Back Pedaling? Sure Why Not and Here's Why
Honestly, feeling relieved! Here's why.
On February 9th I found myself thinking I'd created a setback for myself because I had not captured some critical training elements from Kyle's training videos. After creating my website (and investing all of that work) I was confronted with a decision to keep the one with dashes in the URL or to start over again.
Somehow I missed that getting indexed and ranking is not as effectively accomplished if there are dashes in my website name. So upon receiving the link to the lesson it was covered in
I went back to do it over. Good Grief! How did I miss that point that Kyle very clearly stated? I know I have been anxiously doing the lessons but that wasn't the only thing I'd missed.
Kyle had this to say:
"What is the domain you chose? It is not necessarily the end of the world if you chose a domain with - in it. They can still get ranked.
If it is a .com I would not be overly concerned, but no dashes within the domain is definitely a bit better and obviously .com domains do rank the best."
Even still I want to maximize my potential to be found and to direct traffic to my site so...
I found the URL that matched my site name was available and decided I should recreate with that URL. Then I was confronted with the overwhelming feeling that I might have to rewrite every single word into the new website. It was then I discovered that just writing in the Wordpress editor isn't a good practice.
I'd gotten stuck on a point I did hear in the lessons that there is background programming in MS Word that would create problems on the page. So here's the lesson that covered this and guess what, there is a way to do what I wanted to in Word and still be able to correctly insert it into Wordpress. And I was encouraged by a generous Ambassador that to
"go to paste a MS Word doc into your Wordpress editor you have to first click on the "Text" tab and then paste it into there. Then you can switch back to the "Visual" tab."
And for goodness sake, the lesson I missed this point in was
So...I just started back where I goofed and redid all of the lessons to make sure that in the new site I'll have it right with Google Authorship and all. Now I feel like I can begin my level 3 lessons with choices that will all marry up.
So...here I go again but before I jump back in just want to thank Nathaniel for posting about this concern (about the dashes in the name) and Robert for being willing to PM me through my stuck place. Did my back pedaling and recreated...I did so because I want to benefit from the sage advice and recommendations we receive from our WA community! That's why!
So, let's sit back now and again, breath in the beauty of our awe inspiring world and remember, as I have had to remind myself, that as long as I learn from my mistakes...well that's still progress!!!
Here's my new/revised website: specialneedsadvocatepower.com
I'll be seeing you again soon, after I drink in the memories from this Hawaiian sunset I basked in a couple of years ago...and of course, breath again. "-)