Why am I not getting search traffic?

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I posted this under the test section and think I might get more response here, does anyone have any thoughts....

For a test I will explain my problem. I set up a site "see signature" and the long and the short of it is that I am not getting ranked by Google. Its only been a month since the site has been up. So maybe I am anxious. The site is indexed and has had two referrals from Google but that's it.

I have built back links, written articles, posted comments and targeted keywords with low competition. Is it just a time issue or am I trying to jump into a niche with to much competition?

Is there something wrong with my content? I have looked at what other sites ranking for the same keywords have content wise and I am providing the same things, usually with more information and better grammar. (my wife has done a lot of the writing

Any help would be great!
Thanks!

#search #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
    This may be obvious to you but it has caught out some others recently - did you make sure that it was visible to the search engines? At some point in the settings there is a check box that you need to uncheck in order for the SEs to be able to index your site - I'm sorry I can't be more clear but I can't remember exactly where it is. I just know that there were several people who had the same issue and that is what it turned out to be.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    Try searching site:yourdomain.com in Google if your site will come up.

    Are the article you've created use the keywords in the title? Did you submit them to article directories? How many backlinks a day did you create? Are your comments all the same?
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    • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
      I did have that box checked for 2 weeks and caught it its been 3-4 weeks since then. When I search for site:spanish-learning-software.com it does come up so the site is indexed. Do I just need more backlinks? I have several hundred already. Is it just a waiting game?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    You will see more traffic when you have at least 1 article a day posted in your blog. Search engine like updated blogs. Try to use plugins for SEO and ping your site when you have new content.
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  • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
    I wasn't planning on doing a blog just using WP to build a content site, I could do a blog but I don't want the blog to be the homepage. I have been using a blog post as the front page since I havent figured out how to set a "page" as the home page in WP.

    If I set a page as the home page I could have a seperate link to the "blog" and post there regularly.
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    • Profile picture of the author CarloD.
      I did some keyword research, and for one spanish learning software is a bit of a competitive term....

      2.7 million

      with quotes about 10 000 competing pages, however average page rank is about 4, they range 3-7.

      I've done some tests with wordpress and have been able to rank with no backlinks .... maybe work on keyword density, or it's possible that you have to work harder for this term.
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    • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
      Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

      I wasn't planning on doing a blog just using WP to build a content site, I could do a blog but I don't want the blog to be the homepage. I have been using a blog post as the front page since I havent figured out how to set a "page" as the home page in WP.

      If I set a page as the home page I could have a seperate link to the "blog" and post there regularly.

      If this is the only thing preventing you from having a 'blog' then here's the easy way to do this:

      1. First decide which page you want to have as your home page, and which page you want to have as your blog page. You may have to create a page called blog (leave it empty), and maybe even a page that you will use for your home page.

      2. In the wordpress dashboard, click on Settings->Reading.

      3. Select the radio button next to "A static page"

      4. Select the page you want as your home page in the FRONT PAGE pull-down menu

      5. Select the page you want as your blog page in the POSTS PAGE pull-down menu.

      Note: Depending on your target audience, you may not want to call the blog page, "BLOG", they may think it's some kind of disease. :p I often call this page, Updates, News, etc. but it's up to you.

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      Also, install the All-in-One SEO plugin and the XML-Sitemap plugin by Arne Brachhold.

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      I've just installed a BRAND-NEW website, with a BRAND-NEW domain name 10 days ago and it is picked up now by google. I've installed the 2 plugins above, made about 4 good blog entries, and used a lot of TAGS for each post. The tag pages got picked up first, then the actual blog pages.

      See if this will work for you. Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
        Originally Posted by NowIstheTime View Post


        I've just installed a BRAND-NEW website, with a BRAND-NEW domain name 10 days ago and it is picked up now by google. I've installed the 2 plugins above, made about 4 good blog entries, and used a lot of TAGS for each post. The tag pages got picked up first, then the actual blog pages.

        See if this will work for you. Cheers
        You said you have been picked up but are you getting traffic yet? I have been indexed but have only received 6 organic visitors.
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        • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
          Originally Posted by johnben1444 View Post

          Your site is not listed in Google or are talking about ranking. If its ranking, you don't need to bother your head. Google consider a lot of things such as your links, competitors links, age of site and so on before giving you a high ranking.
          The site IS listed (indexed) in google (search for "site:spanish-learning-software.com" - there are about 33 results as of now).


          Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

          I have been indexed but have only received 6 organic visitors.
          It's not enough to be listed (which you ARE), but to be highly ranked for the keywords that matter.

          As a test, I took the keyword "Learn Spanish Lessons" and your site is not listed in the first 51 pages... I stopped there... But most of your customers will stop after the 1-2 pages, and NEVER bother with the EVEN 3rd page.

          Do you have an idea which keywords brought you those 6 organic visitors? If not you can go through the awstats or webalizer results for this site, and it will list the keywords that brought the customers to you.

          Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

          As for SEO in general I have my main keyword Spanish learning software in the title and around 1-2%+ throughout the site. I am using keyword targeted anchor text in my links as well as some with just the url so as to create a more natural linking pattern. Each keyword is high search (over 1k a month) low competition (under 10k in quotes). Some are slightly lower search but have only like 5 competitors in quotes, I figured that was a no brainier.
          Now this is where the marketer in you, not the technical SEO worker, needs to assert yourself! Think as a customer and sit down at your pc and start 'looking for spanish lessons' What keywords are you using? Start focusing on getting to the 1-2 pages for these...

          Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

          As for SEO in general I have my main keyword Spanish learning software in the title and around 1-2%+ throughout the site. I am using keyword targeted anchor text in my links as well as some with just the url so as to create a more natural linking pattern. Each keyword is high search (over 1k a month) low competition (under 10k in quotes). Some are slightly lower search but have only like 5 competitors in quotes, I figured that was a no brainier.
          And another thing... I would not expect the spanish lesson market to be highly aware of the power of using "quotes" when searching, so you need to look at ranking for without quotes. And always remember, as some other warrior on this forum said somewhere, your REAL competitors are the ones that come up without quotes. I think that quote is here: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ml#post1353183
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          • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
            I was trying to target keywords related to learning Spanish using software as I figured those would be more targeted visitors. I use the "" as a measure not a sure thing.

            Obviously every one in the unquoted results is competition but I think the theory is that those who don't show up in quotes are not trying to optimize for that keyword. If that's the case in theory I can out optimize them for that keyword, at this point they should be crushed competition not real competition.

            I do know every keyword, Google analytics, some of them were even product names, which kind of surprised me. The problem is I need 600 or 6000 not 6, heck I would settle for 60 right now.

            Thanks
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            • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
              Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

              I was trying to target keywords related to learning Spanish using software as I figured those would be more targeted visitors. I use the "" as a measure not a sure thing.

              Obviously every one in the unquoted results is competition but I think the theory is that those who don't show up in quotes are not trying to optimize for that keyword. If that's the case in theory I can out optimize them for that keyword, at this point they should be crushed competition not real competition.

              I do know every keyword, Google analytics, some of them were even product names, which kind of surprised me. The problem is I need 600 or 6000 not 6, heck I would settle for 60 right now.

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              Product names are good. Usually a sign that the buyer has already done some research, and is 'warm'. Are you seeing anything like "product-name review", "product-name genuine", etc? I've gotten these visitors converting somewhat higher than anyone else. I assume they were leaning towards a purchase and needed a final nudge.

              But all that is fine for later... right now we are splitting hairs over the best traffic types, and you are barely seeing any traffic at all....

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              So here's a few more ideas:

              1. I also suggest you put up a sitemap PAGE, which will make every url on your site accessible within 2 clicks. i.e. 1 for the sitemap page, and one for the deep-linked page. Great for visitors (when they finally decide to come ), and great for search engines (which are already at your site now and looking for something to chew on.)

              2. Also, I think there is some error in your permalinks or wp-config set up as the pages and posts are showing up as: domain-name/index.php/page-or-post-name. It's not 'normal' to see this index.php in the URL... ever. See how it got there, my assumption is that you DON'T want it there.

              But before you remove it... perhaps you want to go to google/yahoo/bing and note down the 30-or-so URLs that are using this domain/index.php/page-name convention and note it down. Then install a 301 Redirection plugin. Once you 'fix' your config to remove this 'index.php' from the middle of the URL.... add the old & new pages to the 301 Redirection plugin.

              This way any URLs visits by search engines to those 'old' domain/index.php/page-name, will still be able to enjoy whatever linkjuice they had even after they've been changed to the new URL.

              3. And finally, keep consistently adding something to your site on a regular basis. 1 page every 1-2 days... I would not waste any further time setting up a blog page..

              Good luck and let us now if you see any difference in a week, or if you need any help regarding the above.
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              • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
                I tried to remove the index.php part once before and it crashed the whole site. I dont know how it got there or how to get rid of it. I just asumed it had to be there.
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  • Profile picture of the author mine1718
    Get your site seo optimized, a major plus would be to have a site that runs on autoblog.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeOFarrel
    Hi,

    I took a brief look at your site. here's a free seo analysis.

    meta keyword tag: same as title.

    not so much of an issue, but are you sure "spanish learning software" is the main keyword you are targetting?

    Your keyword density is fine

    Now here it comes....


    No. of backlinks: 44, page rank 0.

    Thats not enough. Find sites with higher page rank. Most of your links are e-zine articles.

    Your main competitor is Learn Spanish, with hundreds (thosuands) of links. Here are their best links (i didn't check if they were no-follow - who cares). They are estimated at Pagerank 6 & 5...

    What you see here: address, anchorText, ipAddress, pageRank , trafficRank

    Yahoo,http://www.studentsabroad.com/resources.asp,south american gestures,64.202.163.208,6,1714169
    Yahoo,http://www.languagelearninglibrary.org/,spanish textbooks,198.106.27.242,6,616390 Yahoo,http://www.i-studentadvisor.com/links.html,learn spanish,89.151.126.99,6,268602 Google,iLoveLanguages - Your Guide to Languages on the Web
    Yahoo,http://www.uni.edu/becker/Spanish3.html,learn spanish - easy language lessons,134.161.7.207,6,37045
    Yahoo,http://www.umass.edu/langctr,learn spanish,128.119.101.5,6,11265
    Yahoo,Speakeasy - Broadband Voice and Data Communications spanish free online language lessons,69.17.116.121,6,4843
    Google,Speakeasy - Broadband Voice and Data Communications spanish free online language lessons,69.17.117.156,6,4780
    Yahoo,http://www.euroestudios.com/en/stuff.htm,learn to speak spanish,66.152.162.116,5,4606390
    Google,; puntoycoma - Punto y Coma: La audio magazine ELE para aprender y mejorar tu español. to speak spanish,66.147.241.17,5,3373182

    From the above, its clear this is not just a waiting game. You'll wait forever.

    Start building those links...

    This is the kind of thing you should try to find out before building a site.
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  • Profile picture of the author languagemalta
    Me also facing same problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattalways
    It's not that tough guys. Just start building those links. Try some blog commenting with your URL and also submit to sites like digg.com... These don't really increase your google PR, but they do count as links and they count towards your rankings.

    It's really hard to build momentum in this game, I know, I've been there! Just keep at it. It is possible... I'm having trouble taking my Adsense past $10/day... seems like no matter how much work I do, it just stays there, and if only there was someone that was making $100 a day that I could have tell me what to do, I'd be set... but the thing is I felt the exact same way when I wanted to make $1 a day and then $5, $7, $10. Just be optimistic and work hard and it will come!
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  • Profile picture of the author phptechie
    Hi,

    Use Google webmaster tools , register your site & verify your site by following the steps mentioned in https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools

    Then create a site map & link it with your site.

    This does'nt stop with it , then you have to create backlinks to your site from other popular sites. Probably u can hire a blog posters , articles posters & they would help you out with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author HJ-Andrew
    If you really want to see results I can take care of it for you. What you need is a ton of backlinks on higher PR sites. I'd be thrilled to talk to you and come up with something in regards to this. I may or may not frequent this forum daily, so please go to my website and contact us.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelJM
    kschmandt,

    One thing about Google that I think people often forget, is that one of there primary algorithms for search results is the length of time a domain has been established on the internet.

    Your site has only been established for one month. Think about how many other Spanish learning websites have been established longer than yours.

    It can be argued that no-one truly understands Google's algorithms but... after talking to hundreds of marketers, reading numerous studies and personal experience, it can only be assumed that domain ownership length is very important.

    I think your site looks great and you have done some great work trying to get your site ranked.

    Keep it up!

    The next step, though, and most difficult, is to simply wait.

    This is just my 2 cents but it seems like this is the primary reason your site hasn't been ranked yet.

    Hope this helps or at least provides some resolve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Agz21
    A pr is not a guaranteed that you will get a high rank for your keywords. Have you did a complete research about your competitor? How many backlinks that they got? Are you sure that your backlinks are dofollow?
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  • Profile picture of the author smoke.sessions
    You need to focus on backlinking for a certain anchor text, that relates to your site the most and doesn't have too much competition. Even a keyword that gets only 2,000 searches a month on Google with low competition is going to do huge wonders!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Your site is not listed in Google or are talking about ranking. If its ranking, you don't need to bother your head. Google consider a lot of things such as your links, competitors links, age of site and so on before giving you a high ranking.
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    • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
      Sorry I have been absent for a few days. Had to work the "real" job among other things.

      First off thanks all for all the great info and advice. Many of the things you all mentioned I have done. I have the all in one seo plugin and google xml sitemaps. I have been building links though not at the pace I know I should.

      As for SEO in general I have my main keyword Spanish learning software in the title and around 1-2%+ throughout the site. I am using keyword targeted anchor text in my links as well as some with just the url so as to create a more natural linking pattern. Each keyword is high search (over 1k a month) low competition (under 10k in quotes). Some are slightly lower search but have only like 5 competitors in quotes, I figured that was a no brainier.

      I am on a VERY limited budget, {I have my own offline company (construction in Shenandoah valley va if anyone needs anything and ran out of work, am now working 2 low paying jobs and still not coming close to what I need, kids have to eat so paying for stuff, link building etc is out...for now}.

      Each page on the site is targeting "sub" keywords and has articles and back links to it directly. I have gotten in trouble in the past with the ol sandbox on a different site so I am leery of creating to many back links to fast but I have heard that I cant do enough manually to cause a problem.

      I switched out the home page for a static page and will probably use posts at some point to give fresh content to the site.

      One thing I haven't really done is social book marking. I have to admit I don't really understand it. Digg I get but delicious for instance, near as I can tell no one is going to see my bookmarks unless they are following me. That means I have to build a following which seems like just as much work as blog/forum/group commenting which I can just do and see results.

      I hear and read about these people who set up sites and just get traffic. Having done it a few times it seems to me that the only way to build traffic is a lot of work and time. I don't mind this and would love to pay to have articles written, back links built, and posts made. I am just not there yet.

      So all in all does it sound like I am doing the right things and I just need more and more time?

      Thanks again all...
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  • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
    One other thought/question. Does Google look at comments/signatures/articles and the back links you get from them differently than say something that only a 3rd party could have done? Say USA Today wrote about me and put a link in the article on their website. That is something I can just do it seems like more of a hard link not a web 2.0 link. Anyone can create thousands of back links given enough time, the right software, or enough money.

    What about these real hard (as I am calling them) links? Are they worth more and how can you get them? The only thing I know to do is e-mail and ask or buy or somehow generate buzz and get people doing it virally.

    That just made me think of one more thing I haven't done...Video.
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  • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
    Nope

    And in terms of 'crash' the site... I'm sure it's one of the common errors you see when editing the index.php file.

    If you want to try to work on this, feel free to PM me.

    Cheers.
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    • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
      Cant pm until 50 posts but I would like to get it fixed especially if you think it will help seo wise. I was just working on a different site last night and had she same issue. Under settings-permalink settings I tried to set up a custom structure

      /index.php/archives/%postname%

      I just removed the index.php part and tried something like

      /%category%/%postname%

      It seemed to me that it wasn't able to distinguish what was what after that I got an error, its been a while and I cant remember exactly what happened but it didn't work and I had to change it back.

      Is there somewhere else I should be changing this?
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      • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
        Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

        Cant pm until 50 posts but I would like to get it fixed especially if you think it will help seo wise. I was just working on a different site last night and had she same issue. Under settings-permalink settings I tried to set up a custom structure

        /index.php/archives/%postname%

        I just removed the index.php part and tried something like

        /%category%/%postname%

        It seemed to me that it wasn't able to distinguish what was what after that I got an error, its been a while and I cant remember exactly what happened but it didn't work and I had to change it back.

        Is there somewhere else I should be changing this?
        It would help us to help you if you post the error messages you are receiving.

        Without knowing anything further...
        1. Check the Settings tab: and the Blog URL field: any mention of 'index.php' here?
        2. Check your wordpress installation directory... Is it CALLED index.php?

        Also, I believe WE can PM you... so if you can tell us which of these you use: yahoo, msn, AIM, etc. ... we can send you our id.
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        • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
          I use IM thanks

          All of the default permalink options include the index.php that's why I assumed it had to be there. I did install wordpress in the root directory. I checked a different install on a different site and the default options include index.php as well. The only way to avoid it that I saw was to not use permalinks that are text just use the default numbering scheme, which of course would be worse for SEO.

          I am afraid to change it and replicate the error at this point but I think it was just a page can not be found error.
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  • Profile picture of the author Denise Oyston
    Hi Like the other guys have said here, you are in a competitive niche so as usual content is king. Do your keyword research and go for the least competitive phrases. Then start writing.....and don't stop. Make sure you ping everything you can and social book mark everything..the traiffic will then start to flow. Have a go at writing just a couple of 300-500 word articles a day one for the blog and one fro ezine articles. In less than a few weeks it will make a huge difference.
    Hope this helps

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  • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
    hey..

    try adding this to the .htaccess file.

    Code:
    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    
    # END WordPress
    Notice the "RewriteEngine On" in bold, the previous code I gave you left this out.

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    If it doesn't work... just set it back to the /index.php/%postname% as you had it before.
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  • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
    Ok, saw that you set the links back. Getting rid of the 'index.php' in the URL would help 'slightly' in terms of SEO, but not as much as other factors such as authority site backlinks, internal links, load time, etc. and the issues below.

    So speaking from an SEO point of view, which was the intent of your thread... also consider some of the tweaks below.

    1. Cloak the affiliate link on this page. Here's more on this.
    http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...l-hurtful.html

    2. Perhaps, also add a tag cloud to your site,using the widgets section of the dashboard. If your theme doesn't support tag clouds, there are plugins which will add this functionality.

    3. Add a sitemap PAGE, so that every link on your site is available within 2 clicks. Here is a simple plugin that achieves this: WP Archive-Sitemap Generator – plugin | Arpit Shah's Personal Site by Arpit Shah Just read the installation instructions that come with this.

    Anyway, good luck with your sales!
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  • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
    Nowisthetime thanks for all your help I will give all of those things a try.

    Denise, I need to do that too. I wrote 10ish articles for the site and 10is for ezine articles. I have a whole traffic funnel plan from Ryan Moran www.ryanmoran.org. It includes all that you said and more. I think I should just dedicate myself to doing that for a month. One for the site and one for directory submission every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author eyewebmaster12
    You need to focus on backlinking for a certain anchor text, that relates to your site the most and doesn't have too much competition
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  • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
    Ok I installed the sitemap plugin but where is the information it spit out? I asumed it would create a page that I could put a link to in the footer. I cant find where it is displayed.
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  • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
    i put the "tag cloud" widget in the side bar but all it does is say "tags". When creating a "page" it doesnt give you the option to add "tags". I have the all in one seo pack which I use to list keywords. So they are there in the code. Is there a way to make the tag cloud function work on pages and will it just be a visable place for keywords to be listed?
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    • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
      Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

      Ok I installed the sitemap plugin but where is the information it spit out? I asumed it would create a page that I could put a link to in the footer. I cant find where it is displayed.
      Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

      i put the "tag cloud" widget in the side bar but all it does is say "tags". When creating a "page" it doesnt give you the option to add "tags". I have the all in one seo pack which I use to list keywords. So they are there in the code. Is there a way to make the tag cloud function work on pages and will it just be a visable place for keywords to be listed?
      Can you give us the names of the plugins or the URLs? There are dozens of 'sitemap' and 'tag' plugins.

      Also, if you check the Installation instructions for the plugins you've installed, you'll find instructions on how to add them to your wordpress pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author HealthBuff
    Check your web address in

    The W3C Markup Validation Service for coding errors

    Apparently google loves well coded sites = professional

    with best wishes for your success
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  • Profile picture of the author shafiqamiami
    I TESTED that onpage seo is not that much feasible these days compare to onsite optimization, Google keep changing its algorithms so all that is the game of seo, where many are not winners.
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    • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
      I installed the wp archive sitemap generator per your recommendation. Installing it wasn't a problem. I got it installed and configured just fine. I just don't know where it outputs its information.

      When you say add a sitemap page I assume you mean a WP page with a link to it in the footer or sidebar. Does this plugin do that? If it creates a page I couldn't find it. If I have to create a page and place some code on it in order for the plugin to output its data there then what is that code.

      Basically I got the plugin installed and configured and the only difference I noticed was that I have another plugin installed, nothing on the front end has changed.

      I did not use a tag plugin I just dragged the Wordpress tag cloud widget under widgets and placed it in the sidebar. I assume that on a post it will pick up the tags and list them within that widget. Well when you create a page you don't get the option to add any tags.

      I hope that clarifies my problem.
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      • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
        Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post

        I installed the wp archive sitemap generator per your recommendation. Installing it wasn't a problem. I got it installed and configured just fine. I just don't know where it outputs its information.

        When you say add a sitemap page I assume you mean a WP page with a link to it in the footer or sidebar. Does this plugin do that? If it creates a page I couldn't find it. If I have to create a page and place some code on it in order for the plugin to output its data there then what is that code.

        Basically I got the plugin installed and configured and the only difference I noticed was that I have another plugin installed, nothing on the front end has changed.

        I did not use a tag plugin I just dragged the Wordpress tag cloud widget under widgets and placed it in the sidebar. I assume that on a post it will pick up the tags and list them within that widget. Well when you create a page you don't get the option to add any tags.

        I hope that clarifies my problem.
        Regarding the Sitemap Generator, I assume it's the one by Arpit Shah. In this case, create a blank page and call it "Sitemap".

        In the body of the 'page', just add this code in the HTML version of the editor, not the one that gives you bold/italics and all those options:
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        <!--wp-archive-sitemap-generator-->
        You can find detailed info and installation instructions & FAQ here:
        * INFO: WordPress › WP Archive-Sitemap Generator WordPress Plugins
        * INSTALLATION: WordPress › WP Archive-Sitemap Generator WordPress Plugins
        * FAQ: WordPress › WP Archive-Sitemap Generator WordPress Plugins

        And regarding tags... you are right.. I think you mentioned earlier that you don't use posts, but use pages... In this case, the tag cloud doesn't come into the picture. I'm not sure if there IS a tag cloud generator for 'pages' but really I'm not sure if you really want to go through all that trouble for this...
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        • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
          Great I am sure that will take care of it
          Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author ipktun
    You will see more traffic when you have at least 1 article a day posted in your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author adryn
    how do u know you are not getting search traffic?
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    • Profile picture of the author samuelfellten
      It's no secret that search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing can drive valuable traffic to your website. The main problem is it takes time to get search engine traffic if your goal is to rank for your primary keyword in the top 10 of search engines. As a result of this ranking, you'll have a flow of consistent traffic. But it would take several months to achieve a top spot and are you willing to wait that much and do nothing else? After optimizing your website and doing some link building, your efforts will start to pay off much later but this does not mean you can't enjoy search engine traffic at all. You can still profit from search engines in spite of that. Here are 3 easy strategies to get search engine traffic faster.:rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Shirlyn
      Hi, Focus on long tail keyword but you have to make a research for which long tail keyword your niche is having less number of competition and then start posting articles and blogs with related keyword and respective link.
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  • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
    Google analytics lists each visit and where it came from.

    As for the sitemap page...That worked thanks.

    I don't know what to make of the index.php issue. I may have to start a thread on it. I was able to get it working by simply restoring the original settings. Is there any possibility there is a different htaccess file that WP is trying to write to that is somewhere else?
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    • Profile picture of the author NowIstheTime
      Originally Posted by kschmandt View Post


      I don't know what to make of the index.php issue. I may have to start a thread on it. I was able to get it working by simply restoring the original settings. Is there any possibility there is a different htaccess file that WP is trying to write to that is somewhere else?
      You know... for something of average relevancy, this is one problem which has been sticking in the back of my mind since we tried working on it

      Anyway, it's hard to say what the exact cause may be without looking at your site, but here are a few more links on this which sound similar to your issue and offer a solution:

      Wordpress .htaccess on Zeus | Anuj Gakhar's Blog
      WordPress › Support Pretty Permalinks
      WordPress › Support Pretty permalinks all redirecting to index.php, no one can figure out
      WordPress › Support HTACCESS Breaks Site, Pretty Permalinks aren't working
      Using Permalinks WordPress Codex

      From all the links, it seems that mod_rewrite is not properly installed.. by your host! Or they are using Zeus or a windows server instead of Apache. And yes, if it is a zeus server, instead of an apache server, the function of the ".htaccess"file would be served by a file called: "rewrite.script". The code is different too, and is given in the first link above.

      But while you continue your own trials to resolve this, I would first send a message/launch a support ticket with your host, because I'm sure they've seen this issue before with other wordpress users on their servers.

      I actually wouldn't spend more than another day on this... it may just be something you may have to live with based on your host's php/apache configuration. There are plenty more things you can do that will give you the traffic you desire.

      Now if you can only just find a way to get this 'thorn' of an annoyance out of your mind.... :p
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  • Profile picture of the author kschmandt
    I'll keep looking into it but I am not going to move it to the top of my priority list. I need traffic more.

    On that note I am starting to see an organic visit every day or 3 for some long tail and obscure keywords. Who knows, I'll keep building backlinks and adding content. It would just be more encouraging to see some results.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidtakson
    you really want to see the results that can take care of it for you. It takes a lot of backlinks in higher PR sites. I'd love to talk and get to something about this issue. I may or may not attend this forum every day, so please go on my website and contact us.
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