WordPress- Set Up All In One SEO Pack Configuration Tutorial

WordPress tutorial how to set up or configure all in one seo pack wordpress plugin option settings for your blog and for your blog post.

After i posted the best wordpress plugins or widgets, and how to activate your akismet api key tutorial, today this post will digg more on how to set up all in one seo wordpress plugin.

There are tons of seo plugin for your wordpress blog. Either free or paid version, but to me, all in one seo pack is the best, and very easy to use.

All in one seo pack, is the most important plugin i activate right after installing wordpress. To configure the settings, we should not be confused between, configuring for our blogs in general, and configuring the option settings for the post, as they are completely different.

Note: If you are using Twenty Ten theme of wordpress 3.0 you may want to check this tutorial first before you follow these steps.

If you want to use theme that already SEO optimized so that it does not need to use any SEO plugins, you can try The Thesis Theme for WordPress

For blog settings, here are the steps once you activate it:
1. Admin dashboard/Settings/All in One SEO.

2. Plugin Status: Enabled.

3. Home Title: Basically the same as your blog title which can be found in Admin/Settings/General/Blog title.

4. Home description: Describe your what your blog about, but not too long.

5. Home keywords: Type in your keywords and it should be done after you doing some researches, find more how to do keywords researches here.

6. Post Title Format: Delete the | %blog_title%

7. Page Title Format: Delete the | %blog_title%

8. Category Title Format: Delete the | %blog_title%

Steps 6 until 8 it is optional, you can leave it as default, especially when your blog title contains keywords. (see this comment)

9. Untick “Use no index for Categories. Except if you have a few wordpress posts, then you may want to consider ticking this option. Whenever you write a post, writing excerpt is a good idea too, because it’s avoiding duplicate content if we set to index our categories.

See more in this post about when you need to use index or noindex in WordPress category. If you are not sure, “untick it” or feel free to contact me.

10. Tick “Use noindex for Tag Archives.

11. The end, but very important, click “Update Options” button.

Now setting up all in seo pack configuration settings whenever you create your post:

1. Scroll down, all in seo pack is in the bottom of your post’s page.
Title: Copy and paste the title of your post.
Description: Copy and paste the first line of your post, usually rich keywords line, so when people read your decsription in google, they will click your post.(it is also said, maximum 160 characters, not too long, else it will be cutted in Google search result page)
Keywords: your post keywords. If you need a guide how to choose keywords, you may want to see more here.


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    • says

      @Shabnam Sultan, Hello there :) Yes, i agree with you, All in One SEO works great, it is my best wordpress plugin. I also hope that the tutorial helps other beginners, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment :)

      • nicolas simpson says

        Yep i agree that its wordpress best plugin @Dina…

        I have been searching around for a while now on how to best optimize the SEO plugin to get best reults from search engines and this post have helped me a lot especially with the tittle Format

        Kept asking my self which is better?
        1, %post_title% | %blog_title%
        2, %post_title%

        • says

          Hi Nicolas!

          It really depends on how long is your blog title, example, if you have a pretty long blog title, I personally think only post title is better.

          And also depends on the topics you want to blog, if you have “travel” blog title, and in the middle of blogging you want to write another topic, the travel blog title will look odd.

          That was my opinion, Good luck with your blog :)

  1. says

    All in One could use some work. Sometimes fails on its face, and that’s one plugin I don’t need faltering when it matters most.

  2. says

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Quick question: if I install AIO, will it automatically change the permalink structure for my already existing posts or does it only effect future posts? Or will it help redirect if I choose to change the permalink structure through the basic wp settings?

    • says

      @Adrian, Hello there :) AIO has nothing to do with permalinks settings of your blog. AIO will help your blog what to show in Google or other search engines result pages, for the titles and descriptions if the keywords you choose is what the surfers typed. If you just installed AIO now, i recommend you update all of the post title, and description, it won’t affect anything if the title as same as your post title. But changing permalinks will affect your SERPs.

      I noticed from your blog, you still have ?p=486 permalink :) It is not friendly for search engines at all, you might want to change this permalink to more search engine friendly, see more in this post: http://www.blog.web6.org/how-to-change-permalinks-wordpress/ before you have more posts. But be sure to backup everything and read the guide from wordpress.org official website first.

      Good luck and thank you for the comment :)

  3. says

    Hi Dina, AIO is great and your tutorial was SOOOO helpful in getting it set up. I also changed my permalinks and everything went well with one exception. The links on my home page to the archived pages (in the boxes and numbered) don’t seem to work. Any ideas?

    • says

      @Adrian, Hi, i would disable all plugins and try again, if it does not work, switch to default theme for a minutes, then see if it works. If both not working, then i have no idea why, you might ask to wordpress.org. Let me know how it works :)

  4. says

    Thanks for the tips. Only 1 question how to add to the title the child (or parent) category if i have multiple categories.

    Waiting for response.

    • says

      @anekdot, Hello there :)

      All In Seo Pack enable us to optimize our post title, independent from Category (or Child Category) Title.

      However to optimize your Parent or Child Category’s Title, you can modify in Admin/Posts/categories, here, you can type in The title, slugs, even descriptions. It’s already built-in in our wordpress blog :)

      Hope this helps. Thanks for the comment :)

      • says

        I agree that you can edit the title in the categories area of the wordpress admin, but if you do that it also adjusts your URL. I’m looking for a way to adjust the title while still leaving a shortened category URL.

  5. All in one SEO says

    all in one seo is great but is there option to set categories title manually???

    • says

      @All in one SEO, there is an option to set the title manually, it is in admin dashboard/Posts/Categories, fill in the title, slug and description :)

  6. Curtis says

    For steps 6,7 and 8 why should we delete %blog_title%..

    Also for those steps would adding %blog_description% help any?


    • says

      Hey Curtis,

      The reason why i did remove my blog title is, because i have a long blog name which is Free Video Tutorial | WordPress Getting Started.

      If your blog name contains your keyword, you can have %blog_title% on.

      If you use %blog_description% your browser title would be really long, because usually we describe our blog, it would be more texts than your blog’s name. This is why even in default settings, you would not find any %blog_description% in any settings.

      I hope this will help.

  7. says

    How can I write seperate titles for each categories. This is just taking the name of the category as title. Please advice.

  8. Zakir says

    i installed all in one seo pack but i didn’t see the save option (update settings) in admin page of all in seo pack ! its strange!

    please can anyone have any idea clue what went wrong ?

    please let me know asap!

    • says

      Hi Zakir,

      That’s very strange. Try to delete the all in one seo pack plugin, and install it again?

      Or disable all other plugins, and then try.

      Hope this helps.

      • zakir says

        Thank you for your reply. I sorted out above problem.

        There was an option shown in the settings section in ALL IN ONE SEO PACK which was “update your database (backup your database before update)”. I didn’t update my database yesterday and thats why I didn’t see the “update settings” option! Just few minutes ago I clicked the “update database” option and now I seen the “update settings” option.
        Thanks God!

  9. luap_123 says

    I’m so glad you have a post for this too!
    But I cannot get this to work.
    I take it I’ve installed it properly as I’m new to this and havnt ever installed a plugin before (simply clicked install and then simply enabled it)

    I went to
    and Ive tried changing the Home Title/Home Description and hit update options etc but my TITLES stay the same as whats written in
    SETTINGS>GENERAL>Site Title & Tagline

    My site is pretty basic and like I said it has no other plugins so I cant see how it is conflicting with anything.

    Any advise Kimi?

    • says

      I have checked your site, i can’t really tell why that happened, because i need to be in your dashboard and see how you set this plugin up.

      Small tips, when you click to this midlandsdrumlessons.co.uk/hello-world/

      You will be landed to the post which has title: Welcome to Midlands Drum Lessons by Philip Guest.

      This can be Search engine optimised, by changing the URL which has keyword in it.

      I hope this helps, Good luck!

        • luap_123 says

          No, it doesnt work I’m afraid. My header.php file looks like this.

          * The Header for our theme.
          * Displays all of the section and everything up till
          * @package WordPress
          * @subpackage Twenty_Ten
          * @since Twenty Ten 1.0
          <html >

          <meta charset="” />
          * Print the tag based on what is being viewed.
          global $page, $paged;

          wp_title( ‘|’, true, ‘right’ );

          // Add the blog name.
          bloginfo( ‘name’ );

          // Add the blog description for the home/front page.
          $site_description = get_bloginfo( ‘description’, ‘display’ );
          if ( $site_description && ( is_home() || is_front_page() ) )
          echo ” | $site_description”;

          // Add a page number if necessary:
          if ( $paged >= 2 || $page >= 2 )
          echo ‘ | ‘ . sprintf( __( ‘Page %s’, ‘twentyten’ ), max( $paged, $page ) );


          <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="” />
          <link rel="pingback" href="” />
          /* We add some JavaScript to pages with the comment form
          * to support sites with threaded comments (when in use).
          if ( is_singular() && get_option( 'thread_comments' ) )
          wp_enqueue_script( 'comment-reply' );

          /* Always have wp_head() just before the closing
          * tag of your theme, or you will break many plugins, which
          * generally use this hook to add elements to such
          * as styles, scripts, and meta tags.

          <body >

          < id=”site-title”>

          <a href="” title=”” rel=”home”>


          ID ) &&
          ( /* $src, $width, $height */ $image = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ), ‘post-thumbnail’ ) ) &&
          $image[1] >= HEADER_IMAGE_WIDTH ) :
          // Houston, we have a new header image!
          echo get_the_post_thumbnail( $post->ID, ‘post-thumbnail’ );
          else : ?>
          <img src="” width=”” height=”” alt=”” />

          <a href="#content" title="”>

          ‘menu-header’, ‘theme_location’ => ‘primary’ ) ); ?>

        • says

          All in one seo pack plugin has nothing to do with your header.php, however when it is installed it will be shown in the page source.

          I notice you deactivate the plugin.

          If you follow the tutorial correctly it will work.

        • luap_123 says

          Hi Kimi
          The plugin is activated and
          it IS at the bottom of
          EDIT PAGE
          But whatever I change the title/description etc to it does not change anything.
          Any advice?

      • luap_123 says

        I’ve uninstalled it it and re-installed it and followed your post exactly and it still doesnt work.

        I am using:-
        Wordpress 3.0.2
        All in One SEO Pack Version 1.6.13
        iMac OSX 10.6.5
        MAMP Version 1.9.1

        Again I stress that I am able to write next keywords etc but it is NOT updated on my website pages.
        Any help is much appreciated.

  10. says

    Thank you!! I could not figure out why all the pages EXCEPT my home page were showing the All in One SEO tags and titles. You saved me from an expensive call to my web developer who did not set this up correctly….urgh!!

    • says

      Hello Kine,

      I have check your website, however when i click on “Treatment” page, it does not show your site title on the browser,

      see this image:

      Kind regards,


  11. says

    Thank you SO MUCH for this guide! It’s seriously the best one I’ve found, and I’m so glad you alerted me to the All-in-One SEO Pack options for individual posts! I’ve been completely ignoring it since I didn’t know how to configure the plugin. It’s so nice to catch this before I have hundreds of posts to go back and update. You are awesome!

  12. Toi says

    I cannot stop reading your blog posts LOL.
    I have about 10 of your posts open right now in different tabs of my browser so i can make sure I read all of the ones I find interesting.
    Thanks a lot, you do a good job.

  13. Sunil Sheoran says

    Very helpful tutorial! AIOSP is very good from SEO point of view and by this tutorial you make it easy for people to learn!

  14. Paul says

    Thanks for the tips about getting AIO setup. I’m trying to work on getting the post title to show up across the top of Firefox or IE, without the blog title showing up as well.

  15. Lucy says

    I can’t get the all in one seo plugin to work. I tried waiting for the site to be crawled and it still does not work. Does it have to be crawled by Googlebot or is it another type like does a google site map have to be submitted?

    • says

      Hi Lucy,

      What do you mean by “I can’t get the all in one seo plugin to work”?

      Do you mean, All in One SEO is configured but your site is not yet crawled? If yes, you would need to build links, to get your site crawled faster.

      I wrote SEO tips 2011 I have done those tips all, and my site is indexed a few minutes after I hit publish button.

      But it took me a year to achieve it, many people can gets it faster but I prefer the slow but save one. SEO can’t be done instantly, it needs time.

      Good luck with your new blog!

      Kind regards,


  16. Dmitriy says

    Hello! I am from Kiev (Ukraine). It’s wonderfull web site! The information is great. But I have one problem with All In One Seo.
    How to put “meta name=”description”” after “” ???
    Are any idea?

    P.S.: sorry for my bad english

    • says

      Hi Dmitriy,

      Unfortunately I can’t see the source code here.

      Perhaps you upload it somewhere in a txt file.

      But it is also depending the theme you are using..

        • says

          Hi Dmitriy,

          Your comment is awaiting for approval, every comments on this blog are in hold before they are published. By the way, The code you typed did not display correctly, it is best to give me the link of your blog, and I will take a look.

  17. tim dais says

    Thanks for the useful info. I am a new wordpress user… so this tutorial is great!! Salamat, xie xie :)

    • says

      Hi Tim,

      Most welcome! I knew that feeling, I was new too one year ago

      Thank you for leaving a comment, Terima Kasih (I am an Indonesian LOL) :-)


      • tim dais says

        well I covered two languages – Mandarin and Filipino (Tagalog) that the locals use here in the Philippines! I tried :)
        terima kasih haha THANKS

        • says

          Hi Tim,

          Sama-sama. Yes, they use Tagalog :-) there, beautiful country!

          Thanks for leaving a message Tim,

          Mabuhay! :-)

  18. says

    Thank you so much! I couldn’t find anyone to tell me how to get rid of the blog title at the end of my post title. It was making my titles too long in the search results. I asked several experts, and no one could tell me. Thank You!

  19. Sandeep Singh says

    Hi Kimi,

    You explained very well. Please visit my blog and see the full source page. I have already added meta description and keywords to my blog header page. Should i remove that before using All in one Seo Pack.

    Please help me buddy.

    Thanks and Regards

    • says

      Hi Sandeep,

      I have checked your blog, and if you are thinking about using All in One, then you can copy and paste the meta descriptions and site title, etc in a notepad, then paste them in AIO settings.

      However if you have lots of pages and posts this can be time consuming..

      Though I guess you will loose traffic for a while until your blog is updated..


  20. says

    Thank you so much for the great post. I followed the link through to your tutorial about setting index or noindex for Categories, and it cleared up some confusion I’ve had about that for some time.
    I’ll be sure to visit again!

  21. oks says

    hi, I just added this plugin and activated it. I am wondering how long it takes to see my website in search engines? I can’t see any of it so far!

  22. Dave C says

    Hi, if you can answer this question then you can probably get even a lot more traffic because trust me a lot of people having this problem. I’ve typed in so many terms and never seems to be a straight forward exact fix for it. They either don’t answer or just say to delete the Meta Tags in the Header.Php

    Since I use All In One Seo My wordpress site is showing two meta descriptions and two sets of meta keywords in the “view source” One source of the meta’s are in the Header.PHP and the other source comes of course from the All In One. So if the answer is that I delete the Meta Tags in the Header.Php, can someone show exactly what to delete and what to leave? Also does the All in One Seo stay located where it currently is or does it need to be moved. Does any of the other code need to be re-arranged? I want to be correct with SEO for the Meta’s

    The site is at StockPrices.net and The part of the view source I’m worried about looks like this. Please explain how to fix this.

    My Title

    /* */

  23. says

    Great article, thank you! I have a question about AIO – I have it enabled and Google webmaster tools is telling me I have 57 ‘duplicate meta descriptions’ that look like this:

    and 45 ‘duplicate title tags’ that look like these:
    Family Portraits | Vancouver Wedding Photographer

    Grouse Mountain Wedding | Vancouver Wedding Photographer

    Can you see a way to fix this? Thanks in advance for ANY tips!

    Cheers from Vancouver, BC :)

  24. says

    Anyone know what to use between the for all-in-one seo, i have everything working except the description is not showing. Any help will be much appreciated.

  25. says

    Anyone know what to include in between for all-in-one seo, everything works except description is not showing..

  26. Project Assistant says

    Hi Great Tips.

    I just want to ask, why do I have to delete the |%blog_title% in the post title format, page title format and in the category title format?

    Thanks for the share. I hope to get a reply from you soon.

  27. Ethan Poltrack says

    Thanks for the great tutorial on wordpress and the seo plugin! I think that one works exstemly well. Also great info on changine permalinks. I find seo wordpress to be one of the easiest things to do to please google!

  28. says

    I’ve uploaded this plug in but don’t know how to configure it. Thanks for this post I’ve configured it already. Hope this will work on my website. Keep posting!

  29. Ankon says

    Hey Really great idea . I like it so much . I think it will be very helpful for me . Thanks for sharing :)

  30. says

    I am using AIO. It was working fine before updating to WordPress 3.3.2. But after updating it is not showing Home page Title (defined in AIO).

  31. Leslie says

    Thanks for the great info Kimi. The step by step is great. I have configured the SEO pack as you instructed. When I go back to my dashboard, I am still getting the pink bar that tells me it needs to be configured. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Leslie,

      It’s possibly caused by your privacy setting (Setting > Privacy) and check if you let search engine crawls your blog.

      I hope my reply isn’t soo late :(


  32. says

    wow, Really nice presentation:) but pls tell me why don’t we uncheck “Use Categories for META keywords” ??

    • says

      Hello Roxie,

      This post was made long time ago, and SEO these days are frequently changed. Therefore, I recommend you to test things out and apply which works for you, which don’t.

      I prefer to disable the “Use Categories for META keywords” option, because I don’t want my categories to be the keywords of my posts.

      I hope this helps

      Kind regards


  33. says

    Yay, I’m still undecided if I’ll use all in one seo or wordpress seo in my new blog. WordPress seo works fine so I’m a bit skeptical about all in one seo. Any recommendations? thanks!

  34. says

    Thanks for the setup tips! My blog is a few years old and I haven’t used this yet, should I go through and update my old posts with it as well as the new ones?

  35. says

    Hello Kimi.
    First of all i want to say you have written nice & informative post but I still have three queries.
    1.I have too many category for which i would like to write title for each category how can i do that?
    2.I want to write description on the basis of my categories such all my post under one category show same description when i view “view page source” .How can i do this?
    3.How can i assign keywords to my categories?
    I m stuck so, please reply soon.