Hope you're a Wordpress user! If not this article is not for you. There are many SEO plugins for Wordpress, Âwhich make your blog search engine friendly with the right settings. But if your settings are wrong, you can be wiped of the search engine results. One of the oldest and popular is the All-In-One-SEO-Pack Wordpress plugin which is version 126.96.36.199 to date. It is downloaded 10 million+ times and continues to be one of the optimized SEO plugins.
In this post, I'm going to explain the best settings for all-in-one-seo-pack wordpress plugin, which you can tune to your blog after you understand what each setting means.
[box type="note" icon="none"]Note: Please backup your database and archive your blog before you install All_In_SEO_Pack and make any changes.[/box]
Also if you're a beginner, it's not necessary to tinker with the settings. You can just install and use it on the fly.
[box type="tick" icon="none"]
Settings Explained in Detail
Once you download and activate the plugin, the above settings will be displayed. Follow the settings as displayed in the images or tune them after understanding their significance.
1. Plugin Status : You need to enable the plugin here again by clicking the radio button next to Enabled. If you don't want this plugin to work, you can set to Disabled.
2. ÂHome Title, Home Description, Home keywords (comma separated): These are the META things for the whole of your blog. You can provide a META title, META description and META keywords which will be displayed for the search results of your blog homepage.
3. Canonical URLs: Put a tick mark
This setting will make both www.site.com and site.com as same versions. Otherwise, if it's not checked, it'll display both of them as different domains which will cause duplicate content and you will loose your rankings in SERPs.
4. Rewrite Titles: Put a tick mark
This is to modify the appearance of your post titles in search engine results. Otherwise, if it's not checked, your blog title will be displayed after your post title and this'll cause your blog homepage to be ranked instead of the keywords.
5. Post Title Format : %post_title% >> %category_title%
This setting is missing in the image. This setting will tell the search engines how your blog post title should be displayed in the search engine results.
6. Page Title Format, Category Title Format, Archive Title format, Tag Title Format, Search Title format, Description Format, 404 Title Format, Paged Format : All the following can be set as shown in the image.
These are just settings for each different type of class like category, archive etc.
7. SEO for Custom Post Types: If you've more than one different type of format for posts and pages then you can enable this setting.
8. Google Analytics ID: ÂYou can provide the Google Analytics ID of your blog here.
9. ÂUse Categories for META keywords: This settings will automatically insert category for meta keywords of your post. I normally uncheck this option.
10. ÂUse Tags for META keywords: This is the same like categories except tags are used as meta keywords.
11. Dynamically Generate Keywords for Posts page: Check it
12. Use noindex for Categories: Check
This setting and the next two are important as this will remove duplicate content from search engine results. You can check by site:www.yourdomain.com in the search engine which should not display categories, tags and archives.
13. ÂUse noindex for Tags: Check
14.. Use noindex for Archives: Check
15.. Autogenerate Descriptions: Check
16. ÂCapitalize Category Titles: Uncheck
17. Exclude Pages:
You can enter any pages URLs to remove them from indexing.
The next settings are for if you want to include anything in the header of post, pages or home page.
Click on Update options so that your settings are saved.