Home Link on Sidebar

Home Link on Sidebar

Why the Home link on sidebar does not point to the homepage URL?

The "Home" link on the sidebar points to the Blog Address URL. The Blog Address URL is based on the value you’ve set in WP Admin \ Options \ General \ Blog Address URL.

In most of the cases, a WordPress blog has a URL in the form http://www.site.com and the "Home" link on the sidebar points to the URL of the "Homepage" http://www.site.com.

In some cases, people have their regular site URL under http://www.site.com and their WordPress Blog URL under http://www.site.com/blog. In such case, the "Home" link on the sidebar points to the URL http://www.site.com/blog and not the URL of the "Homepage", which may confuse come people.

Depending on user request, we may add the possibility to customize the label and URL of the "Home" link on the sidebar.

Posted on Apr 4th, 2007 by VK

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36 thoughts on “Home Link on Sidebar

  1. Laurie

    Thanks VK.

    Just to clarify: The home link works OK. It’s just that it looks quite insignifacant. I see now that I need to get into the css file and put a background and a border around the anchor text. That will make it look a good bit smarter. I think it’s the WP css file that I need to work on.

    I’m quite new to the blog platform. Only worked in XHTML, css websites. Fairly basic sites.

    With thanks,
    Laurie.

  2. vchiem Post author

    Laurie,

    I’ve talked with my developers about the “Home” link. It appears that it doesn’t make much sense that the “Home” link points strictly to the “Blog Address URL” and that the lack of a link to the homepage can be annoyed in the case of users who have their main site under / and their WP blog under /subdirectory.

    Therefore, we’ll release a new version 0.8.9.8c that will permit user to indicate if the Home link points to the homepage or the blog address URL. The same change will be done also for the link at the footer.

    We’ll try to release the version 0.8.9.8c on Friday, April 6 or during the weekend.

    Thanks for your initial comments that was a very good one.

    VK

  3. VK Post author

    I’ve noticed that your Blog Address URL is under the form http://yoursite.net/subdir (without the “www.”).

    Now when doing the Google command site:yoursite.net, it seems your main listing use the URL in the form http://www.yoursite.net (with the “www”)

    Having both versions in search engine listing may is not recommended. I propose you to change your current Blog Address URL http://yoursite.net/subdir to http://www.yoursite.net/subdir. You can change that in the field WP Admin \ Options \ General \ Blog Address URL. You have also to update the WP Admin \ Options \ General \ WordPress Address URL to make this field also use a URL that begins with “http://www.”.

    There’s a last and important action point. You need to enable the Ad Flex flag to force all your Blog URLs to use one unique URL version. To do it, just go to WP Admin \ Presentation \ Ad Flex Options. Then scroll down to the section “Search Engine Options” and set the flag “Force Unique Blog URL” to “On”. Doing that will ensure you’ll have one unique version of the URL that is based on the value you’ve specified in the Blog Address URL. It also prevent duplicate content in Google.

    OK I’ll do a separate comment for another SE item I’d like to tell you.

  4. Laurie

    OK, thanks VK. I understand all that and will fix.

    The URL version that I’ve been using must have come from my host, when I set up the WP blog, so I just followed it. Thanks for putting me on the right track.

    I look forward to your advice on the extra matter.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  5. VK Post author

    Laurie,

    When I do a Google site:southimage.net/bega-merimbula-news, I don’t see any listing which means the URL http://southimage.net/bega-merimbula-news is not yet indexed in Google.

    It’s certainly because you don’t have any links to that http://southimage.net/bega-merimbula-news exception from that page itself.

    If it’s the case, to have that page indexed by Google, you can simply add a link to that URL on one of your web site page that is already indexed by Google.

    You can also add a link from an external page on an external web site but of course that external web page has to be already indexed in Google.

    VK

    Note: In the near future, we’ll also provide a special free linking service that will link to the Blog Address URL of Ad Flex users. It’s to ensure that the blog Address URL is indexed by Google without people to change anything.

  6. Laurie

    Thanks VK.

    Since the site is only new and not yet indexed, I’ll scrap it and do a new subdomain, with a new title and a new banner image to reflect the new title and subdomain.

    A complete new start taking in your advice.

    I’ll be in touch when I’ve got it done.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  7. Laurie

    G’day there VK.

    I’ve started over and got it together a good bit with a new subdomain and title. New address is http://www.southimage.net/sapphire-coast-news/

    A couple of queeries:

    1) I can’t get rid of the white border, top and bottom of the banner image. I found the skin.css and made the change that I thought would fix it, but no go. There must be another css file overriding it.

    2) At some time in the future, I’d like to put some local ads that I make myself, on the home page, such that they stay in place till I remove/change them.

    Looks like I could put a column down the left side and do it as in an ordinary website, uploading with FTP.

    Maybe the top images could be used.

    Any thoughts?

    Of course, an extra section in the dashboard would be great, but I can’t see you doing that, just for me.

    3) I’ve put some text in the top seperator bar. This seems to be manipulating the Google ads. I hope I haven’t destroyed the good SEO by doing this.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  8. VK Post author

    Hey Laurie,

    The new site looks nice and well done!

    Answer to your questions:

    1) You can get ride of the 1px white border that appears on top and at the bottom of the banner by opening the CSS file named “skin.css” and located in the remote folder WP_ROOT\wp-content\themes\ad-flex-xxx\skins\default\skin.css and remove the two following lines:

    #banner {
    […]
    border-top: 1px solid #ffffff; /* remove this line */
    border-bottom: 1px solid #ffffff; /* remove this line too */
    }

    2)

    a) Do you mean you want to add another column at the left side and have 3 columns in total: 1x left column for your ads, 1x middle column = the current content, 1x at the right?

    If I’ve understood it well, you can do it of course, but you may break the theme at some levels and especially the SEO will get a negative impacts as the H1 and H2 won’t be anymore the very first items to be read by search engine bots. However, you may lose a little on-site SEO score that can be compensated by other off-site SEO links for isntance.

    When do you need this left column? We have it already in AdFlex SEO (AdFlex 0.9) that is under testing but not to be available to the general public yet. We also plan to make the third column in Ad Flex 0.8.9.x series, so just tell me when you need it and I’ll see if we can push its implementation.

    b) For the top images, if I understand well, you’d like to add some ads there instead of the 4 images. If you do so, I suppose you want to have 2 ad horizontal ad banner in total: one ad banner that replace the 4 top images and another that is the current Adsense horizontal banner.

    Can you confirm it so I can think further?

    What about the idea to use the top banner space to add a banner space there? Do you think it’s a better place? Or do you prefer your banner to be in place of the 4 top images?

    BTW, for the moment, the 4 images are randomly chosen from your list of ads images. Did you know you can a link to each of those images too? Doing so will enable the possibly that someone clicks on the images.

    c) I don’t capture well your reference to another Dashboard section? Do you mean a new banner section to management that will appear among the other Ad Flex Options or do you mean another separate WP dashboard item? What would be the difference options you’d see there?

    Well, all is possible if it makes sense, we’ll add it and if the needs are need, we’ll implement it faster than other planned features.

    3) There’s something that has an impact on the on-site SEO. It’s the following text you’ve added:

    “Your Guide to News, Sport and Weather – Sapphire Coast, Bega Valley. E-mail your news to Sapphire Coast News”.

    However, the impact is very little as the most important thing is to have the H1 to appears as first text content to the search engines and you still have the H1 as first content, so still good enough.

    The impact is more at the relevancy of the post. Search engine accords more importance to the text that are placed at the top. So if they always see “Your Guide to News, Sport and Weather – Sapphire Coast, Bega Valley” they get a bit lost about the real topic of a specific post and especially if the post is short.

    The best on-site SEO practice is to help search engine to better understand what your post is talking about by adding your main keyword in the H1, then renforcing teit by a H2 with the keyword, then followed by a P tag with your content that contains the keywords in the beginning.

    The H1, H2, P in that order is to tell search engine you talk about a topic around that keyword and help people find it better.

    The purpose of the Ad Flex themes are not to fool search engines like Google. Not at all. We haven’t done that in such purpose. The AdFlex themes include the best on-site practice to help search engines to find your main keyword and main topic of discussion.

    Now It’s clear that the extra H2 may be irrelevant and may become “too much” insistence in the keyword for search engine like Google that is much in advanced than other search engines and much smarter to go through the post and find what the post talks about.

    That’s why we’ll add an extra option in Ad Flex to give user the possibility to disable the H2.

    Hope it answers most of your questions. Just let me know the requested details. And sorry for the long post ;-).

    VK

  9. Laurie

    Thanks VK.

    Yes, I understand about the need to have h1 first and h2 second, followed by keyword in p tag.

    I’m serving a small district of 30,000 population.

    Need to get some readers and contributers first, so no hurry with the ads.

    I’m looking for somewhere to put my own ads. I can see that to use html code based ads in any of the three top Adsense boxes, the top image bar or an extra side column, would work against the SEO.

    The words that I have in the top seperator bar are important keywords for my site, although they have nothing to do with the post.

    It’s my hope that people will search on the blog title and find the news, rather than, knowing the news, search on it. A bit different to other blogs, I suppose. It’s very locally oriented. So the first thing to my mind, is for the home page to rank highly for the blog title. After that, the other pages can rank for the post topic.

    Maybe I should remove those words so as to concentrate on propper SEO and have a well optimised, new page, dealing with the blog title and directing visitors to the home page.

    And maybe I need to learn enough php and javascript to make my ads invisible to SEs, just like the Google ads.

    The part about the dashboard: I suppose there will need to be extra dashboard items to use an extra column. Sorry, didn’t express this very well.

    I’ll have another go at getting rid of the two white lines and let you know.

    Incidently, I’ve made another blog using your theme at http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/ The help you’ve given me on the news blog has helped on the photography blog as well. Thanks.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  10. Laurie

    Hi VK.

    I’ve followed your instructions on the white lines and it didn’t work.

    They are the same lines that I changed to 0px before with no result.

    I’ve made other changes on that same file, sucessfully.

    Could there be another file that overrides this one?

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  11. VK Post author

    Laurie,

    For the issue for the white border, I’ll assign someone to look at that. He’ll contact you by Tuesday.

    VK

  12. VK Post author

    Laurie,

    The blog at URL: http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/ looks nice. I’ll add a link to it from one one of our article directories.

    Apparently you know enough about on-site SEO :). I’m glad of it.

    Something very important I haven’t mentioned yet to improve your on-site SEO:

    1) Please use SE friendly URLs by doing:

    – Go to WP Admin \ Options \ Permalinks
    – Type in the field Custom structure: /%category%/%postname%.php OR /%articles%/%postname%.php
    – Type in the field Category Base: /category
    – Click on “Update Permalink Structure”

    Then if needed copy/paste the .htaccess content that is displayed to you and add it to the root of your Blog Address root URL (the specific one)

    You have to do it for each of your blogs.

    2) Add a robots.txt file in the root folder of your main web site to have /robots.txt accessible by Google and other SE.

    In the robots.txt file add the following lines to ensure you don’t have bad item in your SERPs:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /comments/feed/
    Disallow: /feed/
    Disallow: /feed/atom/
    Disallow: /feed/rss/
    Disallow: /rss/
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /yourblog1/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog1/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblog2/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog2/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /*/comments/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/atom/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$

    By doing that, you’ll get a very clean listing.

    3) Ensure you have at least the following Ping Services in the field Update Services in WP Admin \ Options \ Writing:

    http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
    http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
    http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php
    http://rpc.wpkeys.com
    http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
    http://rpc.britblog.com
    http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
    http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
    http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
    http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
    http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
    http://api.moreover.com/ping
    http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
    http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
    http://ping.fakapster.com/rpc
    http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
    http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
    http://bblog.com/ping.php
    http://rpc.tailrank.com/feedburner/RPC2
    http://ping.bitacoras.com
    http://ping.feedburner.com
    http://ping.myblog.jp
    http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
    http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
    http://pinger.blogflux.com/rpc
    http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
    http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080
    http://rpc.pingomatic.com
    http://api.feedster.com/ping.php

    4) Of course, ensure you’ve placed a link to the new blog URLs from one of web site page that is already in Google.

    5) Other will follow in reply of one question of another user.

    Cheers,
    VK

  13. Laurie

    Thanks VK.

    I understand what all this will accomplish. However, it’s beyond where I’m at to do it myself. I know a yound fellow who works in the field. I’ll see if he’ll come and do it for me.

    Another question:

    I have nine pages indexed in Google. The home page is not amoung them.

    I see the postfix on the page titles in the SERPs.

    My home page postfix and title are the same. I guess the entry in the SERPs would be Sapphire Coast News – Sapphire Coast News. I’m guessing that I’ve been trapped by the duplicate content filter for the title. Any thoughts?

    Regards,
    Laurie.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  14. Laurie

    Hey there VK.

    About the two white lines in the headder:

    I’ll re-do the header graphic, making sure the gradient is the same size as the background and the background is the same size as the space on the page. I’ll be surprised if I don’t find the error there.

    Will get back to you.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  15. Laurie

    G’day there VK.

    Well, I’ve tried everything I can think of with the two white lines above and below the banner image.

    I’ve made a new banner .jpg and the problem persists. The new image id 770 x 100 instead of 770 x 71.

    I changed the size of the banner to 100 high in the dashboard and that worked. In fact I changed it again to 150, just to be sure it was working, and it is.

    However, the change on the dashboard doesn’t seem to be reflected in the skin.css file. I.ve changed the banner height in the file from 71 to 100. Changes in the #banner part of the css file don’t seem to make any difference to the page.

    You’ll see I’ve also added a cropped photo to the Images>banner folder. This confirms that I haven’t made a mistake with the sizing of the image text banner.

    I hope your programmer is able to get to the bottom of this. It spoils the look of my page.

    I’ve made all of your sugested SEO changes to the files.

    With thanks,
    Laurie.

    With thanks,
    Laurie.

  16. VK Post author

    Hi Laurie,

    Sorry for the late reply. I was a bit overloaded for my day-to-day business.

    Let’s talk first about the Blog Address URL that doesn’t appear in your SERPs.

    1) It’s a strange issue you’ve for your Blog Address URL that doesn’t show on your SERPs.

    I understand you’ve lastly thought about a potential link with the Home link on the sitebar that has the rel=”nofollow”.

    I can assure you again that it’s not that specific instance of the rel=”nofollow” that will cause that issue as Google will still follow the other link to the Blog Address URL that has rel=”nofollow”.

    The rel=”nofollow” parameter is a per specific link parameter and has not a full page scope, contrarily to the META robots nofollow and a robots.txt exclusion line.

    It’s not an issue on the on-page META robots nofollow directive.

    There’s no issue with the CURRENT content of your http://www.southimage.net/robots.txt because no exclusion line like:
    Disallow: /your_bloga_ddress_URL_folder
    which is good.

    But may be you’ve added such line in the past?

    2) The Ad Flex theme is developed in a way that in 99.99% of the cases you won’t have any duplicate content if you’ve set the same postfix than title.

    There’s a particular case that can give an issue but you can ensure you’re not in that case by doing the following checking steps:
    a) – Connect to your Blog Address URL http://www.southimage.net/your_bloga_ddress_URL_folder/ (of course replace /your_bloga_ddress_URL_folder but your own)
    b) – Look at the title or even better look at the page HTML code and look at the string between and .
    c) – Click on one of the posts that are listed on when in front of the web page.
    d) – Check of the title of homepage at point b) is the same of the post title at point c). If they’re same, you may have an issue with duplicate content.

    Now even if you have a duplicate content issue, you should still get your item among your SERPs.

    3) As you have several Blog Address URLs under the same domain name, I must say I’m a bit lost and I don’t capture well which one you have the SERPs issue with.

    So if you still have an issue with it, just let me know the exact Blog Address URL and my team will add a link to that specific Blog Address URL from one of our article directories.

    The specific article directory we’ll use is known to be quickly followed by Google. So it’ll be a very good test and if after 5 days, your Blog Addresss URL is still not in Google, just let me know and we’ll contact the Google on your behalf to let them know of a potential bug.

    Yes, Google SE algo has some bug time to time. It’s part of any s/w. If we let them know about the defect if it’s the case, they’ll fix it quite quickly within some weeks.

    Talk to you in another post for other remarks.

    Cheers,
    VK

  17. VK Post author

    Laurie,

    I’ve assigned someone on your case for the white border. He’ll normally contact you on Friday. So we’ll know more about it and we’ll fix it for you.
    Then we’ll publish the finding there for the sake of sharing the info.

    Cheers,
    VK

  18. VK Post author

    Hi Laurie,

    That’s good you’ve done the different changes at the on-page SEO level as suggested.

    The URL friendly (or WordPress Permalink) is an important item to be well handled. You’ve done most of the big steps for the WordPress Permalink but I see the following potential issues:

    1) Your robots.txt file is well located as I can access it via http://www.southimage.net/robots.txt and it means Google and other web spiders can access it also correctly.

    Your current robots.txt content is:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /comments/feed/
    Disallow: /feed/
    Disallow: /feed/atom/
    Disallow: /feed/rss/
    Disallow: /rss/
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /yourblog1/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog1/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblog2/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog2/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/xmlrpc.php

    You have to replace the following lines:
    Disallow: /yourblog1/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog1/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblog2/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog2/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/xmlrpc.php

    But your own folder names.

    So for instance, the lines:
    Disallow: /yourblog1/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog1/xmlrpc.php

    Have to be replaced by:
    Disallow: /digitaltutorials/wp-
    Disallow: /digitaltutorials/xmlrpc.php

    The lines:
    Disallow: /yourblog2/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog2/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/xmlrpc.php

    Can be removed completely if you don’t have other blogs than http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/

    2) For your blog at http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/,
    ensure you’ve well set the value of the field WP Admin \Options \ General \ Blog Address (URL) to http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials

    Then ensure you’ve enabled the Force Blog URL in WP Admin \ Presentation \Ad Flex Options.

    This will avoid the duplicated content that may arise if you or other people link to your blog with different URL versions.

    3) I saw you’ve well enabled the Permalink and you’ve set the WP Admin \ Options \ Permalinks \ “Custom structure” to /%category%/%postname%.php.

    As it’s not recommended to have a too deep directory structure to avoid the PR dilution, it’s good enough to choose another “Custom structure” when your Blog Address URL has a subdirectory in it.

    Let’s me clarify.

    If your Blog Address URL is http://www.southimage.net, it’s good to use the “Custom structure” like /%category%/%postname%.php as your post URL will have only 1-level directory structure.

    If your Blog Address URL is http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials, it’s better when possible, to use the “Custom structure” /%postname%.php instead of /%category%/%postname%.php to keep your post URL having a maximum of 1-level directory structure. With /%postname%.php for the Blog Address http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials, you’ll end up with the post URL http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/your-post-name.php instead of http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/your-category/your-post-name.php

    Of course, don’t forget to click on the button “Update Permalink Structure” located at WP Admin \ Options \ Permalinks.

    Things will changed little by little during 2007 with Google that goes more to SILO and LSI but for the moment it’s still worth to rely to the 1-level structure because Google still give some extra on-page SEO score for a less deep directory and also other SE like Yahoo and MSN still like the 1-level directory structure more than 2 or 3 level directory structure.

    4) Your post with the title “What You Need To Buy A Digital Camera Wholesale” is located at URL http://southimage.net/digitaltutorials/photography_tutorials/hello-world.php, which is not nice and can even be penalized as poor quality URL and put in the Supplemental index.

    So to avoid any issues, it’s always better to not use the default URL of the Hello World post that was created when you’ve set up WordPress.

    Do to do, you have 2 choices:

    Choice 1: Remove completely the Hello World post and then create a new post.

    Choice 2: Replace the content Hello World post as you did but also ensure you replace the URL (old Permalink) that was created and attached initially to that post.

    To replace the current URL or Permalink, just go to WP Admin \ Manage \ Post, then located line that refers to the specific post. Click on the Edit link at the right of the specific post.

    When in front the post edit mode, locate the item “Post Slug” that is at the right corner, extend the “Post Slug” section if needed to see and remove the field content.

    Then just click on the button “Save” to save the post and make WordPress reconstruct a new post URL based on your post title.

    4) It’s strange that WordPress has generated Permalinks that have URLs that contain an underscore sign “_” instead of a hypen sign “-” in the category name.

    May be you use an older version of WordPress.
    Can you tell me which version you use?

    All that make your post URLs look like for instance http://southimage.net/digitaltutorials/photography_tutorials/your-post-name.php.

    It’s recommended to use hyphen char “-” instead of underscore char “_” in the URLs. So it’s better to have URLs like http://southimage.net/digitaltutorials/photography-tutorials/… instead of http://southimage.net/digitaltutorials/photography_tutorials/

    You can always change the current Parmalink URLs linked to a category name by doing the following:
    – Go to WP Admin \ Manage \ Categories
    – Located the line that refers to the specific category
    – Click on the Edit link at the right of the specific category.
    – When in front of the “Edit Category” screen, change the field “Category slug” and replace all underscore sign “_” but a hyphen sign “-“.

    Of course, it’s an overload to change manually each of the category slug, so it’s always better to ensure you’ve the latest version of WordPress and you haven’t change the default setting in some ways.

    OK it should be enough info for your to play with for today.

    Cheers,
    VK

  19. VK Post author

    Hi Laurie,

    1) I can’t get rid of the white border, top and bottom of the banner image. I found the skin.css and made the change that I thought would fix it, but no go. There must be another css file overriding it.

    I’ve looked more closely atyour issue with the white border and it’s OK I’ve got the right answer now for you.

    You have to remove the CSS code for the 2 borders frm 2 files:
    1) WP_ROOT\wp-content\themes\ad-flex-xxx\skins\default\skin.css
    2)WP_ROOT\wp-content\themes\ad-flex-xxx\skins\default\skin.php

    The code to remove is pointed out below:


    #banner {
    […]
    border-top: 1px solid #ffffff; /* remove this line */
    border-bottom: 1px solid #ffffff; /* remove this line too */
    }

    In the next version 0.8.9.9, we’ll remove the 2 borders code that is currently in the WP_ROOT\wp-content\themes\ad-flex-xxx\skins\default\skin.php because it doesn’t make sense that it’s also placed there.

    We’ll try to include the border options in the Ad Flex Options but not sure it’ll be for next version.

    OK it should fix your specific issue.

    Cheers,
    VK

  20. Laurie

    Ah VK!

    The white lines are fixed. Thankyou!

    The hyphens and underscores:

    The news blog uses hyphens and the tutorials blog uses underscores.

    They are both version 2.1.

    I simply used fantastico in my host control pannel to create the blogs. The tutorial blog is about three weeks old and the news blog is about two weeks old.

    I’m not aware of any difference in them.

    Quote
    Can be removed completely if you don’t have other blogs than http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/
    End quote.

    I don’t understand this. However, I do have a third blog which I will change over to the ad flex theme some time.

    I’ve worked through the other sugestions.

    Google results are changing all the time. Different data centres, perhaps. Home page for news blog is in the results now but not the other pages. It has no postfix.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  21. VK Post author

    Hi Laurie,

    Well if you saw the homepage URL of your news blog in at least one Google datacenter, all is fine, the other Google datacenters will be updated soon.

    We’ll also provide an indexing status monitoring service later on when we’ll open the AdFlex Center web based services.

    Can be removed completely if you don’t have other blogs than http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/

    I don’t understand this. However, I do have a third blog which I will change over to the ad flex theme some time.

    I was referring to the different exclusion lines that you need to put in the robots.txt file.

    Finally, the easiest way is to simply shows me first the content of your robots.txt after you’ve updated it and happy with it, so I can check it for sanity purpose.

    Cheers,
    VK

  22. Laurie

    Here is the robots .txt file. A friend did it for me.

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /comments/feed/
    Disallow: /feed/
    Disallow: /feed/atom/
    Disallow: /feed/rss/
    Disallow: /rss/
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /yourblog1/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog1/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblog2/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog2/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /*/comments/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/atom/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  23. VK Post author

    Here’re the lines you’ll have to modify:


    Disallow: /yourblog1/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog1/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblog2/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblog2/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/wp-
    Disallow: /yourblogXX/xmlrpc.php

    You have to replace the following strings by your own blog folder name:
    – yourblog1
    – yourblog2
    – yourblogXX

    In the end, if you have currently only 2 WordPress blogs, you’ll have the following robots.txt file:


    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /comments/feed/
    Disallow: /feed/
    Disallow: /feed/atom/
    Disallow: /feed/rss/
    Disallow: /rss/
    Disallow: /trackback/
    Disallow: /digitaltutorials/wp-
    Disallow: /digitaltutorials/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /sapphire-coast-news/wp-
    Disallow: /sapphire-coast-news/xmlrpc.php
    Disallow: /*/comments/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/atom/$
    Disallow: /*/feed/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/rss/$
    Disallow: /*/trackback/$

    I think you’ve got the idea and you’ll be able to add 2 extra lines for each new WordPress blog you’ll add later on.

    VK

  24. Laurie

    Thanks VK.

    Got that done.

    Also have put some javascript in the top seperator bar so there will be no visible extraneous text there to interfere with SEO.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  25. VK Post author

    Hi Laurie,

    That’s good and right. One good way to add any extra content or even repeating content without having impact on on-page SEO and duplicate content is to use Javascript and Ajax to include other text content.

    We’ll talk one day about that when there’re such needs.

    Cheers,
    VK

  26. Laurie

    G’day VK.

    I’ve got my three blogs working fairly well and looking pretty much as I want them, all on the Ad Flex theme. I believe I’ve done all of my homework correctly.

    I’d like to increase the font size in the posts, without increasing it in the sidebar. It’s . The css should be .storycontent. I can’t find this in the file skin.css or skin.php. Where can I change the font size?

    I’ve changed the font for each blog in skin.css in #page. In one of the blogs I’ve changed all the font size in the same line of code. However, this makes the text in the sidebar too big.

    URLs are: http://www.southimage.net/digitaltutorials/ http://www.southimage.net/wilderness-travel/ http://www.southimage.net/sapphire-coast-news/ I reckon they’re looking pretty good!

    With thanks,
    Laurie.

  27. Laurie

    Helo again VK.

    On my Wilderness Travel blog, the links from the home page to the posts are not working. Maybe it’s the result of my doing the following:
    quote
    1) Please use SE friendly URLs by doing:

    – Go to WP Admin \ Options \ Permalinks
    – Type in the field Custom structure: /%category%/%postname%.php OR /%articles%/%postname%.php
    – Type in the field Category Base: /category
    – Click on “Update Permalink Structure”

    Then if needed copy/paste the .htaccess content that is displayed to you and add it to the root of your Blog Address root URL (the specific one)

    You have to do it for each of your blogs.
    end quote

    I haven’t put the stuff in the .htaccess file. Where do I find the .htaccess file?

    Thanks,
    Laurie.

  28. VK Post author

    Hey Laurie,

    Quick answer to your issue with WordPress permalinks as it’s the most urgent item.

    What you’ve done in in WP Admin \ Options \ Permalinks looks fine. After clicking on the button “Update Permalink Structure”, WordPress will display in a textarea the content that the file .htaccess will have to contain. Copy/paste that content to the file .htaccess that has to be placed at the URL http://www.southimage.net/wilderness-travel/.htaccess. and if the file .htaccess doesn’t exist, just create it.

    It should solve your issue.

    Now as you have several blogs under the same domain name, it’s better for you to choose a different Custom structure like: /%postname%.php. The purpose is to not put your post article in a deep sub-directory structure that will diluate your PR. You can try it on one of your blog if you want and you’ll certainly see the effect.

    I’ll cover the other questions next time.

    Cheers,
    VK

  29. Laurie

    That’s great, VK.

    I’ve got it sorted and working again. Thanks.

    All three blogs are done. Think it’s OK.

    Regards,
    Laurie.

  30. VK Post author

    Hi Laurie,

    The 3 blogs look fine.

    After a quick look, I’ve found some items that you may wish to fix:

    1) URL: http://www.southimage.net/sapphire-coast-news/youth-week-2007-%e2%80%93-launch-yourself.php

    The URL is strange. It’s based on the post slug that contains a strange char. The strange char comes certainly because WordPress has converted a special char you’ve put in the post title. I suppose it’s something to do with a special version of the hyphen. Most of the case, it’s the side effect of a copy/paste from a Microsoft Word document. MS Word used to write down a special hyphen char instead of the typical fixed and rigid one.

    You can change the value of the Post Slug field to fix this issue.

    2) URL: http://www.southimage.net/sapphire-coast-news/hello-world.php

    Well, you know where is the potential issue there ;-). Now it’s up to your wish to update the Post Slug or not.

    In term of SEO, such title may be triggered by one of the 100+ Google algorythms and may be classified as poor quality page, etc. Better to get used to fix such easy to fix item.

    3) URL: http://www.southimage.net/wilderness-travel/this-is-a-test.php

    Same comment as point 2. Post Slug to be updated if you wish.

    Except the little items listed above. All the rest seems perfect :-).

    I’ll try to talk next time about some other on-page SEO items that may help people get some extra little Google Quality Score left and right.

    All the best!

    VK

  31. dolmadis

    Hi VK

    I have been using the adflex blog for several months now and have been very pleased with it.

    I have just upgraded and this time I made a note of the small number of plugin mods that I had a preference for; numbered page navigation for posts and folding navigation in the side bar.

    I have added a simple search facility in the side bar but I would prefer a heading to the block as “Search” in the same style as “Navigation” and the other side bar headings.

    I have tried a few hacks but have failed so far.

    Would appreciate some help to do this and leave the site still looking smart.

    http://downtoearthcyprus.net

    Regards

    d

  32. VK Post author

    Hello dolmadis,

    I have added a simple search facility in the side bar but I would prefer a heading to the block as “Search” in the same style as “Navigation” and the other side bar headings.

    Your search code is quiet nice. You just need to add some extra code around.

    Please read the following post that I’ve just added:
    Add a Search Box to AdFlex

    It should fix your issue.

    We’ll also integrate the same kind of code in AdFlex 0.8.9.9.

    Cheers,
    VK

  33. VK Post author

    dolmadis,

    I don’t know if it was the wanted purpose of it looks like that your web site http://downtoearthcyprus.net uses one main frame that contain the real web site content that is located at another URL http://girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2.

    There’re some potential issues by doing in such way and especially at the level of the SEO, PR distribution, and also the HTTP Redirect from http://girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2 to http://www.girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2.

    At least you can change the source of the frameset from http://girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2 to http://www.girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2 to fix the last potential issue.

    I don’t know exactly the desired effect that you wanted, but you can also explain me a bit, and I may have another way for you to implement the intended behavior.

    VK

  34. dolmadis

    Hi VK

    The HTTP Redirect to http://girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2 rather than http://www.girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2 was an oversight which I thank you for pointing out and which I corrected.

    When I started this information site it was intended to be branded Down To Earth Cyprus and I registered that domain at One and One. But I did not like the hosting service at One and One and reused the http://girltalk.pcs-net.com sub domain hosting from Penguin as a temporary measure. What I found as I developed the WordPress site was that the Penguin Hosting was very good in running the WordPress application and Penguin Support was extremely good.

    So it stayed on Penguin. And I do not wish to disturb it. I established the sub sub domain as http://girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2 from WordPress but then decided to restate it as http://www.girltalk.pcs-net.com/b2 only recently for consistency.

    As Down To Earth Cyprus is still my brand name I wanted it still to appear in searches for my type of Cyprus information, namely Cyprus Property. So in the One to One Control Panel I opted for frame so that I could enter meta data. I have returned this to HTTP Redirect on your post prompt above.

    Also recently I have noticed many of my posts going Supplemental on Google and hits reducing significantly. I think that this was caused by using a WordPress Plugin called Oldest to Newest which revolved my posts which received a fresh post date. I have deactivated this.

    Nevertheless I have since read everything else I could find which suggested strategies for dealing with the Google Supplemental issue including using the Options in the latest version of AdFlex Blog.

    In addition I have a competitor who is now mirroring my marketing strategy in terms of Meta Data and key words using an application running on WordPress.com.

    I have just changed my approach in an attempt to create blue water again.

    So what I have been trying to do is tidy up and focus my approach to SEO by using AdFlex as a discipline.

    If you have any suggestions of things that I can do differently then I shall be happy to have you advice.

    Regards

    D

  35. dolmadis

    Hi VK

    I have just read through your latest article posted today,14 May, entitled Search Engine Optimization SEO and checked that I have followed your recommendations and discipline for SEO.

    I have my permalinks set as /%postname%/

    I saw in the article that you recommended for a sub domain a permalink structure of /%postname%.php

    I set this and updated permalinks but unfortunately when I called the full posts from the front page that I got a 404 error instead.

    I did not want that so I changed back!!

    I think that I have now done all that I can towards optimisation without some further guidance from you which is eargerly awaited.

    Thanks again.

    D

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