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Wordpress and SEO / Social Media PlugIns

I am wanting to update a blog and then have a few more blogs with the same add-ons.  I was speaking with one person - he was doing it for free to show me what he can do because I am looking for a partner in an adventure.  But I have not heard from him.

Some of the people say the add-ons are the most difficult part.  I did a search and I got the top 25, 170+, 180+. Right now I have
Twitter Account
Short URL
Facebook Page
Looking at a Google Page
Had a Ning account but they claimed I purchased the most expressive and I proved I didn't but they would not help

Honestly, I do not know that much about Tweeting a post. I know I would like to be able to tweet the post when I publish it, for example, Don't Pay for an Electronic Payment Gateway - http://mmab.cc/6 

Now what is say user JohnDoe wants to Tweet it - does it go under his Twitter account, or the blog's?

And for SEO purposes: http://www.example.com/2014/08/dont-pay-for-an-electronic-payment-gateway or http://electronic-payment-gateways.example.com/2014/08/dont-pay-for-an-electronic-payment-gateway - where the sub-domain (Electronic Payment Gateways) is the category - does it matter?

Thank you!
Corey
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
I know I would like to be able to tweet the post when I publish it

Install the Jetpack plugin for WordPress (you will need to open a free WordPress.com account to do this) and then configure the Publicize module to connect your site with Twitter (and Facebook et al).  That will allow auto-posting of new posts.

Now what is say user JohnDoe wants to Tweet it - does it go under his Twitter account, or the blog's?

His.  Otherwise you are tweeting your own horn (send complaints about my puns to cs@e-e.com) and it does nothing for you.

Also in Jetpack is the Sharing module and this will allow you to configure simple social sharing buttons on your pages and posts. Clicking on the respective icons will attempt to open the respective social network site and send.  If the user is already logged in, they have a chance to alter the tweet/FB post/whatever before finalizing.  Otherwise, they will need to login to their social media site account to complete the action.

where the sub-domain (Electronic Payment Gateways) is the category - does it matter?

Yes, actually.  If the content is exactly the same, Google wants to make sure the same site is responsible for it so you need to add a rel=canonical tag to all content on the site(s) to let Google know which URL should be in its index.  The easiest way to do this is to add the Yoast SEO plugin to the site(s) in question and it will add rel=canonical by default.  The only complication: is this one site with a sudomained mapped to it or two separate sites replicating content?
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
It is one site..  When you say that I need to open a free WordPress account, I already have my domains and I really rather put it on my domain / host.
His.  Otherwise you are tweeting your own horn (send complaints about my puns to cs@e-e.com) and it does nothing for you.
That is what I thought, but I am guessing that I get to Tweet it under mine?

And then the comments.  I know there will be spam - and I know that one can check to see if it is spam, albeit I am sure that changes every 5 seconds.  If the comment proves to be real and we approve it, should it go out under out blog's Twitter acct and use @JohnDoe (I am guessing that Twitter's API for JohnDoe and our blogs do not have permission)? Like on here, I gave Twitter approval for my comment and probably asking people to give Twitter and other Social Media sites approval would go too far, unless they are regulars.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
When you say that I need to open a free WordPress account, I already have my domains and I really rather put it on my domain / host.

No, no.  Jetpack is a weird plugin in that you install it on your self-hosted sites but it then connects to wordpress.com to do its thing.  So you need a wordpress.com account to make it work, but your stuff stays where it is.

That is what I thought, but I am guessing that I get to Tweet it under mine?

Nope, bad guess.  No biscuit.  When you click a sharing button on a site you send the tweet as you and link to the page/post in question.  Usually the buttons are auto-configured to replicate the page/post title and the link so it would look like:

"Something something something" http://wp.me/sdfhsidhf

from that user's account.  This is optimal because everyone following that user sees the tweet.  If it came from your account, only your followers would see it and they already saw the auto-tweet when you first posted.  

There are other plugins for WordPress that make things more robust/complicated but you should wait until you have more of a solid handle on the basics first before you go nuts with those.

And then the comments.  I know there will be spam - and I know that one can check to see if it is spam, albeit I am sure that changes every 5 seconds.

Set up the Akismet plugin (free to download, they ask for a donation when you create an account) on your site to handle spam.  It will more or less reduce spam comments to near zero.

If the comment proves to be real and we approve it, should it go out under out blog's Twitter acct and use @JohnDoe

I wouldn't tweet comments automatically at all.  There's no point.

Like on here, I gave Twitter approval for my comment

See above.  Tweeting each time you post a comment on EE is not helpful to anyone, least of all EE.
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
Thanks..
Set up the Akismet plugin (free to download, they ask for a donation when you create an account) on your site to handle spam.  It will more or less reduce spam comments to near zero.
I had heard of that one, but forgot about it.  I had remembered StopForumSpam.
I wouldn't tweet comments automatically at all.  There's no point.
So we would see the Tweet / Facebook / LinkedIn . Google+ on the post

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Tablet

1. Dell Venue Pro 8 -1280 800 (Vertical 800 X 1280)

2. Dell Venue Pro 11 - 1920 x 1080 (Vertical 1080 X 1920)

3. Samsung 16GB 8.4 Black Android 4.4 KitKat Galaxy Tab Pro - 2560 x 1600 (Vertical 1600-2560)

4. Microsoft SurfacePro 3 -2160 X 1140 (Vertical 1140 X 2160)

5. Microsoft SurfacePro 2 and SurfacePro 2 - 2160 X 1140 (Vertical 1140 X 2160)

6. AirPad Air - 2048 X 1536 (Vertical 1536 X 2048)


Smartphone

1. HTC Windows Phone 8X - 720 x 1280

2. Samsung Galaxy S® - 1920 x 1080


Most phones have higher resolutions than the monitors did when they came out (600X480).  When you go to some websites, you might be directed to a PC, tablet, or mobile version. And you have the choice of changing it.  

Three columns is what my PC versions have - static. Maybe fluid for the tablet version. and possibly two columns on the mobile. The Samsung Galaxy S® has a good size resolution.  

I am guessing that it might use htaccess to re-write the URL.  I use something similar on the current blog.  

I just want it to create:

1. URL without the extension - http://subdomain.com/2014/08/wordpress-add-ons

2. Tweet the Name of the Blog Title along with the domain name of the short url - I an guessing shortyourls is one of the better one ones

3. Create XML Sitemap and a Regular Sitemap

4. Categories - I am thinking it is better to use http://ee.xample.com and not http://www.example.com/ee to list the posts in the categories

5. If http://ee.example.com is better, than http://ee.example.com/2014/08/wordpress-add-ons

6. I found CommentLuv that seems similiar to JetPack.

7. All in One SEO Pack -Seems to be a bit more for e-commerce unless it can be tweaked.

8. I found [url="http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/17-best-wordpress-plugins-social-media-seo-and-better-visitor-engagement-2013

The 17 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media, SEO, and Better Visitor Engagement in 2013[/url] - a year old in technology, probably 10 yrs old."]
So with these in mind, any others that should be considered?  And as far as time, should this maybe take about 5 hours for someone experienced.

This one blog that I am updating - and going to use those for others, I would just like to keep it going.  I doubt that PHP is going away like ASP

Thank you,
Corey
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
So we would see the Tweet / Facebook / LinkedIn . Google+ on the post

Not following your logic at all here.  If you use a sharing plugin, people will share your post.  You don't need (or want) to share comments or have comments auto-sharing.

Resolutions

Why is this here?

URL without the extension - http://subdomain.com/2014/08/wordpress-add-ons

WordPress permalinks takes care of this.

Tweet the Name of the Blog Title along with the domain name of the short url - I an guessing shortyourls is one of the better ones

Tweet it when?  Again, Jetpack will allow auto-tweets of new posts and also establish sharing icons.

Create XML Sitemap and a Regular Sitemap

Yoast SEO for the XML sitemap.  For the regular sitemap you could simply use wp_list_pages() on a page template along with wp_list_cats()

Categories - I am thinking it is better to use http://ee.xample.com and not http://www.example.com/ee to list the posts in the categories

No real SEO benefit to subdomains.  Use standard URLs

I found CommentLuv that seems similiar to JetPack.

Similar but again, focusing on your comments is not a good strategy.

All in One SEO Pack -Seems to be a bit more for e-commerce unless it can be tweaked.

I wouldn't use All in One...use Yoast.

I found The 17 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media, SEO, and Better Visitor Engagement in 2013 - a year old in technology, probably 10 yrs old.

Okay.
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
Resolutions - the size to make it.  Right now it is 1170 pixels.  It would go off the screen unless the user turned it.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Just work with a responsive theme or theme framework and don't reinvent the wheel...
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
OK - thanks.  Great advice as usual.  Given the Jetpack, Akismet, Yoast - I think those were the three main ones -about how many hours should it take?

I just ask because we had a plumbing issue - knew exactly what  it was, too much water pressure was coming into the house.  We had estimates from $500.00 to $1,000.00.  When we went to Home Depot to ask about the cost, he said $250.00 - $300.00 and recommended someone, and he charged us $225.00.

I have just gotten bogged down with some developers and I don't want to do that, I have too many things going on - my right knee is due for a complete replacement this time (had three surgeries there) and the Multifocal Motor Neuropathy is acting up.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
With the exception of playing subdomain games, which I don't recommend, your items above should only take a couple of hours for someone familiar with WordPress to install and configure.
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coreybryantAuthor Commented:
Thank you!
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