Google Panda and WordPress

Surely you already know that Google has released a new algorithm if you can call it that, called Panda . After the implementation of these new " rules " many popular sites have seen their visits fall in important ranges, not always justified to my way of thinking.

In principle, the idea of ​​Google was to refine its own algorithm, as the link farms and portals of " copia-pega " were prevailing over the original sites, but seeing some of the first results are not giving the reason All this, and that is that many sites, with original content, with quality links and not forced, without advertising and without forced SEO have been penalized. Why?

Well it seems that Google Panda is not working as fine as it should and, although it has penalized sites that really deserved it, too is taking its toll on others many that, even with quality content, do not seem to meet all its parameters, or perhaps just the opposite.

And it seems that is valuating the bounce rate and time permanence on the site, including the importance of the "brand" of the site and this penalizes sites without a powerful "brand" behind (personal blogs for example, or academics) with a great content of quality and original that, for its extension, tend to be stored in favorites or archived in Delicious or similar that incite navigation.

It seems as if Google, in an attempt to be true to its principles, was precisely spoiling the same if not reviewed these param tros, or get to be more human and less machine . Either I'm afraid or Google is adapting to vague users, offering perhaps more popular results but not for better quality.

In addition, Google Panda is not part of the general algorithm from Google, but it is activated every month or month and a half, and works on keywords, and it depends on what is found that way, trying to improve the search results for each keyword.

Results palpable, that You can check yourself, is that always puts forward "brands" of relevance although the content is not its greatest potential, even having – for example – blogs that contribute more to the searches of users. This is partly why I say that Google Panda is not doing its job which should be to offer the best possible content to the users of the Google search engine. But hey, sure that some SEO expert will explain this better than me, that I only speak for the experiences I have and what I am reporting, which are much less than what a professional in this field will have seen.

Anyway, let's go to the practical …

What is supposed to penalize or value Google Panda?

Well, mainly, the idea is to reward to sites with …

  • Original content
  • Content with great depth and quality
  • Usability
  • Design
  • Trust
  • Social
  • Little publicity

And would be penalizing, consequently, sites with …

  • Copied content
  • Articles with poor quality and / or amount of information
  • Outdated designs
  • New sites
  • Unsocial
  • Much publicity

Then what can we do to try to avoid being penalized s?

Well in principle there are two different but complementary strategies, one of concept and another practice, adapted to WordPress in our case. These would be:

1. Content

The idea is to go back to the basics of redacción 2.0 or to write for Internet if perhaps being more finicky in certain aspects. Namely …

  • Create original content, even if you are from other sources, always indicate the source and, above all, avoid copying anything as relevant as you like
  • Avoid short articles that provide little beyond a link to the source original (this seems to load the theory of the miniposts). If you already have them you can do two things:
    1. Edit the entries and give them more content
    2. Create an entry that unifies them and redirect 301 of the "small" entries to the new collection

    [19659013] Structure your content well, organize it with format tags

  • If you have more than one entry that competes in keywords, try to unify the content in the best position and redirect 301 of the withdrawal you want to prioritize. Another solution would be to de-position the other entries (remove tags, remove keyword reinforcement, etc.)
  • Always use alternative text and even legends for the images. Also try to always be in the first "scroll" to make the content more attractive
  • Enamora your reader with writing. Apply the "read more …" rule in each paragraph, to encourage the complete reading of your entries
  • Use a simple, clear design that facilitates navigation through the contents. Always add links to related posts, use videos, anything to encourage permanence on your site
  • Wait for your site to become a veteran (here you can not do much milk if you just started)
  • Encourage the "brand" of your site: personalize the design, create a logo, offer subscription to the content, create a profile in social networks where to share it, invite others to link
  • Make it easier for your readers to share your entries on the networks using social icons
  • Remove excessive advertising, study the most profitable and eliminate the one offered by a low eCPM
  • Check the Webmaster tools of Google to identify errors in links and other
  • Encourages the debate in the comments, of course they are relevant to the topic, not any comment. Do I have to remind you that the comments are also content?

2. WordPress

Here, based on the rules they have imposed on us, we will take advantage of what WordPress offers us to avoid penalties and give Google Panda what it asks us.

  • Monitor the depth and relevance of your content with plugins like SEO content control or Admin word count column which review your content and warns you of the SEO "needs" of it
  • It always adds descriptions to categories, links and labels, which the authors fill in the author "bios", and always complete the abstract field manually. Come on, individualize WordPress .
  • Use Platinum SEO or similar plugins and activate the "noindex" for categories, labels and all types of files. It will also serve to self-generate the extracts that commented in the previous point
  • Reduce categories and labels to the essential. Above all avoid categories and – above all – similar or duplicate tags (eg WordPress and wordpress)
  • Fix broken links, plugins like Broken link checker will help you wonderfully in this task.
  • Use social plugins ( there are many, choose the one you like best), so you will popularize your site, in the absence of age
  • Use a cache system, since the change of algorithm to Caffeine, Google greatly appreciates the speed of response of the sites [19659013] Prevent you from copying content because Google Panda is not getting the sites that copy us penalized as they should be, and even sometimes they are ahead of the original content sites
  • Do not use the integration of Facebook comments as they do not contribute content to your site to be an external frame, if you want to use some better non-native system Disqus or Intense debate

I can not do it right now provide more tricks and ideas, but if you have any experience about it, we will be delighted to tell you in the comments. Or at least your opinion.

Do you dare?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Comment from Twitter and Facebook on WordPress.com • WordPress Help

It seems that WordPress.com is catching up, and this time have incorporated the possibility of commenting from the Facebook and Twitter account, as well as guest.

This functionality, which seems soon will be available also through JetPack it has been incorporated and will greatly facilitate the ease when leaving comments, keeping privacy (relative) if you want it, something that will not please everyone however.

What I do not know is what they are using for this novelty, however much I have looked, I can not find if it is an integration of Intense debate or what, although it would be the most logical. If anyone knows, it will be appreciated if they share it.

If you have a site on WordPress.com, you can check it out. In the Comments settings you have a new option to customize the text before the form, so that you adapt it a bit to your tastes.

Disqus, Intense Debate or what?

Some time ago I have been using an external comment management system in my personal blog but I still maintain the internal comment system of WordPress in others, and this dissension with myself is not because I have not seen the advantages of outsourcing comment management but rather because of technical issues that are not relevant, but I will explain at the end of this article.

And I say this because outsourcing the comments management, using systems like Intense Debate or Disqus is a decision most of the time successful, although not for all situations. Let's see advantages and disadvantages …

In favor: Integrated management

It seems an incongruity but when you externalize the comments one of its biggest advantages is that you can manage in a unified way the comments of all your blogs, if you have several. From the page of your profile in Disqus or Intense Debate you can moderate and configure the comments of all your blogs.

With this you avoid having to access each of your blogs, each one with your access data, and with only one "Login" you can manage the comments of all your sites.

In favor: Bandwidth

One of the activities that consume the most bandwidth and requests to the database of your blog is the management of comments and , by outsourcing, you limit this type of slowdowns and resource consumption of your server, relegating them to the service used.

In favor: Advanced features

One of the virtues of external comment systems is that they have all the technologies modern comments management, in this way, without touching a line of code or install dozens of plugins, you have instantly:

  • Comments nested
  • Access from social profiles
  • Share in networks social
  • Sort comments at will
  • References and separate comments
  • Inbound links from social networks
  • Gravatar
  • AJAX effects and Javascript
  • Page comments
  • Personalization of comment form

] In favor: Moderation and antispam

By this I mean you can unify moderation rules for comments, tagging and marking as spam, all from the same interface and for all your sites. In addition, this type of services offer advanced moderation tools, including by users (mark as inappropriate), which you do not usually find in other systems, at least natively.

In favor: Integration

Both system that I have proposed have a full integration with the native system of comments. Therefore, it is very easy to change from an external system to a native one at any time. When installing one of these external comment management services, the first thing you are offered (almost) is to export the existing comments with the account in the service and, at any time, you can synchronize both systems of comments (internal and external) so as not to lose anything if you want to change.

As an additional advantage, you do not have to wait for the export and / or synchronization processes to finish, you start them up and leave the page without any problem. When the process ends, the service sends you an email confirming the end of the action.

Against: Veteran Blogs

Despite what was said in the previous paragraph, I have encountered several problems when trying to export and synchronize comments in veteran blogs, with many comments (let's say more than 10 thousand or so). Sometimes this synchronization process gets so long that it gets stuck if there are a lot of comments. The good thing is that you do not lose anything in the process so to try you will not suffer a misfortune.

Against: Personalization

There are times when, if you are very picky about the design of your blog, these external services they do not manage to satisfy your personalization needs, of adapting to the template of your site. Although they offer different customization settings, such as retouching the CSS, choosing the language of the form and adapting to your tastes of the appearance and behavior of the form, the adjustment is not always perfect.

There are small details that you can not easily change (if you know CSS if you can do wonders) and that may not offer an aesthetic result and adapted to the design of your blog to the level of personalization you want.

Against: Dependency

All the virtues offered by an external management system Comments may be your biggest problem because you are actually depending on an external service that, if they decide to close it, will leave you lying and you will have to go back to the native system. Fortunately, these systems that I have been talking about allow you to recover your blog conversation at any time, so you would not lose any of the content, but you would have to get used to "the old" again or look for an alternative service if you closed the service

Both Intense Debate and Disqus reserve the right to modify the terms of service if they so choose, so keep this in mind before making the decision.

] In summary …

As you can imagine, the decision is yours, but since you expect me to get wet I'll do it …

  • If your blog has thousands of previous comments, I almost do not recommend it, most of the time both systems fail in the export and that does not give you guarantees that, in case of wanting to change, you can synchronize without problems.
  • If your blog is new or does not have thousands of previous comments, I highly recommend it. You enormously reduce the requests to the database, you offer your readers all the current features of integration with social networks and the operation is outstanding.

My decision has been, for the above reasons, to install Disqus in Navigating with Network (my personal blog) and here, and maintain the native system in CiberPrensa (at the moment, and due to synchronization problems). I was tempted to install first Intense Debate (being a service purchased by Automattic, a company that coordinates the development of WordPress) but at the time I made this change the system was more advanced Disqus and I opted for it, and the truth is that I am very satisfied with the decision.

(Originally posted in Neumattic which I reproduce here because of its interest in WordPress)

NOTICE : This publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Migration from Live Spaces to WordPress, complete guide and FAQ

 Windows Live Spaces + WordPress.com

Good, as it was a few days ago that was announced the migration of Spaces from Microsoft Live to WordPress.com and, given that the information is somewhat scattered and not very clear, in front of the questions of the new users that are already coming here and the forum I have decided to gather all the available information about the [19659004] migration of Live Spaces to WordPress .

I hope it helps you, especially since in the official WordPress.com Spanish forums for the moment they send you closing the strings and going to contact form (in English) and in the official blog send you to the post from Microsoft and, back to the WordPress.com forums, which give you back here, creating an infinite loop (sic). Come on, a show of how to dizzy the user and not give an answer to so much concern.

Let's go to it …

1. What is the reason for the migration of Live Spaces to WordPress.com ?

La official explanation is that with this agreement Microsoft has decided to offer a better blog publishing platform to Live users, something with what we agree (in which WordPress is better), what has not been said are the final strategic reasons for this action, if Microsoft wants to go further in its relationship with Automattic or even if it intends to "sponsor" other services such as Gravatar or even Intense Debate, and almost prefer not or may soon have to have Live account to access our blog, knowing the tendency of Microsoft to try to control everything (just like Apple but above without dazzling the user). In short, and as good Marcelino points me is that Microsoft leaves Live Spaces period.

2. Migration, step by step

Step 0: Start migration in Live Spaces

  1. Go to your space and sign in.
  2. Click on First steps. Update my blog to WordPress.com
  3. Click on Continue
  4. The main page of WordPress.com will appear.

  5. Follow the instructions on the screen, which we detail below …

Step 1: Connection [19659018] The first thing we have to do is connect everything together in the update process. If you already have an account on WordPress.com you can enter your information there if you prefer to bring your Live Space to the existing account. If not, create a new account at http://es.wordpress.com before you begin.

To start the migration, click on the "Connect" button

If you did not see the button is that WordPress.com has not detected that you already have an account on the site, you just have to sign in and you'll see it.

Once you click on the "Connect" you will be asked to connect to your Microsoft Live account if you have not already done so, in order to connect your Live Space to WordPress.com. It would be a screen like this …

If you had not accessed before, fill in the access information to your Windows Live account and, in both cases, click on the "Connect" button or "Connect", as it appears.

Of course, if you do not agree to make the connection, you can end the process right here by clicking on the "No, thanks" or "No, thanks" button.

Step 2: User account

If you already have an account on WordPress.com you are ready to start, otherwise you will be asked to create a new one …

No you get scared if you already see the data filled out in the form with your Live ID information, that's because these data are known – and used – in the connection process. Of course, if you want you can change the data at this time for which you want. It is important that you choose a password as secure as possible, for this you will see an indicator that changes color as you type.

Read the conditions of service, check the box that indicates that you agree with them (if so ) and you click on the "Next" button.

If you had already accessed your WordPress account or as I recommended in the previous step, you will not have to fill in anything, just choose if you want your Live Space to be integrate in a site already created or you prefer to create a new one (usually the most usual choice if the content is different from other sites you already have).

If you choose a site already existing one will be asked if you want to allow notices of your new posts to be sent to your Windows Live Messenger account.

In any case, after doing the above, click on "Next" (next)

Step 3: Create your site on WordPress.com

This we have already covered on several occasions and, almost the best, is that you see the following presentation (from slide 15) that shows you all the steps to take, it is just a matter of filling in information, in a couple of screens you will have your created site.

Step 4: The update

Once you have completed the information of your new site, such as the URL it will have and the name of it, we have already started the migration of the content from your Live Space to WordPress. The first thing you will see will be a confirmation screen before starting the process …

While the migration is taking place, you will receive a WordPress email welcoming you, so you will be entertained in the process . When you have finished you will see a screen like this …

And is already you have finished the migration itself, now it is possible that some fringes have been left, let's see them.

3. I do not trust the migration, I want to download my Space

You can keep a copy of your current Spaces blog and decide later (be careful, before March 16, 2011) if you want to move it to WordPress.com or another service blog

  1. Go to your space and log in.
  2. Click on Download my blog to my PC (Download my blog on the computer).
  3. In the File Download dialog box, click on Save. Select the location where you want to save the file, then click Save.

The blog will be saved in HTML format and organized into folders so you can easily store and review it.

4. Step, you pissed me off, I erase my Space

Nothing, you'll come back (to WordPress), if you want to delete your space:

  1. Go to your space and log in.
  2. Click on Continue and delete my space.
  3. Remember that you can not undo this action, it is irreversible, if you doubt better make a copy before.

  4. Click on Continue

5. I have lost my Lists after having migrated to WordPress.com

Microsoft has designed a temporary solution for users who have lost their Lists after having migrated their blog to WordPress. If you are one of those users who wish to retrieve access to your Lists information, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Windows Live Profile ( http://profile.live.com )
  2. At the top of your browser (where you'll see the address: http: // {cid} .profile.live.com – Add the word "lists" without the quotes at the end of the URL. it will look like this: http: // {cid} .profile.live.com / lists
  3. Click on Enter.

You will then have access to all the lists that were previously available in your Space.

Note: This solution will only be available until March, 2011 so you better copy and save them on your computer because then you will not be able to recover them

In WordPress, of course, you can create lists. but my advice is as follows:

  1. Create a new entry
  2. Form your list as you want, you can even add links to each element of it
  3. Switch to the HTML editor and copy the generated code (control + co command + c on your keyboard)
  4. Add a text widget to "Appearance -> Widgets"
  5. Put the title you want and in the text box paste (control + vo command + v) the code that you copied before
  6. Click on save to be save the changes in the widget and your list will appear in the chosen sidebar of your site
  7. The entry you used can delete it or save it (without publishing it) and use it to generate codes whenever you want to use this trick to paste HTML in your text widgets

5. FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What happened to my photos?
If you have a photo module in your space, you can continue organizing, storing and sharing photos in Windows LiveSkyDrive. But it will not be migrated to WordPress.com, only that multimedia content integrated to the blog entries will be moved.

Can I move my theme?
No, you can not move your theme but on WordPress.com you will find More than 100 to choose from.

Can I move lists, guestbooks or notes?
No, WordPress offers you a lot of similar functionalities in some cases, in addition to many that you did not know, such as statistics in Real time, icons to share your posts on social networks, polls, buttons to vote comments and much more. Take a tour of the administration desk of your site and you'll see.

If you had lists of links to friendly blogs, modules and things like that save everything you can in HTML or even by hand, then you can add it in the widgets of text (not always because WordPress.com restricts certain codes by security issues) and links in the links section, and then add the link widget.

My Spaces blog was private, is it also after migrate to WordPress?
In the migration this configuration is saved, however you can change it at any time in the privacy options of the WordPress administration desktop.

If you had friends who allowed you to see your private blog this information it does not matter so you'll have to mark your site in WordPress so that only the people you choose will see it. Then, in the user configuration page you can add them to the site (they are required to open an account in WordPress.com even if they do not create a site).

What about the drafts?
They do not migrate like this what better to publish before the migration. Then, if you want, you can have them go back to being drafts in the publishing options of the WordPress ticket editor.

Are the comments migrated?
Yes, the comments of your posts will be migrated to WordPress

What about my photo albums?
If you did not have the images inserted in your blog posts in Spaces, they will not be migrated. You can insert them in the right place before migration. However, your albums will still be available at Windows Live Photos .

Where are my friends and groups?
WordPress.com does not have a "group" or "friends" system as you know it in Live Spaces so you can not migrate that part. If you remember the detailed migration process before there is a step where you can choose to have your entries sent to Messenger Connect, so your contacts will know when you publish something new.

From there you can use the WordPress systems of tags, site discovery and subscriptions to find new friends and blogs to read.

Where do I find help?
You have several main sources of WordPress help:

NOTICE : this post is two or more years ago. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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