If you want to rank well in SEO, there are just some tasks you should NOT ignore.
Here are my top 10:
Task 1: Optimize high-traffic blog posts
Look at your top 10 blog posts by traffic:
- Check it's up-to-date
- Add additional keywords
- Add a YouTube video
- Add an expert quote
- Test a new CTA
These are your SEO billboards. Keep them on message.
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Task 2: Publishing new content
If you've got <100 pages on your blog, publish more.
You need content to get data.
You need content to build authority.
You need content to improve reader experience.
But, don't sacrifice quality. Move as fast as you can without publishing tons of rubbish.
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Task 3: Capture Search Visitors
99% of all visitors leave and never come back.
Capture your visitors
- List all your blog posts with +300 visitors
- Add a related resource for them to download
My favourite: A short email course on the same subject.
Task 4: Complete topic clusters
Got 10-20 blog posts covering different parts of a larger topic?
Look for areas of that topic you have missed. Write that blog.
Due to existing "topical authority" in this area:
- Internal linking will be easier
- The new blog will rank faster
- Visitors can learn more
Recommend read: What is topical authority (and 5 case studies)
Task 5: Review competitor content
Underrated SEO technique: steal ideas from your competitors.
Every few months, assess:
- What new content did they write?
- What new backlinks did they earn?
If they make sense for you, do the same (but better).
Task 6: Update old content
Everyone in SEO knows:
The quickest win to boost search traffic is updating old content:
- Look at Search Console
- Find blogs ranking in positions 7-15
- Optimize keywords, add additional content, and update info
Task 7: Add internal links
Internal links show Google you think a page is important.
If you ever publish a new blog:
- Add links to relevant and important pages
- Add links from old content to this new blog
You'll see a traffic uplift across old and new content.
Recommend read: Steal my internal link audit process
Task 8: Add schema markup
Schema markup helps Google better understand your pages.
Example: FAQ schema helps this page take more space in the SERPs ↓
Task 9: Add E-E-A-T signals
Your domain needs to display experience, expertise, authority, and trust.
A huge part of that is earning backlinks from relevant, authoritative websites.
Content + Quality Links = Winning SEO.
Don't forget the "links" part of this.
(And also: don't forget authorship - who wrote something really matters)
Task 10: Target full-funnel keywords
A healthy site has a mix of:
- Pages designed to create demand
- Pages designed to capture demand
- Pages designed to win links
To create demand, focus on high-intent pain points (these are where your product can actually solve the problem the searcher is trying to solve).
To capture demand, focus on commercial keywords (best software, X alternatives).
To drive links, focus on buzzy topics and make them pop with examples and unique data.
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