is it a good idea to switch website to WordPress to increase rankings?

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I am considering switching my current website over to WordPress to help increase my organic rankings for some specific keywords. Planning on using seo plugin by yoast to help as well. Any advise on if this a good idea or better solutions would be appreciated. Website is American Technical Institute, LLC (On Line Courses)

Thanks in advance,
Troy
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  • Profile picture of the author Nabaleka
    Hey, I have noticed many websites being switched to WordPress just for them to perform well in search engines. The main benefit of WordPress is that it is much more easier to optimize it using plugins and there is an already built blog which will also help in SEO. It is not necessary but would be a good plan for you to increase your rankings.

    However you can add a blog to your main site, the benefit of a blog is that you will have an increase in the number of indexed pages on your site because each blog post is a page on its own with keywords that bring in traffic. With updated content you will be sure your rankings will improve.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    If you are switching to Wordpress because you believe the change will increase your rankings, you will likely be sorely disappointed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      If you are switching to Wordpress because you believe the change will increase your rankings, you will likely be sorely disappointed.
      Care to explain more of this? Of course, I do know that you need to add content etc in order to get ranking than just using Wordpress.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by Azlan.MY View Post

        Care to explain more of this? Of course, I do know that you need to add content etc in order to get ranking than just using Wordpress.
        What is there to explain? There is a common misconception that Google gives some sort of ranking preference to Wordpress. They do not.
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  • Profile picture of the author deepakrajput
    WP allows free plugins to optimize your site in major search engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by deepakrajput View Post

      WP allows free plugins to optimize your site in major search engines.
      Wordpress is the most bloated, inane CMS in the history of CMS.

      I can't fathom why anyone would want to use it. But, many people do.

      I mean come on. Websites can be created manually with very few lines
      of code. Then it's just copy and paste. php makes this so dang easy...

      Why would google favor WP instead of their own CMS, blogspot?
      Oh, forgot...google has others..they just launched more. Of course many
      of you don't know that because you just don't keep up. Google has
      so many content generators and creators, it's dang amazing.

      WP? Man that is just silly.

      Makes no sense, no matter how you slice it.

      If you can't code websites, you will eventually be left in the dust. You
      will rely more and more on 3rd partys to do what it takes as things
      online evolve.

      Learning to do this stuff also makes you up on elements (no pun intended)
      of a webpage, where they go, what they are, etc. You will also learn about
      servers, and...*shock*..how the internet works.

      That's why there is so much misstatements on tables, h1, title, meta data,
      redirects, 404, robots.txt, etc.

      Every CMS I have ever used, I have had to modify it like a mad dog. And
      many times it's so bloated with css, includes, etc., it takes hours to sift
      through the garbage. And WP is full of garbage.

      Plugin? Widget? Why the frick would anyone even need such a thing?

      That has always made no sense to me.

      Psssst: blogspot comes seo'd right out of the box, exactly how google wants
      things done.

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author Zack Russel
        Only switching to WordPress can not help you to increase SERP ranking..
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      • Profile picture of the author Nabaleka
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Wordpress is the most bloated, inane CMS in the history of CMS.

        I can't fathom why anyone would want to use it. But, many people do.

        I mean come on. Websites can be created manually with very few lines
        of code. Then it's just copy and paste. php makes this so dang easy...

        Why would google favor WP instead of their own CMS, blogspot?
        Oh, forgot...google has others..they just launched more. Of course many
        of you don't know that because you just don't keep up. Google has
        so many content generators and creators, it's dang amazing.

        WP? Man that is just silly.

        Makes no sense, no matter how you slice it.

        If you can't code websites, you will eventually be left in the dust. You
        will rely more and more on 3rd partys to do what it takes as things
        online evolve.

        Learning to do this stuff also makes you up on elements (no pun intended)
        of a webpage, where they go, what they are, etc. You will also learn about
        servers, and...*shock*..how the internet works.

        That's why there is so much misstatements on tables, h1, title, meta data,
        redirects, 404, robots.txt, etc.

        Every CMS I have ever used, I have had to modify it like a mad dog. And
        many times it's so bloated with css, includes, etc., it takes hours to sift
        through the garbage. And WP is full of garbage.

        Plugin? Widget? Why the frick would anyone even need such a thing?

        That has always made no sense to me.

        Psssst: blogspot comes seo'd right out of the box, exactly how google wants
        things done.

        Paul
        I totally lost you along the way and couldn't get what you are saying and where you are coming from
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Originally Posted by Nabaleka View Post

          I totally lost you along the way and couldn't get what you are saying and where you are coming from
          Wordpress is junk.

          Is that clear enough?

          Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Wordpress is the most bloated, inane CMS in the history of CMS.
        No, it's not. You're just showing your ignorance by throwing statements like this around. Were you able to back your claim? No, of course not. There wasn't even a single line that would somehow prove that WordPress is bloated or junk. The former would be something that you could argue but didn't, but latter is probably just a matter of opinion.

        And I'm not trying to say that OP is right, because obviously he/she is not. WP is not some kind of magical SEO tool either.

        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Every CMS I have ever used, I have had to modify it like a mad dog. And
        many times it's so bloated with css, includes, etc., it takes hours to sift
        through the garbage. And WP is full of garbage.
        Either you're being extremely loose with your language, or you're been doing it severely wrong. You do not modify the core system. If you need to hack the core you're using the wrong system in the first place.

        If you mean to be talking about themes - you know, the place that in real world holds most site-specific modifications - just frigging choose a better theme. It's not harder than that.

        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Plugin? Widget? Why the frick would anyone even need such a thing?
        Extensibility? Yeah, that's clearly for losers.

        I can't believe that someone would really make such a comment. And you of all people... Almost all useful multi-purpose content management systems have modules or plugins, and this includes even proprietary systems.

        In WordPress both plugins and widgets are based on extensible PHP classes, and they can hold and do pretty much whatever you want. So your plugins or widgets suck? There's an obvious solution to that.
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      • Profile picture of the author jackcolton
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Wordpress is the most bloated, inane CMS in the history of CMS.

        I can't fathom why anyone would want to use it. But, many people do.

        I mean come on. Websites can be created manually with very few lines
        of code. Then it's just copy and paste. php makes this so dang easy...

        Why would google favor WP instead of their own CMS, blogspot?
        Oh, forgot...google has others..they just launched more. Of course many
        of you don't know that because you just don't keep up. Google has
        so many content generators and creators, it's dang amazing.

        WP? Man that is just silly.

        Makes no sense, no matter how you slice it.

        If you can't code websites, you will eventually be left in the dust. You
        will rely more and more on 3rd partys to do what it takes as things
        online evolve.

        Learning to do this stuff also makes you up on elements (no pun intended)
        of a webpage, where they go, what they are, etc. You will also learn about
        servers, and...*shock*..how the internet works.

        That's why there is so much misstatements on tables, h1, title, meta data,
        redirects, 404, robots.txt, etc.

        Every CMS I have ever used, I have had to modify it like a mad dog. And
        many times it's so bloated with css, includes, etc., it takes hours to sift
        through the garbage. And WP is full of garbage.

        Plugin? Widget? Why the frick would anyone even need such a thing?

        That has always made no sense to me.

        Psssst: blogspot comes seo'd right out of the box, exactly how google wants
        things done.

        Paul
        This reply has about as much merit as someone who spends hours arguing in circles that iPhone or Android are far superior, while also "unable to fathom" why someone would use the other. Don't let your personal preference and / or limited experience with something cloud your judgment of what obviously works for others.

        Wordpress is perfectly great for plenty of websites (see also: plenty of MAJOR websites), and there are no shortage of extraordinarily profitable ones that use it. Thus far, the only major drawback that I've personally experienced is that Wordpress can be a bloated load on a server if you're managing a high traffic site, but even that can be solved by keeping your design and plugins streamlined while also switching to a better managed hosting company that specializes in Wordpress.

        In terms of SEO, I've had just as strong ratings on a site that I've coded as one that was Wordpress. I also didn't see any jump when I switched that site to Wordpress. I'd agree that the only advantage is that plugins like Yoast are good at reminding you what you didn't do.
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  • Profile picture of the author jatirogo
    You can switch it to wordpress or another option is creating blog with wordpress so you don't need to swicth your website..

    Good luck...
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  • wordpress has many plugins that do help with on page seo. i would recommend wordpress over anything else at the moment.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by TotalWebsiteControl View Post

      wordpress has many plugins that do help with on page seo. i would recommend wordpress over anything else at the moment.
      Yes, but the kind of "on-page SEO" you can do with those plugins is something that most systems can do too. You're mostly just manipulating titles and meta descriptions. Templates for those elements are about the most useful feature that these plugins may have, because it potentially makes your publishing process somewhat more efficient.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by sammel View Post

      As word press will not have duplication problems and plugins are really good
      Sigh. All these threads degenerate into newbies making some unfounded claims about WordPress...

      It just might be the mainstream CMS that's most prone to duplicate content because themes are potentially build so that they've got the full text in the archives. If you've got such a theme installed, and you're throwing tags around like confetti you may end up with a ton of duplicate pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinchua91
    At OP, I think you might have gotten sufficient answers above, but anyway, all you need to know about your question is:
    - Wordpress does not magically make you rank higher on Google search engine.
    - Wordpress is relatively beginner-friendly and has a clean interface, so many people like using it.
    - Wordpress has many plugins which are constantly updated and some of these plugins are SEO related. They will not magically make your website rise above competitors because they can code the same thing into their website as well. But it does make things simpler for most people due to the ease of using Wordpress.

    My best guess as to why some blogs 'mistakenly' say that Wordpress is the better choice of a CMS for SEO is because it's relatively easier to use and get almost all basic on-page SEO practices right.

    It's not a magic bullet
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  • Profile picture of the author chris00129
    Originally Posted by Bandyman85 View Post

    I am considering switching my current website over to WordPress to help increase my organic rankings for some specific keywords. Planning on using seo plugin by yoast to help as well. Any advise on if this a good idea or better solutions would be appreciated. Website is American Technical Institute, LLC (On Line Courses)

    Thanks in advance,
    Troy
    Hey BandyMan,

    Well, don't just do it to just increase.

    Because well,

    Hosting, On Page SEO and more play a factor.

    Now:

    From a user friendly stand point it is very helpful. I have utilized some super ways to increase conversion thankfully to the fact of having wordpress plugins.

    I'd say test it for yourself. But will tell you it did help me in general for ranking better and providing a ton more on my website with my readers.

    Thanks,

    Christopher Pontine
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