DIY SEO: Step 7 – The Wrap-Up and the Handy Checklist

This is the ninth and final post in our DIY SEO for WordPress series.

Whew! You made it! You rock!

By now you have some serious DIY SEO for WordPress tools in your toolbox to help you get the attention of the search engines. By no means are you now an SEO expert – sheesh, neither am I – but you’ve got the basics now and let me tell you what – that’ll take you far.

Here’s the Catch

Fat lot of good all these new skills will do you if you don’t use them!

Oy. There’s always a catch.

I’m not going to get all preachy on you, but seriously…now that you know what to do to improve your exposure and rankings in the search engines, doesn’t it make sense to actually do it? You can’t claim you don’t know how anymore, right?

Christa at GiggleOn.com is now ranked #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 in Google for her tag line. Smart girl – she’s working on her branding, obviously.

Tom at DelightfulWork.com has 3 of his keyword phrases with top listings in search results, and one of them, while it’s #13 in Google, is #2 in Windows Live search and #5 in Yahoo. Go on with your bad self, Tom!

Get the Handy Checklist

I know all this might seem a bit overwhelming when you think about applying all these tips and tricks to your posts, but I’ve made a handy little checklist to help you. It’s free for subscribers, so subscribe to my RSS feed or get updates by email so you can download it.

I’ve laid everything out in an easy to follow format and it’s all on one page, so you can print it out and hang it up for easy reference, or you can print one out for each page/post you write. All the posts in this series are listed, so if you forget what the heck keyword density actually is, for example, you don’t have to hunt all over creation to get back to the explanation. It’s right there…and clickable (the checklist is a PDF file, so if you view it on your computer, the links in it are clickable.)

The Wrap-Up

Getting found doesn’t have to be rocket science. But you do have to have a plan. Here it is, in a nutshell:

  1. Know who you are, what you have to offer, and to whom. Specifically. Write it down.
  2. Do your keyword research based on your answers to #1. Take the time – it’s important.
  3. Apply the DIY SEO steps to your site and posts using your keywords and phrases from #2.
  4. Enjoy your success!
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