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  • Plugin Contributor Peter Baylies

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    The recommended settings are typically the defaults, but I don’t see any issues with your on page SEO, and I can find you in Google. From your perspective, what has changed? Is your Google Analytics tracking still functioning properly? You might be able to find more information about how your site is ranking or any other potential issues in Google Webmaster Tools as well.

    Hi Peter,

    I clicked to restore the default settings the other day but unfortunately I messed around with the settings in January and again in Spring. When I messed around in the spring it set off a ton of html errors (which still haven’t completely cleared in GWT) but I think in January I may have prevented the rewriting of titles or something because prior to this my new pages usually ranked 3 or 4 but since January not one of my new pages has ranked. The old pages haven’t dropped in ranking so I’m not sure what’s going on. If I didn’t have the proper settings could it cause my new pages not to rank? They appear to be getting indexed quickly. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong and what’s changed in the last 6 months. I don’t know much about SEO but I don’t understand how my old pages haven’t dropped yet none of the new ones are being ranked. Other than messing with the settings I haven’t changed my process when adding a new post. I’m so confused.

    Plugin Contributor Peter Baylies

    (@pbaylies)

    My advice – go into Google Webmaster Tools and see what’s getting indexed; ask it to crawl one of your new pages, and see what it comes back with. If there are actual problems present, it should let you know. Google is always tweaking how they do their ranking as well, and it can take some time for new pages to get crawled; you might want to resubmit your sitemap while you’re at it, if you haven’t.

    It’s funny you should mention Fetch with Googlebot because I’ve been having issues fetching the site (for months) and there’s also been a few server crawl errors but whenever I approach the hosting company they tell me there’s nothing wrong. After speaking with them again the other day I was finally able to fetch successfully after month’s of “failed” errors. I’m in the process of switching hosts because I have received several messages from Google and Bing stating they’re having issues crawling the site, it never occurred to me that this could be the issue. I’ve resubmitted the site map as you suggested and I also resubmitted the home page and linked contents through fetch, hopefully this will help.

    Peter, should I have the options that are shown in the slides from the link I provided?

    Plugin Contributor Peter Baylies

    (@pbaylies)

    No, you’re using the free version of the plugin; the options you don’t have are likely additional modules that are currently only available in the Pro version of the plugin; that includes modules for generating a sitemap and adding social meta (Twitter, Facebook Opengraph tags) to a page, and an Importer / Exporter for backing up your settings.

    I thought both versions were the same, my mistake Peter. Would you suggest upgrading to the pro?

    Plugin Contributor Peter Baylies

    (@pbaylies)

    The benefits of upgrading are that you get premium support and updates with a current support subscription, with access to all the latest modules as they are released through the updates. I’d suggest upgrading if those modules I mentioned earlier interest you, or if you have a need for reliable paid support for the plugin; the rest of the core functionality of the plugin is essentially the same across the Free and Pro versions. It looks like you already have a plugin for XML Sitemaps; however, I don’t see any Opengraph data present on your pages with the exception of the site title, which is coming from Shareaholic (that could probably use some configuring).

    I changed the settings in Shareaholic to remove the open graph tags because I was concerned it may have been part of my seo issue. Honestly Peter SEO confuses me and I’m not sure how certain things like the open graph tags affect SEO, should I put the tags back in?

    Plugin Contributor Peter Baylies

    (@pbaylies)

    I’m not familiar with Shareaholic’s settings, but with Opengraph tags, you should either have them entered once correctly, or not have it at all; yes, I think it’s good to have them. You can get an idea of what these are doing on your site using Facebook’s Debugger Tool as well.

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