SEO Tags for general wordpress.com site?

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  • #1407878

    Hi, I’m trying to understand if it’s possible to add SEO tags to the home page of my site. I understand how to enable SEO tags for posts, but I’d like to add tags that will increase traffic to the general site. What are the options for this specific goal? Thanks!

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

    #1408017

    timethief
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    Here’s all you need to know about SEO on WordPress.com:
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/seo-on-wordpress-com/

    There is no FTP access and no plugin capability on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes anything at all stated here http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ FTP access, and plugins are available only for VIP bloggers http://vip.wordpress.com/our-services/ or for those with WordPress.ORG installs.
    Please read > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    #1408019

    timethief
    Member

    Meta tags are not required for SEO purposes. Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking see the video here http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/03/01/revisiting-keywords-and-tags/

    We cannot access metadata on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. The process we use for verifying free hosted WordPress.com blogs with search engines is found here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/

    Note: Even if you do not verify the blog the content will be indexed by search engines so don’t feel panicky about this please.

    WordPress.com provides the search engines with site maps. We bloggers do nothing. http://en.support.wordpress.com/sitemaps/

    What attracts search engines is unique content the cannot be found anywhere else on the internet. Keep publishing original content frequently because it can take weeks before indexing will happen.
    For more information read > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/21/omg-i-cant-find-my-blog-on-google/

    NOTE: We cannot assist with search engine issues. They are between the blogger and the search engine. http://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/

    #1408030

    Okay, thanks for all of the helpful links!

    #1408031

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome. Don’t drink the bogus SEO koolaid that’s dispensed everywhere online. Know that the SEO here at WordPress.com is very good and blog on!

    #1408146

    skellermwd1
    Member

    Since this thread is still open…

    Am I reading this correctly, that free wordpress.com sites are somewhat automatically SEO’d, as long as you use descriptive, relevant titles, headings and content? I learned that one cannot use Google Analytics with a free wordpress.com site, but that Webmaster tools is still important. However, is the site verification the only important tool?

    On sites built using WordPress, on a .com domain, not the wordpress.com free domain, do the SEO features provided for the wordpress.com sites also work on the .com sites? Google Analytics can be used for the .com sites, even if built using WordPress, correct?

    Thanks,

    Steve

    #1408147

    raincoaster
    Member

    free wordpress.com sites are somewhat automatically SEO’d, as long as you use descriptive, relevant titles, headings and content?

    Yes.

    is the site verification the only important tool?

    No, Keywords are far more important.

    On sites built using WordPress, on a .com domain, not the wordpress.com free domain, do the SEO features provided for the wordpress.com sites also work on the .com sites?

    Insofar as I understand what you just said, which is not a sure thing, yes.

    Google Analytics can be used for the .com sites, even if built using WordPress, correct?

    No. A WordPress.com blog is a WordPress.com blog, whatever its URL, and a custom domain upgrade gets you simply a custom domain.

    #1408148

    timethief
    Member

    No, Keywords in content ie. in the text are far more important.

    #1408149

    skellermwd1
    Member

    RC,

    So essentially, the WP Stats page/function/?? overrides, or replaces Google Analytics for wordpress.com sites (free, or upgraded)?

    This is what I get when I tried to use Webmaster Tools/Google Analytics:

    Enable Webmaster Tools data in Google Analytics

    When you associate a Google Analytics web property with a Webmaster Tools site, you will be able to see Webmaster Tools data in your Google Analytics reports, and enable Webmaster Tools to link directly to associated reports in Google Analytics.

    Web Property: ART Massage PDX

    Linked Site: This property is not linked to any site in your Webmaster Tools account.
    http://www.artmassagepdx.wordpress.com/
    This site is not linked to any web property in your Google Analytics account.

    #1408150

    timethief
    Member

    The only support documentation that applies to free hosted wordpress.com blogs is at http://en.support.wordpress.com

    There is no upgrade aside from your blog being accepted into VIP hosting http://vip.wordpress.com/our-services/ that allows you to run Google Analytics.

    Stats – Note we cannot install Google Analytics.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info

    This is a multi-user blogging platform. Our blogs share a common architecture. We bloggers cannot access metadata on free hosted WordPress.com blogs and install any tracking code, we have no FTP access and we cannot install plugins.
    See here http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
    FTP access, and plugins are available only for VIP bloggers http://vip.wordpress.com/our-services/ or for those with WordPress.ORG installs.

    #1408151

    raincoaster
    Member

    Also note that your URL does not contain “www.”

    #1408152

    timethief
    Member

    Picking up on raincoaster’s point no WordPress.com blog URLs contain “www”. If you purchase a www domian then wordpress software will strip it out and seamlessly redirect to the same URL without the “www”.

    www is an old protocol from way back when everything was under separate server hardware. In those old days the www (www.example.com) was the web server, mail (mail.example.com) was the mail server, ftp (ftp.example.com) was the FTP server, print (print.example.com) was the print server, etc.

    These days, everything is run under the web server, making www. redundant and a waste of four characters.

    #1408153

    skellermwd1
    Member

    Thanks for the info, Timethief!

    #1408154

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome.

    #1408179

    lindia88
    Member

    Hay timethief, I see the video. Are you sure Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking?

    #1408180

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes.

    #1408181

    justpi
    Member

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