Of all of the plugins available for WordPress blogs and websites, “SEO All-In-One” is perhaps the most popular. It makes optimizing your WordPress blog or website for search engines much easier than it otherwise might be. If you’re not already using this for your business’s website or blog, then here’s a down and dirty guide for how to install the plugin and configure it.
- Get the Plugin: You can do this one of two ways; you can use the WordPress automatic plugin installer (where you will see it listed), or you can download the plugin from SEO All-in-One here and upload it to your website yourself.
- Activate the Plugin: After you’ve installed the plugin, you’ll need to activate it. Navigate to your WordPress website’s plugin tab, locate “SEO All-in-One” and activate it.
After the plugin is installed and activated, you will then need to configure it. Here the most important things you should configure:
- Activate Canonical URLs: In order to avoid duplicate content penalties, make sure this setting is active. You’ll find it under the plugin’s general settings.
- Fill Out Your Homepage Information: Be sure to fill in your website or blog’s title, and also provide a description that uses your main keywords and key phrases. Don’t worry about “Home Keywords”, as search engines no longer use these when indexing websites.
- Make Sure Noindex Settings are Active: Archived material can count against your website’s page rank when it’s indexed by webcrawlers. By activating these settings, you’re preventing that from happening.
Outside of the above configurations, there are a lot of other features that are offered by this powerful WordPress plugin. Depending upon the kind of website you have, you will want to investigate some of these other settings. Conducting a simple search about the plugin will yield a bevy of valuable resources for getting even more out of “SEO All-in-One”.