Beginners Guide to Optimizing Your WordPress Site for Top Rankings
 by John Heard

Beginner's Guide to Optimizing Your WordPress Site for Top Search Rankings —by John Heard

A lot of people WordPress.

It's content management software (CMS) that's incredibly powerful, has a large support community, is compatible with a huge number of open source templates that will easily give you a great looking site...and it's FREE!

Out of the box, WordPress does a good job, but it's vital that you take things to the next level and apply the necessary SEO to your content and posts in order to get the most out of your content.

Making WordPress search-friendly does require a bit of tweaking, but the good news is that most of it is simple to do. And once you've got WordPress set up the right way you've got a lean, mean, search engine-friendly blogging machine that's ready to take on the big dogs.

An estimated 75,000,000 web sites run WordPress, some estimates by Netcraft put that at 27% of all Internet sites making it by far the #1 CMS system in use today.

In this article we'll show you how to get a highly optimized website with just a few hours of set-up time. Of course, then it's up to you to add the killer content that'll blaze your way to the top of the rankings.

WordPress Installation Basics

First, always download and be sure to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress on a regular basis. This is critical for security reasons and plugin compatibility. Keeping WordPress and its plugins up to date is often overlooked by many site owners, you really need to try and do updates at least once a month. You can get the latest version of WordPress at:

As for installation, many web hosts have a one-click push button installation for WordPress that allows you to automatically install WordPress right from your control panel.

If your ho...