How To Configure All In One SEO WordPress Plugin
I’m going to share with you how I configure All In One SEO plugin for WordPress. All In One SEO Pack is an amazing and powerful plugin for WordPress that will help save you time and money configuring your website’s Search Engine Optimization. If you want to show up on search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others, you’ll need to practice good SEO techniques. All In One SEO takes the guess works out of SEO and can automatically implement good tried and true basic SEO practices. If configured properly, All In One SEO can take care of everything (besides writing the content!).
How to configure All In One SEO:
Take notice that if you click on the question mark it will show you what the option means. I check off Canonical URLs because this helps to prevent getting a duplicate content penalty from Google. Duplicate content means the Google robots read the same content on your site in more than one place. Checking off this box will help the bots avoid reading the same content multiple times.
Home Page Settings:
The Home Page Settings allows you to enter your Home Page Title (Tag line), Description (what your site is about) and Keywords (hot button words that describe your content). Don’t fill this area up heavily, Google might smack you with Keyword Stuffing if you do!
I enable this option and check all within. Although Matt Cutts from Google explains why Meta Keywords hold no value to Google any longer, you shouldn’t discount them as 25% of all search results are not generated by Google. Bing, Yahoo and other search engines use Meta Keywords to help determine what a post is about.
These title settings will be what shows up in search results as well as when you share your post anywhere Meta information is read. This could be an RSS feed, a Facebook Post or when you submit your post to sites like Blog Frogs. The title settings usually come with a vertical divider like this: | . I prefer to change this to a dash – as it is more appealing, the vertical divider is often read as a stop point for some meta readers and may cut off your title. Otherwise, this is how I have my Titles set up.
Custom Post Types:
This one is simple. The first option enables you the flexibility for All In One SEO to be used on custom post types (If you don’t know what this is – just enable, or leave it enabled).
SEO for Custom Post Types: Enabled
Enable Advanced Options: Disabled
The Display Settings determine where the All In One SEO settings will show up when you’re writing an article. I like to see this information on Posts and Pages because sometimes I like to use the Nonindex feature on certain posts that I plan to delete, that way Google doesn’t include those pages in search results.
The two bottom check boxes display buttons for this plugin on your admin site stripe and on the left menu in your WordPress Dashboard.
If you check these options but do not see the All In One settings below your post in the edit area, go to the top of the screen and click “Screen Options”, then make sure All In One SEO is checked.
The Webmaster Verification section is quite awesome. Without this option, you’d have to find another plugin or mess with the code in your website. With these options, you can enter your verification pins/codes right here and it will automatically generate the code and insert it into the part of your site that will help the service confirm that you own the site.
This works similarly to the verification process. You input your information and All On One SEO automatically generates and inserts the proper code into the proper area of your website in order for you to be recognized as the author/owner etc.. The Google Plus Profile is where you insert your profile information to gain Google Authorship Markup <- step-by-step instructions. The Analytics ID is where you insert your Google Analytics ID in order to track traffic and actions on your site. Your ID will likely begin with “UA-” and be followed by numbers. The last few are for more advanced users. Click on the corresponding question mark in your dashboard to learn more about each.
Nonindex Settings: (IMPORTANT!)
This is one of the most important settings to get right. If you leave all of these unchecked, you’re basically asking for duplicate content punishment. I don’t know why the option is even there to have them unchecked. Check these boxes exactly how I have them checked. PLUS – if people often use the search box on your website to find stuff, you may want to check off the Search box too.
Categories, Date, Author and Tags are important to have checked. If you do not check these options, Google could read pages or posts several times. Example: yoursite.com/myfirstpost it could also see yoursite.com/category/myfirstpost and/or yoursite.com/tag/myfirstpost or /author/ etc… get it? This would all be the same content, but showing to Google robots multiple times – creating duplicate content and you’ll be headed straight for the penalty box.
This one is also simple for the regular user, like me. Just check off Auto Generate Descriptions. This feature automatically generates meta descriptions of your post or page to be read by search engines, feeds and other things like Facebook Posts. So, you don’t have to hand type a description in the All In One SEO box below your post edit area. Rather, your descriptions are automatically generated. Please note: the automatically generated descriptions do not show up in the All In One SEO box below your post edit area, the description only shows up in your meta code where the bots and feeds will read it.
Here is what the All In One SEO plugin screen options looks like below your post edit box when you’re writing a post. If you configure the All In One SEO plugin for WordPress the way I described above, you don’t need to fill out the Title, Description or Keywords in the All In One SEO box show on your post edit screen (shown below). These will auto-generate within the meta data and be read by robots and programs without issue. (It’s so easy it hurts!). Below also depicts where I use “Nonindex” when I have a post that I do not want Search Engines to read (such as time sensitive posts that I will be deleting).
I hope this helps you configure your All In One SEO Pack plugin for WordPress. It’s a powerful plugin and if used properly can help you achieve great results in the search engines and generate lots of high quality traffic.
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