Essential Strategies for Ranking Your Blog Higher

Effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies are essential to increase visibility and drive more traffic to your blog. This article explores key strategies that can help you optimize your blog for better ranking and enhanced online presence.

Focus on Quality, Relevant Content: The cornerstone of a successful blog is high-quality, relevant content. Search engines favor content that provides value to readers. Your blog posts should address the needs and interests of your target audience, offering insightful, informative, and engaging material. Regularly updating your blog with fresh content also signals to search engines that your site is active, which can boost your rankings.

Keyword Research and Optimization: Effective keyword research is vital in understanding what your target audience is searching for. Use tools like Google Keyword Planner, Ahrefs, or SEMrush to identify relevant keywords with high search volumes and low competition. Incorporate these keywords naturally into your blog posts, including titles, headings, and throughout the content. Remember to avoid keyword stuffing, as it can negatively impact your SEO.

Optimize for On-Page SEO: On-page SEO is about optimizing individual blog posts to rank higher, go to this website to get all the details. This includes using proper title tags, meta descriptions, and URLs. Ensure that your titles are catchy and include your primary keyword. Meta descriptions should provide a concise summary of your content, enticing readers to click through. URLs should be short, descriptive, and include keywords.

Enhance User Experience (UX): User experience plays a crucial role in SEO. A blog with a clean, intuitive design, fast loading times, and mobile responsiveness will not only retain visitors longer but also improve your rankings. Ensure your blog is easily navigable, with a clear structure and internal linking to relevant posts. Also, reduce your site’s loading time by optimizing images and using a reliable hosting service.

Build Quality Backlinks: Backlinks are a crucial component of SEO. Having other reputable websites link to your blog increases its authority and rankings. Focus on creating link-worthy content such as in-depth guides, infographics, or original research. Engage in guest blogging, participate in relevant forums, and leverage social media to increase your blog’s exposure and chances of earning backlinks.

Leverage Social Media and Email Marketing: While social media signals are not a direct ranking factor, they influence your blog’s visibility and traffic, which in turn can impact SEO. Share your content on social media platforms and engage with your audience. Similarly, use email marketing to notify subscribers of new content, keeping your blog active in the minds of your readers.

Analyze and Adapt: Use analytics tools like Google Analytics to track your blog’s performance. Analyze metrics like page views, bounce rate, and average time on page to understand your audience’s behavior and preferences. Use these insights to refine your content strategy and SEO efforts continuously.

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Happy CYBER Monday, people!


So who’s gonna be at it with me today…flying from site to site with over-caffeinated clicker fingers knocking off Christmas list items left and right all while enjoying the comfort of a fuzzy robe and slippers? Because, as I’m sure you know, the best part about being patient through all the Black Friday sales that seem to start earlier and end later each year is the fact that on Cyber Monday there are NO crowds, NO lines, and? NO PANTS!


Current Confession:

I honestly have no idea what I’m getting anyone for Christmas this year. I’m sorta keeping my fingers crossed for sudden inspiration while cyber shopping today. And I do solemnly vow NOT to buy anything for myself…unless its a REALLY good deal! 😉

Current Book:

Blood Sucking Fiends Book

With the holiday, last week was a bit of a blur. I haven’t been able to pick up another book since my last book binge. But all that will have to change next month…and quickly! I only need to read TWO more books to hit a whopping twenty-four for the year. Funny, it wasn’t so long ago that my goal was twelve books in a year and I came up shy by eleven.

Current Music:

So I figured it’s about time I posted this. I’ve been listening to Halsey’s debut album for about two months now, but haven’t had a chance to mention it due to all the concerts I’ve been going to lately. This album is one of those play, shuffle, repeat albums. It has everything I love…a great beat, electronic feel, and of course, explicit lyrics. Because we all know how much I like to sing four-letter words. 😛

Current Guilty Pleasure:


Taking Jason to McKay’s to trade in four boxes of HIS books and then buying stuff for myself with the credit. Though I hardly put a dent in it with my $4 purchase. What can I say? I’m a bargain shopper!

Current Entertainment:

Since I just finished reading A Clash of Kings at the beginning of the month, Jason and I re(binge)watched the second season of Game of Thrones. I have to say it was MUCH easier to follow having read the book. I used to always get so confused on who was who when I first watched it.

Current Wish/Need:

I might as well break the news now…I don’t think Elvira will be with us much longer. We just celebrated our fourth year together, but apparently her transmission doesn’t feel the love. I’ve kinda been ignoring the problem for a while now, but I know it’s only a matter of time. I definitely don’t wish it, but I guess I will need a new car soon.

Current Food:

Cheeseburger Soup

Soup, soup, and MORE SOUP!! The temperatures are just started to dip, but Jason and I have been prepping for weeks. And if it’s not soup, it’s something saucy that we can dredge some hearty bread in. In other words, comfort food!

Current Drink:

Coffee, coffee, and MORE COFFEE! I try my best to keep it to one cup a day (physical, not actual…who the hell only drinks eight ounces of coffee at a time?!), but I’ve been sneaking in an extra cup a day here and there. It’s just so damn good!

Current Triumph:

Thanksgiving 2015

Hello, my name is Heather and I would like to be praised for cooking not only one but TWO Thanksgiving dinners in two days. And I only had one eensie weensie panic attack when the garbage disposal backed up and I burned the brussels sprouts (but they still tasted good!). Please refer to Instagram for drool-worthy plate pics and a dessert spread lined with sugared up creepers kiddos.

Current Bane of Existence:

My thumbs? I know I’m getting old and all, but I swear I’m too young for arthritis to be setting in. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I haven’t been able to stretch out my palms without pain for about a month now. Hmm, maybe I should go to the doc before my insurance deductible renews.

Current Blogger Crush:

Sorry, I’m gonna have to duck out of this one as my tech time has been miniscule this month. Though I can’t really apologize for that…coming from someone who used to have the hardest time unplugging.

Current Indulgence:


So I kinda fell in love with this oversized plush unicorn at gas station a couple of weeks ago. And I kinda didn’t tell Jason NOT to get it for me. And I kinda acted surprised when it was waiting for me in the car after I came back from the restroom. Everyone, meet Twinkle Toes. I may be turning another year older next week, but…fuck it, I don’t need an excuse. Look at him, he’s adorable!

Current Blessing:

Being able to cook for and host Thanksgiving for mine and Jason’s family this year. The surprise of getting the girls last Tuesday and having our first Thanksgiving as a little family. This is something I’ve wanted for so long…but only now realizing it.

Current Outfit:

Please see beginning of post for Cyber Monday dress code. 😛

Current Excitement:

Did you see it up there? Next week is my BIRTHDAY!! For the last few years, the birthday wishes have been less and less (oh look at that, I’m growing up) and honestly, after spending two whole weeks organizing all of mine and Jason’s stuff, the last thing I want is more STUFF. So, in lieu of presents, I have made one simple request…froyo with

Current Link:

Crossing my fingers that they’ll have the PSL flavor next week!

Current Mood:

I know I’ve used this before, but well…I’m still content. 😀

If you celebrated Thanksgiving last week, what was your favorite memory? Favorite dish?

What is your current blessing?

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My Week in HighBITES

Happy Monday, blogworld!

I’m popping in again for another round of Week in Review with Meg and all the gang to share with you guys the highBITES of my week…you know, like highlights, only tastier! 😉


Jason and I could not WAIT for last Monday to get here. Since we knew the cold weather would be moving in, we were looking forward to a good lazy day at home. The ONLY thing on the agenda was to heat up some leftover soup and break out the ingredients for mulled wine that I’ve been hoarding since my birthday last year.

Mulled Wine

After a few hours in the crock pot, the house was smelling ahhhhhmazing! We took ride on a wine-scented cloud and made our way into the kitchen. We ladled out two mugs, tipped our glasses, took a second to document on Instagram, and…? Curled up our lips and scrunched up our noses. BUT!! Luckily I didn’t pour it out because after it cooled overnight, we tried it again and it was GREAT! Who’d’ve thunk it?

The next day was not only cold but rainy, but it was the perfect day to start reading a new book because I!

Blood Sucking Fiends Book

Jason found this when we were moving him in and told me it was a good read, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so freaking hilarious! I can’t remember ever reading a book that had me laughing out loud so much. And as a slow reader, I shocked the hell out of myself by finishing it in a day!

Sidenote: You have NO idea how excited I was once I realized this book fit perfectly with the theme of this post. Lol

When it came time to make something for dinner, I could barely be bothered. I needed something quick and easy. At first, I was thinking Asian, but once I got to pulling stuff out of the fridge, I was overcome with a need for comfort food (could have been the fact that this was the first time all day that I’d come out from under my blanket on the couch). And what screams comfort more than food swimming in a pot of gravy?!

Chicken & Veggies in Garlic Sauce

Chicken, mushrooms, celery, carrots, and shallots all mixed and mingling with half a jar of Trader Joe’s garlic cooking and simmer sauce, some wine, and a bit of flour to thicken it up…hit THE spot!

Selfie with Gizmo

On Wednesday, I finally left the house! I went to visit my mom and my newly adopted baby brother. For all you who don’t follow me on Instagram (which is a shame indeed), Gizmo is the newest addition to the family. He’s a chihuahua terrier mix with all the energy that comes with both breeds. In other words, it took 23956 tries to get this photo. 😉

Mom and I shared the last of the leftover soup that I had made over the weekend using the rest of the broth from the gumbo I made, some chicken, veggies, and Israeli couscous. Think chicken noodle soup…with a Cajun flare. Have any of you guys ever eaten Israeli couscous? I’ve had a thing of it in my pantry for umm…two years? and just tried it for the first time and it’s fantastic! It’s great in soup because it soaks up all the flavor.

Chicken Curry & Veggies over Rice

When I got home later that night, I whipped up a quick curry-ish dish for dinner. I forgot to snap a pic because it was one of those, I’m gonna chew my arm off if I don’t get this food in my mouth NOW kinda moments, but it looked similar to this chicken and veggie curry I made last year…only it was saucier and served with bulgur.

Blue Moon Pumpkin Beer

On Thursday, I was feeling thurstay! Sorry, I had to! 😉 

While whipping up dinner with Jason, I cracked open a bottle of Blue Moon pumpkin ale that I’d been saving and HOLY CRAP! That’s some damn good beer! It’s so smooth and not overly spicy like most pumpkin/fall ales tend to be.

Pork Chops in Mushroom Wine Sauce

There’s something to be said about a meal made together as a couple (while dancing around the kitchen with your respective alcoholic beverages). This meal is going down as one of my favorites to date. Pork chops in a mushroom gravy sauce with mushrooms and shallots, roasted kabocha, and Jason’s green beans with bacon and potatoes. Unpictured: some fantastic Italian bread that I picked up on the clearance rack at the grocery store.

Cheeseburger Soup

On Friday, I woke up and made a HUGE batch of bacon cheeseburger soup for us to eat on over the weekend (in addition to all the other leftovers…like seriously, who am I?!). I started looking at this recipe. Then this one. Then I went off and did my own thing entirely, but it came out pretty good if I do say so myself. Like a creamy potato soup with little burger bits in it!

Now if you don’t mind me, I’m gonna slip down to slumber town. My work week(end) is done and I’m ready to start putting the finishing touches on our menu for Thanksgiving! We’ll be celebrating with my family on Wednesday and Jason’s on Thursday and I’ve got a LOT of stuff to make…I’ve already been to the store THREE times to buy ingredients…and I’m pretty sure I’ll be making at least one more trip before it’s all said and done. Oy!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday…or for those not celebrating, Thursday! I’ll see you next week for a little recap of it all! 😀

What was your best BITE last week?

What’s on the menu for Turkey Day?

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