Post Settings

Post Settings box in All in One SEO Pack

Post Settings box in All in One SEO Pack

Preview Snippet

The Preview Snippet shows you how your Post may look in search engines based on the SEO Title tag and Meta Description you have entered.  If you edit the Title and Description settings in the fields below the Preview Snippet and click Publish or Update, the Preview Snippet will be updated to reflect your new Title and Description.  This is a rough approximation of how your Post may look in search engines, it does not reflect any rich snippet information that may be included in search results.

Title

The Title field is where you enter your SEO Title tag that will be used for this Post.  The SEO Title tag of your Post will appear in the top of the browser and in the source code of your page between the <title> tags.  This is the title that the search engines may display in their search results as the link to your site so it is important to keep this simple (60 characters or less) and relevant.  There is a character counter that counts the characters as you type to help you stay below the 60 characters.

If you do not enter anything in this field, All in One SEO Pack will automatically generate the Title tag for you using the Post Title.  You can see the autogenerated title in this field when it is empty.

Bear in mind that whatever you enter in this field will be formatted as per the settings in the Post Title Format field in the Title Settings box on the General Settings screen of All in One SEO Pack.  See the documentation on Title Settings.

Description

The Description field is where you enter your Meta Description that will be used for this Post.  This is the description that the search engines may display in their search results, it will show beneath the Title in search results.  Keep the description short (160 characters or less) and relevant.  There is a character counter that counts the characters as you type to help you stay below the 160 characters.

If you do not enter anything in this field, and if you have Autogenerate Descriptions enabled under All in One SEO, General Settings, Advanced Settings, All in One SEO Pack will automatically generate the Meta Description for you using either the Post Excerpt or the first 160 characters from the Post Content.  You can see the autogenerated description in this field when it is empty.

The Meta Description is a suggestion, some search engines such as Google will sometimes create their own description of your content and display that in the search results instead of your Meta Description.  Read the Meta Descriptions documentation for more information.

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Keywords

The Keywords field is where you enter your Meta Keywords that will be used for this Post.  Meta Keywords hold little or no value in today’s SEO.  This post from Matt Cutts at Google explains why they no longer value them.  However you may feel differently and wish to use them.  If you do wish to use Meta Keywords be sure to keep them at a reasonable level and include only the words and phrases which are relevant to your Post.  Use commas to separate each keyword.

If you do not enter anything in this field, and if you have Use Categories for Meta Keywords and/or Use Tags for Meta Keywords enabled under All in One SEO, General Settings, Keyword Settings, All in One SEO Pack will automatically generate the Meta Keywords for you using either the categories and/or tags for this Post.  You can see the autogenerated keywords in this field when it is empty.

Custom Canonical URL

This field will be present when you enable Custom Canonical URLs under All in One SEO, General Settings.  You can paste a URL into this field which will be used as your canonical URL for this post.  Make sure you paste the full URL including the HTTP or HTTPS.

Robots Meta NOINDEX

NOINDEX is a meta tag that can be displayed to search robots that requests them not to index content.  The specific directive differs between each search robot.  For example, the directive it gives Google’s search robots is Do not show this Post in search results and do not show a “Cached” link in search results.  Other search robots interpretation may be different.

Check this box only if you DO NOT want search engines to index this Post.

Robots Meta NOFOLLOW

NOFOLLOW is a meta tag that can be displayed to search robots that requests them not to follow any links in your content.

Check this box only if you DO NOT want search engines to follow any links on this Post.

Robots Meta NOODP & Robots Meta NOYDR

These are meta tags which request that search engines not use the information found in the Open Directory Project (NoODP) and the Yahoo Directory (NoYDR).  These directories are directories for websites.  If you check these boxes you are requesting that search engines use the title and description that you enter into your site via All in One SEO Pack, not the information that can be found about your site in the Open Directory or Yahoo Directory.

Exclude From Sitemap

You can use this setting to exclude this post from your sitemap.

Disable on this page/post

Check this box if you wish to completely disable the All in SEO Pack settings on this Post.  If you check this All in One SEO Pack will not output any SEO Meta Data to the source code for this Post.

Useful Links:

  1. All in One SEO Pack Documentation on Title Settings
  2. All in One SEO Pack Documentation on Meta Descriptions
  3. Google Webmaster Central Blog – Matt Cutts explains Google’s stance on keywords
  4. Open Directory Project
  5. Yahoo! Directory