SEO help

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  • #350924

    iowagirleats
    Member

    I’ve been blogging for a little over a week, and Google is still showing old, test posts that I had created when I was first setting up the blog – they seem to be cached. How long until my site is re-crawled? Also, when will my blog start to appear in other search engines when I search for them? I’m not listed in Yahoo or Ask.com yet. Thank you!

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

    #351061

    tellyworth
    Staff

    Google crawls WordPress.com blogs frequently – but it’s up to them. The other search engines are slower.

    nb your blog doesn’t have a title, this could affect your search engine position – http://ismyblogworking.com/IowaGirlEats.wordpress.com

    #351086

    raincoaster
    Member

    It certainly WILL effect your SEO. For god’s sake put in a title!

    #351098

    iowagirleats
    Member

    Eeek I know! But, if I enter in a title, then it shows up in my header…how do I enter it, but not have it show up??

    #351099

    raincoaster
    Member

    You can’t. You must simply find a theme that works with your visual standards, or subjugate them to your SEO standards.

    #351100

    tellyworth
    Staff

    You can do it with custom CSS. Visit Appearance / Edit CSS and preview this:

    #header { display: none; }

    #351101

    raincoaster
    Member

    There is that, but doesn’t Google penalize blogs with invisible text, including headers?

    #351104

    ellaella
    Member

    I don’t think they’re really invisible that way, in that the title appears on the page with the source code but the CSS tells the browser not to display it.

    Telly? Is that right or am I whistling Dixie?

    #351105

    raincoaster
    Member

    It’s my understanding that Google is still sophisticated enough to take that into account. I wouldn’t risk it.

    #351123

    tellyworth
    Staff

    Here’s what Google says:

    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66353

    They are quite specific about “text and links that are deceptive in intent”.

    There’s nothing deceptive here; it’s basically a text-image replacement technique, which is commonplace and harmless.

    #351151

    raincoaster
    Member

    Ah, thanks. I should have read the code; I thought it was one of those “make the code the same colour as the background” or “make the code appear offscreen to the right” things.

    #351163

    tellyworth
    Staff

    It’s pretty hard to say anything for sure, Google is quite vague (for obvious reasons). Reading between the lines, it seems to be the deliberately obtuse and evasive techniques that will get you in trouble, like z-indexes and invisible colours, and hiding links or large blocks of text. Using display:none as a normal visual design technique seems to be safe — it would have to be, it’s so common.

    #351170

    iowagirleats
    Member

    Ah ok – so I’ll need to upgrade to Custom CSS to make any changes? I can’t change anything in my CSS without that upgrade, correct? Thanks for all the info, btw, everyone – great stuff.

    #351171

    raincoaster
    Member

    Check the FAQ for details on the CSS upgrade, and if you know what you want to do you can try out the free Preview and only purchase the upgrade when you’re sure you can do what you want.

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