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  1. I am trying to figure out how to add my Google analytic code to my page. Does anyone know how to edit appearance and theme??

    The blog I need help with is theflooringcraftsman.wordpress.com.

  2. You can't add Google analytics to a WordPress.com blog.

  3. Are you sure Raincoaster? I just added google webmaster and analytics to my blog and it appears to be running. I don't have data yet (it was added within 24 hours) but I think it's working.

  4. @internetnovice
    Yes raincoaster is positive as we are all positive about that correctness of this answer. If there was a question that could top the list of questions we Volunteers are tired of answering next to can I have Google adsense on my blog this would be it.

    Can I use Google Analytics?
    No, Google Analytics cannot be used on WordPress.com blogs at this time. http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info

    Moreover, if you are running both then you are posting to thw rong support forum. This forum is only for free hosted WordPress.com blogs. You need to post to http://wordpress.org/support/ Please read WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: The Differences

  5. Thanks for the response, I'm sorry to beat a dead horse. I'm still very new to wordpress and I saw it seemed to be working for me (although no data came through since 24 hours hasn't passed yet). I apologize.

    Does Google Webmaster still work? -.- I just wrote a post on setting up Google programs to track data, too. Rats! Back to the drawing board.

  6. Are you talking about http://internetnovice.wordpress.com/ ? If so, you can't run Google Analytics but you can use Webmaster tools.

    Always give us the specific link to the exact blog you're talking about because as TT pointed out, our instructions are for WordPress.COM, not WordPress.ORG blogs.

  7. I'm sorry. I'm still learning the protocol. I was writing (published, then privatized lol) a post about setting up analytics/webmaster to help people understand the keywords searched for their site. It appeared that both accounts are verified and would begin to collect data in 24 hours (like 5 hours from now). I guess I was wrong. Thank you TimeThief and Raincoaster for clearing that up for me.

  8. WordPress.com doesn't support Google Analytics, if you want Google Analytics you must get your own hosting for you blog. Good luck!

  9. again here is a link to read about the two flavors of WordPress, as confusing as it might be but still for your viewing pleasure:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  10. @internetnovice
    You're welcome. The only process we can use for verifying WordPress.com blog with the major search engines is found here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/
    If you are looking for very basic white hat SEO practices for WordPress.com bloggers click my username and search. If you need more academic references they are readily acvaialabel. Google and Bing provide webmaster guides for learning basic SEO. If you intend to attempt to provide novice SEO advice to other novices in your blog, then your are walking on quicksand. I have witnessed far too many novices leading other novices into blind corners on SEO over the course of these last 6 years.

  11. edit: "acvaialabel" was meant to be "available" sorry :(

  12. @novice - interesting that you violate some very basic SEO guidelines on your site already. Fancy graphic -

  13. @jacksonvillefloorman1

    Does anyone know how to edit appearance and theme?

    We cannot edit templates or themes on WordPress.com blogs. You can purchase an annually renewable custom design upgrade and use CSS editing to change the appearance of any theme found here > Appearance > Themes

  14. @Auxclass. Can you explain what basic SEO guidelines have been violated?

  15. Er... Novice, your blog has to be a spoof, right?

    I mean, Feb 3: "... the algorithm (named after Al Gore, the inventor of the internet)... "

  16. 1a. You Google chart is completely useless. It cannot be read at all and when you click on it, it does not give a larger version you can actually read.

    1b. And the colors chosen for the chart are WAY wrong from a readability and accessibility standpoint. There is NO contrast between the color of the text and the background colors on the chart. The chart is useless. Either redo it so that it can be read and upload a version large enough that people can click on it and see it, or just delete it.

    1c. Never save charts such as this as a jpg. jpg is meant for photographic images, not for graphic type images and jpg also use anti-aliasing for smoother gradients and for a chart such as this with large blocks of color and text, it simply turns the chart into unreadable mud.

    2. Anything over 10 tags on a single post is risking being labeled as a "tag spammer" by search engines, and will most likely keep your posts out of the wordpress.com global tags pages at the very least.

  17. 3) you've got to be kidding me.

  18. Ha ha ha ha, thanks for that, raincoaster... And I thought *I* was a novice!

    But seriously, though, thanks sacredpath for the tip about max number of tags - I'm probably over enthusiastic in that area, but then I do tend to be tagging posts that run to mini-essays.

  19. @ontheliner
    See here > global tags > missing posts

    See here: wordpress.com search > missing posts

    Note also that Google search spiders are programmed to detect spamdexing ie. the excessive use of tags and categories and/or irrelevat use of tags and categories aimed to game search engine results. They search the text in your posts and if the tag or category you assigned isn't there they detect that. Moreover, guess which sites are very closely scrutinized? You're right! It's sites where people profess they are providing SEO tips to others.

    P.S. I could add a 4. to the list thesacredpath started above but I'm choosing not to.

  20. If you wouldn't mind me piggy backing on this question. I am a recent blogger. I checked the articles on how to get noticed, etc. I did use the Google Webmaster. Question: using wordpress.com it appears I have done all I can with Google search, wordpress does all the rest. If I wanted to add more or do more customizing it looks like I need wordpress.org. Have I understood everything correctly? If I have I can stop reading link after link after link . . . Thanks!

    advocateofhope.wordpress.com

  21. You need to define "add more or do more customizing." What, exactly, do you mean by that.

    Also, when leaving a link to your blog, please preface it with http:// so it's clickable.

  22. I should have clarified. I understand Google search query uses key tag words in my blog title. I want to write better snippets for the descriptive paragraph. It seems Google uses my meta tags and grabs the snippet from my posting. Do I understand this correctly?

    Google grabs the snippets. The only way I can "help" Google is to use tag words in the first paragraph of my posting that are in my blog title. I can not create my own descriptive snippet unless I use wordpress.org and add plugins. Right?

  23. On those "descriptive snippets." I have the opportunity to work with a couple of the best copyrighters around and time and time again I've seen them labor over site and page meta descriptions and tweak them to within an inch of their lives only to have google and the other search engines completely ignore them and pull something virtually meaningless out of the page, such as a widget title and an entry out of a twitter widget.

    In my experience, those expertly crafted meta descriptions are only used about 40% of the time. Maximum.

    Work on keywords in your posts and pages, write good material and pretty much forget about all this meta crap. Most of the SEO stuff out there is simply snake oil and all it does is end up taking hundreds of ours out of your life that you could spend doing more useful things.

    [/rant]

  24. Thanks! That is exactly what I needed to hear.

  25. ...hundreds of hours*

  26. You are welcome.

  27. Thanks everyone, for some useful insights.

    And Timethief I'm grateful for the hint about "excessive use" - though my sin is probably to write long in the first place, which means I'll then tag all meaninglful topics and names. Hopefully if the spiders are so crafty as to double check tag against text, they will always find a mention of each. My tags may be numerous but are always legit!

    Talking of which, I've often wondered whether there's any point in tagging non-famous names, since in any population there will be many people sharing it, so what's the point? Yup, OK, I've just answered my own question... La la la...

  28. The point that's being missed here is that attempting to game Google's search engine Staff and alogrithms is a futile waste of time.

    1. Spamdexing is the deliberate assignment of an excessive number of tags toa post aimed to get search engine attention. It's a well known spammer's tactic. The motive is crystal clear. The spiders will detect that behavior and COUGH! your posts can be buried on the very last page in the SERPs in nanoseconds flat.

    2. We don't need to use categories and tags to our posts at all. Our content can stand on it's own as search spiders detect keywords in the text of the posts. Keywords occur in any language when that language is naturally written or spoken. So is it worth spending time on creating tags and categories for SEO purposes? The short answer is "no".
    Here's Matt Cutt's of Google
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A96yDPqa2rs

  29. A welcome splash of cold water, Timethief! Takes us back to basics - in my case, the blog is non-profit social history, so I'm less interested in hits, more in straight categorising of data. As you rightly say the topics that the blog addresses are in themselves keywords which will routinely be used in the text, so let's rely on the spiders finding them there.

    My site stats have shown a steady increase in views over the blog's two-year life which is encouraging. Three-quarters of visitors arrive through search and I do find studying the terms they have used is always instructive!

    Thanks again, all round.

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