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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.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Elizabeth April 22, 2010, 6:59 pm

    I am still so horrible with html and the technical aspect of freelance writing. It’s something I really want to work on.

    As for Google indexing speed, I think it has been slow for the past week. I know there were some people complaining about this over at Suite. I hope it doesn’t continue to be delayed.

    Anyway, thanks again for the informative post. I always enjoy reading your posts because I almost always learn something new.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Use Bukisa to Increase Page Views on Other Writing Sites =-.

  • Bristolboy April 23, 2010, 8:08 pm

    I have heard a lot of people mention that pinging is a good idea for many services. However, would not a quick link on a well spidered social networking site (eg Twitter or even something like Redgage where you can also earn) do a similar job, as well as providing a backlink?

    • Felicia April 23, 2010, 8:57 pm

      I see what you’re saying Bristolboy. I’m no expert on pings but a ping service notifies a network of update services of new content on a site. No need to manually notify everyone, the ping does all the work. Folks who visit those sites will know that my blog/site has been updated. Services like Technorati, Blogsearch, Pingomatic and a host of others spread the word.

      Although Twitter is far reaching, I’m not so sure that my limited network of Twitter followers (or Redgage, eHow or Xomba followers) have the clout to spread the word quickly enough to get Google to index my site within 10 minutes of a new post.

      Don’t get me wrong, I still use the TwitPress plugin which automatically tweets new posts and I occasionally use other sites for backlinks, but I’m not sure my backlinks and tweets have the same clout as my pings for quick indexing.

      Wow, tweets, pings, it sounds like a song in the making. 🙂

  • Tashana June 9, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Felicia have you ever thought about being an About.com Guide. They have a need for a social networking guide, a clip art guide and all types of things. From what I understand you are actually guaranteed a monthly fee on top of your page view residuals. I keep wanting to apply but they never have anything available that I’m actually a subject matter expert on. I’d be curious to know what you think.

    • Felicia June 10, 2010, 8:10 am

      Tashana, I actually applied to About many moons ago. I went through the process of creating a mock About site and waited for many months to see whether or not I landed the gig.

      I didn’t get the spot so I took all of that content that About didn’t want and became a Suite 101 writer. I haven’t looked at About ever since.

      In the long run I believe everything happens for a reason. I’m sort of a free spirit when it comes to writing. Meeting my weekly obligation at Suite is probably testing my limit with mandated writing. I believe About has a minimum weekly or monthly writing requirement that is more than 1 article a week (I might be wrong).

      As you probably know, I suffer from a self-diagnosed condition called work-aversion-it is. I get a sinking feeling in my gut which is followed by nausea and then the need to run for the hills whenever I am forced to write on a pre-determined schedule. That’s why I had to turn down the Examiner gig.

      I know folks are making a lot of money at About, but I guess I’ll have to develop my fortune elsewhere. 🙂

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