SEO has been one of those buzzwords which incites discussion and debate, whether you live by it or cringe upon seeing it. Whether webmasters want to admit it or not, however, search engine optimization works if done correctly. As a webmaster it falls upon you to maximize search engine optimization (SEO) on your website or blog. Just a few years ago this wasn’t particularly fun or easy for webmasters, but that has changed with things like new software and of course WordPress plugins.
For the past week I’ve had the opportunity to try out a new SEO service called ScribeSEO, a web-based SEO service from a team which includes Brian Clark (known in the WordPress community for CopyBlogger and the Thesis theme). ScribeSEO offers a web-based SEO software service, a WordPress plugin, and now also offers Joomla and Drupal integration. As most of my websites use WordPress in some way, I’ve primarily focused my attention on trying out the WordPress plugin. Here is what I’ve found:
Once installed, the ScribeSEO WordPress plugin adds a window to your post pages called the Scribe Content Optimizer. Here you can run an evaluation prior to publishing your post which will tell you how to best optimize your post!
In order to test out the plugin I decided to try it out on this post. After my initial evaluation, I was given the following feedback:
As you can see from the screen shot above the initial draft of this post received a 68%. Recommended improvements include to move primary keywords towards the front of the meta description, to increase the word count to above 300 words, and to add a few hyperlinks towards the beginning of the post.
At the top of the evaluation there is also a menu with additional analysis available. When switching to the keyword analysis tab I was greeted with the following:
This shows that after analyzing my post the search engines will think this post is primarily about the keyword “wordpress plugin”, then “SEO”, etc. You’ll even get keyword density percentages!
Next, I went to the Alternate Keywords tab to get an idea of keyword suggestions based upon relative search frequency:
This is a great way for you to find high traffic search terms that you may have forgotten in your initial draft.
Lastly, under the Tags tab, you’ll see a list of keywords found within your post which are recommended to be used as tags for your post.
After gathering all the feedback provided and updating my posts I was able to improve my posts score all the way to 99%:
If you run a professional revenue generating blog or build a lot of niche websites, I think that ScribeSEO is a perfect fit and well worth the price.
If you’d like to learn more about ScribeSEO or get a copy for yourself you can find everything you need here!