Below you’ll find 13 steps to make every blog post most SEO friendly. These steps leverage keyword research, social media, meta tags, and inbound linking strategies to optimize on-page and off-page tactics.
These steps are considered white-hat and assume your blog is already setup with a structure (code, tags, plugins, etc) that facilitates SEO. For example, you might consider WordPress with the All-in-One-SEO plugin, which helps you control meta tags, spiders, and rss to make the most of these SEO tactics.
13 Steps to Make Every Blog Post More SEO Friendly
__ Identify your long-tail keyword phrase
On-Page Post Optimization
__ Write content on a regular basis that adds value to your readers
__ Include keywords in title
__ Include keywords in first 70 characters
__ Include keywords in at least one other place within post
__ Bold keywords throughout post
__ Include keywords in title, alt, and description of any images
__ Include keywords in tags or categories
__ Include keywords in Keyword meta tags
__ Include keywords in Description meta tags
Off-Page Post Optimization
__ Post to Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon with keywords
__ Post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ with keywords
__ Post 3 meaningful comments on other blog with keywords in your anchor text-based link
There is more you could do, but this is a good start.
What do you think? What other tactics do you use to individually optimize your blog posts?