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11:57 am on Oct 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello friends,

I want to increase backlinks for my blog. My blog has 0 page rank. I am holding my blog for long time but I am not getting it on the track.

If anyone is expert to answer this, please, reply.
10:24 pm on Oct 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You can always try writing stuff that is worth reading.
8:45 am on Nov 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Jesica, Do a Google search (DAGS) for "SEO" and read, read, read. You might also look up Kurt Vonnegut's 8 rules for writing fiction and home in on rule #1. And also, find Heinlein's Rules, again with a focus on rule #1.

Forget 'golden rules' about post length. Write until you have covered your topic. Then stop. (KV's rule #5)

If you are using WordPress, grab the SEO Ultimate plugin and FILL IN EVERY BLANK space it offers ... and read everything in the link at the bottom of the left hand column. Make this a second religion and apply it to EVERY post. I write / manage / webmaster for an appliance repair blog for friends and my last 4 posts have been on page one or two of the Google SERPs within minutes of posting for the 4 keywords that each page is designed for ... the 'money' keywords for my friend. The blog first saw light of day the last week of September and still only has ONE graphic beyond the really ugly logo. So the 'aging' of the site is not a factor at all. Every competitor site is MUCH older than we are.

Also, take the time to hand-craft a site-map page. Put it where your visitors can find it easily ... right up there with your "about" and "contact us" pages (you DO have these, right?) Once you have got the site map logically organized (for your readers), keep it up every time you post. Also use the automatic sitemap generator plugins for Google and Baidu. Search in here for ways to defend against site-scrapers ... and don't be one.

Add the Google translator widget. It apparently generates a separate Google listing.

Above all else, if you are trying to make a dollar off your site, treat it with all the seriousness you would give any other job. Train for it, work at it, master it. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Bon chance,

-- Bill
9:08 am on Nov 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Have you started blogrolling with other relevant blogs?

Regarding SEO plugins, there is a popular all in one SEO plugin that has a bug in it that the creators of it think is a feature. It places a robots nofollow/index meta tag in the head section of all your major hub pages. I've even seen installations where they have robots nofollow/index on the main page of the blog.

The idea behind that bug is that they believe that pages containing extracts from entire articles will cause duplicate content issues. So they want bots to not index the extracts from the home pages and hub pages that link out to the entire posts so that the posts will receive full credit. However that bug causes the site to lose the chance to rank the hubs for major two and three word phrases with inner pages listed as indented. There will be no penalty or ranking issues associated with allowing a set of extracts to be listed on a hub page. I know this from first hand experience.

Beware of SEO plugins, some of the features may not be optimal.
12:29 pm on Nov 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Take a look in the header of your pages to see what is being inserted. I only mentioned SEO Ultimate because I -have- looked to see what it is inserting and it seems to be on the up & up. (I think they make their money by getting you to read their SEO site, click on ads or hire them.)

Learn to read what is in the header. In Firefox, simply surf to the page in question and press CTRL+U to take a quick peek. You won't be able to edit anything from there, but you'll be able to see the code the way your browser sees it to decide if anything -needs- to be edited.

Meta tags like "title" and "description" and "keywords" are generally a good idea. But if you see something else (or if you see junk in any of the above), take the time to research its actual effect. BTW, the header is everything between the <head> and </head> tags.
6:36 pm on Nov 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Be aware of what the functions contained in the "Platinum SEO Pack [wordpress.org]" (or any other SEO pack do before you choose to use them. For instance, I've seen several bloggers with this on the home page of their website:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow,noodp,noarchive,noydir" />

Here is a description of that functionality, as posted on WordPress:

Add index, noindex, follow or nofollow, noodp, noydir, noarchive, nosnippet meta tags to any post/page.

The popular All-in-One SEO pack [semperfiwebdesign.com] has this functionality, too.

Duplicate Content
You can have “noindex” and the like generated for archive-, category- and tag pages if you seem to have trouble with duplicate content.

First off, it's good that the developer does not recommend this functionality across the board, only in cases where the user is having trouble with duplicate content on their website. But the developer should really make that warning stronger, because people likely to use this plugin will not know what they are activating. I've seen many instances of this functionality misued by newbs on their category pages, which is a poor use of this.

This advice isn't necessarily for the OP, but more for others who will happen on this discussion later on. If you don't know what a plug-in function does then research it first before activating it. This advice is applicable for all WordPress SEO Packs. ;)
6:53 pm on Jan 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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martinibuster is suggesting that bloggers do something that any good webmaster would do ... start with things turned off, then selectively turn them on as seems wise or expedient.

For instance, a computer that won't be acting as an ftp server doesn't even need the software for an ftp server installed ... much less running! This is a security hole waiting to bite, so it just isn't done.

Where a function is optional, research its effects before flicking the switch. Examine your own pages immediately after turning it on to check for bad effects. There may be trade-offs. As nearly as possible, know what they are.

As canadafred said, pay close attention to your writing skills. Unless English is not your native tongue, there should be no glaring errors.

There is a lot to learn about SEO. As you get a handle on it and begin to draw traffic, make certain that the material your visitors find is worth linking to.

And, again, read, read, read.

Bon chance!

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