11. Post on weekdays during business hours
The majority of traffic for most blogs comes on weekdays during business hours because that is when people are most active. Try to time your posts to be released during peak hours to attract the most traffic by using a calendar plugin to time your posts like WordPress Editorial Calendar.
12. Use an SEO friendly WordPress theme
An SEO friendly WordPress theme can come from a number of sources, but they all tend to have some of the same qualities. A good theme will load quickly, have built in SEO be easy to use and navigate, with a clear and clean design. Themes that are too busy or have lot of frames are usually clunky for search engines as well as users. There are both free and paid themes that work equally well, but some the more popular ones are paid like Thesis, Genesis, and WooThemes.
13. Empty your cache and trash often
Adding or deleting plugins, comments, or posts can cause some buildup in your cache, so you definitely want to empty your cache every so often. Although it may not seem like it does much, it will actually help keep your website running smoothly and quickly.
14. Use shorter urls through changing your permalink settings
Shorter urls are easier for people to remember and faster for search engines to process. You can create shorter urls by changing your permalink settings in WordPress admin panel. Go to settings on the side panel and then select permalinks. There will be a number of options, but you only need to select post name. You will want to make sure that your old articles will still be in the same places, so you should also redirect the old links to the new ones using a tool like this.
15. Use an XML sitemaps plugin
An XML sitemap is like an index that will help search engines map out your site and find your urls. You can have these generated automatically by using plugins like Google XML Sitemaps.
16. Let search engines index your site
Allow search engines to index your site because it increases your visibility and makes you easier to find. Go to your settings menu,select the privacy tab, and then hit the button that says “Allow search engines to index this site”.
17. Own your keyword optimized domain name and hosting
If you do not already own a domain name, then try to find one that has your keywords in it and then get web hosting. Websites on WordPress.com or Blogger.com are okay in the beginning, but they do not give you complete control over your site, so it is always preferable to own your domain name and web hosting.
18. Set goals to rank for certain keywords
Ranking for certain keywords requires you to set goals and track your usage. A spreadsheet can help you keep track of how many times you have used the keywords and how much progress you have made toward your goal. The first thing you should do is create a target list of a few keywords, write a few posts using those keywords in the title, and then try to incorporate those keywords in other posts when appropriate. Try to alternate the anchor text that you use with the keywords for the best results. Google yourself for those keywords and see how you rank for them and continue the process until you have achieved your goal.
19. Focus on quality or quantity when it comes to links
It is better to have fewer high quality links than it is to have a lot of low quality links. A quality link is from a site that is relevant to your area with a high PR rank and a good reputation. Low quality links that people can buy from spammy sites may help a little bit, but it could detract from the credibility of your site. Try to form relationships with other websites and network your way into getting quality links and skip the rest.
20. Write quality content on a consistent basis
There is no real substitute for creating quality content on a consistent basis. Google is actually looking for quality and stability as opposed to simple blog posts that have been optimized with certain keywords. Readers tend to know the difference between SEO articles and real content, so being more authentic and putting more effort into your site will attract more people. Writing on a consistent basis will let people know that they should come back to your site regularly and it helps build up an audience faster.