Changed the SEO Setup

I wasn’t pleased with the way the WP-SEO plugin was handling things so I went back to my old way of doing it using the old Head Meta Description plugin along with Permalink Redirect and then added the SEO Title Tag plugin which will take time to get setup correctly. I have to admit I’m only half way SEO savvy since my time to work on the blog is somewhat limited.

Things may get hard to find for those of you who who tried to get here from a search but hopefully things will get straightened out as time goes on. If anyone has some useful SEO advice they might want to pass my way I definitely won’t mind listening. In the meantime, I’ll be working on getting things right.

So what kind of keywords would one use for a personal type blog anyway? :)

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  1. Hi. I’m in the same boat, only half way SEO savvy and with limited time. I was going to suggest the SEO_Wordpress Plugin to reduce duplicate content, but I see in your HTML source that you already have a meta name=”robots” tag. I don’t think any of the plugins you mention above will add that. What other plugins are you using?

  2. Hi Stephen,

    Welcome to Just Thinkin’…

    That would be the WordPress Duplicate Content Cure plugin (see the “Plugins I use” page at the top for the link). It does exactly what you saw plus adds the “noindex” tag to the “problem pages” such as archives and categories so theoretically the robots only hit the actual posts. The author recently added the option to turn off “noindex” for the category pages via the plugin code if you wish to have them indexed. Although I always had fair traffic form searches, I had way too many pages in the supplemental index so it was time to do some pruning.

    Seems to me SEO is a pretty fickle thing these days especially with Goggle and the other search engines changing the way they do things (the ever changing algorithms etc) especially now since “time spent” on a website may be weighed more heavily now than just the number of hits and backlinks one has. Personally, I’m thinking the personal type blogs will suffer the most from this change since they don’t have the advantage of a “niche” audience. Of course their are always the personal blogs that have rather large amount of loyal readers so it’s getting hard to pin down these days especially for us “half-way” folks.

    Any thoughts on this?

  3. Hi Kirk,

    Ahh, the Plugins I Use page… Should have checked there!

    That page is a great idea by the way – I think I’ll be checking some of those plugins out, especially the Live Comment Preview one. I notice you use dofollow, which is timely, as I am about to look at plugins that disable nofollow right now!

    Sounds like the the WordPress Duplicate Content Cure plugin is similar to the one I’m using. I’ve only just adopted it and my blog is new, so I don’t know how effective it is yet.

    I totally agree with you about SEO being fickle these days. Google are always changing their algorithms and we can’t know exactly what effect that has. Add to this an ever increasing number of SEO experts on the web, only a few of whom seem to be really knowledgable, and it can be difficult to know exactly what to do.

    One thing is clear: Having good content is a must, so personally, I’m going to work on that and not worry too much about SEO.

  4. Hi Stephen,

    Good content is always the thing you can always count on never to change. Let the search engines do what they may but good content always rules.

    On another note, I’ve been surprised how popular that plugins page has become. I decided that the one of the few things I didn’t like about reading other folks blogs was the not knowing how something was done and asking didn’t always work so when I found the plugin that made the plugins page I grabbed it. I like to do things for those who stop by like “Do-Follow”, “Live Comment Preview”, “Subscribe To Comments” and the “WP AJAX Edit Comments”.

    Works for me.

  5. Hello Palm Coast,

    Thanks for the tip. Now that you mention it I remember something about using Google Ad-words tool but I had forgotten all about. Thanks for leaving the link but it comes to a 404 page. I did get there by knocking off everything after “select” in the url and going from there.

  6. I think proper meta tags is a must. At least on your home page. Then try to optimize your articles with tags that are represent what it is about. also setting up a custom 404 page is very useful to help visitors find their way. Also the dofollow plugin will help people to comment on your site. and a robots.txt file is very important along with a wordpress sitemap plugin for wordpress.

  7. Hey Todd,

    I agree. The real twist is to the thing that I find is that once you have all these things you have to know how to use them properly.

    A sitemap may be a no-brainer and setting up a custom 404 page and the Do-Follow plugin can be easily done. The things I find that require experience and know-how are the robots.txt (there’s no standard way to do this even with narrowing the field to custom install, WordPress blogs only) and the tags for the home page are especially difficult in my case since the blog is a personal type where the subject ranges all over the place. I’m rather amazed that I achieved even a Google PR of 5 considering my wide subject matter.

    I would imagine it’s somewhat easier for you since your site is subject specific. Do you find that this is the case? I’d be intersted to know.