July’s Blog Challenge is Done
So the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July is done, the next one will be in October. So I probably won’t post every single day on this blog. I would like to keep posting at least two or three times a week though.
I am glad to have taken part in this challenge, because it helped me to develop a habit of getting on my blog each day. Not only that, but through another blogger I learned a little more about SEO, and adding metadata to my whole site, and also to each post. So hopefully when I blog now, it will get seen by more people.
I am still figuring out some of the metadata stuff, but I’m already implementing what I have learned, and I’m trying to read up on the parts I don’t fully understand yet, once I have a good grasp on everything, I’ll share on a blog post so that I can help others increase their web traffic also.
For now, I can share that if you are on a WordPress blog, there are many plugins you can get that will let you add custom metadata, such as keywords, descriptions of the post, and what title will appear when the you share the post on social media. The description factor is nice because if you don’t enter it, what will automatically show is just the first few lines of your post, which in some cases doesn’t really give a clear idea of what it’s about. By adding a custom description to each post, you can let people know what the post is about in a little more detail than you can usually do in a title alone.
You can also add metadata to the entire website with these plugins, so that if you have an art blog or artist’s website that not only sells art but also offers art marketing advice, or art tutorials, you can add those keywords to the metadata of the entire site and help search engines to find your art website.
There are some things I still don’t understand, such as where the plugin I used (called the add meta tags plugin) asks for “site-wide meta tags” but then says not to put keywords there, there is another place to enter global keywords, but the I’m just not sure what the site-wide meta tags would be if not keywords. I’m going to try to learn about that and share it when I know more.
So, today is Sunday, the first day of the week, and this would be my first post of this week, if I am going to keep with my goal of posting at least twice a week, you will hear from me again at least one more time before next Sunday. I won’t make any promises at this time of what day it will be, but unless some unforeseen circumstance prevents it, I will post once or twice more this week.
So if you participated in this blog challenge, what did you learn?
Also, if you know what the term “site-wide meta tags” actually means, please fill me in! 😉