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Just got a couple of WordPress SEO questions

By June 30, 2020No Comments

Hi Peter, that was fast work. Just got a couple of questions.

  1. How do i set keywords for each post using all in one SEO?
  2. I noticed that since moving to all in one SEO a lot of my posts are missing the meta description.
  3. Can you make it to target the US audience?

I believe that is it at the moment having a quick look around.

Yes, I’m trying to get SEO jobs as quickly as possible at the moment. Particular in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lock-downs – digital marketing has never been more important.

Questions are, of course, always welcome.

‘Keywords’ is a bit of a loaded term to be honest.
I wrote a basic primer on the subject which became a very popular post:

But the specific answer is I presume you’re talking about meta keyword tags? They haven’t been used in well over a decade – heck, we’re talking nearly two in some cases at this point! Back in 2009 Google blogged about how they didn’t (and never had) used those tags:

Bing actually never used keyword tags, and Yahoo stopped reading them at all about ten years ago.

In fact the plugin you used to use, Yoast, does have an option to turn on meta keyword tags, but it comes with a message: “I can’t think of any reason you’d want to do this.” 🙂

There’s actually evidence that suggests using them can harm your ranking, on Bing at least. Because it looks a lot like you’re relying on outdated techniques which of course isn’t ideal.

Can you please double check that? I’ve just checked and it appears they’re all there…hopefully this was just a caching or some other issue with your host and what you were able to see in the SEO settings?

One thing I noticed is a lot of them (if not more!) were just copy and pastes of the first line or two from the blog post anyway. There’s no need to manually set that anymore – All In One SEO pack is set up to do that automatically. You won’t see it in the editor, but if if you look at the live code for a page all the meta tags will be in there, based on that schema.

Done! I’ve set the country target to the USA.

As to the monthly SEO, you can see the details of that here:

Thanks again!

Peter Mahoney
WordPress SEO Expert


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