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How To SEO A Blogger Template Yourself

The fact is Blogs running on Blogspot platform requires a lot of time to SEO, you can't do it automatically at the same time just like its counterpart Wordpress. No one can do it for you, no already made template can fulfil what you should do yourself. Let's get it you own your Blog it's your site and you'll want it to bear your signature to reflect on the type of person you are. Your blog is your Net identity and no other human helper besides you can personalize it for you. For example you want your template to be free from anti-SEO stuffs and codes that may make your Blogger blog rank low on search engines, yet you go ahead to download and use those free promised SEO-ready template from untrusted source just because it's free and seemingly SEO friendly, you just might be shocked at what malicious codes lies beneath that seemingly SEO-ready template, codes that will spoil your Net identity for good.

Don't get me wrong I'm not saying that using free Blogger Templates are wrong after I use with  customization still ongoing a template powered by +Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai. You need to know how to SEO your blog's template and add or delete some codes that will either make your blogspot blog SEO-friendly or stop it from being anti-SEO.

Guide to template SEO customization

1. Learn the Basics of SEO in Blogger

You really need to start from the foundation and walk your way up, for easier understanding of what you're going to face you need to head over and read this article basic SEO for blogger blogs beginners guide, don't worry it's not lengthy some few minutes and you're done. If you're familiar with it you can skip it.

2. Optimize your title tags

Google one of your site's content, if you notice that your title tag displays before the post title then you need to optimize it to do this copy the codes below and Go to Dashbord > Template > edit your html

Find  <title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title>

And paste this code
<b:if cond=’data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;’>
<title><data:blog.pageName/> | <data:blog.title/></title>

3. SEO Post titles

If you prefer to make your post titles stand out and be taken seriously by web spiders you'll have to convert them to h2 from h3. Go to your template and edit it search below codes and replace it with h2 in place of h3

<h3 class='post-title'>
<b:if cond=''>
<a expr:href=''><data:post.title/></a>
        <b:if cond='data:post.url'>
          <a expr:href='data:post.url'><data:post.title/></a>

Also search for this code <h3> <data:title/> </h3> and replace with h3

4. SEO your template to be Robot and web crawler friendly

This gives important information about what your blog is all about.

On edit template paste the below code in it

<meta content='all' name='robots'/>
<meta content='global' name='distribution'/>
<meta content='5 days' name='revisit'/>
<meta content='5 days' name='revisit-after'/>
<meta content='document' name='resource-type'/>
<meta content='all' name='audience'/>
<meta content='general' name='rating'/>
<meta content='index, follow' name='robots'/>
<meta content='en' name='language'/>
<meta content='IN' name='country'/>
<meta content='YOUR NAME HERE' name='Author'/>
<meta content='YOUR EMAIL ID' name='Email'/>
<meta content='blogger' name='generator'/>
<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/>
<link href=' /u/0/YOUR ID/' rel='author'/>

5. SEO your Robots.txt

Ever tried running your blog's article through copyscape? You'll see that you have a lot of duplicate content aided by your blog. Why? All your blog's content are indexed both the labels and tags. So use Robots.txt to instruct web crawlers about what to visit. Go to Settings > Search preference > edit robot.txt > yes and paste the below codes, make sure there are no broken links

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /search/
    Disallow: /search?
    Disallow: /search?q=*
    Disallow: /*?updated-max=*
    Disallow: /p/about.html
    Disallow: /p/privacy.html
    Allow: /
    Sitemap: index=1&max-results=500

6. Muti-Purpose Script

This script maybe perhaps the biggest SEO helper for blogspot blogs around, check it out
- Makes all your external links as nofollow.
- It automatically build image alt and title tagging.
- Open all external links in a separate window.

find  </head> and paste the below code above </head>

<script src=' /ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2 /jquery.min.js' type='text/javascript'/>
<script type='text/javascript'>//<![CDATA[
jQuery('a').each(function(){// Let's make external links open in a new tab. var href=jQuery(this).attr('href');if (typeof href !='undefined' && href !="" && (href.indexOf('http://') !=-1 || href.indexOf('https://') !=-1)&&href.indexOf(window.location.hostname)==-1){jQuery(this).attr("target", "_blank");}});//]]></script>
<script type='text/javascript'>//<![CDATA[
jQuery('a').each(function(){// Let's make external links nofollow. var href=jQuery(this).attr('href');if (typeof href !='undefined' && href !="" && (href.indexOf('http://') !=-1 || href.indexOf('https://') !=-1) && href.indexOf(window.location.hostname)==-1){jQuery(this).attr("rel", "nofollow");}});//]]></script>
<script type='text/javascript'>//<![CDATA[
$(document).ready(function(){$('img').each(function(){var $img=$(this);var filename=$img.attr('src') $img.attr('alt', filename.substring((filename.lastIndexOf('/'))+1, filename.lastIndexOf('.')));});});//]]></script>

That can get you started towards jumping in SERPS, if you apply this little search engine ranking for blogspot tips in your blog you'll jump from 6 digit downwards in Alexa rankings. That is a positive ranking for you more traffic and more revenue. Happy tweaking, share with others!


  1. I'm just getting into ClickMinded - Internet Marketing Training and I still need to learn a lot. With the tips you provided I'm sure I can generate more traffic and help me with my revenue.


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