Comment on Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Review by Joost de Valk.

Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Hey Dave,

Your first comment about the title is valid, but that’s why the plugin is still in beta, it doesn’t have any default settings yet and will get these later on.

Paging comments is very relevant especially if you don’t have more than 50 or 100 comments on a page. If it’s enabled, you’ll always be redirected to after redirecting, and people will start linking to the wrong post. If you use that comments plugin by Vladimir it seems you’re using it’s less relevant (annoying thing I still have to fix, you can’t get rid of those settings advice boxes right now without changing the setting), but further down you yourself even having problems with this!!

I actually with you that a page should be found naturally. You only need XML Sitemaps to increase the speed of indexation, which on a lot of blogs is vital: you want to be ranking for new found issues quickly. It also allows you to check in Google Webmaster Tools whether Google is indexing your full site or if it’s missing pages.

Then for the indexation settings: these indeed are very powerful and can do some harm in the wrong hands. There’s a lot of explanation on that page too which you failed to mention. Also, when you’re blocking indexation, you’re not blocking crawling, nor are you blocking link juice from flowing. As for search result pages: Google has been asking Webmasters to noindex their internal search results for quite a while now. That’s why the feature is there, and yes, I think you should noindex those.

Further down, again, you’re making claims about nofollow that you can’t backup with any research, and saying that “No true SEO expert”, don’t do that. You’re insulting people you shouldn’t insult and you obviously have never really tested this on any real site. You seriously just don’t get what nofollow does (and used to do).

The permalink redirect is less relevant now that we have canonical, but still preserves link equity better when you have a lot of crap added to your URL’s by one or another cause.

For breadcrumbs you’ve obviously only seen half the value. If you say “as long as your categories names are optimized (using relevant keywords)”, you’ve not seen that you can actually set the breadcrumb link to use on the category page (as well as add an SEO title and meta description to categories, tags, or any other custom taxonomies). I’m glad to see you validate the RSS section, it’s taken from another plugin of mine called RSS footer and adds lots of links to your site if you have some dumb scrapers, preventing Google from ranking other scrapers for your posts.

Funny thing is, you check out the single post edit screen and see some stuff there, but you entirely fail to mention the snippet preview, a feature that does give guidance to bloggers and helps them by showing what their post would look like as a result in Google.

In all, you have some fair points, but you’ve also not watched closely enough: a lot of these features are useful in some use cases, because the plugin doesn’t set any defaults yet (and no you shouldn’t use it on production sites yet, that claim is all over it). You have some views of SEO that differ from mine and I think are wrong. I do have research on nofollow but as that’s done on one of my clients sites I’d have to get you to sign an NDA before I could show you that, if you’re interested, drop me an email.

Also, you’ve seen that almost everything this plugin does is an option, that’s for a reason: SEO’s have differing opinions. Instead of forcing my opinion down everyone’s throat, I’m allowing you to use parts of the plugins and ignore other parts. In all, a bit of the feedback above was actually useful, thanks for that, and good luck with your theme.