I initially thought that WP Indexer by Sam Woods was just another plugin to rapidly index your WordPress posts. The purpose of most of these style of plugins is to let the search engines know that you have created some awesome content and to come on around and take a peek. I have many of these plugins already so I wasn’t inspired by this idea at all… plus I don’t have a problem getting things indexed.
But you probably all know that WordPress plugins are my weakness (and of course chocolate and coffee!) so I had to take a squizz.
Seems I had been a bit hasty in writing this plugin off as yet another indexing plugin because it’s actually a lot more (and also a cool little toy to play with as well!)
Before I tell you what the plugin does that makes it such a cool toy, I encourage you to check out the free pdf that has been created on Quick Indexing by the plugin developer. This little 26 page pdf report is suitable for anyone (even people who don’t have the plugin). What the guide will do is quickly and without gobbley gook tech speak educate you on the many ways of search engines including indexes, crawl cycles, tagging and pinging (and also functions as the user manual for the plugin, if you decide to buy it).
I didn’t think the plugin would be useful if indexing was not an issue for you. However, the developer does address these issues in the pdf report.
When you purchase the plugin you will be taken to a download area. You will need to register the domain that you are using the plugin with and then download the plugin.
I did spend a few minutes looking for a “read me” file so I knew how to drive the plugin but couldn’t find one. After clicking through to the support tab I discovered that instructions for use had been added there. However, the real instructions imo are in the pdf report that you can download.
In order to use the plugin you need to have ioncube loaders on your server. After I had uploaded the plugin through my WordPress dashboard I realised that I didn’t have that setting on the new server I’m using. A quick ticket to my web host and it was installed in minutes.
Back to the plugin …
Now it’s just a matter of configuring the settings that you want to use with the plugin. In order to do that, you really need to consult the little pdf manual.
At this stage I would also recommend that you install:
- a cache plugin; and
- Wordfence (free version)
The reason for using these plugins are to decrease bot activity. You will already be generating a lot of activity from the indexing of posts and older posts, tags, categories and other pages. A massive amount of bots will just slow down your server and website.
When you first install the plugin you set it up with recommended settings. The idea is to index things that sometimes we would normally “no index” for example, tags, categories archives, author page and use exercepts on those pages. Each of these pages gets updated all the time with out latest content when we post so develop their own page rank which can be passed to other pages in your site….. mmmm.
The set up of the plugin allows you to insert relevant tags automatically with each post (you select the number). The purpose in doing this is so it will update your Tag page and give you new pages each of which can get indexed
The plugin also generates keyword links to the tag page increasing the inter linking on your own blog using relevant and themes tags. The goal here is to eventually increase traffic
Another feature of this plugin is that with each post you make to your home page it creates a link back to your site from these sources:
- Authority Pingbacks this allows you to link to relevant blogs and get pingbacks
- RSS Pinging – whenever you make a post a number of areas on your blog are changed eg the category/tag/archive and author pages. The RSS pinging function means that each of these paages are pinged as well. In addition the plugin pings these pages as well
Over a period of 7 days adjusting the settings on your blog you can basically index all the content. In addition, you can use the Related Posts feature (similar to YARP) to help users discover old content on your blog.
What first attracted me to the plugin was that you could easily see the results of what the plguin does in your dashboard in simple graph form and using a simple color traffic system.
There’s a handy log feature that you can use to view the activity as well.
I don’t like to base my reviews on other peoples experience so I installed the plugin and tested it out for myself. Within hours most of the content had been indexed and within a week all my existing unindexed content had been indexed. I then deactivated the plugin for a while (I was testing something else on my site). As I have been creating new content and had WP Indexer deactivated it hasn’t indexed the new stuff. Based on its previous performance I expect that will be indexed within hours now that it has been reactivated.
The plugin is currently available at discount here. If you are interested in the plugin I would suggest that you read the sales page carefully as it covers a lot of features in greater depth than what I have touched on. If you are not interested in the plugin I would recommend picking up the little pdf that is very helpful (and free) from the sales page thread.