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What are the best resources for Wordpress these days?

I started a Wordpress blog a few years ago and then ignored it soon after. This time around I'd really like to create the best Wordpress site that I possibly can. I'm looking for any resources that would help to achieve that goal -- themes, tutorials, podcasts, etc. I'd also like to learn more about search engine optimization and monetization in regards to a Wordpress site. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

This Is Not My Forte - website building edition.

About 7 years ago, I created a website for my small business using Current Webhosting Company's WYSIWYG editor. Current Company has not really kept up with advances in website technology (i.e., no responsive design options, difficult to create a mobile site, clumsy blogging, etc). But I've worked hard on my site and I'm generally proud of it. Should I cut my losses and start all over again? Or can this website be saved... and how??? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Learn me SEO

I am taking on a new role which will require me to be conversant in SEO. Our SEO product manager likes to obfuscate things so no one can pin him down. It is my job to pin him down and call bullshit. I have no idea what schema.org is or what this canonical stuff is all about. Can anyone recommend a great book / site where I can get up to speed on all things SEO? I don't have a lot of time to spend so brevity is key.
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 31, 2014 - 11 answers

See, Matt Cutts? Metafilter is trying to help you

What is a reputable SEO firm/consultant in the United States or Canada that's current with the uselessness of 'traditional' SEO for small sites and educates/trains small business owners who have misconceptions about ranking in Google? It needs to be an actual person, not a guide/website, because the person who will receive this referral works that way.
posted by michaelh on Jul 7, 2014 - 8 answers

New to SEO copywriting: How much should I charge?

What is the going rate for SEO copywriting jobs? I'll need different rates for different jobs: 1) writing blog entries, 2) pitching blog stories to editors. This is for quality copy, not just keyword dumps, for corporate clients. Please, also, any anecdotes about negotiating prices for such jobs would be appreciated. thanks!
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Where can I learn modern white hat search marketing and SEO?

My small business used to rank really well for hundreds of terms. But I've dropped for some major terms and been obliterated for others. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jan 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Rel=canonical and WordPress

You have two sites - site1.com and site2.com. Site1 has been around for years, and you've merged it with another site to become site2.com. Site1.com has accumulated years worth of links, backlinks, domain authority, and so on - and you want to pass that one to site2.com in the best way possible. More inside, naturally. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Use a .ch URL for an architecture firm named [word ending in CH]?

[ten_letter_name_ending_in_CH].com is not available. But [first_eight_letters].ch is. Is it complete folly to make this 'domain hack' the primary domain for a combined architecture and photography practice? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Jul 31, 2013 - 21 answers

How important is a website's title for SEO?

I am an expert in "widgets". I own several domain names such as "widgetexpert.com", "widgetreview.com" ...you get the idea. All in all, I have about 5 domain names that are specific to my expertise for my consulting business. However, in the end, I only want to give clients ONE url to find my website (probably the expert.com one I listed above) and to put on business cards, letterhead, etc.. When it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), how important or helpful is it to have multiple permutations of domain names as opposed to keywording in the website itself? I keep coming up with new catchy website names that I could buy and redirect to the main site, but I'm not sure if this is just vanity speaking or if there's real value in doing this. I have read another post indicating that this is not a very fruitful activity. Nevertheless, let's say for example, I was an expert in camcorders. Consequently, I would own camcorderexpert.com, camcorderreview.com, etc..But I also want to capture the question, "Should I buy sony?" Wouldn't that be captured "best" by shouldibuysony.com or whybuysony.com ...You get the idea.
posted by teg4rvn on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 answers

LionSea Smart PC Fixer: threat or menace?

Is LionSea Smart PC Fixer actual malware, or merely superfluous? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Is it worthwhile registering/adding a domain name to my Wordpress blog?

I've been publishing a blog for a couple of years on Wordpress. Whenever I log into the dashboard, I'm informed that my domain "is available to be registered and added to your blog. (You can use it as your blog address.)" support page on domains is here. Are there any drawbacks to registering it? Will all the widgets work the same way? Will my SEO be effected? Will my wordpress followers still be subscribed? What else should I consider? It's a small blog updated with a couple lengthy posts each week; about 300 subscribers and 500 page views per day.
posted by bookley on Jul 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Finding critics of SEO

I'm interested in reading a thoughtful and well-researched article criticizing modern thinking about the merits of Search Engine Optimization. But because SEO is SEO, every time I search for an anti-SEO article, it seems to be pro-SEO click bait disguised behind an anti-SEO headline ("SEO sucks...that's why you should hire our company to do SEO.") I'm not saying I don't believe in SEO, but in our content farm era, I'm interested in whether there is anyone out there criticizing the whole concept?
posted by steinsaltz on Jun 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Security Reporting Management System? Guard Patrol Administration?

I've been tasked with creating (well, refactoring and redesigning) a web app for managing a security company. It includes call logs, encounter reports, regions, locations, duties (patrols), various kinds of bulletins, and other things. If I were to search for existing software that covers the same purpose, what would I search for? What is this kind of thing called? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jun 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Are there any particularly good books or articles about self promotion?

I have eight months until a big book release, and I figure my main job until then is to promote my blog and my book. So how do I go about that in an effective way? I know *some* of what I'm supposed to do (write lots of good blog content, guest post a lot, get backlinks), but even for those parts, I imagine there are better and worse ways of going about it (asking people to link to certain articles doesn't seem to work very well, and I haven't had much luck with guest posting offers lately.) Any good books or articles on this subject? Or suggestions of your own?
posted by sdis on Jun 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Will search engine users ever pay a user fee to use a search engine?

I've been presented with a business idea for a search engine or Web application that would require the user of the search engine to a pay a fee for the search results. Intuitively, I don't think this could work, but I'm having a hard time actually saying why. Historically, I think most search engines have been funded through advertisements or marketers who purchase profile data on searchers. Is there anything I could point to, such as a case study or an article in a journal or magazine, that would explain why a business model based on getting somebody to pay for the results for a search engine will or won't work?
posted by jonp72 on May 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Can I use varied SEO services on Fiverr to actually improve my pagerank?

Fiverr.com is full of people offering various sorts of SEO services (Writing articles, running SeNuke xCR, creating link wheels, keyword analysis, all sorts of crazy stuff). Many of these people have thousands of positive reviews. Is this all garbage, or can I pay $50 to a bunch of people and significantly improve my search rankings? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Apr 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Could selling links harm my blog's ranking?

I'm being offered a sizeable chunk of money to add a link to an article on my blog - what potential downside does it have on the way Google sees my site? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Nov 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How does a search word result climb so quickly in Google?

How does the movie "Flight", which was pretty much off the internet radar a couple weeks ago, suddenly dominate the top organic search results for the word "flight"? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 answers

What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer?

What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by phoenix_fire on Oct 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Best practice for "other content" link placement

Most Read Articles | Related Articles | Recommended Articles: These kinds of things that you see on news websites, what are they called? Is there an all encompassing UX term for this? How do content managers decide what is placed where? Do users even click on these links or are they just used to make sure search crawlers get to deeper content? [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Oct 7, 2012 - 2 answers

How to track the sources a website pulls news from?

I'm wondering if anyone could suggest a tool or website that allows me to see a list of sites that a particular website is pulling news from. I know I can do this manually by looking at articles and noting the sites that are sourced, but I'm wondering if there is an easier way to do it. Any ideas? Thanks, - Michael
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Sep 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Are you there Google? It's me, antonymous

Why is google indexing my personal domain "better" than my work's domain - both have WP blogs, but only posts under my personal domain show up in the Google Alert I have for my name. I am responsible for the visibility of my employer's blog and I do not think it's being crawled effectively (or something). [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Google Analytics: Best practices for tracking multiple domains?

What is the best way to set up Google Analytics to track multiple domains? [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Sep 27, 2012 - 1 answer

What is an alternative to a 301 redirect when switching domains without owning the old domain?

My successful small business website is on a subdomain owned by the website template provider. I want to switch providers and domains without loosing my websites search engine rankings. Since a 301 redirect isn't an option, what else can I do to maintain my website's Google rankings? [more inside]
posted by gwen1234 on Jul 25, 2012 - 3 answers

What are the best reputable sources to learn more about internet marketing?

Though I've been working with web development since the 90's, I have a hands-on knowledge gap when it comes to internet marketing techniques like SEO, Adwords, analytics and the like. What are the best sources, free or paid, to learn more? I've been looking around for good resources, but it looks like this field is dominated by crooks. Any recommendations of books and sites written by reputable professionals is appreciated. I'm also a big fan of video lectures, if you know of any.
posted by falameufilho on May 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Reputable SEO?

SEO tied to sales- any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by gorcha on May 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me fend off these SEO vampires

My boss wants to pay an SEO company more than he pays me! Help me convince him otherwise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2012 - 15 answers

New site is so much better, but no one wants to come!

Replaced an old website with a new (better?) version in Wordpress and traffic went down. Why? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Apr 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Improving pagerank slowly and steadily?

What can you actually do to improve your website's pagerank (slowly and steadily is fine)? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 1, 2012 - 12 answers

How do you make a deliberately vague and anonymous website findable?

I'm looking for ways to improve my (non-commercial and very new) anonymous online presence-- to make it easy for potential readers to find my personal blog and Twitter account. If this were any other sort of site I would know (or be able to figure out) what to do, but because it's anonymous (and by definition/subject matter a bit vague) I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by sockless on Mar 23, 2012 - 10 answers

SEO in the middle?

SEO services - not too big, not too small. [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly on Mar 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help me sniff out some possible astroturfing?

Can you help me sniff out some possible astroturfing? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Mar 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Should I get multiple domains for my website?

A Few Questions About Registering Multiple Domains. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Feb 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me learn in order to make it, while I fake it.

What are the best interactive marketing resources available to learn from in a hurry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 - 2 answers

SEO keyword analysis

How do I perform SEO keyword analysis without using a 3rd part or agency? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount on Jan 15, 2012 - 3 answers

how to use job research to land an interview

Job Search: How do I make use of some research I've done about the company I most want to work for in order to GET an interview? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Plone vs. Wordpress CRAZY PANTS Search Engine Discovery

How can I improve Plone search engine discovery? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog on Oct 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me push negative references down my Google search list

Help me manage my scandalous past -- or at least figure out how to reduce its prominence on Internet/Google search results! Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2011 - 11 answers

SEO Kings, help me please....my site is a squash and a squeeze

Calling SEO/Google Experts: I have a bloglike site for a new company (on Wordpress) and I am trying to make it SEO friendly. Hypothetically, lets assume that the site is about flying lizards and I have named it 'liz.ly'. Every day, new and well written content is added to this site so hopefully in the next few months it will start showing up at a respectable rank on google. BUT: [more inside]
posted by london302 on Sep 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Search traffic dropping for queries of company name, domain or URL

I'm seeing a weird drop in August in search-related traffic to my company's site. What's odd is it is for searches of the company's name, domain name or URL. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Sep 14, 2011 - 17 answers

What SEO software would you recommend for a small business?

SEO software suggestions for small businesses? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Redesign for dummies

Redesigning a website and need to explain to supervisors and other departments all the aspects of redesigning a site that is optimized to current best standards. Is there a map for that? (pls click for more details) [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jun 6, 2011 - 3 answers

ecommerce "gallery"?

I'd like to be able to embed a grid of thumbnails of products either scraped by search terms or manually entered - products from, ideally, multiple sites with affiliate programs, but barring that just Amazon would do - onto a web page. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Apr 8, 2011 - 5 answers

I promised something I couldn't deliver on. If I break my promise, I could lose all my other work. Please advise on how to approach this..

I promised something I couldn't deliver on. If I break my promise, I could lose all my other work. Please advise on how to approach this.. [more inside]
posted by audio on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

How to recover page-ranking in google after being pharmahacked?

SEO Fliter: My blog recently got pharmahacked and my page-rank has died. Anything I can do to hasten recovery? Or am I permanently hosed? [more inside]
posted by jlunar on Feb 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman?

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman, and why is he leaving all those spam comments? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Just a bit to offset the hosting bill at most.

Tips for migrating my livejournal blog to personal hosting? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 16, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I push traffic to my blog?

How do I drive traffic to my value investing blog? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Dec 11, 2010 - 15 answers

Online business 101

Online business questions... posting for a friend [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse on Oct 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Has anyone used the firm, Brafton "Custom News Marketing" for their website's blog & news article needs?

Has anyone used the firm, Brafton "Custom News Marketing" for their website's blog & news article needs? [more inside]
posted by lorebella on Oct 11, 2010 - 6 answers

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