Friday, February 21, 2014

#BlogBits Workshop: SEO Basics

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I can proudly say I have gone to my first blogging-related workshop! Talk about working on your blog! Whomever said bloggers have it easy are wrong! Research, reading, and discovering plays a big part of owning a blog and I was quite enthusiastic to learn more during the #BlogBits workshop by Daily Bits

Most people who own a blog, webshop or website are aware that search engine optimization, also known as SEO, plays a big role in positioning your site on google's search results. The better implemented your SEO is, the better your chances are of being ranked higher, thus appearing on the first page and not the 35th. Herman Maes, owner of Daily Bits, has been a blogger since 2002 and in 2012 he started blogging professionally. Having had quite some success with blogging and knowledge of SEO, Herman offered the opportunity to his readers and followers to partake in a Bloggers Workshop that focuses on the SEO basics. 

Meet Herman.

The #BlogBits workshop was very informative and appealed to me right away, because the technical aspect of blogging and SEO can be quite confusing to me at times and, surely, I am not an expert at it. So, I was very interested to learn new matters about the topic. During the 3-hour workshop, Herman gave great tips and tricks for when using SEO and presented us with real-life experiences from his own blog. Moreover, he explained the basics one should use when starting a blog and discussed the do's and don'ts when you want to monetize your blog. I will even give you concrete information:

  • links are very important to google, whether they are internal (on your blog) or external (on another site linking back to your blog), because this ups your blog's ranking score in the search results. So, do collaborations with fellow bloggers and think of fun posts to create in which you share each others URLs.  
  • If you use Wordpress to host your blog or website, make sure to take a look at Yoast SEO plugin, because this is one of the highest rated plugins you can use. Why? Well, it is specifically made to optimize your Wordpress site and automatically generates XML sitemaps. Click here
  • You should never forget about the power of Social Media. Make sure you are as active as can be on the bigger social media platforms, such as Facebook, Google+ and/or Twitter. Even if you do not plan on using the platforms straight away, do register for all the important ones. You may start using them in the future and your name could be registered by someone else already! 
  • The highest form of saying thank you to a fellow blogger or website owner is by adding their URL in your article, because this makes their site more valuable and could possibly lead to more viewers. So, with this, Herman, I would like to say thank you! 

The workshop was hosted at Burooz, a co-working space,  a place for entrepreneurs to come together.
Did you know all of that already? I sure did not know everything yet! I definitely learned new things. Most of what I know came from hours of endless web searching and reading, trial -and error and even more of that. So, it was nice to get useful information all summed up at once with links to give you extra information. And Herman's workshop did exactly that. Quite handy! Make sure to have a look at Herman's blog and if you are interested in partaking in a workshop too (for Dutch speakers) then check the prices and available dates! Would you find such a workshop useful? Or would you rather just learn as you go on the Internet? Or do you have a third option?


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  1. Dat klinkt heel interessant zo'n workshop! Wat jij hier schrijft heb ik tijdens mijn studies ookal allemaal zien passeren, maar ik moet het zelf eens meer toepassen :D

    X Sara

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    1. Het kost best wat werk, maar zal op langer termijn zeker wel de moeite waard zijn :)

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  2. Wat een interessante workshop! Ik heb zelf bij de Grazia Beautybloggers Masterclass ook een en ander over SEO geleerd, vond ik hartstikke interessant :)

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    1. Oh, dat herinner ik me nog! Heel gaaf lijkt me dat :D

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  3. Leuke blogpost van mijn workshop. Voor wie een beknopte versie wilt horen: 6/3 bloggingbusiness.be, 8/3 blogameetup wasbar Antwerpen en 12/3 op "Beauty & the geek" in de Antwerpse KBC-toren.

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  4. Ik moet me er echt meer in gaan verdiepen, ik weet er namelijk helemaal niks van haha. Super handig zo'n workshop zeg!

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  5. I'm learning a lot from the internet especially from fellow bloggers. A lot of tips are being blogged in the web but I'd also love the idea of a face-to-face blogging workshop. You're lucky to have attended one! I attended a bloggers' summit years ago and I'm sure they talked about SEO.. only that I wasn't that familiar of it yet. Thanks for sharing the tips! :)

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    1. Indeed, I have learned almost everything I know through trial-and-error based on information found on the Internet. Plenty to learn on the WWW as well. But you're quite right, a workshop like this has many benefits too. It certainly gives you a lot of information and it takes less time :) Any time, Rea!

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  6. Dat klinkt als een erg interessante workshop!

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  7. Heel interessant! Ik wist het natuurlijk wel allemaal een beetje, want dat is mijn studie ;) maar wel een meerwaarde om daar als blogger naartoe te gaan als je daar nog niet veel kennis van hebt ;)

    Liefs,
    Karlien

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  8. Wat een leuk artikel zeker erg interessant :D !!

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  9. wow i didnt know about the link adding value to your blogs ranking :) will keep that in mind, wish we had blog workshops here too!

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    1. Yeah, another reason to do fun collaborations with other bloggers, I'd say ^^

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  10. Lijkt me echt super interessant om zo'n workshop te volgen! Zal zeker eens kijken als ze dat nog eens organiseren :)

    Liefs, Liese

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    1. Zeker doen, Liese. Ik heb er een berichtje over achtergelaten op je blog :)

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  11. Nuttige tips! Ik wil ook een keer een workshop volgen om weer even geupdate te worden :) xx

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  12. Ik heb er heel veel bijgeleerd, blij dat ik gegaan ben :)

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    1. Ben blij om te lezen dat het je ook goed is bevallen!

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  13. Ik zou heel graag zo'n workshop willen volgen! Het lijkt me heel leerzaam.

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  14. Ik wil er ook heel graag nog meer over weten :D

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  15. Ik had van SEO tot voor kort ook niet veel kaas gegeten, maar heb me er eens ingelezen :) Het enige nadeel was dat ik mijn blog en persoonlijke voor- en achternaam op de één of andere manier gekoppeld heb, en dat niet ongedaan gemaakt kreeg. Toen ik stage ging doen werd ik natuurlijk gegoogled en iederéén op stage wist al zoveel over mij nog voor ik er é dag had gewerkt haha. Ook veel vrienden hebben zo mijn blog gevonden, terwijl ik hem lange tijd verborgen hield. xo

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    1. Hi Nikki! Oh, wat onhandig zeg. Ik hoop niet dat het in je nadeel heeft gewerkt (maar dat lijkt me niet, toch?). Het is goed dat jij je alsnog hebt ingelezen, het kan daadwerkelijk een groot verschil maken voor je blog!x

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