2nd page loser
Well, this is it — the day of reckoning is here!
The Hydropackulicity SEO Contest ends today. I hope I did what it takes to remain on Google’s page one.
I don’t know if it is clear just what hydropackulicity is, but now it is a word recognized in the Google search engine, all because of a silly little contest. If nothing else, I learned a lot about SEO and the power and influence of Google in the web world.
And I had fun!
In setting up this blog website for the Hydropackulicity Contest I have met several goals:
- Learned more about blogging and using a WordPress site as a website.
- Posted over 15 articles. I love the way WordPress encourages you to get to the next level!
- Brought my website to page one on Google search for keyword Hydropackulicity.
- Learned some tricks and tips for good SEO. SEO requires constant attention to keep top ranking with the ever-changing web. But sometimes it still seems like page rank is random.
- Practiced and improved my writing and research skills.
- Tried using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social networks as marketing tools.
- Tested several sites with Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools. Google is awesome!
No low-flow shower heads for me. Take a look at this baby!
Just for Fun—more definitions of the word Hydropackulicity
Hydro=Water: hydroelectric. Liquid: hydrodynamics
pach·y·derm [pak-i-dûrm ]. n. Any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
-icity = denoting a quality or condition, the state of having: simplicity, publicity
Elephant + Water = Hydropackulicity
So I was wrong.
I apologize for some misinformation in my previous post (Hydropackulicity Contest draws near 5/7/2012)
It looks like using keywords, tags and category heads have little effect on your page rank for Google. According to my instructor, Categories and Tags in WordPress sites are more for organizational structure to help your readers follow their interests in your posts.
Don’t get me wrong – tags are a good thing. When used properly, Categories are like a file cabinet drawer where you file documents under a topic. Tags are more like a keyword that help people find and cross-reference your posts. Using alt tags for your images is also helpful for search engines to index your images.
Having useful content, blogging often and developing your blog over time will help you optimize your WordPress site for the Google search engine.
Here are more tips for optimizing your website, especially a WordPress Website:
- Make sure your default Permalink settings are helpful to your readers. The default setting, http://yourdomain.com/?p=123, is not very useful and you lose the value of keywords in the title of your post or page. This is often overlooked, but easy to change. Try this: select the custom option and set the format to /%postname%/ or /%category%%postname%/. Add the category if you have been diligent in naming your categories using your main keywords. Otherwise, just use the post name and make sure you use keywords in their titles.
- Make sure your privacy setting allows search engine indexing when your site goes live. Go to the WordPress “Settings/Privacy” in your dashboard and set your blog visibility to “I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing, Technorati) and archivers”. Also make sure your robots.txt file isn’t set to block the search engine bots.
- Verify your site with Google using Webmaster Tools. You then add a verification code to your header file which gives the search engine a way to verify site ownership and then you can gather useful information for your site. Once your site is verified, you can install the Google (XML) Sitemap plugin and activate it. All the major search engines will provide information on your site such as keywords to find your site, incoming links to pages, broken links and other useful information for your site. Using Google Analytics will also help to give you useful information on how visitors use your site and which pages are more popular so that you can create a better experience for the user.
I hope this clarifies SEO.