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Thanks for your post.
I have a question about the best SEO plugins for WordPress.
Am using All in one SEO, SEO by Yoast, All in one Webmaster, and Google XML sitemap.
When I see the plugin setting, they usually have sitemap option.
Do I need all these SEO plugins?
I think some of them need to be uninstalled for performance.
Please give me your opinion which are the best SEO plugins.
Hi David, great work. I too fell into SEO, by growing up in a corporate science environment where a week in the lab was always as good as an hour in the library. Man, I must be a dinosaur but I had to learn how to do all this before indexes were computerized.
So many folks are worried about getting indexed by search engines when the exact opposite is true. Depending on where you are hosted, your content may be snatched up INSTANTLY and indexed. This, alas, is the fate of so many WordPress sites. There is little or no strategy for SEO and as soon as a page is published (and many don’t understand the setting for discouraging search engines) Google picks it up, looks at it, sees crap and puts it in the “visit again in a few months or maybe never” basket. So then you install some plugin, maybe as an afterthought, and start keywording away. Then you fire the SEO people and hire someone else who promises more.
Thank you for providing solid advice with technical and experience to back up that advice. Nice to be able to take things to the next level.
I am slightly confused with the use of the yoast plugin.
Should I install the plugin and if so which elements should I turn off/not use so not to conflict with or
break your stallion theme?
Please excuse my ignorance but I’m struggling with this.
A colleague recently ran a free wesite auditreport for me using SEO Powersuite Website Auditor. Quite a lot for me to get to grips with, some of which I understand, some not quite so!!
One that has been reported though is duplicate rel=canonical statements which are generated by a)Project Supremacy SEO plugin, (that I use to manage my on page projects) and b)Stallion WordPress SEO plugin (that I place great faith in).
Not only are there duplicate rel=canonical statements for the page but they also point to two different pages.
All the pages have been created by the site owner, as an author. Example page: http://www.marshallpersonaltraining.co.uk/author/david_contributor/page/2/
PS line code:
Stallion line code:
In Project Supremacy there is an option to insert a canonical page. If I leave it blank it defaults to the page that you are creating, in this case blog post why-am-i-not-losing-weight.
Stallion WordPress SEO plugin inserts the homepage as a default.
So couple of questions:-
1. Is it dangerous to have duplicate different rel=canonical statements from different plugins (this assumes the same page to redirect to).
2. Can you advise how I should address the above please so I can amend the other pages.
I may need to revert to the Project Supremacy guys but before I do I’d appreciate your input please so I can explain my issue to them with a degree of knowledge (that I’m clearly missing).
Thank you in advance.
As comprehensive a response as ever David, thank you.
Your response post title made me smile but of course it says what it needs to say.
I need to work through this very slowly and carefully to understand what I have to do and to maybe go back to the Project Supremacy developers, if that is what’s required.
Probably the New Year before I do that but I’m sure I will be back with more questions.
Thanks for all your help and advise.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
I’ve received a couple of Wordfence error reports that this plugin has been removed from the WordPress.org repository.
Have you replaced this with anything else?
Also if you are not updating it any further is it still safe to leave on any of my sites?
I searched by WordPress Org but I couldn’t find your plugin.
Second, is your plugin tested for WordPress Version 4.9?
Kind regards Klaus
Dave has contributed mightily over the years to WordPress site owners and even to ensuring their security, but his days of creating this plugin and the even more amazing stallion theme are over. The plugin is no longer available in the WordPress plugins repository.