After having WordPress installation, you might be wondering that what should you do in order to make your WordPress installation to make it more SEO friendly. According to us, there are many things which are although small but can make a difference in SERP. So here are some All in One SEO Tips for WordPress.

All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

Change default Permalink settings

In simple words, permalink is the URL of the post. By default in WordPress the permalink structure is . This URL is not SEO friendly. It is needed to be changed. For SEO purpose, it must be something like . Following steps will help you to change permalink structure in WordPress :

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks.
  2. Select Post Names and click Save Changes.

All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

Install Yoast SEO Plugin

To extend the Ranking Capabilities of WordPress, we need to install SEO Plugin. We will suggest you to use Yoast SEO Plugin which is available for free in WordPress Repository. It can be used to optimize your WordPress blog’s SEO to a great extent. We are going to discuss settings and use of this plugin further in this post.

Configure Robots.txt

Robots.txt plays a great role in search engine ranking. It is like a rulebook to the search engines. It must be optimised in such a way that your blog gets the most benefit from it. Robots.txt helps search engine bots to direct which part to crawl and which part to avoid. Robots.txt file is located at

By default WordPress contains a virtual Robots.txt file. You can modify robots.txt using various plugins but here we are going for Yoast SEO Plugin.

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> SEO -> Edit Files.
  2. Paste the recommended robots.txt file and click save changes to Robots.txt.

Recommended robots.txt file :

Sample :

Noindex & Deindex Category, Tags, Author Archives, Date Archives

According to recent Panda Updates the quality content is must. But pages like Categories, Tags, Author archives and date archives are not quality content and may lead to a penalty by google. So to overcome this we can set this set of pages to noindex so that it is not indexed by search engines. Here again we are going to use Yoast SEO Plugin :

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> SEO -> Titles & Metas.
  2. In general tab we recommend you to tick all boxes except use meta keyword tag.
  3. Now go to Post Types tab. Select noindex, follow for all types other that post and pages.
  4. Now go to Taxonomies tab. Select noindex, follow for categories and tags.
  5. Now go to Other tab. Select noindex, follow for author archives and date based archives. (PS: You can also disable both archives if you want)

Also read : Manually Remove Spam Backlinks from Google

So we have successfully set these pages to noindex. But it may take time to deindex from Google.  So now we are going to manually deindex author archives, categories, tags from Google. I will suggest you to deindex following directories :

  1. Login to Google Webmaster Tools.
  2. Go to your website’s dashboard.
  3. Go to Google Index -> Remove URLs.
  4. Click create new removal request.All in One SEO Tips for WordPress
  5. Paste URL.(Sample given above and paste URL one by one by creating removal request for each link)
  6. Select Remove directory and click Submit Request.All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

Link your Social Profiles to WordPress

Linking your social profile may help a little to boost SEO for your blog. Though we can’t confirm it, but it is better to link it. Again here we are going to use Yoast SEO plugin :

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> SEO -> Social.
  2. Tick Add Open Graph meta data. Click add Facebook admin and verify using Facebook and paste the information you want to show in the respective boxes.
  3. Similarly you can also add Twitter and Google+ profile details.

Get rid of WordPress Attachment ID links

As we discussed previously some pages can add low quality content and duplicate content issues in search engine. It also includes WordPress Attachment IDs. This can be fixed by redirecting attachment ID links to the original post link where it was uploaded. We can accomplish this task by using Yoast SEO plugin :

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> SEO -> Permalinks.
  2. Tick Redirect attachment URL’s to parent post URL and click save changes.

Fix Replytocom duplicate content issue

So first of all let’s discuss about what are replytocom urls. These are for the blogs which allows reply to comments. It’s URL looks like and this URL shows the same post. So more are the number of replies to the comment, more number of this URL are present. This can also lead to Google Penalty. So here we can fix it completely with the help of three simple and effective steps :

Fixing by Yoast SEO Plugin

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard -> SEO -> Permalinks.
  2. Tick Remove ?replytocom variables and click save changes.

– Fixing by Webmaster tools – URL Paramaters

  1. Go to Webmaster tools & go to your site’s dashboard.
  2. Go to Crawl -> URL Parameters.
  3. There you will see replytocom under parameters column.(If not then click add parameter)
  4. Change the setting as given in below screenshot.

All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

– Manually removing URLs from Google

  1. Go to Google. Type inurl:replytocom
  2. You will see something like.All in One SEO Tips for WordPress
  3. Click repeat the search with the omitted results included.
  4. Now you have list of all replytocom URLs indexed by google.
  5. Go to Webmaster tools & go to your site’s dashboard.
  6. Go to Google Index -> Remove URLs.
  7. Click create new removal request.
  8. Paste URL.
  9. Select remove page from search result and cache and click Submit Request and do same for all URLs.

Optimise Image size and it’s Alt Tag

For decreasing the loading time of WordPress and for increasing the Google PageSpeed score. We need to optimise the size of the uploaded image. This can easily be done by plugin which is available in WordPress repository. You can also set it to smush image automatically once it is uploaded or you can also manually smush a plugin from Media option in WordPress.

All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

As we know that Alt Tag is required by search engines to identify what the is image about? You may find it hard during writing posts that it is time taking while assigning every image an alt text. You can automatically assign alt text by using SEO Friendly Images plugin which is available in WordPress repository.

All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

Use SEO Friendly XML Sitemap

Sitemap plays the most important role in indexing your blog to search engines. Sitemap is basically the collection of all the links of your blog in one single file. It is very essential to create a sitemap and submit it to various search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex etc. For creating sitemap you can use Yoast SEO or Google XML Sitemaps.

Sample Sitemap :

Use Mobile Optimised Theme

According to a survey, over 60% users use smartphone to access internet, read articles etc. Not also that you can also check that out in PageSpeed insights. There is a new tab under Mobile score called User Experience. So to increase your SERP you must use mobile optimised theme. For that we will recommend you to use WPtouch Mobile plugin.

WordPress Speed Optimization

According to recent updates from google, it is confirmed that, now SERP also depends upon the loading time of the page and user experience. So to optimise your WordPress Speed to a great extent read our previous article about WordPress Speed Optimization.

Fix Broken Links & 404 Errors

If your site is old and if you have deleted any previously posted articles you may have some broken links. It is a time taking process if we do it manually but instead we can use a plugin named Broken Link Checker which will scan all posts and comments periodically to check out whether it contains any broken links or not.

Now to fix 404 errors read : How to Fix 404 Crawl Error in Google Webmaster Tools

Use Featured Image in RSS Feed

WordPress default RSS feed only contains text but to make it more user & SEO friendly, we can add a featured image. This can be done easily by a plugin called Featured Image in RSS Feed.

All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

Use Nofollow Plugin

In some of the articles you may have to provide many links to external websites. But providing too many do-follow links from an article is not a SEO friendly practice. So you can use a plugin named Ultimate Nofollow. By this plugin while adding every new link in your post,  you will have the option to make it do-follow or no-follow.

All in One SEO Tips for WordPress

Submit your blog to Search Engines

Finally after all these steps, we need to submit blog to various search engines.

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