I was thinking of making a wordpress seo plugin, as I thought the existing things out there where filled with a lot of useless stuff you don’t need but Yoast has a great seo plugin suite that already does some of the sort of things I sort of wanted. I’m now running WordPress SEO on Hobo (it is a
beta plugin so backup before you install) and I successfully imported all my All-In-One SEO plugin details in a few seconds. EDIT – on reflection, some of these settings did not fully import. A few seconds to tweak though.
While All-In-One SEO plugin was useful, I often thought I would get time one day to strip all the (for me) useless feature bloat out of it.
I didn’t. WordPress SEO does that, and adds plenty more really neat stuff, and you can probably rely on Yoast to come out with an even better version at some point.
Yoast has a very solid WordPress SEO guide too for all WP fanatics.
(There’s a few things in there I wondered about -
The SEO title is limited to 70 chars
….it’s there so the snippet functions properly I think, as Google will read and index more than 70 characters, if not display more.
- The search engine snippet generator isn’t really a true representation of how Google will treat your snippet in all cases. Disappointing but not unexpected.
- I’m also not really a fan of all this internal rel=nofollow lark these days, but the noindex/follow functions are useful for avoiding creating a lot of duplicate content
- It’s possibly a bit much to digest for a beginner seo but it is easy to use if you have an inkling what you are doing
- Focus keywords is a cool little gimmick – would be nice if it integrated with SEMRUSH or something….
- I love the ability to control at a page level canonical urls and 301 from a post
- You can turn a lot of stuff on or off.
- You can verify your wordpress blog with Google, Yahoo and Bing
- You can set up a google xml sitemap too
I’m still interested in making a seo plugin, as some elements of seo are always going to be personal, or preferences, rather than scientific fact – but it would probably be to work in conjunction with Yoast’s.
WordPress SEO is a cool plugin though.
And it’s free. Try it out.
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