SEO

Fantastico WordPress Installation and WordPress Privacy Settings

Posted in SEO, Wordpress on September 28th, 2009 by HanaDaddy – Be the first to comment

Did you use your CPanel’s Fantastico module to install WordPress and you are having hard time promoting your WordPress website? Check your privacy settings now!

It’s probably because your Privacy Settings is set to search engine “blocking” mode which says “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors”.

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You should click on the Settings , Privacy menu , and allow search engines by selecting “I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Sphere, Technorati) and archivers” option.

I have been using WordPress and performed installation several times in the past using the WordPress default installation index.php file. But decided to try Fantastico this time because it simplifies the setup process. There is no separate DB setup process , quicker and faster setup. I liked it. But then I guess Fantastico’s WordPress predefined options for privacy setting was to block search engines.
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Keywords meta tags wasted

Posted in SEO on September 24th, 2009 by HanaDaddy – Be the first to comment

You couldn’t sleep and spent valuable time to come up with that special quality keywords to use in the meta tag in your new website. And now all efforts are wasted.

Google officially reported that they do not use Keywords meta tag at all for the web ranking.  And even description meta tag is not used for the web ranking although it is used as the snippet of the Google search result page.

http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag.html

Our web search (the well-known search at Google.com that hundreds of millions of people use each day) disregards keyword metatags completely. They simply don’t have any effect in our search ranking at present.

Even though we sometimes use the description meta tag for the snippets we show, we still don’t use the description meta tag in our ranking.

 

According to their meta tags Google uses page, it appears that ‘title’ tag is the only important information that affects the ranking. But of course, the quality content is the most important factor.

Redirection 301 and 302 and Google

Posted in SEO, Wordpress, Wordpress Plugins on September 23rd, 2009 by HanaDaddy – Be the first to comment

301 and 302 http reply codes indicating redirections are very much different in terms of Google SEO. And did you know WordPress is always using 302 by default?

Let’s see what the difference is first.

301 :  Moved Permanently. 301 tells you that the current website requested by current URI is moved to a new brand new URI, so you should drop the originally used URI. If you are moving a website to a different domain, this is the way should be done.

302 : Moved Temporarily. 302 tells you that the current redirection is temporary  and you should use the original request URI next time you visit again. If you are temporarily redirecting to a page (site update or special product promotion…), this is it.

Now let’s see How Google sees these redirection codes. If 301 is used, Google will move original request URI’s PageRank to the new destination URI. And eventually remove the request URI. If 302 is used PageRank will be intact to the original website and the original website will also benefit from the destination website’s content.

Many shared webhosting accounts set up both www (ex. http://www.example.com )and top level domain (http://example.com) to point to the same webpage by default. If you use them both website URLs thinking they are the same address, you are mistaken. In fact, you will eventually split the PageRank and pages might be considered as duplicated content.
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