A Complete Guide to Configure ALL In One SEO Plugin

There are many SEO plugins out there for WordPress blog, and I have covered some of the best here at ShoutMeLoud. All in one SEO is another popular SEO plugin for completely optimize a WordPress blog. For a newbie blogger, configuring All in One SEO plugin could be quite tricky, and without configuring the plugin, AIOSEO plugin is as good as not installed.


Before you start configuring this plugin, I highly recommend you to prefer installing WordPress SEO by Yoast instead. Free version of All in one SEO plugin lacks many important features, where as WordPress SEO by yoast, which is also a free plugin offers many advance features (Social SEO features).

WordPress is said to be optimized for SEO by default but apart from default settings, there are many settings we need to do to make it rock-solid for search engine. Here is a complete configuration guide for All in one SEO WordPress Plugin, which will help you to make your blog search engine friendly.

Complete guide to Setup All in One SEO Plugin

General Settings:

Canonical URL

Home Page Settings:

In the home page settings you need to add few details like Home title, and home description. Here are few things which you should keep in mind:

  • Home Title – Use your Blog name along with Keyword or tag line. (Ex: ShoutMeloud – How to Blog, ShoutMeLoud – Small business Blog)
  • Home Description: In 160 character, write what your blog is about. Make it meaningful, informative and keyword rich.
  • Home Keywords : Search engine doesn’t rely on Meta Keywords anymore, so you can ignore this field.  (Check screenshot for better understanding)

AIOSEO Home Page Settings

Next option is Keyword settings, and as I mentioned Meta Keywords are not anymore taken as search engine ranking factor, so you can hit disable, and move on to Title settings.  You can copy the settings as shown in image. (Note: I have removed %blog_title% from post title format)

SEO title settings

For custom post type settings, and display settings, you can leave things as it is.

  • Webmaster verification: This is useful to verify your WordPress blog on Google webmaster tool, Bing webmaster tool and Pinterest. All you need to do is, submit your website to all of these three websites, grab the verification key, and paste it here.
  • Google Settings: All in One SEO plugin supports Google authorship. It will work best when you are running single-authored WordPress blog. Simply add your Google plus profile URL, and on your Google plus profile, add link to your Blog. Also you can add Google analytics ID here to quickly enable Google analytics tracking for your blog.

Noindex Settings:

This is one of the most important settings, as you don’t want your archive pages to be indexed in Google. To explain; your archive pages are for user-experience, and for navigating your sites. When indexed in search engine, they work as low-quality pages. So, we will noindex all the archive pages.

Noindex settings

Under Advance settings, uncheck the option which says “Auto generate descriptions”, as it’s a good idea to write meta description of your own in a way, which can yield better CTR.

Click on Update settings, and you are all set with All in one SEO plugin settings.

Settings for single post All in one SEO plugin

There are three options in the single post settings:

Titles, Description and Keyword

Meta Title

When you write a post there is a difference between how you want search engine to see your post and how you want your readers to see the post title. This option gives you freedom to make your post title search friendly as well as reader friendly too. default title is what you reader will see and when you enter the another title in the All in one SEO option, that will be used for search engine.

Meta Description:

Meta description is one of the most important part of search engine optimization. Meta description is what search result will show in the search result of your page. You can enter a custom keyword rich description or this plugin will automatically pull up the first 160 words as description. I suggest you to write a custom less than 160 characters meta description, which should also include your target Keyword. Think of your Meta description as sales-copy, as it will help you to get more click from search engine.

Keywords :

You can leave Keywords field empty.

Download: All in one SEO plugin

If you have any doubt or question regarding All in One SEO plugin, feel free to ask me via comment. If you find this tutorial informative, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Google plus.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 31 )

  1. says

    Hi, Dear,
    I am facing a problem that when I fill up all in one seo pack option then title fields 11 character does not fill, I can fill only 49 character/letter. and another site can fill 38 character .
    Please help me how can fill full 60 character.

  2. Kuldeep Singh says

    Hello Harsh Sir
    How Are You, I always Read Your Blog when I need any SEO information, But here it makes me puzzle i have a blog and currently Title setting in all in seo plugin is set to %post_title% | %blog_title% i have done almost 100 post and its index with Google. Now i need to know can i change the title setting to %post_title% Only. Will it make any effect of ranking or website Seo. Please let me know Also Tell me which one is good %post_title% | %blog_title% or %post_title%


    • says

      %post_title% is the best setting for post title. Changing your current title to %post_title% will improve your ranking, as you will not be repeating one keyword (Brand name) on all the posts of your blog.

  3. says


    When i installed Word press SEO Yoast as recommended by you in the beginning of this post, wordpress warned me not to install google xml sitemaps & SEO yoast plugins together. As Google xml sitemaps plugin was already installed. What to do in this case? please recommend.

  4. Josephine Thang says

    Convert from WP SEO to “all in one SEO” – the title tab & meta description will disappear after activate the update key. Have reload several times, unable to resolve the issues. Check all the setting per list.

  5. Mayur Chettiar says

    Thank you so much Harsh…i was really confused about this whole all in one SEO, eespecially the meta tittle and meta description part..this post is awesome
    keep up the good work

  6. Dave Roberts says

    Thank you for this tutorial i have been using all in one seo for sometime now and not seen any movement in my low competition keywords. I have now applied your settings and hope to see some movement in these keywords and attract more traffic.

    Keep up the good work.

  7. Mike Kendall says

    Hi Harsh Agrawal,

    Really, your plugin configure is very nice for all newbie WordPress blogger. I follow all the steps on my blog.


  8. says

    Hi harsh,
    Which one is better? SEO Plugin by Yoast ?
    or All in one SEO?
    Am using yoast plugin currently . please let me know should i use All in one SEO?

  9. Pramod says

    Hi Harsh !
    Thanks for sharing this tutorial ! I was confused with some of its option , this tutorial cleared all my doubts . I would re-activate it on my new blog with these settings.


  10. Nitin says

    great and very useful article for me. It will definitely prove to be a god gift for me to understand all features of this plugin. It will also help me to increase my site’s traffic. Truly very beneficial for me.
    Thanks a lot for sharing

  11. Sri Ganesh.M says

    What if we change Home Title and Home Description often or twice per 3-4 years ! ?
    I want to change the Title and Descrption ! !

    • Mohammed Iqbal says

      Hi sri ganesh,

      If you often change home title and home description, google will stop recognizing your website google search engine

  12. says

    Hi Harsh,

    Thanks very much for this tutorial – I ‘ve been using AIOSEO for a while now, because I find Yoast to complicated. I set it up some time ago and I realise it’s been updated since then, so I’m going to check my settings to see if they fit with your recommendations – thanks :)

  13. Joseph Nirmal says

    Hi Harsh,
    Optimize a blog post for SEO, All in one SEO gives many keyword seperated by comma for a single post. But in YoastSEO we have to focus only one keyword. Which one is good for targeted keyword for SEO. Which Plugin is better for SEO.

  14. David says

    About Rewrite Titles CAUTION: misconfiguration of this setting could negatively affect your rankings! The default behavior of WordPress titles is very anti-seo, use this setting to correct it.

  15. smart blogging says

    I am very happy to read and follow the instructions from you, so far I been using All In SEO Pack but I only use to create the canonical and the extent, keywords, and descriptions of the settings temporarily for the title by search engine seo friendly yet I do, but after read this article I am more confident now and I will soon use these functions. thanks for the tutorial.