Comment on Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin by Terence.

David,

Just ignore the idiots. By the way, I’m one of them.

The reason I continue to use both yours AND Joost’s plugin, is that the combination offers so much more than either alone. The other reason, of course, is that I don’t install plugins where there information page gives the warning that they haven’t been tested with the version of WP I am using. And many are not kept up to date.

I have tried as assiduously as I can (not being a programmer) to switch off all the no-indexing and no-follow functionality in Yoast WordPress SEO, and relied almost entirely on Stallion WordPress SEO for defining crawler access on my site. Currently the only thing that is nofollowed on my home page is my name as the author.

However, the advantage that Joost has is that he has included a number of things which people want in an SEO plugin (although not all of them), and if Stallion WordPress SEO had the following, like many others, no doubt, I would be able and want to use just one.

By the way, I am not looking to get into a discussion, heated or otherwise, about what is right and what is wrong, and I do understand that you always want to do it right, but I am just stating what I think people want. i.e. what draws the crowds. How you give it to them; that’s another issue.

— MOST IMPORTANT: On-page analysis of each post or page to ensure the correct use and formation of keywords, images, slugs, content minimums, outbound links, page title, keyword phrase positioning, Flesch Reading Ease score, keyword phrase usage in text, headings and URL, keyword density and use in meta data.

— The ability to craft titles, snippets and meta information for their pages and posts so that they can control what shows up in the SERPs.

— The ability to inject items like OpenGraph, Dublin Core and Geo-tagging taxonomies and meta data without needing yet another plugin.

— XML sitemap creation according to the schema created by setting up the SEO plugin’s crawler access limitations and directions.

— Permalink manipulation, like stripping the category.

— Breadcrumbs which not only provide secondary navigation but also aid the crawlers to find everything you want them to find.

— RSS feed manipulation to include specific keywords and links on each page.

— Importing the settings (only the correct ones of course) from any previously used SEO plugin.

— It should also flush and update the W3 Total Cache Page Cache each time you alter anything important.

Now I am sure other people will have additions or deletions of their own, but if I had all this PLUS the features of the current Stallion WordPress SEO plugin, I for one would be very happy and only need one plugin.

Guess which one!

Terence.

P.S. This kind of all-in-one plugin is intended for people who don’t have your theme and maybe never will, i.e the majority, for whatever reason. Their themes (poorly SEO’d or not, in comparison with your Stallion theme), you can do something about fixing. To accomplish this you will need to forget how your Stallion Theme has everything right, nothing wrong and beats everything else hands-down. Many folk don’t have the skills or the money to start from scratch and just have to improve, the best way they can, what’ they’ve already got. Your choice, of course, but why not do something amazing to help them?

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