How To configure Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin – A Complete Tutorial


Configure WordPress Yoast SEO - A Complete Tutorial

The best Plugin that helps to improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is Yoast WordPress SEO. SEO plays a vital role for driving traffic on websites but the users start making blogs with the lack of knowledge in SEO so we are highly recommended to Yoast SEO. Not only for Beginner but this plugin is also for professional bloggers. This SEO has many features and does not setting up easily. Here, we share easy and step by step Guide to configure Yoast SEO on your WordPress blog.

Step by Step Procedure To Set Up The WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin – A Best SEO Plugin:

Setting up Yoast SEO plugin bit complicated, so new bloggers and bloggers without skills could find some difficult.

If an Error occur while setting up or not properly configured may stop search engine bots from indexing your blog, or you could inadvertently let bots crawl a part that is not important.

Step 1: Installation

To install the Yoast SEO plugin, login to your site, from your site Dashboard  Go to Plugins ->  click on Add New -> Search for “ WordPress SEO by Yoast.” -> Install and Activate it.

Step 2: General Settings and Data Transfer

In General tab, you can get the idea about the use of this Plugin by clicking on “Start Tour” button.
The very first that you need to do after Installing the Plugin, Go to Dashboard > Features > Advances setting pages & enable the feature.

Yoast Seo Plugin -

The first thing you need to do is submit your site to Alexa, Google, Bing, and Yandex. After installing the plugin, click on SEO -> Dashboard -> Webmaster Tools to access this page.

Also check: How to Submit a Blog Sitemap to Google Search Console

If you were installed any other SEO plugins on your WordPress and you can also have an option to import the SEO settings from any other SEO like All In One SEO, HeadSpace2, Wootheme SEO framework and WP SEO to Yoast SEO.

Importing SEO settings by going SEO -> Click on Tools -> Import and Export -> and select Import from other SEO plugins and then select the plug in which you would like to import the settings.

Users can also import the settings from other plugins such as Robots Meta by Yoast, RSS Footer by Yoast.

SEO-settings-transfer to Yoast

Step 3: Verify your Blog with Various Webmaster Tools

Submit your blog to different Webmaster tools by adding meta values, such as Google Search Console, Bing, Alexa verification ID and Yandex Webmaster Tools. Newbies are hesitated with how to adding verification code to their blog but Yoast makes it simple. You can done this process just going to  SEO -> General -> Click on Webmaster Tools tab and copy-paste your meta values in the boxes.

webmaster tools on Yoast SEO

Note: Neglect this step if you are already verified your site with some other possible way.

Step 4: Yoast SEO – Titles and Metas settings

This is the most important settings of the Plugin as if I ignore any one of a tabs that will not affect your SEO. You can also neglect that but you should not miss any one of the Tabs that I will explain below and it could affect your optimization.

Click on the Tiles and Metas on the Plugin, click on the “General” tab first to see that what separator to be use and what that separator is actually doing. This will help you to quickly configure the title and metas SEO aspect of the plugin.

Yoast SEO Tiles and Metas General

1. Homepage

In “Tiles & Metas“, Click on the “Homepage” tab and configure the settings of title and meta description for your Homepage. By default which is filled with Site Tile and Description However, you can change with desired title and meta description. What you are going to give in this part it will be reflected on the search engine. See the below picture.

Yoast SEO homepage

2. Post type

Here you can set up all your post types including Posts, Pages and Media. By default, WordPress SEO by Yoast hide Date in snippet preview from all post type of Search results, which is helpful for blogging with evergreen content. However, if you are running a News related Blog and feel free to check the Date in snippet Preview box.

post type yoast3. Taxonomies

By default, WordPress is having two important Taxonomies called Categories and tags. Here, you can mark the options of ‘noindex’, ‘follow’ and ‘hide’ to avoid duplicating issues.

Yoast SEO Taxonomies

4. Archives

WordPress packs with various types of Archives like Author Archives, Date Archives, and Special pages. However, all the Archives are necessary for the blog. It will depends on what kind blog you are using. For example, if you are using Author bio blog means then you can pick only Author Archives.

Commonly, you can enable or disable the date and author archive. As far as my suggestion, you can check the “noindex” and “follow” boxes, and leave everything else as it is.

yoast seo archives

5. Others

This is the last tab under the “Titles & Metas” settings. In this part, you can select to use meta keyword tag (As per Google there is no benefit of using it). I suggest that you can ignore this part and kept it as it is because default settings are good enough.

yoast seo others

Step 5: Social Settings – WordPress Yoast SEO

In the latest version of WordPress SEO by Yoast added the new feature called Google Knowledge Graph. This will helps to show your social media profiles like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus or G+, Myspace, YouTube, Pinterest and Linkedin. So you can add your social media network’s URL in the respective boxes – Shown in the below picture.

yoast seo social settings

Here, you can setting up the Facebook Open Graph meta tags, the default image for Facebook, and the Twitter meta card.

I suggested that you can add a default image, which will help Facebook to show an image when your posts has no image and are shared or liked on Facebook.

Step 6: XML Sitemap – WordPress SEO by Yoast

XML Sitemap is one most important setting. This feature helps to index your all posts URLs on popular search engine. By default, WordPress’s Yoast SEO created a Sitemap for your blog or website.

You will check your sitemap by clicking on ‘XML Sitemap‘ button and submit the same to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Alta Vista, DuckDuckGo and many other search engines.

yoast seo XML sitemap

Step 7: Advanced Settings – Yoast SEO

Advanced settings of Yoast SEO containing Breadcrumbs, Permalinks, and RSS settings.

1. Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are the hierarchical series of the links which is shown at the top of the posts and helps search engine to find the structure of the site.

2. Permalinks

You can also configure Permalinks setting through this Yoast SEO which is completely different from WordPress Permalinks.

Something that you need to configure in Yoast SEO permalinks?

Go to Advanced settings -> Permalinks.

  • You can redirect attachment URLs to the Parent post URLs
  • It helps to create cleaner URLs by removing stop words from slugs.
  • If you have more number of comments on your site then just remove the “?replytocom variable.” It assist to improve the Crawl efficiency for Search Engine.

See the below picture.

Advanced Yoast SEO Permalinks

3. RSS

In this SEO plugin by Yoast has an RSS Feeds section, which permits you to add backlinks to your site itself in feed content because most content scrapers are trying to steal your content using feeds.

However, In this way, you can get backlinks from their site and gives a knowledge to the Google that you are the original source of the content. There will be an additional options to add your Author link, post link, blog link, and blog description as well.

google will know that you are the original source. There are options to add your author link, Post link, blog link, and blog description. This is also useful for add an advertisement to your RSS Feed.

Yoast SEO RSS Feed

you can simply added this “The post %%POSTLINK%% appeared first on %%BLOGLINK%%.” on “Content to put after each post in the feed:” box.

Step 8: Tools – Yoast SEO

The SEO Plugins brings some powerful tools like Bulk Editor, File Editor and Import and Export settings.

  • Bulk Editor – It is allows you to modify your posts and pages description that will display in organic search results. Also it increase your site traffic and Click Through Rate (CTR) as well.
  • File Editor –  It will assist you to change files like robots.txt and .htaccess files for SEO.
  • Import and Export settings – In this part, we have discussed Above, Check it out.

Yoast SEO Bulk editor

Step 9: Search Console

This is the last part of the Yoast SEO settings. In this section, you can connect your website or blog to Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools). There, you can add your site to Google webmaster tools and verify it using Yoast SEO plugin. Then the SEO plugin easily fetch your Google Search Console information.

Yoast SEO Search console

How to optimize WordPress posts using Yoast SEO

You are so far completed the process of setting up in Yoast SEO. Now, we are jump up to the optimization in a single post. Optimization will give better results only you have to target for focus keyword. You keyword should be in the Title, URL, Meta description and also in the content.

yoast seo optimisation

Then, you should check your readability  in Yoast SEO in below of the single post. Make sure, if you get more of green light then your content is good for reading.

yoast seo readability

Final Words

I hope that you are now fully learned the configuration of Yoast WordPress SEO plugin and how to optimise it as well. Now, you go to your blog and implement all the steps that you have learned. Make sure that you’re don’t omit any one of the steps as if only done few steps in any other way. Last but not the least, Yoast SEO plugin is most widely used and most efficient plugin for SEO so make use of it for more traffic on your blog. This plugin is more than enough and for more options you can go with Yoast SEO Premium version.

If you have any queries regarding this post, feel free to ask me in the comment section and I am always welcome your comments and will reply you as soon as possible.


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