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Tweaking WordPress – Sitemap

March 31st, 2010

 

Way To Improve Your Content Overview

 

 

 

I was looking for some site map solution that would satisfy my picky needs (to be seen as wp page not as wp post and to show list of categories with posts inside them). Sitemap is cool webmaster tool. It helps visitor to easy navigate through your site. It shows page structure and also, some sitemap WordPress plugins create sitemap.xml file that is very useful when search engines map your site. I found couple that were partially good enough. First was WP-Archives by Jim Penaloza Calixto (more info at http://blog.unijimpe.net/, wp plug-in download url – http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wp-archives.zip). It was easy and simple to install and configure. It is installed as post and it shows posts in chronological order (but not what category they belong) with day/month info. The second was PS Auto Sitemap by Hitoshi Omagari (more info at http://www.web-strategy.jp/wp_plugin/ps_auto_sitemap/, wp plug-in download url – http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/ps-auto-sitemap.zip). It had visually all that I wanted (categories with list of posts that belong to them), but it was implemented as a post. I didn’t want that (yes, I know I could easily put it in sidebar as a link, but I wanted it to be on the top with other page links). So I was using the WP Archives plug-in for a while. It looked like this:


Old Sitemap

 

When I managed to find more free time, I decided to fix this. I used PS Auto Sitemap plug-in and did some simple code change in php.

After plug-in installation, I edited header.php of my current theme and I put something like this at the place where pages are being listed:

<li <?php if($post->ID == xxx) echo ‘class=”current_page_item”‘; ?>><a href=”http://yoursite/post-name-xxx”>Post Name</a></li>

Here, xxx is ID of your plug-in post that you can find in your post URL at the end, or in _posts table of your WordPress database. In my case ID was 391, table name was wp_posts, page url was www.geekwidget.com and post name was Sitemap Widget, and it looked like this:


Header Tweak

 

Now, it was still a post. In some themes, like in one that I am using, it had previous post and next post links whenever a post was separately opened. Since I was picky, as mentioned, I wanted to change that, too. I edited single.php in same folder and put something like this:

<?php if ($post->ID != xxx) { ?>

<div>
<div><?php previous_post_link(‘&laquo; %link’) ?></div>
<div><?php next_post_link(‘%link &raquo;’) ?></div>
</div>

<?php } ?>

The xxx part was again plugin post id. In my case it looked like this:


Single Tweak

 

After that I had what I wanted:


New Sitemap

 

 

Google’s SEO Starter Guide – Helpful Resources For Webmasters

March 28th, 2010

 

Google Webmaster Help Group – Have questions or feedback on our guide? Let us know
Google Webmaster Central Blog – Frequent posts by Googlers on how to improve your website
Google Webmaster Help Center – Filled with in-depth documentation on webmaster-related issues
Google Webmaster Tools – Optimize how Google interacts with your website
Google Webmaster Guidelines – Design, content, technical, and quality guidelines from Google
Google Analytics – Find the source of your visitors, what they’re viewing, and benchmark changes
Google Website Optimizer – Run experiments on your pages to see what will work and what won’t
Tips on Hiring an SEO – If you don’t want to go at it alone, these tips should help you choose an SEO company

 

 

Google’s SEO Starter Guide – Web Analytics Services

March 27th, 2010

 

Take Advantage of Web Analytics Services

 

 

 

If you’ve improved the crawling and indexing of your site using Google Webmasters Tools or other services, you’re probably curious about the traffic coming to your site. Web analytics programs like Google Analytics are a valuable source of insight for this. You can use these to:

 

• get insight into how users reach and behave on your site
• discover the most popular content on your site
• measure the impact of optimizations you make to your site (e.g. did changing those title and description meta tags improve traffic from search engines?)

 

For advanced users, the information an analytics package provides, combined with data from your server log files, can provide even more comprehensive information about how visitors are interacting with your documents (such as additional keywords that searchers might use to find your site).

 

Lastly, Google offers another tool called Google Website Optimizer that allows you to run experiments to find what on-page changes will produce the best conversion rates with visitors. This, in combination with Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools (see our video on using the “Google Trifecta“), is a powerful way to begin improving your site.