Pligg Seo – Search Engine Optimization

You’re stumbling across this page because you’re not satisfied with the SEO of your Pligg site. I know, I am a genius, with my brilliant intuition.

Rely on a professional search engine optimization company if you are serious about your search engine visibility.

Since version 1.0, Pligg, has dramatically improved the “out of the box” SEO for urls and titles.

The documentation for Pligg SEO is quite light because so much of it is seemingly out of your control.

Three aspects that are crucial with SEO are duplication, article quality, and quality of link.

You can start off by adding a no follow tag to the search, upcoming, and tag pages.

Open pligg.tpl

Find

{elseif $pagename eq "upcoming"}</code><code><title>{#PLIGG_Visual_Name#} | {#PLIGG_Visual_Pligg_Queued#}</title>

Add After

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

Find

{elseif $pagename eq "upcoming"}

Before Add

{elseif $pagename eq "tags"}
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

Find

{elseif $pagename eq "tags"}

Before add

{elseif $pagename eq "search"}
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

You added a no follow tag to the upcoming page because of the quality of articles in upcoming. This section is where all the spam will be, the horrible articles, and where the good articles will be promoted. When the articles become promoted, they will find their way to the search engines, in ways that we will discuss later.

As for the tags and search pages. They just contain duplicate content that is already on the category pages. Great resources, for the user, but search engines have no use for it.

You will want to increase the length of your descriptions because search engines prefer at least medium ranged-to-long articles. You can easily configure the length configure > submit within Pligg’s administration panel. I’d suggest adjusting the size to at least 250 characters (default is only 10).

By using this method, you will scare away potential spammers, who simply want to get their link up as fast as possible. I know, at least in my experience, when I’m presented an opportunity to leave a long description, I do so.

Encourage originality: You can ask your users to make unique descriptions and not copy and paste.

Making your website alive to search engines.

Please, start a twitter, facebook, myspace, blog, squidoo, feedburner, submit rss feeds, add your link to directories, google yourself and ping once a day.

I know, its overwhelming at first, but you can add one a month.

Twitter: You will begin a more personal relationship with your users. Make sure to link it on your Pligg site.

Facebook: The most active social network on the internet. You want them to know you’re alive. Link your account. People who visit your website will add you to their facebook. You’re now open to a gigantic new market.

Myspace: Same idea as facebook.

Blog: You can start one on blogspot, wordpress, your own website, I don’t care, its a great way to keep people updated with whats going on with your site. Just as important, search engines, like it. Add your RSS feed and update often.

Squidoo: You will able to add your RSS feed. Start networking, find relevant friends, and connect your twitter, facebook, blog, pligg site all together.

Feed Burner: You’re giving more access to RSS feeds.

Submit RSS: A quick search on google will yield you a million websites that allow RSS submissions. You can weed out the best ones and manually add (yourdomain.com/rss.php) to all of them.

Submit Directories: High ranking directories with relevant topics.

Google: Add your website to google analytics, google webmaster tools, and google everything.

Ping Yourself: Pligg has a handy tool for sale in their shop called Plingger that automatically pings search engines. You can purchase the item for 10 dollars, if you’re too cheap, submit your RSS feed to Ping O Matic or similar tools.

Remove Spam

Google penalizes websites with spam and users don’t want to see it.

Read 50 Tips For Pligg

Read the tips, you will learn everything that I’ve found to be true about Pligg sites over the last few years.

***I will add more later, this is a very rough draft, before this article was linked to a wikipedia***

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17 ResponsesComments Feed

  1. GrantMePeace

    Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge! 🙂

    03/19/09, 6:21 am
  2. nice info really appreciate this..

    03/21/09, 4:36 pm
  3. pushpinder

    hello,

    I read your tutorial and it was informative. I was however searching for SEO in pligg for Story titles… on story page

    should the story be directly linked to the source url or should it be linked to an internal page with iframe to th e external link or should the title be not linked at all to anything on the story page and instead and external link be given on a read more link ????

    doubts doubts doubts

    06/09/09, 5:07 pm
  4. MySpace Friend Adder

    Very well thought out and informative. I’m sure many others enjoy reading this too, but are just a little scared to post – anyway – thanks again!

    06/20/09, 9:20 pm
  5. Pligg ftw, the new version really rocks but themes are so hard to find…

    06/23/09, 2:36 pm
  6. How I can find a web page which support pligg. Can anyone help me about Google query for finding a pligg powered site?

    11/30/10, 7:43 am
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    05/09/11, 11:54 pm
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