Hello there WA community!

I realized this morning while on Bing`s dashbord that I have an SEO Error (Missing H1 tag) on my website due to the fact that I have a page named "Blog" where the only information I have there is a pasted "Shortcode Ultimate plugin" code in the "text" area. That's the only information I have for that page.

It works well as I directed one of my menus to that page and when someone clicks on the "Blog" item from the menu, they get to a page where all the articles I have written are listed in a "preview mode"... (I have a static/landing page as my home page)

Is there a better way to do this than using a plugin (Shortcode Ultimate) so that I don't get that kind of error, or is it possible to correct that error with the way I'm setup?

Thanks 🙂

Denis

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LatinNomad Premium
Great question & advice. Thanks for asking.

Have a great day.

Trevor
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Selenityjade Premium
You don't need a shortcode plug-in. In any WordPress site, you have two options for the 'home page. You can choose a static homepage, which requires you to move your blog roll to a separate page (usually created and named blog). OR you can have the blog roll itself as the homepage. Most WordPress themes default is a blog roll homepage but you can change that in the settings.
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LauraFuller Premium
Denis, This is how I do it
I set my blog roll up in my menu.
I created a category
then I created a page (see screenshot)
then I added the page to my menu as "blog."

I do not need a shortcode. The page is indexed and followed. Under customize, homepage settings, My static page is still my landing page and my blog is under the post page. (see screenshot)
I use the Generatepress theme.

Laura
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Loes Premium
Just thinking outside the box now, can you type the H1 tag in white? Not visible for your visitors but visible for Google?
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ChrystopherJ Premium
Google dislikes hidden content though :-(
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feigner Premium
the old black hat way of adding text and keywords...
google now looks for this and as Chrys says really doessn't like it....
phil
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Loes Premium
Sorry, bad advice
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Loes Premium
Sorry, bad advice
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ChrystopherJ Premium
No worries :-)
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DBlanchard Premium
No worries Loes 🙂
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feigner Premium
you shouldn't need the short code if you set the blog page up as the blog page just under where you setup the static page in settings....
this will automatically add your blog rol to that page and if it is not the snippet version, wordpress has a tick box for that....
or maybe i am misunderstanding what you are after in preview mode....
hope you find what you are looking for Denis
phil
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DBlanchard Premium
I know exactly what you are saying, Phil 🙂.

The thing is that in my "Reading settings" my homepage is set as a static page (I created a landing page, which I use as my homepage), so I cannot have both a blogroll and a static page as my homepage. Maybe other themes would let you do this but Generate Press doesn't allow it.

The way I have found to by-pass this is I created a page named "Blog" and I use a shortcode to display all my articles on that page.

It works very well, but I got this SEO error that my page is missing an H1 tag. That is basically what I am trying to do, get rid of the error...
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ChrystopherJ Premium
Exactly as Phil mentions, if you delete the content from that empty Blog Page, so that it is only the title, then go to Settings -> Reading and set Posts Page under Static Pages to the Blog page, then you will have a Static Homepage, and the Blog Roll. There is no need for a plugin/shortcode.

However, if you would like to style the posts on the blog page, maybe have a look at the WP Show Posts plugin, also by Tom who created Generate Press.
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feigner Premium
but just under where you set the static page is one to set the blogroll page - its in wordpress dashboard not the theme customization
its under settings reading
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ChrystopherJ Premium
Screenshot
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ChrystopherJ Premium
You beat me to it haha
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feigner Premium
only just
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DBlanchard Premium
OK I feel kind of stupid here. 🙂

I had my settings exactly like you (and Chrystopher) have them on the screenshots, so I deleted the shortcode and I still see the same "Blogroll", so that plugin was unnecessary.

Now If the title is named BLOG, would that count as H1 or do I have to put in an H1 Title on the page itself?
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feigner Premium
the title on the page will be seen as a h1
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DBlanchard Premium
I wonder why Bing doesn't see it then...
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feigner Premium
have no idea - but it should now see the titles of your blogs as h1's so it may go the other way - too many h1's on the page....
but if you put anything on the page then it doesn't work as the blogroll - not tried adding text but don't think it will work...
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DBlanchard Premium
Right. 🙂 Obviously, the good thing is I got rid of a useless plugin. I will keep an eye and see How Bing sees my page from now on...
Thanks
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DBlanchard Premium
Thanks Chrystopher 🙂
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ChrystopherJ Premium
You're welcome Denis :-) Have you logged out of your WordPress website, visited your Blog Page, then right-click and View Source, then search for H1 and/or Blog to see if the H1 Tag is present or which tag is associated to the Blog Title?
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DBlanchard Premium
Never thought of looking there...However, I am not certain where to look...It seems very long and complicated for a non-programmer like myself...

I noticed some h2 but they are all related to the blog posts that are listed...
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ChrystopherJ Premium
No worries, feel free to PM me your domain name, if you would like me to check for you?
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