Genesis Framework is the world’s most popular WordPress theme. It is very very flexible, customizable and well coded. Apart from this, this theme offers built-in SEO settings to improve your website SEO. In this tutorial, I will show you the best Genesis SEO Settings so that search engines can index your site properly and users can get your content in search results.
Genesis Framework comes with built-in SEO settings. As a result, you do not need to separately install any WordPress SEO plugin to optimize your website. But If there is any other WordPress SEO plugin installed on your site, then Genesis framework SEO settings will not appear. You will have to deactivate that SEO plugin.
Genesis SEO Settings
Genesis SEO settings include 2 pages for SEO settings.
- Genesis SEO Settings
- Theme SEO Settings
Here we will start with Genesis SEO Settings.
1. Genesis SEO Settings
Genesis SEO settings you will find under the Genesis menu in WordPress dashboards.
If it does not appear in the Genesis menu, then you need to click on Users >> Your profile then go to the User Permissions section and check “Enable SEO Settings Submenu?” checkbox.
Now click on Genesis >> SEO settings, This will take you to Genesis framework SEO settings. Here you will see some settings that we will configure step-by-step.
a. Site-wide settings
This is the most important settings. Here you can add your site title (site name) in your post/page titles. You can select the Site Title position (right / left) in your post with a separator. I recommend you to keep the dash (-) separator and the site title to the right.
- Document Title – Document title means your site title. If you want to add your site name to each page or post, check the box. You can also add a separator between the site name and page/post name in the Document Title Separator field. Its default separator is dash “–”.
- Document Title Order – This allows you to add the name of the site to the right/left of the post/page title.
b. Homepage Settings
This SEO setting is for homepages. But if you use static pages for your site, then this setting will not apply to your homepage. You need to set up Site Title, Description and Robots Meta Tags by visiting your Static Page or particular page.
- Primary Title – <h1> heading is important for search engines to understand your page’s content and structure. Select this option to use the site title as the primary title <h1>.
- Document Title – Write a title for your website’s homepage. This title appears in search engine results. If you want to use site name as a title, keep it blank. If you want to show the tagline with the site title, check the box of add site description (tagline) to <title> on the homepage?.
- Meta Description – Enter a short, clear description of your website with 160 characters. It appears below your site title in the search engine results.
- Meta Keywords – Enter keywords or phrases with commas separator.
- Robots Meta Tags – Just leave it default. If you select noindex to the homepage, search engines will stop indexing your home page. While nofollow refer do not follow the homepage’s links.
c. Document Head Settings
Currently, this section does not give any SEO value. So, just leave it unchecked.
According to the Genesis Framework,
By default, WordPress places several tags in your document
<head>. Most of these tags are completely unnecessary, and provide no SEOvalue whatsoever; they just make your site slower to load. Choose which tags you would like included in your document
<head>. If you do not know what something is, leave it unchecked.
d. Robots Meta Settings
This is the most vital and important settings for your blog or website. If you make a little mistake here, then the search engines will stop indexing your website.
2. Theme SEO Settings
For Genesis Theme SEO Settings click on Appearance >> Customize. Here you will see Theme SEO Settings just click on it.
Genesis SEO Settings and Theme SEO Settings are both similar. Just repeat the earlier process. or follow the article for next steps.
a. Document Title
c. Document Head
Apply noindex to the archive pages.
Just leave it unchecked.
The default settings are fine and recommended for most users. If you want to set up your SEO settings, you can do.
After configuring all the settings, click on Users >> Your Profile. Then scroll down to the Author Archive SEO Settings section and check the box of Apply noindex to this archive.
If you are running a multi-author blog do not make any changes, leave this setting default.
But if you are running a single author blog, then apply noindex. This setting helps to avoid duplicate content issues in search engines.
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