When you start a new WordPress site, you will need an SEO plugin to optimize your site as the default WordPress setup doesn’t give you the option to optimize your pages.
While there are thousands of plugins for WordPress, there are only a few quality SEO plugins, and SmartCrawl is one of them.
It is one of the most comprehensive SEO plugins with all the features you will need to optimize your site. Starting from the option to add SEO title and meta description to the automated sitemap, everything will be taken care of by this plugin.
Getting Started With SmartCrawl Pro
If you wish to use the premium version of the SmartCrawl WordPress SEO Plugin, you can get it from the WPMU DEV site.
You have the option to buy this plugin alone for $24.17 per month or get the agency pack which will give you access to all the products offered by the WPMU platform.
We will have a look at the pricing in detail below in the pricing section.
For now, lets’ get started with the plugin.
Once you buy the premium version of the plugin, you will get access to the WPMU Hub and you can install the plugin right from the Hub dashboard.
After login, you can add your WordPress project to the Hub and you can install the plugins right from the dashboard.
Click on the Plugins tab in the main menu to see all the plugins that are available for installation. As I have the Agency pack, I see all the options that are available to use.
Now, to install the plugin click on the Add to Site option and proceed. In the next step, it will prompt you to select the WordPress site where you wish to install the plugin if you have multiple sites added to the Hub.
SmartCrawl Pro Settings
Once the plugin is active, you will see the plugin options in the WordPress dashboard of your site. You can process with the Setup from here.
Click on the setup option and process. It will quickly run through the process and complete the process.
Analyzing SEO Score for Your Site
You have the option to analyze the SEO score for your site to understand how well your site is optimized for search engines. It will quickly analyze your SEO settings and give you a score.
It also gives you the option to enable SEO reports for your site and you can schedule your report daily, weekly, or monthly as per your need.
SmartCrawl Pro Schema Builder
Schema is very important for every website these days, it helps the search engines understand your website and your content better.
While there are a number of quality Schema plugins for WordPress sites, you don’t need another Schema plugin once you have the SmartCrawl Pro plugin installed on your site.
You can click on the Schema option in the SmartCrawl Pro Settings panel on your WordPress dashboard and enable it for your site.
Once you go to the Schema Settings, you will see an option as Types Builder to select the Shema type for your site.
You can select the appropriate option from the available options and proceed.
Select Schema Type
If you are managing a bog, you can select Article as your Schema type and continue. You will see an option to select Sub Schema Type in the next step. Select blog post and proceed. If you are managing a news site, you can select News Article as your Schema type.
SmartCrawl Pro Social Settings
The SmartCrawl Pro gives you the option to enable Open Graph, Twitter Cards, and also turn on Pinterest Verification.
This will help you to make your pages and posts look better on social media sites and drive more traffic back to your WordPress site.
Automatically Generate Sitemaps
Sitemaps are very important for websites to keep updating the search engines about the new content on your site. Search engines like Google ask you to submit the sitemaps in the search console so that you can quickly index the new pages on your site.
The SmartCrawl plugin makes the process simple by generating and updating your sitemaps on automation. It will automatically generate the sitemaps and send updates to Google.
Also, the SmartCrawl Crawler will check for broken URLs, 404s, multiple redirections and make sure that your site doesn’t get harmed because of those issues.
SmartCrawl Advanced Tools
Along with all basic SEO features, the SmartCrawl plugin comes with a number of very handy advanced tools and options such as the Automatic linking option.
When you enable the Automatic Linking option, you can automatically link certain keywords to a page on your blog or even a whole new site altogether.
This will help you to improve the internal linking structure for your site which is so important for every website.
You can go to Advanced Tools and activate the Automatic Linking feature.
As your site grows, you will need to option to redirect URLs or various reasons. Generally, we will need a URL redirection plugin to add a new redirection for your pages. However, if you have the SmartCrawl plugin installed on your site, you will not need another plugin for this purpose as it comes with a built-in option.
You can go to Advanced Settings of SmartCrawl >> URL Redirection to add a new redirection path for a page. You have the option to select Temporary or Permanent redirection as per your need.
WPMU Hub SEO Dashboard
As the plugin is well connected to the WPMU Hub, you will get all the SEO updates right on the Hub dashboard. So, you can always be updated about the SEO issues on your site, run health checkups and other details in one dashboard
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