Does the way you comment on Blogger affect your SEO?
Today we have a question about commenting on Blogger blogs and how the method you use affects your SEO.
Hi Ashley! I was just wondering whether how you sign into a Blogger blog’s comment box affects your own blog’s SEO or anything else important. I’ve gotten into the habit of using the Name/URL option when offered, because I feel like it looks prettier and friendlier to have “Miranda @ Tempest Books” show up instead of just the generic “tempestbooks” that shows up when I sign in through WordPress.com. But is there a difference behind-the-scenes?
I assume you’re talking about this in the context of building back links to your blog? If so, then the way you comment on Blogger will not affect your SEO positively or negatively. All comments on Blogger are given
rel="nofollow" links. That bit of code tells Google to NOT follow the commenter’s URL. If Google doesn’t follow your URL, then it’s not building a backlink to your site. So Google will not visit your site, it will not up your SEO, and it will not help increase your Page Rank.
Do you have any other SEO questions? Leave a comment!
Do you recommend any breadcrumb plugins? I used to have them with my old theme and really miss the functionality!
I suggest you check out Breadcrumb NavXT. It’s a very powerful plugin and it’s the one I use on my own blog!
Changing images but keeping the URL
Years ago, I had fansites where I would keep headers and link buttons uploaded into a folder so that I could replace the images at any time without the link changing. As long as the image had the same name and extension, it would change everywhere. It allowed my link buttons to be updated at a whim and that way anyone who grabbed the link code wouldn’t need to get a new one later. WordPress seems to be completely different with how they do things. Is there a way that I can upload images (such as my link button and my feature banners) so that if I decide I want to change them later, they can be changed in the same fashion without having to go back and put in a new image URL?
When you upload an image into WordPress, it gets stored on your hosting account. Images are divided into different folders according to the year and month they were uploaded. You can see that in the image URL. Here’s an example:
This means my blog button is inside the wp-content folder, then inside the uploads folder, then inside the 2013 folder, then inside the 04 folder (April). So if you visit this folder on your web hosting account, you can delete the image, and then manually (outside of WordPress) upload a new image with the same name. This will change the image, but the URL will remain exactly the same.
If you’re familiar with FTP, that’s the easiest way to do this. Connect to your site through FTP, then navigate through the folders I mentioned before (starting with wp-content).
If you’re not familiar with FTP, then most web hosts come with a “file manager” tool inside the control panel. You can use that tool to navigate through the folders, delete files, and upload new ones.
Note: Just uploading an image from the same name in the WordPress admin panel will not work. If you do it this way (rather than through FTP/file manager), the image will be given a different URL with the new (current) month/year.