Comment on Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Review by WordPress SEO Themes.

The Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin has been updated since I wrote the review above, currently the WordPress SEO Plugin is in version 1.0.3. One of the features of the Stallion SEO Theme is a set of warnings when using the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin with the SEO damaging settings (under Stallion Advanced SEO) and I was updating those warnings, some database options etc… have changed resulting in some warnings no longer working (will be updated in Stallion 6.1.1).

The plugin still has the same SEO mistakes for the most part, still noindexes important parts of a site and adds nofollow links which is so SEO damaging it’s use should be banned.

That being said did find one good SEO update under Indexation : Archive Settings, all three settings should be set to ON:

Disable the author archives
Disable the date-based archives
Disable the post format archives

for my sites and those who follow my SEO advise to the letter on what archives to use you won’t need these settings, but for those who have made the SEO mistake of using dated archives and author archives I strongly advise using these settings if you are a Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin user despite the SEO issues above. This will 301 redirect link benefit etc… from the dated archives to the home page. This can help recover the lost link benefit from the mistake of using dated archives.

As a side note the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin can achieve the same result with canonical URLs.

David

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