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Does it matter how the blog looks in the eyes of the Big G?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by royalslim, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. royalslim

    royalslim Regular Member

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    So my current website is ranking pretty good, but doesn't have a blog. If I install wordpress on mydomain.com/blog, can I just use the stock wordpress theme to put in content then link to my main pages on mydomain.com? The point is only to make relevant content and interlink throughout my main site.

    Does the design matter? The articles will range from 500 - 1000 words with pictures and sometimes youtube videos. Is this a good way to setup? I could care less about gaining traffic to the blog as thats not the purpose.

    What would you say is the limit of how many links I can place on the articles (which will be linked to other pages on the website) I also don't want this blog ranking for the keywords because it is my main domain that I need the traffic to go to, is this an issue?
     
  2. alex-19841

    alex-19841 Regular Member

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    the blog if it will have a lot of content will bring a traffic for long tailed keywords that are related to specific articles on the blog, eventually if blog has a good content people will start linking to it which will bring more people directly to blog. So you might wonna add footer or header that advises visitors to visit you "important" page.

    As far as design no it will not effect your rankings (unless if there will be a bunch of pictures and almost no text - but since its a blog that should not be an issue), I would recommend to put videos at the top of the text/blog page.

    As far as number of links - I would recommend to think of how it will make browsing easier for visitor and not to worry about Search engines here, as long as you do not have 100 links going out to the other websites - you will be fine.
     
  3. christoss1959

    christoss1959 Senior Member

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    The design wont affect its ranking but if you are going to upload a lot of content I suggest using a sub-domain rather than a folder setting so your blog would be
    www.blog.yoursite.com rather than www.yoursite.com/blog
     
  4. Kaithe.Clarke

    Kaithe.Clarke Regular Member

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    No, design does not matter.. as search engine bots are blind. But their navigation and other elements do matter.

    Link your wordpress page with those pages only which are relevant to it.
     
  5. LBrown

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    Don't put the default wordpress theme on there. It just shows you don't care. Pick out a basic free theme and change the default sidebars. If you leave everything as the default you look like a spammer and Google knows how to see if you left everything default or not. It just brings down the overall quality of the site. It will take less than 5 minutes so there is no reason not to change it.
     
  6. Zapdos

    Zapdos Power Member

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    Does the design matter? No, not in the least. It won't care if your graphics are made by a 5yo or a 45yo pro.

    However, the design of the site will influence the layout of the site. The layout is what matters to Google. The higher the content is on the page (the code rather) then the more they consider it important. The ideal layout is content -> main nav -> subnav -> other sides -> footer
    It can also be affected by how the theme/template uses elements. Bold, italics, underlined, linked etc all give different ratings.
     
  7. spoon22

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    Good joke. Google has OCR technology since 2005. Read their patents ;)

    I think the theme you use matters...
     
  8. moeatwa

    moeatwa Regular Member

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    This guy's right on the money. When we rate, we take to overall layout/ usage of space into consideration when assessing a site's quality score. Other factors such s supplementary content (sidebars, menus, etc.) also affect the overall score. =D
     
  9. royalslim

    royalslim Regular Member

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    What do you mean by "when we rate?" who is "we"
     
  10. moeatwa

    moeatwa Regular Member

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    Big G brother! I'm a rater, you see... :3