How to Setup Yoast SEO In Your WordPress Blog

How to Setup Yoast SEO In Your WordPress Blog
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How to Setup Yoast SEO In Your WordPress Blog

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WordPress is the biggest CMS in this world. Currently 74,652,825 people use WordPress for their website/blog. And most important thing is WordPress is SEO friendly, but not by default so you have to setup it manually. 

There are huge SEO plugins for WordPress. But why I recommend Yoast SEO? Because this is easy to use and they have 1 million plus active users. And this is the best SEO plugin for WordPress. 

Now I will show you How to setup Yoast SEO in Your WordPress Blog. Here are some features of Yoast SEO.

  • Focus keyword and content analysis.
  • Post titles and meta descriptions.
  • Robots meta configuration.
  • Breadcrumbs.
  • Canonical.
  • Readability check.
  • Primary category.
  • Permalink cleanup.
  • No duplicate content.

How to Install Yoast SEO Plugin

At first, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New > Search Yoast SEO > Click on the Install button > Activate this plugin. Further, if you have any kind of confusion then read this post: How to Install WordPress Plugin. So whenever you are done with your installations procedure, you can see a new option named “SEO” in your WordPress sidebar under the “Settings” option. 

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 How to Setup Yoast SEO Plugin

Now I will show you how to Setup Yoast SEO in Your WordPress blog/website with screenshots of each and every step. And there are 7 other options under SEO option. They are – 

  1. Dashboard
  2. Title & Metas
  3. Social
  4. XML Sitemaps
  5. Advanced
  6. Tools
  7. Search Console

Now follow those steps below and setup Yoast SEO plugin for your WordPress blog/website.

1. Dashboard

At first, click on the “Dashboard” option under the SEO option. Then click on the “General”.

In this portion, You can see that there are three different options.

1: Configuration Wizard – You can setup your Yoast SEO plugin through this option but as earlier I told you that I will show you how to setup Yoast SEO plugin so you don’t need to click this option.

2: Credits – In this option, you can take a look at the people that create Yoast SEO plugin.

3: Restore Default Settings – Whenever you do something wrong with the setup procedure you use this for restoring default settings.

If you do anything in this portion then don’t forget to click on the “Save” button.

How to setup yoast seo

Everything is perfect here except “Advanced settings pages” option. Just simply “Enabled” this option and click on the “Save Changes” button. And don’t change other options otherwise you will be in trouble.

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As earlier I told you there are 7 different options. So whenever you enabled the “Advanced Settings Pages” you can see those options under the “SEO” option.

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In this portion at first, you have to provide your “Website Name” then ignore this “Alternate Name” option. Just leave this empty.

Second Portion: Company or person – As you can see that I have selected “Person” option because I run this website without any workers. So if you have any workers then select the “Company” option.

Third Portion: Person – You need to provide “Your Name”. And if you select company then you have to provide your “Company Name” and you have to upload your “Company Logo”.

Then click on the “Save Changes” button.

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In this portion, you have to verify you for the search engine tools and you have to prove that you are the owner of this blog/website. This is not difficult at all because Yoast SEO makes it easy for you. Just read this post: How to Add your Website to Google Search Console

If you verify yourself for “Google Search Console” then you can verify for other tools easily.

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In this portion, you need to check that the “Advanced part of the Yoast SEO meta box” is “Enabled or Disabled”. And you need to disable this option if this was enabled automatically because the advance section of the Yoast SEO meta box allows a user to noindex posts or change the canonical. 

So disable this option and click on the “Save Changes” button.

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2. Title & Metas

In this portion, You have to set the “Title Separate” option. Why you need this? When you write a small blog post title, you need to use this separate symbol because it will separate your title and website/blog name in the search results or else you have to use a lengthy blog post title. There is various kind of symbols so you can select your desired one. How it works? See the screenshot below.

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Now simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

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In this portion, you need to provide a “Title Template” and “Meta Description Template”. And this two things will be shown in the search engine. Here is the screenshot of my blog “Title Template” and “Meta Description Title”.

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Then simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

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In this portion, you don’t need to single a thing. Just keep them same.

Now if you are using ThirstyAffiliates for cloak your affiliates link then at first, select “noindex” in the “Meta Robots” option. After that select “Hide” in the “Yoast SEO Meta Box” option. And then simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

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First Portion: Categories – You have to select “noindex” in the “Meta Robots” option. 

Second Portion: Tags –  You have to select “noindex” in the “Meta Robots” option. 

And then click on the “Save Changes” button.

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If you have another author then “Enabled” the “Author Archives” and if you are only one who runs your website then keep this “Disabled” otherwise you will be in trouble for duplicate content. Then you have to select “noindex” in the “Meta Robots” option. Now simply click on the save changes button.

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You have to select “noindex” in the “Subpages Of Archives” and don’t change other options. Now simply click on the save changes button.

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3. Social

In this portion, you have to provide your Socia Media Account URL and Username. Like I have Facebook Page and I provide my Facebook Page URL. If you have each and every Social Media account then provide each and every social media accounts URL.

Simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

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There are four other tabs: 1. Facebook, 2. Twitter, 3. Pinterest and 4. Google+. I don’t need to show this because this is too much easy and you can do it in your own way. Just remember one thing whenever you change anything in this portion than don’t forget to click on the  “Save Changes” button.

4. XML Sitemaps

In this portion at first, you need to “Enabled” the XML sitemap functionality. Then type “1000” in the “Entries Per Sitemap Page” option. And whenever you “Enabled” the XML sitemap functionality it will create your sitemap automatically.

Now click on the “Save Changes” button.

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Now you need to select the “Disabled” the “User Sitemap Settings” option. And the click on the “Save Changes” button.

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First Portion: Posts (post) – You need to select the option which is “In Sitemap”.

Second Portion: Pages (page) – You need to select the option which is “In Sitemap”.

Third Portion: Media (attachment) – You need to select the option which is “Not In Sitemap”.

Fourth Portion: Plugins – If you use ThirstyAffiliates or other plugins then you need to select the option which is “Not In Sitemap”.

Now simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

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In this portion, You can exclude posts from the sitemap by entering a comma separated string with the post ID’s. And then the post will not be showing on the sitemap.

I don’t recommend to you to use this. You can leave this option empty. And if you use any post number here then don’t forget to click on the “Save Changes” button.

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First Portion: Categories (category) – You need to select the option which is “Not In Sitemap”.

Second Portion: Tags (post_tag) – You need to select the option which is “Not In Sitemap”.

Third Portion: Format (Post Format) – You need to select the option which is “In Sitemap”.

Fourth Portion: Link Categories (thirstylink – category) – You need to select the option which is “Not In Sitemap”.

Now simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

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5. Advanced

At first, you need to “Enabled” the Breadcrumbs for your website. Then fill up each and every thing like I did (check these picture bellow and follow those steps carefully). And this Breadcrumbs will be shown in the Google Search Result so don’t do any kind of mistake. And then simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

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In this portion, you don’t need to do anything here. Just keep them same. And I recommend you to go with the default setting. And if you change anything here then don’t forget to click on the “Save Changes” button.

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You don’t need to change anything here. Just keep them same. But if you want then you can change anything whatever you want. And then click on the “Save Changes” button.

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6. Tools

In this portion, There are 3 different option. 1. Bulk Editor, 2. File Editor and 3. Import and Export. 

1. Bulk Editor – This tool allows you to quickly change titles and descriptions of your posts and pages without having to go into the editor for each page. You can do it easily by using this option.

2. File Editor – This tool allows you to quickly change important files for your SEO, like your robots.txt and, if you have one, your .htaccess file. You can read this post for editing your robot.txt – How to Easily Edit Robot.txt File for SEO

3. Import and Export – Import settings from other SEO plugins and export your settings for re-use on (another) blog/website. So if you have another blog/website then you can easily import your settings from other SEO plugins. 

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7. Search Console

This portion helps you to create your website/blog to Google Search console easily. 

But at first, you need to know that – How to Add your Website to Google Search Console. Whenever you add your website to Google Search Console then you can verify it through Yoast SEO. Just click on the “Get Google Authorization Code” then a new box will be open. Now all you need to do is to copy the code and paste it into the box and click on the “Authenticate” button. 

Now simply click on the “Save Changes” button.

 

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And finally, your Yoast SEO plugin setup is complete. Now here are some useful posts for you, read those post and create a good content for your website/blog.

  1. How to Write an SEO Friendly Blog Post
  2. How to Write Perfect Blog Post Title For SEO
  3. How to Add Meta Description Easily to WordPress Blog Post
  4. How to Write Good Meta Description For SEO

So this is it. And this the easiest steps about “How to Setup Yoast SEO In Your WordPress Blog/Website.” If you face any kind of difficulties don’t hesitate to comment. Help me by sharing this post. 

Founder of BloggerTracks.com
I am a full-time blogger. I am always up for helping newcomers to choose the right stuff for their blogs and to set up perfectly.
I wish to lead people on the track of Blogging World.

How to Setup Yoast SEO In Your WordPress Blog

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