The All in One SEO Pack is one of my favorite WordPress plugins. It helps your blog do well in search engines. It’s a workhorse that does a lot. In fact, it can be a little overwhelming at first. Here’s what one reader of the book I coauthored on WordPress wrote:
The help site for that plugin is so technical its all way over my head. Help!
There are two parts of the plugin. The first part deals with the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) settings for your entire site and the home page. You can see the settings by clicking on “Settings” and then “All in One SEO” on the left-hand navigation bar of your dashboard. There are a lot of boxes, buttons and options. For those just getting started here are the important items to look at.
Keeping the keywords for your blog in mind, fill in the title, description and keyword boxes. Don’t go overboard! Just use one or two keyword phrases. After that turn on the plugin by clicking “enabled”.
You might be interested to know that the real value in this plugin is in the section that you don’t have to change. Do you see this further down in the page?
This is like custom programing for your theme. It makes sure that you have Meta Tags. (Those are bits of code that search engines read to determine search engine placement.) This bit of coding does SEO for your category pages. It even does tagging for your 404 (page not found) page. It’s a thing of beauty. The people who wrote the plugin did a great job and it’s fine to leave this alone.
The second part of the plugin can be found at the bottom of the screen when you edit your pages or posts. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen. Down below the editing area. So you see the post revisions area? Keep going. Then you should see this:
This allows you to control the SEO settings for your individual pages and posts. If you want to you can leave this blank. The system will use the post title for the title and will use the first few sentences of the post for the description. The above screen will override those.
Does it sound suspiciously easy? The people that wrote this plugin did a great job. Just installing the plugin and changing a few settings will go a long way to helping you with SEO.
Of course if you want to delve further into SEO this plugin will support that too. There are people who only do SEO. They don’t write HTML. They don’t design websites. All they do is analyze keywords, the effectiveness of different descriptions and so on. You can find a lot of information about SEO on the Internet. As you learn more about the topic you’ll see that the All in One SEO Pack will remain a valuable tool.