If you’ve run various web searches online, you may have realized that a large percentage of the results are for blogs. These blogs are either run on Wordpress, Blogger or some other type of platform. A handful of online web blogs are run on Wordpress, which makes it one of the most robust and powerful platforms available for free. Apart from the easy level of use, Wordpress offers users with a great SEO benefit. In many cases, it isn’t just the blog that does all the SEO work, but rather the various plugins available for it. Throughout this article, I’m going to be sharing some of the reasons as to why blogs are beneficial in SEO.
As you may or may not know, blogs have a ton of great features like commenting, trackbacks, and RSS (Really Simple Syndication). Small features such as these could greatly help the blog owner in many ways. The commenting feature is great for blog readers to discuss and post issues. These on-topic comments will get indexed over time and be good enough for you to start ranking for some of the terms.
Blogs are quick to get indexed, even if it is a brand new one. If you’ve ever put up a blog without any content, you may have noticed that it got indexed fairly quickly. Blogging platforms are built with a significant amount of on-site SEO work done on them. All it takes is for you to provide the script with your domain name, site title and slogan. The rest is automatically done to enhance the search rankings of your website.
There are a number of special plugins that you can use for your blog which would help with increasing the SEO benefits. A ton of SEO plugins exist on the market and they are all available for free. One popular SEO plugin for Wordpress is “Wordpress SEO by Yoast”. Once you’ve installed the plugin, you can specify SEO titles, keywords and descriptions for all the pages and posts on your blog. This is a great addition to the already superb ranking system offered by Wordpress.
In the settings section of your Wordpress admin area, you will see a few settings related to the SEO of your site. You can choose to make your blog invisible to search engines or you can have it fully available to search crawlers. Alternatively, with the use of robots.txt files, you could specify the pages and directories that you want to hide from search engines. Sitemaps are important; as they help search engines better index your site. You can create your own XML sitemap using plugins available for Wordpress. These sitemaps should then be uploaded to webmaster portals available from Google, Yahoo, Bing and etc.
So, as you can see, a blog is a great way to build a site that you want to get indexed right away. Over time, as you keep updating content on a daily basis, the search spiders will come by every day to index your new pages.
I think WordPress SEO for Yoast does a lot more today. I tried it when it first came out an it was very buggy. It locked up admin pages and screwed up the sitemap. However, I think all the bugs have been fixed and it works well today. I will probably try it again with my next blog.
I have been using All In One SEO Pack for years and it has never cause any problems.
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I used to use all-in-one, but switch a couple years back to platinum seo plugin.
Easier to use and I think it does better for seo than the previous one I used.
My blogs are all indexed fully by google and bing.
I put up a post, and sometimes within minutes, it is on google.
Otherwise it may take up to half an hour or so.
Blogs be helpful to promote content which one has and also be helpful to attract more people to own site. But the need with the blog usage is that to provide quality and useful content to people and that is with the appropriate title & keywords. So that blog and content be found easily by people and then through the blog comments make interaction with people ad provide more useful information in the communication so that they attract more to you.
Any opinions on the blog posting feature on this forum that any member can use? Does anyone have any experience with how useful it is, i.e. has anyone used it and is there anyway to measure if it gets much traffic?
Or does anyone even know they can start a small blog on this forum?
I don't see the point of SEO plugins for WordPress since you can input your SEO'd title as a natural process, your description will be derived from the first paragraph of your post, and the URL may be seo'd via the standard settings available in the publishing settings. And, the post will be pinged to syndication services when you hit the publish button. Keywords are circa. 70's old school SEO.
I think Bing's gone on record that they use the keywords, description, etc as one of their indicators....think Bogart has posted that the fields are used by Adsense to help tailor your ads, but don't remember his source (if posted).
I've always used All in One SEO. Have not had the time to do a good test of with or without though.
Blogs has many advantages. It gives high pr no follow backlinks which helps to increase number of backlinks and also gain traffic to website.