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I Have Wordpress And Separate Blog page - Is Manual Pinging Necessary

     
1:39 pm on Mar 18, 2015 (gmt 0)

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My site was rebuilt with Wordpress and have a separate blog page on the site and wondering if it is necessary to manually ping after each post? I am aware of Feedburner etc. and also curious if anyone can recommend good sites to use like FB?

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9:52 pm on Mar 18, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Pinging RSS aggregators doesn't seem to have the impact it once did. You'll probably get more mileage from posting links back to your site to cultivated social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. There are plenty of Wordpress extensions that will monitor your RSS feeds for additions and repost them for you on the various SNS sites,
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Thanks Bill....this is what intrigues me....so if there ARE Wordpress extensions, do you mean "services" per se? I assume places you need to pay to have this done?Here is a tool I do have (http://feedforall.com/) that let's me customize feeds, but am curious about Feedburner and the rest.
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I'm not a heavy Wordpress user, so I couldn't address the efficacy of specific extensions or services. Back in the day, when search engines weren't as advanced as they are now, sending out a Ping basically alerted them of your new post and let them choose to come and index your new content. If you have an automatically generated sitemap linked to Google Webmaster Tools it will generally have the same effect.

I see that there are some of the old Ping services out there like Ping-O-Matic that will still ping a bunch of sites for you. Again, I don't know that they'll be as effective these days. You're probably going to get the best effect from having an automatically updated sitemap and then make sure the major search engines know where your sitemap file is.

Feedburner is a good tool if you want to get a look into your RSS feed stats. They also have an option to publicize your RSS updates on a variety of SNS including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn among others.
2:24 am on Mar 20, 2015 (gmt 0)

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At the very least, Tweet every new post. This is the new ping-o-matic :)
3:12 am on Mar 20, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Free plugins like Yoast's WP SEO give you the option to ping search engines and let you choose the ones to ping. But search engines request that bloggers do not ping them. Maybe that's why there aren't more simple tools for it. (?)
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Not2Easy, I do use the Yoast plugin and need to go into that plugin and be certain I have checkmarked or activated those parts of the plugin. Seems the deeper I get into web editing and SEO in general, the more complicated things get. I do have a feeling RSS is no longer considered important but wonder if it can be looked as a part of proper SEO'ing techniques. Some of my recent questions regarding RSS have been a result of looking at RSS aspects.........
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RSS is still an important discovery and information syndication tool. It's just not important to ping search engines anymore when your RSS updates. They find that information without your help these days.
1:31 pm on Mar 23, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I'm sort of understanding that, and in a way it's good, so we don't have to go that extra step (of manually pinging). So to put my initial question into perspective, I first BUILT a feed for my old FrontPage2002-based HTML site (using a program called FeedForAll)....a couple years ago I completely stripped and REBUILT my site using Wordpress (which has the built-in RSS aspect) and keep in mind the URL etc. all stayed the same except for my web hosting which previously was up in Calgary Canada and is now in Pompano Florida. So now, should I worry about my old feed, which is:

As this is of course my Wordpress feed:

As you can see, my old feed is still out there but doesn't do anything....does it CONFLICT with my Wordpress I mean? (from an seo standpoint?)

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2:59 pm on Mar 23, 2015 (gmt 0)

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You can setup a redirect from the old URL to the new URL, and it should help anyone who subscribed to the old, find the new, as well as help with the robots to learn that the feed has moved.

You can do this by editing your htaccess file (might be a little scary at first) or there may be a wordpress plugin that can help you with it.
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werty: I have Yoast plugin installed....and in that plugin, I believe is where that old feed is, correct? Are you familiar with Yoast? Good thinking!