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Self-Hosted WordPress Websites: A Few SEO Do’s and Don’ts

Self-Hosted WordPress Websites: A Few SEO Do’s and Don’ts | PBS | Scoop.it
If you're using WordPress it's very easy not to mess up SEO. Here are five dos and don'ts that should help set your website up for longterm success.

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Jeffrey Lapin's curator insight, May 10, 2013 1:07 PM

Good SEO do’s and don’ts for self-hosted by WordPress sites by Slobodan Manic (via Search Engine Journal):

 

DO’s:

Use a plugin to handle your website’s SEO;

Use taxonomy term descriptions;

Set a proper permalink structure;

Know the difference between posts, pages and custom post types; and

Claim Google authorship for your content

 

DON’TS:

Let a “everything but the kitchen sink” WordPress theme handle SEO;

Go category and tag crazy;

Ignore the slugs;

Be lazy when adding images to posts;

Autopilot your posts’ meta descriptions; and

“Just another WordPress site”

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[Infographic] Evolving SEO tactics: longer posts, Google+ and the tilde

[Infographic]  Evolving SEO tactics: longer posts, Google+ and the tilde | PBS | Scoop.it

This is an infographic about current SEO thinking with tips and tools to help sites rank better on search engines.

 

Most people have a general idea of how to optimize their content for search engines. That search engine algorithms are proprietary and evolving inevitably causes different opinions on SEO. Of course there’s another school of thought that minimal keyword research and a green-light from a SEO plugin are enough to publish a piece.

 

This infographic challenges writers and some of the preconceived notions about SEO. It has a mixture of tips and tools to help you rank better in search...


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, May 2, 2013 12:52 PM
Great comment MizWalidah. I wold modify one point. Instead of "continually optimizing your meta keywords and tags" I would find ways to ping in fresh content such as User Generated Content from reviews or comments. Once a website I've SEOed is inside of Google's algorithm changing meta values that matter (mostly the page's title) can HURT SEO. I change titles VERY VERY carefully since the first rule of SEO is DO NO DAMAGE. The QDF (Quality Deserves Freshness) movement post Panda and Penguin LOVES it when a page pings, so I love the 1% of visitors who are willing to comment, review or otherwise contribute User Generated Content.

I DON'T play with meta nearly as much as you imply since to do so can look SPAMMY and cause real harm. The most important idea is creating content other people want to share. This is why I love GAMES and CONTESTS especially for bands. High engagement content such as Contests and Games can help with SEO and they can help create a distinct brand all bands need. Appreciate your enthusiasm, but be careful about meta (especially title) changes. Marty
Coralie D.'s curator insight, May 3, 2013 4:32 AM

Infographie sympa sur la rédaction SEO... A lire et relire, c'est toujours utile ! ;)

Joe Wise's curator insight, May 21, 2013 5:31 PM

Any of you SEO gurus out there care to confirm any of this?