I have a general question for the old timers working with wordpress.
Is using wordpress as a blog platform working for you?
I must admit that wordpress as a first website, blog, hobby, something to do when the kids are out of the house, it is a superb platform with numerous options, bells and whistles and truly out-performs other weblogs on the market, especially for the price.
BUT, does it work for SEO (search engine optimization) and functionality.
Is there anyone besides wordpress itself that has a popular, optimized for the search engines website that spiders love.
Are you running a website that is receiving hundreds or thousands of hits a day from the engines for competitive terms?(and not for your "Aunt bessies yorkshire pudding recipe")
Why I am asking is because I am working on my first two wordpress (not my first web sites) but first wordpress sites and I am finding numerous hurdles that the search engines may have to jump across.
In that question, I mean:
1) Is your site loading in acceptable time?
I am on DSL high speed home and work and I have to wait up to 30 or 40 seconds before it loads sometimes.(30% of the time I get a "the page cannot be displayed" and I must hit refresh). To login to my wordpress and make a post, It takes me about 20 minutes to an hour to make a post (that's already written, simple cut and paste function) because 19 out of 20 times I get "the page cannot be displayed" and must start over. A simple 1 word edit could take up to 30 minutes and is pretty frustrating.
I understand that I am hosting the sites on a standard server with other sites but is it really necessary to go with a very costly dedicated server for it to function acceptably?
2)Is wordpress search engine friendly?
I have noticed the layout of the hyperlinks and keyword placements are way outta wack (according to the popular SEO forums I have been reading for the last couple of years.)
Have you figured out a way to be search engine friendly? I would love to hear a success story with a site that's maybe selling something, offering something popular or anything really.
I write this as I am in the decision phase whether I should just scrap the wp sites I have been working on and go with straight html or stick with it and see how it goes.
A few success stories would be great to hear.
Any comments would be appreciated..