WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
The other day I asked my Twitter friends if they had any blog post suggestions and @LisaKinnard suggested I write a post on the irony of companies that offer SEO yet do not have SEO on their own site.
Now I am not sure if @LisaKinnard was taking the piss or not (my guess is ‘yes’ because I know I would, but either way she gave me a great idea for an entirely separate post) as this is something I have often wondered if visitors have notice. If you are not familiar with SEO I will be open and transparent here: My blog is not optimized for search engines (i.e. SEO).
Why would I promote SEO but not optimize my site you might ask. The answer is quite simple. I used the wordpress.com site to set my blog up and not the wordpress.org site. The difference? WordPress.org allows you to use plugins and customize your site. WordPress.com is very user friendly but there is not a whole lot you can do with it in terms of customization and from an SEO point-of-view.
Why didn’t I use a wordpress.org in the first place? I honestly did not know there was a .com and a .org. I set up this blog on a whim after reading Danny Dover’s post from SEOmoz on The Beginner’s Guide to Getting your Foot in the Door. At the time I was happily working for somebody so I was really just creating a blog because I enjoy writing, love SEO and thereby felt it only made perfect sense to have a blog.
Since my recent turn of events (i.e. getting laid off) putting more work into my blog has become an imperative part of my plans for global domination (kidding). But seriously, having a blog will get my name ranked in search engine result pages (SERPs), provide some credibility and provide the opportunity to practice all of the SEO tactics and techniques I have come to adore.
So what next?
I finally have my own domain and web space courtesy of Marty Martin aka @mosquitohawk. Next I need to put my mythical web dev hat on and figure out how to set up my more technically-involved wordpress.org site. ASAP. Wish me luck!