Five minutes a day is all you need for SEO!

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Five minutes a day is all you need to do SEO

Editing page content and working on meta tags for 5 minutes a day could help get you to the top

Anyone who has spent time doing search engine optimisation will know it is not the most interesting job in the world.

You look at the pages, come-up with ideas for keywords, research them and maybe find some more, then try and re-write the text to include the phrases, making sure you’re making the text interesting and useful for your visitors. Spend one to two hours doing this and you’ll know why it’s often not done as well as it could be.

But what if you could achieve the same results, but only spend 5 minutes a day doing SEO? It would make the whole job much more palatable and you might even enjoy it!

Read my quick SEO Guide and find out

Be organised!

So how do you go about achieving this? The simple answer is you need to be organised. Things like making sure you can get into your websites editing system easily or developing a master list of keyword phrases can make all the difference to being productive when you just have 5 or 10 minutes to spare.

What sort of SEO jobs can you do with 5 minutes a day?

Actually as long as you are organised you can do an excellent job on any of the SEO tasks, while spending just 5 minutes a day on it. These tasks could include:

Editing page content

Generally, search engines spider your pages and take away copies of your content to store in their databases to be used when people are searching. These spiders visit your pages, maybe once or twice an month to update their content. I’ve found time and again if the page content is updated when the spider returns, it tends to come back sooner the next time and if it’s been updated again it comes back even sooner, sometimes every day.

So five minutes spent updating the content on one of your web pages could be time well spent. You can actually get quite a lot done in 5 minutes as long as you are all ready to go. Login to your CMS, load the page you want to edit and work through the content updating it where needed, adding the latest information and trying to include keyword phrases where you can.

Editing SEO meta tags

This is one of those jobs no one likes doing and so it actually can be helpful to do this task in short bursts.  SEO meta tags are the meta title, description and keyword information that is placed in the actual code of the page. Most website content editing systems allow for you to edit these.

Use the search phrase information you already have

The way I have found this to work best is to write the meta tag title using a search phrase that someone might put into a search engine to find the product or service offered on the page. The aim with the description tag is for it to appear in the search engine results page (SERP) and so it is best to try and write it a bit like an ad, as this will encourage people to click on your results rather than your competitors.

Little and often works well with SEO

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As with the content editing above, five or ten minutes is not long and you won’t necessarily get much done, but even if you only manage one title tag, or a paragraph of content, it doesn’t really matter as long as you carry on with it over time. Little and often can really work wonders with SEO!

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Comments

Five minutes a day is all you need for SEO! — 29 Comments

  1. Great post. I think that the Yoast WP SEO Plugin has really made this easy for me to implement all of these things in a much quicker time frame than doing it manually.

  2. Great post. SEO doesn’t have to take a lot of work once it is all set-up as long as it is continuous – you can never relax when it comes to optimising your site. Most importantly though is to make sure your site is structured for the user.

  3. Really helpfull info, I am just getting to grips with SEO so its great to find a site that has simple ideas and tools to make the most of our site. Thank you!

  4. How do you go about constant updating of the site content if you are happy with the existing content? Do I simply look to say the same things in a different way rather than adding further content?

    How do I know how often to do this? Surely it isn’t worth doing it again until you see Google has visited the website via your Google Webmaster Tools stats? Or is this info not reliable enough?

    • Hi Ruth, thanks for your comment.
      Regarding updating the webpage content, I think the main thing to keep in mind is the person looking at the page, rather than just the search engine. So when I look to update a page, I generally look to improve it in some way, rather than just rewriting it. So I might add further details to some part of it, or bring an aspect up to date if things have changed since the article was written. I don’t really try and look at when the search engines last visited, as with most sites they seem to come back every week, or at least once a month.

  5. Thanks 4 that David. Really appreciate your help. I have changed the title tag to Quality male escorts, Menook, the UK’s award winning male escort …
    This works well and if you type into google ‘quality male escorts’ we are in fact on the front page. Waw. You know what you are talking about and i am well impressed. Thanks so much for the help. I am working now on backlinks and hopefully we will get to front page for keywords ‘male escorts’ withing a few months. My domain is only two weeks old though. Hope that isnt too much of a problem.
    Is it better to get backlinks to different pages on my site or all to the main page? I have had different conflicting advice about that.
    Regards 4 now.
    Steve
    //www.menook.com/Escorts_Gallery.html

    • Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your comments. It is difficult for me to give advice on this without going through it in details, but I had a quick look at your home page meta tags.

      In the title tag you have the phrase “Male Escorts UK” and “Menook Home page”. If you don’t want to be found for the latter it may be worth taking that out.

      Also rather than just having keywords in the title, it may be worth writing it as a phrase. For instance the html title of this page is: “Quick guide to SEO with just five minutes a day” (this is not the page body title as that is: “Five minutes a day is all you need for SEO!”, but the html title which you should be able to see at the very top of the web browser or tab, or in the source code). So the idea is if you put that phrase into a search engine this page will come up.

      Google have written a very helpful search engine starter guide which I have reviewed. I am also working on some longer SEO Guide and Courses coming soon in the Members area.

      One other point is that a website’s position on the search engine results is dependent of what is called off-page SEO. These are all sorts of other factors than just page keywords and include, inbound links, popularity of the site, domain age and many more factors, which call all made a big difference.

  6. Hi. Thanks for the top tips and great advice. I wonder if you’d be kind enough to help me with something. I have recently built a new site. //www.menook.com
    It is a male escort site.
    However, the problem i have is that i want it to be found for the keywords ‘male escorts’
    I have made those words the first on my homepage but google seems to only show it if i type in ‘Homepage – menook’
    Can you advise on how to get google to index it with ‘male escorts’ being on the top line of results, instead of ‘homepage – menook’
    Many thanks in advance.
    Steve

    • Hi Nick,
      Many thanks for the positive comment. I’m really pleased you’re finding the site a help. Hope you’ll find plenty more of interest as I’m adding more SEO Guides and Free Courses all the time.

  7. just being a bit pedantic, but the Title tag is not a meta tag, it’s a html tag. Only the description (which google uses and nearly all search engines use) or the keywords (which some search engines use) are meta tags when talking about SEO.

    • Many thanks for your comment. Yes you’re quite right the Title tag is a html tag. I tend to consider it as an SEO meta tag because of its importance in this area and how if you can create it as a keyword phrase relating to the page content it can really help with that pages position. I called it a meta tag mainly so as not to confuse the readers, however technically you are correct and thanks for pointing it out.

  8. Awesome advise and so easy to do through any good content management system. An absolute must piece of advice for any business and particularly for those who can’t afford a professional SEO service.

    • Hi there,
      Many thanks for your comment. Yes little and often can work really well for SEO and it is really surprising what you can do yourself when you know how. Watch out for more free Course updates and Tutorials coming soon.

    • Hi Dave,
      Yes good point, Matt Cutts of Google has more or less said that they don’t take a whole lot of interest in the meta keyword tags. I still think it is good practice to put them in as the other search engines may do and if you’ve done your keyword research you should have a list of them anyway so it should take no time to drop them in.

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