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Does the Wordpress Theme you choose have any bearing on the site's SEO?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mqs1000, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    I know you have to do some manual work yourself and/or download some plugins to optimize your site. But are there any Wordpress themes that happen to get ranked better than others if you were to do the same exact thing?
     
  2. GeorgeCarl

    GeorgeCarl Registered Member

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    Yes and no. Some themes are optimized better (i.e. <h1/h2/h3> tags etc), loads faster etc than others.
     
  3. dragonrage01

    dragonrage01 Power Member

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    I use the default theme which is 2012. I have no problems ranking my sites.
    If you use the made for adsense themes, you may get a reduction or penalty. But I have never proven this.
    A lot of the wordpress themes are not good actually. If you look at the sidebar, some themes use h1, h2, and h3 tags.
    You don't really want to have <h1>Comments</h1> or <h2>Categories</h2> in all of your pages.
     
  4. Furious George

    Furious George Supreme Member Premium Member

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    No, it doesn't.

    However, if you use the same theme and plugins on every single site you have, it leaves the same footprint. This isn't a good idea for creating a blog network where you don't want google to know it's the same webmaster. Make sense?
     
  5. AnotherOne

    AnotherOne Senior Member

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    Use Thesis.
    Best SEO optimized framework/theme out there.
     
  6. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    It wont make a huge difference but some Themes are have code problems that will slow your load time. Have W3C errors, too many Java or css files. You are better off looking for simple themes without too many features and be picky on the plug ins you install.
     
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    bubbaranks Junior Member

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    For some reason when i use the twenty twelve i find ranking much easier no real proof but i have noticed it a few times however it is good to have a theme that is mobile ready and twenty twelve seems to work quite well on mobile
     
  8. Lazlo1967

    Lazlo1967 Junior Member

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    I agree with the above - it really depends on how well the theme was coded. Some themes are really bloated (just dealt with a client with a theme like that). These load slow and some of the really good SEO plugins might not work well on them. But, for the most part it should not make a difference.