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How to run an SEO optimized blog with GS
Ok so this is more of a tutorial but had no idea where to post it so im going with it here.

Fact is there are no SEO optimized Blogging or News plugins in Extend at all. 18N Special pages is the closest thing but the way it formats URL's creates alot of extended problems and costs some points in SEO. Plugins store data slightly different than GS core pages and this does have an impact on how Google perceives your content. The creator of 18N seems to be one that actually acknowledges this and does the best job of creating plugins which integrate well with the GS Core making the content his plugins create alot more relevant to Google.

Heres the thing. Get Simple Core is already highly SEO optimized in and of its self and creating a blog using the 18N search & Special Pages features in combination with GS paging system is the best current way to run a blogging engine.

Pages already have the necessary meta descriptions, tagging and formats the URL's in a way that Google simply loves. Providing fancy URLS are turned on. If fancy URL's is not enabled then you will lose a few points but not nearly as much as using plugins with non-integrated content.

The ingredients for your Blog should include

1. The 18n Search Plugin & 18n Special Pages, id recommend installing all of his plugins just to have on hand. Special Pages is going to just make organizing this blog easier from the page manager.

2. A special Jquery RSS Feed Reader called ZrssFeed

The setup is simple.

Copy the Zrssfiles in to your template directory, its ok to separate it in to whatever folders you store your CSS and js in as long as your header properly links up the files. Be sure you link them before the get_header argument otherwise you may get a conflict here or there.

I would suggest creating a fresh template file and include a blog sidebar component. How you set it up is up to you.

Create a page in GS, Call it Blog or whatever you want.

Next in your new Blog page place the codes

(% searchrss title="Subscribe to my Blog" name="blog" tags:blog numWords:30 %)

(% searchresults tags:blog max:0 numWords:50 HEADER:"" %)

As you can see, the tag we will be focusing in on is blog. Or if your page is for news use the news tag to increase refinement you can even do something like _blog or _news just to give the search results a tighter confinement.

The Blog page is essentially targeted search results page but works excellently for display of your blog entries.

Now view your new blog page and you will see a new rss feed icon and a link.

Right click on that link and copy its location. Now open your ZrssFeed setup instructions which are easy to follow and paste the RSS feed link in to the config of Zrss. Zrss displays feed results through a simple <div> tag.

Now go to your components and edit side bar and paste the call to ZrssFeed someplace in your code.

<div id="blog-feed"></div>
with the div id being any name you want

<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function () {
  $('#blog-feed').rssfeed('', {
    limit: 5
the variable before the .rssfeed should match the id of your div tag. You can edit settings in the Zrss Script to disable the header so the title of your rss feed wont display. Replace it with an <h4> title or something. Once set this will give you an optimized listing of as many recent blog posts as you want. Just edit your script settings to your liking.

Remember this is an SEO optimized blog so a little setup is needed since we are using GS Core as the entire engine.

Now when you go to post your blog entries you will always open page options when you create a new page.

In Tags the word blog or news or whatever tag you used needs to be present. I also add a month and year tag to help build archive pages just be sure the tag format you choose never changes otherwise your in for issues. Then add whatever other tags might be associated with your posting.

Your post should be a Child of the Blog page so it will collapse with the parent in your admin and not clutter things up. Then of course select the blog template if you created one. And dont forget to fill in the meta description or else this whole process just became useless.

Save your first post and go view your new blog page. You will probably need to make CSS edits to get Zrss feed to look good on your site but that part is a breeze.

Now you have a fully SEO optimized Web blog in Get Simple CMS.

You can also use the same technique to build individual archive post pages. Make an Archive page, use the search code but change the focus tag to the month and year formatted tag you pick then just add a link to the page in your side bar. It requires a little further setup but repeating the technique is all there really is to it.

You can also go as far as setting up categories using the tag system then just manually linking to them in the sidebar.

A little manual work is alot better than damaging a potential Google ranking with unoptimized content.

If there is anything anyone could add to this or even change to make it better that would be great. This was just the best current way I could figure out how to do it with the past 4 days worth of research.
I use gsblog, much easier than repurposing those plugins ans it has rss feeds built in.

We could really use some seo input for core features, from members that are experts.

Also I would like to mention the page options plugin, which auto opens the options for you.
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gs log? Dont know if I came across that one. I just found that Get Simple as a light CMS was much more powerful alone than bulking it down with plugins. Really with the 18n package. If plugin devs integrated things more then it would be all fine and good but when you create content pages in a plugin and its missing the most critical header field of Meta Description. Even Google has announced that while Meta Keywords have really depreciated, the Meta Description is highly important for every page of content you create.

Leaving meta description off any content based page is the equivilent of shooting yourself with a binary bullet.

I setup the blog this way and it seems to have turned out nicely and will let me rss feed off other web sites if I choose by just a copy paste and edit. Once I add actual real content to it I guess I will see.

I just tried to be as clean with it as I could and try to squeeze out the best backend SEO that I could. Have to focus in on front end stuff now and have to go through another weeks worth of research for that.

I really dont know which I hate worse. Keyword Research or designing an input form. Almost makes SEO companies seem like not a waste of money.
i18n plugins are great, but they are also very bloated, I have no need for i18n, but I use the hell out of the i18n menu capability and some other features, so I always have them installed.

"GsBlog" typo.

FYI , meta description is always generated dynamically when missing using an exceprt of the content.

Yes 2 things i need, an seo plugin with mega meta support, and face book og support.
And a web based form builder.

And a pimp rss aggregator.
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Yeah I figured GS blog after i hit post. I really tried it but just didnt like the un-integrated feel really wanted something more tightly bound to the core, i guess one benefit by using pages as the blog it keeps GS from having to do the extra work generating meta description and lets me put the meta description I want in the head.

With 14 years of various design work behind me I really should have put forth more effort to learn a programming language like php. Im pushing 40 so dont even know how well my brain would be able to learn it even with effort. Took me 3 months of self training just to get away from the old style ways of designing web sites and I still end up in table div arguments with new designers lol.

I do agree that 18n does have a somewhat clunky feel though and using just pieces of the plugin is sort of a waste of server space.

Side note. Integrated search would be an outstanding GS core feature too and be able to call content on pages from the tags. That part of the 18n plugin i do love the most.
Searching is not on the roadmap but I will get it added.
We should be able to integrate searching in core pretty easily as we move everything but content to a cache file.
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