Pages Vs Posts SEO
I have set up my WordPress site http://phelanbriandotorg.wordpress.com/ i finally have it looking like I want with having different sections and sub menu’s etc. I want to start SEO ing the pages I know how to seo posts but I cant then choose parent settings with posts etc Do I need to upgrade to PRO to use tags etc on pages or how do I get posts to go where I want on my Site?
The blog I need help with is phelanbriandotorg.wordpress.com.
Pages Vs Posts SEO – In a nutshell Posts have tonnes of Google juice and Pages don’t.
If you are trying to create a website appearance what follows applies. A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based blog structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
See here for a step by step guide > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
See also http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
On one hand, none of the characteristic “blog” features like categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted WordPress.com blog without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.
On that other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. That’s why I suggested you read this comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
how do I get posts to go where I want on my Site?
Pages are static and are for content that rarely changes. They sit outside of the blog structure and you cannot post to multiple pages in any blog. There is only one main page for posts in a blog and all posts will display on the main blog page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page.
The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.
After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page. We organize posts by assigning categories to them. You can create a custom menu and add the categories into the custom menu.
Here’s a link to a custom menu walk-through > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/
There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
Do I need to upgrade to PRO to use tags etc on pages
Categories and Tags, which are treated the same way by search engines can only be assigned to Posts. They cannot be assigned to Pages.
These 5 videos introduce how Google discovers, crawls, indexes your site’s pages, and how Google displays them in search results. It also touches lightly upon challenges webmasters and search engines face, such as duplicate content http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/03/22/5google-webmasters-video-tutorials/
If you are using a WordPress.com theme good SEO is a given. However, going beyond the theme what the blogger has done within that structure is worth evaluating. Whether you write informative, persuasive or controversial content learning how search engines work, and how to apply basic SEO to you content will benefit your blog as it will increase traffic from targeted readers. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/10/21/two-seo-videos-for-bloggers/
It takes time and frequent publication of content that cannot be found elsewhere on the internet for search engines to discover your content and index it.
For 10 factors that expedite indexing of your content see > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/21/omg-i-cant-find-my-blog-on-google/
P.S. My bill will be in the mail – just joking. lol ;)
Really appreciate the info…I have quite a few links to get through there,,,,, I am still a bit confused.. So if I was to create multiple Pages…If I can designate which page my posts would go to I would be able to use the mete tags etc?
So if I was to create multiple Pages…If I can designate which page my posts would go to I would be able to use the mete tags etc?
No. This is a multi-user blogging platform. Our blogs share a common architecture. We bloggers cannot access metadata and insert metatags. That being said it’s of interest to note keyword metatags are not required for SEO purposes and Matt Cutts of Google has said that as far back as 2009. Search engines are focused on keywords in your content.What is important is keywords found in your content. I already linked to the post above that has the video in it. Revisiting Keywords and Tags
If your concern is SEO, stop using Pages, period. They are nearly invisible to Google and other search engines. Use Posts, and categorize them correctly, and always include an image in your posts.
You can customize your menu and your categories can appear as if they are pages across the menu bar. You can also have drop downs under each category for the various post that fall in the same category. That way you can still utilize the tags when you are writing new post.
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