Sculpt Link Flow with SEO Ultimate’s New “Link Mask Generator”

SEO Ultimate, the free WordPress SEO plugin from SEO Design Solutions, has been upgraded with a new module that permits fine-tuned link sculpting on your WordPress-powered site.

SEO Ultimate WordPress Plugin Adds "Link Mask Generator" Feature

Version 4.7 adds the Link Mask Generator module that enables this functionality. Thanks to Link Mask Generator, it’s a cinch to implement modern PageRank-sculpting techniques across your WordPress-powered CMS. Here’s how it works:

  1. When editing a post, page, or custom post type in WordPress, the Link Mask Generator scans your post content and locates the hyperlinks contained in your content.
  2. Next, the Link Mask Generator lists the URLs in a new “Link Masks” section of the “SEO Settings” box that SEO Ultimate adds beneath the content editor.
  3. From within the “Link Masks” section, you can choose whether to enable a link mask for each individual hyperlink. A link mask is a “passthrough URL.” For example, you can use link masks to turn a link to http://www.google.com into a link to http://www.your-site.tld/go/google/. When visitors go to the alias URL, they are seamlessly redirected to the original.
  4. If you choose to mask a link, Link Mask Generator will intercept the hyperlink’s <a> element as it’s being sent to users and search engines and will swap out the real URL with your alias URL. Link Mask Generator does this on-the-fly without altering the database version of your content.
  5. Link Mask Generator adds a rule to your robots.txt file that deindexes the link mask directory. This effectively stops link juice from flowing through your masked links.

Thanks to this Link Mask Generator paradigm, you can neutralize individual links on individual posts, giving you ultimate control over link juice flow on your site.

Select which links you want to pass SEO ranking factor.

Here are a few of the ways you can use the Link Mask Generator:

  • Advanced SEO types can use link masking to implement virtual theming/siloing techniques.
  • Bloggers can use link masking as a modern replacement for the deprecated nofollow attribute.
  • Affiliate marketers can use link masks as aliases for affiliate URLs. Instead of linking straight to http://www.affiliate-product.tld/?affiliate_id=123456, for example, you can mask that link with a URL such as http://www.your-site.tld/go/affiliate-product/.

SEO Design Solutions is proud to offer this powerful tool as yet another add-on to the popular SEO Ultimate plugin. This new offering expands the list of premium-level SEO Ultimate features not found in any other free plugin.

Link Mask Generator isn’t the only major SEO Ultimate upgrade this holiday season. The Meta Keywords Editor has also recently been updated with a mass-editor for posts, pages, and custom post types. This feature makes it easy to add meta keywords to your old content with minimal effort.

Install SEO Ultimate today to take advantage of the Link Mask Generator as well as the Deeplink Juggernaut, Rich Snippet Creator, 404 Monitor, Title Tag Rewriter, Meta Descriptions Editor, and all the other modules of this powerful SEO plugin. Just use the automated installer on the SEO Ultimate homepage or download the zip file directly from WordPress.

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137 Comments

  1. Wan
    Posted December 29, 2010 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Hi, Can you explain this link masking in simpler terms because i do not seem to understand.

  2. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted December 29, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    @Wan:

    Say you have 15 links in your content that “link out” to other places, but you do not want to lose ranking factor from passing link-flow to those links.

    You can now “mask” 10 of them for example and the redirect happens from a virtual folder from your website vs. as a normal link. Thus, they do not get counted as links or get followed by search engine spiders.

    If this still alludes you, perhaps this module is not something you require for your website (as it is ideal for affiliate links or link sculpting).

    Both variables are not typical for most users only those involved in affiliate marketing or those who are making each link in their website as powerful as possible.

    Does the concept behind the module make more sense to you now?

  3. Dan
    Posted December 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    It does not seem to work. The when you pass over the link on the generated page, the link seems correct, but it seems to 404 you over to the main page rather than where you want to go.

    A second problem I see is that it does not seem to allow you to overwrite or remove a previously established link. In other words, if I have http://google.com set to /go/mygoogle1 and I pass over the link, it will say http://mysite.com/go/mygoogle1 correctly but when you click on it, it will take you to http://mysite.com instead.

    If I change mygoogle1 to mygoogle2, it will still say mygoogle1, even if I make sure the cache is cleared.

  4. Phil
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    I’ve been playing a bit with the SEO Ultimate plugin recently and I can’t believe how many useful features you guys are managing to pack into a free WP plugin. Thanks for all this. And I love the fact that I can disable modules I don’t need, because then I know they’re not changing stuff I already optimized by hand. :)

    So if I understand this concept of link masking correctly, it means that no link juice is lost if you link to a page that is noindex, right? Very interesting.

  5. John Lamansky
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    @Phil: Thanks for the comment. Glad you like SEO Ultimate.

    In answer to your question, link masking means you can stop a link from transmitting link juice. It’s like “nofollow” except it’s more effective.

  6. Lisa
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I am so excited about this plug in. I am installing it now and will definitely be back with feedback!

    all the best,

    Lisa

  7. Forest
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I love your WP plugin. All of sudden I started getting this error in place of all my posts any ideas.

    Warning: Wrong parameter count for preg_replace() in html/domains/forestgumpsays/wp-content/plugins/seo-ultimate/includes/jlfunctions/str.php on line 187

  8. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted January 9, 2011 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Lisa, Thanks and looking forward to your testing. Let us know how we can improve SEO Ultimate.

    all the best…

  9. Zemra
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I try to disable some of the modules, after i SAVE, reload the page, they`re all enabled.
    I try to edit “Title Tag Rewriter” anfter SAVE, everything goes to my old settings.

    I was wondering if you are going to update this plugin and fix those errors?

    Thanks

  10. Mikael
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I am trying to mask the outgoing links, but I am not sure if I am doing it right. You say in the instructions to use http://www.your-site.tld/go/affiliate-product/. But it creates the affiliate link as it is. It is to say the link refers to the affiliate site and then arrow and the /go/. So after the /go/ what am I supposed to put in there. I tried to put normal text, a link and in each case it goes away when I update. You have to understand even thou people are blogging then they are not all familiar with all concepts or programming wisdom.

  11. the GWW
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    this is a good tool I will use it and I wish you much success.

  12. Zoeytad
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Amazing plugin. Saved me a lot of time searching for different other plugins to do the job. Good work!!

  13. akıllı evler
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    thank you

  14. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Your welcome, all the best and enjoy SEO Ultimate.

  15. Roie
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    About the rich snippet, doesn’t it require actual stars image for it to work?

  16. Zemra
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    I try to disable some of the modules, after i SAVE, reload the page, they`re all enabled.
    I try to edit “Title Tag Rewriter” anfter SAVE, everything goes to my old settings.

    I was wondering if you are going to update this plugin and fix those errors?

    Thanks

    (hope you read me this time)

  17. mr.ang
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    thanks for the plugin :)

  18. Sarah
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Sorry to post this as a comment, however your contact form is unsuitable for contacting you for anything except a proposal, This is a great plugin, however it does raise a metric shed load of php notices for using uninitialised values. I would suggest adding the following lines or something similar to modules/class.su-module.php

    Line 2022 if (!isset($_GET['page'])) $_GET['page'] = false;
    Line 2411 if (!isset($post)) $post = false;

    These 2 changes have stopped the plugin logging over 25 php notices for every single page view on the site we are using it

  19. Sarah
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Apologies, that should have been
    2022 if (!isset($_GET['page']) || !($object = $_GET['page'])) $page = false;

    2191 if (!isset($post)) $post = false;

  20. John Lamansky
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    @Zemra: It works fine for me. Perhaps it’s a plugin conflict? Try disabling your other plugins.

    @Sarah: Thanks for the suggestion and the code.

  21. Timi Lindeman
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Just downloaded the SEO Ultimate plugin for WordPress and this is exactly what I have been looking for!
    The many models it comes with makes your SEO work a lot easier. Once set-up you save so much time. Time you can use to promote your site in other ways.

    This piece of program gives you the control over pretty much everything related to onsite SEO and it is a timesaver.

    I warmly recommend it.

    Timi Lindeman

  22. rachel
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Hi I have just installed your plugin and was checking with google website tools and it told me the robots.txt says this

    # Added by Link Alias Generator module
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /go/

    User-agent: *
    Disallow:

    doesn’t the last statement mean disallow all searches to the bots?
    I also selected in the options to disallow the admin back ends, author archives but I do not see that in the robots.txt or have I got something wrong here??

  23. Joao
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    hello.

    I think you should add the 301 redirect automatically. Where url is amended Articles and permanent connections.

  24. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    The idea is, the redirects happen in the /go/ folder. Hence, the bots do not follow or crawl those links. You have 20 links on the page, you use link sclupting and only want 10 to pass value and ranking factor, the others you sculpt (if they are outbound or affiliate links)… Make sense?

  25. Joao
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I was referring to the changed links

    *Automatic 301 redirects for any permalink changes

    This function in Platinum SEO Pack

  26. John
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I love the Internal Relevance Researcher and the auto-internal linking functions…now they just need to be joined

    Are you planning to include a feature so that *only* pages within a site which show up in the InteralRelevanceResearcher get applied auto-internal-links for a particular keyword to the target page-> or even with the option to only autolink a portion of those relevant shingles to the target???? also allowing multiple target URLs and multiple keywords –> like Gabriel Goldenberg’s Internal Link Building plugin? (SEO ROI)

    From my understanding, if ALL the internal pages that Google sees as relevant to a keyword are linked to a particular internal page with a keyword, it can be seen as “overoptimizing” and isnt as effective

    Your thoughts?

  27. Joshua
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Looks like there is already a note about this out on the WordPress forums but I thought I would mention it anyway.

    When trying to create redirects with the link mask generator I will type in the name I want for each redirect below the post but when I hit update it all disappears. I have checked that I’m not using more resources than I have access too on my server and am having no other issues with my WP installation.

    I have other plugins installed inluding w3 cache plugin but have no idea if one could be causing a conflict. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, while I’m here… Simple feature request: For the robots meta tags when blocking the robots from certain sections of the site I would like the option to use “noindex, follow” instead of “noindex, nofollow”. I can probably do this myself but this would make it easier.

    By the way… I think this plugin is AWESOME! Keep up the great work!

  28. Zemra
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    John, I desibled all the plugins, tried to modify SEO but still, after I save the changes, I go to other page, than back to plugins, it goes to default (all modules enabled).

  29. John
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Jeffrey

    I have noticed something very weird. It seems that SEO Ultimate is not compatible with my theme (Headway) – although I havent done any methodical testing to see if it is a conflict with another plugin.

    If I have SEO Ultimate activated, my website just loads a blank page.

    The weird thing is that if I *ALSO* activate Yoasts WordPress SEO plugin, than my site loads correctly. As for if either one of them is executing their functions I dont know…

    It may also be that Headway’s built-in SEO features are conflicting with SEO Ultimate. Headway usually auto-turns-off its own SEO features when it notices another SEO plugin such as AIOSEO and gives notice of this. However, it gave me no such notice when I activated SEO Ultimate.

    Any thoughts on anything above?

    thanks
    John

  30. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I have noticed that the internal link thresholds are lower, hence no need to go overboard. We have not thought of making the spidering process for the internal link relevance researcher an internal vs. Google based tool.

    If we did, we would have to create a combined array based on certain semantic overlaps. We did however include the instant post propulsion module, which automatically overrides Deeplink Juggernauts normal settings and allows you to naturally consolidate all keyword occurrences to a new post (or old one) if you select it from the (under the post settings) in the SEO Ultimate page level options.

    Next, we just need to create a cap which would intelligently cap excessive internal links (to account for Google’s new filters) which can flag sites for over optimization (including wikipedia) who used to have all instances of a keyword linked to a specific internal page.

    Great food for thought, will look into it, but as you know, development costs money and we have yet to receive a dime for creating the plugin. We do have a paid theme in the works and so, if those who enjoy SEO Ultimate see fit to reciprocate, they can buy the theme and fund additional development of both.

    Thanks for commenting John, all the best…

    Jeffrey

  31. Dilip Samuel
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Most extra ordinary plugin but with the latest WordPress update, I guess, trying to post titles with special characters ends up with special characters in the URL. Anybody have any idea what I should be doing next?

  32. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Make sure the post slug is silenced (off) and see if that helps. WordPress by default removes many of those characters in the slug, but you should be able to still use them in the title (or title rewriter).

  33. Ziki De Naim
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    Thanks for this amazing plugin. I was using platinum seo plugin but the code inserter feature is exactly what i was after.

    I can see that after i’ve configured it, the seo ultimate kind of rewriting the platinum seo plugin and i wonder if for better seo results, should i deactivate platinum seo plugin or can i keep it activate and start to use the ultimate seo on future posts.

    Kindest,
    Ziki De Naim

  34. Xcellence-IT
    Posted February 4, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Hi, I’m using your great plugin in one of my site. I’m facing problem especially when writing Title Tags for Categories. For categories, I have set {category} – {category_description} | {blog} as title tag rewriter. I found that category description is being wrapped with p tag , which should not be there.

    Kindly advise me how can I fix this.

  35. Net Zero Home
    Posted February 4, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the awesome plugin. I ve never known that there were so many 404s on my site…

    By the way, which plugin is the social one up there ^^

  36. Amanda
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    SEO Ultimate is broken

    We are unable to save settings, it just keeps on reverting to the default configuration.

    There are many threads and posts about it at WP forums but no solution.
    I have even tried by clearing the 404 log and removing the slug words db but still after a while the configuration reverts get back to default

  37. Echo Zoe
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Tried this theme, and was impressed at first, until I noticed that it broke my podcast. It doesn’t work well with the Blubrry Powerpress plugin. The Powerpress player doesn’t show up in single post views.

  38. Anthony
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m getting Error 500 on my admin page after trying to activate your plugin. Now I can’t even get to my admin page. My site is hosted on a 1and1 server. Can you please help me? Thx

  39. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    The hosting company needs to apply patch (shared server may not have enough bandwidth) used to happen on Godaddy as well. You can either turn up memory (if you hosted yourself) or ftp into plugin folder and rename it to something else (to prevent the hook from engaging). Then, you should be able to go in and delete…

    Let me know if that works…

    Jeffrey

  40. Jonathan Lehrer
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Please explain, line by line, what this does:

    # Added by Link Alias Generator (LAG) module
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /go/
    # End LAG

    User-agent: *
    Disallow:

    As far as I can tell, I don’t have a /go/ directory on my site, so I don’t know why the code is referencing it.

    Is the code I pasted above inviting all search engines to index all of my content? Or none of it?

    Thanks!

  41. AandreYy96
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    very nice plugin :D it have a lots of functions with is very nice :D

  42. RalphGL
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I love SEO-Ultimate! A very fine tool for me. Thank You!

  43. Amanda
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Jeffery
    What about the problem that we are unable to save the settings ? any fix for it coming?

  44. Matt
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Is there a way to add ‘meta descriptions’ to categories also? only seems to be posts & pages?

  45. Shariq
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    A potent question.
    Masked link is a redirect link.
    Is it safe for SEO to use a redirect link without nofollow tag.
    Please answer it as soon as possible.
    Thanks in advance.

  46. AMaury
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    Very nice plugin.

    But you have a bug for custom taxonomy.
    You allow to custom title for each custom taxonomy but the front PHP function don’t test is_tax()

    I have a patch if you want, but the upgrade is easy i think ;)

  47. Andrea
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    A question: is possible custom META description and keywords for tag and category.

    Only seems to be posts & pages?

    Thanks

  48. Lindsey Kerbel
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Can you change line 16 of url.php to

    if (!empty($_SERVER['HTTPS'])) $url .= “s”;

    in any future updates? The current code is causing mass errors on my site in debug mode.

  49. Michał Pakier
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Hello. Is it possible to add to SEO ultimate the keyword density checker? There are many tools like this but when I use SEO ultimate it would be useful to analyze the density of keywords set in meta keywords and not all on the page/post (like all not integrated with SEO ultimate tools do).

  50. Andrea Moro
    Posted March 20, 2011 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Your plugin is so far the best in terms of SEO management.

    However, combining it wiht the WPML plugin to host multiple web sites into a singles DB instance result into your plugin in to partially fail as it is not possible to change any description or tags or title that is associated to a secondary language.

    It would be much appreciated if you can fix this.

    Many thanks
    Andrea Moro

  51. Jan Rossi
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    So where do I change the H1 and the H3 headers? Somehow my H2 header is ok….but I don’t know where that is either….I am guessing I have over looked something. Overall very happy with this SEO tool…

    thanks in advance!
    JAn

  52. texxs
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a crazy problem I’m not seeing anyone else asking about… After moving our wordpress site from one domain to another, we now have 2 description tags and 2 keywords tags on every post and page. I uninstalled and reinstalled, I’ve even looked through the database (can’t find them – they have to be there right?).

    Can you help, even if just to tell me where in the database I can find these meta tags so I can delete one set . . .

    Thanks!

  53. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    We have not added that feature yet, but will consider it now! Thanks,

    Jeffrey

  54. Cay
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    SEO U – it’s great plugin. But if I want to set robots “index,follow” instead of “noindex,follow” for the Category, I can’t do it. Sometimes it’s neccesary.

    It will be really helpful, if the same windows such as title, description and keywords will be available on the category and tag edit pages.

    Also if we use the WPML plusin and have a multilangual blog, the SEO U have only one value for display the blog homepage description, without the translation.

    Thank you for the best plugin ever!

  55. Derek Ashauer
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    How do you manage the page titles for custom taxonomies? I can do it for post categories, but not my custom taxonomies. Our site relies heavily on these and is really, really important!

  56. Mike
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Hi

    What tags can be used in the description or keywords, I’ve tried {post} | {category} | {blog} that can be used in the title rewrite, byt they don’t appear to work for the description or keywords.

    Thanks

    Mike

  57. vamban
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Is it possible to add custom meta title to wordpress taxonomy pages?

  58. vamban
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    There is a option to edit category archives page meta title.

    Is it possible to add custom meta title to wordpress taxonomy pages using seo-ultimate wordpress plugin?

  59. Ron
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    I’m running an up-to-date WP Network, and I would love to use SEo Ultimate.

    I activated it network wide and it seemed to be working. I was updating the parameters of Canoicalizer, Code Inserter, File Editor, Meta Robot Tags, and Sharing Facilitator.

    But after a while (2-3 days) the settings in SEO Ultimate have reverted back to default! Now this is after I spent 6 hours updating the plugin for 74 different network sites!

    Can this problem be fixed?

    -Ron

  60. Jocelyn Greene
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    We had some Title Tags and Meta Descriptions disappear so we have an older backup copy of the database we are looking through to compare. What table are used to store the SEO Ultimate data?
    Thanks

  61. Dave Burdick
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    The documentation is not showing up in the help menu. It just takes me to the WordPress documentation landing page, not to anything about Seo Ultimate. WordPress 3.0.4.

    Thanks

  62. update
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    when do you make an update for this plugin?

  63. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Update is now live and available for download through your dashboard…

  64. Bret
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Looks like the current version is labeled 5.1, but once install is 5.0.1 causing WordPress to think it constantly needs updating…

  65. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Bret:

    John was making updates, hence the flag in the wordpress dashboard….

  66. Gerard Ryan
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    URL masking is the main reason I have switched to SEO Ultimate…But the Mask URL disappears when I save the post. Am I missing something?

  67. Michael Bilodeau
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Is there a way to get the descriptions to include a page number? I’m getting duplicate descriptions on all my blog pages.

  68. Rocke
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been using this plugin for a while and I’ve to say that this plugin is the best SEO related plugin.

    I have a feedback though, the plugin do just fine, but after you made a recent series of updates… the settings detected as ‘Orphaned Options’ on ‘Clean Options’ plugin, if I clean them… the plugin settings goes to the default state, I’m hoping you can fix this, Thanks.

  69. D.Y Kim
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Hello.

    I’d like to set robots “index,follow” instead of “noindex,follow” for the Category.

    But it doesn’t work well.

    Have a good day. Thanks

  70. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    That is because robots “index, follow” is default, so, there is no need to add it.

    Jeffrey

  71. D.Y Kim
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I solved the problem.

    robots “noindex, follow” was displayed because of my theme.

    Thanks for your reply.

    Have a good day.

  72. John Lamansky
    Posted May 25, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    @Rocke: “Cleaning” SEO Ultimate’s options means deleting them. When you do that, the plugin will revert to its default settings. The Clean Options plugin is falsely identifying SEO Ultimate’s options as orphaned, which they’re not. If you want to keep your SEO Ultimate settings, don’t delete them using Clean Options.

  73. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted May 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Sure thing… Enjoy!

  74. Rocke
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    @John Lamansky, the ‘Orphaned Options’ problem didn’t happen on the older versions of SEO Ultimate, the problem occurs after the recent series of updates… unfortunately I couldn’t remember since which version.

  75. Wendi
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I just installed seo ultimate and I can’t get any settings to save. When I click ‘save’ they all go back to the default values. Why is this happening?

  76. Jarret
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Jeff, I’ve been using your plugin for months now and previously loved it.

    What I’m not loving right now is that somehow in this recent flurry of updates, I’ve now completely lost all of my Title Tag data. Gone. I had researched nearly every post with Google Keywords tool and written custom title tags for about 600 posts. Gone.

    What’s more is that I can no longer modify the default formats for title tags for pages, posts, etc. When I make and save a change to (how I previously had it configured before the update modified it), the change doesn’t save.

  77. Jarret
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is frustrating. As you know, most of the recent updates added useless features like auto meta descriptions and meta keywords which Google doesn’t even pay attention to. The only thing that matters are Title tags which the update somehow managed to erase all of my data.

  78. KVNPark
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the plugin, but the link mask generator doesn’t work for me. I first tried on a long affiliate link and got a 404. I thought maybe the long URLs aren’t handled too well. So, I tried on other simpler links, but still I got a 404 when I click on the generated “/go/xxxx” link.

    Also, sometimes, after inputting a few link masks for a post, the last one didn’t save and no link mask was applied.

    It would be great if this feature worked properly.

    Perhaps it’s a conflict with W3 Total Cache. Just guessing. Didn’t want to turn it off, so didn’t test it.

    I’m also using Thematic Theme.

    Thanks.

  79. John Lamansky
    Posted June 2, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    @Jarret: All your data is still there. Upgrading to 5.6.2 or later will make it visible again and will allow you to save your settings. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    I added meta keyword auto-generation because this was a highly-requested feature. But the nice thing about SEO Ultimate’s modules system is that you can turn off the Meta Keywords Editor if you don’t want its functionality.

  80. Jarret
    Posted June 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    @John, Sorry about that! I panicked a little bit.

    Yes, all of the data came back with the upgrade.

    Love the new permalink tweaker for tags/categories/

    Okay, this is still the best SEO plugin on the market.

  81. Rachel Ramey
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for an amazing plugin!

    There are a few modules that look as though perhaps they don’t display the complete page. All three of the Meta ____ modules, and the Title Tag modules display the first two sections, and the heading “Pages,” and then nothing. There is no “save changes” button, either. Is it supposed to look like this, or is there some glitch in the code that’s causing the page to stop loading at that point?

  82. Samy
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Problem with posts over 50k. Google rejects the generated xml map and requests multiple xml files <50k urls to index. I don't think it's addressed in the current version.

    help! :)

  83. A Samy
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Google requires xml sitemap files to be broken into files of <50k links when dealing with posts or links greater than. I think this needs to be fixed within SEO Ultimate.

  84. John Lamansky
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    @Rachel: You’re right, the complete page is not being shown. Are you seeing any error messages on any of the tabs?

  85. Brian
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I am really impressed with the plug in which replaces several others and adds tons of functionality all in one place.

    A suggestion for an additional feature – the DeepLinks Juggernaut is great – but if you have a big site and hundreds of blog posts, pages and keywords, the list gets pretty big fast and a little unmanageable.

    Having the list of deeplinks in alphabetical order would be REALLY helpful. Or anything else you could do to make the deeplink list more manageable would be very helpful and much appreciated!

    thanks!

  86. nefram
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Hello, i have a probleme from some days. When i have Seo Ultimate activate from one category is not showing the page of category with post. But this is just to one category. Some ideeas what could be the probleme. Thx in advance.

  87. Rick McKnight
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Thank you for a wonderful plugin that was working perfect until a while ago, some time during that latest chain of updates you released.

    Can’t get any longer the meta description I wrote for each page to work, just the automatic excerpt. What am I doing wrong?

  88. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    We do not have a sitemap in SEO Ultimate???

  89. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Maybe you are using WordPress SEO instead, we have no sitemap in SEO Ultimate…

  90. Fanatic
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Great plugin BUT scary at the same time, every time I change a setting in it, its causing a malfunction with my ad manager plugin (OIO publisher) modifying the banners links and the target link, anyone else having similar issues?

  91. Fanatic
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Ok so I found the root cause of the issue:
    SEO ultimate is updating the htaccess file, therefore overriding whatever settings I had initially, hence my ad manager plugin relying on it heavily given its being redirected, SEO removed the additional redirect lines I had in the htaccess file.

    Is this step necessary from SEO to rewrite the htaccess everytime??
    Its not like it actually updated anything in it after the changes I made.

  92. Darren
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    @Jeffrey Smith

    Hey!
    here is one for you, and by the looks of the above you may be the right person to answer it.

    I am creating a site which has 1300 pages, and each page has it’s own affiliate tracking code. What I would like to do is create a link from each page which will pass through a waiting page, then link out to the outer site.

    Is there anything which is out there right now that will do this in one, or do you have anything within your plugin which could do the same.

    The pass out page will be the same style of page, with some detail on it in general saying something like “Thanks for using our site, we are just directing you to our xyz engine for your conveience, please wait a few seconds and it will happen automatically.”

    Then say after 5 or so seconds, it will bounce the visitor to the site we want to direct them to, with a tracking affiliate link.

    Would love to hear your thoughts.
    Darren

  93. Rick McKnight
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Sorry Jeffrey, my bad.

    My (recently updated) Theme was adding its own meta description excerpt, before SEO Ultimate’s, and thus taking preference

    Sorry about that

  94. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I know that method converts, but we do not have anything like that (with the pause) but the link mask generator does this without the delay…

  95. Jean
    Posted June 12, 2011 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you for really the best SEO plugin!

    It will be great if some new functions will be improve, such as:

    - the title, description and keywords for the pagination (blog_name/page/2, …/page/3)

    - SEO modules work good with the posts and pages when we use WPML plugin and have the site in two or more languages, but we have only one Home page Description and it’s only in one language

    - full support with WPML plugin

    - the new module with the “recent posts”; after the post we will have, e.x., 5 posts which we published before (not related)

    Thank you!

    Regards, Jean.

  96. Mike
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I love love the SEO Ultimate plugin and specifically the Deep Linking Juggernaut. One thing which would make this part of the plugin even more helpful would be the ability to have turn off auto linking of Hx tags (h2, h3). When I write my posts I often use h2 tags and h3 tags that happen to have one of my auto linked words in it and then I have to turn off all auto linking in the post to remove that one link. I’m not sure if this would be an easy add to the next update but it would be cool.

    Thanks again for creating this awesome plugin!

  97. WebRoads Web Directory
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    This plugin is the best that I used until now for SEO in WordPress CMS! Thanks for you work!

  98. Zelomi
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I recently started a blog and downloaded your plug in. I haven’t gotten around to use all the options yet (just the ones for the posts). However guys, I have to say it is AMAZING. It does everything I always wanted to. I used to have a blog with blogger, and I use to spend hours doing all this. Now it takes me a matter of minutes.
    Thank you sooo much!

  99. Zelomi
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    oh, I forgot to say, am about to write a post about your plug in. Hope you are ok with this

  100. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks Zelomi

    Any feedback or posts are appreciated, drop us a link when your done and thanks for using SEO Ultimate.

  101. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    While you cannot do that currently with SEO Ultimate, you can inside the WP Ultimate Theme we are launching soon. You can read more about it here – http://www.seodesignsolutions.com/blog/wordpress-seo/sneak-peak-of-the-wp-ultimate-theme-by-seo-design-solutions%E2%84%A2/

  102. Max
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great plugin.

    I found a little problem.

    under Title Tag Rewriter, if I add the following tags in Page Title Format, it doesn’t show the correct date.

    {post} | {blog} | {month} {day}, {year}

  103. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Much respect Zelomi, glad you are enjoy SEO Ultimate. By the way, 6.0 just got released today. Make sure to download a new copy.

    All the best.

  104. Zelomi
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Hello Jeff:
    I have upgraded the plugin through the dashboard and it gave me a problem with my last post. everything seemed to be working fine, but on my last post after the ‘read more’tag the page won’t display. It will show me only my gravatar, post title and tags, but no post. On the other ones, it worked. I played with it for hours, and created different versions of the same. it was when i deactivated the plug in, that it works fine again. Am tempted to unistall and install again, but am worried all the keywords/title, etc ive already posted will dissapear. any ideas why this is happening?

    thanks very much

  105. Zelomi
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    By the way, my last post (http://www.fastcashforums.com/blog/4-seotizing-beginners-2/) was entirely about how to do easy seo with your plugin. Am hoping there is a way around it, because I really like it and I want to continue using it.
    I dont have the same problem on the other posts though, just on that one. I will try posting something else, see if i have the same problem or its just down to one post only

  106. Dinesh
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Can anybody tell me about settings for SEO ultimate with pictures and how to set for max benefit. I was unable to set these settings properly and trying to configure.
    I have some doubts that
    Is Google verification code necessary if i already had activated?
    how to set robots.txt?
    how to use meta description to provide automatically, as some of my posts meta description showing empty

  107. iphoneleaks
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    hi Mr smith..i am searching for that plugin which gives the tags post in google search result. means i want that my posts are showing with two or three tags…

  108. Pavel
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Your plugin is really great, but I’d like to ask you to add one little feature. After adding some questions to FAQ, I’ve noticed that I can’t give to somebody direct link to single FAQ question, so it makes FAQ quite unusable when it contains lot of question. I’ve done necessary changes for myself, but plugin update overwrites them. After all, I think that the right way to gain this feature is ask developers for it. Thanks.

  109. Pavel
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, after posting a comment I’ve noticed that it was written on site of another plugin developer, not FAQ. Delete it, please. :-))

  110. Justin Germino
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I noticed that the Microdata format supported is data-vocabulary.org is there any plans to support schema.org for itemtype? Will the plugin support more than just “review” itemtypes for blogs that do more than reviews? Maybe allow people to create and set additional itemtypes for each category type?

  111. Wype Agency
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hi, thank you for this wonderful plugin! May I add a thing: please add a stripcslashes() in the update_setting function, in order to get rid of those nasty “\” in front of apostrophes…

  112. vamban
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    There is no doubt seo ultimate is the powerful seo plugin and simply out of box. But had some compatibility issues with other plugins.

    Once after installing seo ultimate with magic fields plugin, wordpress admin settings menu vanished.

    http://i52.tinypic.com/2uehd38.png

    Once i deactivated seo-ultimate plugin, settings menu back in wordpress admin.

    Please help me to resolve the same.

    With regards
    vamban

  113. Vikas Kapadiya
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    i have some problems..

    1. i can’t add noindex and no follow to all categories and tags ..when i save the settings it is automatic reset to Use default.. and it is happen with some categories .. not all categories … plz help me

  114. David
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jeffrey, I’m a recent convert from AIOSEOP, and I’m liking the usability of your plugin much better so far.

    I’ve searched high and low and can’t seem to resolve one issue I’m having with the Page Title Rewriter. Can you help?

    Basically, I’d always like my posts to have the blog name after the title. The “Page Title Format” field has this setup exactly how I want it, but when I edit the page title for an individual page, that blog name gets dropped from the end.

    Any way to enable the blog name to stay appended to the title for custom title names, without having to manually add it to each custom title?

    Thanks!

  115. Dan W
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Linkbox Inserter is not showing {url} as a permalink. WordPress Version 3.1.3

  116. hussam
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Hi.
    iam using all in one seo plugin,but i still have no traffic,or let me say very weak traffic can anybody help me?

    My website is about webhosting offers and i started it on 2010 august!
    my website address : http://myhostoffer.com/

    If there is any idea please let me know!

    thanks

  117. Jeffrey Smith
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    You can do that from the main title rewriter page, no need to add anything into the fields, if you use the fields it will rewrite it from the default settings which should be title | blog.

    Make sense?

  118. John Lamansky
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    @David: SEO Ultimate lets you override the default formats for each individual page, including overriding the blog name appended to the end. (This can be a feature or a hindrance depending on how you look at it.) Currently, if you want to add the blog title to the end of a custom page title, you’ll need to do it manually. (AIOSEOP works the same way too, for what it’s worth, but SEO Ultimate’s mass-editors in the Title Tag Rewriter can make it less painful to add/edit any appended blog titles.) I’ll add your idea of formats for custom titles to the ideas list though.

  119. John Sammers
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi – I love this plugin and use it on all my blogs but (even though a few of the tools glaze my eyes) I don’t get the 404 monitor at all. I have so many entries in there, mainly from Mozilla and most of them have my name on the url after the slash.

    Can you point me to information that can explain what it is about so I can set it up properly?

    Actually, a few of the tools in the plugin could do with an explanation for dummies so we can set them up properly. Tools work much better when people know how to use them.

    Thanks,
    John

  120. Chris
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    Is this plugin wp-mu compatible.
    I tried many seo plugins and alot dont work properly with it.

  121. John Lamansky
    Posted July 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    @Chris: I use SEO Ultimate on a couple WordPress multi-site setups and it works fine.

  122. John Lamansky
    Posted July 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    @Dan W: Linkbox Inserter is converting {url} to the permalink in my tests. Are you sure you have the correct capitalization and there’s no extra whitespace?

  123. John Lamansky
    Posted July 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    @Justin Germino: Schema.org support and additional itemtype support are on the future feature ideas list for Rich Snippet Creator. Thanks for your input.

  124. Patrick
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for this plugin I switched from “All in One Seo” next to “Platinium SEO” but when I find this plugin I deleted “Platinium coz this one is much more better and have more options ! Keep up good work ! Btw sorry for my english ; )

  125. Konstantin
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    not work “mask url”
    write after /go/ for example GOOGLE and user go to 404 page after click

    version 6.7
    firefox 4

    for example – http://fuckbiz.ru/2011/07/kak-zarabotat-4-704-000-rubley-za-nedelyu-ili-grupon-kak-sredstvo-privlecheniya-klientov.html

    help me please

  126. Konstantin
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    forget… WP 3.2.1

  127. Konstantin
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Deeplink Juggernaut – not work too… so strange… better will use other plugin…

  128. The LDA
    Posted October 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Help!

    Great plugin but getting issues with link masking.

    Go loads of 404 errors in webmasters. Robots.txt had not been updated to disallow so update manually. Just FYI.

    Problem I cannot solve is that the mask goes to a 404 error before hitting the correct external page. Is this correct.

    I notice on the comments that it has been mentioned before but not responded to.

    Is the idea that 404 is correct but doesn’t matter as the robots.txt should disallow. Or should 404 errors not occur?

    Would greatly seek SEO Ultimate clarification here as it seems to be a common question but the plugin notes on this section aren’t too clear.

    Otherwise, great plugin! :)

    Thanks

  129. Hayden
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    The above article says:
    Affiliate marketers can use link masks as aliases for affiliate URLs. Instead of linking straight to http://www.affiliate-product.tld/?affiliate_id=123456, for example, you can mask that link with a URL such as http://www.your-site.tld/go/affiliate-product/.

    Jeffry, could you please explain that a bit for those of us who aren’t quite so tech savvy. What do you put in the box after the /go/ ? Would that be anything you wish or does it need to lead somewhere? Please explain a little more. Thanks very much.

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  132. SurfersParadise
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Just a question about Link Masking.. this is not Cloaking lets say for instance a affiliate link which is penalized by google correct?

  133. SurfersParadise
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    By the way sorry.. I caught the post by @marcus.. Anyways this plugin totally BLEW ME AWAY.. Using most of the others for years like yoast’s, All-in-one and the ‘other’ one THIS one kick BUTT! Thanks you guys!

  134. Tana
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before. So nice to find any person with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this website is something that’s wanted on the net, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  135. Migliori Hosting
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi guys, like many of the people posting here, I have moved from All in One Seo to Seo Ultimate.

    I am very satisfied of my choose and I applied this technology to all my web sites.

    Only I can’t make working link mask.
    If I put any url let say “http://google.com” and use as alias URL the key “google” the pages that will contain the link “http://google.com” will show instead
    “http://mywebsite.com/go/google”

    It should be correct but clicking on such link I will be redirect to the same page as a refresh.

    If you could help to solve this issue I would appreciate.
    Cheers.
    MH

  136. Michael Scotty
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I transferred my site and lost all my images. My data base had to be restored to an earlier date. In the process 10 articles were lost. I recreated and published them. The links to them through search engines are broken. How to I redirect the old url to the new url using SEO ultimate.

  137. Jeffrey_Smith
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    SEO Ultimate does not have redirect function, try redirection plugin for that.

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