How To Increase The Search Ranking of Your WordPress Website

October 30th, 2018

I recently gave a little talk in Jávea, Spain to a group of digital nomads, and went over some of the best SEO practices for WordPress websites. I wanted to share some of what was discussed, and give people, especially WordPress beginners, a good overview of the bare minimum they should do with their WordPress website to help increase their search rankings when they produce new content.

Install a SEO Plugin

WordPress isn’t too bad out of the box in terms of SEO, at least for the main page. But beyond that, it doesn’t give a person very much control or ability to influence search rankings. For example, Google typically looks at some information buried in your website called the “title” and “description” meta tags. Google doesn’t have to use the information in them, but it often does. So it’s a good to make sure they reflect what your content actually represents.

In addition, social media is huge now, it’s important to have your website look optimal when shared on Facebook or Twitter. Ever see someone share a post on Twitter that has an image? Or if not, wonder why? Twitter doesn’t grab an image from your content automatically – your website needs to tell Twitter what image to use and how it needs to be displayed. If you don’t have that set up properly, you’ll never have an image associated with your content when shared.

You can get these types of important features with a combination of plugins, or you can simply use Elevate SEO, a plugin we wrote to help address all of these important issues. In addition, it performs a lot more than just those items, which will get to shortly.

But the very first thing you should do is install Elevate SEO for WordPress. It’s absolutely free, and available in the free WordPress.org repository under the name “Elevate SEO”. Simply follow the instructions for installing the Elevate SEO plugin for WordPress, and then continue on.

Configure Your Site’s Primary Title and Description Information

Once installed, you’ll be immediately presented with the configuration wizard. Simply go through each page one by one and answer the questions listed there. During this process, you’ll be able to configure the main search related title and description for your website, which is important for helping Google index your site properly. Elevate SEO will ask you for the name of your website, which is the primary branding for it. For example, if you had an automotive repair shop called “Joe’s Auto”, you would set that to “Joe’s Auto”. That information will be used on the next few pages, and will be automatically inserted into the search descriptions for the rest of your content.

On the next page, you’ll configure the primary search title for your site – this is important, as it’s likely what will show up in Google when people search for your site. Often you’ll want to set this to be as descriptive as possible. For example, if your customer base is primarily located around Vancouver, Canada, you might want to set this to “Joe’s Auto – quality automobile repair located near Vancouver, Canada”. If you only service BMW vehicles, you’d likely want to add BMW there too, which will help bring traffic from people who search for BMW in Google.

Configuring your site's primary search title

Configuring your site’s primary search title

Once that’s done, you’ll want to configure an informative description for search engines as well. The description represents what visitors can expect when they visit your site, and what the nature of your business is – what is your unique competitive advantage? Imagine your site being listed with all your competitors? What type of description would help drive someone to your site and not your competitors? This is the type of information you may want to convey to people who see your site in search results, and you can modify that by changing the content in this field.

Set Up Your Social Media Presence

There are two areas that you need to configure for social media during Elevate SEO’s installation process. First, you need to specify a default image that Elevate SEO will use whenever your content is shared on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. If you have some type of unique branding for your website, then this is a great place for it. If you don’t, check out some of the free images on Unsplash.com and find something catchy to use.

Choosing a site wide image to use for your website

Choosing a site wide image to use for your website

The second thing you need to do is specify the Twitter account associated with your business. This will make sure when someone shares some of your content on Twitter that it’s properly associated with your account – this will help drive traffic to your website, and also your Twitter account.

Setting up your Twitter account in the wizard

Setting up your Twitter account in the wizard

Set Up Google Search Console and Google Analytics

One of the best ways to obtain feedback about how your site is doing in Google is via their Search Console tool. Surprisingly, many of the client sites I’ve looked at over the years, even ones that have a SEO plugin installed, don’t have this set up properly. So head on over to Google Search Console and create an account if you don’t already have one.

The next thing you should do is head on over to Google Analytics and sign-up for an account there. While Google Search Console will give you information about who is searching or your website, Google analytics will give you information about who is actually visiting your website. It’s an important difference, and it’s good practice to start monitoring both going forward. So if you don’t have an account, sign-up for an account now on Google Analytics. There’s no need to configure your website on analytics at this stage – Elevate SEO will do that all automatically for you shortly, as you’ll soon see.

Elevate SEO's Installation Wizard

Elevate SEO’s Installation Wizard

The next step is to add your site and verify it on Google Search Console and also configure it on Google Analytics. In other plugins, this is mostly a manual process. But with Elevate SEO, this will happen automatically via the installation wizard. Once you authorize Elevate SEO for WordPress to have access to your Google account, it will set up your website on Google Search Console, verify your site if necessary (which involves putting a special text file on your server so Google knows you actually own it), and also setting up and configuring Google Analytics.

As the installation wizard progresses, it will go around the various services such as Google Search Console and Google Analytics and make sure they are optimally configured. If your site isn’t verified on Search Console, Elevate SEO will do that for you during the process. If you don’t have a Google Analytics property for your site, Elevate SEO will create one for you. If you do have one, it will grab the proper Javascript fragment to use and insert on your website – no more messing around with cutting and pasting Javascript from Google to your website.

Elevate SEO auto configuration of services

Elevate SEO auto configuration of services

Sitemap Configuration

One of the primary features most SEO plugins for WordPress offer is the ability to automatically generate an XML sitemap. An XML sitemap includes a detailed list of all the content on your website, and can be used by search engines to obtain a very accurate layout of your website. Without a sitemap, Google has to try to figure out your website layout by visiting each page and following the links embedded there. But if you have some content that isn’t very well linked to, Google and other search engines may have a hard time finding it. So the XML sitemap ensures that search engines will find all the content on your website.

Normally a person would have to manually submit an XML sitemap to Google Search Console. But if you went through the Elevate SEO installation wizard, you can login to Google Search Console and see that it was already generated and and submitted.

Automatically submitted sitemap on Google Search Console

Automatically submitted sitemap on Google Search Console

Writing New Content

Now that you have all the technical stuff out of the way, the most important thing you can do is write great content. What that means is to write content that is genuine, targeted (i.e. often a single post should answer a single question, something that people might ultimately search for), and not sound like a robot wrote it (which unfortunately is the way other plugins seem to steer people towards).

We can’t help you write great content because every author needs to have a unique voice. But what Elevate SEO can do is help that post look great when shared, and also let you modify the information Google and other search engines will likely use when they index your content.

Modifying SEO Titles and Descriptions in WordPress

Modifying SEO Titles and Descriptions in WordPress

Once you have completed writing your new content, you can view the Elevate SEO section of the WordPress content editor. There you will see the title and description that will be populated for Google and other search engines to use.

Elevate SEO typically makes an intelligent guess at how to populate these based on your settings, but you can easily modify any field by simply clicking in each input field to start editing. Similarly to how you configured the main page in the configuration wizard, you can also modify the title and description to help drive traffic to your site. It’s good practice to make these fields sound natural, but also include words that people are likely to include when searching for this content.

If you think the site-wide social media image you set in the configuration wizard would be appropriate for your new content, then you can basically finish there. But if not, you should set a featured image within WordPress for the new content – this will ultimately cause Elevate SEO to use that image when being shared online. We personally try to vary these images for every new post we do so our content always looks unique, but depending on your content that may or may not be necessary for you.

When your content is already, you can use the Web Preview button to take a look at how your content will look around the web. If you’ve set a featured image for the content, you should see it take precedence here now.

Web Preview in Elevate SEO

Web Preview in Elevate SEO

It’s a good idea to use the built-in Web Preview prior to publishing any new post, since you can easily see how your content will look in Google, Facebook, Twitter, and even LinkedIn.

Final Thoughts

For the most part, installing Elevate SEO and following these simple steps for each post or page you create will help search engines better target your content, and also ensure your content always looks great when shared on social media.

For more information on Elevate SEO, or to grab a copy yourself, please visit the primary Elevate SEO plugin for WordPress page. Also, follow Elevate SEO on Twitter if you want to continue receiving great SEO tips for WordPress, and also be informed about exciting new features for Elevate SEO.

Inside the New Elevate Dashboard for WordPress

October 19th, 2018

As of version 1.1 of Elevate, we’ve significantly improved the primary dashboard. Using the dashboard you can get a recent snapshot of your website’s performance around the web.

Elevate Performance and SEO Dashboard

Elevate Performance and SEO Dashboard

This data comes from multiple sources around the web, including Page Speed Insights, Google Search Console, and Google Analytics. If you don’t use the associated web service, then you won’t receive data – we’re looking at integrating several other third-party analytics packages in the future for people who want to use another product to monitor their statistics.

Speed / Page Speed Insights

Elevate currently tracks your Page Speed Insights score within WordPress multiple times per day and tracks the result. One number is reported for the Desktop version of your website and one for Mobile. While Elevate can fix a few key issues during installation, some issues will require manual repairs or modifications to themes to help improve them. You can click on icon in that area to launch Page Speed Insights and receive a breakdown of the issues affecting your site.

In the bottom graph section, the daily Page Speed Insights are shown for the past week.

Search / Google Analytics + Search Console Data

In the second pane you’ll find several key statistics related to search: Page Views, Site Visitors, Total Search Impressions, Clicks, and Click Through Rate (CTR).

Page views are the number of views your site had over the last week. Site Visitors are how many different people visited your website. Each website Visitor can view multiple pages, which is why Visitors is typically smaller than Page Views.

Search Impressions, Clicks and Click Through Rate are all related. Impressions are the number of times your website was shown to someone searching for something on Google – this includes Impressions in Google that were not on the front page of search results. If someone clicks on one of the results in search, that will register as a Click in Search Console and Elevate. And your Click Through Rate (CTR) is essentially how many clicks you had vs how many impressions – you can use this as a metric to determine how likely it is someone will visit your site after searching for topics related to your site. In general, you’d like to see Impressions, Clicks and CTR all trending up.

Impressions and Clicks and shown in more detail over the week in one of the second graphs shown in the second part of the dashboard. While the data is presented daily, each data point represents the previous 7-day average for Search Console and Analytics.

Errors / Crawl

The last section of the dashboard shows information regarding how many crawl errors Google Search Console reported. You will likely want to click on the icon to launch Search Console and periodically investigate these. Once you verify whether or not the issue is legitimate and/or fixed, simply mark the item as resolved in Google Search Console to clear it.

Daily Tracking

In the upper statistics sections, most statistics have an arrow indicating which direction the statistics are moving. These movement indicators are based on the similar day of the week from the previous week.

We’ll be adding more useful data to this area going forward, so stayed tuned for more updates. But having a recent snapshot available to you at any point in time will help users of Elevate for WordPress stay up to date with how their website is performing around the Internet.

Lindell Media Inc. releases Elevate SEO, a powerful search engine and performance optimization add-on for WordPress

October 16th, 2018

Vancouver, Canada – October 16, 2018 – Lindell Media Inc., a Canadian web design and development company, is pleased to announce the release of Elevate SEO, a new search and performance optimization add-on that helps WordPress website owners improve the search and social media exposure of their websites. Search engines such as Google now use many cues to help determine how to rank websites in search results, one of which is how fast a website responds when a user tries to visit it. By combining both search engine optimization and performance improvements in one product offering, Elevate SEO is able to help boost website rankings by seamlessly improving both.

Lindell Media’s CEO, Duane Storey, describes Elevate’s unique niche in the SEO space for WordPress, “current search engine optimization offerings for WordPress mostly cater to people who already understand search engine optimization from a low-level technical perspective – what Elevate aims to do is to make search engine optimization accessible for small to medium sized business owners, many of which rely on their websites to generate revenue, but don’t necessarily understand the technical techniques and concrete steps required to improve their search rankings or website performance. Elevate SEO handles many of these complicated tasks, such as increasing a website’s speed, automatically, and makes the remainder easy to understand for everyone.”

WordPress is an popular open-source website engine, currently powering approximately 32% of the entire world wide web. Elevate SEO is available today as a free add-on for WordPress at https://elevatewp.io, and can easily be installed by any WordPress website owner in just a few minutes.

In addition to continued development on Elevate SEO for the WordPress market, Lindell Media Inc. will be releasing a premium SEO-focused software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering next quarter catered specifically to business owners who require regular ongoing assistance with search engine optimization and website performance improvements.

About Lindell Media Inc.:

Lindell Media Inc. is a Canadian web design and development company located near Vancouver, Canada. It’s management team has helped deliver web projects for Roger’s Communications Inc., Vision Critical, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, musician Matthew Good, TicketFly, and more. It’s CEO, Duane Storey, previously helped co-create two successful commercial add-ons for WordPress, including WPtouch (currently downloaded over 11 million times), voted the #1 plugin for all of WordPress by users prior to WordCamp San Francisco in 2009. WPtouch was acquired by SureSwift Capital Inc. in 2016.

Elevate 1.1.1 – Improved Title and Meta Editing

October 14th, 2018

Elevate 1.1.1 was just released, and for the most part it’s a small maintenance release. A couple of small issues were addressed, including broken social media images on a few server configurations, as well as an incorrect title on some RSS feeds.

If you have a social media image that appeared broken in Elevate, either in the initial configuration wizard, or in the Social Media settings, please update to version 1.1.1 and re-upload it. This should be fixed on many sites now.

Improved Meta Titles and Descriptions

Improved Meta Titles and Descriptions

In addition, we’ve made a few small usability changes when editing post titles and descriptions. First, when you click in either input box, it will now copy the defaults for you to edit (instead of you having to copy and paste them yourselves).

This should make it much easier and quicker to make simple adjustments to the title or descriptions in each. You can also click the “Reset” link for each box to reset the content back to the original defaults.

I’m going to try to keep up a weekly release cycle going forward, since I personally find it more manageable and also makes sure bugs don’t exist for too long out in the wild.

Elevate 1.1: Improved Performance & SEO Dashboard + WooCommerce Integration

October 8th, 2018

We’re pleased to finally present Elevate 1.1 for WordPress.  Elevate is a relatively new SEO (search engine optimization) and performance enhancement plugin for WordPress.  You can easily substitute it for your existing your SEO plugin in WordPress and immediately reap the benefits of its many new features.

Improved Performance + SEO Dashboard

One of the biggest changes with this version is the highly revamped dashboard. In the new dashboard, you can see your daily organic traffic results (from search console), current crawl errors, page speed history, as well as how many visitors and page views you’ve received over the past week.  This amalgamates data from multiple locations in one convenient location, simplifying the process of tracking these on a daily or weekly basis.

The dashboard will also show you in which direction each of the key metrics has moved, so you can easily see if your site is doing better or worse compared to the previous week.

Elevate Performance and SEO Dashboard
Elevate Performance and SEO Dashboard

A lot of work went into this new dashboard, and we have short-term plans to add even more useful data here shortly. One of the benefits of processing the search console data locally is it allows you to start doing interesting things, like cross-referencing it with post information to come up with a ‘plan of attack’ for improvements and changes.

We’ve always had performance monitoring and enhancement as part of the Elevate plan, since website speed is now an important metric in SEO ranking. This will be even more true as Google migrates to its mobile-first index.  The speed of your website is beginning to become a key signal in Google’s search algorithms, so part of a good SEO strategy is also making sure your website is responsive (as in fast). So if you’ve been ignoring the speed of your website, now is the time to start monitoring and addressing it.  During the configuration wizard for Elevate, several speed issues are automatically corrected, so many people  should notice a speed increase immediately after completing the initial configuration.

WooCommerce

We made a few changes in the previous release related to WooCommerce, and so far the feedback has been great.  Based on that, we made a few small changes to this release, namely around setting SEO information for the primary store page in WooCommerce.

Updating

Elevate makes use of several Google APIs to access your site data.  If you installed it previously, you would have been asked to authenticate with Google to give Elevate access to your site data.  We purposefully kept the level of access small, essentially only what we required at the time.  

Since version 1.1 of Elevate now accesses additional Google APIs to gather more data, you will have to re-authenticate with Google.  You can do this by by visiting the ‘Search’ sidebar menu and then de-authenticating and re-authenticating.

The setting to remove authentication – once removed, this will be replaced by a button to re-authenticate

Once that’s done, all your data should work as before. If you ever want to refresh the dashboard statistics completely, you can use the top-level menu item in the admin bar to ‘Refresh Statistics’.

Roadmap

If you haven’t tried Elevate yet, we encourage you to downloading a copy of signing up below to receive instructions in your inbox to install it – it’s completely free, and also hosted in the free WordPress.org repository under the name “Elevate SEO”.  Right now, it can easily replace any of the popular search engine optimization plugins for WordPress, and we have an aggressive multi-month roadmap planning out of new features that take Elevate in directions that other plugins haven’t gone yet.

So enjoy the new updates in Elevate 1.1, and stay tuned for even more great features, coming shortly.  If you’re new to Elevate, you can receive instructions to install it via the main Elevate SEO for WordPress page, or add “Elevate SEO” from the WordPress admin.

Check Out The Knowledgebase

October 2nd, 2018

If you’re looking for tips and tricks for how to best use Elevate for WordPress on your website, make sure you check out the detailed Elevate for WordPress Knowledgebase. Inside you’ll find information on how to set up and configure Elevate, how to best configure WordPress for SEO, and other information such as how to best share your content on social media.

We’ll keep building out content in that section as time goes on, so make sure you check it out from time to time if you are using the plugin.

Elevate SEO: Now with Breadcrumbs and WooCommerce Support

September 28th, 2018

We’re happy to announce version 1.0.7 for Elevate SEO. In terms of features, here is a list of the new ones.

First, we’ve added some structured data in a few places. Structured data is data that the average visitor can’t see, but Google and other search engines can see. We’ve added Breadcrumbs for WordPress Pages, which means Google will have a proper understanding of the layout of your site. For example, if you have a home page, and a user can get to a ‘Knowledge Base’ page, and from there ‘How to setup your site’, under the hood Google will now understand that the layout is ‘Home => Knowledge Base => How to setup your site’. While it’s not guaranteed, Google will often start showing the full Breadcrumb links, helping attract even more attention to your website.

Elevate now supports WooCommerce

Elevate now supports WooCommerce

We’ve also added support for WordPress taxonomy pages, which includes custom taxonomies like those in WooCommerce. While you could previously use Elevate to help configure WooCommerce product pages, you can now use it to configure Category pages as well. This will help WooCommerce site owners drive traffic towards particular groups of products that are references by the same category page.

If you are using Elevate with a content delivery network, Elevate now provides the ability to ‘cache bust’ those images. Normally images on a CDN are stored for a full month or longer, so if you change an image in your post without changing the file name, you won’t see the new image unless you forcibly login into your CDN and empty the cache. With version 1.0.7, Elevate will append a version to each file, i.e. my-file.com?v=1234. As long as your cache respects file versioning like that (most do, or can easily be configured to), you can choose quickly flush the entire cache in Elevate by using the menu option. Under the hood Elevate simply increments the version number, which causes the CDN to reload all the images.

Also, today we received a really great review from TidyRepo.com, which reviews higher-quality WordPress plugins:

“Elevate SEO is a WordPress SEO plugin that helps you follow the best practices of search engine optimization. It is a great search engine optimization tool you can use to manage your WordPress SEO and it can definitely fight against much more popular solutions like WordPress SEO by Yoast…. Elevate SEO is an amazing alternative to popular SEO plugins, and for those who want slick and simple SEO plugin.”

You can read the full Elevate review here.

We’re still working on version 1.1, which will be a big change including lots of pretty graphs and a much better dashboard layout. Expect that out sometime next week. It’s a pretty involved changed, and I’m hoping at that point Elevate SEO is more easily differentiated from the current SEO offerings.

Choosing the Best Permalink Structure in WordPress for SEO

September 24th, 2018

The default permalink structure for WordPress is completely date-based. This means that every link to your posts has a combination of the month and year in the browser link.

If you look in the Permalink settings section of the WordPress settings, you will see it set similar to the following:

Default WordPress Permalink Structure

Default WordPress Permalink Structure

As you can see, it’s set up to use the year, month, and post slug for the permalink. If you were to write a post in this configuration, the resulting link would look similar to this:

http://wpelevate.io/2018/09/announcing-elevate-1-0-for-wordpress/

It certainly is functional, but it’s not very good from a SEO perspective as the date doesn’t really contain anything useful in terms of information, and it even serves as a reminder of how old your content is when visited in the future.

We typically recommend people switch their permalink structure to one that is category based, which removes the date information from the link and allows a site owner to insert additional keywords via the category. We usually set ours to a custom structure that is set to /%category%/%postname%/.

Setting a Custom Permalink Structure in WordPress

Setting a Custom Permalink Structure in WordPress

This will instruct WordPress to also include the primary category slug as part of the permalink, and let’s you have the ability to include more keywords in the permalinks by creatively assigning posts to categories.

Now, let’s say the exact same post was assigned to the category “Plugin Releases”, which has a category slug of “plugin-releases”. When WordPress constructs the permalink in this configuration, it will include all of the information from the category and the post. This results in the following permalink:

http://wpelevate.io/plugin-releases/announcing-elevate-1-0-for-wordpress/

Which now has “plugin-releases” as part of the link. So in terms of keywords, we’ve now introduced two more – one indicating it’s a plugin, and another that it’s a new release. These are subtle changes, but they do help with SEO and give site authors another creative way to influence how posts are ranked.

Once this is done, make sure you also install and use a WordPress SEO plugin such as Elevate for WordPress.

Version 1.0.6: New Website Performance Improvements

September 23rd, 2018

We just pushed out version 1.0.6 of Elevate, and we wanted to let you know what’s included.

In general, while Elevate for WordPress is marketed as a search engine optimization and performance enhancement suite, version 1.0 bit light on the performance enhancements when it came to launch. We could have spent another month working on those features, but made the decision to release the first version and slowly iterate from there.

Why is the speed of your website important? Well in terms of search ranking, Google (and likely other search engines) use the speed of your website as a metric for ranking. So in theory, all things considered, faster websites will rank higher than slower ones. So if you have 100 posts, you could spend your time going through each one and making incremental improvements to try and elevate the ranking on all of them, or you could simply make your website faster and achieve a better ranking on all of them.

Thankfully Elevate now lets you do both.

Elevate can now automatically configure Apache

Elevate can now automatically configure Apache

In terms of this version, a new feature was added to the configuration wizard to configure your web server. As one of the steps, Elevate will automatically configure Apache (the web server most of us use) so that it will perform optimally. Whenever possible, after Elevate configures it, Apache will compress assets such as Javascript and CSS to reduce size, and also will instruct browsers to store resources (such as images, PDFs, videos, etc.) locally, so they aren’t requested on each and every page load. Google likes adjustments like that, and will usually show a fairly significant Google Page Speed increase with just those two adjustments. Which technical people often know how to add features like this themselves, most typical blog users have no idea how they would modify a .htaccess file, so we’re pleased to announce that Elevate does it automatically now.

Configuring your CDN URL in Elevate

Configuring your CDN URL in Elevate

In addition, we’ve added some settings in the administration panel to configure a content delivery network (CDN) such as CloudFront. All you need to do is setup CloudFront, or whatever CDN you decide to use, and paste the URL into Elevate. Going forward it will automatically switch out the URLs for all your images in your posts, causing them to be served from your CDN and not your own website. If you don’t know what a CDN is, it’s a content deliver network which will store your content in various locations around the world to speed up the end-user experience. If someone from Japan contacts your website, the images will come from Japan, and not wherever your server may be – this results is a much faster experience, and also makes Google happy.

On one of our test websites (in fact this website, elevatewp.io), the Google Page Speed went from around 60 to over 80 just by making these changes, so hopefully other people see similar increases. To learn, visit our knowledge-base article on how to configure CloudFront with Elevate for WordPress.

In addition we added a large amount of data logging internally which we’ll be using shortly in the dashboard – we expect the 1.1 version, hopefully coming in the next few weeks, to be a pretty important and exciting upgrade.

If anyone encounters any issues with version 1.0.6, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The next few releases should start being exciting, so stay tuned. If you have any friends or co-workers who you think would be able to use Elevate, please point them to the main Elevate SEO for WordPress page.

Built In Social Media Previewing

September 18th, 2018
You can access the Web Preview from the feedback pane

You can access the Web Preview from the feedback pane

One of the great features included for free in the Elevate SEO plugin for WordPress is the ability to preview your content on various social media and search platforms around the internet. Using this feature, you’ll be able to instantly determine what your site will look like on Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. That way, when a user searches for your website on a popular search engine, or shares your content on their favourite social network, you’ll be able to know what exactly the content will look like, and make adjustments in Elevate.

To access this in Elevate, simple click the “Web Preview” button, which will open up an overlay showing all the various social media platforms. You can then cycle between them.

An example of the web preview widget, showing what the content will look like on Twitter

An example of the web preview widget, showing what the content will look like on Twitter

Once the overlay is open, you can view the various different forms of your website by clicking the associated social media icons on the top. For example, to view how your content will look when shared on Facebook, simply click the Facebook button.

If for some reason you aren’t entirely happy with how the content looks around the web, simple close the overlay and continue to edit your content in WordPress. You can easily change the title for social media and search purposes, as well as the description that’s shared. By adjusting the WordPress featured image you can also set the image you would like used when your content is shared.

Even though other search plugins for WordPress have this as a paid feature, we’ve purposefully included it for free for everyone. That way you’ll always be able to understand how your content will look around the web, and can easily adjust it in real-time before hitting publish.

For more information about Elevate, or to download a free copy today, please visit the main Elevate SEO page or the hosted free version on wordpress.org.

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