How to Configure the All in One SEO General Settings
In this article, we will guide you through the general configuration settings of the All in One SEO Pack Plugin.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) Join the email mailing list to receive a free eBook on SEO Tips for WordPress and to receive other newsletters from the developers of All in One.
Step 3) Head to the Installed Plugins page and click on Options Configuration Panel to be taken to the General Settings page.
Step 4) Scroll down through the options – Ensure that the Canonical URLs box is ticked in order to avoid duplicate content penalties from Google. This occurs when you have more than one link within your site pointing to the same page. Ticking this box will automatically eradicate any possibility of this happening.
Step 5) Fill out Home Page Settings – including your site title, Home Description and the Keywords you want to rank for in your Home Page. This will inform the search engines and your web visitors what your website is about. It’s all about communication.
Step 6) Choose your Keyword Settings in order to better your search engine Rankability and to give focus for your website – For example, if you are a plumbing business, you want your keyword settings to reflect this.
Step 7) Choose your Title Settings – including Layouts, Capitalization, Title Tags, Date and 404 Page details – Formatting your titles can make for easy search and sharing by web users and make for cleaner URLs. The default settings are fine and show you how they will look when they are published, but you can choose to rewrite titles if you wish.
Step 8) Choose your Custom Post Settings to enable or disable options for SEO in posts – The default setting is Enabled but if you choose Disabled, you can pick and choose which types of posts you want to disabled SEO settings for. This is only best used for posts with very little content, including video and media posts where there are little keywords and other SEO tools to optimize in the post.
Step 9) Choose your Display Settings – This allows you to display the SEO Title, SEO Keywords and SEO Description columns and gives you an overview of which posts and pages you have optimized for SEO. This is useful for viewing what you have for your Tags and Descriptions, so that you can make changes where necessary. You might neglect to do so if you have your display settings turned off. You can also choose to display the All in One SEO Menu in the Admin bar, which will give you easy access to the AIOSEO pack from any page. Uncheck the box if you feel you won’t need it.
Step 10) Enter Webmaster Tools verification details for Google, Bing and Pinterest – These are all extremely important tools and verifying them on your site comes highly recommended. Google and Bing Webmaster Tools enables you to make your site more search engine friendly by searching your site for any health issues (broken links, slow loading pages, etc.) and highlighting them to you so that you can fix them and stand a better chance of ranking well and giving the web visitor a great user experience. The Pinterest webmaster tool enables your site to be verified by Pinterest as a legitimate and useful site for its users.
Step 11) Use Google Settings to link Google Analytics and Google+ accounts to your website – This is incredibly useful as you are able to optimise and analyse the results of your content and social media strategies using Google Analytics, and plan for the future of your website using its many useful features. Google+ enables your content to be published directly to Google’s social networking site, and can directly aid your search engine rankings for your chosen keywords if you publish regularly to your G+ page and set up authorship on your G+ profile so that when you publish on the site, G+ gives that post a boost.
Step 12) Choose No Index details in order to protect your content from being duplicated in the search engines by informing them that they should not crawl the content and index the page in their rankings.
Step 13) Choose Advanced Settings – including auto generating Meta Descriptions from excerpts of your content and creating additional post and page headers – An auto-generated Meta Description is the first 160 characters of the post, which can be useful if there are keywords and useful content in the opening section. If you create additional headers for posts and pages, they will automatically appear at the top of all of them. You change these by adding your chosen code into the box provided.
Step 14) At the bottom of the page, choose Update Options to install your options throughout your site.
The next step of the guide will focus on All in One SEO Performance Settings.