How to Use Thesis 1.7 SEO Controls like a Pro?

Thesis 1.7 has introduced a slew of New SEO Controls and Features. But do you know How to Use them? This Post will show you, How to Configure and Use everyone of them like a Pro!

Understanding the Robot Tags

The “Robots” Meta Tag gives you an opportunity to keep your Content out of Google’s Indexing Services.  But why would you want to do that?

Not all Pages of your Site, must necessarily be indexed for better SEO.  For example, the “Tag” pages of your WordPress Blog do nothing much to the Search Engine, but dilutes the Search Results.  Essentially, you’ll want to keep the “Bloat” pages out from Google’s Purview.

Here is an example of a “Robots” Meta Tag, that prevents the Search Engine from Indexing the Page and also ignore scanning of the Pages, for the Links to follow:


What Content Values are Possible for the Tag?

Following “Content” Values are possible to be used in the “Robots” Meta tag:

INDEX, NOINDEX – Prevents the Indexing of the Page by the Search Engine.  To be used for “Bloated” Pages that can dilute Search Results

FOLLOW, NOFOLLOW – Prevents the Scanning of the Page for Internal and External Links to follow, by the Search Engine.  To be used for Pages with too many links, which you don’t wish the Search Engine to follow

ARCHIVE, NOARCHIVE – Prevents the Archiving of Pages by the Search Engine. Generally used to Protect Privacy, but Archiving is sometimes useful – for instance to serve Pages when your Site is down!

NOODP, NOYDIR – Prevent search engines from displaying Open Directory Project (DMOZ) listings in your meta descriptions. NOYDIR is the Yahoo! Version of it!

Please note, if NOXXXXX is not specified for any Page, then the appropriate feature – Indexing, Archiving etc. – are assumed to be available, by the Search Engines. That is, for example, If there is no robots tag, the default is “INDEX,FOLLOW” and so on.

Setting up “Robots” Meta Tag Controls with Thesis 1.7

Thesis gives you 2 ways of setting up the “Robots” Meta Tag Controls:

  • Default Setting at the Site Level
  • Overridden Setting at the Specific Page, Category or Tag Level

Any setting at the Site Level will be applied to all appropriate Pages, Categories and Tags.  To set this, you’ll have to go to Thesis -> Site Options in your WP Admin Panel.  Here is a screenshot:

Thesis Site SEO Controls

Thesis Site SEO Controls

In addition, you can override the Robots Meta Tag setting at the Specific Post, Page, Category and Tag level.  For instance, this can be helpful, if you wish to ‘NOINDEX’ all Categories, except a Particular Category.

For Home Page, Category and Tag level override setting, you’ll have to go to Thesis -> Page Options

Home Page, Category and Tag Specific Settings

Home Page, Category and Tag Specific Settings

For Individual Post and Page Settings, you can check the controls at the Post or Page Edit Pages respectively.

Page, Category or Tag Specific Description and Keywords

The Page Options setting we just used by going to Thesis -> Page Options, also allows you to set up Description and Keywords for the Home Page, Category and Tag Pages.

Description Tag is used by most Search Engines as a Summary of a Page and often shown in the excerpt of the Search Results.  It resides inside the

element of your HTML Page.

Use appropriate Text inside the Description Tag, that you think as the Summary of the Page.  For individual Pages and Posts, you’ll find the option in the Page or Post Edit sections, respectively.

Keywords Tag is used to match the search terms that people type in the Search Engine.

Use appropriate Keywords, which when people search, you’ll want your Pages should be shown up in the Search Results.

Easy 301 Redirects for your Affiliate Links

Using this feature of Thesis, you can turn the URL of any Post or Page into an Affiliate Link – thus not preventing People to click on it.

You can also use this to do a 301 Redirect to any other URL, you wish to.  Handy Feature!

301 Redirect

Target Link where the Post/Page Permalink will Redirect to

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A Quick Peek in to Thesis 1.7 Beta

Thesis 1.7 Beta was released last week, amidst enormous expectations and enthusiasm.  Being one among the crowd, I would say that I am not disappointed – both as a Thesis User and Thesis Developer.

Let’s take a quick look at what’s new in Thesis 1.7

Note: If you have a Thesis Developer License, you can download the Beta file here

Better and Improved Options Management

The first thing you’ll notice on installing Thesis 1.7, is the additional option panels in your WordPress Dashboard and also (better) re-grouping of few existing options.

The earlier Thesis Options and Design Options are re-christened and re-grouped as – Site Options, Design Options and Page Options. The third option is something new, that helps you better control the configurations related to Pages.

Thesis Setting Export/Import

Good news for Thesis Developers!  Now you don’t have to worry about exporting/importing Thesis Theme settings – across the Development and Live Sites.

The new addition of ‘Manage Options’ (in the above snapshot) helps you seamlessly export or import the Thesis Theme Settings of any site.  So good bye to the ‘Thesis Export/Import Plugin’! (ooff, one less plugin!)

Better SEO – Control Robots File from within Thesis

As promised, here is a welcome feature on the SEO front.  Now you can control the Robot meta tags for your – Pages and Posts from the Thesis Administration Panel.

Also added is the support to include Canonical URLs for your site.  These are very welcome features!

Now you can control the Home Page Meta and Title Tags, from within Thesis -> Page Options. Very Nice!

Never Upload a Javascript Library

This is really cool for the developers!  You’ll never need to manually upload and use a Javascript Library, for the customization needs.

All popular JS libraries including – jQuery, Prototype, Scriptaculous etc., – are included and can be activated from the Thesis Administration Panel.  So you’ll never need anything out of this list.

You have an option to select one or more of these libraries for the site!  But make sure of library compatibilities, when planning to use multiple ones.

Word of Caution

Thesis Theme 1.7 is still in Beta and the Thesis Community Members on Twitter (#thesiswp) are coming up with some problems already – in terms to compatibility to their existing skins and customizations. Hopefully, these will be resolved as the Beta is transformed into a “production ready release”

Make sure NOT to install Thesis 1.7 Beta yet on Live Sites!

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