If you look at the list of most popular WordPress plugins, then you will find All In One SEO Pack listed there. All in One SEO is one of the most popular WordPress plugins with more than 15 million downloads. Often users think that simply installing the plugin will help their blog’s SEO, but it doesn’t. You have to take some additional steps to get the maximum benefits from this plugin. In this article, we will show you the recommended settings for All In One SEO Pack, and how you can use this plugin efficiently to maximize the SEO benefits for your blog.
Note: At WPBeginner, we use WordPress SEO by Yoast however both All in One SEO pack and WordPress SEO are great plugins to optimize your website for search engines.
First thing you need to do is install and activate All in One SEO Pack. Upon activation, the plugin will add an All in ONE SEO menu item in your WordPress admin sidebar.
How to Set up All in SEO Pack
To set up All in One SEO Pack, go to All in One SEO » General Settings. In general settings section, the first option is to enable canonical URLs for your website. Canonical URLs are the permanent links of your individual articles. In a typical WordPress installation, a single post is displayed on several locations such as your homepage, archives page, author page, category and tag pages. We recommend using article summary or excerpts instead of full posts in WordPress archive pages. Publishing full articles on all pages creates duplicate content. By specifying a canonical URL for each post, you can avoid duplicate content penalty from Google.
The Keyword Settings section under general settings page of All in One SEO page, allows you to specify how you want the plugin to handle meta keywords for your posts and pages. You can always manually add keywords for individual posts and pages which we will cover later in the article. In addition to those keywords, you can allow this plugin to automatically use tags and/or categories as keywords too (check out our guide Categories vs Tags – SEO Best Practices for sorting your content). The last option in this section is applicable only if you use a static homepage on your website and a separate page to display your blog posts. In that case, All in One SEO can dynamically generate a list of keywords based on posts appearing on the posts page at that time. We would recommend that you uncheck the dynamically generate keywords for post settings and manually add keywords to each page to get maximum benefits.