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To www or non-www (not-www).  Do you need to do a 301 redirect?

To www or non-www (not-www). Do you need to do a 301 redirect?

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…)

Don’t let your blog get banned for excessive pinging of directories.

Don’t let your blog get banned for excessive pinging of directories.

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:
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