Supercharged SEO: A Guide to HeadSpace 2

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I recently wrote a review on HeadSpace 2 SEO plugin for WordPress. Unlike most plugins , this one requires some diligent attention when setting it up for the first time. Today I’m going to walk you through the basics of how to correctly configure HeadSpace 2 on your WordPress blog.

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with a walk through on the initial configuration of HeadSpace 2 for maximum SEO benefit. Be aware that any of the methods used in this guide are not required and you are free to follow your own preferred methods.

Also note that this post is rather long because I needed to ensure that no stone was left unturned. This was unavoidable. If you are intending to cross over to the HeadSpace 2 SEO plugin then stick it out till the end. I promise that you won’t be sorry you did.

Why Should I Do This?

If you recall from my original HeadSpace review I was queried on the validity of my testing and my results. Well results is where it’s all at. What I want to do is help you to see something like this when you log into Google Webmaster Tools. In fact I want you to see something even better than this.


To explain what your seeing here. This is the first 11 results in my Webmaster tools. I’m not going to give away my keywords but the image should allow you to see that I am targeting both short and long tail phrases. Those first 4 keywords are for some extremely competitive keywords and the posts that those keywords were associated with just would not rank using my previous SEO plugin.

HeadSpace has given me enough leverage over WordPress to make the appropriate changes to my on page SEO that they now rank right up there with the best sites. All but 1 of the keywords I am targeting here are first page results. That’s what you should be aiming for too.

So now that I’ve covered that, let’s get started.

Download and Install

Obviously the first thing to do is to download and install the plugin. If you’re not familiar with installing plugins, here’s the options available to you. Either use the auto install feature provided by WordPress or download the plugin directly from and upload it to your plugins directory. Installing plugins is outside the scope of this guide so if you need guidance on that, you should review the WordPress documentation.

Prepare to Activate HeadSpace 2

Before proceeding any further you must ensure that your site is ready to activate the plugin.

Deactivate any existing SEO plugin that you might have installed. If you want to use this data in HeadSpace do not delete the plugin, simply deactivate it. The use of more than 1 SEO plugin can have serious drawbacks such as multiple sets of every META tag and it is unknown what the actual effect on your site will be.

For HeadSpace to be able to perform it’s magic on your site and optimize you title META tag you must make a change to your theme’s header.php file. Open header.php in your theme directory with your favorite editor and in the <head> section look for the line wp_title();. Change that to wp_title(”);. It’s a small but very important change that ensures that HeadSpace has complete control over your title and doesn’t have other annoying separating characters or other information in there.

Finally, and this is open to debate, change your permalink structure to a custom structure using only /%postname%/. The reason you want this structure is that using any other variation of permalink structure may lead to duplicate content issues, depending on your site structure.

If you were using any other permalink structure than the default you will need to install your choice of plugin to redirect any of your indexed pages to the new location. My preference is Redirection which is also developed by the good folk at If you decide to use redirection, install it, activate it, and under Manage > Redirection > Options, ensure that both URL Monitoring select boxes are set to “Modified posts”. You will now have perfectly optimized permalinks without having to do anything else, or worry about duplicate content issues or 404 errors that could lead to search engine penalties.

For anyone who is not aware, duplicate content is frowned upon by Google. It won’t get you blacklisted, but it won’t get you listed either. Whenever Google finds duplicate content on a site, that content is placed into a supplemental index. The only time you’ll ever see results in Google for duplicate content is if you clicked on the link at the bottom of the page titled ‘include omitted results’.

You are now ready to activate the plugin so go ahead and do that now.

Import Your Existing Data

If you’ve been using any other SEO plugin such as All in One SEO Pack, now is the time to grab that data and bring it all into HeadSpace.

You’ll find the HeadSpace configuration dashboard under Settings > HeadSpace. Once you have the dashboard open click on Import. Here you have the option of importing the data, leaving the original data in place in your database, or if your confident that you are not going to use your old SEO plugin you can save space in your database by importing, then deleting the data.


It’s a good idea to back up your data before you proceed beyond this step. The developers have provided this cute warning.

As with anything else that modifies your database you should backup your data before running an import. No responsibility is accepted for any kittens that may be killed in the process

Configure Options

Next click Options and make sure that the first check box is marked. This ensures that the global configuration settings will be used any time you might forget to optimize a post.

If you use any other plugins that you want to allow to manipulate the excerpts you can enable that as well. You more than likely won’t need to use this so clear the check box if in doubt.

Page Settings

Next you will click on Page Settings. This is the place that most people get a little overwhelmed with the plugin but as you’ll see it’s really quite easy.


The settings for each of the sections on this page are global default settings. What you set here will be used for every area of your blog that corresponds to the settings module. I’ll be covering some ways to get the most out of this area of HeadSpace in a future post where I’ll discuss some advanced uses of the dynamic data replacement.

For now go through each of the modules and adjust to your preference. You will need to set this up for each of the modules so that the values are suitable to your preferred SEO strategy.

Just remember that you can make changes to any of these settings on the fly by adding the changes to the appropriate section when you write a new post. (You’ll see that in a moment).

You can also see here examples of the dynamic data that can be used in place of static data. I use a combination of both static and dynamic data for optimum SEO as well as to eliminate any possibility of duplicate content. I’ll be covering all of that in the next post on the advanced usage of HeadSpace 2.

Page Modules

Page modules are used for that ‘on the fly’ editing I was talking about earlier. These components will be shown on your Post edit page when you either write a new post, or edit an old post.


‘Simple’ modules will appear on each page directly. ‘Advanced’ modules will be shown when you click on the Advanced link. To add or remove a module simple click and hold the module and drag it to the area you want it to be. If a module is in the ‘Disabled’ section it will not be shown. To activate it drag  it into either of the 2 available areas. In this example I was moving Custom data into the basic modules.

Now when you write a new post or edit an old one you will see the modules in the HeadSpace settings area.


You can either fill in the data here as you write your new post, or allow the defaults that you setup in ‘Page Settings’ to be used instead. Once again I’ll mention that I’ll cover this in more detail in a future post.

Site Modules

The final piece of this puzzle is site modules. This area is used to do a couple of great things. Firstly this is the area that allows you to remove other plugins and allow HeadSpace to manage it all. It’s also the area that you’ll use to integrate HeadSpace into your analytics and tracking, as well as web master tools.


Explore and set this up to your own preferences. This screen shot is taken from my live installation so as you can see it’s easy enough to enable and configure each component. Not all of these components will need configuration.

If a component does require configuration just click on the square box on the right (next to the ‘?’). If you need any help understanding what each component does just click on the help icon ‘?’.

You now have a complete understanding of how to install, configure and implement HeadSpace2 SEO plugin. Take some time to explore each of the options and adjust to your preference. Go and setup your webmaster and analytics tracking and let HeadSpace take care of all the drudgery of your on page SEO strategy. You now have more time to focus your efforts on writing quality post and taking care of all your off page SEO tasks.

Now go build those back links.


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  1. September 19, 2009

    Ron Boracay said:

    Well written Andrew. As I can see it, Headspace plugin for wordpress is far better than All In One SEO pack. But, it is far more complicated.

    I think, before using headspace 2 on our blog, much better to understand first at least some basic SEO rules, terms and alike.

    Like on what to follow or to nofollow on your blog.

    If correctly configured, headspace 2 can give us competitive advantage.

    If configured and set-up in a wrong way, headspace 2 can ruin our blog (or worst, kicks out our blog on the serps).

    Thanks Andrew for posting this one.

    • September 19, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Ron, I’m not sure that’s quite accurate. HS2 would not really get your site kicked from Googles index. The worst case scenario is that you may end up with duplicate content, titles, descriptions and so on. However this can all be overcome with a proper site structure.

      As I mentioned in the original review post, your theme’s structure is very important. What HS2 does is allow you to control so much so that you can totally avoid the issue.

      • September 21, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Yep! I think I didn’t explain well what I am trying to say here, I’m sorry for that Andrew.

        What I am saying is, if not properly configured, you may end up not showing on the serps (because you have all the duplicate content due to wrong HS2 configuration).

        Thanks for the reply Andrew

        • September 21, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Right. Now here’s the biggest benefit of HS2.

          Because it has those page defaults, if you monitor your webmaster tools for errors like 404, and duplicate page, title, description, it literally take just a couple of minutes to fix the error and then just wait for the spider to come back and crawl again.

          Imagine if you had errors in 100 post pages. With any static website, and almost all other SEO plugins, you would need to correct every error individually.

          • September 21, 2009

            Ron Boracay said:

            Wow, That alone is a great piece. I can’t imagine how big it can help me out.

            Oh, I am a HS2 Full Pledge fan now Andrew.

            Please post the part 3 of this HS2 articles. He he.

            • September 21, 2009

              ZXT said:

              Ron I would like to see your blog that uses Headspace 2. Please post the link. Did you find any improvement in SERP?


              • September 21, 2009

                Ron Boracay said:

                As of now, I don’t use it that much, meaning, not yet running it to its maximum capability. I am still reading and re reading all stuffs and alike that is written prior to Headspace.

                Also, I am still waiting for Andrew to finish his multi part series of article pertaining to HS2.

                • September 28, 2009

                  ZXT said:

                  Ron -> Regardless if its not fully running to its capacity (HS2) I just want to see the blog or site where you installed HS2. Maybe I’ll learn something from it. Thanks.

            • September 21, 2009

              Andrew said:

              Ron great to hear your now a fan. Welcome to the fan club.

              Do I sense some high levels of anticipation? 🙂

              • September 21, 2009

                Ron Boracay said:

                lol. Start making a fun club now Andrew. Andrew on HS2 Fan club? Haha. Anyway, you are really great and doing great discussing this extremely useful plugin Sir!

            • September 21, 2009

              Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

              Ron Boracay –> Part 3 will be up on Wednesday. I’m a full fledged fan of it now also!

      • November 22, 2013

        Philip said:

        Hi Andrew can you make a comparison post about HeadSpace 2 and WordPress SEO by Yoast? I’m using the latter, but I’m open to using HS2 if it’s far more better. Thanks!

    • September 19, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Also Ron, as far as what to follow and other topics related to this type of thing, it’s going to be covered in my final post next week.

      Just understand that I can only demonstrate and advise. It’s ultimately up to you how you setup your site and your theme.

      That is a major part in deciding what to follow or index.

      • September 21, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Wow, that will be big. It can help a lot for our decision making. Not only it can be useful in terms of using HS2, it can be also useful to other parts of deciding where to incorporate the “nofollow” tag.

        I will wait for that Andrew!

  2. September 19, 2009

    Greg said:

    So would you expect to get better rankings out of Headspace2 than All In One SEO, or are they just different ways to reach the same point?

    • September 19, 2009

      Andrew said:

      At face value you’re quite right but the big difference here is that Ain1 doesn’t give quite as much control over you site.

      So looking at the example Ron gave in the comment above, as I said the worst case is you may end up with duplicate content but HS2 allow so much control that even with a really badly designed theme you can totally avoid it.

      However with so many more options available to your with HS2 it’s my opinion that it actually does a better job.

    • September 21, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      In my own words and opinion, both of them can be very useful. I think, whats matter most is how effective you will use them. Sometimes, All In One SEO alone can give you higher rankings. But as what Andrew said, HS2 is far more better than AIO pack. Just use what you really prefer and what’s working best for your blog.

  3. September 19, 2009

    Andrew Allsop said:

    After your first post, I just bookmarked the plugin and would probably have forgotten about it for a while. After your second, I downloaded and installed. Oh the power of a fan of something for two or more times!

    Thanks for the guide, got halfway through setting it up and stuck at a kinda, totally overwhelmed by opions leading me to – “I’ll finish it later” stage. [Though haircut / shopping in a minute is my real excuse!]

    I hope that I may share my positive results with this plugin in the near future!

    • September 19, 2009

      Andrew said:

      I can totally relate. When I first found this plugin it took me several days to work it all out and properly configure it.

      It took another week of monitoring webmaster tools to reveal any mistakes I’d made.

      Just stick it out, because once all those options are set it runs itself. And I be looking for your comments to let me know how it worked out for you.

  4. September 19, 2009

    Andrew said:

    I may give it a look on a test platform but I’m very happy with HS2 right now so I’ll be sticking with it.

  5. September 19, 2009

    Judith said:

    Andrew thanks for the header.php tip — I have been using HS2 for some time and pleased with the results but wasn’t aware that changed had to be made.

    Appreciate the time and clarity you took to go over the basics. Will be waiting for your advanced option overview too!

    • September 19, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Judith –> You’re right. He did a great job on this. We are now using this plugin here at Site Sketch 101 and I am also looking forward to optimizing it further when he publishes his next article. I’m very excited for it.

      • September 19, 2009

        Judith said:


        You’ll want to check out SEO Blogger Firefox plugin from Wordtracker too if you haven’t already. Very useful for keyword data mining when creating posts!

        • September 19, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Thanks for that Judith, I’ll check that out as well. I use a number of tools for my keyword research so hopefully this will make the task a bit easier as well.

        • September 20, 2009

          Arisu said:

          Thanks for the tip Judith! It´s always good to have something else to try out.

        • September 20, 2009

          ZXT said:

          I think this is what we all need. I just installed version 1.0.3 from Word Tracker. I can’t wait to use it on my next post. Thanks Judith.

        • September 21, 2009

          Ron Boracay said:

          Thanks for the tip. It will come handy because, its a plugin! and its free to use.

      • September 19, 2009

        Andrew said:

        Nick, glad to hear that. It’s quite a big move to change something like an SEO plugin particularly one this intense.

        The final post is going to bring it all together and I’m certain you’ll get some great tips and benefit from it.

        • September 20, 2009

          Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

          Andrew –> Actually, since I’ve read these articles, it’s been quite easy. I had used it before and abandoned it as hopeless and today and thrilled about having it. You’ve made it very simple for me to implement.

      • September 20, 2009

        HelpfulAdvisor said:

        Thanks Andrew for this powerful part 2 of the series!

        We’ve been working hard over at to implement a completely new theme, along with HeadSpace2.

        Thanks Nick and Andrew for your powerful articles and for all your help!


        • September 20, 2009

          Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

          HelpfulAdvisor –> Great work over at your site. Keep up the great work. I love putting HeadSpace to work here now that I know what I’m doing and I think that you will too. I think that it’s really going to help us. Andrew obviously knows what he’s talking about.

        • September 20, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Jay it’s been a great experience for me as well.

          Very impressive changes that you’ve made to your site. Now lets watch as headspace helps you make that illustrious leap to PR 4 and beyond.

          • September 21, 2009

            Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

            Andrew –> That’s what I’m hoping for as well. I’m excited out this and thankful to you for putting it all together.

    • September 19, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Judith, I’m relieved to hear that. I didn’t want the size of the post to get out of hand and was concerned the content was too thin.

      Even thought that change is in the documentation, credit really needs to go to Joost DeValk. I get a lot of my tips from his site.

  6. September 19, 2009

    Sat Chen said:

    Wow thanks for this information. One of the best articles I have seen so far. Thanks!

  7. September 20, 2009

    Arisu said:

    Woah, thanks for the article! I can wait to read the whole series since I would be a little lost with all the options this plugin has.

    However, it seems like a great tool to optimize your blog for search engines and get better stats.

    • September 20, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Arisu I’m really happy that you and so many others have been able to see the great value in this post and the plugin itself.

      The final post is going to bring all of those options together but there will still an element to it that you’ll need to develop on your own. Namely your personal choice of strategy and naming conventions.

  8. September 20, 2009

    Bruce Teague said:

    My favorite free SEO plugin for Joomla is now no longer free. After reading about this great SEO plugin on the WP platform I think it’s the straw that broke the Camels back. I think I’ll make the move to WP.

    • September 20, 2009

      Andrew said:

      LOL that poor Camel. I’ve never used Joomla though I hear it’s a great CMS platform. I guess the biggest advantage to WordPress is that because it’s so popular that more people work to develop amazing plugins like HeadSpace.

      The change over for you should be simple enough with the import features that WP has.

      • September 20, 2009

        ZXT said:

        Exactly, a friend of mine is using Joomla on his blog. He is bragging that it is more secured with lots of options. But now, he find it hard to install common plug ins like Comluv or Keywordluv because theres no such thing in Joomla.

      • September 21, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        And not to mention that the platform is FREE to use and so many plugins that can make blogging life easier.

    • September 20, 2009

      Sat Chen said:

      Good luck using wordpress. You will find it much easier than joomla (at least I did).

    • September 20, 2009

      ZXT said:

      -> Bruce, my friend and co worker is on the same predicament as you. On his break time the other day, he spent all his time tweaking his Joomla blog. Installing a simple comment box took him a whole 1 hour and in the end he doesn’t like the result.

      He’s about to switch to WP too.

    • September 21, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Bruce Teague –> I just switched from Joomla to WordPress when I built Site Sketch 101 and I’m so glad that I did. I’m loving WordPress.

    • September 21, 2009

      Arisu said:


      That sucks, but I bet you´ll learn to love WP as many of us do, and we´re here to help if you need it 😉

  9. September 20, 2009

    Reza Winandar said:

    Unfortunately I’m a Blogspot blogger and this post is useless for me. But I still following this blog because there many great tips to follow for all kind of bloggers. Cheers!

    • September 21, 2009

      ZXT said:

      Someday when you have you got a wordpress blog then you might remember all the WP tips and plugins here and then it won’t be useless anymore.

    • September 21, 2009

      Arisu said:

      If you ever get your WP blog, then you know what to use 😉 Also, it might give you some ideas to work with blogspot… if I remember correctly you can make html changes, right?

    • September 21, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      Ha ha. Well, its not totally a useless one. I mean, just try to imagine those tips that not only cover’s HS2 but also covers a lot prior to blogging, no matter if you are a blogspot or WP lover.

  10. September 22, 2009

    Adam Haney said:

    I just installed it today and it’s great, I’ve been manually editing alot of this stuff within the theme files themselves (and obviously creating duplicate content). This will not only save me time but improve quality aswell. Thanks.

    • September 23, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      Great to see you here Adam!

      Yeah, coding manually on the php files of any wp theme is a real pain. Glad there is plugins like HS2 that really gives WP users a much easier time to edit some technical aspects/codes at their blogs.

    • September 23, 2009

      ZXT said:

      Manually editing? Are you serious Adam?

      Anyways, care to elaborate? If you are manually editing it (I think you mean the meta tags) then why it will create duplicate content? Unless you are using another SEO plug in at the same time.

  11. September 23, 2009

    Bill Bennett said:

    You say: “If you decide to use redirection, install it, activate it, and under Manage > Redirection > Options, ensure that both URL Monitoring select boxes are set to “Modified posts”.”

    I only see one URL Monitoring select box. Is something wrong with my installation?

    • September 24, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Bill, that was probably a bit unclear sorry about that.

      There is a dropdown box that shows you the two optins. Select each option then mark the checkbox for each one.

      I hope that clears things up.

  12. September 24, 2009

    maui said:

    I need to use headspace2 to deal with conflicting plugins and to lower the page load (so many plugins not needed on every page).

    I have had little luck getting plugins to work correctly, any tips?

    Thanks, and nice article!

    • September 24, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi Maui. The question is a little ambiguous but I’ll do my best to answer.

      Plugins might fail to work for a number of reasons. It could be a poorly written plugin, it could be that it’s not compatible with your version of wordpress, or it may a conflict with you theme code. Also plugins sometimes don’t work well together. This is especially so for some of the less popular one where they just don’t do ant testing for how it behaves with the most popular plugins.

      The only way to really work out which are the problem ones is to disable all plugins then enable one at a time. Test that it’s functioning as you had expected to until you find the problem plugin. Keep going through that process until all problems are resolved and once you’ve idenified all issues try delete them and try to find replacements.

      The last but usually very rare problem can occur with plugins that directly interface with the database. If there is any corruption and excessive overhead it could cause issues as well.

  13. September 24, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I’m also trying to limit my plug ins. I’ve been actually having some problems installing plug ins if I do it through plug in search inside WordPress.

    Anyways I hope this HS2 plug in will be able to drop my other plug ins.

    • September 24, 2009

      Arisu said:


      I rather download my plugins and up load them myself, most of the time the plugin search in WordPress doesn´t work for me either.

      • September 24, 2009

        ZXT said:

        So this is a normal thing in WordPress?

        Thanks for telling that theres no problem with my WordPress and I’m not running too many plug ins (I hope so)

        • September 24, 2009

          Arisu said:


          I don´t know, it may be a server issue, but it failed even when I didn´t have any plugin installed but Akismet. So it´s not your wordpress and it´s not about the plugins.

          • September 25, 2009

            Andrew said:

            Maybe I should, or maybe I shouldn’t but I almost always use the ‘add new search’ from inside of WordPress and I’ve never had a failure.

            I’d agree with Arisu that you more than likely have a server issue. Possibly related to PHP memory allocation.

            • September 28, 2009

              ZXT said:

              Good for you Andrew. I almost always having problems using the term search for adding plug ins. Well at least now I know its not my wordpress nor my plug ins.

  14. September 24, 2009

    RobertK said:

    Hi Andrew,
    I understood from your article that duplicates are BAD. I might be doing this duplication by the nature of my site, I have a recipe website and many recipes fall under multiple categories such a for example (Greek salad) falls under Greek Food, Salads, vegetarian and Side Dishes, I have Headspace2 as SEO plugin. In the article you shows that you picked the “follow” option for the “category link”

    I’m new to this SEO thingy, I am kinda of over whelmed a bit, but it seems that if you don’t want duplication then you should pick the “no-follow” option for the categories, correct??? And I did!!But when I picked the “no-follow”, now all the posts posted after changing the option are not showing up in google, or maybe I am not doing the search correctly. I did the search as follows: in google search box I put ( and that shows everything google indexed from my site.

    Any thoughts to shed some lights on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you,

    • September 25, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi RobertK you have some great question but before I answer lets get some clarification for you.

      Setting nofollow or not tells the spider that when it finds a link to either pass page rank to that link or not. The link will still be indexed either way.

      Duplicate content occurs when the same or very close to being the same, content is found in multiple pages either on your site or someone elses. Having duplicate content on your own site seems to get a bigger penalty than your site having the same content as someone elses site.

      Duplicate content is found as a result of the spider crawling and indexing pages. It has nothing to do with nofollow.

      Controlling duplicate content can be done in several ways:
      Using good site structure
      Using a robot.txt file

      Because of the design of my theme and my permalink structure I am able to follow every link on my site, as well as index every (public) page.

      Once upon a time, before I had the site structure properly organised I used a robots.txt file to restrict the spider from indexing areas of the site such as categories and archives.

      Make sure you have a read of the final post in the series I’ve written on HeadSpace2. It delves into the how and why of all of this.

      It’s important to note that if you want to get the maximum SEO value by following and indexing most of your site like I do, then you listing pages like category and archives should use either title links or excerpts only. I see a lot or themes that show pages and pages of entire posts and that is the cause of a lot of duplicate content.

      So you should now be able to see that setting nofollow on your categories won’t actually effect the pages being indexed. It will also mean that you won’t be pushing page rank around your site.

      Also be aware that Google does not reveal all the indexed pages. The best place to run your query is Yahoo! Site Explorer.

      I hope this helps you to understand things a little better but let me know if you have any more questions.

      • September 25, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Can I add more tips here regarding controlling or avoiding dup contents?

        Using rel=canonical
        Using google webmaster tools

        I am using both of them and as of now, my site seems to be doing great.

      • September 28, 2009

        ZXT said:

        -> Andrew, talking about duplicate content, so its not advisable to submit your blog articles to online article sites right? As Google might penalize your blog and also on SERP, your blog article on your blog will probably rank less than the online article submission site.

        Am I correct to assume that?

        • September 28, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Let’s reiterate that you don’t get a direct penalty for duplicate content. It just means your content will never appear in the SERPs.

          The way that I’ve come to understand it is that whoever holds the most authority wins the duplicate content race.

          So I would agree with your assumption because it’s unlikely that your blog will rank higher than say so your own blog would not get into the SERPs for that content.

          But you could always do a rewrite of the post and submit that to the article directories. This way your own blog gets in the SERPs as well as your submitted article.

          • September 28, 2009

            Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

            Andrew –> Thanks for explaining that for me as well. I didn’t know that it was winner-take-all. I always thought that they both got banned. That clears up a great deal for me.

          • September 28, 2009

            Ron Boracay said:

            Actually, there is a heated debate when Google recently released a statement:

            Google Busts the Duplicate Content Myth

            I think it can explain more and hope to contribute more here at our discussion.

          • September 29, 2009

            ZXT said:

            Yeah thats a good suggestion, re writing your article but with the same meaning.

            But let me ask a question, you think its worth to submit your article on like say ezines and they will get your traffic instead of just posting it on your own blog?

            I mean do you guys have done that? Is it worth it?

  15. September 27, 2009

    RobertK said:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thank you so much for your help!!

    So I downloaded the “Redirection” plugin and now I don’t know if I am coming or going, could some one help me with the setup, your article made look so simple but I found out that there is a million options to choose from in the Redirection plugin.

    I had my permlink set up to (Day and Name)

    And my intention is to change to (Custom) /%postname%/ like you mention in the article, per your instruction you say (ensure that both URL Monitoring select boxes are set to “Modified posts”.) That’s all I had to do. I did find the “URL Monitoring” under the “option” link but I could not find (two of them)??

    Are there other things I need to do more than changing the two settings to “Modified posts” (that I can’t find).


    thank you for your helpful comment too
    Could you elaborate a bit on this rel=canonical

    Thank you so much.

    • September 27, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      The rel=canonical is a format that allows you to publicly specify your preferred version of a URL. If your site has identical or vastly similar content that’s accessible through multiple URLs, this format provides you with more control over the URL returned in search results.

      It also helps to make sure that properties such as link popularity are consolidated to your preferred version.

      Also, rel=”canonical” is hint that google honor strongly. It take your preference into account, in conjunction with other signals, when calculating the most relevant page to display in search results.

      You may check more of it here:

      and here:

      and here, with slideshow:


      • September 28, 2009

        ZXT said:

        Ron where do you put the rel=”canonical” phrase? Inside your theme? Sorry for the noob question.

        • September 28, 2009

          Ron Boracay said:

          It was discussed and given on the links above.

          It’s on the head section actually.

          • September 28, 2009

            ZXT said:

            Ron -> Sorry I haven’t check the links yet. I never heard of this term/tag before.

            Thanks for replying.

            • September 28, 2009

              Ron Boracay said:

              Welcome, please tell me if you need more information about it, also, it your are a blogspot user, I use a different code for it.

    • September 28, 2009

      Andrew said:

      RobertK, I have made a slight error, so thanks for pointing this out.

      You simply need to select the box for monitor new posts selected for each of the options in the drop down for ‘Modified Posts’ and ‘Redirections’.

      The plugin will now handle all of your changed permalinks and redirect all of your original URL’s in Google’s index to the new post page.

      If you find anything in your webmaster tools that is not being picked up simply create a redirection for it in the plugin.

      Canonical META tag is just another way of redirecting the spider to where you want it to go. If you get deep down into it, then it’s a big topic.

      Suffice to say that today it is primarily used to redirect http://youdomain.ext to http://www.yourdomain.ext with the need for a .htaccess or php redirect.

      • September 28, 2009

        RobertK said:

        Hi Andrew,

        Just want you to know that I appreciate your help tremendously, as I am no expert in this field, I am just trying to setup my wife’s site the best I can.

        Before I pose my dilemma here, I need to make sure we are talking about the same page in the Redirection plugin,

        Here is what I did
        Step by step here!!! Please!!!

        1-I click on Redirection in (wp tools admin page)
        2-click on options on the top (fifth choice from the left)
        3-Under (URL Monitoring) I do what you are telling me to do.
        4- click Update

        Ok, this is no longer an SEO question, what’s confusing me here is you are telling me to select the “monitor new post” box for both “redirection” and “modified post” from the option drop down.

        Unless I am missing something here, or I am totally on the wrong page! How am do I select both items from a drop down selection? You can only select one option at a time from the drop down. What am I missing here?


        Thank you for the links, I’ll check them out today.

        Thank you

        this is the second time I post this I don’t know what Happened! I lost my first one, if you see a duplicate, I am sorry.

        • September 28, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Robert it sounds to me like you have set up everything correctly.

          The drop down box items are selected independently.

          Choose the different options and just make sure the check box is marked for each option. If not, check it, and save your settings.

          The quick explanation of what you are setting is that WordPress always stores the posts with the default page id in the database. It then adds another field for any custom variations to the default permalink.

          Redirection will monitor all new and old posts for any changes to the stored permalink and will direct any variation of that permalink to the new one.

          • September 28, 2009

            RobertK said:

            Wow that was quick, thank you so much Andrew,

            Ok now I get it, I already changed my permalink to /%postname%/ and I’ll check the monitor new post and update twice, once for each option. cross my fingers hope google wont loose my current 117 post.

            Now I am onto the next quest; to understand tags vs key words, the Headspace guy seems to think key words are useless and combines them with tags. I hope this quest not going to be as stressful as the Redirection thingy. I wish there is a place that would explain it with simple specific examples like if the post is about
            a specific recipe, do I match the tags to the name of title of the post or the contents or both etc.. Do you know of a site that would explain this concept in specific details, there is tons of generalized informations out there, I looking for specifics with examples. I only learn with examples (kinda slow)LOL

            Thank you so much,

            • September 29, 2009

              Andrew said:

              Robert that’s another really good question, and one that I have not personally spent enough time testing to give a solid, definitive answer to.


              One could argue that since Google ignores keywords why use them. Yet on the other hand all other engines do use them.

              Here’s how I am trying to make the best of it.

              I’ve added keywords to Page Modules so that the keyword field appears on post edit page.

              Next I use the HS2 tag suggest and Yahoo suggest function to get the best keywords. If I think that something is missing I’ll add it to the tags.

              Finally I click on the Keywords heading which then automagically populates the keyword META tag with the tags.

              HS2 will apparently populate the keywords automatically according to the documentation but I have not verified this feature.

  16. September 28, 2009

    RobertK said:

    Ok I did it, now the links are broken,

    if you go to and search for the following

    sahlab drink recipe

    My page is ranked number one but the link is broken, it tries to go to old setup /year/month/date/name-of-post

    I get the following

    We’re sorry, that page was not found – Error 404

    it does not get redirected.

    any hints please

  17. September 28, 2009

    Nick Aster said:

    This is excellent. One oddity – On your screenshots you have “archive links, category links” and so on with radio buttons. I don’t see these, even when I click “advanced”. What’s the scoop there?

    • September 28, 2009

      RobertK said:


      A couple of weeks ago I spend two full days banging my head on the computer screen and pulling whatever is left of my hair till I figured out accidentally.

      You need to go to the (page modules) drag (follow link)to the (simple). Once you do that the radio buttons will appear in (page setting)

      Hope that helped

    • September 29, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Nick, sorry for any confusion here. As RobertK pointed out, you need to go to Page Modules and drag the modules to the preferred area.

      Take another look at the screen shot and re-read the Page Modules section. You’ll see that I am dragging one of the modules in that screen shot, but I admit that perhaps my explanation could have been a little better.

  18. September 28, 2009

    RobertK said:


    I thought this thingy “Redirection” is going to solve the problems resulting from changing the permalink to an existing site.

    Now google webmaster tools tells me that I have 10 (404 not found) and counting.

    What should I do?

    please help

    • September 29, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      RobertK, I hope I can help.

      Maybe, in the mean time, you can use this one:

      Its a A WordPress plugin that replies a 301 permanent redirect, if requested URI is different from entry’s (or archive’s) permalink. It is used to ensure that there is only one URL associated with each blog entry.

      I used that before and it works. And here is some tips about those permalinks:

      • September 29, 2009

        Andrew said:

        Ron thanks for that tip. I’m not sure how it differs from the plugin I’ve suggested though. It seems to me that it’s doing a similar task with less control.

        If the redirection is not being picked by Google, I think it’s probably doubtful that another plugin will make it work any better.

    • September 29, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Robert, is it possible that the 404’s are a result of pages that were indexed between the time you made different changes to your permalinks?

      It would be easier for me to help you if you could show me 1 or 2 of the 404 URL’s.

      The very first thing you need to do though is to test the URL’s that Google is reporting as 404. When I first switched over from %category%/%postname%/ permalinks I saw that google could no longer find and of my URLs because it expected the category to preceed the postname.

      If your permalink structure was originally set to default then you should not have to do anything else. If however you used some other structure like a /year/month/day/postname structure then you would need to add some redirections manually.

      You can use regular expressions with this plugin to reduce the number of redirects you have. If for example you were using /year/month/day/post here’s how you can use a redirection with regular expression to strip it all back.

      Source URL: /(\d*)/(\d*)/(\d*)/([a-zA-Z0-9]*)

      Destination URL: /$4

      This should take a URL of:

      and redirect it to

      It is important to look very closely at what is being reported as a 404. You should find a pattern and when you do you’ll know where to apply the redirection. It could be from the example I’ve given or it could be due to categories or even something else that you were doing with your permalinks.

      Hopefully the information I’ve given here should be enough to get you back on track.

      DISCLAIMER: I am not a regular expression expert and the information I’ve provided has been tested to the best of my ability.

      • September 29, 2009

        RobertK said:

        Thanks Andrew,

        It worked,

        Andrew, No need for the disclaimer. Any which you turn it, you know more than me and I learned a lot here. It’s not as if I have 1000’s of click a day and I lost it all. I am just starting out and still learning.

        Thank you for all your efforts and help.

        • September 29, 2009

          RobertK said:

          I also learned that I need to proof read my comments before I push submit,

          I meant to say “Any which way you turn it”

  19. October 19, 2009

    jaime said:

    Great article and love hs2. i have used it on a number of sites without any issues.

    however, on one of our new sites the meta keywords, description and page title are not showing up on the home page. they work on the individual pages just not the home page. i have tried just about everything. anybody else had issues with this?

    • October 19, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi Jaime glad you enjoyed the article. I can’t say I’ve come across an issue like this where there was no configuration error.

      I took a quick look at your home page and it all seems to be working fine.

      META description: The Most Personalized and Exclusive Matchmaking Service in Los Angeles (10 words/61 chars)

      I won’t display you keywords here but I’m seeing the keywords and titles ok for all of your pages.

      Something I noticed after viewing several different sites is that your keywords show up as only having 2 and seems to be because of the space between los and angeles. Yet I can see all of them. Try adding a space after the comma for each keyword and see if that helps.
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  20. October 20, 2009

    jaime said:

    Thank you so much for getting back to me! I actually ended up figuring it out last night.

    Thanks for the tip as well.

    I really appreciate it and keep up the good work with the blog.
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  21. October 30, 2009

    RobertK said:

    allright people I am back,

    here is a frustrating thing: I did all the stuff above, here is search results from my server log,

    the sixth search results shows the following link from my site:

    it might be a German google site or something, not sure.

    In google search I put baba ghanouge.

    the Post itself is nowhere to be found but the tag shows up all gitty and happy. could someone explain to me what is happening, why would a tag in the post show up but not the post itself is no where to be found.

    thank you all.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Labneh (strained yogurt): Creamy, simply delicious and nutritious snack. =-.

    • November 17, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Robert sorry to take so long to get back to you. I must have missed the email alert.

      Anyway, I’ve had a poke around and when I go to

      I get a proper tag archive and I can see the post there so either you’ve fixed the problem since posting, or I’ve misunderstood the problem/question.

      • November 18, 2009

        RobertK said:

        thank you for your respond

        Yes if you click on

        you will go to the right post but that is the tag link, I was wondering why the link to the post(baba ghanouge)is nowhere to be found.

        I meant this link

        is no where to be found in google, it seems that google indexed the tag but not the post page. the is what’s confusing me (among a whole lot of other things) but that a anther subject.

        thank you,
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: Ossmalieh or knafeh (baked shredded dough) : The best way to make knafeh at home. =-.

        • November 18, 2009

          Andrew said:

          RobertK now I got it. All that’s happened here is that you are allowing Google index your tags and that the tag was indexed before the page was. That can happen, in fact it happens quite often.

          For example a category could get indexed before a page in that particular category and so you won’t find the page in the index because it hasn’t been crawled yet.

          If you want to stop the tags from being indexed just add a Disallow /tag in your robots.txt.

          Otherwise just wait and Google will eventually index the page. Also using a site map will help the spider to know about the pages you want indexed. But it doesn’t guarantee when it will be indexed.
          .-= My Latest Blog Post: How to Keep Customers for Life =-.

          • November 18, 2009

            RobertK said:

            thanks andrew, what are you doing up so early anyway.

            The post was created in mid september, just thought there is some issue I can’t see, it been two months ??? I tell you; I hate this feeling of helplessness where you don’t know what’s going on and have no control over any of this; we are just under the mercy of the google gods.

            Do you think it’s a good idea to disallow tags and categories? I already implemented tha that robots.txt per your instruction, we’ll see when google will stop indexing the login pages.

            As far as the site map I have two, one is on page that has all the links to all the posts on my site and the other is an xml file that gets submitted to google webmaster.

            I hope the traffic will increase as the contents increases, I keep telling my wife the more recipes she puts in the higher the chances people will find her on google. she is getting three to eight people a day now. Also I getting another 5 to 15 searching for images, I guess there is more intrest in my food photography than her recipes LOL.

            thank you so much for all your help.
            .-= My Latest Blog Post: Ossmalieh or knafeh (baked shredded dough) : The best way to make knafeh at home. =-.

            • November 18, 2009

              Andrew said:

              Robert I live in Australia and it was about 5pm I think when I replied.

              Moving right along…I hate that feeling too and I can be described as someone who toes the line with Google, and only because of the power they yield. That means I comply, but I don’t always like it or agree with their motives.

              Now to your real questions.

              Deciding to index tags/archives/categories is really a matter of opinion. In all honesty I am still trying to evaluate the pro’s and con’s of each. At this stage I see no reason to exclude them other than page structure and duplicate content issue. The right theme can sort that out though. See some of the comments above where we discussed this.

              Right now though I have everything followed except affiliate links and a couple of other things. The point of this is to spread as much of my PR around my own site as I can.

              I also exclude all of the private areas as well as the tags from the engines. However I do include the categories. I would need to write an essay here to explain why but I’ll do my best to keep it trim.

              Tag pages and category pages will largely end up containing the same or very similar content in a lot of cases. This will cause a duplicate content issue. Dupes on another site is bad enough, but when it’s on your own site is the worst thing you can have.

              This is a sample of my robots.txt (some exclusions) specific to any wordpress installation.

              Disallow: /wp-admin
              Disallow: /wp-includes
              Disallow: /wp-content/plugins
              Disallow: /wp-content/cache
              Disallow: /wp-content/themes
              Disallow: /wp-content/uploads
              Disallow: /trackback
              Disallow: /comments
              Disallow: /tag

              So long as you have everything (except tags) you should not have and issues. Make your own decision about tags and categories.

              Now for Google to stop looking for those pages you’ll need to submit a removal request which you can do from your webmaster tools account.

              You MUST add all of the pages you want removed, to your robots.txt FIRST or they will reject your submission.

              You can also submit entire directories so for login pages just make sure the directories are listed in the robots file and use a directory removal for that one.

              I think that about covers it.
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  22. November 9, 2009

    Jesus said:

    Just tested that if you have subcategories, only the root category will work for all of them, no matter if you have headspace data for each individual subcategory. Am I missing something or it is a bug/missing feature?

    • November 9, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Jesus, headspace can use category descriptions to populate your meta data. Make sure you have your 150 character META Description in your WordPress category description and HeadSpace will use that for you.

      You can see a working example on my blog. Just click through my name here, then select a sub category from the menu and you can analyze my site. All the data that you will see is coming from HeadSpace and the cat descriptions.

  23. November 14, 2009

    natahillah said:

    of my friends saw an article about a very good headspace I was sepertinya.dan download diwordpress but I still do not understand how to use it.
    please give me a tutorial

  24. November 17, 2009

    trappevask said:

    Hi Andrew

    First of all : Im very impressed with all the time you take answering of alle these people 🙂

    Now here is one more. I might have skipped the answer you already might haven given on this subject, if so, please forgive me .

    Here is the question :

    I want to add nofollow from my homepage to SOME of my subpages but not all of them. How do I do that ? As it is now, if I add nofollow to pagelinks, its ALL of the pages getting nofollow.

    I want a few of pages to get linklove from the homepage , but not all of them .

    Can that get fixed ?

    Thank you man 🙂


    • November 17, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi and thanks for the kind words. It does take time but I enjoy the techy stuff so it works out well for me.

      The short answer is that at this stage there is no way other than to write a php function that would look at the page ID and if ID=nnn then rel=”nofollow”.

      I’m not certain how you would write this function to work happily with Headspace though.

      Having said that, I have been speaking to the plugin developer recently, and I am working on a much more detailed guide to the plugin.

      It might be worth submitting a feature request to John because it’s certainly worthy of attention.

      Now here’s a possible work around. If your doing what I think you are, then privacy policies, disclaimers, and certain pages won’t actually be shown in your page loop. With headspace you can exclude those pages with the ‘Exclude’ option. If this is the case, simply hard code the rel=”nofollow” for each of the links you create.

      Sorry I couldn’t give you a better solution.

  25. November 17, 2009

    RobertK said:

    I would like to know how to stop google for indexing the

    login and register pages

    and /?action=lostpassword

    they seem to cause a lot of duplication.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Ossmalieh or knafeh (baked shredded dough) : The best way to make knafeh at home. =-.

    • November 17, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi Robert. Best practices would suggest that your should exclude these sections of your site with a robots.txt file. Using the Disallow function for instance:
      Disallow /wp-login
      Disallow /wp-admin
      Disallow /?*

      This would prevent crawling and indexing of all of those pages. That last line will also prevent any dynamic pages from being indexed as well.
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  26. November 18, 2009

    trappevask said:

    Hi Andrew

    Thank you for your time and answer.

    I will look into it

    Have a super day !


  27. November 19, 2009

    Angeline said:

    Hi Andrew,
    I read the entire post, but I couldn’t find a solution to my problem.
    You sound really knowledgeable.

    I hope you can help me…

    Yesterday, I installed the latest HEADSPACE2 version 3.6.32.

    Right after I did that two VISIBLE things happened:

    1- My feed stopped working!!!

    2- All my blog posts became a chunk of words. All my paragraphs and alignment went haywire.
    (if you can still get to my cache, you would see the difference.)

    Andrew, its really frustrating.
    I tried figuring out for 5 hours and nothing worked.
    I have been asking for help from different support forums but NONE came to my rescue.

    Andrew, could you be so kind as to help me solve this problem please??
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Headspace2-The Culprit! =-.

    • November 19, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi sorry to hear about your troubles. Here’s what I can see.

      1. Your feed is working fine for me with both the standard XML and the Feedburner versions.

      2. From what I can see the problem looks to be your theme rather than the plugin.

      One way to isolate this is to deactivate all plugins.

      Check the site. If it looks ok then the theme on its own will work.

      Now activate headspace by itself. If your theme looks ok then its a conflict between headspace and one of your other plugins.

      If thats the case, activate just each of your plugins, with only headspace active to isolate which one is causing the problem.

      Having said all that (and you really should do it all to know exactly what the problem is) I really think that your theme is the problem and not any plugin. You have a great deal of content and there are a lot of really well coded free themes out there that would really enhance your site so you might want to think about changing the theme.

      Let me know how you go.

  28. November 19, 2009

    RobertK said:


    Thank you for all the info,
    Since the post is getting active again, maybe I’ll ask my lifelong question again; I might get lucky this time. I have posted this question in every wordpress related post and forum. I have not been able to receive a satisfactory answer. May be I’ll get lucky here.

    I am having a hard time with tags vs key words, below is a post I posted at Headspace forum and wordpress forums and a couple of others.

    Understanding tags vs. key words is a mystery to me, John from headspace thinks keywords are useless and combines them with tags.
    I wish there is a place that would explain it with simple specific examples. (specific example)
    For example if a post is about a specific food recipe, do I match the tags to the name of title of the post or the contents or both etc.. Do you know of a site that would explain this concept in specific details, there is tons of generalized and abstract information out there, I am looking for specifics with examples. I only learn with examples (kinda slow)
    Let us say I have a recipe named Hummus I named the post (The secret to an easy Hummus Recipe); Hummus is made out of chick peas, tahini, garlic, lemon, olive oil etc… what would be the best way to tag such a post in wordpress? Do I create tags to match the post title, the type of food i.e. middle eastern (which is already categorized in category), the ingredients. Do I create a tag for the anticipated search phrase that might be used in google search, etc…

    Could someone please de-code this mystery to me.
    Thank you so much,
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Ossmalieh or knafeh (baked shredded dough) : The best way to make knafeh at home. =-.

    • November 22, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Robert I thought I answered this (maybe my answer went to spam accidentally).

      The short answer is that I agree with John on this topic.

      Google has never taken the keywords meta data into consideration and most, but not all engines are giving less importance to them due to keyword spam.

      On the flip side, tags are indexed not just by the big 3 search engines but also by the blog engines as well as the blog directories.

      I don’t want to write an essay on this but my advice to you would be to use the function in headspace (set by default) to replace keywords with tags.

      Targeting keywords and how you use them is going to based on your strategy and the primary keywords you want to target.

      In your example, the ingredients of humus are secondary keywords and far too generic to try and rank for. However you could consider using something like:
      Primary: Humus, humus ingredients
      Secondary: chick peas humus, tahini humus, etc.

      And given that your recipes are categorized by varying topics such as ingredient, country of origin, you could link up the pages in the body such as ‘more recipes for olives.

      I hope this sheds some light on this for you.

      • November 24, 2009

        RobertK said:

        Hi Andrew,

        Thank you for your respond, your first respond must have went into the spam like you said. I don’t remember seeing it.

        I guess now I have to thank you twice 🙂

        again, thank you for all your help

  29. November 24, 2009

    Dave said:

    Hey Andrew…
    I’ve got this page bookmarked for future reference. Got to say, I’m an immediate HS2 fan. And your guide is bang on. The first question I had was one of your lead points. But it led to another questions

    Open header.php in your theme directory with your favorite editor and in the section look for the line wp_title();. Change that to wp_title(”);.

    Funny enough, I’m using an ELEGANT THEME and that “wp_title…” doesn’t exist. His replacement is simply

    HS2 works for most pages and posts, but not the HOME PAGE.

    Any ideas?

    • November 24, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi Dave, glad you’ve been getting something useful from this.

      Now I don’t want this to sound like a cop out answer but it would probably be easiest to go to the theme support and ask.

      To my knowledge, for the title to appear on any page or post the wp_title() variable is required. They might be bringing it in with some .php include file but that code is required in the header no less. Try checking for a directory called includes something to that effect.

      You could also check the first few lines of header.php and look for any line that uses or php get_file(). You’ll be looking for this somewhere either before or in the head section of the XHTML. If you do locate an include file, open that file and see if the code is in there.
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  30. November 26, 2009

    Tim said:

    Feeling dumb, since my Headspace config pages don’t look like what you’ve got here… Frustrating to not be able to conveniently follow along! (I’d post a screencap but there’s no way to do it.)

    .-= My Latest Blog Post: A Tidal Wave In Advertising =-.

    • November 26, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Hi Tim. Do you have the latest version? Check out the plugin home page just to be sure.

      After that take a screen shot and post it to flickr or something like that and post the link so I can take a look.

      Although I’m not certain that I’d be able to help if your interface is not looking the same. I must admit that is pretty peculiar.

      • November 26, 2009

        Tim said:

        Figured it out. The default settings for HS2 page modules are quite minimal. (I was getting tripped up on seeing your slightly-configured pages, re: “Follow Links”, b/c it didn’t come that way stock. I’vethe latest rev.)

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  31. November 26, 2009

    Tim said:

    Andrew, I found your HS2 posts totally by accident when I tripped on your YouTube video here:

    I suspect that many folks learn a bit better by following with videos than reading long blogs. (For one thing interruptions are rampant and attention spans are short. Reading and visualization takes more focused energy and thought than following along with educational videos.)

    Please do consider answering questions by recording videos and submitting them at your YouTube channel. By the way, a buddy turned me on to and … Camtasia no longer required for casual vlogging. [oblig: no affiliation at all!]

    Thanks for all you do. You’re doing terrific service here for people who are learning how HS2 helps their SEO.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: A Tidal Wave In Advertising =-.

    • November 26, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Tim, I actually do have every intention of making a complete series of videos for this plugin. I’m currently working on the written version with full support from John (plugin designer).

      As you would have noticed that the sound quality in that video is fairly sub standard and I need to replace my mic before I do anymore videos.

      But keep an eye out on my Youtube channel or on my blog for updates. Most likely the videos won’t be done until the new year.

      Thanks for you feedback. It’s been very insightful.

  32. December 12, 2009

    Tim Soper said:

    Do you know of any issue using this plugin with Semiologic Pro?

  33. December 13, 2009

    Richard said:

    Hey There!

    I’m trying to use Headspace 2 for my blog and am having no luck getting my posts to show up:

    <meta name="description" …

    <meta name="keywords" …

    I'm quite new to SEO, but I know enough to understand that the description and keywords are very important. I've followed all the instructions as best I can. What might I be doing wrong??



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    • January 7, 2010

      Andrew said:

      Really sorry for not replying sooner (I took a really long break).

      It looks to me as though you have something else installed that is not allowing headspace to manage the meta data.

      Make certain that your title tag in the head of your header.php looks exactly as I have shown in the guide.
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  34. December 14, 2009

    Kevin Tan said:

    Oh wow, this plugin looks awesome. I’ll try this tutorial out ASAP. Thanks!
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    • December 15, 2009

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Kevin Tan –> I switched over to this plugin after reading this guest post and I’ve seen great results on Site Sketch 101.

  35. December 26, 2009

    Septian said:

    Right now I’m using All In One SEO …because I don’t understand how to use Headspace2 …

    This post really enlighten my mind..thx
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  36. December 30, 2009

    Tony said:

    I tried using the Redirection plugin, but it didn’t get the job done at all. Totally confusing. Found another called PermalinksMigration. Worked like a charm.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 4 Ways to Maximize Your Blog =-.

  37. January 4, 2010

    Ryan.M said:

    i’m the wordpress Beginners and very wonder for this Powerful plugin, but i want to when i use the tag: will be see the title like this: free wordpress plugin |sitename, the right title is the free wordpress plugin | sitename

    when i change the titile code to the sitename will be lost, how can to fix it? thank you!
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    • January 7, 2010

      Andrew said:

      Ryan I think what your saying is that your page titles disappear when you use headspace. The most common cause is either having code in the title meta tag, or simply by misconfiguration of your settings.

      Follow the guide again from start to finish but only work on a single section at a time until you get it working. For example just get the home page working. Get a feel for how things need to be configured then replicate the method through the rest of the taxonomies.
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  38. January 5, 2010

    mr. herretøj said:

    Great article, very usefull information. Thank you. SEO is like a scince…

  39. January 6, 2010

    Nik Cree said:

    Thanks Andrew for these fantastic instructions. My Theme title code is:

    The ” are there but the HeadSpace Title overwrite for an individual page doesn’t seem to work. I am still getting the Global Title: Page Title (not the Page Title I put in the Headspace override box when editing the page). Am I missing something here? Many thanks
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  40. January 6, 2010

    Nik Cree said:

    …oops code didn’t display between the backticks – here is the code – I have replaced ” with ‘[]’

    [title[[?php if (is_home () ) { bloginfo(‘name’); } elseif ( is_category() ) { single_cat_title(); echo ‘ – ‘ ; bloginfo(‘name’); }
    elseif (is_single() ) { single_post_title(); }
    elseif (is_page() ) { bloginfo(‘name’); echo ‘: ‘; single_post_title(); }
    else { wp_title(”,true); } ?][/title]
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    • January 7, 2010

      Andrew said:

      Hi Nik, glad you’re getting a lot of benefit from this guide.

      The issue you have is that all of that conditional code you have in the head is not allowing HS2 to do it’s thing because it’s hard coded.

      Whenever code exists, plugins usually fail to function as expected because the php function (and variables) have already been populated so from php’s perspective there is in fact nothing to be done. That’s what’s happening here.

      To fix it remove everything from your title tag except for the code I provided in this guide.

      Then in order to get the results the conditional statements currently provide, you simply use the HS2 config area (for each section) to build the title (or any other meta data for that matter).

      For example, your first condition says if this is the home page, set title to ‘sitename’.

      The same is achieved in HS2 on either the Global or Home Page options. HS2 will build in those conditions based on your specifications.

      You can either write it out completely ie: Global Settings > Title > ‘mywebsite.ext’. Or you could use the dynamic data that HS2 can use (which is just using the PHP functions from WP anyway) by using ‘%%sitename%%’ instead of ‘mywebsite.ext’.

      The same applies for your other conditions such as ‘if single’ which simply refers to posts, or ‘if page’. So you could apply the same separators ( : ) and the same formatting using the HS2 config rather than directly in code.

      Advantages: head code is smaller, page load time for spiders is reduces, parsing code is faster.

      Disadvantages: php call required for each taxonomy type. However this occurs anyway when conditional statements are used in the head.

      So for each of those statements I would do the following.

      Statement 1: Home Page (or Front Page) > Title > %%sitename%%
      Statement 2: Categories > Title > %%category%% – %%sitename%%
      Statement 3: Posts > Title > %%title%%
      Statement 4: Pages > Title > %%sitename%% : %%title%%

      Using these settings in your configuration, after removing all of the conditional code, HeadSpace 2 will produce the same results as the conditional code.

      Don’t forget to monitor things very closely so that you can quickly find duplication or other issues. Having the same title or description on page after page will actually have a similar, if not worse effect than have duplicate content and the same problems will arise. I mention this because it’s important that your Home Page/Front Page settings are not the same as your Global settings. Otherwise every other page that doesn’t fit any other criteria, such as a 404 page will end up with duplicate titles (the same as you home page.

      Hopefully this clears up your problem and gives you a clearer picture of how all this comes together. But let me know if you need any more general info on this brilliant plugin.
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  41. January 11, 2010

    ckorody said:

    Hi Andrew and Nick –

    trying to get some clarity around whether or not the current version of HS2 is compatible and kopasetic with WP2.9.1

    Can anyone give me an experience based yay or nay?


    • January 11, 2010

      Andrew said:

      Upgraded to 2.9.1 about a week ago. The only issue I found was a compatibility issue with sexy bookmarks, but only when using per post plugin option.

      Besides that it’s been smooth sailing.
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  42. January 17, 2010

    Faige said:

    I am trying to install headspace per your instructions and I couldn’t find the wp-title in my header files but my theme does say the words below. Does that mean I dont have to make that change to wp-title that yousay is so important
    thanks so much

    “Atahualpa automatically recognizes 12 popular SEO plugins (incl. All-in-one-SEO and Headspace2) and disables its own SEO features to avoid conflicts”

    • January 17, 2010

      Andrew said:

      If you’re using Atahualpa theme and it has been upgraded to recognise HS2 then simply implement the settings on the page modules section and test it out.

      Generally speaking though if you have any more than the specifications I mentioned in the post then HS2 will be unable to manage your title tag and whatever the themes styling will be used instead.
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  43. January 17, 2010

    Faige said:

    Thanks for such a quick answer but I am still confused.
    I am not very technical and lot of this jargon confuses me.
    I’m, not even really sure exactly what will change on my site with headspace (as I didn’t wih all in one seo) but you say it works great so I’m trying to install it.

    so what do yo umean it will be unable to manage my title tag and what happens if I just follow what you say to set things to and let it go
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    • January 17, 2010

      Andrew said:

      I’ll do my best to keep it as simple as possible.

      Normally a theme will have the meta title tag coded into the template. This code exists in header.php in the section.

      When the theme has custom code in it, the title tag remains static. That is, it cannot be changed by any plugin because it is hard coded.

      Unlike hard coded themes or All in One SEO, Headspace has the flexibility to change the title depending on which section (taxonomy) of the blog a visitor is looking at.

      Posts, pages, archives, categories etc., can all have unique titles.

      For example: AinO or a them will only allow you to use one basic title. Perhaps you may have been using %sitename% – %title%. This is what your title will look like throughout the entire site.

      Headspace however will let you use %%sitename%% – %%subtitle%% for the home page, %%archives%% – %%sitename%% for the archives listing or any other style you like in any area of the blog you like.

      The reason for this is to do things like avoid duplication issue and to allow more control and flexibility than ever before over your meta tags.

      I hope this explains things a bit better for you. To test if your theme is actually working with Headspace create 2 unique titles in 2 areas of your blog.

      For example go to your configuration and for Pages in the title use %%sitename%% – %%title%%, then for posts use %%title%% – %%sitename%%.

      If everything is working correctly, when you view a page the title will be “SiteName – Page Title” and viewing a post will show “Post Title – SiteName”. As you can see it’s reversed for each section and this will indicate that Headspace is working correctly. Then just go ahead and configure it to your liking.

      I hope this helps.
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  44. January 17, 2010

    Faige said:

    I am amazed at the time you spend answering peoples questions who are not paying you anything.
    I will try what you say, it does seem alot clearer.
    thanks so much
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  45. January 26, 2010

    Shurandy Thode said:

    Great guide thanks for sharing. Very helpful. I used it as reference when setting Headspace up for my own blog.
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    • January 26, 2010

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Shurandy Thode » I’m glad that it helped. And thanks for Skyping me and asking questions. I’m glad we got it worked out for you.

  46. January 30, 2010

    Tim said:

    I am going to have to deactivate HS2 and go back to All In One SEO. HS2 has got my blog so screwed up I may never get it back right again.

    I kind of wish now that I had just stayed with all in one, at least it could get the keywords right. Hs just seems to have too much room for error.

  47. January 31, 2010

    James said:

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the great articles on Headspace 2. I already had this installed on my site, and was using it to custom write meta data for every page/post and insert the Google Analytics script.

    Before reading your blog I hadn’t realised how much more HS2 can do. I could have had HS2 automatically create the meta tags for me for every post, without having to copy/paste then tweak each time! d’oh.
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  48. February 11, 2010

    Robin said:

    Hi, I have the theme dynablue(latest version)I wanted to change the title, but headspace 2 just added to the title already there. Then I read your blog and added the (“) to the header.php , but when I hit visit my site, the screen was blank with an error message.
    This piece of code was shown as in two places. I only changed the one shown under the … area.Please advise, thanks, rob.

  49. February 20, 2010

    Bonnie said:

    You have done such a great job here. How far along are you with your HS books and videos. I am configuring a brand new blog and trying to get all the plugins optimised before plowing in.
    Love step by step instructions and opening HS made my head spin. Even thought about going the AIO way as I have with other blogs. And have to agree with the theme problems as I have one site where no matter what I try it doesn’t allow much. Its done ok but it would have some great results had I been able to use HS with it.
    Thanks for your patience with us all.
    PS look forward to your book on HS.
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  50. March 19, 2010

    Marjet said:

    Dear Andrew,
    Thanks for this information. I only already need to ask a question at the first action:
    my title is not just wp_title(); but is wp_title(‘«’, true, ‘right’);
    What to do in this case?

    Thanks already,

  51. March 19, 2010

    Marjet said:

    Hi, Me again.
    Second thing that is not working well is the permalink thing. What do I need to do with my .htacces file (which I can not find)? Change permissions into 666? 604? 006?

    Hope you have the answer,
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  52. March 28, 2010

    Janice said:

    this article is excellent as is the one where you list key plugins – which is why I’m installing Headspace2. But I have a problem. I’ve found other forums with people stating the same problem but no answers. Hopefully you have one.

    When I import the All In One SEO data I get this message:

    “0 items were imported from All-in-one SEO”

    What should I do?
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  53. March 28, 2010

    Janice said:

    Sorry, one more thing.

    When I go to edit the header.php file. I don’t find

    I find wp_title(”);.

    Should I change it to wp_title(”);.

    In other words, what I see looks like two apostrophes rather than a quotation mark.

    Many thanks for your help.
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  54. April 8, 2010

    Ralph Harris said:

    I enjoyed your article.
    However I ran into a problem and ned your advice,please
    I am using the Atahualpa 3.4.5 theme. I aemted editing the “header.php” section and could not find the wp_title() section. Here is a copy of the code

    <html xmlns="; >

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="; charset=” />

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/?bfa_ata_file=css” type=”text/css” media=”all” />

    <link rel="shortcut icon" href="/images/favicon/” />
    <link rel="canonical" href="” />
    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title=" RSS Feed” href=”” />
    <link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title=" Atom Feed” href=”” />
    <link rel="pingback" href="” />

    <script type="text/javascript" src="/js/DD_roundies.js”>

    <body >

    <td id="header" colspan="”>

    Where did I go wrong?

    • April 22, 2010

      Andrew K said:

      I don’t personally like that theme too much. Lots of code structure issues in my opinion.

      Having said that, be aware that your theme has had some ‘seo’ optimization done to it already according to the author.

      Your title tag is being brought in some other way and the theme support documentation should be able to point you in the right direction.
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  55. April 22, 2010

    author wanglili said:

    nicholas told me that i cant use headspace plug-in while I use all in one seo pack plug-in.
    you are telling that I can.

    Which idea should I take as a Chinese literauture author who is idiot for SEO?

    • April 22, 2010

      Andrew K said:

      I think you’ve misunderstood. You can’t use more than 1 SEO plugin at the same time or you will mess up all your head META data.
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      • April 27, 2010

        author wanglili said:

        Hi, Andrew:

        Thanks very much.
        I just removed Headspace plug-in as it is more complicated than all-in-one seo pack for me as a Chinese literature author. You know, I feel very sorry to remove Headspace as I love it.
        You and nicholas are most welcome to ask a local help in shanghai from me when you guys visit shanghai.
        by the way, can you kindly to google :site:recordsoftoday dot com to find out what happens to my site, why so many others languages there.
        why each post has same description?
        I copy one for you as following:

        Author Wanglili in Australia Day in shanghai | Records of Today
        – Apr 26
        Official Author Wanglili Site-Records Of Today Is About Personal Smart Life Experience of Author Wanglili and China Cinderella Story- From Country Girl ……/author-wanglili-in-australia-day-in-shanghai/

        please, can you or somebody else give a help to me?

  56. June 1, 2010

    Mark Struck said:

    I read through this post, wow, great participation. I also wanted to install HS2 because it looked great (yes I am a beginner). Yet, I never, however way I installed, did I get the tag-proposition menu or even the tag box to even appear (and it is in the simple list). I also tried to use it in the default wo template. What is wrong with me?

  57. June 6, 2010

    Hazel said:

    I have the following title code in my theme Cutline 3-Column Split 1.4-3C

    How should this be changed to use this plugin?

  58. June 6, 2010

    Hazel said:

    I have the following title code in my theme Cutline 3-Column Split 1.4-3C


    How should this be changed to use this plugin?

    Sorry last post didn’t display the code – trying again

  59. June 6, 2010

    Hazel said:

    oops still didn’t work – code didn’t display – try again brackets replaced with [

    [title[[?php if (is_single() || is_page() || is_archive()) { wp_title(”,true); } else { bloginfo(‘name’); echo(‘ — ‘); bloginfo(‘description’); } ?[[/title[

  60. July 19, 2010

    RobertK said:

    Hi guys,
    This question might not be specifically related to headspace but it might be. Now that I am done with my wife’s website and she is up to speed with adding all her “fabulous” recipes (shameless plug for my babe

    I now created site for me, I am using word press 2.8 for my wife’s and 2.9.2 for my site, please don’t ask me to upgrade her (if it’ not broke-I am not going to fix it)

    My question is as follow:
    when I google my wife’s site google returns results with the title of the posts only, which I like.

    When I google my site the same way google always returns the words
    Photo Concept>> then the post title. I find this very distracting because most of the time the post title is descriptive of the contents of the post.

    What am I doing wrong I set up both sites the same

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  61. August 22, 2010

    Robert K said:

    Now I am torn!!! I had to upgrade to headspace 3.6.33 because of a conflict with another plugin (hrecipe) which my wife loves and won’t live without it; and since it’s her site I had to keep it for her. hrecipe won’t work with the older version of headspace but it works fine with the latest version, now that I have upgraded, Google is not too happy with this latest version of Headspace.

    Google used to index the new posts within half an hour, now my wife has added four new (recipes/posts),they are no where to be found in the cyber world of the Google GODS.

    when I google search ( and click Latest; I get nothing, new posts used to appear there within half and hour to one hour.

    I am opened for suggestion, is there anything I needed to do after the upgrade! I kept all the setups the same as you recommend in this article, not sure what happened here????

    any thoughts?

  62. August 29, 2010

    Ettel Biz said:

    Thanks for this walk-through instruction. It’s a little bit complicated at first, but following your guide, the integration of plug-in became easy. I will deactivate/delete some other plug-ins now that I found some of them in headspace. And will monitor for any improvements on my site for the coming days. Thanks again.

  63. October 29, 2010

    Zach said:

    Hi there, I wanted to try out headspace2. Usually I use the Platinum SEO plugin.

    I’m following along, you’re recommending changing wp_title() in header.php. I’m using the default WP 3.0 theme right now, TwentyTen.
    Won’t this change to header.php be overwritten by any upgrades to WP or the Twentyten theme?

  64. November 11, 2010

    Richard Howse said:

    What am I doing wrong i made the change from

    wp_title();. Change that to wp_title(”);.

    But now my page title are viewed as ‘-‘, true, ‘right’ in the browser? any help?

  65. November 23, 2010

    Katie said:

    When i installed Headspace i see different menu items under Page Setting than you shown above. I am running Headspce 2 but nothing seems to change even the titles or description. Is there any additional setting like AIOSEO which enables the plugin after activation?

  66. December 4, 2010

    Nikunj said:

    i was using all in one seo, so I have read few blogs that i uses headspace as well as all in one seo together, so will it cause any problem also if i set my tag title will it change tag title of all pages?

  67. December 21, 2010

    Christian Stoehr said:

    Thanks for writing the great tutorial, I am still a little confused about the “Page Settings” on the HeadSpace 2 plugin, and was wondering if you ever wrote that 2nd article you mentioned that explains it in more detail.

  68. January 12, 2011

    Eric @ Internet Marketing Riches said:

    Hey, I was glad to find your post. I previously used AIOSEO on another blog but wanted to try out HS2 on a new blog I’m starting. Sure looks powerful, but overwhelming. I look forward to reading your follow up articles.
    I have to say, maybe it’s in there somewhere but I missed it – what’s this about HS2 replacing keywords with tags?

  69. January 21, 2011

    Sam said:

    I’hve configured Headspace2
    but I got a lot of duplicate content at /tag
    is that wrong configuration?
    where is it?
    what should I do?
    help me please..thanks

  70. February 4, 2011

    Vitaliy Dadalyan said:

    Thanks for the guide but I do have two questions for you hoping you can clear this up for me.

    When I open Page Settings>Global Settings what I see on my screen is very different from what your screen shot has. Mine just has page title, description and keywords and does not have the radio buttons and tags area. Is this a different version from the current one?

    Also, looks like the theme I am using did not have wp_footer in the footer so I added the following at the end of the footer.

    Now it seems like there is no longer an issue. Because if I entered just wp_footer or wp_footer() it would just print it on the footer of the page itself.

    Any ideas? I look forward to hearing from you.

  71. February 4, 2011

    Vitaliy Dadalyan said:

    Thought I should also mentioned that when I go into the header and add ” into wp_title() making it wp_title(“). I get the following error when accessing the site.

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /home/slccompu/public_html/wp-content/themes/technology-wp-theme/header.php on line 9

  72. February 7, 2011

    dhika ervianto said:

    interesting article. thank you for your guidance. Will you help me set up some headspace seo thoroughly. before I use all in one seo. I moved to the headspace seo but it is very difficult in the setting because it was too much in comparison all in one seo.

  73. April 20, 2011

    Derek S Murphy said:

    Thanks – this is great information. Still not really sure on the best settings but I’ll play around with it.

  74. May 6, 2011

    Argyle said:

    This is some great info, it’s really helping me. Thanks

  75. May 27, 2011

    AstroGremlin said:

    Well, I tried the first tip, by replacing

    wp_title( ‘|’, true, ‘right’ );



    Got this error:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘”‘ in /this directory info deleted for this example/public_html/wp-content/themes/twentyten/header.php on line 29

    Headspace2 seemed to be operating OK without the suggested fix, and obviously the fix broke something. Any updates to your previous advice? Have new Themes, like TwentyTen affected the need to make the change? Thanks!

  76. June 19, 2011

    Philip said:

    Hello, I’m not sure if anyone here is getting their questions answered and issues resolved for 2011. I certainly have questions and issues so here goes…

    My BIGGEST issue is that I can’t edit the page title, description or keywords in each individual post when using HeadSpace2.

    When researching this issue I found that some people had the same problem. There doesn’t seem to be an easy fix for this. So far this is the only downfall I found when using the plugin but it’s a huge one for me if I can’t correct my mistakes.

    The All in One SEO is easier to setup but it doesn’t work as well with my static home page and blog. HeadSpace2 is more robust and has great potential but it’s ashame that it doesn’t let you edit after saving the title, description and keywords.

    I couldn’t find a fix for this and was hoping someone here had a solution.

    Another issue, with the HeadSpace2 plugin installed, I can’t edit my permalink url, can’t open screen options and help, and can’t edit nothing else in the Edit Post area.

    If I deactivate HeadSpace2, everything is working again. I also had this problem with the All in One SEO plugin and when I deactivated it everything worked also. Quite bizarre if you ask me.

    p.s. For the guy who posted here that couldn’t figure out how to get the radio (toggle) buttons to appear in the Global Settings module, this may be a little too late but may help someone else…

    Click the “Page Modules” link. Look in the “Disabled” table below, select “Follow Links” and Drag upwards to set it in the “Simple” table.

    • June 27, 2011

      Philip said:

      Okay, I found a solution from someone on another site. In order to make changes, you must delete all the content from the meta title, description and keyword fields from Headspace2 in the Edit Post area, then click “Update.” This will make all fields blank for you to start entering new content. I was trying to delete only the meta title field but couldn’t.

  77. September 28, 2011

    Alan Kmiecik said:

    Hey, I am trying to get the custom CSS working that Headspace offers.

    I see the field to input custom CSS for a page but can not figure out where to put the CSS file itself.

    Tried every reasonable folder in WP. Tried doing a full url too, no luck.

    Any ideas?


  78. October 11, 2011

    nadav said:

    hi and thanks Andrew.
    i’m new in wordpress and i’m trying to find the wp_title() in order to change it, but with no success.

    maybe my theme (arras in hebrew) is without it?
    and if so, what can be done

    many thanks

  79. December 7, 2011

    Laurent Langlais said:

    Hi guys
    I am using the great Headspace2 on all my sites, and
    Since the beginning I have used the page title function of the plugin with %%title%% :: and thought that it was replacing the title of the page with another one put in this box. The idea was to have some user friendly page titles and then convert them into something more SEO refined for google.
    However by looking at some pages from my sites I found with google I’ve realized that actually headspace since to ADD the title after %%title%% :: to my page title: creating very long and redundant page titles that are of course not good for google.
    Is that the case? If so what is the point of using %%title%% ::? If I use a title in this box without %%title%% :: will it replace the title page?
    Thanks for your help guys.

  80. April 22, 2012

    John said:

    Great article. Though the author is no longer updating the plugin, I think I will give it a go after reading your article. Hopefully, it works on the latest wordpress edition. Thanks! JM

  81. May 7, 2012

    Penelope said:

    Looking for some help with this error message at the top of my headspace2.

    There are some issues with your theme that may prevent HeadSpace functioning correctly.

    wp_head was not found in header.php (documentation)

    I’m using super skeleton. I went to header.php and changed the wp_title() line as recommended. But I don’t know what to do about this error. Suggestions? Thank you!

  82. August 25, 2012

    jon s said:

    With modding the header, what do we do if we dont have, wp_title(); as outlined above? Mine has this:

    Didnt want to just delete all between the (and), any ideas?
    New to this plugin after using a different seo plugin and trying to get all working the best. TY, for the tips!