Meta Settings

Meta Settings are used to:

  • Define the Title and Description that will appear on search engine results,
  • Whether to index or not index certain parts of your web site.

In the WordPress Administration interface, click on WP Simple SEO > Meta
Meta Settings - WordPress Administration Link

Can’t see the Meta settings option in the WordPress Administration menu? You need to complete the First Time Configuration steps first.

Tags

Throughout the Meta Settings section, dynamic tags are used to build the Title and Description.  These dynamic tags are replaced with actual content, depending on the specific section of the site, Page, Post etc.

Tags are surrounded by curly braces, and a dropdown select option allows you to insert the available tags, depending on the section:
Meta Settings: Tags

General

The General tab allows you to define the general SEO metadata, which applies to the entire site:

Meta Settings: General

 

  • Title Separator Symbol: The title separator is used when the {title_separator} tag is used – for example, you might use it between your Post’s title and Site title.
  • Pagination Separator Symbol: The pagination separator is used when the {pagination_page_total} tag is used. For example, if set to a forwardslash, the output would be 1 / 2
  • No ODP?: Choose Prevent ODP/DMOZ’s description of your site being used by Search Engines if you do not want search engines to use the ODP\DMOZ description in search engine results (this defines noodp as true)
  • No Ydir?: Choose Prevent Yahoo’s description of your site being used by Search Engines if you do not want search engines to use the Yahoo description in search engine results (this defines noydir as true)

Home Page

The Home Page tab allows you to define the SEO metadata when viewing the Home Page:

Meta Settings: Home Page

  • Title: The Home Page title, to be displayed on both search engine results and the browser window / tab.
  • Description: The Home Page description, displayed on the search engine results.
  • Noindex?: Choose Don’t Index Content if you do not want search engines to index the Home Page.  This will also exclude the Home Page from the Sitemap, and defines the meta noindex tag = true.

To insert tags into the Title and Description:

  • Click the dropdown select box above the field you wish to insert the tag for,
  • Click the tag to insert.

Post Types

The Post Types tab allows you to define the SEO metadata for each of your Post Types (Posts, Pages, Custom Post Types etc) when viewing individual / single Posts / Pages:

Meta Settings: Post Types

  • Title: The Post / Page title, to be displayed on both search engine results and the browser window / tab.
  • Description: ThePost / Page description, displayed on the search engine results.
  • Noindex?: Choose Don’t Index Content if you do not want search engines to index the Post / Page.  This will also exclude the Post / Page from the Sitemap, and defines the meta noindex tag = true.
  • Nofollow?: Choose Don’t Follow Links if you do not want search engines to pass on link equity / score through any links on Posts (this defines nofollow as true).
  • No Image Index?: Choose Don’t index Images on Posts in Google Image Search if you do not want search engines to index images in Google Image Search results (this defines noimageindex as true).
  • Show Meta Box?: Choosing Yes will display the Title and Description editor when editing Posts.  This allows you to override meta settings on a per-Post basis.

To insert tags into the Title and Description:

  • Click the dropdown select box above the field you wish to insert the tag for,
  • Click the tag to insert.
Depending on each Post Type, the available tags you see may be different.

Taxonomies

The Taxonomies tab allows you to define the SEO metadata for each of your taxonomies (Categories, Tags etc) when a single Taxonomy Term Archive is viewed (for example, viewing all Posts in the Blog Category):

Meta Settings: Taxonomies

  • Title: The Post / Page title, to be displayed on both search engine results and the browser window / tab.
  • Description: ThePost / Page description, displayed on the search engine results.
  • Noindex?: Choose Don’t Index Content if you do not want search engines to index the Post / Page.  This will also exclude the Post / Page from the Sitemap, and defines the meta noindex tag = true.
  • Show Meta Box?: Choosing Yes will display the Title and Description editor when editing Posts.  This allows you to override meta settings on a per-Post basis.

To insert tags into the Title and Description:

  • Click the dropdown select box above the field you wish to insert the tag for,
  • Click the tag to insert.
Depending on each Post Type, the available tags you see may be different.

Archives

The Archives tab allows you to define the SEO metadata for Author and Date-based archives.

  • Author archives are a list of Posts created by a specific WordPress User (Author).
  • Date-based archives are a list of Posts matching a given year, month and/or day.  These are usually accessed via the Calendar Widget in WordPress.

Meta: Archive Settings

Author Archives

  • Title: The title to be displayed on both search engine results and the browser window / tab.
  • Description: The description, displayed on the search engine results.
  • Noindex?: Choose Don’t Index Content if you do not want search engines to index author archives.  This will also exclude all author archives from the Sitemap, and defines the meta noindex tag = true.
If your WordPress web site only has one author with published Posts, WP Simple SEO will not index your author archives.  This prevents search engines from potentially seeing duplicate content, and therefore negatively impacting on your search engine rankings.  If this is the case, you won’t be able to edit the noindex option.

To insert tags into the Title and Description:

  • Click the dropdown select box above the field you wish to insert the tag for,
  • Click the tag to insert.
Depending on each Post Type, the available tags you see may be different.

Date-based Archives

  • Title: The title to be displayed on both search engine results and the browser window / tab.
  • Description: The description, displayed on the search engine results.
  • Noindex?: Choose Don’t Index Content if you do not want search engines to index date based archives.  This will also exclude all date based archives from the Sitemap, and defines the meta noindex tag = true.
If your WordPress web site only has one author with published Posts, WP Simple SEO will not index your date-based archives.  This prevents search engines from potentially seeing duplicate content, and therefore negatively impacting on your search engine rankings.  If this is the case, you won’t be able to edit the noindex option.

To insert tags into the Title and Description:

  • Click the dropdown select box above the field you wish to insert the tag for,
  • Click the tag to insert.

Search Results

The Search Results tab allows you to define the SEO metadata for search results made on your web site:

Meta Settings: Search Results

It’s unlikely that search results will be indexed by the search engines, but on occasion they are.
  • Title: The title, to be displayed on both search engine results and the browser window / tab.
  • Description: The description, displayed on the search engine results.
  • Noindex?: Choose Don’t Index Content if you do not want search engines to index search results.  This will also exclude all search results from the Sitemap, and defines the meta noindex tag = true.

To insert tags into the Title and Description:

  • Click the dropdown select box above the field you wish to insert the tag for,
  • Click the tag to insert.

404

The 404 tab allows you to define the browser window / tab title when a visitor views a URL that cannot be found (for example, a deleted Page or Post).

Meta Settings: 404

404 pages aren’t indexed by the search engines – this option is just to define the browser title.
  • Title: The title, to be displayed on the browser window / tab.

To insert tags into the Title and Description:

  • Click the dropdown select box above the field you wish to insert the tag for,
  • Click the tag to insert.