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  1. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi all. We've been having issues with our search engine rankings on one of our sites, and viewing Google webmaster tools it picked up multiple Description and Title tags in the blog section. When we have page 2 and page 3 on the site, as well as /tag/ URL's, is there a way to change these description and title tags?

    I know in PHP it's as simple as

    if(is_page(98)) {
    <meta description="This and that" />
    } else {
    etc...

    However page 2 and page 3 of the blog all share the same page ID.

    Can anyone help as to how we fix this issue?

  2. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    With such little information, no way to answer. What theme and a link to your site would help. Are you using any SEO plug-ins?

  3. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi WPyogi, thank you for responding so quickly.

    I'm currently just using "WordPress Naked", which is just a base theme, and I have customized it with my own graphics. I prefer to make them from scratch.

    As far as any SEO plugins, we're not using any except Google XML Sitemaps.

    You can see the sites I'm mentioning at:
    http://www.singleinstilettos.com
    http://www.dreambachelor.com

  4. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Where did you get the theme? Are you aware there is a bunch of hidden spam (or some other garbage advertising) at the top of the page -- hidden off the page using CSS? Starts here:

    <p class="nemonn">

    You also have no heading tags at all -- another major SEO major problem.

    I'd suggest using a better theme and using an SEO plug-in -- Yoast or SEO Ultimate are popular.

  5. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Which site is this you're referring to? I don't see that at all. I have header tags.

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="en-US">
    <head profile="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE9" />
    <meta name="keywords" content="matchmaker, millionaire, matchmaking, matchmaking services, dating, singles, matchmaker, matchmaking, matchmaker millionaire, millionaires matchmaker, millionare matchmaker, dating advice, matchmaking online, dating advice for men, dating coach, the dating coach, online matchmaker, dating advice for women, free matchmaker, matchmaking service, dating advice online, matchmaking services, matchmaker service, matchmaker services, matchmaker in new york, matchmaking new york, matchmaking nyc, matchmaker nyc, dating tips, date tips, dating coach, date coach">
    <meta name="description" content="Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! A Matchmaking Agency for millionaires. Our matchmaking services include: matchmaking, date concierge, dating & relationship coaching and image & style makeovers.">

    Which browser are you using, I'll take a look in that particular browser. I did a search in the code and I don't see anything "nemonn"...as well as I am seeing heading tags.

  6. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Heading tags are these:
    http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_headings.asp

    Not the same as what goes in the head section of the page.

    I searched the rendered HTML and did not find any h1 or h2 tags.

    Try using View Source to see the "nemonn" paragraph which is right below the body tag -- it uses this CSS to be invisible on the displayed page:

    .nemonn {
        position: absolute;
        top: -9999px;
    }

    I'm not copying it here as it's clearly spam and the forums don't allow that to be copied here...

  7. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. It appears we got hacked.

  8. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yeah, but what is weird is that the site comes up clean on Securi:

    http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/

    So that's why I did not say that flat out :). Ugh, sorry for the hassles/etc. for you to have to deal with. Sigh. Why can't people find something more productive to do?

    It's possible that was part of the theme...

  9. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I know. They are absolute evil people.

    It's so wierd because it's such a barebones theme.

    This is the one I use:

    http://code.google.com/p/wordpress-naked/

    I'm installing a firewall on the other non-hacked WP sites.

    Thank you for that link too. I'm going to bookmark that.

  10. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Well, like I said, that theme leaves a LOT to be desired in terms of basic structure -- weird that Google has it when it's missing a very basic piece of SEO. Although, if it's TOTALLY barebones, maybe it's on you to add good semantic HTML :) ?

    I'd still recommend finding a better theme.

    All the themes here are tested and meet WP standards:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

    This might be enlightening as well:

    http://www.chipbennett.net/2010/12/10/only-download-wordpress-themes-from-trusted-sources/

  11. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My client asked me to ask you if it would be possible to have a Skype call with you as we're confused as to what we're needing to fix. We want to fix it and get it right and a lot of the stuff you're saying makes sense, but we're confused as to certain parts of what you meant regarding the template.

  12. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    These forums only provide help here, and I'm not an expert on SEO by a long shot! In addition to Google Webmaster tools, there is tons of SEO information out there online and elsewhere, as well as basic HTML help. If you want to hire someone, you could post a job listing here:

    http://jobs.wordpress.net/

    So far as the theme you are using, I really have no idea what kind of quality it is -- for SEO or anything else. But when I see a site that has no h tags, that's a problem. Whether it's the theme or your work (if you coded the site), I have no way of knowing that. I also noticed that it is three years old which is also not a great sign.

  13. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Understood. I truly appreciate your help in finding this. We're looking at Sucuri.net now as an option to keep our site(s) clean from now on.

    I wouldn't have known had you spot that, so thank you so very much!

  14. willt87
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    A client of mine was hacked with 'neonmm' in recent days on GoDaddy hosting.

    I found a base64_decode file called upgrade-merrili-janean.php in the core wp-admin directory, which I'm pretty sure is connected.

    Hope this helps someone.

  15. robertallen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    I wound up finding update-correct-debra.php in there.

    Did you just delete it and it went away? How did you remove it without losing any functionality of the site?

  16. willt87
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, just delete it. It won't affect the functionality of your site. The bigger issue is how it got there in the first place.

    Change all your passwords (FTP, database and wordpress admin).

    I'll let you know if I find any secondary hacks.

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