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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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On your computer inside your router setup an entry in your hosts file to point to your server's internal ip address. This means that it overrides the DNS entry from the public internet.


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Matt Cutts' Blog and Sitepoint.com Matt Cutts Blog - Matt Cutts is the head of Google’s Webspam team so he definitely has a valuable inside perspective of how the Google webcrawler works. In the Blogosphere, what John Skeet is to C#, Matt Cutts is to SEO. Sitepoint.com - Sitepoint is more of a news site than a blog and it isn't directly geared toward SEO ...


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Won't a WordPress Network do it? http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network


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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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@smashingmag is a great Twitter feed, they regularly post links to interesting blog articles.


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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. 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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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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SEOMOZ.org has some interesting articles, though there is the occasional plug for their services.


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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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At the end of your post ask questions like, "What do you think"? or "Did I miss anything"? Ask for opinions and other perspectives. If it is a technical post see if anyone can offer an alternative to your content. Basically, give them something to discuss.


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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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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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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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You are going to have to choose which site you want to be displayed in search results: the company blog or the personal blog. You might want to decide this on a per-post basis: when your making a post that would be better received if a company was behind it, choose to display the company blog; and when the post would be better received if an individual is ...


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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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