone from both. I use W3 Total Cache for optimizing my WordPress website for page speed (SEO).
Both plugins are available for free and Paid version. The paid version provides more feature but the free version is also effective.
Content Delivery Network is also playing a very important role in optimizing a website landing speed (SEO). Cloudflare is one of the most popular free CDN services. You can also pay top Cloudflare for more optimization because free service provides limited features. But these limited features area also effective for beginners.
Do let me know what you do to make your non-SEO friendly WordPress blog SEO friendly. Share your tips in the comments below. Thank You.