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  • Hey, I’m fairly experienced with wordpress. I’ve been using it for about a year on my own domain however I decided to rebrand and rather than fixing up my wordpress installation I started over with a fresh install and decided to try Yoast instead of using Greg’s SEO. I’m having trouble figuring out what half the options do as there is no hover tooltips and the Post on Yoast doesn’t even cover any of this stuff as it looks like it was made way back in early beta. So down to business:

    Sitewide Metas
    Hide RSD Links
    Hide WLW Manifest Links
    Hide Shortlink for posts
    Hide RSS Links

    What are RSD Links?, what are WLW manifests?
    Why would someone want to hide RSS links?

    Add noodp meta robots tag sitewide:
    Prevents search engines from using the DMOZ description for pages from this site in the search results.

    That’s cool, good description, however I have no idea what DMOZ is so it makes little sense to me.

    Rest of the options are OK, pretty self explanitory. Now I just need to decided if breadcrumbs, categories, archives or tags are better to get indexed by.

    Social -> Have no idea why you need this, I guess if you’re doing your own social intergration?

    XML sitemaps -> fine, pretty limited options compared to Goog XML by Arne; I disabled it anyway; assuming Yoast is better.

    Permalink Settings
    Strip the category base (usually /category/) from the category URL.

    I guess then it doesn’t matter whether you set noindex on categories or not? Why would you want to do this? For instance tick this if you want to use tags as your main navigation?

    Redirect attachment URL’s to parent post URL.

    Attachments to posts are stored in the database as posts, this means they’re accessible under their own URL’s if you do not redirect them, enabling this will redirect them to the post they were attached to.

    So stuff like images and videos inside a post are stored as child posts and this links back to their parent? Why is this needed?

    Internal Links | RSS, all the rest are self explanitory just need a bit of clarity on those listed above. Thanks guys.

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  • On the subject of redirect attatchment URL’s wouldn’t that mean that if an image was to come up in google image search and a user clicked it to see the image they would get auto directed to the post rather than the having the google lightbox download options.

    anyone know any of them?

    DMOZ is the , an index of sites, see Wikipedia.

    Tip for choosing categories or tags for “main navigation” (The way I do it anyway – others may differ)
    The idea behind “noindexing” either categories or tags is to avoid DUPLICATION which is bad news for SEO.

    Generally, one would use a single category (or at least only a few categories) but possibly a lot of tags (for reader convenience) on a post. If there are a lot of tags you could end up with very similar pages – seen as duplicate content by search engines.
    I generally advise my clients to choose the method that will result in the fewest pages (categories), and “noindex” the method that produces many results (tags)
    After all, you really want your individual posts and page indexed by Google etc and served to searchers, not the tag and categories lists.

    I have one very strong site (in Google) using only tags – nearly all are no-indexed, with only main topic tags being indexed…

    PS – You’ve given me a great idea for an explanatory article – thanks




    If I have two or three tags for a single post. Can this result in duplicate content? Also if I eliminate the categories from being indexed what does the URL look like since I use categories in a navigation widget in a sidebar on the site? Is the category just eliminated in the SERP?

    “noindexing” anything won’t change the URL structure anywhere – robots meta tags are added to the content item being no-indexed, not the URL. So your Category taxonomy page URLS remain the same. SO yes, Google just won’t index those pages with “noindex” robots meta. Google will also remove existing pages form the index, and SERP – note this may take several weeks – or you can ask for removal using Webmaster Tools
    The widget URLs will also be the same.

    Duplicate Content using more than one Tag. You are correct in thinking multiple tags could cause a duplicate content issue.

    There are several ways around the problem – 1.) you can manually “noindex” individual tags in with Yoast SEO, or 2.) add the path to the tag you feel is more important using Canonical (two reasons I like this plugin so much – it gives total control)
    You can also set taxonmies to use snippets instead of full post content – which is a good idea anyway.

    Lastly, you could only use a single tag – but that detracts from the value of tags – a really good way for visitors to find content – so I would say rather use the tools available to overcome possible problems, and keep on using multiple tags…

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