Blog SEO: How to Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines

Today, you’ll learn exactly how to optimize your blog for SEO. And get more traffic.

We’ve used the steps in this post to grow our own blog to roughly 1.1 million organic search engine visitors per month.

"Organic Search Traffic" metric showing 1.1.M for "semrush.com/blog/" in Domain Overview tool

(Organic traffic estimation in Semrush’s Domain Overview tool)

But before we get into the specific tactics, let’s understand the basics first.

What Is Blog SEO?

Blog SEO is the process of writing, optimizing, and publishing blogs designed to rank in search engines like Google and Bing.

Common tasks associated with blog SEO include:

  • Performing keyword research
  • Creating quality content
  • Optimizing content for on-page SEO
  • Building backlinks

How Does Blogging Help With SEO?

Blogging is one of the most effective strategies to help you grow your organic traffic and reach more customers. It can help you rank for more keywords, earn backlinks, boost brand awareness, and keep your site content fresh and current. 

However, it requires planning, research, optimization, and promotion to make it work.

Why Is Blog SEO Important?

Anyone can create a blog. But not everyone who creates a blog gets traction.

But optimizing your blog for SEO can earn you free traffic from search engines.

Any independent blogger or online business with a blog can benefit from SEO.

By attracting visitors that are interested in your content, you can:

  • Grow your blog’s audience
  • Establish yourself as a thought leader in your niche
  • Increase newsletter signups
  • Generate more leads for your business

SEO Blog Tips

Here are eight essential tips to help you optimize your blog:

  1. Write about topics people are searching for
  2. Get the search intent right
  3. Create quality content
  4. Do on-page SEO
  5. Make your blogs easy to read
  6. Monitor technical SEO issues
  7. Build backlinks
  8. Update older content

1. Write About Topics People Are Searching For

To earn traffic from Google, you need to write about topics people are searching for.

But how do you find such topics?

Use keyword research tools like Semrush’s Keyword Magic Tool.

Enter a broad keyword related to your niche. For example, if you run a health and fitness blog, that keyword could be “exercise.”

Then, click “Search.” 

"exercise" typed in Keyword Magic Tool search bar

Toggle to the “Questions” tab.

The tool will show a large pool of topic ideas. Along with important keyword metrics like search volume and keyword difficulty.

“Questions” tab showing many topic ideas with their metrics

Search volume is the average number of times a keyword is searched for each month.

Keyword difficulty tells you how hard it would be to rank organically in the top 10 search engine results.

If your blog is new and you want to rank relatively quickly, focus on topics with lower keyword difficulty.

To find such topics, set the KD (Keyword Difficulty) filter to “Easy.”

Now you have a list of topics that are easier to rank for.

list of results with KD (Keyword Difficulty) filter set to “Easy”

Go through the list. And pick topics that interest you and are relevant for your business to cover.

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2. Get the Search Intent Right

Once you know which topics to write about, the next step is to understand search intent. And to create content accordingly. 

Search intent is the why behind searches.

Blog keywords typically have informational search intent: The searcher is looking for information.

And that information could be delivered in one of these content formats:

  • How-to guide
  • Listicle
  • Definition post
  • Comparison post

If you want your blog to rank higher, deliver information in the content format searchers are interested in.

Analyze the top-ranking pages to figure that out.

For example, here are the top results for “how to lose belly fat.”

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