Even when all the SEO tips and tricks are pretty much out there in the open, many bloggers fail at the execution part.

They know what needs to be done but fall short when it comes to taking action.

Are you one of them? How to do you start with SEO?

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Here are 9 minor but massively impactful SEO steps list to boost traffic:

1. Include long tail keywords

Avoid using generic keywords. Instead, research for relevant long-tail keywords. It should be four words and more.

Google’s Keyword Planner is possibly the best long tail keywords tool here.

If you’re limited in time, here's how to do keyword research in less than 11 minutes.

2. Add internal links

Link pages and posts of your website with each other. This helps search engine crawl your website much easily.

Also, it aids easy navigation.

3. Hyperlink the keywords when Internal Backlinking

The texts (or anchor texts) you’re hyperlinking to your other pages/posts are very important. Make sure they are the keywords that you’re targeting.

Here’s an example:

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4. Avoid long and descriptive permalinks

Have your permalink (URL of your post) make sense. But don’t be too descriptive.

Again, use keywords. Avoid consonants, prepositions, and conjunctions.

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5. Make your meta description strong

Use long-tail keywords in the Meta description of the post. Keep the size within 140-156 characters (with spaces).

Update: The number of characters in Google's Meta Description is now increased to 300.

6. Keep title size within 65 characters

Add keywords in the title. List, how-to, and what format titles do well on search engines.

Use a few numbers or special characters to make the title interesting.

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7. Repurpose the old contents

Instead of writing afresh, repurpose the old contents.

Add new information to old posts, use different keywords, change the Meta description and title, and update the date. (Note: Don’t change the URL)

8. Share the post on Google Plus every day

UPDATE: This doesn't work. Google Plus is dead! :(

Until your post is indexed by Google, for a limited span, your Google Plus share can help your latest post rank higher on SERP.

Shares on G+ is treated as fresh, and Google loves fresh content.

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9. Optimize your images with keywords

Avoid PNG format. Minimize every image.

Rename the original picture (sitting in your desktop/phone) with keywords. Add keyword-rich image caption, title text, and alt text.

Execute these SEO steps now!!!

Here are 17 Free On Page SEO Tools that will help you pull these steps swiftly.

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Asif Ali

The brain behind Spell Out Marketing. A certified content marketer and professional blogger with 5+ years experience in the domain. Find me on Medium here. Let's talk about inbound marketing, business and side hustle on Twitter.