Some Basic SEO Tips for New Bloggers in WordPress.com   6 comments

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Among many free blog hosting websites www.wordpress.com is one that provides you with better platform for your blog and online business. Although, WordPress.com comes with many restrictions but there are many reasons to select this blog hosting website for your blog especially if your blog needs some SEO assistance because most of the features of WordPress are SEO equipped and even if you have minimum idea on search engine optimization (SEO) WordPress gives you the best.

In this post I will be discussing about some important features for new bloggers so that what you can have a trouble free experience in WordPress. Although, I am not an experienced member of WordPress but I am sure some of my tips will help you avoid many unnecessary hindrances.

SEO Task for WordPress.com Blogs:

WordPress is a highly SEO equipped blogging platform but still there are some extras that you can do for betterment of your website’s performance and to make your blog more SEO friendly.

Website Submission to Google:

After creating a blog you can simply submit to Google and Yahoo website submission so that they can index your blog. Google Submission is the place where you tell Google about the existence of your website and Blog so it is the first step and is no doubt an important one. Submit your blog address in the URL box and in the box of comments you will be placing your major keywords.

Ø Google Webmaster Central:

Google webmaster central is a very important place that allows you to view all the necessary activities and the results that Google has generated from crawling your website. All you have to do is simply create a Gmail account and log in where you will see “My Account” on the top right of the page click the tab and you will be provided with the page that shows Google Accounts and its features. Among many “Webmaster Tools” is where you need to click and you will be placed with the option “Add a Site” simply click and add your website address.

Ø Website Verification:

After adding your website to Google webmaster tool now you need to go through the verification process. As you are in a WordPress.com I think verification “Add a meta tag to your site’s home page” option will do better. All you have to do now is to click the option and you will be provided with a Meta tag for you website. So, copy the Meta tag and come back to your WordPress blog and log in. In you dashboard you will see the “tools” option in the left column and that will lead you to page where you can see “Webmaster tools Verification” and in the Google Webmaster tool simply paste the Meta code that was generated by Google and save the changes. Now, come back to your Google page and click the “verify” tab and you are done.

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Ø Submit Your XML sitemap to Google:

Sitemaps are very effective for any website and blogs from Search Engine Optimization point of view and in WordPress.com you also have an automatically generated .xml sitemap and all you have to do is to submit to search engines. How you do? Simply, add /sitemap.xml at the end of your domain name like: https://optimizingengine.wordpress.com/sitemap.xml and press enter key. Now the new page is the sitemap of your blog that WordPress.com has automatically created for you and if you have already posted some articles to your blog then you can even see them here. Now, all you have to do is to go to Google webmaster central, create an account i.e Gmail account and submit.

Some Restrictions on WordPress.com

Ø Themes:

If you are hoping to include some wonderful themes to you WordPress blog and you are optimistic because you have seen hundreds of results in Google search engine that offers you free WordPress themes then the truth is bitter. WordPress.com allows no themes from your side so you cannot upload any themes or any other things to your blog and the only option you have is choose one from the samples that they provide.

Themes that you see in the Google search engine results are for WordPress.org and there is a huge difference between WordPress.com and the WordPress.org. But, you can modify the themes and edit the CSS.

Ø Advertisements:

If you are planning to earn some ransom from your blog from advertisements then WordPress.com is not where you can have your dream come true. WordPress.com allows no advertisements in your blog and in case found then your blog will be simply terminated. Avoiding advertisements in your blog is the key part in the terms and conditions of WordPress.com and there is no way out.

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Ø Like Box:

This is the one part that even I hate the most. WordPress.com restricts adding like box to your WordPress blog. Although, there are some other ways that blogger are doing but not effective enough to satisfy. So, if you want to create a fan page in Facebook that directly links to your blog then WordPress.com gives you no solution.

Ø Permalink:

Permalink in the WordPress.com or also known as the Slug can be changed as per you desire but there are also some restriction that you will face. When you write a new post in the WordPress.com i.e “Posts> Add New” and in the new page just below the title there appears the permalink option when you type the title for your post. You can edit the section that comes after the date but not the date itself. The main motive of changing your permalink is for SEO reasons and depending on your need you can change but the date will remain as it is.

Author: Kiran Bista.                                                                                                                                                                      Image Source: I & II

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6 responses to “Some Basic SEO Tips for New Bloggers in WordPress.com

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  4. Nice post! I think wordpress is a very popular open source blog publishing program. Here mentioned tips are basic but very effective for wordpress blog. These tips are very helpful to new blogger.

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