Plugins and SEO within WordPress

Posted by: Rea Maor In: Internet and SEO - Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

As a part of my SEO trial-n-error i’ve installed several Plugins and made several changes to the website.
those of you who might follow this blog (yes.. yes.. i mean you mom..) might have noticed that it had several changes here and there as a result of my Modifications and Plugin installations.

Plugins i’ve installed on my blog:
Subscribe To Comments – enables you to start a mini mailing list on your comment page, if you post a new comment the users will get update. this is Very usfull when trying to attract visitors back.

Show Top Commentators – They say competition is always good, so maybe this will help to attract more responds for my posts.

Post Upload and Paste for WordPress 2 – you’ll just have to take my word for it, this is one of the best plugins out here if you post with pictures and want to place them easily wherever you what on the post.

Live – THE plugin for me.. lets you know who your visitors are and where they came from, LIVE !

Jerome’s Keywords,Simple Tagging – they are the one to blame for the Tag cloud i have at the top and the Tags mass i have on each and every post.. i think they are very nasty both taking a lot of time to load and makes the whole site heavy in general.. i’m also pretty sure they dont do anything good to my SEO ranking.
i think i’ll throw them out on the next Blog SEO interface upgrade.

Adsense-Deluxe+ – This is one of the best and must valuable plugs out there, this baby is responsible for all the ads and ads placement, i’m not really using it well.. but i’m sure that i’ll get the hang of it before the next upgrade..

Add To Favorites – this is is just Screaming FAT BASTARD, instead of moving my ass and writing one line of code to make a “Add to favorites / Set as homepage” script, i’m just using this instead.. dont get me wrong.. it’s great.. but i could have defiantly save up few Milliseconds by putting static code instead of this fancy php plug.

Digg This – very nice and easy Digg integration plug,
this is what’s generating the Yellow Digg this button on the right side of each article..

Exec-PHP – this plug is a must if you intend to use php code within your blog.. without this little baby you’re in for a ride..

Feedburner Feed Replacement – Very popular plug, it helps you to easily forward all your different feeds to Feedburner while letting through some important User-Agents.

Google (XML) Sitemaps – Great sitemap plug for Yahoo and Google, very important to start drive traffic into your website and actually letting the Search Engines know you’re alive and kicking.

Ask Me – The actual plugin my whole blog suppose to stand on.. sadly it’s not being updated and is missing some important features.. but still, very interesting and usfull plug.

SEO modifications i’ve made:
1.Getting rid of useless tags (Permalink), Tags can be a good thing, but not when it comes as one million subfolders after an already too long domain name, do as i did.. drop %day%, %post_id% , %hour%, %minute% or even %second%, they’re just useless and are sure to make your URLs ugly to the viewers and bad for Search Engines.
instead all this mass try to use something clean and neat like /%category%/%postname%/

2.Page Titles:
When you search for something in google, searched keywords which appear in your title are made bold, as you only have few seconds until the users click away the best matching result
you want to make sure yours will cover the most.Because Google truncates titles when they pass a certain length, you need your must important keywords up front Google might also be counting words which appear earlier in the title as more important.

i would suggest you edit your Header to something similar to that
<***title>< ?php wp_title(' '); ?>< ***?php if(wp_title(' ', false)) { echo ' · '; } ?>Main-Site-Title-You-Choose<***/title>

(Remove the *** Marks)

This will give you nice Titles and put the Main subject first.

3.Post Titles:
Keep your post titles as simple and basic as possible,
dont use any special characters and dont use numbers, keywords are your friend, but use them
wisely.

4.Combine HTML code
although it’s less common these days, Google and other search engines still calculate the value of Text and Headlines that use special XHTML code more then just basic text,
dont be shy with them, wrap the title in H2, H3 or H4 tags, it cannot do no harm.


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