If you’re a WordPress user and you want to elevate your site’s visibility in search engines you should start with Permalinks. Changing the default setting for Permalinks for your hosted blog is probably the quickest and easiest Search Engine Optimization (SEO) trick on the planet!
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If all goes as planned this blog will be coming to you directly from WordPress.com.
Big whoop, right?
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I decided to freshen things up a bit. This blog was getting a little stale, so we’re airing it out. This theme is a standard WordPress item called Twenty Fifteen. It’s a very open design with wide padding between elements for easier navigation on mobile devices. Ahhhhh.
It’s like a breath of fresh whitespace.
Search engine traffic is like manna from heaven. But are you giving away your blog’s precious search engine street cred? If you’re not sure just look at your site’s address. Is it your domain name? Good!
But if you see blogspot or wordpress in your blog or website’s address then it’s not so good. Here’s why:
Google indexes your web content and identifies it with your site’s domain name. Like here it would be recorded under maduko.com. Many bloggers use free tools like Blogger or WordPress to publish their sites. Most of them are indexed under those domains- great for Blogger, not so great for you.
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But reassigning that sweet search engine goodness and getting credit for your content is easy. All you have to do is become… Master of Your Domain. Seriously, if you register a domain name and assign it to your blog you’ll immediately take ownership of your content, improve your search engine ranking and see more visitors. The process varies but overall it’s pretty simple.
Most domain registrars try to make this easy and cover it in their help files. If not check the support section of your host. For example, Blogger allows you to set up your domain name for free. If you use WordPress.com look at their option to Map An Existing Domain. It only costs $13 per year and is well worth it.
No. While a domain redirect might be the easiest way to get your domain name linked to your blog, it is not optimal. That’s because your blog articles still appear under your host’s domain name. Even if you home page appears with your domain in that address bar try clicking on an article link. If it isn’t under your domain you’re still giving away your content.