Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blogging Tutorial Wordpress Blogger

Blogging Tutorial Wordpress Blogger

How to Remove Links from Post Title

Some people say that having a post title which has link to itself is not good from SEO perspective. If you concur with this statement, here's how to remove the link from the post title only.

1. Login to your self-hosted Wordpress blog -> Appearance -> Editor

2. Click Single.php and find this code:

<a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>

3. Delete and replace it with this code:
<?php the_title(); ?>

4. Click Update File. Done.

W3 Total Cache Cause Duplicate Contents

If you run a shared-hosting blog and install W3 Total Cache, it will Cause Duplicate Contents due to two identical url; one end up with trailing slash (/) while another without slash.
Example:
1. http://www.fatihsyuhud.com/seo/ (with slash)
2. http://www.fatihsyuhud.com/seo (without slash)

Both urls directing toward the same post or page which means you have duplicate contents according to Google eyes. You may know this problem by logging into your Google Webmaster Tools

If you got that kind of dupicate contents after installing W3 Total Cache plugins, the most probable cause is the plugins itself. Here's how to fix the problem:

1. Login to your self-hosted wordpress blog. Locate the W3 Total Cache admin
2. Click Performance -> General Settings -> Page Cache -> opt for Disc (Basic) NOT Disc (enhanced).
3. Save updates. Done.

Further reading


How to Enable Arabic Letters in Wordpress

How to Enable Arabic Fonts or Letters in Wordpress

If you are an Arabic native speaker where you're more comfortable with Arabic letters and everythng Arab, you're advised to use Wordpress in Arabic which can be downloaded from www.ar-wp.com.

Discussion forum in for Wordpress Arabic users are also available in the site.

But if you're more comfortable with Wordpress dashboard in English or Bahasa Indonesia at the same time you would also enable Arabic fonts/letters in posts, pages and comments, you may follow this tutorial below:

1. Login to you Cpanel (yoursite.com/cpanel), find menu PHPMyAdmin.
2. Find the database of your blog. Select the table “wp_posts“, edit the field of “post_content“.
3. Change the collation in to “utf8_general_ci”
4. Save. You're done.

Top Ten WordPress Sitemap Plugins

Top ten best sitemap plugins for Wordpress to tell Google Yahoo Bing Ask.com and other search engines about the updated content of your websites or blogs

  1. Google XML Sitemaps
  2. Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
  3. XML Sitemaps
  4. Really Simple Sitemap
  5. Google Sitemaps Append UTW Tags
  6. Karailiev’s Sitemap
  7. WP Realtime Sitemap
  8. WP Shopping Cart XML Sitemap
  9. Google XML Sitemap for Videos
  10. Googe News Sitemap

Blogsome Categories in Drop Down Menu

>How to create Blogsome.com blog Categories in a Drop Down Menu

1. After login -> Manage -> Files -> Main Index
2. Find the following code -> {list_cats optionall='0' all='All' sort_column='name'}
3. Delete and replace it with this code:
<li><form name="category" action="" method="POST" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">
{blogsome_dropdown_cats optionall='0' all='All' sort_column='name'}
<input size="40" type="button" value="Go" onclick="window.location = (document.category.cat.options[document.category.cat.selectedIndex].value);" /></form></li>

4. Click Update Tempalte to save the change. Done.

Blogsome Archive in Drop-down Menu Style

Here is how to create a drop-down archive menu for Blogsome powered blog (if you still like your Blogsome.com;s blog)

1. After login -> Manage -> Files -> Main Index
2. Find the following code: {get_archives type='monthly'}
3. Delete and replace it with this code:

<li><form name="archiveform" action="" method="post" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">
<select id="archive_chrono">
<option value=''>Select Month to View</option>
{get_archives type='monthly' format='option' show_post_count='1'}
</select>
<input size="40" type="button" value="Go" onclick="window.location = (document.forms.archiveform.archive_chrono[document.forms.archiveform.archive_chrono.selectedIndex].value);" />
</form></li>

4. Click Update Template to save. Done.

Feed Error What is the Cause?

I wrote an extensive article about various root causes of feed RSS errors in Wordpress and how to solve the problem.

Among many causes that I have experienced frequently is a bad post.
1. What's a bad post?

A bad post is not a bad writing or low quality article / post.
Google explains[1] that a post is considered bad and will cause feed error if:

Your feed has these XML tags in it:

Code:

<o:p>(some text)</o:p>

It is very likely that your feed will be considered invalid by FeedBurner, Feed Validator, and possibly many other places to which you want your feed properly distributed. The result is that FeedBurner will stop updating its version of your feed until the validation problem is repaired.
2. The Cause:
The <o:p> tag is usually introduced by a copy-paste of original text from Microsoft Word or another Office application; this tag originates in a Microsoft XML "namespace," or definition of a custom set of tags used for XML markup.

In general, using word processing applications to compose blog posts can lead to unexpected results (such as this one).

3. The Solution:
1. The best way to avoid this problem is to avoid composing and copying content from Word into your blogging tools.

2. If you still want to use content found in Office applications, a common trick for removing extraneous code is to "clean" copied text by pasting it into a plain text editor, such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) and the copying the newly cleaned text before pasting it into your blogging application.

3. Compose new posts in a text editor recommended or provided by your blog platform publisher only.
4. Consequenses

The consequences of a feed error caused by bad post or others are many. Among which being (a) your post or articles will not be distributed, (2) if you integrate your feed with Feedburner and join Adsense for Feed, the Adsense will not show up in the feed. Thus missing potential revenue.
5. How to Know
  1. Check regularly your feed's health through feedvalidator.org
  2. If you join Feedburner, check also your Feedburner feed.
6. Feedburner Error and Solution
If you integrate your blog feed into Feedburner, you may look into the following issues and how to fix them [2]

The most common problems that affect your FeedBurner feed are:

1. The trouble: Your FeedBurner feed isn't up-to-date with your Original Feed.

The fix: Try pinging FeedBurner using our Ping page. This action tells FeedBurner to go check your feed for updates immediately.

2. The trouble: Invalid characters or XML markup in content items, often introduced by composing your posts in Microsoft Word or embedding JavaScript code in a post.

The fix: Check your feeds for validity problems: Original Feed Validity, FeedBurner Feed Validity. See if any errors are reported, Then, check out this help topic for removing unwanted characters from your posts if mysterious characters seem to be to blame.

3. The trouble: Connection timeouts between FeedBurner and the web server that hosts your original feed. If FeedBurner can't reach your Original Feed for any reason, we will report it as a FeedMedic item here on Troubleshootize.

The fix: Try a ping once your website service has been restored.

4. The trouble: For podcasters, the web server hosting your audio does not report the correct content MIME type for your podcast files; FeedBurner doesn't create podcast enclosures for these files.

The fix: Make sure your web server is configured to return "audio/mpeg" as a MIME type for your audio files (or whatever the appropriate type for your podcast media may be). This confirmation may require some help from your hosting provider if you do not manage your own web server.

5. The trouble: Your Original Feed is too doggone big! FeedBurner does not process feeds that are larger than 512K. Remember, your feed is an update on your content — not an archive for it — and you should use your publishing tools' controls to make sure your feed doesn't grow like kudzu possessed.

The fix: Follow this help topic to control feed file size with Blogger; other publishing tools have similar controls.

The last solution: RESYNC

Resync takes the following actions:

1. Clears our cached version and refreshes its content from your Original Feed
2. Creates podcast enclosures for items that did not previously have them and contain links to podcast content
3. Reports any feed formatting problems encountered during the resync

When to use Resync:

1. As a last resort with a regular feed or a podcast, you can resync your feed.
2. You should only resync if (a) your feed is more than 1 hour out-of-date and (b) pinging FeedBurner does not update it or (c) your podcast files are not being turned into enclosures by our SmartCast service.

How to Resync Feedburner

1. Login to your Feedburner account
2. Click your Blog feed in trouble
3. Click Trobleshootize
4. Click Resync at the bottom. Done.

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Note:
[1] Google Support
[2] Feedburner troubleshooting

CO.CC Affiliate Banner Contains Malware Virus

If you join CO.CC Affiliate Banner beware as it contains Malware Virus.

If you join CO.CC affiliate progam, you have the options to choose banners with various size in accordance with your liking.

While, CO.CC affiliate program is okay and profitable (you'll get 0.10 for every new sign-up), the link to affiliate banners are not safe. It contains malware virus. Malware is short for malicious software, a software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner's informed consent. If you insist to put the banner, your site might be banned by Google.

Here's the banner link that contain virus: get-banner.lookup.co.cc. If you open the link through Google Chrome, you'll be warned not to enter the site.

The warning message from Google Chrome as follow:
Warning: Something's Not Right Here!

get-banner.lookup.co.cc contains malware. Your computer might catch a virus if you visit this site.
Google has found malicious software may be installed onto your computer if you proceed. If you've visited this site in the past or you trust this site, it's possible that it has just recently been compromised by a hacker. You should not proceed, and perhaps try again tomorrow or go somewhere else.

We have already notified get-banner.lookup.co.cc that we found malware on the site.
You might also check the link in Online Link Scan.

Solution

The solution is easy.
  1. Copy the affiliate banner image you like to put on your site / blog.
  2. Put the banner in your own blog / site.
  3. Change the link from get-banner.lookup.co.cc. with the new banner link from your own site.
  4. Why a Site/blog is Deindexed, delisted or banned by Google and How to Fix it. Roots and Causes of a site or blog being banned by Google search engine and tutorial how to solve the issue 1. Wrong setting of Robots and/or Meta Tags 2. Site/blog contains Virus (malware or spyware) 3. Cloaking 4. Duplicate Content or Websites 5. Hidden Text and or Links 6. Keyword Spam and Keyword Stuffing 7. Selling Links 8. Linking to Bad Neighborhoods 9. Sending automated queries to Google. 1. Wrong setting of Robots and/or Meta Tags A. If you create Robots.txt file in your website, make sure the setting is allowing the search engines particularly Google to visit your site / blog. See simple robots.txt and SEO robots.txt for Wordpress. B. If you put Meta Tag in the header, make sure it's allowing Google and other search engines bots to index your blog/site contents. Check your site through View -> Page Source. It should be like: <meta name="robots" content="index,follow" /> 2. Site/blog contains Virus (malware or spyware) There are two possible causes why your blog / website contains a virus. First, your computer from which you update your blog contains virus. To make sure that your PC is virus-free, make a regular scan with anti-virus. Second, your blog contain a link to a external website which contain malware or spyware. To make sure that any external link is virus free, scan any new external link you would like to put on your blog using website scanning which is available online. Here are a couple of links you can use to scan an external link online without any need to install:
    • AVG Link Scanner Website - scan a single website link
    • VirusTotals Web Link Scanner
    3. Cloaking Cloaking, according to Wikipedia, is technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is different to that presented to the user's browser. This is done by delivering content based on the IP addresses or the User-Agent HTTP header of the user requesting the page. When a user is identified as a search engine spider, a server-side script delivers a different version of the web page, one that contains content not present on the visible page. Cloaking is strictly prohibit by search engine particularly Google. In SEO world, cloaking is considered a major sin. 4. Duplicate Content in Blogs or Websites There are two types of duplicate content.
    1. It could mean literally a content which is identical between two sites or more. One copy/paste another. Which site will get penalties is not certain. The original source could be the one that suffers. Either way it's not a good start to begin with. This is uncontrollable situation you cannot solve. Just hope for the best. And ask the plagiarist to remove your content from his site.
    2. Duplicate contents within one site. Blogging platform creates such problems as duplicate content in Google eyes. And it needs to be fixed to avoid penalties from Google. How to fix duplicate contents click here.
    5. Hidden Text and or Links Google says, Hiding text or links in your content can cause your site to be perceived as untrustworthy since it presents information to search engines differently than to visitors. Text (such as excessive keywords) can be hidden in several ways, including:
    1. Using white text on a white background
    2. Including text behind an image
    3. Using CSS to hide text
    4. Setting the font size to 0
    Hidden links are links that are intended to be crawled by Googlebot, but are unreadable to humans because:
    1. The link consists of hidden text (for example, the text color and background color are identical).
    2. CSS has been used to make tiny hyperlinks, as little as one pixel high.
    3. The link is hidden in a small character - for example, a hyphen in the middle of a paragraph.
    6. Keyword Spam and Keyword Stuffing Keyword stuffing refers to the practice of loading a webpage with keywords in an attempt to manipulate a site's ranking in Google's search results. Filling pages with keywords results in a negative user experience, and can harm your site's ranking. 7. Selling Links Selling link in your website might not cause your site to be banned. But it'll surely decrease your site ranking. Paid link which is prohibited by Google is a do-follow link that passes ranking. It's ok if the advertiser agree to buy a no-follow link in your site. 8 Linking to Bad Neighborhoods Be careful if you want to give a backlink to a particularly site or blog. If the site is blacklisted by Google because of violationg Google TOS, your site could be affected too. The safest way is by giving a no-follow link. Or if you'd like to give a do-follow link to it scan the site first, refer to rule #2. 9. Sending automated queries to Google This practice is the work of Auto Generated Content (AGC) or Automated Content plugins. If you want your site/blog being banned, don't install the plugins. But if you just want to experiment and experience having blog with a lot of traffic without doing anything, you may try it. The choice is yours.
In another word, do not use the banner link given by CO.CC

Why Sites Deindexed by Google and How to Fix the Problem

Why a Site/blog is Deindexed, delisted or banned by Google and How to Fix it.
Roots and Causes of a site or blog being banned by Google search engine and tutorial how to solve the issue

1. Wrong setting of Robots and/or Meta Tags
2. Site/blog contains Virus (malware or spyware)
3. Cloaking
4. Duplicate Content or Websites
5. Hidden Text and or Links
6. Keyword Spam and Keyword Stuffing
7. Selling Links
8. Linking to Bad Neighborhoods
9. Sending automated queries to Google.


1. Wrong setting of Robots and/or Meta Tags

A. If you create Robots.txt file in your website, make sure the setting is allowing the search engines particularly Google to visit your site / blog. See simple robots.txt and SEO robots.txt for Wordpress.

B. If you put Meta Tag in the header, make sure it's allowing Google and other search engines bots to index your blog/site contents. Check your site through View -> Page Source. It should be like:


2. Site/blog contains Virus (malware or spyware)

There are two possible causes why your blog / website contains a virus.
First, your computer from which you update your blog contains virus. To make sure that your PC is virus-free, make a regular scan with anti-virus.

Second, your blog contain a link to a external website which contain malware or spyware. To make sure that any external link is virus free, scan any new external link you would like to put on your blog using website scanning which is available online. Here are a couple of links you can use to scan an external link online without any need to install:

AVG Link Scanner Website - scan a single website link
VirusTotals Web Link Scanner


3. Cloaking

Cloaking, according to Wikipedia, is technique in which the content presented to the search engine spider is different to that presented to the user's browser. This is done by delivering content based on the IP addresses or the User-Agent HTTP header of the user requesting the page. When a user is identified as a search engine spider, a server-side script delivers a different version of the web page, one that contains content not present on the visible page.

Cloaking is strictly prohibit by search engine particularly Google. In SEO world, cloaking is considered a major sin.


4. Duplicate Content in Blogs or Websites

There are two types of duplicate content.

It could mean literally a content which is identical between two sites or more. One copy/paste another. Which site will get penalties is not certain. The original source could be the one that suffers. Either way it's not a good start to begin with. This is uncontrollable situation you cannot solve. Just hope for the best. And ask the plagiarist to remove your content from his site.
Duplicate contents within one site. Blogging platform creates such problems as duplicate content in Google eyes. And it needs to be fixed to avoid penalties from Google. How to fix duplicate contents click here.


5. Hidden Text and or Links

Google says, Hiding text or links in your content can cause your site to be perceived as untrustworthy since it presents information to search engines differently than to visitors. Text (such as excessive keywords) can be hidden in several ways, including:

Using white text on a white background
Including text behind an image
Using CSS to hide text
Setting the font size to 0

Hidden links are links that are intended to be crawled by Googlebot, but are unreadable to humans because:

The link consists of hidden text (for example, the text color and background color are identical).
CSS has been used to make tiny hyperlinks, as little as one pixel high.
The link is hidden in a small character - for example, a hyphen in the middle of a paragraph.


6. Keyword Spam and Keyword Stuffing

Keyword stuffing refers to the practice of loading a webpage with keywords in an attempt to manipulate a site's ranking in Google's search results. Filling pages with keywords results in a negative user experience, and can harm your site's ranking.


7. Selling Links
Selling link in your website might not cause your site to be banned. But it'll surely decrease your site ranking. Paid link which is prohibited by Google is a do-follow link that passes ranking. It's ok if the advertiser agree to buy a no-follow link in your site.


8 Linking to Bad Neighborhoods

Be careful if you want to give a backlink to a particularly site or blog. If the site is blacklisted by Google because of violationg Google TOS, your site could be affected too. The safest way is by giving a no-follow link. Or if you'd like to give a do-follow link to it scan the site first, refer to rule #2.


9. Sending automated queries to Google

This practice is the work of Auto Generated Content (AGC) or Automated Content plugins. If you want your site/blog being banned, don't install the plugins. But if you just want to experiment and experience having blog with a lot of traffic without doing anything, you may try it. The choice is yours.


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