General Settings

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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.  Google has a post on their 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.

For more information, refer to this post by Google.

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  This option removes the /page/2/ from the Canonical URL.

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.

Use Markup

This option was added for those users who do not want All in One SEO Pack outputting any markup on their site.  We are gradually adding more support throughout the plugin for 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 markup output by All in One SEO Pack.  This option is checked by default because for SEO purposes markup is good.

You can find out more about rich snippets on Google’s site at

Log Important Events

The Log Important Events option generates a log file of events occurring within the All in One SEO Pack plugin.  The log file will be located in the wp-content/ directory. 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 
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