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Minor wordpress tweaks you can probably use (& I need help :) )

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by xplosiv, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. xplosiv

    xplosiv Power Member

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    As most of us here know, wordpress creates some incredibly useless pages. After all these years, you'd think this kind of thing would be quite obvious, but anyway - I have come up with a few ways to improve SEO. Unfortunately, I had to re-install wordpress and lost some of my changes.

    If anyone can help with instructions on how to modify these I would appreciate it. Previously I had just paid someone to do it.

    Anyway, here you go:

    - Remove the author link from your homepage and posts - if you don't have an archive page, it will just redirect to the homepage which is a waste of internal link juice .

    - unlink the # of comments or "leave a comment" button which is visible from the homepage. Removing it altogether might also be worthwhile if you don't get many comments.

    - Remove the author URL from comments (nofollow internal link).

    - Make internal links on comments followed.

    Remember, link juice is spread equally to links whether it is nofollow or followed - however, the difference is that nofollowed links will simply dissipate link juice which is not a good idea for any internal link.

    I have genesis with a child theme, if anyone knows how to do this please let me know.

    I would rather just learn how to do it myself in case things revert again after an update instead of paying someone over and over.

    Cheers
     
  2. blogzandstuff

    blogzandstuff Elite Member

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    How did you lose the changes if you got a child theme, it's used so it doesn't happen
     
  3. Sophie

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    1) Add this to your htaccess file.

    Code:
    redirect 301 /author/admin/ /
    Of course, if your author username is different you can change "admin" to xplosiv or something.

    2) Install Genesis Simple Edits. Launch it and remove this shortcode:

    Code:
    [post_comments]
    3) "Hide Comment Author Link" plugin should help.

    4) "WP External Links (nofollow new tab seo)" plugin should help too. It allows you do set all external links to nofollow, and all internal links to d0follow.
     
  4. xplosiv

    xplosiv Power Member

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    Hi Sophie, thanks for the tips.

    However, I am trying to remove the link from the author of posts altogether, because its an internal link that just redirects to the homepage (no author archive).
     
  5. xplosiv

    xplosiv Power Member

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    I've gone ahead and made all of these changes, results so far: Some keywords have gone up by 1-2 positions on average, hoping for more improvement over the coming weeks.

    Anyway, this was an unbelievably fucking frustrating task, the reason being is that wordpress has nofollow in comment links BUILT IN to its core files. Basically, I needed a way to be selective with which links were follow/nofollow, as I sometimes link to affiliate products directly in my comments. I did not find a solution, although the remove-nofollow plugin is temporarily making all my affiliate links in comments followed.

    However, since they go through a robots.txt file which is blocked to Google, I don't think it will affect me too much.The plugin leaves some messy html behind, and now the nofollow is gone but rel=" " (empty tags) remain on them. Pretty pissed off that the fucking developers haven't figured it out after all these years, Jeezus.
     
  6. chriskrover

    chriskrover Newbie

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    Refer to the genesis community for better help on theme specific issues.