My Crusade to Reach the #1 Spot on Google Again

So a few days ago I posted about how Google stopped indexing my blog, Filled to the Brim about a week after I switched from Blogger to WordPress.  For a long time when I typed “David Brim” into the search engines I owned nearly the whole page, now a David Brim from illonois has the top spot in Google and Ask and my venture GroupTable has number two.

So I have been doing a lot of research and actions in the hopes to regain my rightful spot in the search engines.

I was kind of spoiled in a sense with blogger because it’s automatically optimized for Google, because they own it.  After switching to wordpress there were many adjustments I needed to do.  I also had the problem of having all of my blogger post’s indexed and having a different url structure once I transitioned to WP.  When I clicked the blogger url in google I would get a 404 error.

So here’s what I’ve done so far based on some great advice from Lorelle on WordPress , Kyle Eslick , Nate from Unique Blog Designs, Neil Patel and others:

  • Adjusted the settings in my WP dashboard which were automatically set for “Only Allow people to find my blog, not search engines” – Who knows why they made that the default?!?
  • Changed my permalink Structure: from the default (www.davidbrim.com/?p=6) to a custom url (www.davidbrim.com/sample-post)

  • Downloaded a permanent re-direct plug in for WP which makes sure that there is only one URL per post.  When a old url is clicked it is automatically re-directed to the new post
  • Created a sitemap and submitted it to Google’s Webmaster’s tools
  • Began tagging my posts more frequently with relevant keywords
  • Pinging my blog each time I update it in technorati and google

As of now it appears that when searching for David Brim I am first in Yahoo, but still not on the first page of Google or Ask results.

I am anxious to regain my rightful spot(s) in the SERPs, especially the Google ranking and will keep everyone updated.  If the other David Brim from illonois see’s this post…I’m coming for you! 😉

Ps…Regarding my crusade picture: Halloween is around the Corner and I just got my costume today, give me a break…lol

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Comments

  1. Man this post really helped me out. I changed my blog url and I lost all my old posts. After I downloaded the plugin you suggested, I got my blog page to work again.

    thanks!

  2. No problem…Glad I could help!

    The link below is to a post that highlights the results of my SEO Crusade. Check it out if you haven’t yet.

    http://davidbrim.com/i-came-i-saw-i-conquered-the-crusade-was-a-success/

    Cheers

  3. I think that results on http://bnetsearch.com/ it is better than on other web search engines. And what you think of it?

  4. Typically, most browser problems arise from people not keeping them clean and organized. You should clear everything every single time you finish using your browser for the day; cache, history, cookies, everything.

  5. I hope he’s right. I think Eto’o is better than Ibrahimovic but if Ibra gets a good amount of respect I’m sure he will do as well as he did with Inter. The problem is adapting to the new gameplay, but it’s easier to switch from an offense run by yourself to an offense run by everyone than vice versa. He has to get rid of his big ego though, that annoys me.

  6. I hope he’s right. I think Eto’o is better than Ibrahimovic but if Ibra gets a good amount of respect I’m sure he will do as well as he did with Inter. The problem is adapting to the new gameplay, but it’s easier to switch from an offense run by yourself to an offense run by everyone than vice versa. He has to get rid of his big ego though, that annoys me.

  7. I have had to do that before as well. And normally you will rank on Yahoo before Google. Yahoo is kinda the guy that sais, hey we see ya, google will here soon.

  8. Got a link to the Philly Ban code? We have one in Columbus and it’s pretty arbitrary and overly broad. It even bans use of GPS software that obtains real-time Internet data – but only if it’s on a phone.

  9. So close to 2 years later David, I just checked Google and all the top 5 spots are yours! As well as a few other’s outside the top 5, what a great achievement!

    Till then,

    Jean

  10. @Mike You make a great point

  11. Bereken zelf uw hypotheek. Hypotheek berekenen? Maak snel een indicatieve berekening van het maximale leenbedrag van uw hypotheek.

  12. U wilt geld lenen zonder BKR toetsing? De opties hiervoor worden groter, kijk verder en ontdek hoe u wél geld kunt lenen, snel & eenvoudig.

  13. Got a link to the Philly Ban code? We have one in Columbus and it’s pretty arbitrary and overly broad. It even bans use of GPS software that obtains real-time Internet data – but only if it’s on a phone. ;))

  14. Bereken zelf uw hypotheek. Hypotheek berekenen? Maak snel een indicatieve berekening van het maximale leenbedrag van uw hypotheek. :))

  15. U wilt geld lenen zonder BKR toetsing? De opties hiervoor worden groter, kijk verder en ontdek hoe u wél geld kunt lenen, snel & eenvoudig. ;))

  16. So close to 2 years later David, I just checked Google and all the top 5 spots are yours! As well as a few other’s outside the top 5, what a great achievement! ;)))

  17. I have had to do that before as well. And normally you will rank on Yahoo before Google. Yahoo is kinda the guy that sais, hey we see ya, google will here soon. ;)))

  18. I hope he’s right. I think Eto’o is better than Ibrahimovic but if Ibra gets a good amount of respect I’m sure he will do as well as he did with Inter. :)

  19. The problem is adapting to the new gameplay, but it’s easier to switch from an offense run by yourself to an offense run by everyone than vice versa. He has to get rid of his big ego though, that annoys me. ;)))

  20. Typically, most browser problems arise from people not keeping them clean and organized. You should clear everything every single time you finish using your browser for the day; cache, history, cookies, everything. :))

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