Careful What SEO Plugins You Install

Nov 15, 2010 • 8:02 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Joost de Valk posted some scary stuff over on his Yoast blog this weekend.

In short, an SEO plugin used on WordPress was not really an SEO plugin. It was pure spam and malware. Bloggers who installed it virtually handed over their sites to this plugin and it resulted in a huge mess for them and the internet.

Joost de Valk reviews plugins for WordPress, but when he saw "BlogPress SEO" he was a bit suspicious. The plugin basically was a mass link exchange or link buying system for WordPress blogs. But it gets worse.

The plugin also hides links on your site plus it sends your information over to the creator of the plugin. Then they can login to your WordPress site and install anything they wish, beyond just links.

Joost de Valk built something to prevent issues with this plugin from happening. You can read more about that over here.

Moral of the story - be careful what you install on your WordPress install and on your servers. This is why I am personally not into going with platforms like WordPress. There are huge benefits but there are so many people I know that would install things without understanding the ramifications.

Forum discussion at Sphinn.

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Comments:

dazzlindonna

11/15/2010 02:12 pm

Hm, well, that's kinda like saying you wouldn't own a computer because there are so many people that would install virus-laden stuff without understanding the ramifications.

Barry Schwartz

11/15/2010 02:33 pm

No, not really. Not the same thing at all.

Neal

11/15/2010 05:36 pm

Yeah that sounds right. Don't get put off by that story. Wordpress is an amazing blogging tool second to none. Why wouldn't anyone want to use it.

Michael Martinez

11/15/2010 06:10 pm

There is no need to install ANY SEO plugins for Wordpress these days.

Julien

11/15/2010 10:33 pm

Well if, you know what you are doing, I don't see why you shouldn't use Wordpress. Wordpress is also the best CMS for SEO. I follow Joost blog as well. Thanks for sharing anyway.

Ashley Bryan

11/16/2010 12:09 am

I agree that Wordpress is superb although note that some Wordpress themes are not as SEO-friendly as others, and this is an important factor in new website design using Wordpress. In particular I have observed that some themes do not pass PR to internal pages very well, despite what SEO plugins are installed or not and this can often outweight the benefits of having SEO plugins anyway. But yes avoid spam generating plugins for sure.

Ashley Bryan

11/16/2010 12:12 am

I agree that Wordpress is superb although note that some Wordpress themes are not as SEO-friendly as others, and this is an important factor in new website design using Wordpress. In particular I have observed that some themes do not pass PR to internal pages very well, despite what SEO plugins are installed or not and this can often outweight the benefits of having SEO plugins anyway. But yes avoid spam generating plugins for sure.

Krishna Nalamothu

11/16/2010 11:04 am

This is absolute madness. Due to one plugin, you are calling wordpress is not a good option. Due to one author like you, will this blog become a waste one. Don't make stupid comments. I am using wordpress for last 3 years. It is always improving and also providing easiest option to maintain. it is difficult to imagine life without blogging platforms like wordpress.

No Name

11/16/2010 01:40 pm

Most of the websites we set up use WordPress and have the security features on the server to prevent malicious entry. Most plugins "call home" to see if there are any updates. That does not give others access or transmit your login info to anyone. SEO is easily done without any plugins by adding the META tags directly into the section provided by WordPress when writing a post or page.

Rahman Mehraby

11/18/2010 01:10 pm

Well, I think you can take advantage of the great platform of WordPress using its benefits while you take cautious measures by following the words of the authority experts on which plugins to use and which not to.

jim

11/18/2010 02:57 pm

Because someone installed a spamy plugin now wordpress is a bad blogging platform ? I dont think so. Wodpress is great and will always use it over any other ones.

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