HEEEEELP - On-site SEO in Wordpress - Site Structure - How to??

by momo3 7 replies
ok I realize SEO Platinum and All in ONe SEO pack, and Yoast's thing are real slick for doing title tags, meta tags, keywords, and all that jazz.

But what I really want to know is more of the structure.

What is teh ULTIMATE way to set up a site for SEO?

If it was HTML, I'd silo it, much like this:

http://trafficcpanel.com/wp-content/...-structure.png

And I could do this in wordpress also, but I just am not sure if its even completely necessary.

What about the categories? What about setting pages as "parents"?

Does anyone know how to do this in the most effective fashion? or am I overthinking it?
#search engine optimization #heeeeelp #onsite #seo #site #structure #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    You can do the exact same setup in Wordpress with a virtual silo (hyperlinks).
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  • Profile picture of the author momo3
    A virtual silo would be purely hyperlink based, and not URL based.

    But creating a silo in wordpress will leak juice because everything you create always links out all over the place. Wont it?

    Also, Yukon, if you create virtual silos, do you ever mess with categories and 'parents'
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
      Originally Posted by momo3 View Post

      A virtual silo would be purely hyperlink based, and not URL based.

      But creating a silo in wordpress will leak juice because everything you create always links out all over the place. Wont it?

      Also, Yukon, if you create virtual silos, do you ever mess with categories and 'parents'
      Hyperlinks & URLs go hand in hand, they both need to be correct at whatever they are pointing at.

      You would have to create your own theme, or find an existing Wp-theme that you can edit, to control links. Just the same as html, you'll have to create the code to display whatever links you want to display on each page.

      Everything already exist in WP that is on your screenshot/silo (index page, category, individual pages or post).
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  • Profile picture of the author momo3
    I meant to say

    a Virtual Silo is a silo purely made by hyperlinks.
    A traditional silo is more like domainnamehere.com/category/page.html where all the page.html's link back to their categories, etc.

    ... correct?


    Do you mess with the traditional route? Or do you make your silos use BOTH?

    What kind of themes are the most flexible for this? What do you use Yukon?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    I prefer not to silo my own sites.

    The main thing I do when it comes to links is:

    1) Short/compact URLs (domain_name.com/category_name/post-title-here/)

    2) I always have a unique canonical tag on every single page of my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author momo3
    So yukon, do you ever use pages? or always posts? That dosen't really matter does it?

    What exactly do you mean by canonical tag?

    Would you ever PM me on of your sites to look at? You seem to know what you're talking about.

    Also, what themes do you like the work with?
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
      So yukon, do you ever use pages? or always posts? That dosen't really matter does it?

      Yes, I use pages for simple things like "About Me" & "Privacy Policy" pages, the rest I use blog post.

      What exactly do you mean by canonical tag?

      A canonical tag just tells Google this is the url that I want displayed in the SERPs in case you have duplicate pages. Example If I have a single blog post in category-A & tag-A the content might look the exact same, but the URLs won't be the same. If you run unique canonical tags on both pages you can get both pages to rank in the SERPs.

      Would you ever PM me on of your sites to look at? You seem to know what you're talking about.

      Sorry, can't do that.

      Also, what themes do you like the work with?

      I use a different theme for every site I build, I look for a few things when deciding what theme I want for a new site.

      1) The layout needs to look simple
      2) Has to have very little javascript
      3) No flash
      4) I always look at the Google cache of the WP-theme Demo page, this helps see what's going on with the theme.

      The rest I seo myself.

      BTW, most WP-themes are made from site designers that don't care about seo.
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