SEO with WordPress Lachlan MacPherson sennza | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
Why use SEO? Your chance to put your best foot forward rethink | redesign | results
We need to understand the purpose of a search engine Google wants to provide you with the best results possible for any given term or phrase rethink | redesign | results
Evolution: Key Advances in Google Search Backrub[September 1997]This search engine, which had run on Stanford’s servers for almost two years, is renamed Google. Its breakthrough innovation: ranking searches based on the number and quality of incoming links. New Algorithm[August 2001]The search algorithm is completely revamped to incorporate additional ranking criteria more easily. Local Connectivity Analysis[February 2003]Google’s first patent is granted for this feature, which gives more weight to links from authoritative sites. Fritz[Summer 2003]This initiative allows Google to update its index constantly, instead of in big batches. Personalized Results[June 2005]Users can choose to let Google mine their own search behaviour to provide individualized results. Bigdaddy[December 2005]Engine update allows for more-comprehensive Web crawling. Universal Search[May 2007]Building on Image Search, Google News, and Book Search, the new Universal Search allows users to get links to any medium on the same results page. Real-Time Search[December 2009]Displays results from Twitter and blogs as they are published.
Web Design vs SEO Google Instant Preview rethink | redesign | results
SEO with WordPress “If you do everything on WordPress you’re pretty much automatically covered as far as SEO”
Matt Cutts, Head of the Webspam Team at Google.
(PubCon 2007) rethink | redesign | results
Advantages of a WordPress Website: Search-friendly URLs -- that are spider-friendly and tend to be indexed and ranked better in search engines than the complex, dynamic-looking URLs that are typical of content management systems Tag Clouds -- which provide keyword-rich text link navigation, which link to... Tag Pages -- which contain excerpts of posts/pages that are related (by the fact they have the same tag in common) RSS feeds -- which help with link building and garner you visibility in the feed/blog search engines like Feedster and Google Blog Search Content-rich, search-friendly HTML -- thanks in part to the presentation layer (usually) being cleanly separated from the content layer, along with semantic mark-up, which gives the search engines good clues as to what copy is important and what is not Visitor participation -- through comments, trackbacks, and pingbacks. Post-dating of content -- to automatically "go live" on a scheduled date Ease of maintenance -- with no, or minimal, HTML skills required Extensibility -- through plugins (it's pretty easy to write your own) and direct hacks to the open source PHP codebase. http://www.stephanspencer.com/search-engines/your-website-powered-by-wordpress rethink | redesign | results
Ranking in under 5 mins? + rethink | redesign | results
Take Aways? Useful Pluginsto extend your SEO with WordPress: Sitemap XML Generator http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/ Redirection http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/ Disqushttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/disqus-comment-system/ Twitter Tools http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-tools/ All in One SEO http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/ Slide 11 of 13 rethink | redesign | results