SmartCrawl SEO


Give your site better WordPress SEO optimization with SmartCrawl. Stop fidgeting with settings and win more traffic. SmartCrawl will boost your PageRank and domain authority in Google with one-click setup, automatic sitemaps, improved social sharing, a real-time keyword and content analyzer, scans and reports.

Is your SEO strategy good enough? With SmartCrawl there’s no more juggling settings, making guesses, and wondering if your SEO is properly optimized.

Create clear, bold, targeted content and rank at the top of your favorite browser – from Google to Bing and Firefox to Safari.

SmartCrawl’s SEO Tools for WordPress Include:

  • One-Click Setup Wizard – SmartCrawl will analyze your site and activate settings to boost your reach – no more guesswork!
  • Titles & Meta Descriptions – SmartCrawl SEO customizes how titles and descriptions display on search pages to optimize your content.
  • Leverage Social Media – SmartCrawl SEO/Open Graph integration connects your social accounts and credits you when someone shares your posts.
  • Smart Page Analyzer – SmartCrawl has an SEO checker that scans pages and posts for readability and keyword density and makes suggestions for optimizing your content.
  • SEO Audit & Crawl – Every time you add new content to your site, SmartCrawl will let Google know it’s time to recrawl your site.
  • 301 Redirect – Use SmartCrawl to redirect traffic from one URL to another to protect your hard work and take advantage of high producing links.
  • Integrate With Moz SEO Tools – Already use Moz? Connect your Moz reports and comparison analysis including rank and links.
  • Quick Setup Import/Export – Quickly add your custom SmartCrawl SEO settings to all your sites with included import.


“SmartCrawl is designed to increase traffic without making you jump through hoops or make major site changes. By including the most effective methods of optimization and working on autopilot, SmartCrawl gives you more time for other areas of your blog. As you work and grow, you know that SmartCrawl has your back.
” – Neil Patel

SmartCrawl Unlocks SEO Cheat Codes For WordPress

SEO doesn’t have to be hard! SmartCrawl optimizes your site with a click and makes it easy to tweak and customize with loads of pro tips for winning visitors.

Free SEO Checkup

SmartCrawl will scan your site and find ways to optimize your content and make it more discoverable by search engines. Avoid human error with SmartCrawl! She’ll help create better links, tags, descriptions, images, sitemaps, anchors and improve overall page structure.

Analyze Content And Get Suggestions In Real-Time

SmartCrawl has a content analyzer built right into both the post and page editor. Get instant feedback with suggestions for improving your content – SmartCrawl will make your site easier to read and find!

Get Your Content Recognized On Social Media With Open Graph

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Youtube and most every social network loves Open Graph for connecting, sharing and crediting your content. Take full advantage of viral content with SmartCrawl’s Open Graph integration.

SmartCrawl Has Full SEO Control For Multisite

SmartCrawl gives you options to control SEO settings across an entire network as a Super Admin or powerful search optimization settings for individual site owners. Make bulk changes for Multisite or optimize each site.

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  • Use SEO Checkup for suggestions on improving search results.
  • SmartCrawl makes it easy to get started with the one-click wizard.
  • Sitemaps tell search engines what content is on your site.
  • Use OpenGraph and Twitter Cards to optimize social sharing.


Other SEO plugins only guarantee support for Premium subscribers. Is SmartCrawl fully-supported?

We have dedicated staff that provide world-class support on the WordPress forums for all our free plugins. If you don’t want to wait, upgrade for real-time live chat support 24/7/365

I added new titles in SmartCrawl and Google is still showing my old titles and descriptions. What gives!?

If you’ve recently updated your titles and description, Google probably hasn’t indexed them just yet. It can take up to a week for Google to index changes you’ve made.

Use the “New Crawl” button in the sitemap tab to notify Google of any changes to your site. The Google cache will update when your site has be recrawled. Be patient, it can take some time for the new information to show.

Does SmartCrawl work with Custom Post Types?

Yes, it does! SmartCrawl SEO has full support for custom post types, both in overall management tools (Settings > Title&Meta), as well as in the editor. Plus it works out of the box with both built-in and custom taxonomies.

Does SmartCrawl work with content in page builders like Visual Composer or Beaver Builder?

SmartCrawl works with any normal WP content and page builders shouldn’t be an exception. As long as your theme uses posts, pages and custom post types, SmartCrawl will work.


Thank you – even takes care of multisite!

Faced with the threat of working out what the ‘average’ SEO plugin setting’s mean, and spending more time than you’d like setting it up, SmartCrawl rushes in to save the day in a fast, simple setup, that also takes care of multisite, and doesn’t even required you to set it up for each site.

Praise the Lord! What a fantastic plugin!

Once There Was Yoast – Then we needed lightweight

I used to use Yoast, it was fantastic, all the great tools to help me make my clients awesome. Then I found WPMUDEV and their collection of tools build by Devs for Devs with development in mind. So I started using BOTH Yoast and Smart Crawl on all our accounts, mostly for the different ways that the tools look at things and because some of our clients with marketing people found Smart Crawl less confusing and easier to use.

We did that for about 6 months before canceling most of our Yoast subscriptions and using only SC from WPMUDEV’s plugin repository. It’s not just about the cost, paying one price a month for everyone’s sites, it’s also about the “straight to the point” UX, there’s nothing confusing, nothing else to add in order to get full use, it was also about the weight of Smart Crawl compared to Yoast and it’s add-ons. When truly concerned with SEO and not just trying to be flashy for a client, you need lightweight, feather touch tracking, sitemaps that use a standardized URL instead of the Yoast sitemaps URLs and content that I swear the crawler hates… always so many errors with Yoast’s fancy sitemaps compared to the Smart Crawl sitemaps that never seem to have any issues or include stuff that is not beneficial to our indexing.

Note: I’m not a specialist on that subject, and not particularly sure why replacing Yoast completely seemed to improve our indexing and decrease our crawl errors. All I know is that it did, if you want to learn specifically why it did, I would suggest swinging by the WPMUDEV support page and chat up the Support Heroes about it, those guys are fantastic and always patient with teaching you how stuff works, you know not just saying “do this”, but actually giving you the tools to expand your skills and understanding.

Smart Crawl, you got me position 0, repeatedly, will you marry me

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  • Fix: reverted changes causing WSOD on some sites

  • Fix: don’t show raw shortcodes in auto-generated meta description
  • Fix: better compatibility of readability and SEO analysis with page builders
  • Fix: made Google preview in the SC metabox more accurate

  • Fix: fixed SEO checkup for free version

  • Fix: fixed edge case autolinks issue

  • Fix: Allow data import from Yoast 8.x
  • Fix: Updated plugin version constant to latest version for cache busting


  • New: support for custom post type archives
  • New: noindex/nofollow for post types
  • New: new OpenGraph tags og:url, og:type, og:image:width and og:image:height
  • New: code optimization
  • New: integration test suite for quality assurance
  • New: link each page to the relevant documentation section on the plugin website
  • New: import social profile links from AIOSEOP
  • New: dynamically adjust the toggles under “Site Owner Permissions”
  • New: update Google result preview when content is changed
  • New: prompt requesting reviews on

  • Fix: hide settings for disabled modules from plugin dashboard

  • Fix: BuddyPress group titles missing
  • Fix: links to enable OpenGraph and Twitter settings pointing to inaccessible pages
  • Fix: duplicate text in SEO Checkup section of metabox
  • Fix: plugin css conflicting with some WP admin components
  • Fix: analysis indicators not displaying correct colors in WP post list
  • Fix: settings need to be saved before reports for SEO Checkup are sent
  • Fix: on WP dashboard, ‘update sitemap’ link in the sitemap widget not working
  • Fix: typo in opengraph settings
  • Fix: when new URL scan is run, the URL Crawler section not loaded automatically
  • Fix: google/bing verification codes from yoast not imported correctly
  • Fix: columns in the post tables take more space then they should
  • Fix: google verification meta can’t be removed once added
  • Fix: meta description not working on WooCommerce shop page
  • Fix: redundant save settings button under URL Crawler report
  • Fix: typo in the upgrade popup
  • Fix: when import from yoast notice dismissed, it comes back on page load
  • Fix: seo column in post list shows wrong color indicator when focus keyword missing
  • Fix: google/bing verification tags disappear when sitemap settings saved
  • Fix: XML sitemap opened in the current tab
  • Fix: when “Upgrade to Pro” clicked, pro version details opened in the current tab
  • Fix: values under “Site Owner Permissions” not saved when everything turned off
  • Fix: last checked time on SEO Checkup inconsistent
  • Fix: if modules disabled by network admin, site admin can still see them in settings
  • Fix: autolinks page has “TBC” as the description of a setting
  • Fix: author archive meta description not saved
  • Fix: dashboard sections display number of issues even if the corresponding module is disabled
  • Fix: on network sub-sites, disabled modules not behaving properly
  • Fix: previews are not refreshing on title and meta admin page
  • Fix: url crawler not always listing the URLs resulting in errors
  • Fix: hide SEO Checkup on network sub-sites
  • Fix: remove code for old google site verification settings
  • Fix: date archive settings not respected
  • Fix: admin bar menu should always match the admin menu
  • Fix: in url crawler, no message is shown when all missing urls added to sitemap
  • Fix: MOZ metabox not styled
  • Fix: Redirect Attachments options in Advanced Tools not saved when in off state
  • Fix: automatic linking toggle in post metabox displays wrong state
  • Fix: redundant MarketPress options
  • Fix: autolinks “Exclusions” don’t work when “Case Sensitive Matching” is off
  • Fix: autolinks “Min Lengths” setting not working consistently
  • Fix: twitter settings for date archives not working consistently
  • Fix: meta description settings for search and 404 pages not working consistently
  • Fix: google verification meta settings not working consistently
  • Fix: quick edit fields not loading values
  • Fix: unwanted space before date archive title
  • Fix: minor inconsistencies in SEO analysis
  • Fix: no error message displayed when default user removed in reporting section under SEO Checkup
  • Fix: statistics on dashboard not refreshed when checkup completes in SEO Checkup section
  • Fix: MOZ data displayed even when wrong credentials added


  • Fix: post list pages performance issue.


  • New: Yoast & All-In-One SEO importers.
  • New: ‘Refresh’ button for content & readability analysis modules.
  • New: ability to set twitter cards details on post and type level.

  • Fix: compatibility with New Blog Templates plugin.

  • Fix: spelling and grammar issues.
  • Fix: duplicate info text in “No Image Alts” section of seo analysis.
  • Fix: support for Themify themes.
  • Fix: readability analysis summary outputting html tags.
  • Fix: saving draft or publishing posts closes the smartcrawl module.
  • Fix: problems in “Add All to Sitemap” button.
  • Fix: incorrect number of missing url’s on main dashboard.


  • Initial SmartCrawl Free Release
  • New: make Analysis dash widget results numeric and items clickable.
  • New: add OpenGraph and Twitter options for taxonomies.
  • New: exclude full URLs from sitemap.
  • New: grey out deactivated modules in site owner permissions.
  • New: enable styled sitemap on fresh setups.

  • Fix: increase recommended description length from 160 to 230 chars.

  • Fix: redirection resolution on archive pages.
  • Fix: spelling and grammar issues.
  • Fix: UI and styling issues.
  • Fix: checkup scan tracking auto-update.
  • Fix: update option label copies.
  • Fix: update info links.
  • Fix: admin menu style issues in Firefox.
  • Fix: background color style issues.
  • Fix: conflict with Divi theme.
  • Fix: configuring links destinations when sitewide mode is active.
  • Fix: unifiy analysis status results.
  • Fix: BBPress compatibility issue with generated URLs.
  • Fix: update error strings on import/export issues.
  • Fix: sitemap items listed twice in audit report.
  • Fix: title tag on custom post type archives issue.
  • Fix: conflict with Movedo theme.
  • Fix: do not calculate disabled analysis results.
  • Fix: empty ignore URLs list clears sitemaps.
  • Fix: user name not shown for reporting.