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You know the problem with the “plug and play” products is that they work really easy for you but once when things get screwed, you really are on your own. All in One SEO is one of the most downloaded and used plugins on Wordpress today and it deserves the popularity.

But unfortunately, not all of the people using All in One SEO knows exactly what it does, or what it is up to. I’ve been a fan of Headspace (recommended here) and for its features and flexibility. But its not as popular as All in One SEO, probably because of its “not-so-easy-to-use” interface. (Also, migration from ‘All in One’ to Headspace could run in to problems, like I had once here at DSB.)

Anyways, QOT, a popular blog from India has come out with an interesting observation recently, where they suggest that the recent drop in PageRank, could be because of a setting in All in One SEO, which was automatically updated during an upgrade.

Though we don’t have complete evidences, PChere has discovered some very believable clues that point us to the reason. All in One SEO had a canonical element add that was auto checked on upgrade, so it confused the engines with its canonical tag. This happened probably becuase QOT was in a subdirectory and AllinOne SEo wasn’t clever enough to detect it, as it only followed the standard addition without any conditions.

The same could have happened to anyone, who is on a subfolder, and uses All in One plugin. Well, the perils of using a plugin that you cannot completely configure to your needs !


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