SEO WordPress Blog Design and other oxymorons…

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I see it on Active Rain almost daily and a handful of articles a week land in my inbox, touting SEO WordPress Blog Design and such.  I hate to tell you, but there is no such thing.  There is website design, wordpress website design, blog design and then there is SEO.  But there is no such thing as SEO Blog Design.  Doesn’t exist, no matter how many pages of Google those phrases come up on.

While a well built website should be optimized for search engines, SEO is not part of ANY design element.  Proper permalinks, tag clouds, keywords and all that jazz that goes into SEO should not at any point be confused with actual design and development of your website.  So next time you run into a provider touting their SEO Website Design skills, think about it for a minute or two before buying into it hook, line and sinker.  We all want to rank in Google and elsewhere, but your website, above all else, is (or should be) a reflection of you, your personality, your market, your brand.  Every day your website is someone’s first, and at times, only impression of you, and your only chance to capture that stranger who happens to land on it. 

If your site is designed by an SEO blogging coach, you might appeal to Google, with loads of bold keywords, links and bits of anchor text strategically positioned to attract the spiders, but will your bloated tag clouds on your home page serve your visitors?  Will your readers trust you enough to want to call you?  Will someone landing on your, for the sake of example, real estate website feel immediately that they are in the right place?

As tempting as the SEO Blog Design promise sounds, it’s just SEO, with no design involved.  And that’s the way it should be.  Your content, proper category and link structure, clean code, fast load times and a slew of other parameters will determine where you come up on Google.  Great website design will help keep your visitors on a site, and help them easily find exactly what they are looking for, the whole time feeling rather comfortable, and not the least bit defensive.  Making that happen is a science and an art, and can’t be taught in a webinar.

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Some other usefull Real Estate website design articles:

SEO Blogging, Content and website analytics - a how to.

Getting a new real estate website design? how much of you site will you own?

Wordpress real estate site - it's all about the interface

Gadgets, themes and plugins for your WordPress site - it's not about the gadgets...

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Maureen McCabe
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Is SEO in a title just a hook?  I read a post by a real estate agent recently with "SEO" in the title and it was about some great sites online but they are not SEO sites, knowing about them is not going to confer SEO on an ActiveRain member's WordPress or AR blog...  I can not remember what they all were. 

They were sites that offered something related to technology... a couple would make a site better... but they were not SEO sites.

ActiveRain has always attracted a lot of snake oil salesmen... and the confused... and then for some there is more confusion...

April 22, 2011 11:25 AM
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Inna Hardison
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Victoria, so that anyone searching for it has both sides of the story, of course
April 23, 2011 05:13 PM
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Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
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Where did I leave my keys…?

confused in Columbus... is the link in #5 to something you wrote Inna?

May 07, 2011 09:40 AM
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Inna Hardison
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Maureen - I think it was maybe to something she wrote... Dunno:-)

May 07, 2011 12:16 PM
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Well, I've learned something new just by following the links in this article. Thank you for sharing.

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