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Enhanced SEO And Article Tracking System

By Kevin on Jun 11 2012 02:05 PM
Good morning/ evening/ afternoon, everyone! During the past few days, I've been working on some things with my developer. Most of the tasks worked on were related to improved Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The other, more exciting task that was completed was something special for the members who have submitted content for the site. I've wanted to get something like this developed for quite some time now, and have finally managed to do so. I'll go ahead and briefly explain what's been done.

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, can be briefly defined as:
"The process of increasing the amount of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine (SERP). The higher a website ranks in the results of a search, the greater the chance that that site will be visited by a user."

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I've made numerous, minor changes to our SEO, but I've focused on restructuring the page titles. Many of you guys most likely won't realize that page titles have changed, but they've been dramatically enhanced. Web page titles are seen at the very top of the Browser window (see above image) or page tab if you're using those. The page titles for our articles and forum topics have changed. For example, instead of an article having the title "Mario Tennis Open Has Yoshi Fever - Nintendo Nerds," it's now titled as "Mario Tennis Open Has Yoshi Fever - 3DS - Nintendo Nerds." Notice that the article category (3DS) is now included in the page title. Another example, for our forum topics, would be a topic titled "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - Nintendo Nerds." For forum topics, the sub-forum (if any) has been included in the page title. So, that forum topic is now titled "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - N64 - Nintendo Nerds." Notice that "N64" is now part of the page title.

These are just a few of the examples of what has changed, in an effort to produce better search results for us. And, they will, in due time. Gee, I could go on and on about that stuff. Let's forget about all that boring stuff for now and talk about something more exciting.

Team members, who have submitted original articles, now have a way to view all of their hard work! I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time now. And, now that it's finally developed and designed, I feel much better. My developer, has once again, impressed me with his expertise. Those who have submitted articles to the site can now track their progress and list their specific work. Toward the bottom of the page, directly below the article portion, you'll notice an area called "About the Author." Here, check out the image below.

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Notice the area enclosed inside the red border. This is displayed on each and every article and automatically keeps track of the quantity of articles that each author submits to the site. As you can see, there are three main links for each author; author's profile, author's content and author's Game Library. Notice the link in the center. That's the link that displays the author's submitted content, in a nicely listed format.

This is something I'm interested in making use of in the future. Specifically, I'd like to create a page that lists a total for each author, ranking the authors from highest to lowest. I'd like to present rational goals for our authors and award them with something once they attain a certain quantity. It can be anything from a random Japanese grab bag, to an eShop gift card, to something completely unique! I haven't thought too much about this part yet, but those are some rough ideas I had in mind. I want to encourage submissions here, so I'm open to any suggestions if interested in this type of thing.

Well, that's all for now. I'm concurrently working on some other stuff now and will keep everyone updated as progress is made.

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Let me think about this for a while...

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Comments: 4

"I'm lovin' it" :)

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View PostKevin, on 11 June 2012 - 02:16 PM, said:

This is something I'm interested in making use of in the future. Specifically, I'd like to create a page that lists a total for each author, ranking the authors from highest to lowest.

OK, a quick update on this. I've figured out how I wanted to approach this. And, I'm looking at it right now and it seems to be a solid solution as to how staff members can have their articles listed in a way that makes sense. I've implemented this on our "Meet Our Team" page. This is our staff members page. Each member, as you can see on the page, has a nice little link that displays how many articles they have submitted.

Over to the right-hand side of that page, where's it's currently empty, is where I'm going to implement something else that relates to team member submissions. More on that later though. Enjoy.
nothing more has a nice ring to it as view my 0 articles

View PostClassicgamer, on 12 June 2012 - 02:06 AM, said:

nothing more has a nice ring to it as view my 0 articles

Yeah, that's something to be really proud of. :rolleyes:

Remember that insane password article you and I worked on together, like over six months ago? What about that one? I mean, it's completely finished so all you have to do is tell me you want it published. Hell, I'll even round up all the images and make it look pretty. The ball's in your court, man. I think it's a great candidate for an article.