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Nice plugin, I am using this plugin for all of my sites.. I think its help me to get good SERP…. thanks for the developers Saran
I see a major feature of Stallion 7.0 is integrating the ‘All in One’ SEO pack. However, does this integration eliminate the need for the ‘Stallion WordPress SEO plugin’, or is the Stallion WordPress SEO plugin now more for people not using your theme?
Regarding the Stallion WP SEO plugin installation – What I did was:
1) under SEO Advanced options ‘turned Stallion All in One SEO on
2) went to ‘Stallion All in One SEO Built In Plugin Options’ and updated the database (it went to a blank screen and I freaked out for a second) – hit the back button and everything seems fine.
3) I enabled the plugin/ choose the default settings.
Everything looks good to go and agreed it is a major improvement on the original plugin.
Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin and Stallion Theme 7.0?
The Built In Stallion All In One SEO Plugin isn’t the same as the stand alone Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin (confusing I know :-)).
The stand alone Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin does one thing, adds canonical URLs to archives etc… you want on the site (so visitors can visit them), but you don’t want search engines to indexed (dated archives for example), but do want the SEO benefit to be recycled (canonical URLs are like 301 redirects without the browser redirect).
The Built In Stallion All In One SEO Plugin currently doesn’t cover the above feature. I’ll probably incorporate the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin canonical feature into the Stallion Theme in the next update.
The Built In Stallion All In One SEO Plugin is based on the popular All In One SEO Pack Plugin and includes the SEO damaging noindex features (with warnings) that the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin was created to replace.
If I wasn’t trying to keep legacy support for All In One SEO Pack Plugin users (the original All In One SEO data works with Stallion) I’d have removed the noindex options and replaced them with the canonical options.
If I could click my fingers and combine the features I’d have the canonical URLs options added to the Built In Stallion All In One SEO Plugin options page so both versions are available. Going to be fun mashing that code together :-)
If you’ve been playing around with stallion 7.0 you’ll see there’s a lot of new toys to play with, takes a LOT of effort to get the code to work together under most scenarios. I thoroughly tested the new code, but can’t account for every server setup, I’ve not experienced the blank screen after activating the built In Stallion All In One SEO code. The original All In One SEO code was awful, if it wasn’t for the user base (most used WordPress plugin) I’d have not used it as a base for Stallion. Took a LOT of time to remove PHP warnings and notices and to understand why some of the code existed, had some weird stuff going on like having to save settings after activation even though it didn’t do anything. Seemed like the developer was forcing it’s users to the plugins option page so they had to see all the ads etc… (I removed all the ads from my code).
Stallion All In One SEO Plugin vs Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin
The first thing a new WP user does is load up on a lot of plugins. I know I did. I use to (years ago) spend hours plugging and unplugging WP add ons when I first started, to try to find the edge.
Most are not SEOed well and some made my site sluggish and a few had errors and other become obsolete with new WP versions. Using Stallion I cut my list to a smaller universe. My theory is always try to work within a theme, with as little modifications as possible as less change of conflict.
Akismet Contextual Related Posts SEO Version (for me one of the most important plugins) Google XML Sitemaps (some would argue not needed) Jetpack Lite (replaces WP Stats without having to install a much larger Jetpack (ironic name) Most Popular Posts (useful widget) Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin (see above) WP-DBManager (backups, cleaning old tables left from trying too many plugins) WP-Super Cache (faster site) WP-Polls (not needed but fun on the right site)
Stallion 7.0 has worked well so far so good. Lots of options to toy with and experiment, will be playing with these like a new computer game.
WordPress Plugins I use with the Stallion SEO Theme
With WordPress plugins you have to be careful they aren’t resource hogs, I’ve had plugins with great features add hundreds extra of database queries to a page! The original contextual related posts plugin is like that on archive pages (where it shouldn’t even be loaded), in my version it’s fixed.
I plan to update the Stallion Contextual Related Posts Plugin and incorporate the new random thumbnails feature into it, basically rather than have the blinking cartoon a random thumbnail is used. Will also link it in with the Stallion All In One SEO Plugin code so it uses the keyword phrases etc… I might try to incorporate the plugin directly into Stallion so no need to install a stand alone plugin.
I’m dropping using the Most Popular Posts Plugin because the Stallion SEO Posts widget does the same thing, but MUCH better.
I’ve got the Stallion SEO Posts widget running on the right sidebar menu item “Stallion Popular Articles”. Popular posts organised by comment count with thumbnails and excerpt, plus incorporated into the Stallion All In One SEO code (keyword phrases etc…).
The Stallion SEO Posts widget is awesome, I’m using it twice on this site the popular articles widget and in the first footer widget area the “Latest Stallion Articles”.
Can also create recently modified, alphabetical, random and by ID with the option to reverse the order.
If you look at most widgets you are lucky to have the option to enable the widget for either one category or exclude from one category, there’s no easy to use (AKA dropdown menu or tick boxes) WordPress default way to select multiple categories to enable/exclude a widget. Took ages to track down code that would work, but I found some and this is a highly unique feature rich widget.
I expect I’ll average three menu items per site for the Stallion SEO Posts widget when I get the time to update all my sites, it really adds a lot of colour via images to the sidebars. In future updates I’ll add more random thumbnail sets as well, so for those who don’t add featured images to posts there will be more thumbnail choices.
In the next Stallion update I plan to add title element (title tag) support for the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin, although I don’t use it or recommend it’s use, some Stallion theme users do use it, so makes sense to use the Yoast WordPress SEO plugins title tags for anchor text etc…. when available.
Recommended WordPress SEO Plugins
Of course what am I thinking, using the most popular post plugin is like I am living back in 2009 or something (remember alinks).
Your SEO Posts is eons better. Not just saying that. However, to modify the widget so you get custom icons for the posts you need to:
go to -> /wp-content/themes/stallion-seo-theme/thumbnails/
There are size 100 and 200 image folders for custom images.
On another note(not related to popular posts), to use the Auto thumbnails or featured slide show you need to know HOW to set /cache/ permission for folder to be 777.
You need to go: -> in your FTP to the folder /cache/ and right-click and under properties you can do this. Seems obvious if you know what all this is about, but for new people it might sound scary.
WordPress SEO Post Tip - Custom Thumbnail Images Write Permissions
I’ve not wrote the new Stallion Theme tutorials yet, have added so many new features will be writing tutorials for months!!!
The random thumbnail feature is similar to the random banner image feature, only difference is there’s two sets of images 100px by 100px and 200px by 200px. The 100px images are used by widgets and the 200px images used for thumbnails within archives. Both versions are hooked into Timthumb.php so bandwith usage is minimized, which is why the Stallion cache folder (/wp-content/themes/stallion-seo-theme/cache/) is so important to have the correct permissions set otherwise Timthumb can’t create the smaller thumbnails.
With regards permissions 777 is a potential security issue, always start with the minimum permissions needed and work your way up, on some servers 755 is enough, others 775 and what should work (as last resort) with all 777.
I have sites on the same server where 755 works and others 775 (never needed 777), probably a case of building the sites on different servers years ago and some settings being inherited as I used a backup to move a domain from an old server to a new server.
Stallion Theme Tutorials
If you go to a ‘search engine spider’ view and look at Stallion SEO posts, you will notice that the Stallion SEO post will use a ‘alt tag’ that is the name of the post title unless set to something else (who has all the time in the world to reset everything :)).
My question is will this double repeating of keywords be a negative? Would it be better to have either a ‘link title’ or a ‘alt tag’ but not both next to each other?
Too bad there is no way to have a synonym database that would mix keywords up so it they are not over used.
Also I have just deployed two SEO Stallion posts widgets on my main blog with like 10 posts on each. I hope it does not dilute the landing page post focus with too many sidebar items, I like widgets as it gives people more chances to click and stay on site.
Widgets everywhere with images, in some ways it is more chaotic but I have a feeling a little chaos is good as people click visually around as long as they ultimately get what they want.
I believe website ‘stickiness’ is the ultimate SEO factor.
I had a zero widget site and it did not do well.
About the tutorials you can not do everything all the time, hats off to you. I wish the onsite search box would function more intelligently as many of the questions have been asked before.
SEO Posts Widget Anchor Text and Alt Text Usage?
Alt text and anchor text are both important SEO wise, so ideally all non-layout images (you shouldn’t add alt text to layout images) should have relevant alt text and all text links should have relevant anchor text. The title attribute content of text links (title=”post title here”) is ignored by Google, so doesn’t matter what is used there.
The Stallion SEO Posts widget has the option to use a combination of images and text links, but you don’t have to use both at the same time (I will though).
The widget is also linked into the Stallion All In One SEO Plugin so you don’t have to use identical alt and anchor text, it’s why I added the ability to have different alt and anchor text so it can be different.
That being said if you haven’t got around to adding keyword phrases for the posts or you don’t want to it’s not going to cause SEO damage per se having an identical image and text link next to one another.
The biggest SEO issue for all non-main content (content within sidebars etc…) is the SEO impact on the main content. In a perfect world ALL non-main content should support the main content SEO wise, so if the main content is about Swimming with Dolphins, ideally the non-main content would be related to swimming or with dolphins or something similar. Few sites are that highly niched so what you add will have a negative impact on the main content SERPs of some posts more than others. That leads to not adding unrelated content to sidebars etc… but if you don’t add unrelated non-main content on many sites some posts wouldn’t be linked to, so it’s a balance between the main content of a page and the links etc… to other pages.
Would be great to have a search feature that could search and link directly to comments, I’ve looked for relevant plugins, but closest I found would search the comments text as well, but still linked to the top of the post. Pretty much useless for sites with a lot of comments, is there much to gain knowing one of the 50 comments uses a phrase if the search result doesn’t link directly to the comment.
And yes I’m hoping chaos could equal more stickiness, time will tell if having a lot more images will result in visitors visiting more posts on a site.
SEO Alt Text vs SEO Anchor Text
I disabled the “popular” All In One SEO plugin and installed stallion-all-in-one-seo-plugin. After I noticed that I lost the very useful meta description tag field of All In One SEO I reactivated this plugin again. Now I have both yours and the one with the description field activated. Will I still have the benefits of the stallion-all-in-one-seo-plugin?
Why would your Theme V7 generate a lot of traffic for my sites? If it does I would get it right away.
All in One SEO Plugin Meta Description Tags
The Stallion SEO plugin only does one thing, adds canonical URLs to some types of archives. I created it as a replacement for the noindex and nofollow settings of WordPress SEO plugins like Yoast and All In One SEO (that’s all it does).
The All In One SEO Plugin doesn’t have the above feature and it’s equivalent (noindex/noarchive) are SEO damaging, both plugins can be used at the same time, if you use the Stallion plugin don’t use any of the damaging noindex settings as they are a replacement for them.
The Stallion SEO theme does so much more than the All In One SEO Plugin, the Stallion theme does everything the All In One SEO plugin does as a small part of the built in Stallion SEO features. The All In One part of Stallion is probably less than 10% of the overall built in SEO.
Want an analogy, the Stallion theme is like a full body suit of armour and a shield, the All In One SEO Plugin in comparison is the shield, potentially useful, but no where near as good.
Can’t make any guarantees your traffic will multiply or anything like that, on most sites that don’t have a penalty it will increase traffic. Lots of people report significant traffic increases.
There’s a 60 day Clickbank refund option, try it out and if you don’t find it works get a refund.
All In One SEO Plugin vs Stallion SEO Plugin vs Stallion SEO Theme
I understand that nofollow links doesn’t pass pagerank. But many research does suggest that nofollow link still counts as link. It still pass anchor text and some link juice.
And why we should not uses nofollow? I mean who the heck want to make their login page has PR 7? By having several nofollow link, from our homepage to some of our unimportant internal page, at least we keep the link juice to homepage.
(Illustration: homepage with 10 link juice links to 10 pages, 5 nofollowed, thus only passing 5 link juice to 5 followed page, thus keeping 5 link juice to the page itself, thus it ranks higher.)
WordPress SEO - Why Can't we use Nofollow?
I’m afraid the only part of your comment on nofollow that’s correct is
“I mean who the heck want to make their login page has PR 7?”
Everything else is completely wrong.
Nofollow deletes the link benefit, so your example doesn’t save the link benefit for the home page, it is gone. You would be better off having a PR7 login page that links to other parts of your site (recycling some of the link benefit) than nofollowing links to your login page.
Better yet use the Stallion Theme and/or the Stallion Plugin and the vast majority of parts of WordPress you wouldn’t want to waste link benefit on are covered. For example the author link you added to your comment isn’t a text link, it’s a button styled to look like a text link, view source and you’ll see no text link to your website, didn’t have to use nofollow and didn’t waste my link benefit linking to a commenter’s site. As the main admin to this site my author name links are text links, I can also add dofollow links (another Stallion theme feature) : SEO Test Results – Nofollow Links Passing Anchor Text Benefit.
Although there’s been examples of nofollow links anchor text being indexed (done the SEO tests** myself and found that), as a general rule nofollow links don’t exist to Google beyond deleting the link benefit they would have passed.
Go here https://stallion-theme.co.uk/seo-tutorial-for-wordpress/ (note this link isn’t hyperlinked, another Stallion Theme feature preventing WordPress adding a nofollow link) check the first comment, there is a nofollow link test with a unique word as anchor text. Google isn’t supposed to index the anchor text of nofollow links, but if you search for that made up word that page (only that page and the link is over 1 year old) is indexed in Google. This confirms two things.
1. Google isn’t perfect or they changed the way nofollow works again and they treat nofollow anchor text as standard body text currently.
2. Although the anchor text is indexed on the page the link is on, it isn’t passing any anchor text benefit to the page it’s linking to.
Point 2 is the most important one, many webmasters add comments to blogs etc…. and many are nofollow now, the anchor text of the nofollow links are passing no SEO benefit back to the page being linked to. All you are doing is damaging the site the nofollow link is on, each link deletes a fair share of link benefit.
Do the research, I’m not the only SEO expert who does SEO tests, it’s all out there to find.
WordPress SEO Tutorial : Nofollow DELETES Link Benefit
There are some large updates looming in the algorithm and the company that dominates, has been pretty forthright lately about Penguin 2.0 and other changes.
One of the ideas is the more natural your site generally, the better you will do. This includes, not stuffing keywords and natural verbiage in anchor text in links.
However, I have seen on the forums that you should have a ‘healthy balance’ between follow and no-follow links outbound. This is again under the category of ‘natural links’ are rewarded and it is rationalized a natural site would have such a ratio of no-follow to follow.
Although this contradicts my understanding of how Google works, that is there is only so much to go around, so you might as well horde it, rather than dissipate it, I question if SEO is changing? They really are rocket scientists at Google and I imagine the complexities in their search formula go beyond the idea of page rank steering, but more about site trust in complicated ways. They might rationalize a trusted site will no-follow a percentage of links.
Which is too bad if this is the case because I do not have paid links on my site, I only link out because I want to. It also begs another question, should you link out at all or at least use no-follow when I do. I have been linking out to ‘trusted sites’ and not for pay, rather, I just link out if I find a resource.
I am tempted to put a few non-follow as perhaps my site’s ranking is dampened by not having one no-follow on it?
Is Nofollow a New Positive SEO Signal?
So just to be clear, the features of the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin ARE NOT built into the Stallion All In One WordPress SEO Theme V7.1.1? It is recommended to use this plugin in addition to this theme?
Yes the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin is not built into the Stallion SEO Theme version 7.1.1.
Update January 2014: The SEO plugin features are part of Stallion Responsive Theme 8.0
Whether to use the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin depends on if you need it, the Stallion theme by default doesn’t link to login and admin parts of the site (I’ve used some unique SEO techniques to not use standard text links) so they shouldn’t be indexed by Google etc…
Question then is do you want parts of your site not indexed without wasting link benefit?
Have you got a lot of Tags that don’t add anything to the sites SEO? For example if you’ve tended to add your Posts to Tags like Tags are the be all and end all of SEO and have Tags with one post in them or almost all the site you might want to consider not indexing tags.
Have you used the monthly archive or calendar widgets and realized they are a mistake SEO wise and removed them, but Google has loads of irrelevant archive type pages indexed, consider not indexing dated archives.
WordPress SEO tip remove WordPress archives that have no value to your users or SEO goals. Note the SEO tip is REMOVE not noindex archives with no user/SEO value, remove them completely. For example what would a tag on this site with the one word “SEO” add to this site? Nothing, practically every post is about SEO. What would a tag called “Money” add to this site? Nothing, there’s a small number of posts discussing money relevant topics, but this site will never rank for a one word SERP like Money.
WordPress SEO Tips
before reading your article, i am using ALL IN ONE SEO plugin but, now its time to change it into yoast plugin. I Hope it will help me to make more money.