Should we delete the SEO plugins from our wordpress sites?

by zonkow
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Should we delete the SEO plugins like All in One Seo from our wordpress sites because using them may cause over optimization penalty?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mister Rex
    No, just configure them properly. Use the canonical feature and the noindex feature on tag pages.

    I do not, and never have used the title, description and keyword fields for those plugins, only the architecture attributes.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProgrammer
    here's my settings
    i have used the home title, home description and keywords.

    Checked = v'

    Canonical URLs: v'
    Rewrite Titles: v'
    Use Tags for META keywords: v'
    Dynamically Generate Keywords for Posts Page: v'
    Use noindex for Categories: v'
    Use noindex for Archives: v'
    Use noindex for Tag Archives: v'
    Capitalize Category Titles: v'
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

    Should we delete the SEO plugins like All in One Seo from our wordpress sites because using them may cause over optimization penalty?
    The 'over optimization penalty' had more to do with offsite SEO than onsite.
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    • Profile picture of the author dracoboar
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      The 'over optimization penalty' had more to do with offsite SEO than onsite.


      you are a fountain of information today mike.

      how do you know this btw?
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by dracoboar View Post

        you are a fountain of information today mike.

        how do you know this btw?
        Read what Google said about the algorithm change and look at the sites that got hit. It's all right there.

        They went after webspam. Spammy backlinks in other words. Sites that were using those types of tactics, got crushed.

        Somewhere there was a message from Matt Cutts that he wished the term 'over optimization penalty' had never been used leading up to this update because it gave people the wrong idea. What they were after were sites that were 'over optimized' offpage, not onpage. But when webmasters heard that term, everyone assumed there was an update coming that was going to penalize onpage factors.
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        • Profile picture of the author OneManSEO
          Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

          Read what Google said about the algorithm change and look at the sites that got hit. It's all right there.

          They went after webspam. Spammy backlinks in other words. Sites that were using those types of tactics, got crushed.

          Somewhere there was a message from Matt Cutts that he wished the term 'over optimization penalty' had never been used leading up to this update because it gave people the wrong idea. What they were after were sites that were 'over optimized' offpage, not onpage. But when webmasters heard that term, everyone assumed there was an update coming that was going to penalize onpage factors.
          Exactly. Those of us building links slowly and naturally were not hit at all, but also because we weren't using spun crap, profile links, etc. Just write content, publish it with a link back to your site. Vary your anchor texts greatly. And you won't be flipping out every time Google comes out with an update.
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    • Profile picture of the author zonkow
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      The 'over optimization penalty' had more to do with offsite SEO than onsite.
      Mike, I didn't do much offsite SEO. The things I did are:
      1 I submitted my site to 10-15 rss and directory sites
      2 I bookmarked my posts on 10-12 popular social bookmarking sites like Digg,stumbleupon,Folkd etc...
      3 I made a squidoo lens with 6 anchor links targeting my site.
      4 I uploaded two of my articles to doc sharing sites with links inside.
      Which of these do you think may have caused the penalty?
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

        Mike, I didn't do much offsite SEO. The things I did are:
        1 I submitted my site to 10-15 rss and directory sites
        2 I bookmarked my posts on 10-12 popular social bookmarking sites like Digg,stumbleupon,Folkd etc...
        3 I made a squidoo lens with 6 anchor links targeting my site.
        4 I uploaded two of my articles to doc sharing sites with links inside.
        Which of these do you think may have caused the penalty?
        Where were you ranking? Where do you rank now? How old is the site?
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  • Profile picture of the author zonkow
    I was on page 1 for my main keyword also close to the first page for the other keywords.
    Now that I'm completely lost except for my disclaimer page which is on the 4th page.
    My site is new. It's 75 days old.
    Can I get my ranking back if I delete all the backlinks I mentioned above.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by zonkow View Post

      I was on page 1 for my main keyword also close to the first page for the other keywords.
      Now that I'm completely lost except for my disclaimer page which is on the 4th page.
      My site is new. It's 75 days old.
      Can I get my ranking back if I delete all the backlinks I mentioned above.
      That is a pretty new site. Newer sites tend to bounce around a little more. When did you notice the drop in rankings?

      And when you said you uploaded 2 of your articles to doc sharing sites, were these articles that also appear on your site?
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  • Profile picture of the author zonkow
    The dop in rankings happened on April 23.
    Yes, the articles I uploaded to doc sharing sites also appear on my site. I didn't change them
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    • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
      There is no need to stop using Seo plugins to Rewrite Titles, after all a non-wordpress html site will have a proper page title like i.e : ww.acnecure/the-best cure-for-acne. So why have a meaningless one for wordpress? This is not 'over-optimization', if it was, all html site would be penalized.
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