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wordpress.com-like SEO for my self-hosted blog (5 posts)

  1. Nacca21oh
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Earlier in august I switched from a wordpress.com blog to a self hosted WordPress blog. I've tried various SEO plugins, like YOAST SEO, but they're all far too complicated and they seem to give little to no benefits in terms of visitors.

    When I was on wordpress.com I used to get 5 to 10 people per week through Google Search just by using the right tags on my posts. Since I moved my blog I can't even find it on Google, even if I'm using ultra specific keywords.

    As a blogger I'd like to spend as much time as I can writing. Is there a way to get a wordpress.com-like SEO? Should I consider switching back to wordpress.com?

    Thanks

  2. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    WordPress.COM is a huge network of interconnected sites - so you get SEO "benefits" from being part of that network. There is no equivalent for self-hosted sites - they aren't connected to any other sites - so you can either keep working to build your independent SEO (using a plugin can help) or switch back if you'd prefer to go that route.

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I'd also suggest that you try to be a little more patient and continue creating high-quality content. Your new site is barely 3 months old. It can take a good 6 months before Google even starts to seriously index a site, in my experience.

  4. Nacca21oh
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I'm also considering building an audience through my already existing Twitter account and by being active commenting on blogs based on similar interests. I'll keep on building high-quality content too, of course.

    In the meantime I'll do what I can with some simple SEO plugins for a few months and if results aren't satisfactory I'll consider switching back to wordpress.com.

    Thank you for your help.

  5. kenneth.von.rauch
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    SEO on a self-hosting blog is not an overnight thing. You need to work on it really hard, but the benefit is that it will be yours and yours only when you finally start getting traffic. WordPress SEO is actually a great plugin and you can use most of its settings as they are configure by default. Just make sure that your site is being indexed by Google. You want to check your robots.txt file for that.

    If you just need some ideas to get started, please paste your link and I'll give you a few free tips :)

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