Some time ago, I wrote a post about switching one of my Google-step-child-sites from a hand coded site to a Joomla site. I made the switch because I originally hand coded the site several years ago and things have changed since then (and I’ve learned a lot since then).
Not to belabor the point (for the folks who have heard the story before), but I originally created the site when I was new to the world of the internet, used content from free article directories plus my own content and started making money. Back then I didn’t know that original content was key and my earnings and traffic eventually plummeted along with my Google rankings.
Not wanting to give up on the site, I decided to use Joomla as the back end platform because I had great ideas and visions for the site. Joomla (WordPress on steroids) seemed to be the right tool for the job. A website with about 400 pages and a set menu structure seemed to be too complex for WordPress. Although converting my site to Joomla was a large task, I felt it was the platform that would best serve the site…until now.
Recent Observations with the Site
I’ve let the site sit dormant, sort of, over the last few months. I would add a discarded eHow or Demand Studios article to it, but pretty much let it sit. I still get a few hundred hits a day on it, but the traffic is way down from its heyday.
One of my recent observations is that each of my WordPress blog posts, whether its here on NJFM or on other less popular blogs, are indexed by Google within 10 minutes or so. My new articles on the Joomla site are indexed in a week or so, if ever. Go figure.
I’ve got a blog that I started a few months ago, and it gets indexed more quickly than the Joomla site. The Joomla site has been around for about 4 years. I added new articles each day last week and only 3 of the seven have been indexed. Hmmm…..
A Wonderful Joomla Plugin
Last night when I originally wrote this blog post it had a different ending. It’s amazing what comes to you in the quiet hours of the morning before your brain is fully up and running.
Like a bolt, the thought entered my mind “Ping.” Yep, ping services, that’s why the WordPress blogs are so quickly indexed by Google. Joomla needs a ping service to let the whole world know that new content had been added to the site.
Lo and behold as I did a search this morning I found Easy Ping for Joomla. It’s simple to install and configure. I downloaded, installed and configured it in about 3 minutes. This little plugin saved me from converting a 400 page site into a WordPress blog.
Only Time will Tell
Over the next few weeks I’ll continue to add content to the site to see if the extension is the answer to my problem. If not…I guess I’ll have to begin the conversion process.
In the meanwhile, I’m working on switching yet another old hand coded site that I created back in the late 90’s to a WordPress blog. There’s always something to keep me busy.
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.