As usual I have to do things a little different. I have been wanting to create some WordPress themes but I just keep putting it off. The more I read about SEO and WordPress the more frustrated I get. What I believe about SEO is very similar to what Shoemoney posted here.
To me SEO has always seemed to follow the FUD Marketing strategy. If you are not familiar with FUDs, it means Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt. As long as there has been Search Engines there have been SEO experts that pretty much use FUD to sell their services.
Optimizing your blog or web site for search engines is not that hard and I am going to use this project to prove it. I am starting a new WordPress Theme and my intention is to let you help me. To begin with, I created an empty WordPress theme. Secondly, I placed that theme in it’s own subdomain at http://theme1.cybercoded.net . I updated that theme to include a sidebar and some plugins. From there, I placed the new copy into another subdomain at http://theme2.cybercoded.net.
The next step was to use that WordPress theme on the main domain for this test at http://www.cybercoded.net I have owned this domain since 2001 and I have used it for different things. A matter of fact, it still has some pages in the Google Index. These pages should drop quickly as they are all going to redirect to a 404 Error page.
Now let’s have some fun. I am not sure how this will work, but I would like to let my readers help me with this endeavor and in exchange you will get credit on the WordPress Theme and a copy of whatever version you want as it develops.
Think of it has the first Publicly Created WordPress Theme.
I spoke with Garry Conn this morning and he thought this idea was pretty cool,
“David, I think modern WordPress themes tend to get very over complicated. Quite a few look super hot, but are a complete nightmare for me to decode… imagine the effects that has on the Googlebot! I think this is a great way to get back to the basics of building pages that are friendly for not only search engines, but most importantly humans. I am going to have fun downloading my code and play with the styling aspect.”, says Garry Conn