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WordPress Jetpack Photon – SEO Loss

Use WordPress Jetpack Photon with care!

I just wanted to write a quick warning based on an actual situation that arose on my Wife’s website (…go ahead and check it out, I’ll wait…)

Her content ranks really well in a lot of Google searches.  Almost always the images of her mouthwatering food show up in the search results.  If I do a “Site Search” of the Google index for her website it would return pages and pages of her indexed content along with the little images next to the results.

Her Website Images Disappeared From Search Results

One day, out of the blue I noticed this all changed.  Suddenly there were no more images at all for her search results in google.  I needed to quickly get to the bottom of this and figure out what happened.

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Choose Your New Web-host

One of the more important decisions you will make when starting your own blog or website is deciding which web-host you will be using.  You have many choices but like anything else in this world, results may vary.

All I can do is give you my opinion on companies that I have used myself and you can follow your own gut on which web-host to pick.

One decision you need to make right now at the beginning is do you want to start out small and then expand in the future or do you just want to go for the gusto and go big from the start?

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WordPress Child Themes – Simple

A WordPress child theme is something absolutely marvelous that you really might want to think about implementing!  Do you like to play around with the style of your WordPress site?  A WordPress child theme is just the thing for you.

What Is A WordPress Child Theme?

In simple terms, it’s basically a sandbox where you can make all the changes you want without changing the code of the original theme.  The original theme is the parent and the new theme is the child.

A child theme is super simple to make and I’ll show you how to get started.

What is required to create a child theme?  Not much at all, it’s pretty simple…

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WordPress – Genesis Page Template – Remove Title

I recently stumbled around for far too long trying to figure out how to remove the Title from a WordPress page that uses a StudioPress Genesis template so I decided to write up a post on how to accomplish this.

Let’s say you create a “Page” (not a post) named “BLOG” and want to use it as your blog template.  You probably don’t want the title to show up at the top of every page.  You could just delete the actual title from the page template but the problem is that you now have a page with no name.  With just one page this might not be a big deal, but with several it makes things a little complicated.  It also leaves an empty space at the top of the page which is reserved for the title.

The fix is very simple, just paste the following code before the genesis closing tag in your page template.

//* Remove the page title from a Page template
remove_action( 'genesis_before_loop', 'genesis_do_blog_template_heading' );

By default Genesis adds the page title into the genesis_before_loop.  This line simply removes it using a Hook.  The page title no longer shows up and neither does the blank space for it.  Add this line to every page template that you want the page title removed from or put it in your functions.php file to remove it from every page template at once.

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Start Your Own Blog

Starting your own Blog is really simple, you just need to follow a few simple steps to do it correctly and get the best results.  These steps will show you the Simpleton approach to starting up your own blog and doing it right.  If you want to know more, follow the links to get more detailed information about each topic.

Simple Steps

1: Choose Your Blog’s Domain Name Carefully

You have one shot to get this one right.  Take your time and think about it before you bite the bullet and buy your domain name.  I highly recommend getting a .COM domain if at all possible.

2: Pick Your Web Hosting Provider

Think of the web hosting provider (Web Host) as your blog’s landlord.  You rent space on their web server for your blog to live in.  Just as there are good and bad landlords, there are good and bad web hosts.  Do your research and start off using one that you won’t be regretting later.

If you are just starting, you don’t need massive amounts of space or numerous bells and whistles but you do want the opportunity to expand in the future.

3: Pick Your Blogging Platform

Your blogging platform is the software that makes your entire blog come together.  It is a CMS or Content Management System that gets all of the little bits put where they need to be.  You do have a few options when it comes to the blogging platform, however I recommend WordPress hands down.  WordPress is the most popular platform in use, it is extremely well supported and flexible enough to do pretty much anything that you will be needing.

To keep things simple, just stick with WordPress for the time being.

4: Choose Your Blog’s Theme

Your Blog’s Theme will be dictating the look and feel of your entire website.  On a WordPress blog, the look of the site and the actual content you write are separated into separate entities.  What this means is, you can change the theme (look and feel) of your site without having to jump through hoops and mess with the content every time.  This is extremely handy since you can keep updating the look and all of your brilliant content will be just fine.

WordPress comes with lots of free themes.  These are great for getting started and most can be modified to give your blog it’s own custom look.  These free themes allow you to get your blog set up instantly so you can get your information out there.

Needing more control over the look of your blog?  You probably want to consider upgrading to a Theme Framework.  These are highly customized “Theme Engines” that give you tons of control over the look of your theme.  There are several companies that have created these framework and all are completely different.  A couple great places to start are the Genesis Theme by StudioPress and the Thesis Theme by DIYThemes.

5: Write Amazing Content

This is the most important step of all!  It is much easier to design a beautiful and easy to use Blog than it is to write amazing content that will keep readers coming back for more.  You have two goals when writing your blog’s content.

  • Write interesting and readable content that will engage your readers and keep them reading.  This will get them to start looking around your site for more, which is exactly what you want.
  • Write content that is expertly optimized for Search Engine Optimization or SEO.  This will get you ranked well in the search engines like Google or Bing so that readers will find you.

These two goals are basically one in the same.  The search engines are looking more and more for well written content that is readable and will give their users the information they have searched for.  Gone are the days of just stuffing lots of Keywords in your content and expecting to rank well.