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Quoting Wordpress' definitions: In a nutshell, TrackBack was designed to provide a method of notification between websites: it is a method of person A saying to person B, "This is something you may be interested in." To do that, person A sends a TrackBack ping to person B. Pingbacks are similar, but differ in the following ways: ...


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That's perfectly fine to do as long as your comments are thoughtful and contribute to the discussion. Otherwise you're just a spammer. Google won't penalize these links but keep in mind that most blogs use nofollow on their links because of spammers and users who leave comments only for the backlinks. So this strategy won't get you very far unless you ...


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I would recommend you to install and enable Akismet: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/ Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen.


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WordPress is likely not the issue. It can easily handle that much traffic (1,000,000 visits a month is less than one every two seconds) and that many posts. You need to figure out what's actually causing slowdowns. It might be your host, your database, a misconfiguration, a bad plugin, etc.


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Like the others said, Wordpress can handle this amount of traffic just fine. I would suggest one of the two caching plugins. These plugins write database-heavy pages to disk, which saves load on the database server. The difference is remarkable. WP Super Cache W3 Total Cache Both are well-maintained, the latter has more features, but can be intimidating. ...


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The best way to promote your blog is not so much promoting the blog itself, but the information contained within it. By this I mean, if you write an article about how to solve a common programming problem, then do a search for people who are having that problem. Then provide them with a link to your solution. People are interested in the solutions to ...


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Read. Read lots. SEO is a science, albeit not an exact one. A lot of very smart people have a lot of opinions on the best way to optimize a website for search engines. Not all of the opinions are good, however. The best thing you can do is try to take in as much information as possible--but all with a grain of salt--and then form your own approach based on ...


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The good: You like the way it looks. It makes it easy to identify your blog (uniqueness). The bad: Check the file size. Large images can slow down the site. I'd try to limit it to 150KB. It ends up being the branding for your website (what makes your website identifiable), but it looks rather generic. You probably want to brand your website more ...


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In general, from a SEO point of view, read more links are implemented on blogs for the following reasons: to avoid duplicate content between homepage and articles (the main reason) for visitors to see more article titles on the home page (to act as a sort of table of contents) to pass more PageRank to an article if the read more links point to an anchor in ...


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No, using the word "blog" or having a blog does not give a web site or web page a boost in the search results (there are no arbitrary bonuses in search). There is nothing special about blogs and are not favored in any way. Those sites you found rank well because they have quality content that people are looking for. Even if that content wasn't in a blog ...


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It's not just the back links, it's the reputation. You should become a member of relevant website communities. You should be helpful and friendly. You should recommend your website when it is appropriate. Don't hide your affiliation. Use your real name, or at least a consistent nickname across different sites. Limit your membership to ONLY relevant sites. ...


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As a general rule, search engines don't read content created by JavaScript. There are some exceptions as this is changing over time, but the more complex the JavaScript is the less likely it is to be interpreted by search engines. This means your suggestion would not be beneficial for their SEO efforts. If they're not satisfied with their current CMS they ...


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1) Internal links are just as important as external links. A big part of Wikipedia's success is their excellent internal linking. 2) An offsite blog will be of equal value to an onsite blog because both will be new and have no incoming links to them, the same content, and just about the same everything (except URL and HTML). Regardless of wherever you put ...


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This is a good example of when to use tags vs categories. There's nothing wrong with having varied content on a blog, or any other kind of web site. You just want to: Ensure people can get to the content that they want, and only what they want via various readers Pay attention to the topics that interest people the most and make sure that those people get ...


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Pros of using sub-directories: Dealing with duplicate titles/URIs/filenames. With everything hanging on a single directory, you have to be careful to not use the same name ever again. Easy enough to overlook now, but 5 years down the road you'll feel it. You can avoid this just by adding a date or unique ID in the URL somewhere (e.g. ...


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It's probably referrer spam. Referrer spam (also known as log spam or referrer bombing) is a kind of spamdexing (spamming aimed at search engines). The technique involves making repeated web site requests using a fake referrer url that points to the site the spammer wishes to advertise. Sites that publicize their access logs, including ...


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Although I'm not really an expert on SEO I believe that it's going to be easier to rank more focused niche sites. You would be able to build up a more consistent information architecture that Google should be able to interpret the meaning of easier via relevant internal linking. Also, long standing reputable domains often appear to be favored by Google as ...


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Yes. I still recommend using feedburner. It offers a number advantages over the standard setup of RSS in Wordpress. One of which is that you use Google's bandwidth rather than your own (or your webhotel's) for all the RSS feed requests. Feedburner is also very customisable. Of the advantages, one of the notable ones is turning on Pingshot in Feedburner to ...


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Depends who you're talking about, but there are several options. Some sites actually send people to events and get their own photography. There are also services that do licensing for this sort of thing. Off the top of my head, Getty Images is obvious, and the Associated Press has a separate dedicated image service, as does Reuters. There's also WireImage, ...


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Generally speaking use no more than two fonts on a web page. All you should need is a titling font and a body copy font with some different weights like bold and italic. That said, you may also find you need additional fonts for specialist call outs or quotes (sometimes the italicized version of the body font just doesn't quite cut it), but you should use ...


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According to ref 1, ref 2, port forwarding only works from an external network. Just use the local IP for testing purposes. There's nothing wrong with your configuration; it's just the way port forwarding is designed.


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1. Serverside - block Search Engines Create a robots.txt file in your root directory and add this text to it: User-agent: * Disallow: / Theoretically, This should block all search engines (the ones that honour robots.txt). 2. Know how Search Engines are crawling your site and control your site's visibility. Since you want it to be extremely private, I ...


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From the documentation referenced at the question you linked to: You can use this feature with domains (e.g. example.com) or subdomains (e.g. blog.example.com). However, you cannot specify subdirectories (e.g. example.com/blog/) or wildcards (e.g. *.example.com). How do I use a custom domain name on my blog? Whether Blogger/Blogspot ...


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Five days? Nothing happens with PR in five days. You probably have to wait for weeks or months before you can see a PR update in your toolbar However, that doesn't mean you don't have any PR yet. You just can't see it yet. Do you use Google webmaster tools? If so check to see if there are any messages for you from Google. The temporary owners may have done ...


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From a developers point of view I would say always think SEO when building any site which will be seen and indexed by the search engines. Semantically Correct HTML H1. H2, H3, P tags are your friends, use them well Only 1 H1 per page and not the company logo or name Rewrite your URLs so they don't use query strings Page title = H1 (well the the H1 ...


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Search engine spiders typically do not deal in cookies or Javascript. If you are generating the comments page with a script on every request (not likely if you're getting thousands of comments) you can display the blog entry content when the visitor has a cookie of some variety set. If you are serving up a static HTML page from a cache, add a Javascript ...


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If your company is called "Liam's Company" and your main website is at "liamscompany.com" then you can put the blog either at "liamscompany.com/blog" or "blog.liamscompany.com". Personally, I prefer the former, because it tends to have fewer technical issues, but the latter also works (especially now that Google recognises the link between the different ...


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Tumblr is a free blogging service that supports almost all of the features you mention. (Screenshots below from my own tumblr login area; I use it for two of my blogs.) To use Markdown Go to Account > Preferences, and select the following: To redirect pages Click the 'Customize' link from your Dashboard, then the 'Pages' header, and the 'add page' ...


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You're unlikely to find a free hosted blog platform that allows PHP; it would be hard to block access to functions that could prove harmful to other users of the service without crippling PHP severely. If you want more control than a hosted blogging platform like WordPress.com offers, try downloading a copy of WordPress yourself from WordPress.org, then ...


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Disclaimers are not legally binding anyway. Having a disclaimer does little to protect you from a lawsuit. Not having one does nothing. As long as you write responsibly then few judges are going to allow a case like this against you since the reader is the one who made the changes. But a disclaimer gives them an easy out to just toss the case. ...



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