Lee Odden

SEO with PHP & Blog Optimization

Lee Odden     Blogging Strategy

SEO with PHP Book CoverI’ve recently been reading a book, yes a real book, about search engine optimization and PHP. It’s a great overview on a handful of things you can do to optimize your PHP website.

It’s from Jamie Sirovich and Christian Darie over at SEO Egghead and is written programmer to programmer. If you don’t have a handle on PHP, then this book is probably not for you. But if you have some programming skills and want to learn more about SEO, I highly recommend this book.

Chapter 16 is all about optimizing WordPress for search engines. It walks you though the install and gives practical tips, code snipits and plugin recommendations to help any WordPress blog become a bit more search engine friendly.

Some blog related topics include permalinks, social bookmarking, feed buttons, emailing blog posts, XML sitemaps integration and duplicate content issues.

Other topics throughout the book include basic SEO, link bait, black hat SEO, geo-targeting and much more. I did learn a few cool tricks and will keep the book handy for future projects.

I really enjoyed the book and have recommended it to some of my friends. If you have some PHP programming skills and want to learn more about search engine optimization, than I highly recommend Professional Search Engine Optimization with PHP.

Available on Amazon.


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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. I’m not completely sold.. was there anything that you picked up from the book that was new, or is it more of a reference?

  2. Things I picked up were .htaccess items like if there are three domains pointing to the same IP/host, you can use .htaccess to 301 redirect two of the domains to the main one; without seperate hosts. There is also a great regular expression chapter giving all sorts of information and explanation.

    I guess it really depends on your skill set. I found the book really helpful for somethings, others I already knew. Either way, it was a good read for me. Plus it’s handy to have around as it has practical examples.

  3. Alright, sounds decent. You’re very honest to not include an amazon affiliate link 😉

  4. Ohh I thought about it. 🙂