WordPress SEO, WP SEO, Nofollow and Page Titles

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So after changing from Joomla to WordPress I eventually got a few hours this evening to take a look at the site from an search engine optimisation point of view and sort a few things out.

1. As with any blog. I was getting pages from my archive indexed. So although only running a small wordpress site. I was already creating duplicate content. Go me. So I added noindex to my archive posts as by putting the following line into the header.php

<?php if(is_archive()){ ?><meta name="robots" content="noindex"><?php } ?>

2. I was having issues with my page titles. The default page title is as follows:

<?php bloginfo(’name’); ?> <?php if ( is_single() ) { ?> » Blog Archive <?php else is_page() ?><?php } ?> <?php wp_title(); ?>

Pretty rubbish so I changed it to:

<?php wp_title(); ?> :: <?php bloginfo(’name’); ?>

This was good but now my page titles looked as follows:

<< Post Title :: Blog Title

Some weird character at the start of the post. It turns out that is put in by wp_title. So I changed it to

<?php wp_title(’’); ?>

This basically put nothing into the title. So I get the page titles I wanted.

3. I also followed a pretty cool technique on how to add nofollow to links in your blogroll. The process is detailed pretty well here:

Blackdog Blog

Worth checking out …

4. Lastly I just installed Headspace2. So need to get my head around that. I am a no wordpress guru but shouldn’t take me more than a few weeks to figure out the basics of SEO on one of these.

About Kieran Flanagan

Online Marketer who implements both inbound and paid strategies to help companies grow internationally. Lover of content marketing, SEO, analytics, CRO and strategy. A highly motivated marketing geek high on data crack.