Why is my WordPress blog not indexed?

Another very basic post, but if you are brand new, and I mean ‘brand new’ to wordpress it will hopefully save you some time.

In your early days of experimenting with WordPress you may wonder why your blog is not indexed in any of the search engines. Indexing can take time, but one of the first things you should check is whether your blog is even visible to search engines.

Annoyingly, when you first install WordPress it automatically sets your blog default as “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors”. So no matter how kickass your blog is, or how unique your content is, it won’t get indexed in any search engines.

The good news is that this is easy to change. When you are satisfied that you are happy with the content on your blog and you are ready to unleash it on the world, simply follow the steps below to make your blog visible and accessible to search engines.

  1. From your WordPress dashboard go to ‘Settings’ (usually found in the bottom left section of your dashboard), and click on the ‘Privacy’ link.
  2. On the ‘Privacy’ page you will see 2 radio buttons under a title that says ‘Blog Visibility’. If you have just installed WordPress then you will notice that the “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors” will be selected. Simply change this by clicking on “I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing, Technorati) and archivers”
  3. Click Save

Told you this was a simple, and very basic level post – but this is an easy thing to overlook for newcomers to WordPress. Hope it saves you some frustration.

How to Change the Font Family on Your WordPress Blog

This is a basic, entry level post for newcomers to WordPress who want to know how to change the fonts on their blog.

I have been using free wordpress themes for a while now – they represented the best way for me to get a blog template for zero cost, and allowed me to start experimenting with generating content online and playing around with affiliate sites.

I’ve tried a lot of themes out and whilst each one has its benefits, each one also has its drawbacks. For example, I’ve found adsense ready themes that save me a ton of time when setting up new niche blogs, but at the same time I’ve needed to dive into the templates and the CSS to make changes to things like fonts, width, banner placements etc…etc…

One thing that is pretty easy to change is the Font Family used on your WordPress Blog. Some free themes come with fonts that may not be to your taste. This post shows you how to change them at the most basic level in the CSS.

Firstly, why are font families used?:

Browsers use default fonts, and if you code up a blog or a website that specifies a single font, then there is a chance that this could cause issues for any vistors that you may get who lack that font. However, these days this is pretty rare if you are using the most common fonts.

The concept of using ‘font families’ removes this issue by grouping various fonts, and if a user that arrives at your website or blog does not have the first font in the family, then it will simply use the next one in the family group, and so on…..

Basically the premise here is that not every computer is equal when it comes to fonts, and if the reader of your blog does not have, lets say Verdana, then it will use the next font in the font family.  Cascading style sheets solve the problem of having only one font by allowing groups of fonts (or ‘families’) to be specified.

There are essential 5 families which tell a user’s browser the chosen style of typeface to display if none of those specified are available. These families are:

  • serif
  • sans-serif
  • cursive
  • fantasy
  • monospace

How do I change my font then?:

Go to your WordPress template editor (usually: Dashboard > Appearance > Editor) and open your Stylesheet (style.css). Find the code that looks like:

  • body {
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    background: #E8E8CE url(images/background1.jpg) repeat;
    font-size: 78%;
    font-family: “Lucida Grande”, “Lucida Sans Unicode”, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;
    color: #333;
    text-align: center;;

Note that there is a line that specifies the ‘font-family’. In order to change the fonts, simply amend the font family. Here is an example below of a niche blog that I set up where I wanted to change the fonts. I amended the code above to include a different family of fonts (see the bold type below to see what i changed)

  • body {
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    background: #E8E8CE url(images/background1.jpg) repeat;
    font-size: 78%;
    font-family: ‘Lucida Grande’, Verdana, Arial, Sans-Serif;
    color: #333;
    text-align: center;;

Easy. Try out the following font families in your blog to see what style suits you best:

  • font-family:Verdana,Geneva,sans-serif;
  • font-family:Tahoma,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;
  • font-family:Georgia,Utopia,Palatino,’Palatino Linotype’,serif;
  • font-family:’Times New Roman’,Times,serif;
  • font-family:’Courier New’,’Courier’,monospace;