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Google SERPS & Wordpress themes (specifically Bombax)

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Water damage, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Water damage

    Water damage Junior Member

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    Hey all, I'm using the Bombax theme on a couple of my sites and have a question regarding the source code that Google bots see and the resulting SERPS.

    I have my homepage set to display latest posts (6 at once) - it displays a summary of each post with a picture. When I view the source I see there is a lot of code to get the theme to function correctly and not much personal content (specifically regarding my keywords).

    Is there a better way to setup the Bomax theme so my homepage is optimized a bit better to get better SERP rankings? Perhaps just a static homepage with a long article on my main keywords?

    Thanks
     
  2. Abstroose

    Abstroose Elite Member

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    I'd suggest using a different theme. There's no easy way to optimize the theme, since it would mean recoding it. It would be a lot easier to find a similar theme, optimized for search engines, and tweak the design to suit your likings. I just checked the theme out, and it's not even HTML valid.
     
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  3. Water damage

    Water damage Junior Member

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    Thanks Abstroose - I was wondering why my damn sites wouldn't rank. Do you have any suggestions on a simialr theme that's also pretty good SERP-wise?
     
  4. Abstroose

    Abstroose Elite Member

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    Is it essential that it's similar? On second thoughts, if your site is like this demo I'm looking at, it probably lacks content on the homepage (which will also cause you not to rank so well).

    The demo is here: http://wp-themes.com/bombax?TB_iframe=true&width=1233&height=553

    The small summary of text underneath each post just isn't enough. Presuming your blog has the same layout, there's not enough content on the homepage.

    Click here for some nice, free themes.
     
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    wkrappen91 Power Member

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    you can always go inside the theme and change <?php the_excerpt() ?> to <?php the_content() ?>
    that will make it show full posts instead of excerpts..
     
  6. Water damage

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    Ok so instead of 6 small exerpts on my homepage, I changed it to 4 full posts. Let's see if that makes a difference. I'm also thinking of making a static home page written extremely well instead of just my 4 latest articles, but let's see what my orriginal change does first.