Real Estate Weblogging 101 Revisited

Here is how the first post began:

weblogging 101 logo buttonGreg Swann at Bloodhound blog on June 21, 2007 launched the new blog Real Estate Weblogging 101.

What Greg didn’t realize was he also set in motion an experiment I have been wanting to run here in the lab.

Here is the basis for the experiment:

  1. Setup a new domain name.
  2. Use WordPress as the basis
  3. Instead of Post use Pages
  4. See how the search engines respond

When I say search engines, I’m referring to Google primarily.

Since we recently had a PR update from Supreme Ruler I couldn’t resist going back to the site and seeing how the experiment is proceeding.

Quite well is the short answer. I should say amazing considering this is a blog that is barely 4 months.

In our second post on the site it was just over 2 months old and had nothing in supplemental results that shouldn’t be there. Time has passed and the issue of supplemental results is history. I miss them in a way, but not really.

What I found this week.

  • The home page has a PR4
  • Almost every page of the site had a PR3.
  • There are a handful of PR2 pages.
  • There appear to be 4 or 5 posts, Two of those have PR3 The others aren’t showing as indexed.

The internal linking of pages is established by a “Table of Contents” on every page which means every page is linked to every other page is significant. The same effect is now being done on sites that are publishing their archives in the sidebar navigation.

I don’t know about you but I would love to have a site that is less than 4 months old with about 40 pages not only indexed but with a PR3 and a PR4 home page with a smattering of PR2’s for good measure.

If I were ever going to build a static site with only pages and additional content to be added from time to time. This is how I would do it with a focus on pages not posts.

If I were thinking of changing locations to another part of the country and wanted to establish a presence there I would take my best blog posts, edit them to fit the location. Put them on a new site. Publish the entire site in a single step. I’d do this about 4 months before I was actually making the move and I would watch this little seedling grow to an oak.

Thanks again Greg for this great site. It is filled with valuable content and is being justly rewarded for it.

PS. Greg, please forgive the corny prose in the Supreme Ruler post the other day. : )

If you want to read the first two posts they are Real Estate Weblogging 101 and Real Estate Weblogging 101 2 month old Plus

Comments

  1. Bless you, sir. Thank you.

    Here is what I think is cool about that site. It’s been that way almost from the beginning.

  2. Greg,

    Great results, choosing a word like weblogging I’m sure helps. Which goes to show chose keywords wisely and it will end in good results.

    Thanks for providing such a valuable resource and a great experiment for the lab.

  3. Do you think that link exchange helps or hurts my rankings?

  4. Paul,

    If you mean a straight link exchange (not a blogroll) it depends on the number of links exchanged as the number per page.

    It won’t really help you, but it could really hurt you.

    From a brief look at your site, you don’t have many links going out so not a big concern for hurting you, but there isn’t any real help there that I can see.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to check out the site. I really appreciate it.

  6. Hi Dave,

    I just thought I would check in and see what you have been writing about. Interesting that I came by today. Seems lots of people have independently concluded that it would be possible to take an WP blog and turn it into a rockstar website. While I am certainly no coder, I was able to take a blog that I use, but, have never built any real links to and recently turned it into a full on website. I’t not yet as pretty as it will be, but, it is my test. I set the blog up about 7 months ago and it popped up at the top of page 2 for city real estate and I thought…hmmm, Maybe I could make something of this and that’s when I started. I will need to wait for the next PR update as now it’s sort of game on to see how it will perform. It was working perfectly until Wolfnet changed the width of my framedd IDX, but, I can certainly attest to this being an excellent and inexpensive way to get a website up with a blog on it as well. Have a look and don’t be too harsh:
    alpharetta-real-estate-blog.com

  7. Congratulations Ryan

  8. First off, Kudos to Greg and Dave for a) putting it up and b) sharing the results. Nice job.

    @Paul–If you are talking about a bunch of “you link to me” and “I’ll link to you”..the answer is that the risks far outweigh any benefit IMO. (Spot on Dave…) Reciprocal links do occur NATURALLY though (such as the result of someone citing each others’ posts and commenting on them. By focusing on actually building relationships with folks around the RE.net world, you will naturally gain authority. Worry less about “techniques” and more about having something to say–trust me here…it works.

    The reason that Greg’s bloodhound blog has the following it does (and the authority from Google) is because of the QUALITY of the writing and focus on having something to say–errr…howl about (grin). Search Engine Friendly + Writing Talent + Effort = Results

    @Ryan-I would agree TOTALLY with that WP is structured well, especially with some of the available plugins to work as either a site OR a blog and be search engine friendly.

    Great job again Greg….my compliments to the chef.

  9. The table of contents idea is one I like. Everyone seems to have a site map, but I like your term better.

  10. Dave-
    A bit off topic to this post, but I wanted to chat a bit with you about the results I’m having with my new blog over the last 3 months, along with what I’ve learned about the domain name change I’ve gone through this week. I’d post about it on my blog, but it would really make more sense to post about it here. I’ll send you an email with more details about what I’m talking about.

  11. Ok Dave, I looked high and low for an email address for you, but you’ve done well keeping that a secret. Think you could shoot me an email at steve at teambelt dot com?

  12. Eric,
    I don’t think that I explained what I meant well enough. I didn’t mean you link me I’ll link you. Through blogging and forums we started seeing great results. Are SE rank was increasing, building relationships, and most importantly getting great information to help with our success. What I mean by link exchange is that we tried a new system that I never heard of and it was suppose to help. Since we have seen a decrease in SE ranking. So I was wondering if anyone had heard of this sort of SEO and had an experience with this. Please don’t think that I blog for links alone. I enjoy blogging and have found people that are willing to offer advice.

  13. Paul –

    Can you describe the “new system” you guys tried out? Are any of your competitors running significant SEO pushes?

  14. Jonathan Dalton says

    Great minds think alike, Mr. Red Shirt. I’ve been slowly populating a primarily static WordPress site. Mostly pages, a handful of posts (once I add them.)

    Too many neighborhoods to do it quickly but it will get there over time.

  15. Hey Jonathan,

    Hows the grass coming? I’ve been pretty busy but I try and drop by from time to time, but don’t remember seeing an update on the yard for winter. Did I miss it?

  16. Eric,
    I’ll try to explain this as best as I can. We get put on a list with hundreds of other website owners. Then they link to you and we link to them. It is like a circle where everyone in that circle gets and gives links. Let me know what you think.

  17. Paul;

    This is the “other” Eric again…building systems to artificially increase link popularity will not work long term. Search engines are in the business of finding those and penalizing them…just my opinion, but using those types of systems is short term gain, longer term pain. It shortens the life of your asset. Better to build more slowly and defensibly IMO. There’s no need to use those systems when doing it the right way works.

  18. Thank you for your thoughts. I appreciate it. I found it to be a bad idea when we take his code off the website we increase our SERP we put it back on they decrease. So the consensus is that link exchange does not work?

  19. Paul –

    Excessive reciprocal linking is downright dangerous…many can personally attest to that. Earlier this year, Google decided to make an example of many webmasters with their “shot across the bow.” Check this out…

  20. Paul –

    They’re downright dangerous…Google fired a “shot across the bow” that effectively ended reciprocal link campaigns among knowledgeable SEO’s a little earlier this year.

  21. Thank you for everything. We have since taken it down. I appreciate all the help. Especially the seomoz link

  22. Eric gave you sound advice. I just transferred my site to CMS based site (Drupal) with static pages and an integrated blog. I’m hoping for the same effect. Its been live since Saturday, and the first few pages of a site search are the new pages. It will be interesting to see how it does in the next couple of months.

  23. James Boyer says

    All I can say is wow, this is a good one to follow the example of.

  24. WordPress sure seems like the way to go. Has anyone had any really good experiences with hosting companies? If so, any suggestions on specific companies would be appreciated.

  25. Barry –

    I’ve always had good luck w/ godaddy. For $4/month you get a ton of space, transfer, & 10 mysql databases.

  26. I use virtual private servers (multiple) with both godaddy and 1and1.com and I like them both. 1and1’s customer service team seems far more friendly to me…pricing is eerily similar.

  27. Awesome. Thanks Eric and Eric. I’ll check them out. Hey Bramlett, I saw you on Bloodhound. Congrats.

  28. Barry,

    They are both on the bloodhound, so it is getting harder to keep our Eric B’s apart.

  29. Yeah…but if I had to share it with someone…glad its someone like Bramlett (grin). He’s pretty fun.

    Although we’ve never been senn in the same place at the same time…

    hmmmm….(grin)

    Eric B(lackwell)

  30. I took a generic WP blog, spiced it up, blogged my fanny off, and went from PRO to PR5. I then plunked down some cash, bought a shiny new site with a custom IDX, moved my blog to a subdomain, and dropped to a PR2.

    Shows how much I know. 😉

  31. Lydia,

    You have no idea how much you have influenced this site and all the other blogs I author.

    You chose wisely grasshopper when you chose your generic WP blog theme. It was Misty Look and that theme’s author knows how to design themes for SEO.

    I found your blog with the PR5 on EVERY PAGE and was amazed. I checked out that theme, found another by the author and tweaked that theme for weeks.

    The next time I came back to your site I couldn’t believe my eyes. The theme was gone. I’m not kidding I almost cried because I knew what was going to happen. And you just described it.

    It wasn’t broken, but you fixed it. I hope someday you will be back to a PR5.

    You truly inspired me and I have created all of our single property sites since from that same modified theme.

    I owe it all to you. Thank You.

    I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but seeing what happened to your site is one of the reasons I added a new blog and kept the old one instead of migrating everything to a new site and getting rid of the old one. It is more to maintain, but I know I have a great backup. Both sites continue to bring in lots of traffic and readers.

    Lydia, thanks for stopping by. I mean it when I say I owe you a lot. : )

  32. once I have time I am going to try to do this with one of my wordpress blogs as well. Not sure I have the technical ability though.

  33. Dave, thank you for that amazing comment. It brought a tear to my eye (sniff).

    I moved the blog to a subdomain to make way for my REW site, which I think was a move forward, but yes, it killed my PR for the blog.

    REW did the second theme for the blog. I won’t lie- I thought it was really ugly and I hated it. So now I’m on my third theme, which is by the same designer of MistyLook. Hopefully I can rebuild.

    Sadly, I’ve been kind of burned out on blogging lately. Plus I’ve been SO busy lately. I’m sure I’ll catch my muse and get back to it.

    Thanks for the pick-me-up Dave, that was a really thoughtful gesture!!!

  34. Lydia,

    You are so very welcome. Again I’m glad you found the lab.

    Burn out is really easy to achieve especially when you are very busy. I’m glad to hear you are busy : )

    Keeping 4 blogs going has brought me to the brink of burn out myself. My baby blog was born on July 15 and I managed a post everyday for over the first 100 days, but then busy hit and . . . you know the story.

    BTW I added your blog to the baby blogs blogroll. I like the theme and your content.

  35. Lydia –

    Is this part of the shift we’ve been discussing @ REW?

    Unless you preserve the identical structure of the old blog (i.e. change the index page, but keep all your old pages up) you’re going to see a drop in SERPs & PR. You should see a bounce back very soon.

  36. Eric,

    I don’t think there will be a bounce back for Lydia. I say that because the change was made over 6 months ago. It was more than just content it was structure.

    And the loss of all incoming links. Honestly, I doubt she will ever be back to a PR5 on almost every page as she was before. But I hope I am wrong.

    Lydia had a perfect balance of pages and posts in the root directory and had good internal linking as well as external.

    This is one case where something that wasn’t broken was fixed.

  37. Six months is plenty of time to bounce back. If the links were lost then there will be no bounce-back. Why were the IBLs lost?

  38. When I went to the REW site, they killed my old MistyLook theme and moved the blog to a subdomain.

    The blog used to be at northofthesavannah.com and now it is hosted at northofthesavannah.com/posts/

    I should have been on top of it more, but frankly I wanted that custom IDX and was focused more on that than the potential SEO side-effects of moving the blog content down.

    The IBL’s to the main domain should be fine, but any deep links to the original articles are probably 404.

  39. Lydia –

    It would be extremely tedious, but you could go back & 301 all of the old URL’s. If you go to your webmaster tools, you should be able to see which pages have links, and which are “not found.” If you check, and you have a ton of links going to internal pages, then it would be worth it to 301 redirect them all.

  40. I know Thanksgiving is tomorrow, but I was wondering when I can expect a new post. I think I am going through withdrawals 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving all

  41. Paul,

    I am too. It has been an amazing month so far. Meaning, I’m so busy helping with the real estate side of our business all the blogs have taken a back seat to the actual practice of real estate.

    I do have a couple of things on the burner and hope to get to them today or tomorrow. I’m not a holiday kind of guy. I use them to get caught up on work.

    I’ve been using a gallery plugin recently. That will be coming up very soon.

  42. Like taxes Dave,

    That is a nice problem to have…here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, however you celebrate it…I am a lay low and catch up sort of guy as well.

    Best to you and yours.

    Eric

  43. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Here’s to undoing the belt buckle on the couch!

  44. Dave,

    Which gallery plugin are you playing with? I’ve been using Popup Image Gallery by Andy Staines to feature listings with. It works pretty well, once I got it set up the way I wanted it. Here is what mine looks like: Gallery Example

    I hope that’s not a live link…

  45. Ryan,

    It wasn’t live, but I made it live. I like live links. Never fear to use them here in the lab.

    I know some (REW for one) don’t like live links, but I do. I hate having to retype URL’s and put in the dot or anything else. I want it to work when I click on it.

    I’m using the Next Gen gallery which works in conjunction with lightbox. You don’t have to use light box there are several options for display including slide show.

    I’ll be doing a write up on it soon. I’ll take a look at the Popup Image Gallery you mentioned as well.

  46. O.K. I like that. the only thing is it sort of loads the photos slowly. I’m going to give it a shot on my test blog and see if it will work for me better than what I am using right now…

  47. Ryan,

    I resize the images to no taller than 500px, but more important I set them to 72 dpi for display in the net. This alone will make your images much quicker to load no matter the dimension.
    If you keep them small like 400 X 300 they should load very fast.

  48. I just downloaded and activated the two needed plugins and I see it in the visual editor. I\’m going to have to put it down for the night and get back to it on Monday. By the way, your blog (this one) was the the inspiration for my test blog, http://www.realestatetestblog.com. I can do things to it I wouldn\’t dream of on my regular blogs.

    Have you had a chance to see if a gallery will work in a post or does it need to be a page?

  49. Dave, Once again this seems to be a really great idea. I am wondering what you think is the best way to easily implement internal linking of pages “Table of Contents” on every page in a wordpress blog??

    I would very much welcome your advice.

    Jim

  50. James,

    The best internal linking involves Related Posts from the Past called the Contextual Related Posts Plugin

    And putting your archives in the sidebar creating internal links on every post to every post. You can read about it here: Tag Team Archives

  51. The table of contents is big IMO. Most of us concentrate on finding links to our site and drop the ball when it comes to internal links. Great info Dave.

  52. I agree and just installed this one. I had been keeping the last 10 posts as “Recent Posts”, but then they lose their pop once they leave the main page…

  53. JMO, but when posts are organized the way that Dave has here on the lab, they are both the most functional for readers and the keep the link juice flowing throughout the blog.

    @James-you can do it any way that works for your readers IMO, but for my money using archive and related posts from the past, Dave’s provided a solid example.

    @Ryan-notice Dave’s use of archives…keeps em up longer, but also provides a ready reference for people going back to the forum.

    Weblogging 101 provides both a guide for subject matter and structure IMO. That and the bloglab should be the “training wheels” every RE blogger uses to launch their blogging career. (grin) Seriously. Greg, when you turn weblogging 101 into a book, I’d love to write a blurb for you on the back page. (hint…hint!)

    Eric

  54. Yes, I think it’s a little easier to find older posts this way. Now if I can get the related posts plugin to work…having trouble.

  55. Man, this has turned into a forum thread! I’m right there with you guys with regards to proper internal linking – it’s something that bloggers & webmasters tend to neglect…especially when they discover the power of IBLs. I’m interested to try out the related post plug-in you guys have discussed. I don’t know what I think about having links to every post on every page…I don’t know if I agree that it adds to the user experience. I think the proper use (and promotion) of categories can help the user out more (and will also help out your internal PR.) A well organized hierarchy is something that is pretty powerful. Just my .02!

  56. Eric,

    I think part of the use of archive in the sidebar is internal linking for indexing. Readers come in two ways. RSS or regular readers & Search engine results.

    If your content isn’t indexed it isn’t going to be found.

    I’ve been following the internal links to each post in the Google webmaster tools and those links are increasing all the time. More pages are being indexed and granted PR. Meaning they are there for the readers to find.

    Does having it in the sidebar enhance the reader expereience? I doubt it. Does Meta tagging enhance the reader experience? Not visibly, but if it helps get your content in the searches that it pertains to, then yes it enhances the reader experience.

    This is the point notice in following what happens to Real Estate Weblogging 101.

  57. Dave –

    I agree with you – it definitely will help get everything indexed…my point is that, with enough backlinks, everything will be indexed regardless, and you can spread the internal PR well using the categories. I agree that the links on every page doesn’t really detract from the user experience. It’s all aesthetics…I just think it looks a little cluttered (and that’s just my opinion – I’m sure there are many people that think otherwise.)

    One other point to consider…if the majority of your links are pointing to your blog home, as you put more archived links on the side bar, the internal PR is going to be spread thinner over those posts. So, while you might start with a PR4 home page & PR3 internals, as you write more, if the home page stays a PR4, your internal pages can end up PR2. Granted…PR is just a very visible (and bad, IMHO) way to measure the power of a page. Checking your long-tail SERPs for the internal pages is a much better way to check your performance.

    So…I’ll wind this ramble to a ramblin’ close.

    Question for you…I’m not sure if I read your comment correctly – are you getting more IBLs as a result of the archive in the side bar?

  58. Eric,

    I’m guessing IBL’s are Inbound Links. Yes, I think I’m getting more. Here is why.

    The more posts indexed, the more they appear in search results, the more people read the posts and find something they want to link to. If they never find it, they never come to the site, they never link to it.

    I have noticed an increase in readers and IBL’s since putting the archives in the sidebar.

    I understand the categories logic, but what if your category pages aren’t indexed?

    With higher PR on each page and with each page pointing internally to every other page doesn’t this increase the juice not diminish it?

    And with every post I write, I add one more internal link to every post and page on the blog.

    I should also state that as far as I’m concerned PR is the means to an end not the end. Getting information to readers who want it and can use it is the end. PR to me just helps get the message out.

    A famous missionary to china pushed himself day and night till he fell sick, so sick he was dying. One of his last statements.

    “God gave me a message and a horse, Now I’ve killed the horse and the message won’t be delivered”.

  59. As long as it’s increasing the number of backlinks, it will get you where you want to be. It will increase the PR & the SERP ranking for every post. BTW – I agree with you 110% regarding PR – I prefer to check long-tails to really see how the site/blog is doing.

    And hey…you’re obviously doing things right here. You have great posts, and lots of great input from your readers. I just wanted to throw out another viewpoint.

  60. Eric,

    Sometime we forget this is a lab. All input is welcome. The funny thing, The lab is my hobby blog, my give back to the RE community blog. I do it for fun and to help.

    The ones I really want to grow in readership and ranking are the business blogs, which do benefit from the lab experiments. But have less than half the readership of the Lab.

    Just makes me laugh some times.

  61. I would like to check out your business blogs. Can you give me the name of them?

  62. Paul,

    Glad you asked, I think they are all in the blogroll, but here they are in order of creation.

    Tucson Real Estate in The News
    Oro Valley Real Estate
    Tucson AZ Real Estate

  63. I am going to have to agree that when there is to much content in the navigation it makes it very hard for me to find what I am interested in. So while it might (and I stress might) help you with the search engines it clutters the look and makes navigation harder for readers.

    Now how you are using your blog will greatly impact how you are going to set up the navigation.
    -If you are using a blog to share information and not looking to sell anything like this one then who really cares where you direct your traffic. All information has the same value on a blog like this.
    -If it’s a real estate blog that is set up to generate business for you then you need to limit the options, more important you need to focus the readers to visit the pages that you want them to visit. Mainly that will be pages that will generate leads for you to work with.
    – If you have a blogsite (like my main Chicago site) then the navigation needs to be completely different as there are hundreds of pages of city specific information. Each city has it’s own navigation to only show the information from that city (for example look at the main Schaumburg page).

    Now using my site is just the easiest for me, but there are plenty of other examples out there. The key is you need to remember the reason for your site before you set up your navigation.

    Now my site is far from perfect and there are many upgrades I plan on adding, but it does a good job directing visitors to look at homes.

    Hope that all makes sense.

    Back to the search engines…have you tested changing your navigation to see if your rankings would drop? You are assuming that your rankings are based on the linking structure you have, not the authority you have built up. The posts/pages that need more juice to rank will never get it with your current structure so ranking for a hard term will never happen. If this isn’t important then giving all post the same value will work for you, but if you want a chance at going after some major terms you need to be able to focus your internal linking to those pages.

  64. Ken,

    If you place the “Table of Contents” (archives) at the bottom of the navigation it doesn’t come into play. I think it is important to put your navigation in the order you want it to be viewed by readers.

    I’ve stated this is about one thing and one thing only. “KEEPING YOUR PAGES AND POST IN THE INDEX”. If it isn’t indexed it doesn’t matter where it is located it won’t be searched.

    The structure is more about long tails than keyword targeting, but I disagree with you wholeheartedly on the statement “The posts/pages that need more juice to rank will never get it with your current structure so ranking for a hard term will never happen”

    I started a new blog in July 2007 and in less than three months it was on page 1 of google for the keywords I was going after.

    Things have changed dramatically on the past few months in the way Google is getting content into the index.

    I can write a post and in less than 20 minutes I can find that post on page 1 of Google regular search, not blog search.

  65. Dave,

    I tend to agree with you because my goal is more about getting the posts read than the blog found. The posts are the \”meat\” that I want consumers to find and if keeping all posts indexed also helps all posts rank better, I prefer that. In this scenario, the layout is less important because they land exactly where you intended them to land anyway so they don\’t have to look for it.

    On another note, I used your gallery plugin and succesfully created a very sharp featured listings page for WordPress with it. Thank you so much for the tip to the plugin.

  66. Ryan,

    I like the way that plugin is working for the images on your test blog.

    Glad this is going to work for your application.

  67. Great experiment! I think I am going to try the “Table Of Contents” approach! I have been primarily using blogger for my platform, but I think I will test your ideas with wordpress as well.

    I do agree with Ken, in his statement that going after major search phrases will require link juice. Longtails are easier to rank especially with a blog being a PR 4. My blog ranks very well for longtails as it is a PR 4, but it doesn’t rank for more competitive phrases. Just my 2 cents.

  68. Tony,

    I see your website and it is ranking #5 on Google for Las Vegas Real Estate. That is pretty good in my book. But I don’t see a link on your site to the blog.

    I think link juice has more to do with the owner of the site and the content of the site than most give credit.

    The reason I say this, I started a new blog going after the most searched keyword phrase in our area.

    It was a brand new blog on a brand new URL. In less than three months it was on page one for that search phrase and it bounces between #5 and #6. Where’s the juice coming from? It comes from me. I already have established sites with Google. They now my sites and they know how I program to make it easy for them to get to the content. As a result almost from the first day I started and notified Google “I claimed the site” I was getting crawled and indexed every single day.

    I say this because I don’t see any link to your blog. I don’t know if you have claimed your sites with Google, if not I would suggest you do that. If you do go with WordPress and self host claim that blog, go after other keywords for your area you serve.

  69. Dave,

    What do you mean you “claimed the site”?

  70. I believe that Dave is referring to a google.com webmaster feature that allows website owners to verify their ownership of a given website. Read this for more information and to get started:
    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/topic.py?topic=8509

    The benefits are as follows as stated on the Google website:

    What kinds of information will I see if I verify site ownership?

    Verify that you own the site, and we’ll show you statistics and errors about it and the pages in it that we’ve crawled. We also provide control features. This information includes:

    Crawl errors: we list the URLs we had trouble crawling and why we couldn’t crawl them.
    Search queries that return your site in the results: we list both the top queries that returned results from your site, as well as the top queries that directed traffic to your site.
    What we know about your site: we list the top content of your site and the words other sites use to link to your site
    robots.txt validation: we tell you if we have trouble parsing your robots.txt file and let you make sure your robots.txt file is blocking access to the right URLs. We also let you test drive changes to the file before you change it on your server.
    Preferred domain input: you can tell us if you’re prefer to have your site indexed using the www version of the domain or the non-www version.
    Crawl rate: we show you how much Googlebot has been crawling your site over the last 90 days and give you the opportunity to change this rate.
    Indexing information: we tell you if your site is indexed, show you which pages are in the index, when Googlebot last visited your site, and if we can’t crawl your home page
    Information about violations of the webmaster guidelines: if we find violations in your site, we give you the opportunity to fix the problem and request reinclusions.
    Information on possible malware on your site: if your site is flagged for distributing badware, we’ll let you know so you can fix the problem and request review.

  71. Paul,

    Jonathan is right, that is what I’m talking about and I’ll write about it and the benefits again this week.

    You can get an introduction to it reading the post on “Building a Google Trust Box”

  72. Your experiment is basically what I did last June where I switched to WP for a static site that uses pages extensively.

    I made the blog a secondary aspect of the site.

  73. James Boyer says

    Nicely done. I wonder if it is the interlinking of everything alone that is doing this for you, or if the static pages has much to do with it.

  74. Sorry, a bit off subject here…I’m new to the whole blog thing and I’ve been seeing how much success people have been having with their web rankings. Particularly Google rankings.

    What blog platform would you recommend to a beginner?

  75. Hi Chantal;

    I can say without reservation that WordPress hosted on your own server is the BEST platform for all sorts of reasons, including the fact that it is pretty easily configured in a search engine friendly way.

    Pleased to meet you!

    Eric

  76. Chantal,

    I’m a WordPress guy, even though I complain about it all the time, I guess kind of like being married :).

    I see you have a Point2 website and I believe they have a blogging platform that is made to fit with your existing site.

    Jay Thompson the Pheonixrealestateguy.com is the person to talk to about Point2.

  77. Thank you guys. Yes, I have the P2 Blog but I have just been playing with it & think I’ll get better results out of a hosted solution.

    I was thinking about using wordpress on a hosted server…but needed some more clarification from experts in this arena.

    Thank you for your advice. Nice to meet you guys too!

  78. Chantal,

    If you need any help setting up WordPress there is plenty of information here and I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can or find the answers for you.

    WordPress rocks!

  79. I’d second that. I will be glad to help you where needed…

    BTW- Happy New Year, Dave…hope your 2008 is awesome…

    Eric

  80. Wow, you guys are the best. I am certain I will have a gazillion questions once I get knee deep into the blog setup.

    Happy New Year to everyone hear! Wishing you a successful year both personally and financially.

  81. Eric,

    Happy New Year to you as well. Awesome indeed!

  82. Dave,

    I meant to come back here a long time ago and kept forgetting. Earlier in these comments we talked about clean archives and I wanted to let you know that I dumped in in favor of a small piece of php code. It looks like this in right.php:

    Recent Topics

    you can change the “200” to whatever you want and it will simply look like the rest of your links. Click my name on this comment and scroll down (on the right) to see how it looks.

  83. man, the code didn\’t show…

    Recent Topics

    php get_archives(\’postbypost\’, 200);

    you have to add the < ? thing at the front and back of php at the front and the semicolon at the back.

  84. Ryan,

    I’ve got to try this. Thanks for sharing it. I’ve got a couple of blogs I don’t have the archive in the sidebar. Since I’m widgetized I’ll use the code anywhere plugin and give it a spin.

  85. I hope it works for you. I think the look is more natural with the site.

  86. Ryan,

    I can’t seem to get it to work with widgets activated. I’m using the widgetize anything plugin and the php code seems to be causing an error.

    I’ll have to play with it more. I guess I don’t spend much time looking at the look of the site overall. Once I scroll to the bottom of the post/posts. I almost never scroll any further.

    I do like the way the post look on your site.

  87. Congrats Ryan, I hope to be launching a new blog soon, with the help of a friend. Keep us informed about how things are going.

    Jim

  88. In your “right.php” file, where you see the php code that is:

    php get_links_list();

    (that one is the blogroll)

    someewhere else you would add:

    ? php get_archives(‘type=monthly’); ?
    Except at the beginning before the first ? you would add

    It’s also probably supposed to be inside

  89. man,

    I can’t seem to get it right…

    (‘postbypost’, 200) not (type=monthly)

  90. Ryan, the (‘type=monthly’) did nothing, but the code (’postbypost’, 200) broke it completely.

    will the permalink set up cause this to break?

    I’m using category postname

  91. Ryan,

    Now I only need 9 more comments to have my first 100 comment post. Wo Ho!

  92. Ryan,

    You’re a genius 5 times over. Yes, that was exactly what was needed to get it working inside the Widgetize Anything widget.

    The nice thing about this widget you don’t have to put the php code inside the widget code area so I can put exactly what you need to get this to work on any blog right here.

    The code:

    get_archives(‘postbypost’, 200);

    Paste this inside the widget box and Ryan’s solution will live on your blog too.

    Thanks Ryan, I love it.

  93. Glad to help Dave….I can almost smell 100 comments 🙂

  94. Yep. I changed mine over as well after Ryan showed me that…simple and easy. Dave–did you ever post the 7 interesting things that Lydia memed you with?

  95. Eric,

    I’ll be switching over several of my blogs using the code.

    Lydia’s meme:

    I can’t think of seven interesting things, but more to the issue I don’t have 7 friends I could lay a meme on.

    Short answer. No I haven’t written a meme post : ) But I love Lydia, I’m a real fan of hers.

  96. Lydia, your story is an interesting one. I often think about doing just the opposite….going to WP. I really like the clean look. Redirecting all those internal links sounds very tedious. I wonder if you are any happier now…your REW site looks nice and its been a while.