Category: SEO

SEO Simple 3 Column WordPress Theme

I finally finished the 3 column version of SEO Simple WordPress Theme.

The layout is such that the post area appears to the left of the screen and two sidebar columns are at the right. This provides a bit more space for adding more links and adverts and other bits and pieces.

You can see the regular and 3 column themes in action here. I have added a theme switcher so that you can toggle between them both.

UPDATE: This theme is outdated. Sadly, I do not update it anymore. I hope everybody who used it enjoyed it. The download link has been removed permanently.

At last, I have finished the beta version of my first WordPress Theme called SEO Simple.

The goal of creating this theme was to play around with CSS so that I could get the title of a post followed by the post text to appear straight after the HTML body tag.

The reason for this is that there is less code for the search engine spiders to chew through before they get to the meat of your page. And when they do, they are greeted with a nice H1 tag with the post title, and then the post text – instead of going through your page header, navigation, etc..

Is it worth doing this? I reckon it is. I’ve seen websites that are listed in the SERPs with their navigation text as the description of their website. And this has been very frustrating when it has happened to me! I also think that every little helps when it comes to getting your pages ranked.

I guess that it’s important to remember that this theme is implementing on-page SEO, and at present, this seems to be no-where near as import as off-page SEO in the form of trusted links. What I’m trying to say is that by using a theme like this, you probably aren’t going to rocket to a number 1 position straight away.

It was also worth doing because I’ve wanted to do a WordPress theme for ages, and I got a chance to do the type of theme that I like to use – one with a really simple and clean layout. This means that it should be easy to hack to your liking if you want to use it.

Even the XHTML and CSS validate, which I am pretty chuffed about

I’ll be updating this theme on an ongoing basis. I plan to release a 3 column version with one of those spiffy 2 column right-hand sidebars as soon as possible (because I want to start using it myself!). Update – This is done and you can download it below.

Thanks go to:
Cre8d Designs Useful resources for creating a WordPress theme.
Floatutorial for helping me to get the content and sidebar in the right order.

UPDATE: Due to this theme being heavily outdated, I’ve decided not to offer it as a download anymore. I might, however, re-create an SEO-friendly theme in the future.


SEO Simple
How to Start Learning SEO

One of the core necessities to earning money online is to make sure that you have a good understanding of SEO and that you are able to apply this knowledge to improve the rankings of your websites.

The best place to start learning SEO is to go over to Moz and download a free copy of their Beginners Guide to SEO – there are various formats for download.

I honestly believe you will not find a better place to start learning SEO on the internet.

Within its pages you will find important information about:

  • What is SEO – And why you need to use it.
  • How Search Engines Operate – And why your site needs to be Search Engine Friendly.
  • Keyword Research – And providing content for what people are searching for.
  • Critical Components of Optimizing a Site – Letting the search engines get around your site as easily as possible.
  • Building a Traffic Worthy Site – Make people come to and stay at your website.3
  • Growing a Sites Popularity – Bring more people to your website.

This is all solid information and will provide a great grounding in SEO and apply it to your websites – and if you don’t know much about SEO, then I suggest you go and download it now.

I’m going to develop a WordPress Theme that is tooled up for SEO!

One of my goals for last year was to develop a WordPress theme from scratch. All of the WordPress themes that I use are usually hacked to the way that I like them, or used straight out of the box – like the one I use here – Andreas 08 3 columns ver 1.

So I failed to do it last year. Probably because it wasn’t such an important thing to get done.

However, after being inspired by DaveN’s post about using CSS, I’ve decided that I’m going to develop a WordPress SEO template/theme.

The idea is that I want to use CSS to jig the content so that the article text is read first by the search engines. This will mean that any navigation and sidebar text comes after the article text and will not interfere with SERP results or text in the listings. Sometimes my listings, especially Yahoo! seem to have navigation text in the page description.

Anyway, let’s see how long it takes.

WordPress SEO Template/Theme
Really Simple Sitemap

Really Simple Sitemap was my first go at creating a plugin for WordPress. It was inspired by these 2 useful posts by SEO Blackhat and WageRank.

Really Simple Sitemap basically lists all of your published posts so that a user (or search engine) is never more than 2 clicks away from any post on your blog – See my Sitemap for an example.

I reckon that using this plugin would be especially useful if you are considering stopping the GoogleBot from indexing your archives, categories feeds, etc… with a robots.txt file.

Here are the instructions to get it working:

  1. Download Really Simple Sitemap then unzip it and save it to the plugins folder of your WordPress install.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Create a page and call it Sitemap (or call it whatever you like).
  4. Add the following text:<!--rs sitemap--> This text will be replaced by your sitemap.
  5. Use the Options->RS Sitemap to set the ordering of your posts, show or hide private posts, and show or hide pages.

All of your published posts will then be output as links in the order of most recently published.

If there is enough interest in this plugin, I may add some extra functionality like sorting options.

I would be keen to get some feedback, so please leave a comment – including any extra functionality you would like to see included.

Really Simple Sitemap only works with WordPress 2.1.x.
Current Version: 1.2.

Updates 20 April 2007 (V 1.2):

1. Made the code more efficient so the database is only hit if the post or page requires a sitemap.

Updates 13 March 2007 (V 1.1):

1. Added an Options page to set ordering of posts, showing or hiding private posts, and showing pages.

2. Default table prefix is no longer hardcoded.

NOTE: As this project is outdated, the plugin can no longer be downloaded. Maybe I’ll create a new plugin in the future.