WordPress All in One SEO plug in tutorial created for my clients on how to use the plug-in, what to input, and more…
A video tutorial on how to use the All in One SEO Pack plugin for WordPress.
This plugin will enable you to add meta descriptions and titles to every page and post of your site. It will also allow you to verify Google Webmaster tools as well as Bing Webmaster tools.
Another feature of All in One SEO is that it allows you to create a sitemap as well. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do that as well.
Hi. Today we’re going to talk about how to set up and configure All in One SEO pack plugin for WordPress. I already have it installed, if you don’t have it installed yet, you simply go to plugins, add new, and then you search for All in One SEO pack, install the plugin, activate it, and then you’ll be able to see on the left hand side, you will see this All in One SEO option appear.
The first thing that you’re going to want to do is click on general settings, and we’ll scroll through here. Some of these things matter, some don’t. Make sure Canonical URLs is checked. Keep going down. We’re going to see Use Original Title make sure that’s disabled so that’s not going to override whatever we do. Then make sure the Use Scheme Markup is checked. Then you’re going to put in your title and description for your homepage. Make sure the title is less than 60 characters and make sure the meta-description’s less than 160. For keywords, we leave those blank these days. There’s different schools of thought on that, but there’s actually a school of thought that it could negatively impact you because people who do spammy SEO techniques are the ones that still have a bunch of keywords, so we just leave that blank.
You could keep going here. I’m going to ignore that section. Make sure that your Rewrite Titles is enabled. That means that we can rewrite the titles within each post or page. You can choose the preference of capitalized titles, most people do. Same thing with category titles. The default here is actually for your homepage title and then blog title. I have only put page title, because you’ll get into an issue where the title is too long and it will get truncated by Google and so, literally, I want to be able to control that page title, what it says, so I remove the blog title from the homepage page title and host title format.
We keep scrolling here. Now what you want to do is be able to say, you can do SEO on different post types. Really, all we care about is going to be posts and pages, because that’s all we’re really going to index in this section. Keep going. Keep scrolling down.
This section here, what master verification, just make sure that you get your verification ID number and you paste that in here from both Google and Bing, and Pinterest if that’s important to you. Make sure to connect your Google Plus profile. It’s still debatable how impactful that is, but that’s definitely a default feature in here. Also make sure you have your Google Analytics ID, you can just copy and paste that from your Google Analytics.
Keep scrolling. So here, I know index categories pretty much everything. The rest of these down here, so let’s just say tags, author, date, categories. We’re not really trying to rank those pages. We don’t want to have duplicate content issues, so we’ll just keep scrolling through here. You can auto-generate descriptions, so if you haven’t had the ability to go in and add custom edited descriptions, it’ll do that for you.
That’s it. When you hit update options, and that will update those settings.
The other part of this plugin that we want to do is go to Feature Manager and we’re going to activate Site Map. What this is going to do is create a Site Map for the site, and what we’re going to do is make priorities for that Site Map. Going down here, so we can determine what types. I don’t want all types. I really just want posts and pages, like I mentioned before. We’re going to get rid of taxonomies, so we don’t want to index those either. You can, there’s schools of thoughts, I mean, this is obviously subjective, but I have done categories, in fact I’ll do categories, but I won’t do tags, because categories and tags can overlap, so make sure that one’s checked. Make sure these three are checked, compress site map, virtual robots text, dynamic generate site map.
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