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#152: Wed November 29, 2023

Revolutionizing SEO and WooCommerce, Discouraging Crawlers, IndieBlocks Update, WordCamp Recap, AMP Plugin Vulnerability

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In today's podcast, we cover Yoast SEO's generative AI for WooCommerce, discouraging archive crawlers in WordPress, IndieBlocks v0.10.0 release, WordCamp San José Costa Rica 2023 experience, and a vulnerability in the WordPress AMP Plugin. Stay tuned!

Salutations! Thanks for joining us at WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress sphere. Today is Wednesday 29th of November 2023.

In our first story, Yoast SEO 21.6 introduces generative AI for WooCommerce SEO1. This update revolutionizes your approach to search engine optimization by making it quicker and more effective to craft compelling titles and meta descriptions. Generative AI was previously available in Yoast SEO, but now it can also be utilized to enhance your products in WooCommerce SEO.

Moving on to the next story, we have a helpful guide on discouraging archive crawlers in WordPress2. If you’ve been dealing with crawler hits on archive pages with excessively high pagination numbers, this article provides code examples and tips on how to mitigate these issues effectively.

Now let’s talk about IndieBlocks v0.10.03, the latest version of the IndieBlocks WordPress plugin. One exciting feature included in this release is webmentions for replies. The plugin now has the capability to send webmentions for comments that are themselves replies to a comment that originated as a webmention. It doesn’t matter if these comments are created by site authors or other users – the plugin covers all scenarios.

Shifting gears, we have an inspiring personal account of someone’s experience at WordCamp San José Costa Rica 20234. The dedication and hard work put into organizing this event truly showcased why it is considered the largest WordCamp event in Latin America.

Lastly, we have news regarding a vulnerability found in the WordPress AMP Plugin5. With over 100,000 installations, this plugin recently patched a medium severity vulnerability that had the potential to allow attackers to inject malicious scripts into websites visited by users. Fortunately, the issue has been addressed, but it serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining Security measures on your WordPress sites.

That wraps up today’s news roundup! Make sure to check out our related links section below for more details and sources on these stories. Stay tuned for our next episode, where we’ll bring you more exciting updates from the world of WordPress and SEO.

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  1. Yoast SEO 21.6: Generative AI now available for WooCommerce SEO 

  2. How to Discourage Archive Crawlers in WordPress 

  3. IndieBlocks v0.10.0 

  4. My experience in WordCamp San José Costa Rica 2023 

  5. WordPress AMP Plugin Vulnerability Affects Up To 100,000+ Sites 

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