WordPress SEO Tips

Here are steps you want to consider when creating an SEO friendly content and generate more passive traffic to your website.

Create a search engine friendly url

by default, wordpress URLs looks like  “www.elie-palima.com/?p=123” . we want search engines to figure out in a snap what is your article about. to do this,

Login to your wordpress  control panel (www.example.com/wp-admin). I assume you are using wordpress by now, They are the best blogging platform out there! ;) nwei, click on settings>>Permalinks.

then you’ll be able to see this page:

permalink

Choose “custom structure” and enter /%postname%/ exactly like whats written on the image above. this makes your link shorter and more usable/understandable.

for example, instead of your permalink being like (www.elie-palima.com/2009/12/20/sample-post) it will be “www.elie-palima.com/sample-post”.

Make your Domain name your Home page

login wour wordpress account, click on settings tab and you’ll see this page:

wordpress

maybe your blog looks like this.. (www.yoursite.com/blog) if that’s the case, make your domain your home page.. make sure it’s “www.yoursite.com” by default.

Check your blog title and tagline

Make sure you include your Main keyword on your blog title and tag line. in my case, I’m targeting the keyword “Make Money Online” so my blog title is “Make Money Online with teenage dad” and I also included on my tagline the keywords “make money online”, “how to make money online” and other related keywords for my blog.

Set up your preferred domain

most websites can be reached by two different addresses. one address has a “www” in it (http://www.elie-palima.com/) and the other one has www missing.(http://elie-palima.com). When we talk about SEO, it’s advisable to use one domain format and stick with it. because when you have the two formats this means google will read 2 of your urls.

the easiest way to set up your preferred domain is by logging in/signing up for google webmastertools. login to google webmastertools. (add your site if you still haven’t done so).

webmastertool

notice that I have added the two domains, (www.elie-palima.com ) and (elie-palima.com)  Make sure to verify both sites.

setup your preferred domain by choosing “thedomain>>site configuration>> settings” which will bring you to the next page.

preferreddomain

do these steps on the two domains you added.

Set the Cannonical URL

for this step, you’re gonna need to edit your .htaccess file found in “yourdomain.com/.htaccess” you can use your favorite ftp software to edit/access this file.

what we’re going to do is 301 redirect your non-preferreddomain to your preferred domain. in my case, I prefer my site to show with the ‘www’ in it so what I did is force visitors who types in my website without the ‘www’ to the page with the ‘www’ (try going to my homepage by typing http://elie-palima.com and notice it redirects you to http://www.elie-palima.com

# www 301 redirect
RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.example\.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301]

this is all you’ll need to redirect the non-www to the www. (Just remember to change example.com to YOUR website address)

if you want to redirect the www to the non-www, then place this code instead of the above code:

#non www 301 redirect
RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^example\.com [NC]
RewriteRule (.*) http://example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Optimize your posts by installing a reliable SEO plugin

install the plugin All in one SEO pack on your blog. this plugin will basically do all the off site optimization for you. all you’ll have to do is configure it’s settings.

Create a sitemap for your site

Creating a sitemap for a site is probably the hardest thing to do specially if your blog already has hundreds of posts. But thanks to two wordpress plugins, Creating a sitemap for your wordpress blog has never been so much easier.

to create a sitemap for your site, install these two Plugins on your blog, follow the rest of their instructions and you’ll be good to go. (install Google xml sitemap first)

Update RSS services. *ping*

whenever you make a new post, ping services and RSS services will be notified and they will “crawl” your content. which will bring you instant traffic/visitors. login to wp-admin, settings>>writing>> scroll down to the page and you’ll see this:

ping

I’ve compiled a list of ping services. make sure you put these in there.

http://1470.net/api/ping
http://api.feedster.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://api.my.yahoo.co.jp/RPC2
http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
http://audiorpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://bblog.com/ping.php
http://bitacoras.net/ping
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc
http://blogmatcher.com/u.php
http://blogpeople.net/ping
http://blogsearch.google.ae/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.at/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.be/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.bg/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ca/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ch/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.cl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.cr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.hu/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.id/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.il/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.in/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.it/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.jp/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.ma/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.nz/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.th/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.uk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.ve/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.co.za/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.ar/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.au/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.br/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.co/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.do/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.mx/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.my/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.pe/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.sa/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.sg/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.tr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.tw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.ua/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.uy/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com.vn/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.de/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.es/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.fi/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.fr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.gr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.hr/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ie/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.in/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.it/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.jp/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.lt/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.nl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.pl/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.pt/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ro/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.ru/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.se/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.sk/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.tw/ping/RPC2
http://blogsearch.google.us/ping/RPC2
http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
http://coreblog.org/ping/
http://feedsky.com/api/RPC2
http://hamo-search.com/ping.php
http://holycowdude.com/rpc/ping/
http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt
http://ping.amagle.com/
http://ping.bitacoras.com
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/
http://ping.blogoon.net/
http://ping.blogs.yandex.ru/RPC2
http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc
http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc
http://ping.fc2.com/
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.feedburner.com/
http://ping.kutsulog.net/
http://ping.myblog.jp
http://ping.myblog.jp/
http://ping.namaan.net/rpc
http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php
http://ping.snap.com/ping/RPC2
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://ping.weblogs.se/
http://ping.wordblog.de/
http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
http://r.hatena.ne.jp/rpc
http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/
http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
http://rpc.bloggerei.de/ping/
http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
http://rpc.newsgator.com/
http://rpc.pingomatic.com
http://rpc.reader.livedoor.com/ping
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.technorati.jp/rpc/ping
http://rpc.twingly.com/
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php
http://wasalive.com/ping/
http://www.a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b
http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php
http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
http://www.blogoole.com/ping/
http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
http://www.blogroots.com/tb_populi.blog?id=1
http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php
http://www.blogsnow.com/ping
http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
http://www.mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatter/ping.php
http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud
http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php
http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php
http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2
http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/
http://xmlrpc.blogg.de
http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/
http://zhuaxia.com/rpc/server.php

after adding these, just hit save button and you’re all done.

Comments

  1. Im still using blogspot. And I don’t know when will I use wordpress. I got no funds to maintain a self hosted blog.

    BTW,thanks for dropping by on my blog. Your blog template looks like Sensonize’s template. Nice blog.

  2. bro.. I think google does the hosting for you for FREE.. you just need to pay for the domain yearly.. or if you want, buy the domain and I can host it for you for free.. ;)

    nwei, the theme I use is the ultimate blogging theme by carl ocab..
    http://www.elie-palima.com/ultimatebloggingtheme

    tnx for the visit!

  3. hi, is my first time to visiting here, introduce me. im omnunu, im glad to be read in here, wow ur blog/site is very very interesting….., maybe someday i’ll be same like u. thanks

  4. hey thanks for the visit!

    subscribe to my blog for more! ;)

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