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  1. #51
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    Just started using Wordpress, thanks for the very helpful posts.

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    Hi All,
    As I read in the previous pages google see a website in 4 ways (with www, without www, with / and without /)
    I wanted to use the codes that prevent google to do so but I noticed my wordpress automatically changes non-www to www version and non-slash to /-version.
    I should not edit .htacces file then?
    Thanks

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    Right, there's no need to edit the .htaccess file to force Google to "pick a URL" anymore. The function of the Enforce .www Preference plugin was incorporated into WordPress 2.x directly, so there's no need to use that plugin anymore either.

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    uh! Thanks Dan : )
    omm..! can you also help me with my funny robots.txt file plz? : ) I found some rules about it in some websites an mixed them together : D

    .........................................................................................
    User-agent: Googlebot
    Disallow: /wp-content/
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Disallow: /wp-includes/
    Disallow: /wp-
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /plugins/
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /?random/
    Disallow: /author/
    Disallow: /tv/
    Disallow: /css/
    Disallow: /img/
    Disallow: /picture_library/
    Disallow: /plesk-stat/
    Disallow: /player/
    Disallow: /test/
    Disallow: /*/comment-page-*
    Disallow: /wp-
    Disallow: /search
    Disallow: /feed
    Disallow: /comments/feed
    Disallow: /feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*/*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/trackback/$

    Allow: /wp-content/uploads/

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-content/
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Disallow: /wp-includes/
    Disallow: /wp-
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /plugins/
    Disallow: /adlogger/
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /?random/
    Disallow: /author/
    Disallow: /tv/
    Disallow: /css/
    Disallow: /img/
    Disallow: /picture_library/
    Disallow: /plesk-stat/
    Disallow: /player/
    Disallow: /test/
    Disallow: /*/comment-page-*
    Disallow: /wp-
    Disallow: /search
    Disallow: /feed
    Disallow: /comments/feed
    Disallow: /feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*/*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/trackback/$


    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Allow: /*
    # BEGIN XML-SITEMAP-PLUGIN
    Sitemap: http://www.mydomain.com/sitemap.xml.gz
    .................................^I put my site name instead of it.
    # END XML-SITEMAP-PLUGIN

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    Many thanks : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by vahidrk View Post
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-content/
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Disallow: /wp-includes/
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /plugins/
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /?random/
    Disallow: /author/
    Disallow: /tv/
    Disallow: /plesk-stat/
    Disallow: /player/
    Disallow: /test/
    Disallow: /*/comment-page-*
    Disallow: /search
    Disallow: /feed
    Disallow: /comments/feed
    Disallow: /feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*/*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/*/*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /adlogger/


    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Allow: /*
    # BEGIN XML-SITEMAP-PLUGIN
    Sitemap: http://www.mydomain.com/sitemap.xml.gz
    .................................^I put my site name instead of it.
    # END XML-SITEMAP-PLUGIN
    Fixed. Hopefully, that is.

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    All In One SEO Pack plugin always top my list for WordPress.

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    What an outstanding resource this thread is..

    As a WP neophyte, a little confused on one aspect of All In One SEO plugin, namely the rewriting of titles. My custom permalinks structure is /year/month/category/post-title. Would I keep it that way, and AIO SEO rewrites, or should i modify my permalink structure to simply /category/post-title anyway?

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    Whatever works best for you and your visitors. I prefer category/title based custom permalinks myself.

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    Any Bugs Yet Found in that ?

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    Nope. Category Base Killer isn't compatible with WordPress 2.5.x yet though.

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    nofollow all of your outbound links
    4insure - auto insurance quotes

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    Not all, just the ones that search engines shouldn't see, like affiliate links. If you nofollow EVERY outbound link, you'd also be nofollowing your menu, which is kinda pointless when you think about it.

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    My site is http://www.foreverfreestuff.com
    sitemap: http:www.foreverfreestuff.com/sitemap.xml
    I have paste this code at my wordpress header.php to avoid duplicate:

    <?php if(is_single() || is_page() || is_home()) { ?>
    <meta name="googlebot" content="index,noarchive,follow,noodp" />
    <meta name="robots" content="all,index,follow" />
    <meta name="msnbot" content="all,index,follow" />
    <?php } else { ?>
    <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex,noarchive,follow,noodp" />
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow" />
    <meta name="msnbot" content="noindex,follow" />
    <?php }?>

    and i have installed Plug-in of All-In-one-SEO also.
    and i juz confused my robots.txt, who can help me to correct my robots.txt? because my robots.txt cannot pass at Google robot.txt analysis.

    my Robots.txt is:

    User-agent: *
    # disallow all files in these directories
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /z/j/
    Disallow: /z/c/
    Disallow: /stats/
    Disallow: /dh_
    Disallow: /wp-admin
    Disallow: /wp-includes/
    Disallow: /contact/
    Disallow: /tag/
    Disallow: /wp-content/
    Disallow: /wp-content/themes/
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /*?*
    Disallow: */trackback/

    User-agent: Googlebot
    # disallow all files ending with these extensions
    Disallow: /*.php$
    Disallow: /*.js$
    Disallow: /*.inc$
    Disallow: /*.css$
    Disallow: /*.gz$
    Disallow: /*.cgi$
    Disallow: /*.wmv$
    Disallow: /*.png$
    Disallow: /*.gif$
    Disallow: /*.jpg$
    Disallow: /*.xhtml$
    Disallow: /*.php*
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*?*
    Disallow: /z/
    Disallow: /wp-*
    Allow: /wp-content/uploads

    # allow google image bot to search all images
    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Allow: /*

    # allow adsense bot on entire site
    User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
    Disallow: /*?*
    Allow: /z/
    Allow: /about/
    Allow: /contact/
    Allow: /wp-content/
    Allow: /tag/
    Allow: /manual/*
    Allow: /docs/*
    Allow: /*.php?
    Allow: /*.js$
    Allow: /*.inc$
    Allow: /*.css$
    Allow: /*.gz$
    Allow: /*.cgi$
    Allow: /*.wmv$
    Allow: /*.cgi$
    Allow: /*.xhtml?
    Allow: /*.php*
    Allow: /*.gif$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /*.png$

    # disallow archiving site
    User-agent: ia_archiver
    Disallow: /

    # disable duggmirror
    User-agent: duggmirror
    Disallow: /

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    nobody want to help me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    I do use WordPress. To start, I wrote my own master theme framework that uses clean, minimal, pure, semantic and valid XHTML (even though it's served as HTML). That means using headings as they were intended, having the source code order defined (header, menu, content, sidebar, footer) to ensure that all pages that NEED to be are able to be indexed, using an actual image for my masthead (rather than abusing an H1 element), and so forth.

    From there, I use the All In One SEO Pack to allow me to not only rewrite my page and post titles, but also write which keywords and meta descriptions I want to use on each page and post, rather than the whole blog (since hard-coding it n the header.php file will cause the same text to be used on every page and post).

    I also use Enforce .www Preference as well to not only enforce whether or not I use the .www subdomain or not (I personally use it), but also to redirect all index.php calls to their directory (such as www.example.com/blog/index.php getting redirected to www.example.com/blog/).

    The next thing I do is use Category Base Killer to remove the /category/ directory from many of the links - that way I don't have as many duplicate content issues since all the pages will have the same link structure.

    Then I modify my robots.txt file to block the tags and archives sections from those spiders that actually obey the protocol (the legitimate spiders, of course, meaning search engine spiders). There's no need to block the category since /category/ has already been stripped from the URL string anyway, and the "articles" "entries" or whatever directory I have my blog posts in will be where the posts are at anyway (and they are where I want the engines to go to anyway). There are two ways you can do this. One is to use a hand-written robots.txt file; the other is to use KB robots.txt so you can manage your robots.txt file from within the Dashboard. I have a sneaky suspicion this feature may be incorporated into WordPress 2.5 (even though I haven't tried the betas) so keep your eyes peeled. If it does, then remove the plugin.

    With regard to what ssandecki said, WordPress uses rel="nofollow" by default in comments, so there's no need to use a plugin to add it (or even modify the WordPress core files). But if you want to remove them, then the Do Follow plugin will let you do so.

    You may also want to read Pushing WordPress's SEO Boundaries and WordPress SEO MasterClass For Competitive Niches, both by Andy Beard as well as Understanding Search Usability and Understanding Search Usability, Part 2 by Shari Thurow.

    Off Topic:

    Chris, ToddW's blog is broken in Opera. I had to scroll down below the sidebar to read the content. It does appear to be obsolete in places though; other than that, I don't see a problem with what he wrote (especially since I like to use as few plugins as possible while getting the maximum gain out of what I do use).
    Thanks. I will make the necessary adjustments.

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    Very useful thread I learned a lot from it. I didn't realise that the SEO features of WP can be extended so drastically

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    A Plugin that allows you the ability to change meta tags per post is the best puigin. Title, Keywords, Description

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    @jainmanoj123: thank. the answer that i'm looking for was yours

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    Excellent information (the foundation for a very powerful Foram)

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    Awesome info Dan ... I do a lot of those same actions ... just from knowledge of SEO ... Thanks for the great response ...

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    I will have to take a closer look, but the "do follow" plugin - can it be configured to follow links within the domain, but not outside?

    I often point people towards other articles in the comments (the site is getting large, and people still have not workout out how to use the search bars!) and it would be nice if these links were all do follow.
    My site: My Extension

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    Without reading all the posts. Here's my checklist

    1. Install in root.
    2. Make searchable by search engines
    3. Change theme
    4. Install "All In One SEO" - activate
    5. Install "XML-Sitemap"- activate
    6. Set permalinks to custom and /%postname%.html
    7. activate recent posts widget
    8. activate tag cloud widget
    9. theme should include tags under articles. (not just in the sidebar)
    10. Register for feedburner
    11. Register for Google Webmaster tools and add sitemap
    12. Register for Yahoo site Explorer and add sitemap
    13. Use this ping list

    http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
    http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
    http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/ping
    http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
    http://1470.net/api/ping
    http://api.feedster.com/ping
    http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
    http://api.moreover.com/ping
    http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
    http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
    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://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
    http://coreblog.org/ping/
    http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt
    http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
    http://ping.amagle.com/
    http://ping.bitacoras.com
    http://ping.blo.gs/
    http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
    http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc
    http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/
    http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc
    http://ping.feedburner.com
    http://ping.myblog.jp
    http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php
    http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
    http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
    http://ping.weblogs.se/
    http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
    http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/
    http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
    http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
    http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
    http://rpc.newsgator.com/
    http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
    http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
    http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php
    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.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/

    14. Write no less than 1 really good article per week. 1 per day is great. 3-5 per day is best. Don't overdue it. Quality, not quantity.

    Remember step 7? Don't push your recent posts down too far too fast. Let the spider bots hit them several times on many pages. Let the recent post link stay visible for at least 1 day. Setting the recent posts to 5 articles and writing 5 new articles perday is a perfect setting and rate of speed to write.

    Do this, wait a couple weeks, and your posts will be in the a google search within 15 minutes of writing the article. Um yeah, I said that right; 15 minutes! And letting the article set in the recent posts list of links will allow your page to climb the serps (along with many other things happening).

    Happy Pressing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverf View Post
    My site is http://www.foreverfreestuff.com
    sitemap: http:www.foreverfreestuff.com/sitemap.xml
    I have paste this code at my wordpress header.php to avoid duplicate:

    <?php if(is_single() || is_page() || is_home()) { ?>
    <meta name="googlebot" content="index,noarchive,follow,noodp" />
    <meta name="robots" content="all,index,follow" />
    <meta name="msnbot" content="all,index,follow" />
    <?php } else { ?>
    <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex,noarchive,follow,noodp" />
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow" />
    <meta name="msnbot" content="noindex,follow" />
    <?php }?>

    and i have installed Plug-in of All-In-one-SEO also.
    and i juz confused my robots.txt, who can help me to correct my robots.txt? because my robots.txt cannot pass at Google robot.txt analysis.

    my Robots.txt is:

    User-agent: *
    # disallow all files in these directories
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /z/j/
    Disallow: /z/c/
    Disallow: /stats/
    Disallow: /dh_
    Disallow: /wp-admin
    Disallow: /wp-includes/
    Disallow: /contact/
    Disallow: /tag/
    Disallow: /wp-content/
    Disallow: /wp-content/themes/
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /*?*
    Disallow: */trackback/

    User-agent: Googlebot
    # disallow all files ending with these extensions
    Disallow: /*.php$
    Disallow: /*.js$
    Disallow: /*.inc$
    Disallow: /*.css$
    Disallow: /*.gz$
    Disallow: /*.cgi$
    Disallow: /*.wmv$
    Disallow: /*.png$
    Disallow: /*.gif$
    Disallow: /*.jpg$
    Disallow: /*.xhtml$
    Disallow: /*.php*
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$
    Disallow: /*?*
    Disallow: /z/
    Disallow: /wp-*
    Allow: /wp-content/uploads

    # allow google image bot to search all images
    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Allow: /*

    # allow adsense bot on entire site
    User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
    Disallow: /*?*
    Allow: /z/
    Allow: /about/
    Allow: /contact/
    Allow: /wp-content/
    Allow: /tag/
    Allow: /manual/*
    Allow: /docs/*
    Allow: /*.php?
    Allow: /*.js$
    Allow: /*.inc$
    Allow: /*.css$
    Allow: /*.gz$
    Allow: /*.cgi$
    Allow: /*.wmv$
    Allow: /*.cgi$
    Allow: /*.xhtml?
    Allow: /*.php*
    Allow: /*.gif$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /*.png$

    # disallow archiving site
    User-agent: ia_archiver
    Disallow: /

    # disable duggmirror
    User-agent: duggmirror
    Disallow: /
    Remove all that crap in your robots.txt. That's the most messed up robots.txt i've seen in awhile. Set your robots.txt permissions to 666 and then install XML-Sitemap. Follow the instructions, then get a google and yahoo webmaster tools/site explorer account and add your sitemap.

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    'Batch Utility' which is more faster. It also has a commandline equivalent which does not need the GUI overhead and is more faster.

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    1) Ping List
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    3) Widgets are 3 most Wordpress SEO checklist


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