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Is sanitize_title enough to generate post slugs?

I want to generate slug for some strings without going through WordPress slug generation flow. Therefore, I want to know which functions it calls to get a neat slug. I tried sanitize_title() but it ...
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What is the best permalink structure for SEO?

In the past I've used the Day and Name or Month and Name settings. Should the date structure be omitted and just have /%postname%/ ? Ie does having the date information reduce the quality of the ...
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If i switch my current wordpress blog theme with a new one, will i lose the SEO i have built up for my site?

if If i switch my current wordpress blog theme with a new one, will i lose the SEO i have built up for my site?
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How to remove dates from existing permalinks?

After doing some research about dates on blogs, it seems like it is a good idea to remove them from the existing posts. Consider: Self-hosted (on Bluehost) Over 1,000 existing posts All posts are ...
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Rewrite URL - how to do a SEO-friendly Unicode custom URL?

After a major load of 404 with some category and tag URL, I questioned on StackOverflow about my WordPress blog. My blog is in Unicode Bānglā. After a nice anatomy on the fact in Facebook1 with some ...
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Custom Post Types, slug, archive and SEO plugins

I made a custom post type called "friends". I am able to correctly list my friends using this urls: http://mysite/friends/friend1/ http://mysite/friends/friend2/ http://mysite/friends/friend3/ ...
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How are plugins in the WordPress plugin directory ranked?

When searching the plugin directory on wordpress.org how are the results ranked? It seems the main components are number of downloads and rating, or is there actually a full blown algorithm behind it ...
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Minimal custom permalink structure

I'm aware that there are posts discussing this issue already (e.g. http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/1364/what-is-the-best-permalink-structure-for-seo) but I have a specific set of ...
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How do I set up a custom URL shortener for my posts?

I have several different sites running off WordPress, and the URLs tend to get fairly long and cumbersome (particularly when I try to publish them via Twitter). I recently purchased a very short ...
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Pretty Permalinks

I've created my own search functionality which basically finds the nearest store closest to the entered postal code. My URL for the search currently looks like this ...
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Should a SEO plugin be necessary?

I'm using the All in One SEO plugin for my site. The extra fields and options it supplies seem like they could be handled via a theme, possibly negating the use for a plugin. Should SEO ...
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Redirecting traffic from old “.WordPress.com” blog to privately hosted WordPress blog?

I've got a blog hosted on .wordpress.com, ie the free version. I'm thinking of re-activating my hosting package so I can have my own WP installation, and therefore have more customisation options ...
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Best Way to Leverage Custom Post Type Related Content and Consider SEO

I'm doing a real estate project for a client. I've created a custom post type called "communities" to list new construction communities in her area. I also want to have deeper sub pages but I would ...
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Filtering categories in the permalink structure

Using /%category%/%postname%/ for the permalink I get a URL string of all the categories that the specific post is included in. I would like the categories in the url to be filtered down to only one ...
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Migrating from other CMS to WP - losing SEO juice?

I'm thinking about migrating a client's website from a super-old cms (xoops) to WP. However the site is quite old so I don't want him to lose any SEO juice he acquired through the years (PR: 2). ...
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How to make ajax content indexable by search engines?

What's the best practice for exposing ajax delivered content within WordPress to ensure that it's indexable by Google, etc.? I've got a site where I am using the jQuery tabs control to display ...
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Blog not indexed

my blog is 6 months old, with frequently updated content. Yet, not a single page is indexed by Google. Why is that so? isn't wordpress set up for SEO by default?
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Adding rel=“next” & rel=“prev” for paginated archives

Does someone perhaps know a plugin or snippet (besides Yoast's WordPress SEO) to accomplish this perhaps? Pagination with rel=“next” and rel=“prev” The only thing I've come across seems to be an ...
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WordPress isn't setting my <title> tag

I am on this screen of WordPress: And when I press save, the meta description tag for my home page gets set, but my <title> tag does not. Would anyone know why this happens? Also, for some ...
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Are Categories, Tags and Custom Taxonomies any different in regards to SEO?

Simple question, really. I know pretty much nothing about SEO, and i'm trying to define a good structure for this clients online magazine. I already know i'll be using a few custom taxonomies along ...
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Block comments from search engine indexing

I remember there used to be an option on WordPress to block comments from search engine indexing. I can't find it anywhere, though. Does anyone have suggestions or alternatives? Thanks.
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How can I move/redirect single blog posts from one blog to another?

I see lots of answers about moving entire blogs, but here's my scenario: I have a few blogs with a lot of content. I'm no longer publishing new content on these sites. I'm now publishing on another ...
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How to let crawlers search paginated comments?

With comment pagination, Google doesn't index the older pages and comments become essentially lost to searches. Is there a way to let search engines crawl paginated comments, perhaps by generating a ...
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How Does One Change The Meta-Description Of Home-Page?

In WordPress, How Does One Change The Meta-Description Of The Home-Page? Honestly, I have searched low and high for the answer to this in WordPress. Went to every page in the back-office to no avail. ...
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A Specific Blog post to be assigned as the landing page of my wordpress blog

Is it possible for a specific blog post (in wordpress) to be the landing page? For example my domain name is www.overflowingstupidity.com and I have this blog entitled post "How to burn your house ...
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Get a permalink structure of /%posttype%/%category%/%postname%

I have a custom post type named Reportage, added in functions.php: add_action( 'init', 'create_post_type' ); function create_post_type() { register_post_type( 'reportage', array( ...
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SEO - Two WordPress websites on same domain name

Would there be any negative SEO effects for having a wordpress website at example.com and having another website at example.com/anothersite? Would the site "anothersite" be indexed in search engines ...
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Automatic SEO for wordpress

I know the ultimate seo plugin for seo optimizing seo. But with more that 250 post, and no seo plugin installed, i like to know if there is a plugin that will 1) make the title of the page, the title ...
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How Do I Set the Page Title Dynamically?

Is it possible to change the page title with code? For example, let's say the page's name is "Book your Order", but I want to change it to "Book Order #123". I Google'd a bit and looked here and ...
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Plugin to automatically change anchor text of urls to the destinations title?

Say I link to http://www.glumbo.com on one of my posts. I want wordpress to automatically change the anchor text of the link to glumbo.com's title. How can I do this?
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WordPress for a business catalog site

I am completely noob with WordPress so I apologize in advance if my questions sounds completely stupid. Background I have a small business catalog site that I wrote long ago in plain HTML. Now I ...
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Creating 301 Redirects for Post, Page, Category and Image URLs?

I fear this may be too much to ask here, so if so, please feel free to tell me of another place to learn. Help with Redirections I'm cleaning up a badly developed site and migrating wordpress from a ...
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Does WP always makes 301 redirection?

We rented a SEO specialist for our site, and he says that we have to do some changes in site structure before he starts his work. The first is, that now most pages have 301 redirection. For ...
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Change Site Title and Description html tags if not home page

For the purpose of good HTML structure, accessibility and SEO I'd like to change the site's title and description from H1 and H2 to P when appearing on any page other than the homepage. A conditional ...
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Multiple Domain Names - One WP Install (non-Multisite) - Default Each Domain name to Category Archive

Use case is somewhat simple - here goes: Five people share a single wordpress install - not multi-user Each person blogs and puts their posts in a their own unique category Each person has their ...
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How do I turn off 301 redirecting posts (not canonical)?

I noticed a strange behavior in WordPress where it automatically 301 redirects certain URL structures for posts. For example, I have a post entry for: mysite.com/999/about-us Then, you would think ...
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If I change permalink structures, can I use htaccess to permanantly redirect links?

Ive got some super old links that have a lot of SEO juice and I dont want to lose that if I change permalink structure. This is partly due to the older version of WP i have (2.1) I want to use post ...
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Wordpress Blog and SEO

I need some support on restructuring the directories and settings with my current WP site for better SEO purposes. I have the following settings: WP is installed in the root. Permanent Links are set ...
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191 views

google conversion code

What is the best practice for adding google conversion tracking code to a specific page?
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SEO images in Nextgen Galleries

I have a couple blogs / wordpress sites that I post pictures on. I have noticed that most of the pictures I post with the nextgen gallery plug in never show up in google images search. Is there a ...
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What does it mean by “Home page / Archives” in JetPack Site Stats?

In the JetPack SiteStats, on the "Top Posts & Pages" the first page or link got most views (8) is the Home page / Archives. What does it actually denote? JetPack support says: Top Posts ...
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Is there a way to avoid 404 pages in Wordpress?

On my site, people can link to non-existing posts, which is fine because that's the whole structure on my site... The problem is that you get 404 errors, which is not good for SEO. Is there a way in ...
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Wordpress plugin for nicer looking slugs? Have multiple pages named the same but they get different slugs

This wordpress site I'm touching up has a page hierarchy which is responsible for the urls. Basically the urls look like page1/subpage/subsubpage etc. The problem is, this site is for a recurring ...
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Change The Meta-Description Of Home-Page?

I would like to use this script (found here), but it generates a blank page when I add it to my header.php if ( is_home() ) { ?> <meta name="description" content="Your home page meta ...
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qTranslate conflicts with SEO-plugins

I have an issue with a clients site. I installed the Yoast SEO-plugin (which i find to be great), but when i activate it i get lot's of error messages (See below). ...
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Disabling archives, search results, comments, etc?

I am working on a site that has only text articles, and I am not making use of comments, archives, trackbacks and other features. How can I make so these pages show a 404 not found error? I am not ...
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Blank Pages with # URL & Google

I'm using some blank pages that have a title only and a URL set to '#' for my navigation. (So, that the item appears in the dropdown menu, but when it's clicked a page doesn't open). Do I need to ...
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How to implement pagination in backward way eg. first - 20 - 19 - 18 - … - 3 - 2 - 1 - last

How can I implement pagination in backward style, like shown in the title. (newest) first - 20 - 19 - 18 - ... - 3 - 2 - 1 - last (oldest) I have search plugin, there are not yet plugin for this. ...
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Pros and cons of using [taxonomy name] in place of [category name]?

We are currently in development on a new site. Categories (& tags) are pretty much meaningless for us because we've implemented custom posts & taxonomies. By default, because I have enabled ...
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Home page shows recent post, serps rank post within homepage

When I search for the title of one of my post in Google I see: Site Name- Tag Line www.mydomain.com Gibberish gibberish gibberish Hereis the the title of my post I have to go DEEP into the serps ...