Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Perfecting my blog

I'm making some changes to my blog that I hope will improve its ranking.

I found out from a client of mine — an online marketing company for whom I write press releases, articles, and blog posts — that choosing multiple post categories (or labels, as Blogger calls them) can get you dinged for duplicate content.

I'm really bad about choosing multiple categories — sometimes I'll choose four or five for a single post! For each category I choose, my post shows up on a page with all the other posts with that label. So if I choose four labels, my post shows up on four label pages, as well as the main page, the archive page, and the individual post page.

I don't know if that really results in getting dinged for duplicate content, but I might as well try limiting my posts to one label each. And anyway, it'll make things simpler, and perhaps even help me focus my blog posts a little more.


Harmony said...

Interesting. I sometimes blog about multiple topics in one post and try to cover it all with appropriate tags.

Let us know if you notice any difference when you use only 1 label!

Kathy@TheFlawlessWord said...

Well, who knew? I'm very guilty of this too. I'll be watching for updates in regard to using only one label. Perhaps I should start testing it out myself.

Katharine Swan said...

Harmony and Kathy --

Yeah, I figured I wouldn't be the only one. I'll let you know how it goes, or if I find out anything else.

Anonymous said...

I'd been using multiple tags on my blog too. Guess I need to clean that out. BTW I like your blog, I'm also a writer in Colorado. :)

Katharine Swan said...


How nice to meet another Colorado writer! Feel free to email me if you'd like -- I'd love to get to know one another better!

Katharine Swan said...

I posted a follow-up on this. Thought you guys would like to know.


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