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Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin

Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin enhances WordPress SEO plugins like Yoast SEO and All In One SEO that damage a sites SEO by using noindex or nofollow.

Popular WordPress SEO Plugins including the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin (uses nofollow and noindex) and the All in One SEO Pack Plugin (uses nofollow and noindex) when used incorrectly could seriously damage a WordPress sites search engine rankings.

If you've researched noindex and nofollow and read noindexing and/or nofollowing entire WordPress sections (categories, tags and other archives) to prevent duplicate content issues is best SEO practice, I'm afraid your SEO sources are wrong: they are 5+ years out of date. Noindex and nofollow can cause serious SEO damage, best SEO practice 2016 and beyond is do NOT use noindex or nofollow.

Yoast SEO Plugin and All In One SEO Plugin Cause SEO Damage

Using Yoast's or All In One SEO's section wide noindex and/or nofollow features in particular is SEO suicide. If you use Yoast SEO or All In One SEO do NOT use the section wide noindex/nofollow settings: these add noindex and nofollow robots meta tags to specific sections of a site like on Category archives!!!

Webmasters spend a lot of their SEO time gaining (even paying for) valuable backlinks to their WordPress blogs only to waste a significant proportion of that hard earned link benefit (PR : PageRank) by installing WordPress SEO plugins which delete/waste that link benefit through nofollow/noindex features.

See the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin Documentation and the Other Notes tab for more information and discussion.

Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin Not Index Alternative to noindex

The Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin has an alternative solution (based on canonical URLs) to using noindex called Stallion Not Index. With the Stallion Not Index feature most of the link benefit (the ~15%) that's wasted by the noindex robots meta tag is recycled back to other pages on the site.

With the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin we can link to internal categories, tags, monthly archives, custom taxonomies, custom post type archives... and recycle most of the link benefit via canonical URLs through one easy to use options page.

Note: We still loose ~15% of the ~15% of the link benefit we would loose via noindex: we recover ~12.75% of the ~15% we'd loose via noindex (we loose around ~2.25% vs loosing ~15% using noindex). Hoping that was as confusing to read as it was to write :-) This is because Google considers a canonical URL as a soft 301 redirect in terms of link benefit (PR) transfer. A 301 redirect costs ~15% of the link benefit accumulated by the redirected webpage: Google is one smart cookie, they know SEO's are trying to sculpt PageRank so add dampening factors to limit abuse, without dampening factors a site could reuse PageRank over and over again.

Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin Features

The Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin uses canonical URLs to mimic the affects of noindex, but without wasting all the valuable link benefit. When a page has a canonical URL it tells major search engines like Google where the preferred URL for that page is.

This is what the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin can do:

  1. Stallion Not Index login pages redirecting link benefit to home.

  2. Stallion Not Index date archive pages redirecting link benefit to home.

  3. Stallion Not Index author archive pages redirecting link benefit to home.

  4. Stallion Not Index paged author archive pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the first page in the author archive.

  5. Stallion Not Index search results pages redirecting link benefit to home.

  6. Stallion Not Index paged search results pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the first page in the search result.

  7. Stallion Not Index category archive pages redirecting link benefit to home (not a suggested option).

  8. Stallion Not Index paged category archive pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the first page in the category.

  9. Stallion Not Index tag archive pages redirecting link benefit to home (not a suggested option).

  10. Stallion Not Index paged tag archive pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the first page in the tag.

  11. Stallion Not Index custom taxonomy archive pages redirecting link benefit to home (not a suggested option).

  12. Stallion Not Index paged custom taxonomy archive pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the first page in the custom taxonomy archive.

  13. Stallion Not Index custom post type archive pages redirecting link benefit to home (not a suggested option).

  14. Stallion Not Index paged custom post type archive pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the first page in the custom post type archive.

  15. Stallion Not Index paged home archive pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the home page.

  16. Stallion Not Index paged comments pages (pages 2,3,4 etc...) redirecting link benefit to the main blog post or static page.

How Canonical URLs Work

Most WordPress blogs these days use search engine friendly permalinks, but that does not mean the default dynamic WordPress URLs no longer exist. There are always at least two ways (two different URLs) to access a WordPress Post, having canonical URLs (which is core WordPress) prevents Google etc... from indexing the same post under multiple URLs (reduces the chances of duplicate content issues).

Canonical basically redirects most of the link benefit (~15% is lost: same cost as a 301 redirect) and SEO rankings to the preferred canonical URL whilst still allowing visitors to those webpages to view the pages in a browser: to Google a canonical URL is like a 301 permanent redirect without the browser redirecting, a soft 301 redirect.

By adding targeted canonical URLs to sections of a WordPress site we do not want indexing, Google etc... will not index those sections, whilst redirecting most of the link benefit to the canonical URL (less wasted link benefit). The Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin sets canonical URLs (via the Stallion Not Index options) to the home page or the first page of categories, tags, author archives, custom taxonomy archives, custom post type archives and search results archives recycling the link benefit that would be wasted from using noindex robots meta tags.

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Requires: 4.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.6.1
Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
Active Installs: 4,000+

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