Archive for the ‘Wordpress.com’ Category

Google Webmaster Tools Directions

June 23, 2009

While struggling with getting this WordPress blog’s domain mapping url redirected properly and indexed again by Google, I came across the following list of directions for webmasters.

Google Webmaster Tools Directions

Google Webmaster Tools Directions

If only Google Webmaster tools answered how long it will WordPress domain mapping domains to get indexed again.

Today is 147th day since I bought the upgrade from WordPress and its also the 147th day since Google stopped indexing this blog.

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WordPress: My First Post by Email

May 13, 2009

WordPress has announced a new feature whereby bloggers can post to their blogs via email.

From the WordPress blog:

You can send email from any email client, whether in a browser, on your desktop, or from your cell phone, and as much formatting will be retained as possible.

Attachments are not left out, and your images will be included and automatically converted into thumbnails.  If you include multiple images they’ll be converted into an attractive gallery.  Now you can take photos anywhere and have them appear on your blog in moments.

I am not sure how to add tags or links to the post or how easily photos are embedded either.

More about the Post by Email feature from WordPress:

Tim Cohn
Google Adwords Professional
http://www.SearchMarketingCommunications.com
(866) TimWCohn office
Follow me on Twitter, http://Twitter.com/timcohn

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Possibly Related Posts on Blog Maverick

April 11, 2009

Today while viewing a post about Twitter on Mark Cuban’s Blog Maverick site, I was surprised to see such a high profile blog with WordPress’ “Possibly Related Posts” still enabled.

Blog Maverick Possibly Related Posts
Blog Maverick Possibly Related Posts

If you know Mark Cuban or any of his IT staff, you might suggest they disable the “Possibly Related Posts” feature on his WordPress blog.

As a rule, Possibly Related Posts aren’t enabled and published by working bloggers let alone A List bloggers like Mark Cuban.

Twitter Support in WordPress

January 8, 2009

WordPress is slowly integrating more Twitter related features into their blogging platform.

As of today there are 12 Twitter topics in WordPress support.

I expect the number of Twitter related support issues will grow significantly within WordPress throughout 2009.

Twitter WordPress

Twitter WordPress

An example of a recently added WordPress feature is the ability to subscribe to Twitter Streams in the WordPress dashboard.

Twitter Streams

Twitter Streams

Although its a bit time consuming to hand key in every Twitter stream a Twitter user follows-

Readomatic Twitter

Readomatic Twitter

the Readomatic feature may ultimately help both WordPress and Twitter users conserve their keystrokes.

Hawt Post

December 27, 2008

Each day, 100 WordPress blogs out of millions receive the Top Post designation.

Top Posts are the most popular blog posts ranked according to a special WordPress.com formula.

As far as I can tell, the most popular daily blog posts also get placed on the WordPress.com home page under the Hawt Post position..

This Search Marketing Communications blog had the 27th most popular WordPress Hawt Post on – of all days… Christmas Day 2008.

Hawt Post Christmas Day

Hawt Post Christmas Day

Linkedin Applications: Add A WordPress Blog To Your Linkedin.com Profile

October 29, 2008

Several years ago Christian Mayaud invited me to join Linkedin.

When I created my account, little did I know Linkedin.com would go on to become the defacto online business networking site – the Myspace and Facebook for working adults.

As with most new technology tools, I was slow to fully embrace Linkedin’s potential power simply because I wanted to make sure my use of Linkedin would produce results I couldn’t otherwise produce for myself.

With time as the ultimate proving ground, the Linkedin network has increasingly become worth further investment.

In a previous post, I wrote about how to join and initiate a Linkedin Groups discussion.

The Linkedin Groups tool has helped me reach and connect with Google Adwords Professionals worldwide – a group I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.

The ability to have discussions about Google Adwords with other practitioners around the globe has more than justified the time required to learn and use Linkedin’s tools.

Today nearly a year after seeking collaboration with outside developers, Mountain View, CA based Linked has announced eight external applications have been integrated for use within Linkedin.com

From the new Linkedin Applications page:

“LinkedIn Applications enable you to enrich your profile, share and collaborate with your network, and get the key insights that help you be more effective. Applications are added to your homepage and profile enabling you to control who gets access to what information.”

The eight Linkedin Applications are: Reading List by Amazon, Box.net Files, Company Buzz, Google Presentation, Blog Link, SlideShare Presentations, My Travel and of course – WordPress, hence this blog post.

I have added my blog Cohn.Wordpress.com to my Linkedin.com profile.

Adding a WordPress blog to a Linkedin account is easy to do and can be done in just four simple steps:

1. Click on the Linkedin Applications page and click on the WordPress icon.

Linkedin WordPress

Linkedin WordPress

2. Click add application and check whether or not you would like your WordPress blog displayed on your profile page and homepage.

Linkedin Cohn.Wordpress.com

Linkedin Cohn.Wordpress.com

3. Enter your WordPress blog address. Check whether you want all of your recent posts displayed or just posts tagged with Linkedin.

Linkedin Cohn.Wordpress.com Blog Posts

Linkedin Cohn.Wordpress.com Blog Posts

4. Save your settings and you will see your WordPress.com blog feed displayed with your previous selections featured.

Linkedin Profile

Linkedin Profile

Upon completion of these steps, visitors who view your Linkedin profile and home page (if selected) will see your WordPress blog posts.

Adding any one of these external applications to your Linkedin account can only help expand the network effects Linkedin delivers to its still growing community.

Record Blog Search Traffic

October 1, 2008

This blog: Search Marketing Communications had its single highest monthly traffic during September 2008 with 22,897 views.

Previously, this WordPress blog’s highest trafficked month was April 2008 with 8,307 views.

14,950 more views occurred during September 2008 nearly triple the prior traffic record.

By the end of September 2008, cohn.wordpress.com had been viewed 74,927 times since its inception in September 2006.

In its first month’s existence this blog had 1,593 total views.

September 2008 traffic was 14 times greater than September 2006 traffic.

Since few if any people subscribe to this blog, the vast majority (an estimated 99% or greater) found this blog through some type of search query, hence this blog’s title:

Search Marketing Communications

Record Search Traffic 22897 Views

Record Search Traffic 22897 Views

Record Single Month Blog Search Traffic: 22,897 Views

September 2008 Total Blog Traffic

September 2008 Total Blog Traffic

Total Search Traffic September 2008

WordPress.com Search Results

September 29, 2008

A search today for “Bailout Bill Text” produces a list of WordPress blogs which have purportedly written about the US government bailout of the mortgage industry.

Search

Search

Instead, the top four search results WordPress provides searchers who have clicked through to its site are from the same splog.

Splogs About

Splogs About

Clicking through to any of the results produces stolen content the splog has scraped into their post combined with an embedded and totally unrelated video.

Splog

Splog

I realize it may be difficult for WordPress to stop the proliferation of splogs and their ilk.

However, can’t WordPress at least identify and then filter Splogs from displaying their scraped content within their own search results?

Not doing so does both its publishers and the search audience a disservice.

Here is a copy of the Bailout Bill Text.

Why Aren’t WordPress Possibly Related Posts NoFollow?

May 15, 2008

I recently noticed WordPress.com hosted blogs started displaying three to four links to “possibly related posts” WordPress has deemed related to their hosted page’s content.

Usually the first link is pointed to somewhere else within the same blog while the balance of the links are then distributed to other blogs which more often than not appear to be other WordPress blogs.

I have been watching my referrals and haven’t noticed hardly any new traffic coming in from other WordPress blogs but I have noticed my search related referrals have dropped by nearly a factor of 10.

My drop in search traffic appears to coincide with the launch of the WordPress “possibly related posts” automatic link generator.

cohn wordpress traffic

If I were to to guess why my search traffic dried up I would guess it is because my blog posts that had enjoyed near constant search positions have been devalued vis-a-vis the links WordPress has now inserted in all of my pages.

WordPress blog comments automatically receive the “No follow” link attribute so as to not unnecessarily pass site value to spammers so why does WordPress think they can rob all of their bloggers of the value each one has built in their blog by redistributing their sites search value to other blogs – especially other WordPress blogs?

Regardless of whether my search engine traffic dropped because of the addition of the “Possibly Related Posts” links now being generated by WordPress, WordPress.com should add the “No Follow” attribute to their “Possibly Related Posts” link scheme to preserve the continued good will of the bloggers who’s content produces WordPress traffic.

Possibly Related Posts?

April 29, 2008

Today some of my blogs started receiving traffic from other WordPress.com blogs I wasn’t yet familiar with.

After investigating the referral strings, I noticed WordPress has begun placing a set of four links at the bottom of their WordPress.com hosted blogs.

I have tried for nearly 20 minutes to upload screen capture of the links being displayed but seem to be having problems loading any images.

Wisely, WordPress has made their first link to a post already within the author’s site. The other links point to other WordPress blogs.

Cross pollination of blogs should increase WordPress traffic significantly.