Install the ‘All in One SEO Pack’ plugin and activate it. Boost your online SEO presence by optimizing your site with the ‘All in One SEO Pack’. Consider keyword strategies and add SEO and Social Media info to posts and pages. Create XML sitemaps with this plugin. It provides an easy way for search robots to investigate your website. This SEO WordPress plugin informs search engines whenever you publish new content. Integrate with WooCommerce and incorporate eCommerce microdata functionality for display on SERPs. Automatically generate metatags. Moreover, it supports Google Analytics, WordPress AMP Plugin install, and can redirect errors in Google Search Console. It has its own built-in API and includes tweaks to WordPress Performance. Avoid confusion with categories and tags. Construct an import file that can be reused and import SEO content.
Refresh SEO basics by clicking on SEO-fundamentals.
The All-in-one-SEO tab is located in the WP admin area left sidebar. On clicking it the display drop-down default will show > General Settings – Performance – Feature Manager – Upgrade to Pro. The XML Sitemap and Social Meta plugins after activation appear in the All in one SEO settings as shown in fig2.
All in One SEO Pack: General Settings
Under the General settings fig3, are all the main settings. Each setting, will have a ‘? – Help’ next to it which when clicked displays insights & documentation for these settings. Canonical URLs (checked) informs search engines what the real URL is and thus blocks any duplicate issues for the site.
Keep the ‘No Pagination for Canonical URLs’ unchecked and disable the ‘Use Original Title’. Log important events option can remain unchecked.
Home Page Settings
Below the general settings are the home page settings fig4. Set the home page title description and keywords. The ‘Home Title’ replaces your Home Title tag. The ‘Home Description’ generates the meta description tag for your Home Page. Enable the ‘Static Front Page Instead’ if you use the Static Front Page option.
Leave at default the title settings fig5. Different styles are possible but also update other fields for consistency when making changes.
If you want to include keyword and need more characters in your Post Title Format you can exclude the part [ |%site_title% ] in the setting. The code editor preview snippet reflects this change. To maintain consistency remove the [ | %site_title% ] from all the parameters under the title settings.
Check (by default) the SEO options from the ‘Check’ or ‘unCheck’ options in the content type & display settings fig6. If you are not using any type of post or pages for SEO, feel free to uncheck.
Check the Posts and Pages for the ‘SEO on only these Content Types’.
Check if you want the plugin to display SEO title and SEO description columns in the post and pages listings in your WP-dashboard.
WebMaster Verification & Google Analytics Settings
Add verification code fig7 provided by Google Search Console, Bing Webmaster tools, Pinterest etc for SEO. Under Google Analytics enter the tracking ID for your site.
Enable the Schema.org markup fig8. Check the Display Sitelinks Search Box only if you are a brand. It is then up to Google to display a search box under your search listing when someone searches for your website. Next, enter your Social Profile Link and below this fill in your organization or Person details.
The default settings are enabled fig9 for categories and archives for date and author by default. The archives settings hold for the multi-author site. But enable for ‘use no index for categories’ can cause duplicate content issues.
With advanced settings fig10 optimize your website by excluding pages, additional page and post headers, autogenerate descriptions and so on.
Enable keywords fig11 if you want to use them for categories or tags or Dynamically generate keywords for posts pages/ archives. Meta keywords are no more significant as far as SEO is concerned. So you can disable this option.
All in One SEO Pack: Performance
Some general performance tweaks fig12 such as memory limit, raise execution times and force Rewrites are found in the Performance tab display page. Raise memory limits can get an override. Raise execution times prevents timeouts. Force rewrites ensure plugins and themes do not override title settings that have been used for SEO.
The Performance plug-in is activated by default. The admin meta box is displayed in the post editor fig13. Write a custom title and description with the keyword for each post and page. Search Engines use a maximum of 60 characters for the title and 160 characters for the description.
All in One SEO Pack: Feature Manager
If you do not use other plugins for XML sitemaps or Facebook open graph activate the features of XML sitemap and social meta in the All in One SEO Pack fig14. Additional features in the performance tab include support for free plugins such as XML Sitemaps, Social Meta, Robots.txt, File Editor, Importer & Exporter, Bad Bot Blocker & Performance.
XML Sitemaps plugin
Activate XML Sitemap in the features tab. The XML Sitemap setting tab will appear under All in one SEO in the left bar admin area.
Go to Schedule updates fig15. Select either Daily | Weekly | Monthly. This would depend on how frequently you update your blog posts. All other settings can be left as it is.
Activate the social meta plugin from the All in One SEO pack Feature Manager. The settings can be added to your website and correspond to the Facebook Open Graph meta. A Facebook page associated with your website is required.
The first option is to use the all-in-one SEO (AIO-SEO) title and description which need to be enabled fig16. Use your preferred site name and the same meta description and title as used earlier. Upload a default image for your website home page so that it shows up when users bookmark your site.
The next setting is the profile admins ID facebook.com/username fig17. To auto-generate Open Graph meta tag descriptions leave it checked. For Facebook Publisher on Articles enter the Facebook page link here. You can check the show Facebook Author on articles in case you have a multi-author site and want to link their Facebook IDs. The next two settings are for the posts and pages object type and by default, they are best set to the Article. Change them depending on if they fit any of the other object types. In most case leaving it as the ‘Article’ would be appropriate.
The Open Graph image source can use the default image- the featured image that applies to posts/ pages, the first attached image, the first image in the content, image from a custom field, post author image, or first available image. Set the width and height for your default image fig18. Define what the Open Graph image will be either an existing one or use the custom field for images.
Keep unchecked both Run Shortcodes in Title/ Description in case you are not using shortcodes in your posts fig19. To Use Content For Autogenerated OG Descriptions keep it checked.
Use the scan social meta feature fig20 to find duplicate meta OG tags placed by another installed plugin.
Set the Default Twitter Card to Summary fig21. Enter your Twitter Site ID and your website URL in the Twitter Domain box. Leave unchecked the Twitter Author box in case you are the sole author.
All in One SEO Pack: Pro-features
The Semper Plugin Paid Version allows for the video XML sitemap for video content published on your WordPress website. Access to video tutorials and the premium support forum is also available when upgrading from free to pro. At the time of writing this post fig22, the cost for the AIO-SEO pack Individual plan is $57.
For more details go through the semperplugins.com/documentation. Another popular WordPress plugin for SEO is Yoast SEO.