Embedding WordPress with iframe vs. domain redirect
I would like to add my blog to my website which is hosted through another service and my web administrator suggested I embed the blog within an iframe on the site. Functionality wise, this is a good solution since I would like to place the blog on a sub-directory page (wordpress does not currently support subdirectory domain redirects), but how does this affect SEO? Will my .wordpress site come up next to the externally hosted page with the iframe in google? Will I be penalized for publishing duplicate content? Any suggestions are appreciated!!!!
The blog I need help with is boulderfitness.wordpress.com.
Functionality wise iframes are never a good solution. Free hosted WordPress.com blogs cannot be embedded into websites. Yes, Google search spiders can and do detect duplicate content. That’s what the Panda algorithm update was all about and it’s now in operations at all times. When duplicate content is detected and Google staff believe the situation is one of deceptive practices ie. attempting to game search engine results positioning they can and do send the indexed content from both the original site and the duplicate site into the supplementary index where the sun does not shine. IMO this is as it should be because readers using search engines ought not be faced with any duplicate content in the SERPs at all.
Every wordpress blog has RSS feed for posts (entries). This is the URL for the feed for your blog’s posts (entries):
Two questions: 1) What if I marked my wordpress site as “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors”, and then just put the blog in an iframe on my site? Would that solve my duplicate content issue? Would the content within the iframe be searched by search engines?
2) If that’s not a good idea, what would you suggest? I am currently using Intuit for my website because I am not a tech person, but their blog platform is terrible. I thought about migrating my whole site to wordpress, but I am hesitant, because I am not a tech person and Intuit has an awesome telephone support system to help me along the way. If I want to keep Intuit, should I simply do a redirect to the wordpress site?
I am willing to spend a little money if I need to, but I do not have tech skills myself. Thanks for your help!
IFrames are sometimes used to display content on web pages. Content displayed via iFrames may not be indexed and available to appear in Google’s search results. We recommend that you avoid the use of iFrames to display content. If you do include iFrames, make sure to provide additional text-based links to the content they display, so that Googlebot can crawl and index this content. http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=72746#4
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