Posted: April 8 2019
Why I use Weebly and why you shouldn't be afraid to use it over the more popular self hosted WP.
I've started blogging again.
For 5 years I ran a now defunct dot weebly dot com blog.
My new blog is
https://nomadicbackpacker.weebly.com and has, as of April 28, been upgraded. it is now on: https://www.nomadicbackpacker.com/
It focuses mainly on logistics. Getting from A to B via such and such border, how to get a visa for XXX and where you can find the embassy for Mali in Dakar for example. I am doing a few hostel reviews.
I like logistics. I like taking notes. I produce posts which detail my findings. I do some SEO and voila!
Logistic posts are very easy to SEO. You can ram each post full of keywords. Google loves that!
I was first introduced to Weebly by a Polish guy in a hostel in Slovenia. That was 2012.
I started my own blog. I played around with it. Posted all my photos on it and did little else with it. I change the name a few times then as a new journey began I started adding to it regularly and writing on there.
Of course I did everything wrong. I knew nothing about blogging back then.
Seo? Whats that?
Key words? No idea
I had more than 150 pages on there and at that time it wasn't even submitted to Google.
I read some help files.
Weebly's own Advanced SEO Guide.
I spent the next 3 years rectifying my pages as well as adding new stuff and coming up with new ideas and all the time I would manually have to edit each freaking paragraph on almost 200 pages.
With my old blog there were 2 major things that I did wrong and which hampered my progress.
I say hampered because the way I did things did work. I was showing top spot on Google for 20 pages. It's just initially it took Google 3 months to even start indexing me.
I used to use standard pages throughout as I reckoned it gave me the flexibility to get exactly the look I wanted.
I knew I should have been using blog style pages but I couldn't' get the hang of them.
And I used to use coding to construct each and every paragraph. It was a massive time suck and slowed page loading speed. Dramatically.
The new blog is still a dot weebly dot com blog. I am reluctant to even upgrade to my own domain. Even though the upgrade cost is as little as £5 a month.
UPDATE: I FINALLY UPGRADED This blog is now all on https://www.nomadicbackpacker.com/
I like Weebly. I am used to it. There are a few things that I can't achieve but for 99% of the time I have found ways around the restrictiveness of Weebly.
I blog using my tablet and my smart phone. I do not even use the Weebly App. I use the desk top version despite being told by Weebly developers that I can't.
With word-press I would need a lap top as you have to down load WP, then host it and all such shite.
Things that I have done to the HTML on my theme to make it more visible to Google:
Blog post titles are fixed at H2. H2 tags in the days of the newspaper if you can visualise the pages, are what you would use for sub headlines. Titles need to have some clout. H1 tags have clout.
I added some coding which manually forces the blog post titles to H1.
On my HOME page which has become a feeder for all my posts, each title is H1. Which I did by using the H1 title tag element developed by weeblytricks who have now become editortricks.
And I discovered something after a while of getting nowhere quick.
You set up a blog page, which will become the feeder for ALL posts which you entitle 'BLOG'.
The feeder url will automatically become
and when you add blog posts to this feeder the url of the first post will become:
or what ever you call the post.
So I have set up multiple blog feeder pages.
For example: I want to write a series of hotel reviews, I entitle the feed 'hotel review'.
The feed url becomes
and then I do a post reviewing the Hilton Hotel in London. I give the page the title of "Hilton Hotel In London England" the blog post url automatically becomes:
Just yesterday I resurrected a post from my old blog. I copied the text and down loaded the photos and made a new post.
I wanted to get my blog going by posting a review of the Emir Guest House in Jeti-Ögūz, Kyrgyzstan.
I set the feeder as
and the post's title as Emir Guest House Jeti-Ögüz Kyrgystan
the posts url automatically became:
Even for me the url is straight forward. I tells me its a review of Emir Guest House.
I 'told' Google about the post. That same evening I googled:
<emir guest house jeti-oguz-kyrgyzstan>
my page was listed in 5th spot of Page 1. I got my friend Annabel 8000miles away to Google it to. The same. P1-5. And that was after a few hours.
Why the F*** do I need WP.?
This is without any social media. Yup, no FB, Insta, twitter or pin it and no links from other sites nor on the back end of having an established blog. Nomadic Backpacker is just weeks old.
Nomadic Backpacker has since been added to Twitter.