Use Google Webmaster Tools to Avoid Duplicate Content

In the General Guidelines for Google Webmaster Tools, Google advises that there are steps you can take to proactively address duplicate content issues and avoid receiving a duplicate content penalty. One such step is:

  • Use Webmaster Tools to tell us how you prefer your site to be indexed: You can tell Google your preferred domain (for example, or

I recently set this up for my Abipo domain name and I had the choice of either:

  • Display URLs as
  • Display URLs as

Google Webmaster Tools

As I have always preferred the www prefix,  I chose the former: “Display URLs as” . However, upon choosing this option, I received an error:

Part of the process of setting a preferred domain is to verify that you own  Please verify

As I had already uploaded a Google generated HTML file to the root directory of my Abipo web server I was thinking my sites WERE verified. I wondered why Google was asking to verify when it has already been done. Did I need to reverify?

The answer was I needed to verify the domain AS WELL as the domain name. This was done by visiting the Home Page of Google Webmaster Tools and clicking on “Add a site….”. After I did that, I was able to go back and specify as my preferred domain for indexing.

Add ‘MailChimp’ eMail Marketing to your WordPress Blog


Have you ever wanted to allow people to sign up for newsletter and email updates on your WordPress blog? It can be done very quickly and easily by adding the MailChimp plugin to your WordPress blog. The MailChimp plugin adds an email list subscription form to your WordPress blog and after subscribers submit their name and email address they are added to your subscriber’s list. Best of all, a Free account allows you to have up to 1,000 subscribers at no cost. Here are the steps to follow to get MailChimp up and running on your WordPress blog:

1. Log in to your WordPress control panel.

2. Select ‘Plugins’.

3. Click on ‘Add New’ (beside ‘Plugin’s)

4. Type “MailChimp” into the search box and click on ‘Search Plugin’s’.

5. Install ‘MailChimp List Subscribe Form’ by clicking on ‘Install Now’.

6. In a new browser window, set up a MailChimp account at You will need to create a new ‘List’ that your subscribers will sign up to.

7. Ensure you are logged in to the newly created MailChimp account, and then select ‘API Keys and Info’ from the ‘Account’ dropdown at the top left of the screen.

8. Select and copy the API key.

9. On your WordPress control panel, click on ‘MailChimp Setup’ under ‘Settings’.

10. Paste the API key into the API textbox and click on ‘Save and Check’. You should get the following message returned: “Success! We were able to verify your API Key! Let’s continue, shall we?”

11. Ensure the list you created in step 6 is selected under ‘Your Lists’. If necessary, click on ‘Update List’.

12. Find the header content textbox. In here you will put the text that will be displayed beside the subscription form. You would generally put a call to action here. For example, I put “sign up to the Abipo community.”

13. If you don’t want a “powered by MailChimp” message to appear underneath your form, uncheck the ‘Monkey Rewards’ checkbox.

14. Click on Update Subscribe Form Settings.

15. On your WordPress control panel, click on ‘Widgets’ under ‘Appearance’.

16. Drag the ‘MailChimp’ widget from the ‘Available Widgets’ section to the location of your choice. For example, I put my MailChimp widget in the sidebar.

17. You should now have a fully working solution. Go to your blog home page and subscribe to your own list so that you can test everything out. You can see how the form should look at

Link / Sync Facebook to Twitter

These step by step instructions set up Facebook so that any posts you make to Facebook will also appear in / are synced to Twitter.

1. Go to

2. Click on ‘Link a Page to Twitter’

3. Click on ‘Link to Twitter’

4. Oddly, nothing happens… Or does it? Look carefully and you will notice that the URL in the browser bar has changed. Copy that URL and paste it into a new browser.

5. Click on ‘Allow’ to allow your Facebook account to post to your twitter account: ‘brwilson71’ in my case.

6. Congratulations. You are now sharing your Facebook updates on twitter. Don’t forget, updates made to Facebook that get posted to Twitter may be seen by everyone.

Also, see how to link Twitter to Facebook.