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.
The Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin only deals with protecting link benefit flowing through a site that other WordPress SEO plugins like Yoast and All In One SEO damages. The Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin and the All in One SEO Pack WordPress Plugin title element and meta tag features are if used correctly not SEO damaging.
You can safely use this plugin alongside other WordPress SEO plugins, for it to work correctly you should disable all nofollow and noindex features of other WordPress SEO plugins and turn off their canonical URL features: for Yoast and All In One SEO I've added some code to stop them adding their canonical URL code on pages where this plugin adds it's canonical URLs. Some of the features of the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin and the All in One SEO Pack WordPress Plugin are useful, it's the nofollow and noindex options that should be disabled.
Since canonicals do not recover 100% of the link benefit it's best to avoid using them.
If you think a section of your WordPress site (like monthly archives: they are AWFUL SEO wise) shouldn't be indexed by Google, ask why does it exist?
If you can not justify a section, remove it. For example I see no good reason for keeping monthly archives, so never add the dated archive widgets including the Calendar Widget: if you don't add those widgets, there's no internal links wasting link benefit: no reason to noindex via Yoast SEO or All In One SEO or Stallion Not Index them.
It's recommended you use the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin Not Index Options on indexed sections of a website with repeating Title Tags. Title Tags of pages 2,3,4, etc... of a Paged archive set have almost identical Title Tags tend to be:
"Name of Archive - Page 2" "Name of Archive - Page 3" etc...
These have little SEO value.
WordPress Archives Like: Home Page Archives Dated Archives Author Archives Search Results Archives Tag Archives Category Archives Custom Taxonomy Archives Custom Post Type Archives
Page one of a paged archive will be the only webpage in the set that's likely to gain SERPs: the Home page for example, first page of a Category for example... Page 2, Page 3 etc... of a Category set are not going to gain traffic, no point indexing them in Google, though you still want them spidered by Google (they link to your deeper posts) and you want the links from them to follow: NEVER nofollow the links from WordPress archives, this is SEO suicide.
It therefore makes sense to add a canonical URL on Pages 2,3,4,5... of an archive set back to the first page for Home page Archives, Dated Archives, Author Archives, Categories, Tags, Search Results, Custom Taxonomy Archives and Custom Post Type Archives simply because pages 2,3,4,5... of an archive set are highly unlikely to generate any Google SERPs.
By adding a canonical URL back to Page 1 you recover most of the link benefit that would be spent on Page 2, Page 3 etc... trying to gain Google SERPs. This recovered link benefit will aid Page 1 in an archive set gaining SERPs: it not only recovers PR, it helps gaining SERPs.
When a Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin Not Index option is set to:
Index ###### Only : Block Paged 2,3,4...
Only page one of the ##### Archive is indexed.
In the old WordPress star rating system (it allowed anonymous star ratings) this plugin had a LOT of 1 star ratings, but it wasn't broken.
The plugin does all it's search engine optimization work behind the scenes (you don't see anything on your website as you view it), so maybe when users activate the plugin and see no obvious changes they think it's broken or maybe they assume the Stallion SEO plugin will be like the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin and the All In One SEO Plugin and have options for changing title tags and meta tags etc... and when they don't find those options assume it's broken.
To check the Stallion SEO plugin is working on the Stallion Main Options page set "Cleaner Head" to "NOT Cleaner Head": this adds additional code to the Stallion SEO plugins output so you can see it when viewing the HTML code source.
Go to a relevant part of the site and view source in a browser like Firefox ("Right Click" the page, click "View Source"), for example if you have "Index First Search Result Only : Block Paged 2,3,4...**" set, do a Search on your site and go to Page 2 or higher of the search result, view source and you'll find code like this:
<!-- Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin 3.0.0 by David Cameron Law http://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-plugin/ --> <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/search/keyword/" /> <!-- Index First Search Result Only : Block Paged 2,3,4...** - Stallion SEO -->
This is a canonical URL to the main search URL with some commented out code above and below so you know it's working. If Google managed to spider a search on your site (it happens a lot) you'll find only one page is indexed. Had you set "Block All Search Results" the canonical URL code would look like this:
<!-- Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin 3.0.0 by David Cameron Law http://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-plugin/ --> <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/" /> <!-- Block All Search Results - Stallion SEO -->
And Google etc... wouldn't index any search results, any SEO benefit will be directed back to home.
If you want to keep your head code clean, on the main options page set "Stallion SEO Plugin Clean Head" to "Cleaner Head". When "Cleaner Head" is set the output looks like this (harder to see, but cleaner):
<link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/" />
Short answer is NO.
I put most of my time into the Stallion Responsive Theme which adds 10 times more search engine optimization to a WordPress site than any combination of current WordPress plugins and themes can achieve. The Stallion Responsive Theme is years ahead of anything else available because you CAN NOT add full search engine optimization to a WordPress site ONLY using a plugin, you have to SEO the theme code as well. There's too much output that's part of the themes coding (H1, H2, H3... headings, anchor text of links etc...) so the only way to fully SEO a WordPress site is via it's theme so my time goes into developing the Stallion Responsive Theme not stand alone WordPress SEO plugins that tinker with the SEO output.
For example the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin features is a tiny part of the Stallion Responsive Theme options. Stallion Responsive has a dozen options pages with hundreds of options.
Anything added via a plugin can also be added via a theme, the reverse is not true.
For example theme developers have tended to add a sitewide H1 header including the name of the site, this is bad SEO practice, the H1 header should include the main SERP for that page which on blog posts and static pages tends to be the title of the post or page. This is very easy to achieve by editing a themes template files, almost impossible to achieve using a plugin because the H1 code is different for each theme and even if a plugin was developed to overwrite the H1 headers the CSS wouldn't match the themes CSS and the output wouldn't look right. If the theme you use adds a sitewide H1 header with the name of the site, change themes.
This is just one example, there's dozens of theme elements which should be search engine optimized that plugins realistically can't touch. In comparison changing the title tag and meta tags is low hanging SEO fruit, which is why most WordPress SEO Plugins deal with the title tags and meta tags and not H1 headers, or the anchor text for Read More links or the damaging rel = nofollow attributes added by WordPress core and themes.
Requires: 4.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.7.2
Last Updated: 2 months ago
Active Installs: 4,000+
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