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  1. timethief, I have noticed how much you help folks here and respect you enormously for the time you donate.

    However, I really feel that you are really badly misreading my requests for help and mischaracterizing them, resulting in me getting brushed away to an inappropriate section of the forums, where my questions are so clearly out of place.

    While the initial thread title has to do with SEO by name, if you read the thread, and it's painfully clear that you haven't fully, the discussion progressed, thanks to everyone's input, from general SEO questions, toward my making a decision to possibly change the name and URL of my blog, which now leaves me with some questions, which I've clearly stated, having to do very specifically with using the WordPress.com software:

    managing domains, changing the blog name, whether or not the blog name per the field in the Dashboard has to appear on the site to achieve the results raincoaster mentions above when he/she insisted that I do need to change the title and the URL, and even my question about what I need to do to make sure that I don't lose readers who have existing shortcuts to my blog is basically about what redirect options are available to me using WordPress.com and how they work.

    So you see, these are not questions, as you insist, having to do with broad SEO concepts like using keywords, tags, and linking strategies like those you include on your one cool site.

    (Yes, I've read your stuff and it's been very helpful in my over all decision-making process.)

    So, I appeal to you to reconsider your interpretation of my outstanding request for help above. Respectfully, I think if you weren't so burned out by people who don't have a clue about forum etiquette, because you spend so much time here, I don't think you'd be so quick to judge me and judge me erroneously.

  2. I do need to change the title and the URL, and even my question about what I need to do to make sure that I don't lose readers who have existing shortcuts to my blog is basically about what redirect options are available to me using WordPress.com and how they work.

    If you think you need to change the URL then the way that is done is by purchasing a domain name and domain mappijng. The reason one purchases domain mapping is so their vistors will be seamlessly transferred form the root blog URLs when they click them to the new domain URLs.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

  3. What all this tells me is I don't have the right URL OR title to meet any SEO guidelines at all. :((

    So @drawingboard - all I can do is empathise!

  4. @teamoyeniyi
    Don't forget that we can purchase a domain and domain mapping then whatever the root blog sub-domain is here at wordpress.com matters not.

    URL, Blog Title, Tagline & SEO

    What’s in a name? Unique names are highly valued for establishing brand identity and for standing out from the crowd. The best case scenario is that the URL, and the blog title, and a brief effective tagline operate as branding tools. Wherever possible, your blog’s URL, blog title and tagline ought to contain keywords (primary subject matter, products and/or services) that define your intended brand. Read the full post here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/07/31/blog-titles-and-branding-tools/

  5. Thanks TT - and I liked this one - especially about the grapgics and keywords!

    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2009/08/04/basic-seo-elements-for-bloggers/

  6. Can you itemize your questions in a list, rather than paragraphs? It's extremely hard to parse all those words looking for the actual questions.

    Remember, too, Support is your first resource.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/

  7. I am excited that google Web tools lists my number one significant keyword as

    "blog".

    Yes that really sets me apart from the crowd.
    Strangely I have only used the tag "blog" a couple times.

    Still trying to get the keywords like "meditation", which I use constantly and in the Tag line to have a stronger "significance", which is supposed to reflect the subject of the blog.

    SEO is a puzzling world.

  8. raincoaster wrote:

    Can you itemize your questions in a list, rather than paragraphs? It's extremely hard to parse all those words looking for the actual questions.

    I did that in my post dated:

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:41 AM

    But, you know, I'm just fed up.

    First, my thread is moved to Off-Topic by the powers that be despite my having VERY legitimate questions about how to use the WordPress.com software, and then both raincoaster and timethief proved themselves too arrogant and condescending to take the time to read the thread thoroughly before treating me like I was somehow being horrendously disruptive to the WordPress.com forums.

    If I was a chronic problem, posting inappropriately in multiple forums, never taking the time to read old threads, I could understand the reaction. Instead, I read old threads looking for information ALL the time, this is only the 2nd or 3rd time I've created a new thread to ask for help, and I've even posted to other threads in order to help other users).

    It's terribly insulting to be treated this way.

  9. I like your blog design header.

    If it's a personal blog, then don't go nuts on SEO. Unless you're trying to land a job. Anyway, write content in several niche areas.

  10. I really don't know which specific questions you've asked that I haven't answered. If you're not willing to work with us to help you then we won't be able to help you. You shouldn't take it personally: it's not personal. We are just looking for technical support questions to answer; make them easy for us to find. I've answered several THOUSAND technical questions, so obviously I'm happy to answer them. I've answered all the questions I can find in your thread, and asked you if you have others to list them each on one line. Easy.

    What I don't do in the forum is specific blog analysis, like "please look at my blog and make itemized suggestions." I charge serious money to do that.

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