SmartCrawl Pro

Boost your PageRank and drive more traffic to your site with little effort and simple configuration tools. SmartCrawl is everything you need for fast powerful WordPress SEO that works – one-click setup, keyword auto-linking, sitemap generator, improved social sharing, content analyzer and regular scans and reports.

  • Fix: Jetpack compatibility issue
  • Fix: Jetpack compatibility issue

Version 2.1
  • Add: complete redesign
  • Add: macros separator support
  • Add: getting started wizard
  • Add: improved OpenGraph controls
  • Add: Twitter cards support
  • Add: schema support
  • Add: Pinterest verification support
  • Add: custom meta elements support
  • Add: linked social accounts support
  • Add: WP Checkup service integration
  • Add: scheduled crawl and checkup support
  • Add: SEO analysis check per post
  • Add: per post readability analysis
  • Add: per post autolinks toggle
  • Add: improved keywords handling with focus keywords
  • Add: ability to import and export settings
  • Add: allow sitemode switching in admin area on network setups
  • Add: attachment page noindex/redirection

Version 2.0.1
  • Add: ability to ignore issues
  • Add: ability to add custom sitemap URLs
  • Add: option to skip strict description check
  • Fix: homepage keywords saving issue
  • Fix: MarketPress coupons conflict
  • Fix: various string typos
  • Fix: improve admin toolbar item and allow suppression
  • Fix: front-end templating deprecated tags conflict
  • Fix: WooCommerce shop page empty SEO details overrides

Version 2
  • New: whole new interface
  • Add: OpenGraph support
  • Add: SEO Audit service support

Version 1.7.7
  • Allow for filterable canonical URLs.
  • Add just-in-time post type recognition.
  • Fix: use current local time for timestamp items generation.

Version 1.7.6
  • Add advanced robots options info on listing pages.
  • Add redirections info on listing pages.
  • Project name update.

Version 1.7.5
  • Add 301 redirection box permission level to the defaults list.
  • Fix for titles processing in feeds output.
  • Fix and cleanup for post type checks conditionals.
  • Fix for duplicated static front page in sitemaps.

Version 1.7.4
  • Fix duplicates prevention stopping the post autolink expansion.
  • Fix keyword tag detection in autolink expansion replacement.
  • Fix extra whitespaces in autolink replacement expansion.
  • Fix for `set_time_limits` limitations.

Version 1.7.3
  • Fix for some PHP notices.
  • Fix for regex matching points in autolinks detection.
  • Fix for link counts in autolinks matching to prevent clearing results.
  • Fix for maximum single link replacement in post title matching.

Version 1.7.2
  • Fix for boundary matching in an unicode-safe way.
  • Fix for sitemap stylesheet path with SSL enabled.
  • Improved per-site settings mode.

Version 1.7.1
  • Fix for attachment metadata handling.
  • Fix for showing network management level options.
  • Allowing optional partial on-page optimization.

Version 1.7
  • Some typo fixes.
  • Fix for posts with invalid modified dates by forcing timestamps.
  • Added support for global marketplace pages.

  • Improving data validation.
  • Fix for BuddyPress pages recognition.

Version 1.6.8
  • Added verification code options.
  • Added experimental features flag.
  • Fix for the settings binding by pushing it up the queue.

Version 1.6.7
  • Exposed the meta description for filtering.
  • Adding in the `nofollow` rel attribute option.
  • Exposing the arguments building for filtering from central location.
  • Exposing the post/term priority filters.
  • Adding separate role settings for 301 redirection box selection.
  • Fix for title length replacement.
  • Fix for default BuddyPress canonicals.

Version 1.6.6
  • Fix for quickedit boxes.
  • Strings update.

Version 1.6.5
  • Converting robots multiple selection box into checkbox array.
  • Time-limit skipping switch updated.

Version 1.6.4
  • Postponing the capability checks.
  • Allowing for timeout prevention override.

Version 1.6.3
  • Exposing title for additional filtering.
  • Added blog public sanity check.
  • Counters update.

Version 1.6.2
  • Added subsequent pages robots meta rule.
  • Added meta robots options to search results page.
  • Event delegation update.
  • Fix for SeoMOZ calls bit flags.

Version 1.6.1
  • Fix for metabox access privileges.
  • Better date archives optimization.

Version 1.6
  • Added global meta robots settings for taxonomies.
  • Added conditional unhooking possibility.
  • Allowing per-post sitemap inclusion filtering.
  • Better post types handling.
  • Allowed linking to empty taxonomies.

Version 1.5.4
  • Added custom columns to custom post types list views.
  • Allowing quick edit on custom post types lists.
  • Fix for WooCommerce main shop on-page settings.

Version 1.5.3
  • Fix for BuddyPress installs outside the main site.
  • News keywords support.

Version 1.5.2
  • Fix for autolinks being recognized in shortcodes.
  • Updated the project link.

Version 1.5.1
  • Adding link target options for auto-generated links.
  • Allowed define override for metabox role settings.
  • Propagating autolink fixes by Daniel Speichert (thank you!).
  • Fix for BuddyPress groups page titles.
  • Fix for link in titles insertion issue and safer regex.

Version 1.5
  • Exposing more hooks.
  • Making admin sitemap auto-update optional.
  • URL differentiation for domain mapped sites.
  • Disabling dashboard widgets for roles below contributor.

Version 1.4.4
  • Fix for special characters in titles.
  • Fix for taxonomies autolinking.
  • Fix for post self-linking.
  • Added maximum autolinks number limit setting.
  • Added quick edit fields.

Version 1.4.3
  • Improved paged output handling.
  • More robust post error handling.
  • Added boolean debug switches.

Version 1.4.2
  • Fix for sitemaps URL resolution on domain-mapped sites.

Version 1.4.1
  • Fix for contextual help trigger.
  • Fix for full word auto-linking.
  • Added home page keywords settings.

Version 1.4
  • Fix for sitemap path finding.
  • Fix for BuddyPress Groups paging.
  • Improved taxonomies admin output.
  • Improved excerpt generation.
  • Added title and meta rewriting for BuddyPress Groups.
  • Added title and meta rewriting for BuddyPress Profiles.

Version 1.3.7
  • Fix for issue with BuddyPress documents plugin.

Version 1.3.6
  • Added options for duplicate link prevention.
  • Applied better contextual help trigger.

Version 1.3.5
  • Fix for robots meta output interaction with privacy settings.
  • Additional BuddyPress items check.

Version 1.3.4
  • Fix for BuddyPress groups support with no groups set up.
  • Added WPML config file.

Version 1.3.3
  • Fix for updated SEOMoz links.
  • Fix for BuddyPress groups priority calculation.

Version 1.3.2
  • Added BuddyPress groups and profiles in sitemaps.
  • Fixed site validation META headers.
  • Fixed sitemap path finding.

Version 1.3.1
  • Fix for sitemap path options.
  • Fix for autolinks issue with titles.

Version 1.3
  • Sitemap module rewrite, new sitemap options and dashboard widget.
  • Changed title limit to soft limit.
  • Added priority options for posts.

Version 1.2.1
  • Fixed autolink detection for strings that start with a non-ascii letter.

Version 1.2
  • Added "show tab" option to Network Admin while in sitewide, to apply tab permissions once the plugin goes in per-blog mode
  • Added "tags as keywords" checkbox.
  • Fixed issue with SEOmoz dashboard widget not getting the required info.
  • Fixed SEOmoz results caching in transients.
  • Changed sitemap path box to actual input box.

Version 1.1.2
  • Fix for issue with apostrophe (and other html special chars) in SEO metabox

Version 1.1.1
  • Added htmlemtities and wordpress texturizer alternations for custom keywords in Autolinks

Version 1.1
  • Added SEOmoz dashboard widget.
  • Added character couter and limits for SEO metabox.
  • Added meta keywords field to SEO metabox.
  • Fix for WPMU DEV SEO metabox using fixed width.
  • Fix for WDS_SITEWIDE define to toggle per-blog settings availability.

  • Re-wrote some of the code

  • Fixed the the SimplePress incompatibility issue.

  • Fixed the robots settings display on Page/Post list page.

  • Normalizing newlines for title rewriting in head buffer.
  • Allowed matching title tags with arguments.
  • Re-introduced `wp_title` filter.

  • Fixed header detection.
  • Removed HTML comments.

  • Added Contributors to both metabox allowed lists.

  • Fixed title rewriting in feeds.

Version 1.0.9
  • Forced collapsed state on WDS metaboxes.
  • Deprecated default metabox hiding.
  • Fixed default permission level for showing metaboxes on singular installs.
  • Added WPMU DEV SEO metabox title l10n for Network installs.

Version 1.0.8
  • Fix for relative stylesheet URLs in sitemaps.
  • Fix for generating AND outputing sitemaps, without rebuilding on refresh.
  • Fix for auto-populating settings without admin having to visit the dashboard.
  • Added SEO and SEOmoz metabox toggling options and user displaying permission.

Version 1.0.7
  • Fix for title rewriting issues.

Version 1.0.6
  • Fix for SEOMoz API data fetching bug (transient data being stuck).
  • Fix for "Error: options page not found" message on multiple options step saves.
  • Updated Title SEO tweak to work with BuddyPress as well.
  • Fix for Sitemaps: using a regex match to determine if the sitemap was requested. Using a relative path to link the XSL stylesheet to it.
  • Added some error checking with is_wp_error
  • Some naming convention consistency fixes for option names.
  • Some PHP fixes.

Version 1.0.5
  • Fixes for PHP 4 incompatibilities
  • Limited posts in sitemap to 1000 most recent to prevent memory errors.
  • Added WDS_SITEMAP_POST_LIMIT define to be able to adjust limit in wp-config
  • Bug fix: Was killing admin help content

Version 1.0.4
  • Fixes to various php errors
  • Increase the time-limit for sitemap creation to work with big blogs

Version 1.0.3
  • Enhancement: store sitemap in wp-content/uploads for main site on multisite

Version 1.0.2
  • Bug fix: remove fields added to quick edit which where triggering a
  • fatal error

Version 1.0.1
  • Bug fix: sitemap not created on Multisite when blog upload dir doesn't
  • exist yet

Version 1
  • Initial release
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  • Send sitemap updates to search engines
  • Exclude content from being crawled
  • Add custom descriptions and titles
  • Auto link keywords to any URL
  • Automated sitemap creation
  • Built-in Moz integration
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Put your WordPress SEO strategy to work with SmartCrawl. Create clear, bold, targeted content and rank on top Google search with SmartCrawl.

Get more traffic to your site, boost your PageRank and grow your business.

Rank higher on your favorite browser from Google to Bing and Firefox to Safari with SmartCrawl – a better way to optimize your site.

Smarter WordPress SEO

SmartCrawl includes only the most effective proven methods of optimization for high impact results with as little setup as possible.


SEO Checkup

Schedule Checkup to scan, analyze and send regular SEO reports.

Title & Meta

Customize how titles and descriptions display on search pages.

Social Power Up

Connect social accounts to get full-credit from shared content.


Page Analyzer

Quick setup with one-click scan, analyze and activate.

Automatic Linking

Link keywords with similar post and page content on your site.

301 Redirect

Easily redirect the traffic from one URL to another.


Moz Integration

Sync Moz reports comparison analysis including rank and links.


Move your SmartCrawl settings to any site for quick setup.


Get an overview of the SEO for all your sites from one place with the Hub.

One-click Setup

SmartCrawl Quick Setup

SEO doesn’t have to be hard! SmartCrawl optimizes your site with a click and makes it easy to tweak and customize with loads of pro tips for reaching more users.

Get control over your titles and descriptions with SmartCrawl.

Win Visitors with Better Titles, Descriptions and Keywords

When your content pops up on a search engine you only get a few words to make sure it stands out. Take control with custom titles, descriptions and keywords for your posts and pages.

Link your site to all your favorite social accounts.

Connected Social Sharing

Customize the look of your social posts with OpenGraph. Connect your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, Youtube and profiles so search engines give you credit when your web content is shared.

Get your links setup quickly and efficiently.

Automatic Keyword Linking

Build backlinks, share affiliate content and improve navigation with automatic keyword linking. Automatically link keywords to pages or posts on your site or to other related content across the web.


Get suggestions for improving your pages as you write.

Page Analyzer

Set a keyword and SmartCrawl will provide recommendations for improving  page content. Plus, SmartCrawl can analyze readability so you can push more relevant content (it’s very smart!).

Do More With Moz

Link your free or pro Moz account and get reports delivered directly to your dashboard. Connect and track how your site stands up against the competition with ranking, links and authority stats.

Use redirects to protect all the page authority you have built.

Keep Authority with Redirect

Moving a post, updating content or optimizing your links? Take advantage of your page authority. Use 301 Redirect to keep traffic flowing when moving content from one URL to another.

SmartCrawl gives you all the options you need to dominate SEO.

More User Control

Take control of your SEO strategy. Limit SmartCrawl controls of the in-page and in-post content editor, viewing permissions for Moz reports, and 301 link redirects for specific user types.


Share Your Custom Setting

Quickly implement your custom SEO configuration on new sites with Import/Export. Get an overview of  SEO across all of sites from the Hub. The more sites you add the more you save!


Boost Your PageRank With SmartCrawl


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To Get Started:

Start by reading the Installing Plugins section in our comprehensive WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual if you are new to WordPress.

Note: If you have an older version of the plugin installed in /mu-plugins/ please delete it.

When activated on regular WordPress installs – the SmartCrawl menu item is added to Settings.

Single Site Dashboard Menu Item
SmartCrawl Single Site Settings

When network-activated on WordPress Multisite installs – the SmartCrawl menu item is added to Settings in the Network Admin dashboard.

Multisite Dashboard Menu Item
SmartCrawl Network Settings

Enabling Access on Sub-sites

In a Multisite install, you can allow your site admins to adjust the settings for SmartCrawl on their sites by doing the following:

1. With the plugin network-activated, make your selection of which tabs you wish to allow your admins to change. You’ll see a setting for that at the bottom of each tab:

Allow Site Admin Access
Enable/disable site admin access.
  • Please note, that for any settings tab that you don’t wish to give subsite admins access to, you’ll want to make sure that everything inside that tab is configured the way you want it to be, as it won’t be manageable inside the Network Dashboard when you enable per-blog mode.

2. Once you’re done with configuring which tabs you wish to show up, open your wp-config.php and above this line:

/* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

Add in this line of code:

define( 'WDS_SITEWIDE', false );

Once this is done, the SmartCrawl settings pages will disappear from the Network Dashboard, and will now display inside each subsite Dashboard under:

Settings -> SmartCrawl

Any settings in tabs you mark as inaccessible should be applied to every site on the network, but everything your site admins can control should be site-specific.

If you ever need to take network control over the settings for SmartCrawl in the future, simply set the define you just added to “true”. The settings will then disappear from individual sites, and will once again be accessible in your network settings.

Configuring the General Settings

Let’s begin by configuring the global settings under the first tab – Step 1: Settings.

Configure General Settings
1. Select which SEO components you want enabled.
2. Select the minimum user role who can edit.

1. The Active Components setting allows to enable or disable selected SEO components. In most situations, you would want to leave all four of the active components checked. Unchecking any of these boxes will disable the settings for the corresponding component.

2. Show metaboxes to users enables you to select the minimum user role you would like to have access to the SEO metabox settings. These are the SEO settings that appear in the edit/create post pages. This can be especially useful on a multisite network to keep things simple for users by letting the Super Admin manage the settings.

Save your settings before moving to the next tab – Step 2: Sitemaps.

Configuring the Sitemap Settings

There’s a lot of things to cover here, so let’s take it in 3 parts.

XML Sitemap & Exclude
XML Sitemap and Exclude
1. Optionally configure the path to the sitemap.
2. Select the post types & taxonomies to exclude from the sitemap.

1. The XML Sitemap setting is entirely optional, and you may want to simply leave it at the default. When network activated, you likely won’t see anything at all in the “Path to the XML Sitemap” field. The plugin assumes that the path is something like this:


If for any reason you need your sitemap in a different location on your server, enter the path to the file location here.

On single site installs (and on the main site if you have toggled the per-blog mode with the define as above), you will see the full path displayed in that field. It will look like this by default:


In per-blog mode on Multisite, the default will look like this on sub-sites:


The “URL to the XML Sitemap” will display the web address of your sitemap in case you want view or link to it. The default is:

2. The Exclude settings enable you to exclude selected post types and/or taxonomies from your sitemap. As an example, this can be especially useful if you have private, members-only content that you don’t want indexed in any way.

1. Select whether to include image items in the sitemap.
2. Select to apply the style-sheet or not.
3. Optionally enable a dashboard widget.
4. Disable automatic updates if desired.

1. If you enable Include image items with the sitemap, it’s important to know that plugin memory consumption will considerably increase. How much depends on how much of your content is images, as well as your server configuration & capabilities.

2. The Include stylesheet setting will simply make the sitemap easier to read by human eyes. If you have no intention of viewing it or linking to it, you can leave this disabled.

XML Sitemap Stylesheet

3. Enabling Show dashboard widget will display a widget with SEO stats in your site’s dashboard. If you are in network mode, the widget will display in the dashboard of every site in your network, and the data will be specific to each site.

Show Dashboard Widget

4. Disable automatic sitemap updates is useful if you want to update them manually only, either by visiting the SEO Settings page, or by clicking the “Update sitemap now” link in the widget.

Search Engines
Search Engines
1.Enter your Google and/or Bing verification codes.
2. Choose where to add verification code.
3. Toggle search engine notification on/off.

1. You can enter your Google & Bing site verification codes in the first fields of the Search Engine options. For more on how and why to do that, click below:

2. This setting allows you to Add verification code to all of the pages on your site, or just the home page.

3. The next setting of this tab enables you to Automatically notify search engines when your sitemap updates. No explanation necessary.

Again, save your settings before moving on to Step 3: Title & Meta.

Configuring the Title & Meta Settings

The Site Title & Meta settings is one area where SmartCrawl really gets to shine. You can set global SEO meta using any of over 2 dozen macros for every post type on your site.

Search engines read the title and description for each element of your site. So it’s important to take the time to configure these settings.

You can override the global meta you set here for individual posts, and fine-tune them at will. But we’ll get to that a bit later; let’s first take a closer look at the global settings. :)

Title Meta Settings - Home
1. Set your homepage title.
2. Set your homepage meta description.
3. Optionally enter any homepage keywords.
4. Set blog meta robots.

1. The Home Title setting is where you can enter exactly what you want search engines to prominently display on results pages. This is what identifies your site in the results.

2. The Home Meta Description is likely the most important setting here, as it is the most likely to be indexed by search engines.

  • The Title and Description fields for every post type on your site can be configured using any of over 2 dozen macros. Macros are powerful little function tags that pull in information related to your post types & taxonomies.
  • You can view the full list of macros available for you to use by clicking the “Help” tab in the upper-right corner of your screen while on this page.
  • You can also manually enter text that you want to appear in search results. For example, if your site was called Bill’s Emporium, and if you were to enter this into the Home Title field:%%sitename%% - A sample site

    The title you’d see in search results would look like this:

    Bill’s Emporium – A sample site

3. Here, you can optionally enter any Home page keywords you want search engines to pay special attention to.

4. The Main Blog archive Meta Robots settings affect your site’s blog archive pages. You can set your archive to No Index to help prevent duplicate content appearing in search results (which can negatively impact your rankings).

You can also tell search engines to index the main archive page, but leave the subsequent pages alone by ticking Leave the first page alone, but apply to subsequent pages. That can be especially useful if your front page is your blog archive.

For more about No Index and other meta robots, see the Configuring SEO for Individual Posts section further down this page.

Posts & Pages
Title Meta Settings - Posts and Pages
1. Configure the title meta for each post type.
2. Configure the post type meta description.

1. The Post Title/Page Title setting is where you configure how your individual post/page titles should appear to search engines and on search results pages.

2. The Post Meta/Page Meta Description will adapt and display information specific to each post/page. Here is where you can really play around with the available macros to customize exactly how your site content should appear in search results.

  • If you have a blog with multiple authors, and would like search results for each one of them, try including the %%name%% macro which is replaced with the post/page author’s “nicename”.
  • Or if your site is a photoblog, you may want to use the %%caption%% macro, which is actually replaced with the caption of the post attachment!
Media, Categories, Tags, etc.

Every post type & taxonomy that is used on your site will be available for SEO customization in the same manner: media, categories, tags, archives… even “Search” and “404” pages.

Configuring Moz Settings

Moz is the the industry leader in SEO reports, and we make it easy to integrate with their API. Note that configuring this is entirely optional.

All you need to do to take advantage of all their reporting tools is enter your API Access ID and Secret Key in the corresponding fields.

Moz API Credentials

To get your Access ID & Secret key, sign up for a free account at

Then visit to generate your API credentials.

Once you’ve entered your credentials and saved the settings, it’ll only take a few minutes for you to begin to see metrics specific to your site.

Moz Domain Metrics

Click any linked text in the metrics to view more information and data on

  • Your site metrics also appear in the dashboard of your site, just under the Sitemaps Widget (if you had enabled that earlier).
  • Plus, in a multisite install, metrics specific to each site in your network appear in the dashboard of each site. How cool is that?

Here’s an added bonus: there is also a Moz metrics metabox in the post editor of every post, page & custom post type on your site. That’s right, you can get detailed metrics for individual posts too. Check it out!

You’ll find a wealth of information about good SEO practices, and details about your site metrics, by visiting the “Learn” section at Moz:

Configuring Automatic Links

This section enables you to specify certain key words on your site that should always link to content on your site, or even a different site altogether.

For example, maybe anytime you write the words ‘WordPress news’ you want to automatically create a link to the WordPress news blog, Without this plugin, you would have to manually create these links each time you write the text in your pages and posts – which can be no fun at all.

There are lot of things to cover here too, so let’s take this in 3 parts again:

In the beginning…
Configuring Automatic Links - Part One
1. Select the post types & taxonomies that should contain links.
2. Select site content to link to.
3. Set the minimum post title length for linking.

1. The first setting allows you to select exactly which post types the plugin should automatically Insert links in. Every post type active on your site will be available for selection here.

2. The second setting tells the plugin what post types & taxonomies it should look for and Link to. For example, if you have a “Really Cool Stuff” category on your site, the plugin could automatically link to that category archive any time it finds “really cool stuff” on your site.

3. The Minimum post title length allows you to set the minimum number of characters a post title must have in order for the plugin to automatically create links to it.

But wait, there’s more…
Configuring Automatic Links - Part Two
1. Set the minimum taxonomy title length for linking.
2. Check to allow linking to empty taxonomies.
3. Check to disallow linking in heading tags.
4. Enter the posts and/or pages you wish to exclude.
5. Enter any keywords you want the plugin to ignore.
6. Set the maximum number of links per post.

1. Similarly, the Minimum taxonomy title length sets the minimum length of taxonomy titles to autolink to. For example, if you do not want the plugin to automatically create links to your “Really Cool Stuff” category, set this to at least 18 (Really Cool Stuff = 17 characters).

2. Sometimes you may have Empty taxonomies on your site, but want to link to them anyway. Checking this allows the plugin to do that automatically.

3. Check the Exclude Headings setting if you do not want links automatically inserted in heading tags. No worries, h1, h2, h3 and h4 tags are exempted by default, so this setting only affects h5 and h6 headings.

4. If you want the plugin to Ignore posts and pages, enter the IDs, slugs or titles for the post and/or pages you wish to exclude and separate them by commas.

5. The Ignore keywords setting enables you to enter any keywords that the plugin should not use for links. This can be very handy if you notice certain words or phrases are linking to places you don’t want them to. Or if there are certain areas of your site you don’t necessarily want to be linked to (the “Uncategorized” category for example).

6. The Maximum autolinks number limit is exactly that: the maximum number of autolinks that will be added to each individual post.

To the end…
Configuring Automatic Links - Part Three
1. Set the maximum a single link can occur on your site.
2. Enter any custom keywords the plugin should link.
3. Select additional link processing options.

1. The Maximum single autolink occurrence sets the number of times any specific link will appear in individual posts.

2. The Custom Keywords setting enables you to really tweak things. If there are any keywords, or key phrases, that you want to automatically link to specific URLs, enter them here in the following format:
keyword, keyword, keyword phrase,

3. The Other Settings section actually has several additional settings you can select:

  • Process only single posts and pages will ensure that autolinking does not occur in places like archives or search results pages.
  • Process RSS feeds will ensure that links are automatically included in your RSS feeds.
  • Case sensitive matching will ensure that links are automatically created only if uppercase and lowercase spelling is an exact match.
  • Prevent duplicate links ensures that only the first occurrence of any matched text in any post will be linked. Note that this overrides the Maximum single autolink occurrence setting above.
  • Open links in new tab/window will, um, open links in new tab/window .

Configuring SEO for Individual Posts

We mentioned earlier that you can tweak the SEO settings for individual posts too. Let’s take a look at that now, shall we?

Open the post editor for any post, page or custom post type on your site, then scroll down until you see the SmartCrawl tab.

Post Editor Metabox - Part One

You will see familiar settings there to optimize that specific post with title and other meta information. As can be seen in the screenshot above, this can be especially handy when the post is composed entirely of shortcodes (they aren’t parsed by search engines, and don’t help your rankings at all).

You also have a few more advanced settings that can be tweaked for individual posts.

Post Editor Metabox - Part Two
1. Set the meta robots.
2. Enter a canonical URL.
3. Set a 301 redirect.
4. Adjust the sitemap priority.

1. The Meta Robots settings tell the search engines how, or if, this particular site content should be indexed. Engines will, by default, Index all content for search results, and Follow all links for page-rank and such. You can modify that behavior here.

If you do not want your content indexed in the Open Directory Project or the Yahoo! Directory, you can block them by checking the appropriate checkboxes.

Check No Archive to prevent a cached copy of your content from appearing in search results. This is handy for frequently updated content where you really want the most recently crawled version of your page to appear.

Check No Snippet to prevent a description from appearing below the page in the search results. This also prevents caching of the page.

For more on what these settings actually do when search engine bots crawl your site, see this Google article: Using the robots meta tag

2. You can also specify the Canonical URL for individual posts & pages. A canonical page is the version of a set of pages with highly similar content that you want the engines to prioritize and index.

3. The 301 Redirect setting tells search engines that the content has permanently moved to a new location. If set, it will redirect visitors to the URL you enter here if they try to access this post/page.

For more information about Canonical URLs and 301 Redirects, see this Google article and this one at

4. The Sitemap Priority setting enables you to adjust the priority that your post or page should be given in your sitemap, thus giving it higher (or lower) priority in search engine results. For example, if you have set a canonical URL for one page in a set of pages with related or similar content, you can raise the priority of that one, and lower it for the others.

While the sitemap priority does not affect your site’s search engine ranking, here a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Pages with high priority values are likely to get indexed faster and crawled more often.
  • They help search engines to decide which URL to show if multiple pages from the site rank for a search query.

Now you have everything you need to truly optimize your site’s content in one easy bundle. If you hit a snag with any aspect of configuring this plugin, head on over to the SmartCrawl community forums where support staff and members just like you are standing by to help.

SmartCrawl Features

Make it easier for search engines to find your content.

  • Simple guided settings
  • Offer SEO options by user role
  • Direct interaction with Google
  • Direct interaction with Bing
  • Send sitemap updates automatic to search engines
  • Title and meta data optimization
  • Automatic sitewide linking
  • Complete Moz integration
  • Multisite and BuddyPress compatibility
  • Process posts and pages individually
  • Process RSS feeds
  • Conduct case sensitive matching
  • Prevent duplicate links
  • Open links in new tab/window
  • Exclude posts or pages from sitemap
  • Exclude custom post types
  • Exclude categories
  • Exclude tags
  • Exclude custom taxonomies
  • Include or exclude images
  • Include or exclude stylesheets
  • Include or remove the sitemap dashboard widget
  • Disabling automatic sitemap updates
  • Custom home title
  • Home meta description
  • Keywords
  • Main blog archive meta robots options
  • Post title defaults
  • Post meta description defaults
  • Media title defaults
  • Media meta description defaults
  • Custom post titles (per custom post type)
  • Custom post meta descriptions (per custom post type)
  • Post categories, tags and custom taxonomy title and meta defaults
  • Post categories, tags and custom taxonomy robots tags
  • Author and date archives
  • 404 page title and description defaults