WordPress and sitemap and SEO.
Google webmaster tool dose not show sitemap? Also if chek W3c many errors shows up in theams css. SEO in wordpress.com is impossible. Tags are not keywords, sheck it out in google webmaster tool help video! Indexed in google dose not mean that you blog shows up in search.
The blog I need help with is pandarecommends.wordpress.com.
We actually have quite a few built-in SEO features: http://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/
This includes XML sitemaps, available at [yourblog].wordpress.com/sitemap.xml
CSS errors have no impact on search engine rankings, as bots don’t interpret CSS. Regardless, if you do find any, please let us know in our Themes forum: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/themes
We could spend years arguing the merit of meta keywords and other SEO tactics, but the last presentation from Google that I attended suggested that meta keywords were on their way out, and this seems to be the case for the other major search engines as well.
It’s a new era for SEO. Content is now the key, as it should have been from the start.
According to Matt Cutts from Google, they no longer pay any attention at all to meta tags, so don’t even bother worrying about them. There only one search engine left with an absolute minuscule search engine share that pays any attention to them.
The only meta thing left that Google even looks at would be a meta description which they might, MIGHT, use as a snippet for a search result, but in my experience they only use them about 40-50% of the time. The rest of the time they pull something directly out of the body of the post on their own.
@macmanx, on content being the key: +1 from me.
Note the date on those posts I referenced, those were back in 2009 and from what I understand Google quit paying attention to meta tags/keywords long before that. They just never publicly acknowledged it until then.
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but what about the meta titles and meta descriptions? those are still relevant. how can one go about getting the seo plugins for a wordpress.com blog? what’s the migration path to wordpress.org. so irritated that this trivial detail presents such non-trivial differences!
WordPress.com has a great deal more SEO than any independent install with any plugins you want. There is nothing you can do to an independently hosted blog that will give it as much SEO as an out of the box WP.com blog.
Just one factor: there are something like 18 million active blogs hosted on the WordPress.com domain. And subdomains of important domains have a huge SEO boost. What can you possibly put up against that in terms of plugins?
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