Most WordPress users stick to the default commenting system, because it’s very easy to operate, both for the administrators and the commenters. However, Google’s policy update about rel=”nofollow” links has made it look very poor from an SEO perspective when you’re using a non-modified version of the default WordPress commenting system on your blog. The commenters’ website links, though nofollow’ed, tend to waste a majority of PageRank points of the pages of your WordPress site. This is more troublesome for active blogs that get thousands of comments on each of their posts. The more number of comments with links to the users-websites appear on post pages, the more amount of PageRank point gets wasted, resulting in poor PageRank flow between internal pages.
WordPress, as a platform, is extremely well coded. However, some people mess their WordPress installations up by installing tons of low-quality plugins, choosing an awful web host, and filling their site with heaps of garbage.
Even if you don’t do something as stupid as these with your site, there’s still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to speeding up your WordPress site. I optimize around 8-10 WordPress sites in an average month, and there are a few techniques I always leverage to optimize and speed up WordPress sites.
Last month, I changed the month and year based permalink structure of blogmetric to a simpler one based on just the post name. When I initially changed the structure from WordPress settings, I was quick to notice that old links were not working any more. With a quick .htaccess tweak, I was able to fix that and so far all my old URLs are 301 redirecting to the current ones. This was a lot easier to achieve than I had anticipated, and I’m going to show how you can do it too in this post.
Expert interviews can be a great way to acquire high-quality organic links. If you feel that you’re creative enough to leverage this, not only you’ll satisfy your readers, but you’ll also attract editorially given links that an infographic marketing campaign or a broken link building campaign might not be able to get you.