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Shawn Gossman

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What top 3 tips would you give to a new blogger concerning SEO?

Mine are:
1. Don't overuse your keyword. If Yoast says you haven't put it in enough, it's okay, you can ignore that metric.
2. Put value before anything regarding SEO
3. Be careful what websites you link to. If they are being penalized by search engines, you might get added to the shady site list
#2 puts your posts on page 1 before any other factor.

I never optimize because I receive a heavy volume of targeted traffic through many quality sources and still rank some posts on page 1, position 1.

Google loves detailed, practical, thorough resources before anything else.
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I've seen a lot of blogs do well when they don't optimize so I won't say that's entirely the wrong approach but I do think optimizing is a good practice, as long as you don't overdo it.