I’m migrating onto WordPress.com VIP. How do you handle redirects?
We have three different methods for handling redirects on WordPress.com VIP. You can learn more about them here.
What SEO plugins do you offer on WordPress.com VIP?
WordPress.com has great SEO right out of the box — you don’t have to do anything extra. In fact, WordPress takes care of 80-90 percent of the mechanics of SEO for you, according to Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team.
The WordPress.com VIP team has already reviewed and approved the following SEO-related plugins in the VIP repo:
Do I need to worry about submitting sitemaps to Google?
No. WordPress.com also automatically sends notifications to Google every time you publish or update a post or page.
How do I make sure search engines have the right canonical URL for my site or an individual page on my site?
You can set the canonical URL used by search engine crawlers in your theme templates like this:
remove_action('wp_head', 'rel_canonical'); echo "<link rel='canonical' href='http://example.com/mypage/' />";
This disables the default canonical URL associated with your site and allows you to specify a new one. It gives you the flexibility to, for example, write conditional theme code that sets the canonical URL of a “page 3 of comments for a post” page to the original post’s URL, so that search engines know the original post is the content to index and direct users to.
Why is our sitemap limited to 1,000 canonical URLs?
This is a default setting on WordPress.com. If you’d like to increase the number of URLs, you can enable the Comprehensive Sitemaps plugin.
Is there any SEO plugin for taxonomies, to add title, keywords and description?
We don’t currently have a plugin that allows customizing title, keywords, etc. for taxonomy archives. However, you can update the Add Meta Tags Mod plugin to suit your needs.