If this is not the complete guide to optimizing a WordPress blog then I have not seen it yet. I am not saying there is not a better free guide out there and I challenge anyone who knows of one to link it in the comments of this blog post and share with us what we all have been missing.
In my mind however Joost de Valk has come thru with an extremely useful and detailed guide showing how to effectively optimize a WordPress blog. The Guide covers seven major topics plus it provides a conclusion all of which are worth reading. The seven major topics are:
Basic technical optimization
Advanced WordPress SEO and Duplicate Content
Altering your blog’s structure for high rankings
Conversion optimization: get those readers to subscribe!
Comment optimization: get those readers involved
Off site blog SEO
The majority of the sections listed above also contain subtopics, which explain additional tasks that should be performed to achieve the best return on a bloggers optimization efforts. Each of these additional tasks contain some fairly logical suggestions but in some cases the simplest directions can also be the most challenging to complete as well as extremely time consuming. Just because someone can tell you what to do in one paragraph does not mean it will be a simple task even when the recommendation is easily understood.
Along with a lot of great unique content, Joost references a number of must read articles that dig deeper into the theory of performing some of the more detailed optimization techniques. Plugins are also a major point of emphasis for efficiency in optimization. In fact there are more than ten different plugins that are recommended in the guide to make the life of WordPress optimizers easier.
I can say without much hesitation that there are plenty of niche resources that cover one of even a few of these topics, but having a central point of reference for all of these items I believe will be a boon for not only experienced bloggers but for more casual bloggers as well. Anyone who wants to achieve greater SEO success with a WordPress blog should spend the time to review the work done by Joost.