Ranking your content on search engines is important for any website publisher, but especially for people who make money – regardless of whether that is with ads, by selling their own products, or with affiliate marketing. You need a WordPress theme and plugins that support your SEO rather than work against you.
How Mai Theme Helps Search Rankings
Mai Theme, combined with the correct SEO approach, offers a great boost to rankings due to several reasons:
- It is well-coded so it does not introduce lag or errors into your HTML markup, which means Google can read your content and read it quickly.
- Using the settings you can optimize what Google sees, and in which order.
- Blocks allow you to emphasize and prioritize certain content.
What does that mean in practice?
Before you can even think about ranking your content, you need a solid foundation. When you do not have a great foundation, things like this happen:
Even themes developed in the last couple of years will not have kept pace with what Google expects to see as well as Mai Theme has, so even though I loved the aesthetic of the theme I was using, I immediately saw a benefit by switching.
A failing that my site(s) had (and still have), is the content growing organically via ADHD-powered bouts of enthusiasm rather than planning. Do as I say not as I do I guess!
This means my categories and tags are not well thought out or developed.
Thankfully, Mai Theme allows you to add content to your archive pages so that Google does not dismiss them as “thin” and unhelpful.
Mai Theme allows you to optimize how your categories and archives are displayed:
Using Blocks for Better Usability and Linking
Even better, using the Mai Archive Pages plugin, included in the Mai Theme Pro Pack, you can take these pages to another level by using blocks before and/or after the archive listings, instead of a big wall of text.
I love how Wellness Mama has taken this feature a step further to have “Trending” articles, showing the recently popular blog posts, and then the straight chronological listing after:
This is achieved using the Mai Posts Grid plugin. It allows you to display a grid of posts using various automatic options, but also to manually select which posts you want to highlight:
SEO Hierarchy and Keywords Within Articles
Mai Theme allows you to select which page elements you wish to display on any particular article. This is extremely helpful for carefully optimizing what readers and Google see.
A great example of this is my article getting site links due to my use of a table of contents, AND me getting a really nice snippet due to me emphasizing my TL;DR with a Group block:
If you are struggling to get traffic to your WordPress website or blog, it could be the very foundations of your site holding you back.
If you already have Mai Theme, check out Blog SEO Tactics to give your site architecture and content processes a tune-up!