If you have a work from home business like I do, there comes a time when you have to think about some pretty monotonous and mundane things such as: do you need to redirect the non-www version of your domain to the www version and vice versa to avoid a google duplicate content penalty? Well maybe. But if you own a wordpress.org blog (since version 2.3), you don’t need to; it’s done automatically. Go to your WP dashboard under “Settings” and then “General”. What is listed here is what WordPress automatically tells Google is the conical (authoritative) version of your domain. I know a lot of people tell you to do 301 redirects and modify your .htaccess file; or get some redirection plugins (and I hate unnecessary plugins which do nothing, by the way, but to slow (more…)
Hello Everyone, I have a work from home business in affiliate network marketing and I depend greatly on my blog to drive new traffic and bring me fresh leads. I have a primary business, but if I find products which complement my primary, I’m happy to promote them. Over the past month, I became aware of a potential problem within the basic guts of the WordPress software (self-hosted WordPress.ORG). Under the right circumstances, it can automatically ping too often. In case you don’t know, a ping is basically a notification sent to one or more blog directories which tells them you have new content on your blog; and of course you hope to get more traffic because of it. By default, WordPress pings your designated blog directory(s) each time you author a new post. Sounds great right? Not so fast, because herein lies a big problem.
The point of pinging is to notify directories you have new content and get you more traffic; but when you send excessive pings, you can become viewed as a ping spammer, of sorts, and your blog can get banned by the offended directory. If you are the type person who edits a lot, you probably have already been flagged as a ping spammer and banned at some point. Here’s why: