Blog Complications Can Drive Us Bloggers Mad Sometimes
Blog complications can happen to all of us. Have you ever been going along with your blog posts and then check something on Google and find something not right? Then you begin the journey. You start Googling or Binging it. Then hours go by. Maybe even days. Does it make you want to throw in the towel? Who needs a blog anyways, right?
Those Nasty Plug-ins
You may remember that I fell in love with the Yoast plug-in when I first got it. Yoast really helped me to use SEO more effectively not just here but on all my websites and blogs not on WordPress, a wonderful thing right? I had starting using Yoast in July. (I love having dates of my posts, don’t you?) I had been noticing when I used my favorite app, the Buffer, my blog title would show up twice. It got me thinking. Then I researched an old post on Google I had written and saw that it appeared in the snippet twice. Not good!
Now I was beginning to think, what the heck. I did learn some HTML in college but in PHP files they are a bit intimidating to me. I did look at them but was so afraid of playing with them. I found several websites that we too technical for me. I could not quite understand them. Then I found one that was a little easier to understand. I found it was in my Yoast plug-in settings. I saw 3 different ways of doing it. I played around with it. I must have done something right – the shares now don’t produce duplicate titles. But the snippet still looks like that in Google with that duplicate title. Maybe it has to be scraped again by Google before it will adjust in the coming days. I will give it time. (Funny thing my other WordPress blog has Yoast but not the issues, different themes do different things.)
The Next Blog Complications – Unpublished Lens
I had been using Squidoo more lately with a little success but I know you can’t just do it once and forget about it. I went to publish a new lens about Taking Your Pez to work day. It was a post that I lost in the transition from Blogger to WordPress here. (Guess I don’t give up too easily). I really did some nice things with that lens but when I got up this morning I got an email from Squidoo saying they UNpublished it because it had too much duplicate content. Me, who preaches about this, was committing it? No way, but I read further they do not change their minds so I must move on. So if you want to have fun at your office on November 30, Bring Your Pez to Work Day… I just learned today writing this that it appears on Paper blog too. Next time I’ll use a duplicate content checker like Virant.
Gotta love Bloggers too. Lose a post? Don’t sweat it. Part of it is there on Bloggers. Just don’t reproduce it on Squidoo. Make it over totally from scratch. Will I continue to use Squidoo? Yes. I want to see if it really works as some people claim. Like all good things I believe it takes time.
What type of blog complications have you been having and would they cause you to throw in that towel?
Updated May 2, 2015 -Squidoo is now part of Hub Pages and Bloggers is no longer in service.