1. Research a keyword before you write the post! Use the Google External Keyword Tool and type in words until you find a relevant keyword with low competition and a decent amount of searches.
Type a potential keyword into Google and see what other sites are ranking. If other blogs or articles from article directories show up, you have a shot of ranking. But, if the top spots are Wikipedia or Amazon and sites like that, it’s probably best to move on to another keyword.
2. Take that keyword and place it in the title, tags, description, and several times throughout your post. Your keyword density should be 1-2.5%.
3. Use H1, H2, and H3 tags with the keyword (in WordPress, it’s very easy to see what these mean and how to use them).
4. Use your keyword in the first and last sentence of the post.
5. Use the keyword as the name of the picture in your post.
6. Make sure the keyword is in the permalink.
7. Write articles and submit them to article directories with a backlink to the post.