Simple Tip for better WordPress SEO ?

Simple Tip for better WordPress SEO ?

I just learned of something which might be hampering your attempts to get good levels of traffic to your site if you are using WordPress.

One of the best things about WordPress is that you can add a category or two to your post. It turns out that listing your blog post under more than one category might be considered as duplicate content in Googles eyes and your site may be penalised.

I will be posting under only 1 category for a while to see if this helps with the site traffic / SEO on the site.

Any comments – please add them below to discuss the search tricks you use for WordPress SEO

SEO Experiment in July seemed to work … I think

The traffic to the site is now 1,000 visitors up PER DAY, over the same daily periods in the first 6 months of the year. In the months Jan to June I was getting about 1,800 visitors per day to the site and I put this down to my lapse in frequent blogging and a reduction in updates to the site. This follows on from the Panda and other updates from Google in recent months and I was sure I was affected.

In July I decided to start blogging more and updating the site more frequently. I uploaded a few blog posts in July. This seemed to work very quickly and early August traffic seemed to indicate very high spike in traffic and no apparent reason. Could this be down to the updates and more frequent blog posts?

I will wait and see – but for now I will not be resting on laurels and will be updating the blog on an ongoing basis to ensure this new gain of traffic is not lost !

How failing to have regular website updates can hurt your traffic

How failing to have regular website updates can hurt your traffic

I had being blogging quite a lot between July 2011 and January 2012 but due to may things, I had very infrequent updates to the blog and to the website in general since January. The one thing I noticed was a drop in traffic and this is something which Google and Search Engines love to see – Regular Updates with Original Quality Content.

Below is a graph of traffic to the website since the regular updates to the site were reduced to once a month or once every three weeks. I’m now doing a test to see how a concerted effort on content might grow this traffic once more.

Regular traffic updates help grow your website traffic - SEO Website Traffic Growth

I’m going to have a blog post on the site once every three days if possible and can then assess the results in traffic numbers. I’m looking at getting the traffic back up over the 50K unique visitors per month.

Lets wait and see…

SEO Review of 2010 – Top 50 Pages on ShaneMcDonald.org for 2010

I decided to do a quick SEO review of the website now that 2010 is over.

The following is a list of the top 50 pages on shanemcdonald.org for 2010. You can see the page details, page views and unique pageviews / visitors on the post below. I will also be publishing the top 25 SEO Keywords for the site (might extend it to the top 50 keywords for 2010). These will be uploaded in the next few days.

Top 50 Pages on ShaneMcDonald.org for 2010

Website PagePageviewsVisitors
/music/piano-chord-shapes.html 13513995072
/music/chordmap/ 12602150129
/queen/album-list.php 7614526762
/music/guitar-chords.html 4189517550
/music/learn-to-read-music.html 3792226299
/music/easy-music-transposer.html 3579429997
/music/piano-chord-shapes.html 3283223227
/music/learn-types-of-music-notes.html 2318117143
/music/chordmap/ 227698772
/music/how-to-transpose.html 2196116906
/music/guitar/guitar-chords-full-list.html 2195017020
/music/guitar/b-minor.html 2110614717
/music/piano-chord-C_Major.html 2105915776
/ 2056616653
/music/tab-q-nato-bohemian-rhapsody.html 1901717837
/queen/queen-bio.html 179869454
/music/guitar/Bflat-major.html 1525811366
/queen/queen-tabs.html 142637145
/music/piano-chords-in-C.html 130767489
/myblog/2010-01-15/how-to-fix-an-iphone-ipod-touch-with-a-frozen-safari-app/ 127497383
/music/piano-chord-D_Major.html 123878952
/music/chordmap/piano-chords.php?Root=C&id=1 1236410839
/music/musicglossary.php 116945671
/myblog/2010-06-07/iphone-4g-expected-to-be-in-ireland-uk-in-early-june/ 98824993
/music/piano-chord-G_Major.html 98637153
/music/tabs.html 95987071
/music/learn-to-read-notes.html 90416402
/queen/tab-q-nato-bohemian-rhapsody.html 87678199
/music/guitar-chords.html 85313694
/music/playing-piano-chords.html 83484533
/music/piano-chord-E_Major.html 81496013
/queen/Freddie_Mercury.html 73866080
/queen/Roger_Taylor.html 72625900
/music/piano-chord-A_Major.html 69875467
/music/piano-chord-B_Major.html 68955067
/music/tab-datr-somebody-to-love.html 68926371
/music/piano-chord-F_Major.html 67995283
/queen/album-detail.php?id=1 67325775
/music/learn-to-read-music.html 60254750
/music/guitar/c-minor.html 60124750
/queen/album-detail.php?id=2 55844510
/music/tab-notw-we-are-the-champions.html 54965153
/queen/album-detail.php?id=4 54754460
/music/guitar/c-major.html 54304662
/queen/album-detail.php?id=3 53634335
/queen/John_Deacon.html 52574405
/music/index.htm 52143584
/queen/album-detail.php?id=5 48843968
/music/guitar/f-major.html 48814088
/music/learn-types-of-music-notes.html 47323699

Source : Google Analytics – ( Date Range 1st Jan 2010 to 31st December 2010 )

Google Trends for SEO Keyword Research

Google Trends for SEO Keyword Research

Its been a while since I posted a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) post and this is quite a useful one for choosing your SEO Keywords or Key-Phrases for you TITLE, DESCRIPTION and BODY content.

This tool from Google is called “Google Trends” and it allows you to view relative search volumes and seasonal keyword search trends between two or more keyword phrases. For example if you want to see how people are searching on the web, you can include these keywords into Google Trends and leave it do its work. Below, I have done a search for Golf Course, Golf Club and Golf Links for the past 12 months using the Irish Datacentres.  Golf Club and Golf Course are usually the same thing in reality, but what do people search for?

Google Trends for SEO Keyword Research - SEO Tool

This can show that Golf Club is used more than Golf Course. This is important when choosing your SEO Keywords. So if you are a Golf Course you can choose to go for the most searched term “Golf Club” or the less competitive term “Golf Course”. Selecting a less competitive search term can help you when you setup a website. If you are promoting a very competitive keyword, e.g. “music download” which is the second most competitive keyword term, you can try combine this into a niche 3 word phrase, e.g. “classical music download” , “free music download” or “irish music download”. You can then use Google Trends to see which keyword combination would be best for you.

If you were to search for something like “Festival” or “Mothers Day” you would be able to see the annual trends for these terms, which may be interesting for you when selecting keywords for your business website.

This is only one use for Google trends and there is much more that this system offers.

For a bit of fun, take a look at this Google Trend : LINK
It shows how talk of Recession is going down and Cheating is going up. Especially a huge spike , dated November 19th, when Theirry “Le Cheat” Henry decided he wanted to take up Gaelic Football for a few seconds.

Play around with Google trends and you should find some uses to assist your SEO Keyword Research.

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