How to optimize your new Wordpress blog

Wordpress is a great free platform for bloggers but can’t be left as it is just after installation. It needed to do some SEO adjusting.

  • Don’t leave your post links like this: http://yourblogdomain/?p=152
    Settings --> Permalinks --> Custom Structure, add:
    /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

  • Post title, it’s better to place the title of your post before the blog’s title, or even better if it is showed just the post title: in your template header.php, delete whatever there is between <title></title> and add: 


  • <?php

    if ($paged!=0) {

    echo "Pagina ".$paged." - ";

    }

    if ( is_single() || is_page() ) { // single pages are the most visited; => top IF

    $post_custom = get_post_custom($post->ID);

    $custom_desc_value = $post_custom["title"][0];

    if($custom_desc_value) {

    echo $custom_desc_value;

    } else {

    wp_title('');

    }

    }

    else {

    if (is_home()) { bloginfo('name'); }

    else {

    if ( function_exists("is_tag") && is_tag()) {

    if (function_exists('single_tag_title')) single_tag_title();

    } else {

    wp_title('');

    }

    }

    }

    ?>



  • Add this canonical plugin to prevent duplicate content: Canonical URL's for WordPress (duplicate content is penalized by Google)

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