Make Your WordPress Blog Search Engine Friendly

Posted on 23rd March, 2007

Jim Westergren has written a collection of useful tips to help you improve your blog ranking in Google.

While I’ve discussed some of tips here at Sabahan.com, Jim’s post covers most of the topics and more in one location.

There are many variables that you can tinker with to improve your ranking in Google, and reading the article will ensure you are heading in the right direction.

However, contrary to what Jim said, I think RSS feeds link are not ‘totally useless’ and therefore using the nofollow attribute would not be advisable.

Place the attribute rel=”nofollow” on links that are totally useless for search engines such as to RSS feeds for the blog and comment links. In case you want to remove the nofollow on the comment links make sure you check the author links before approval as it is important that you don’t link to bad sites from your blog.

Some of my readers found my blog via the RSS feeds of my blog which were indexed by Google. Preventing Google from indexing these links means one less funnel for potential readers to discover my blog even though these links are probably placed into Google’s supplemental index.

I am using WordPress default setting – with nofollow attribute – for other RSS feeds such as those for comment and author URL. To counter this effect, those who managed to get into my Top Commentator list will still be able to enjoy the link juice here at Sabahan.com because there’s no nofollow attributed in there.

In a related news, Gray Wolf has posted an interesting video at YouTube to help make your WordPress blog search engine friendly.

You can check it out below:


  • […] to general site when discussing about optimizing a blog for the Google. You may have read from my previous post that these issues include using the correct use of title tags, URL structures, post headings and so […]

  • papajoneh says:

    i noticed now your title have change… 😉

  • Kay Kastum says:

    This is definately useful info, unless I know what I’m supposed to do. Maklumlah, I’m not really well versed in this area yet…

  • Paul says:

    Thanks for the video! It will be very useful.. I will link it up in my blog.

  • Making you blog SEO freindly comes down to several factors and mostly Permalinks.

    To rank well 1) Quality inbound links and 2) matching content on the page the link is pointing to.

  • Yeah, the video was useful!

  • uhm… confused right now 😀

    Which is better, nofollow or dofollow?

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