Msg#: 4515176 posted 7:28 pm on Nov 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
We're planning a new site and looking for opinion on WordPress SEO plugins. Are they really THAT useful, or are we better off skipping the customization and doing it by hand?
I am very familiar with the leading SEO plugins out there for WordPress and have to admit, they make things easy but leave a trail of optimization footprints in their wake. (code comment about using seo plugin versions, etc) We have used Yoast or AIOSEO for many years and sometimes wonder if it's like raising the "We Do SEO" flag over our site.
We know Google and Matt Cutts groups SEO and Spam in the same sentence, are we better off with nothing at all?
Msg#: 4515176 posted 1:17 pm on Nov 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
>> can't you just amend the plugin code to take the footprints out
Yes but then you've broken the update path - eg. you cannot use autoupdate anymore and the plugin becomes one more thing to be tracked and updated. Seems harmless at first but it gets to be a real headache the busier you get.
Msg#: 4515176 posted 3:32 pm on Nov 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
i think people are worrying too much about doing SEO. all this plugin does (from memory) is rewrite the title tags so they are more relevant, and insert some meta descriptions, meta keywords and canonical link tags. and it lets you noindex low quality pages like the bazillions of tag pages that wordpress produces. i can't see google ever punishing us for stuff like that
Msg#: 4515176 posted 1:46 am on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
I use Yoast; I'm very happy with it. I have a lot of custom posts and taxonomy pages and it makes it very easy to put the proper tags in. I don't have any search engine trouble with it, but I'm not trying to do any shortcuts or tricks, just trying to keep a tidy shop.
(And some of the stuff like the author and publisher stuff, and FB Open Graph - it's kind of a relief not to have to figure that all out)