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Beginner's Guide to SEO

I'd spent years avoiding this part of the web, and it turned out that using it was easier than I thought!

Apr 20, 2021📔 2 min readAuthor: Shaun

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So.... Search Engine Optimisation!

I've made a lot of websites over the years, but they'd always been private sites that I'd tried to keep secret from Google. Personal calendar sites I made with HTML, JS, PHP and MySQL, and other things like that. Since I didn't want to be found by Google or some random webcrawler called CanadianMountyBot, I didn't bother with even looking into it.

Cut to this year when I started a blog to try and help others learn along with me and suddenly SEO was something I desperately needed some help with! Queue Nat Miletic giving me a helping hand to understand what the heck I needed to do! (If you're not following him I can't recommend the guy enough for the work he does to help others)

To take a step back however, SEO is an acronym meaning Search Engine Optimisation, and essentially when you work on improving SEO for your site, what you're really doing is increasing the ability for people to find your site with search engines.

How can I improve my SEO?!

There are lots of little ways to improve it - and here's what I did:

1 - Make sure your url is separated with dashes where spaces would normally be. This makes it easier for bots to read! 🤖

2 - Make sure you have a robots.txt file at the root of your website that reflects what kind of trawling you want bots to do on your site!

  • I found this site to be a great help!

https://en.ryte.com/free-tools/robots-txt-generator/

3 - Make sure you have a sitemap.xml file at the root of your website as well. It helps for search engines to understand the structure of your site! Mine looks like this:

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4 - Wait for the search engines to do their thing... Or go through the process of requesting a manual index or reindex of your site. It can take quite a bit of time so you'll need to be patient for this step.

I hope this helped you understand a little more about what's required when it comes to SEO, I'll keep you posted on how it goes for me! Fingers crossed Google has its little bots crawling all over in no time 😂