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    Categories and SEO in Wordpress
    Hi,

    I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to desing my site in terms of SEO. Say I my site is allaboutcars.com - it's not. I don't pretend to rank for "cars", but my goals are:

    - Main goal: Rank for "audi cars", "bmw cars", "honda cars", etc.
    - Secondary goal: Rank for "honda accord" "bmw 330", etc.

    With these goals in mind, is it best to use "honda cars" as a category, and then have "honda accord", "honda civic", etc as posts in this category?
    Will google recognize "honda cars" as a unique page?

    If that's the right apprach then my second question is how to use h1,h2 etc.

    Should the home page have h1 for "cars" and h2 for each category, and then in each category page, like "honda cars" have h1 for "honda cars", and h2 inside each post, for instance h2 inside the "honda accord" post?

    And then the page for the "honda accord" would have h1 for "honda accord", and maybe h2 on the link back to the category "honda cars"?

    Thanks a lot.
    s.s.

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    SEO in Wordpress is easier today than it has ever been. One of the first considerations is how your urls will appear to your visitors but also to the search-engine-spiders.

    Instead of a url that appears like http://myblogsite.com/?pageid=2 you should consider using-or changing the permalink config in 'settings' to
    • /%category%/%postname%/
    .

    Now your url will look like http://myblogsite.com/bmwcars/advantagesofownership.

    so, you have your SEO target/goal in front then the postname. As you write your posts, this structure will cause you to think about your post title because it will become part of your url.

    Here's the guide for permalinks: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks.

    2ND:: I would strongly advise installing the SEO Plugin for wordpress. you may get it here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/...-one-seo-pack/.

    So far as h1, h2 these are headings for your post. As long as you use relative terms to the post & use a keyword derivative, you'll be alright.

    Let's see if this gets you into the ballpark. I hope it helps.
    Last edited by loxly; February 4th, 2010 at 12:26 PM. Reason: unlinked example links, changed plugin to WP Download

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    Hi, I changed the link from the plugin at your site to the plugin location at Wordpress. There are several good SEO plugins at http://worpress.org

    The other thing to consider is what theme you are using. Some themes are better at SEO than others are. Some premium themes are very good at SEO and some free themes are too, but many of the free themes are "pretty" without being SEO friendly.
    Deborah Carney
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    Nice information in this thread. Sometimes I get caught up in the build and move on routine and do not pay as much attnetion to this as I should.
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Right now it looks like I'm going to be using the Thematic theme with one one of it's child themes. It's supposed to work well with SEO plugins.

    Still, I'm not certain that I should just leave it all to the SEO plugin and since this site is new I want to take the time to design it with SEO in mind.

    If it's easy as turning the plugin on that's great, but I've read so much about Title Tags anb Headings that I thought I should pay closer attention to them, I'm just not sure how.

    So my main concern is how to use Title Tags, Headings, etc. in the Categories pages, in the individual-post pages, and in the Home page so as to help rank each of these pages according to its keywords.

    Thanks,
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    An SEO friendly plug in or theme *doesn't* do the work for you. It gives you the options on each post or page to set the titles, keywords, etc. It doesn't just work by itself.

    You have the right idea in your first post on how to work your keywords. You need to do research into your site topics and find out what are the good keywords to target. There are several threads about keyword tools in the past couple of weeks.
    Deborah Carney
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    As a seccond thought, it would also make a difference if you are using the free-hosting at Wordpress or not. Another key SEO strategy would be to host it yourself with your own domain name. KEYWORDS could be used in your domain name and you can alter the meta tags ie. Title, description & keywords, etc.

    This also puts you into control of your blog without the risk of being shut down. The SEO strategies I have used in the beginning included several social networks linking to my blog. Within days, I owned the first three pages of an organic search result. The final result was WORDPRESS OWNERSHIP shut down my blog & all that work went down the drain. Even today, some of those links are still out there but point to nowhere!

    I only host my blogs now!
    Last edited by Chuck Hamrick; February 4th, 2010 at 05:07 PM. Reason: link drop spam

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    Hi GlobalMentors, I know you are trying to help, but go easy on the link drops. It's best to link to the original sources and not sites that aggregate info that are going to be assumed to be yours, hence thinking you are here just to spam.
    Deborah Carney
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    This is good information - the permalinks area is one i am focussing on at the moment. Thanks

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