Comment on Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Review by Mike Johnson.

First off, I added my comments here a long time ago when I was researching the WordPress SEO plugin. I know a few of my Members had originally seen my comments here so I felt compelled to respond since they are now believers in what I do based on my course and other things I produce.

I understand completely about the speed and optimization factors Google is now looking at for rankings. I use GTMetrix to manage my ranking factors all the time with my themes, caching, Javascript, CSS files, images, etc. I take it into consideration and teach my members how to configure their blogs using the most advanced caching setup around along with the use of a CDN and other tools. I use these so I don’t have to worry about using the most clean coded theme around. I like using a theme that brings power and character to my blogs. Like i said, return visits and keeping people active on my sites is important.

Comments are important as well and I don’t need the SEO Super Comments plugin to create interest and interaction on my normal blogs or my auto blogs. If all I did was use WP Robot and fake comments, I wouldn’t be making the money I am making. There is a lot more to it than what people perceive to be auto blogging. I laugh at that because if that is what I was doing, most of my sites would have been slapped with the Panda update. This is not the case whatsoever.

Plus, since you talk about achieving visitors once again, this is not just an arbitrary thing. You can’t just use an SEO Friendly theme, throw up some content with Good Titles and Comments and wallah, you are receiving tons of visitors.

The domain you use, the keywords you optimize for, the competition for those keywords, how you rank based on that competition, and your backlinks and relationships with Authority sites in your niche and those same keywords. All these things factor in and you may do everything right and it can mean nothing.

A theme means nothing here. The research and the execution of a well defined SEO Plan of Action based on a precise set of Keywords (at least initially) will determine everything. Focused and Targeted Keywords and getting people to my content based on my plan and not some random titles used by commentors (which can actually take away from the ranking of a Post or Page if not focused on what you want it to be) are the way to optimize for success.

There is so much more, but I understand your focus. If it works for you, that is all that matters.

Mike