General Settings

General Settings box in All in One SEO Pack Pro

General Settings box in All in One SEO Pack Pro

License Key

If you are using All in One SEO Pack Pro then you will see this field. This is where you enter the license key which you will find in your purchase receipt.

Canonical URLs

This setting is checked by default.  This is because the Canonical URLs setting protects you from being punished by Google for duplicate content, or having multiple URLs leading to the same content.  The link in the inline help within the plugin takes you to this post on the Google Webmaster Central Blog which details the issues Googlebot faces with indexing duplicate content and how to avoid it.  Remember, having this box checked helps you follow Google’s rules.

No Pagination for Canonical URLs

This option was added for those users who want to remove the pagination from Canonical URLs.  Typically the Canonical URL for a paginated page or post will be displayed at http://mydomain.com/page/2/.  This option removes the /page/2/ from the Canonical URL.

Enable Custom Canonical URLs

When checked, this option will add a new field to the All in One SEO Pack box on the Edit Post / Edit Page screen where you can set a custom canonical URL for that Post/Page.

Use Original Title

This setting is disabled by default.  You may need to enable this if your theme or other active plugins on your site are interfering with All in One SEO Pack writing the Title tags on your site.

User Schema.org Markup

This option was added for those users who do not want All in One SEO Pack outputting any Schema.org markup on their site.  We are gradually adding more support throughout the plugin for Schema.org markup because this markup is what provides search engines with the information so that they can display rich snippets.  However, the W3C HTML Validation Tool does not support this new markup and will return errors when it sees this markup on a site.  These errors can safely be ignored, they don’t affect the operation of a site or the SEO or ranking on search engines.  However, for those who prefer clean HTML markup that passes the W3C Validator and are willing to sacrifice rich snippets in search results, this option will remove any Schema.org markup output by All in One SEO Pack.  This option is checked by default because for SEO purposes Schema.org markup is good.

You can find out more about rich snippets on Google’s site at https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/99170?hl=en.

Log Important Events

The Log Important Events option generates a log file of events occurring within the All in One SEO Pack plugin.  This is mainly used for debugging and reporting and can be safely left unchecked unless instructed to check it by our Support Team in our Premium Support Forums.

Useful Links:

  1. Google Webmaster Central Blog – Canonical URLs and Duplicate Content
  2. Semper Plugins Premium Support Forums
  3. Google’s documentation about Rich Snippets