Ways Google Finds My Content

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I have a question about google crawling.

I have been using Platinum SEO on my new blog. I am really trying SEO optimize my blog so I have used most of the noindex / nofollow options in the plugin.

The only items I have open are allowing the datebased archives to be accessed, and allowing links off the front page to be followed. (The only links on the front page are aff links which I have nofollowed each, the only open links are my date based archive links)

I am using the archives option because I have a lot of overlapping tags and categories that I do not want to take duplicate content penalties for indexing all of those.

Basically what it boils down to is the only do-index, do-follow links on my front page is the small list of date based archives in my footer. (by month)

My question: Is this enough to allow google to find my content and properly index it?

If not, what should I be doing?

Thanks for any help,

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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    It sounds like you're over-optimizing your internal SEO. Instead, concentrate on external link building SEO.
  • Profile picture of the author Rebtl
    I am doing a lot of external link building, but of course I need to get my single post pages indexed by google, and I am just asking if that is possible through the setup I have right now.
  • Profile picture of the author bp.simms
  • Profile picture of the author Rebtl
    Yes, I am using Google XML sitemaps plugin, but

    I am also using stats press, which keeps track of SE spiders, and everytime the google bot comes, the only things it looks at my robots.txt file and nothing else.

    Thats why I think I have a problem
  • Profile picture of the author Rebtl
    Anybody else have any advice on this?

    I was thinking of just putting my categories list in my sidebar, but like I said I have a lot of overlapping categoies (posts tagged in more than one) and the same thing for tags, so I don't want to get a duplicate content penalty for that.
  • Profile picture of the author Rebtl
    yea, once I get all my posts added I am going to have a fairly static site and I want to make sure that the search engines have found all of my pages
  • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
    Try and link to an internal php script for your affiliate links. I have just ran an experiment recently where one of my sites that ranked no.3 for a specifc keyword phrase dropped to page 18 due to me adding 'nofollow' affiliate links to my index page.

    It's unlikely there was any other reason for it as I hadn't done anything else. This has been like this for quite a number of weeks now so a week or so ago I removed those links and instead linked to the affiliates via an internal php script. It now appears that I have no outbound links, and this shows on numerous tools.

    When I checked a day or two ago, the index page had been crawled and re-cached and it is suddenly back up where it was... well top of page 2. This will be due to other pages on the site that still has these affiliate links on.

    I'm not saying this is the case for all sites. Maybe this 'redundant' site has been classed an a thin affiliate site, I don't know, but those outbound affiliate links definately made a huge dent in my rankings.

  • Profile picture of the author Rebtl
    Thats a good idea, Andy

    I already have all of my affiliate links going through GoCodes (a link cloaking/redirect plugin)

    Do you think that is sufficient to keep my from losing PR from all of those links?
  • Profile picture of the author Rebtl
    Sounds good to me. I am just getting this blog I started underway and I want to make sure I do the SEO right from the beginning for once.

    But you HAVE to tell me how you were able to get your blogs (those two in your sig links) into that awesome Gride format for the posts!?!?!?!

    I have been trying to figure out a way to do that for a long time.

    Is it just a theme or custom css?


  • Profile picture of the author Lewis Turner

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