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Why wont my Meta tags or H1 tags work in wordpress?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by daveguy, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. daveguy

    daveguy Power Member

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    Hello all, Ive been working at this forever and I just cant figure it out. I have a domain with Godaddy, hosted by Hostgator and I'm using Wordpress to build my niche site. I chose this route because I couldn't find any easier web site builders that didn't cost money per month, but I'm thinking of just scraping everything and starting over. I've tried tons of different plugins to get meta tags to work but they just won't, and I know h1 tags are important but I can't get them to work either. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to do this properly with wordpress? I'm using the anything-magazine theme, if you PM me i'll give my domain if you are genuinely interested in helping me. I would be more than willing to try and return the favor to you somehow.
    Thank you!
     
  2. MakeLemonade

    MakeLemonade Junior Member

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    When you say it won't work - give specifics. What are you seeing? No meta tags? h1 tags stripped?
     
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  3. daveguy

    daveguy Power Member

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    my Cpanel SEO says that my meta tags arn't working and traffic Travis show my meta tags and H1 tags arn't working
     
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    masteraffmarket Power Member

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    WP does this automatically. it changes the H1 tag to a <text style="">sample</text>

    You can counter this with various plugins or you can edit some source files
     
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  5. MagicMike

    MagicMike Power Member

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    Try taking a look at your source code... sometimes Traffic Travis may not always be accurate. Check yourself to see whats there.
     
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  6. daveguy

    daveguy Power Member

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    thank you I didn't know thats what it was converting it too. I will change the source code on the index.php and look for it in the other files as well. Do you have any recommendations for a working plugin for meta tags and this h1 tag?
     
  7. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    By default wp doesn't include metatags in it's pages. Some Themes and plugins can modify that though.

    You have two choices on how to get meta tags to show on your wp pages.
    Either modify the header.php template file in your theme folder, or add a theme or plugin that does it for you.

    If you want to modify the template file yourself then go read this article to learn how.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Meta_Tags_in_WordPress

    If you want to just use a plugin then you can get something like All In One SEO, SEO Meta Tags, or a number of other plugins. Also there are many themes that include a lot of that type thing within the theme. The thing to remember about using themes and plugins is sometimes you actually need to fill in additional fields when you make your posts to get them to work. If you get a plugin to make metatags and then don't fill in the field it provides then it won't really do much good. :rolleyes:

    As far as the H1 tag is concerned every time you post a new article the Title of that article will be placed in an H1 tag. If you want to add more h1 tags within your posts then you should be able to add them by just switching to the html tab in your editor. A lot of html is stripped from the post if you save with the wysiwyg editor so if your adding htm tags then you might need to stay in the html view when you save the post.
     
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  8. thizsukz

    thizsukz Registered Member

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    Heat map theme has that support built in. Easy enough to use
     
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  9. Longover

    Longover Power Member

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    All that I use in WP is All in One SEO

    Sometimes I will use Headspace if I want to change the site title. And
    that is probably what you are needing to do. Aside from hacking your template.

    Just go into headspace, edit your site modules, and drag up Site Name

    Then go to your posts and you'll see an area to fill in Site Name. This will
    replace the name of your site (the h1 tag) for a specific post.
     
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    It depends on the theme. Some use H1 some use H2 or something else but more use H1.

    Check the - Single Post (single.php) for the posts on your blog. Look for the php the_title it will be enclosed in the H1 or H2 usually. Change that to H1 and then tweak the CSS to make it look the way you want.
     
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  11. Longover

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    All that I use in WP is All in One SEO

    Sometimes I will use Headspace if I want to change the site title. And
    that is probably what you are needing to do. Aside from hacking your template.

    Just go into headspace, edit your site modules, and drag up Site Name

    Then go to your posts and you'll see an area to fill in Site Name. This will
    replace the name of your site (the h1 tag) for a specific post.
     
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