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Improving Your WordPress SEO

Search Engine Optimization applies to all webpages but you can do some special SEO work with WordPress CMS and blogs. Take advantage of the great seo benefits of proper wordpress seo!

Improving Your WordPress SEO

image for improve your wordpress seoWordPress has several built-in features that help it rank well with the search engines. The default settings aren’t fully optimized, however. Let’s look at a few strategies for improving your WordPress SEO.

The first thing you should do after installing WordPress is to change the permalink settings. This is the structure that WordPress uses when creating the URLs to all your content. By default, your permalinks will be something along the lines of www.yourdomain.com/?p=123 where the 123 is the post ID. You will improve your WordPress SEO properties by simply allowing keywords and keyword phrases in your urls…. these are then spidered by the search engines which will then use these keywords to determine the content and value of your blog……don’t miss this step!

Permalinks Will Boost
Your WordPress SEO

There are two things wrong with this type of permalink. First, even though the search engines have gotten much better at dealing with these types of links, they still don’t get indexed as quickly sometimes. And second, these type of links don’t include any keywords in the URL to help improve your SEO. Keywords and keyword phrases in your urls have been found to get your pages indexed, ranked and placed faster and higher in the SERPS.

A better choice is to include the title of your post as part of the permalink. This change can be made on the Permalinks page in the Settings area of the admin dashboard. Use something like this instead:

/%post_id%/%postname%

That will use the post ID so you are sure you won’t run into duplicate post names (which is more likely than you think as time passes and you add more and more posts) and the postname which will make the URL more visitor friendly as well as get your keywords into it.

The next thing you should do is install an SEO plugin such as All In One SEO or install a theme that includes this functionality by default. These plugins improve the source code by optimizing your title tag, meta keywords and description tags, etc. This data can either be generated automatically from the content of the posts or you can manually enter them for each post you make.

Improved WordPress SEO Is Affected
By Duplicate Content…..Be Careful!

Lastly, be careful that you don’t create duplicate content issues within your own site. For example, let’s say you add a widget to your sidebar that shows the monthly archives. If those archive pages show the full content of each post, you could wind up with two different URLs that each have the same content. So, just to be clear, avoid full content being duplicated on another location in your WordPress theme.

Always display snippets on those types of pages, leaving the full content for only the main post page. That way you’ll avoid any duplicate content problems. Improving your WordPress SEO isn’t that difficult, spend some time, read some books, watch a few videos and engage in learning exactly how you can take your WordPress SEO one step higher and you will be on your way to being a wordpress master!!

Active Blogging WordPress Membership

One of the most beneficial wordpress memberships I belong to is call Active Blogging. The createor, David Pankhurst packs some real value into the membership.

First if you couldn’t figure it out the wordpress membership covers various aspects of Blogging. In particular discussions and products are based around the wordpress platform.

I know there are many memberships covering wordpress but this one is unique in that every couple of months he provides a new plug in …and they aren’t cheap plugins you can find anyplace else. These are all original, in fact, the price of the membership is worth it if you just consider the plug ins.

For instance, this month Dave is giving his members the Easy Bulk Article Poster for WordPress plugin….a great plug in to have if you own some plr articles.

Speaking of plr articles, lately David has been giving away a pack of PLR articles each month for you to use as you see fit.

This month’s report also contains an aritlce on duplicate content, what it is, should you be afraid of it, how you can use it. The discussions about duplicate content are numerous you can pick up some great insights with Davids comments.

Mix Up Your WordPress Posts With Dave’s Easy Article Mixer! This month’s Member Plugin easily rearranges and publish articles, making it simple to automatically ’spread’ a large group of articles across a week, a month – or even longer! David discusses different ways to use this great plugin.

This month’s report contains more ideas, information and instructions on wordpress and internet marketing….stuff you won’t see elsewhere.

Blog

There is a blog you’ll have access to, and it isn’t like most membership blogs, David puts in effort to deliver valuable usable content to help make your blogging successful while helping you to make money.

Forum

There is a membership forum where you can post your questions about wordpress. I all honesty the forum isn’t really busy, however, anytime I have had a question about anything that involves wordpress I post it to the forum and David answers the question within 24 hours. It’s kind of like having your own personal wordpress tutor.

Videos

There is a video section with 100’s of videos that teach on various aspects of seo, wordpress or internet marketing. Like having your own teaching library.

Plugins

More plugins than you can shake a stick at….all custom or cusomized plugins, I’m not sure how long they will all be available to new members.

Reports

There is a section of reports that covers special reports that David has written and sold elsewhere for $27 or more. Some reports he has gotten rights to but the material is excellent. Most cover wordpress secrets!

There are 3 levels of membership from free to platinum. I would suggest the Platinum membership because it will give you the most value for the dollar.

Like most items I promote, I usually will not promote or suggest anything I haven’t used, and The Active Blogging membership is something I belong to and have used for the last year or so and whole heartedly recommend it!

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