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How do I get Yoast SEO to work with Buddypress

  • Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    I actually like Yoast SEO plugin very much and know it also to be the best today. But it seems to not work out of the box with BP. I done a tone of searches on the net and appears I am not the only one trying to figure this out. Have even tried a few tweaks that others in forums suggested but with no luck and it also appears that no one for whatever reason is giving a real solution to working with Yoast on the BP site. Things like titles and descriptions for group, profile’ activity feeds ect are not optimized properly for Buddypress like they are in regular WordPress.

    I see the test buddy website does seem to have clean SEO all the way through. Not sure how that was accomplished.

    Any help would be appreciated as without having good SEO solution I am going to have to find another way to build this community I am working on but really want to stay with Buddy.

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  • Avatar of Shmoo
    Shmoo
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    @macpresss

    Better to contact Joost.

    http://yoast.com/

    Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    I posted in his forum for the plugin on wordpress.org. That is where they tell you to ask for support. https://yoast.com/contact/

    Posted something days ago off another post that had been there for a while. Created a new post today.

    I was hoping there would be some Buddypress pros here that would maybe know the answer to this. I am completely new to BP and only been working with WordPress for about a year. Although been in tech online for sometime. But I am no developer for sure. But a good IM and web strategy guy.,

    Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    So nobody here knows how to get SEO to work properly with Buddypress? This is kind of crazy as as popular as buddpress is nobody knows how to make SEO work with Yoast. SEO is an important part of any internet venture. Without it its pointless today online unless your going to pay for all your advertisement or do affiliate marketing.

    I am completely disappointed so far as I spent so much time researching this information and nobody either has the correct and complete information or cares to respond with it. I thought Buddpress was a very well supported compatible community for wordpress.

    I may have to find another product all together for this project possibly even outside wordpress as it just does not make sense to build something without SEO in mind.

    Zorro…

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
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    @hnla

    You place a lot of store by that rather ambivalent phrase or acronym SEO, back in the day when we built sites freehand, we covered this requirement simply by following good Standards, which google was starting to grasp and use as it’s measure.

     

    What exactly is so poor in BP’s data/content presentation that you think it requires further manipulation to the extent that if you can’t do so you would actually ditch the entire application, that response just sounds bizarre to me.

     

    WP always did manage to get indexed pretty well by search engines, why or how is BP so bad and why are you so disappointed in the lack of response here to your assertion that BP needs SEO so badly.

     

    Search engine indexing I grant you is important – sadly – BP could probably be massaged in the area of titles perhaps. SEO on the other hand is snake oil to many of us that have been around a while.

    And the best answer has been given above I’m afraid, contact the plugin author commission him to update the plugin to work with BP, sometimes you have to pay a little to earn a little.

    Avatar of Asynaptic
    Asynaptic
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    @synaptic

    Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    Hugo,

    There are many areas but the title and descriptions are not unique for each member or group. It does not take much understanding to see if one builds even a small community of say 5K members if every profile title says Members and every group says Groups that SEO is very bad and Google will spit this out in a heart beat and not value the site very well in rankings. Good SEO practice has got to be unique titles and descriptions old or new days.

    I built sites that have over 20K unique visitors per day and been around online full time since 2001. I am new to Buddpress and only been working with WordPress a little under a year. I know this for sure SEO to be as important today as years ago. Also if Buddy is going to be fully integrated with WP it in simple terms it needs to work just as WP does or then its not fulling integrated. Instead it is partially integrated. Like it or not 80% of all internet traffic today begins with a search and if SEO is not a big part of ones marketing plan success is probably not going to be found easily.

    Now don’t get me wrong I do admire and appreciate all the hard work done here on this project. I am very detailed and experienced traffic and IM guy that just simply trying to bring these things to front to make better product. I am however no programmer.

    Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    Asynaptic,

    I actually found that link the other day and the solution they provided there did not work. I went back just now since you posted it and tried it again and still did not work.

    One thing I did however notice this time is that post talks about finding this line of code:

    `

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    and replacing it with this line of code

    `

    `

    However after closer observation what I found is that there is no such line of code in my theme header.php file unless they are talking about one of the many other template files within buddy they have not made clear.

    What I have instead in the theme header.php file for title is this line of code:

    `
    |
    `

    Notice there is no bp_page_title() in my original code that I am replacing.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks,

    Zorro….

    Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    I guess the flipping code tags do not work here either. Not good not good at all. How can community help each other if they don’t work.

    Think I am just going to stick with http://www.jomsocial.com/ A product I have used before. It works and works right.

    Been using Joomla for many years. I recently started building some sites because I honestly like the how far WP has come over the years. But when it comes to social networking it appears from what I am experiencing there is nothing better then JoomScocial because it has a ton of features that are more mature and just work. There is far to much time needed to spend on building and marketing a site to make its success then to play around with things that do not work.

    Bye…!

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
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    @hnla

    ‘Just Work’! well there you go then I would stick with Joomla , however as a long time Standards developer I can tell you I wouldn’t touch Joomla with a barge pole, I publicly gave up helping any devs using the joomla platform due to the most terrible coding errors I  had seen of any application, and the sort of errors that hurt SEO.

     

    When you have thought this through and realised that WP as a platform is a thousand times better regarded by search engines than say Joomla, we might be able to help, I’ve dealt with this issue in the past but would have to hunt out the code from one of my dev sites and test.

    Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    Yes I agree and why I wanted to give WP a try and it is out of the box a much better platform for SEO. But if the project I am building requires social and the only solution is Buddypress and it does not support even basic SEO then its no fit for this project and clearly can’t find support for simple SEO titles working correct here, yoast or any place for that matter. Then its looking like a no fit for this project.

    Avatar of Asynaptic
    Asynaptic
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    @synaptic

    “But if the project I am building requires social and the only solution is Buddypress and it does not support even basic SEO…”

    You have it reversed. It is Yoast’s plugin that doesn’t support BP. It is the plugin developer’s responsibility to make their code compatible. The best idea is to contact Yoast (Joost). He’s a very hands on guy and would respond to an inquiry like this either via email or on the WP SEO support forum.

     

    Avatar of zorro1965
    zorro1965
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    @zorro1965

    I hear what your saying but as I indicated above Yoast wants support to go through the WordPress site and nobody there has responded. https://yoast.com/contact/

    Also the more and more I am looking at how Joomla has advanced over the past two years and especially http://www.jomsocial.com/ there does not even seem to even a tad of comparison in features or technology. Even the responsive themes are dynamite in contrast. I must admit Joomla two years ago was week in the theme, seo and plugin and core updates updating from within admin. Clearly these guys have been hard at work. Not the case anymore.

    Joomla plugins where always much higher end in terms of features and functionality. One of the reasons I can over to WordPress was I liked the ease of SEO, themes were better at the time, and also I liked having the ability upgrade things from within the admin as apposed to FTP. Not the case now.

    I am still evaluating but from what I am seeing on the early look its probably going to be complete change over to Joomla with Jomsocial.

    Avatar of derdzi
    derdzi
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    @derdzi

    I had the same problem with yoast seo for buddypress and I’ve found this solution, maybe it isn’t the cleanest one but it works for groups, group forums and members. http://latinosparis.com/simplecode/buddypress-seo-problem-with-yoast-plugin-solved/

    Hope it will help!

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