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Adding new content, but hiding from readers?

  1. I have 3-page blog site that needs to remain at just 3 posts (as the site is complete).

    I'd like to keep adding content so that I can continue to build links and avoid Google's Sandbox. So, I am looking for a way to add content that is visible to Google (likely to be SEO articles) but hide it from my readers so that it doesn't confuse them.

    When adding new pages, I notice that they are not linked from the homepage. So, am I safe to assume that I could add content by adding new pages? I understand that people could find them through Google etc, and that is fine - I just don't want anyone typing in my .com top-level domain to see this content.

    As a warning - I am not too technical, so need to find a way to do this that avoids changing any code in my CSS.

    Thanks!

  2. Sorry, that first '3-page' should read '3-post'!

  3. It's critical that you understand two things:
    (1) All the differences between posts and pages ie. Pages are static and sit outside the blog structure. They can only be updated by editing them and have very little Google juice.

    (2) You cannot post to pages. There is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.

    Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/ But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.

    We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and custom links in your custom menu as well. You choose the order in which to display the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide. How to create a custom menu.

    Also note that if you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page for your site, and also create a “blog” page for your posts to display on, but that’s optional.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    As far as attempting to game Google search spiders goes, for the first 3 - 6 months your blog will be in the Google sandbox. Also note what this Types Of Blogs page states:

    Blogs that violate our advertising policy or fall into one of the following categories are not allowed on WordPress.com: ... SEO blogs: Blogs that are written for search engines instead of humans. These blogs are dedicated to trying to fool Google and other search engines into ranking them or the sites they link to highly. WordPress.com is not meant for this type of activity.

  4. Thanks.

    Just to clarify - this is not an SEO blog - it's a blog for a product I sell as an affiliate.

    I was just thinking that a good way to add useful content would be to write some SEO-keyword rich articles that are still very informative and useful to the reader.

    I'd just like a way to make it hard for the reader to find from my home page, as I want to keep my product-selling simple and un-cluttered.

  5. it's a blog for a product I sell as an affiliate.

    Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category. Here is a thread in the support forums that talks more about which affiliate links are OK or not OK. http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    In a nutshell no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM

    The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.
    http://vip.wordpress.com/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links you can hire a web host and get a free software install from http://wordpress.org Refer to > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  6. I have my blog hosted on my domain (not at WP.com). Is this allowed? Perhaps I am posting on the wrong side of the WordPress forums?

  7. My guess is that the search engines figured your scheme out a long time ago - however

    The site you are asking about does not seem to be hosted on WordPress.COM so you need to make friends over at WordPress.ORG the keepers of the software you are using.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/7-things-to-know-before-posting-in-wordpresscom-forums?replies=1

    This site is for support of sites hosted on WordPress.COM. You should address your questions to WordPress.ORG the keepers of the software you are using: http://wordpress.org/support/

    For more on the difference: http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  8. You just repeated the same thing twice. Thanks for your help, I'll head over there.

  9. I also have blogs that are on their own domains. They are being free hosted by WordPress.com so the WordPress.com ToS and policies apply to them. If your blog is not being free hosted by WordPress.com but is actually a WordPress.org install then you are posting to the wrong support forum. If that's the case, they you will need to post to http://wordpress.ORG/support/
    WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: The Differences

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