You are a software developer and you care about well-written content. But what's even more important than that is content that attracts organic traffic. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a must to bring in organic traffic to your site. If you ever researched SEO rules before, it can be frightening because there are so many.
You'd like to produce great content without having to learn about SEO guidelines first. That's where Better SEO comes in. You focus on writing high-quality content using VSCode and use Better SEO directly within the editor to optimize your posts once they're ready to publish.
How it works
You start working on your blog post in a Markdown file (
An article needs a
What's the difference between title and SEO Title?
Initially, you could argue both fields are the same, yet they have different jobs.
Title: If you share an article on any social media stream, the first thing other people will see in the preview is the post's title. In this case you want to capture the attention of people who are skimming through their newsfeed to capture their attention and pique their interest enough so that they stop and click through to your article.
SEO Title: The SEO Title is relevant for search engines. When your blog post shows up in search results, the SEO Title appears as the blue link. Search engines place a heavy reliance on it in deciding whether or not your page is relevant to the search query. Your SEO Title needs to reflect the wording that searchers type into a search engine. The closer it can get to that the higher your page will appear in the search results.
Sometimes, you're doing extensive keyword research before writing your blog post. During the research process, you might be leveraging tools such as Google Keyword Planner, ahrefs or SEMRush to come up with a list of keywords.
The first keyword in the list is your main keyword and has the highest significance which will be reflected in the feedback you'll receive.
You can set your blog post's title with a first-level headline:
Some blogging engines, such as Jekyll configure the blog post's title in the Front Matter like this:
Once you're ready to review, open the Better SEO sidebar in the menu on the Left-hand side:
Once the View opened, click the Refresh Button in the top-right corner to start the analysis:
If you have configured
What it validates
Your Front Matter structure might be different compared to the defaults shown here. Therefore, you can configure field names such as
Then, search for
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