March 29, 2013 at 10:13 am #31935webcamiParticipant
I would like to add Yoast SEO info to the homepage of a site I designed. The site has a widgeted HOMEPAGE but also a blog page. With SEO for WordPress by YOAST, the homepage tab has "click here to adjust the homepage" (there isn't one) and click here to adjust the blog page goes to the BLOG page - which also isn't the homepage. Wordpress general setting are that the homepage is the posts page.
I'm perplexed! Anyone know the work around?April 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm #38282April 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm #38293
He would lose the widgets on his home page if he did that. The only thing I would suggest for SEO for the home page - is look in the Genesis > SEO and add additional SEO in there that would cover and include the default home page.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!April 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm #38295
Oh, and @Webcami you did a great job on that site. Nice colors, very clean.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!April 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm #38316April 29, 2013 at 12:49 am #38358
I think the Genesis SEO settings are the best option.
Why add a SEO plugin when your theme alreay includes built in SEO?
You only duplicate functions and meta data.
I could understand why you need to install a SEO plugin if your theme didn't include these features, but most do now.
WordPress SEO by Yoast was initially developed when many themes didn't offer much in the way of SEO settings like the default themes back in the days of 2010.
April 29, 2013 at 6:10 am #38387
Well, I just installed Yoast for the first time over the weekend for a client whose business industry is "big data" and to tell you the truth - Yoast has more features to push his content than the internal Genesis SEO. Now I am not knocking the Genesis SEO at all, it's great and especially so for those who are new to SEO, need to get their feet wet while they are learning. But for people who wish to really push their content and SEO is really a big deal for them, Yoast is the way to go.
In this person's particular situation with the home page, I would just do what I originally suggested - use the Genesis SEO for that since his home page doesn't really have content per se that will be scrubbed - he's using the widgets.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!April 29, 2013 at 6:16 am #38391
I'll second Anitac in recommending Yoast's WordPress SEO plugin. Genesis SEO is great for starters but Yoast's plugin adds a lot more functionality like content evaluation and focus keyword searches.
StudioPress recognise Yoast's plugin and if it's installed the Genesis SEO settings are hidden and the Yoast settings take over without duplication or issues.
April 30, 2013 at 5:01 am #38533jhguynnMember
Another point to make re: Yoast: He's a HUGE Genesis fan. He uses Genesis for his own site, and even hosts his site on Synthesis. Having wrestled myself with the issue of whether to use Yoast (a plugin) or the native Genesis SEO, Yoast's pro-genesis bent along with cehwitham's point above about Yoast being recognized by genesis tipped the scale in favor of Yoast for me. Reading Yoast's Blog is also very helpful: http://yoast.com/.May 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm #38793
Is there any easy way of transferring the settings that were put in Genesis over to Yoast. When I installed Yoast, all my meta descriptions that where in Genesis are now all hidden and I can't copy them out. At least not without turning off Yoast.May 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm #38801May 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm #38822
Thanks @braddalton. I just checked the plugin, but it doesn't list Yoast in the list of compatible SEO plugins. Honestly, I might just ditch Yoast and stick with Genesis SEO. I wast just trying to find a solution for the duplicate content image attachment pages issue. But if it's going to be a hassle like this, I'll just leave them. I can't believe Google is going to penalize sites for WP image attachment pages. All WP sites have them and I doubt most site owners are going to go through the trouble of trying to 301 redirect all of those to the parent post.
What would you do? Or better asked, what do you do to deal with this issue?May 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm #38828
Nevermind @braddalton - The plugin does offer the functionality for Yoast. The problem is it's listed as "Wordpress SEO" and not branded as Yoast. Confusing eh? 🙂May 2, 2013 at 2:24 am #38893May 2, 2013 at 8:30 am #38919
@eluviis Yeah it is a bit. Thanks for letting me know about the Google penalty as well. Trying to keep on the right side of the line with Google is an ongoing battle sometimes.
Let me find the post about redirecting the image attachment pages to the post page.
I did go through this before but need to find it and refresh my memory.
I think there's a code snippet or plugin which you can use without needing to install WordPress SEO by Yoast's plugin.
May 2, 2013 at 10:29 am #38935
@braddalton - Thanks Brad. I'll check out that article. Nonetheless, I easily converted the my SEO to Yoast with that plugin you mentioned. Dude, you're full of great ideas.
The nice thing about it is it seems to be easy to switch back if I need to. But so far, I'm liking the features in Yoast WordPress SEO so I'm going to try it out for a little longer. It does seem to provide more power over Genesis' standard SEO options.
Here is the post I found when originally searching for a solution to the problem. I thought it was pretty useful:
http://www.famousbloggers.net/replytocom-links-image-attachment-wordpress.htmlMay 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm #38950
Good article on famous bloggers and thanks for linking to it because it may help others.
No doubt Yoast's plugin is full of all the features that can maximize SEO.
I tried all of them after Penguin and it made no difference to my traffic but it could work for others.
Hope you have better luck with Google than I have @eluviis
May 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm #38952
Thanks @braddalton - I'm working 99% of the time on my car site. That's a site I started building post panda-bear and post penguin-bird. 🙂 - My approach is much more social than my previous sites. I'm on the field all the time shooting photos, meeting people and writing stories. The time spent behind the computer is because I have to.
So, I'm not too worried about Google. I'd just like the site to be as optimized as possible, but for the most part, it's social.
These days SEO competition is too fierce. I can't spent my days searching for low-hanging fruit and having to write about "10 ways to tighten a lug nut" just because competition is low. Competition is low, because traffic is low. I now longer write for keywords, but rather find keywords in what I'm already writing.
Have a good one and thanks, Danny
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