If you are following Blog Time Now you might noticed that we have listed All in one SEO pack as highly recommended wordpress plugins. In Blog Time Now we use Yoast SEO but we consider both Yoast wordpress SEO and All in one SEO pack does the great job for optimizing your websites, but however All in one SEO is the most popular wordpress SEO plugin with highest downloads of more than 1.5 million downloads.
Just installing this plugin to your wordpress site doesn’t help in SEO in order to get best results you must perfectly configure this plugin and in this post you will learn how to setup, configure and use All in one SEO pack for best results.
Note: This guide to All in one SEO pack is made with version 188.8.131.52. This is to make sure you will see some changes in the upcoming version.
How to setup, configure and use All in one SEO pack
First install and activate All in one SEO pack and when done it will add a new menu for SEO in your wp-admin bar next below to dashboard.
Open All in one SEO option and first thing you will see is general settings. We recommend you to use default settings comes with the plugin. Check canonical URL’s that helps you to prevent duplicate content penalties by Google. In wordpress and other content management system a single post is displayed in different places like homepage, category page, tag page and archives page which may look like a duplicate content and this is where the canonical URL’s helps. Disable use original title option as we done below.
Homepage Settings ( Guide to configure and use All in one SEO pack)
Enter your home page title, description and your keywords for home page and this can be different from what you entered in general settings. If you leave this space blank then All in one SEO pack uses the default one from general settings. Make sure you have your main keywords entered in both title and description.
The next thing you will see is keyword settings where you need to configure overall keyword settings for posts and pages. This is the main settings and you can configure for each posts and pages manually which we will discuss later in this post. So enable use keywords option and check “use tag for meta keywords” that adds addition keywords from the tags that you use for each post. It is recommended to uncheck dynamically generate keywords settings.
Title settings ( Guide to use All in one SEO pack)
Here you can rewrite titles for pages, posts, categories, tags and archives that rewrite default titles with wordpress. Every posts and pages writes a <title> tag once created. For example right click this page and view page source you will see <title> tag for this post. It’s recommended to check enable rewrite title settings and remove the |%blog _title% from page title format.
Note: Google and other search engines limit the title only to 60 characters.
Custom post type and display settings
This setting is up to you to display the All in one SEO pack better leave this setting as default.
Webmaster verification (Guide to configure and use All in one SEO pack)
Make use of Google and Bing webmaster tools that notifies you if anything wrong with your site and helps you to improve your sites visibility in search results. In this setting you will add your webmaster verification code given by Google, Bing and Pinterest and it’s enough to add for Google and Bing.
This post helps you to use Google webmaster tools effectively for SEO and this helps you with meta tag verification for Google, Bing and Alexa.
If you want your images (rich snippets) to be displayed in Google search engine then add your Google+ profile id and also add your Google analytics ID.
Related: How to get your picture in Google search results
No index settings ( All in one SEO pack)
Some believe that indexing category and tags pages get you in duplicate content penalty and these days search engine are smarter and only indexes the right and permanent URL of the post. Have you enabled canonical URL as we mentioned above? Then you no need to worry with these settings.
Just uncheck no index for categories and check for tags and this option tells search engines to noindex/follow.
This setting are only for experts and not for beginners better is to leave these settings as default.
The general settings part is over now come to feature manager where you can enable sitemaps. Sitemaps helps notify search engines if you update any new posts and pages in your site. If you use Google XML sitemaps then no need to enable this option.
Post and Page optimization with All in one SEO pack
All in one SEO pack adds an option below every post and page edit screen in order to well optimize a particular post or page.
First thing you will see in preview snippet and this is how your particular post or page appears in Search results. Enter your post title, post description and keywords for that particular post and make sure you have your focused keywords in title, description and post content
Moreover you will have robots option where you can tell search engines whether to noindex or follow the post.
Hope this tutorial helps you to setup, configure and use All in one SEO pack in a best way. Please share this post and give your feedback by commenting below.