Someone says if you use wordpress to design your website, you willnot need do the SEO work for them? Is this true?
Wordpress as a software is pretty SE-friendly out of the box. There are of course content techniques that WordPress has no control of.
I'd rather say using WordPress does a lot of SEO work for you, if you configure it properly and use it properly. By this I mean configuring the postslug and the permalink to use your poat title and not a query string, and using the proper tagging and categories system.
It doesn't do all the SEO work, but if you're in an uncompetitve niche or targetting low-competition keyowrds, then you may not need to do any SEO work to rank well.
Out of the box it's pretty good but it's status is probably raised because a lot of other software is quite bad for SEO.
It does provide the ability to use search engine friendly URL's, unique titles and with a good template can use good semantic markup and a good navigational structure.
But I think what Stephen was getting at is that without good content and making use of this good structure, Wordpress can be just as bad as any other software.
Software on its own doesn't make for good search engine optimization. It's how that content is used in collaboration with that software that makes Wordpress a good tool.
You can have the "best" blogging software in the world but if your content is poor you will get nowhere.
You can build a highly optimised site using Wordpress (or any one of a dozen other blogging platforms) but doing "SEO" is more than one particular script.
I listened in to a webinar recently, and Henry Gold recommended the WordPress for really one reason...
Take that as you will, as said by others though, the content is what will be your "Victory" or your "Defeat" in the SEO wars...
I have a blog that where I use vBulletin . I just built few links for it way back in March. It has 90% duplicate content as I have no time to devote on it.
The blog has very very high ranking and sometimes outranks the site from where I get my contents ( a renowned newspaper).
So I would like to agree with what felgall said -no better/no worse. But yes Wordpress has some really nice features to configure permalinks..
Yes, it is SEO friendly.
Better with unique contents and good keywords.
It doesn't matter what CMS you have. What matters is if you have the right rankings factors. But wordpress is a good CMS in terms of SEO.
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For the past year about 25% of my clients websites I developed were on wordpress, they have been pretty happy with it when it comes to SEO because of the permalink structure and there is quite a few plugins/addons for SEO purpose. In my opinion wordpress is the best software out there right now just because it's so open and has plenty of tools to offer.