Blog SEO

I just posted a new Blog SEO video tutorial for you. It’s free.

However, I need to give you some background information first, so you know why I created this particular Blog SEO tutorial in the first place.

Here’s the story:

Last week I sent my list a link to one of my new Amazon Affiliate Blogs.

I told them that it was not one of my “Money Sites”, but rather a training blog so our goal wasn’t to get rich with the blog.

I just hired some new staff members and they needed to practice installing blogs so they looked good, that’s it; it was just a quick ‘check out how pretty this new blog theme is” type message to my list.

My new guys were told specifically not to worry about anything, especially keyword research or optimizing the blog for search engines (Blog SEO) like we would  normally do.

And even though I told my list twice that there wasn’t any kind of Blog SEO to look at…

They kept asking me questions about it, and those questions led me to believe they didn’t understand what I meant when I said “this is NOT a Money Site”.

So I created a Blog SEO tutorial that is pretty much a “here’s what not to do with your blog  if you want to get tons for free traffic from the search engines” tutorial.

And of course I packed in a ton of “here’s the right way to do Blog SEO” tips in as well.


Note: Personally I don’t worry about hiding my affiliate links from Google for the sake of hiding the links…. Google knows where your links go one way or the other. However, some people insist that “thin affiliate sites” are a result of too many outgoing affiliate links so I mention it in the video. Personally, when it comes to being branded a “thin affiliate site” by Google  I think the bigger issue is the lack of high-quality original content and incoming links. But hey, I’ve learned not to argue over stuff that doesn’t matter that much so if you feel “hiding” your affiliate links is a good thing… then knock yourself out 🙂

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16 Responses to “Blog SEO”

  1. Patrick 13. Nov, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi Jeff, I have 8 posts on my blog and each time I publish a post I update my facebook fan page, twitter account and publish an article to goarticles, pub articles and sooper articles and all my posts are 500+ word and are 100% unique content but I only get around 5 unique visitors a day. Would you please tell me what I am doing wrong?

    • Jeff Johnson 13. Nov, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

      That’s a pretty generic question for me to answer, but…

      Depending on the market… probably too few posts, and your keyword selection is too broad.

      • Patrick 14. Nov, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

        Thanks for the reply,

        I actually use full long term keywords for all of my posts e.g Apple MacBook Air MC965LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop. So its probably to few posts?

        • Jeff Johnson 15. Nov, 2011 at 9:43 am #

          That’s the same keyword everyone else uses, make sure you are supporting it with variations and secondary keyword phrases.

          And yes, you definitely need hundreds of posts, if not thousands, to compte in that market from a pure SEO standpoint.

          • Patrick 15. Nov, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

            Ok thank you very much for answering my questions 🙂

  2. Trieu Sung Hop 19. Nov, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    Thank you very much for my joining to your website
    It is great for many instructions

  3. Jay 29. Nov, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    You really inspired me to get my head back into affiliate marketing.

    From what you said in the video, I guess one suggestion to Patrick would be NOT to link directly to Amazon in each post, which he did by linking to their reviews.

    I was wondering about something else when looking at it, do you think it it better to have the entire content of each blog post showing up on the home/posts page, or just a sumary with a read more link?

    Just signed up for the mailing list, looking forward to the videos etc, also wondering about the SEO plugin..

    You got another site:, the about page is updated in June 2006?! Come on, give us an update! 🙂

    Sunny Greetings from the land of smiles 😉

    • Jeff Johnson 01. Dec, 2011 at 12:29 am #

      I personally have been linking straight to amazon for years unless I want to track the clicks, you aren’t fooling google with redirects. But it makes some people feel better so why argue with them 🙂

      A “thin” affilaite site is more a function of duplicate content and the lack of quality incoming links and soical media sharing, etc.

      I stopped updating undergroundconfessoins years ago and swithced to this blog, but I don’t always go back and update this one as much as I should.

  4. Mr. Business 30. Dec, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Another stellar post Jeff! I started really following you over the course of the last year and jumped from the mid 5 figures to just under 6crazy figures a month!
    All but one blog (it’s #12) are in the top 3 for 10 million plus competing pages.
    I’d be tickled pink to throw a testimonial your way some time!
    If you guys do nothing else, invest in your business with Non Stop Traffic and you wont look back, grab it NOW!

    • Jeff Johnson 10. Jan, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback, glad to hear it helps!

  5. Dave 10. Feb, 2012 at 11:55 am #


    just tried watching the video in both IE8 and Chrome and appears to not be working. Was looking forward to watching!

    Best Regards,

    • Jeff Johnson 10. Feb, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      Thanks for the heads-up, I asked my guys to look into it.

      we are in the process of migrating our blog over to a new platform so there may be a few more hiccups along the way, but we are working on them.

  6. Raheel Farooq 16. Feb, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Bravo, Jeff! I really appreciate your work. Aside from the main tips, the discussion in the comments is so definitely informative that I’m encouraged to ask a question. How much, and what, effect does PR have on SEO? I’ve often seen sites of low or nil PR appearing first on search engines? What the hell to do with a PR, then?

    • Jeff Johnson 17. Feb, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      pagerank is basically just used as a relative measure of incoming links. But Google’s algorithm also considers 100 other factors and they’ve been moving towards frequencey, freshness, quality and engagement more and more so pagerank isn’t nearly as powerful as some make it out to be.

      Personally I simply use it as a relative comparison tool when doing comparing sites.

  7. Zach Waldman 20. Jun, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Hi Jeff,

    I was in your coaching program (UTL), and there’s something you taught that I can’t get to work anymore. I’ve asked so many PHP programmers for help, and haven’t received an answer. Please help!

    My question pertains to content syndication using FeedWordPress.

    You explained how to make it so when somebody clicks on the post with the syndicated content, instead of them going directly to that site, they first go to the single.php page.

    I had this working before, but my new theme doesn’t have the same code.

    Here’s what I used to do:

    I would replace the following line of code:

    with this code:

    if($guid==””) { $guid = get_permalink(); }?>

    Next, I would replace the following line of code (if you do not find get_permalink, look for the_permalink):

    get_permalink() ?>” rel=”bookmark”

    with this code:

    print $guid; ?>” rel=”nofollow”

    However, my new theme doesn’t have anything that says permalink.

    I don’t know php, I was just following directions I had. Any ideas for me? Thank you!



    • Jeff Johnson 21. Jun, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Sorry but we haven’t used that method in at least 3 years so I’m really not sure.

      And each theme is different.

      I’d check with the Theme’s author and see if they have any ideas, or perhpas someone reading this would know.

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