Beginner’s Tutorial On Yoast SEO Plugin Configuration

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Beginner's Tutorial On Yoast SEO Plugin Configuration
Beginner's Tutorial On Yoast SEO Plugin Configuration

If you are looking for the guide to configure Yoast SEO Plugin then you are at right place. Below we will share the complete step by step tutorial to configure this plugin for optimal SEO performance.

Yoast SEO is the most downloaded WordPress plugin of all times. It is the comprehensive solution for your all SEO problems. Just install this plugin and sit back to see the magic. It will take care of your all SEO related issues.

Besides its basic features, it also offers many other features like Keyword Density, SEO Title, Meta Description etc. Due to this additional features, it becomes difficult to configure this plugin properly. For this reason, we are sharing a tutorial which will help you to configure Yoast plugin properly.

Yoast Plugin for WordPress Site
Yoast Plugin for WordPress Site
Analysis for Yoast Plugin
Analysis for Yoast Plugin

Please Note: This tutorial is for the free version of Yoast SEO Plugin.

Yoast SEO Setup Guide

You can install this plugin from the left navigational menu of WordPress. First, search for this plugin and once found it click on ‘Install’ to install the same. After installing the plugin, follow the below steps to configure it.

Dashboard – Yoast SEO

Here, you will find the all basic features of the plugin. It includes Your Information, Configuration wizard etc.

General

Click on ‘Open the Configuration wizard’ and answer all the queries like Name of the Website, Social Media Links, Single or Multiple Authors etc.The answer to this queries will determine the default setting of your plugins. You can also restore the default setting from this page. The restore option is given at the bottom of this page.

Features

Enabled this all options.There is no harm in enabling all options whether we are using it or not.

Yoast SEO Features Setup Guide
Yoast SEO Features Setup Guide

Your Info

The fill the data as shown in below image. The only change will be the option

Yoast SEO Website Information Guide
Yoast SEO Website Information Guide

Webmaster Tools verification

Use this option to link various Webmaster tools with your plugin. All you need to do is just mentioned the meta value of your respective webmasters.

Yoast SEO Guide to update Webmaster Information
Yoast SEO Guide to update Webmaster Information

Security setting

Enable this if you want to change the advanced part of the SEO. It will allow a user to no index posts or change the canonical.

Titles & Metas – Yoast SEO

All the meta-setting like indexing post, category, taxonomies etc will be available here.

Force rewrite titles

This option if enabled will force you to rewrite your title of your page. Disable this if you do not want to require it.

Title Separator

This will use as your title separator.It will appear between your our post title and site name.

Titles & Metas - Yoast SEO
Titles & Metas – Yoast SEO

It will look like this

Meta Types

Set Meta values for the post, page, and media here.

Post
Meta for Post in Yoast
Meta for Post in Yoast

Of course, you will be able to change the default values at the time of creating a new post.

Pages
Page Setting of Yoast
Page Setting of Yoast
Media

In order to avoid any duplicate data, we had disabled the indexation of media files.

Media Setting of Yoast
Media Setting of Yoast

Taxonomies

Categories and Tags

Disable this if you do not want to create duplicate content on your site. If you enabled this the search engine will index this URL and it will lead to duplicate content. So better to disable this both options

Categories and Tag Setting in Yoast
Categories and Tag Setting in Yoast

Archives

Disable this if you are running a single author website. If you enable this on single author page then it will lead to duplicate content on your site. So better to disable this. This is also mentioned on the top of the page ( as shown in the attached image)

Note on Archives page of Yoast Plugin
Note on Archives page of Yoast Plugin

For the multi-author site, enabled this only if you want the archives the post author wise. To avoid any kind of complexities we suggest to keep this disable always.

Archives page of Yoast
Archives page of Yoast

Others

Subpages of archives

Disable this if you do not want to index the subpages on your site. To avoid duplicate content on your site, it is advisable to keep it disabled.

Meta Keywords

Enable this if you want to use meta keywords for your post. Of course, you will be able to use different keywords for the different post.

meta value of subpages of yoast plugin
meta value of subpages of Yoast plugin

Please note in the absence of any keywords it will consider the default keywords of the post.

Social – Yoast SEO

All social media related setting will be available here. Keep it as it is. You can add the social media links here in this option

XML Sitemap – Yoast SEO

You will find all sitemap related setting here in this option.Enable this if you want to generate the sitemap automatically.

XML Sitemap Yoast
XML Sitemap Yoast

Post Types

Disable Media to avoid any duplicate content on your site.

Yoast Sitemap in WordPress
Yoast Sitemap in WordPress

Taxonomies

Similarly, disable all taxonomies to avoid any duplicate content on your site

Taxonomies in sitemap of Yoast
Taxonomies in sitemap of Yoast
Excluded posts settings

You can exclude posts from the sitemap by entering a comma-separated string with the Post ids.

Exclude Post from Sitemap
Exclude Post from Sitemap

Advance – Yoast SEO

The advance level setting like RSS, Permalink and Breadcrumbs will be available here.

Permalinks

The below image explains everything.

Permalink setting of Yoast
Permalink setting of Yoast

RSS Feed Setting

Don’t change it. Keep as it is.

Breadcrumbs

Disable this if you are using the default breadcrumbs of the WordPress theme. We had disabled it because we are using the default breadcrumbs of our WordPress theme.

BreadCurmbs Setting in Yoast
breadcrumbs Setting in Yoast

Tools – Yoast SEO

Avoid this Option. This option is for editing the .htaccess and robot.txt file. Further, you can also import and export the Yoast’s setting through this option. But this is the advanced version, it is not required at this point of time.

The bulk editor is also available in this option. Using this option you can change the title and description in bulk easily.

Search Console

This is your Google Webmaster. All Webmaster related information will be available here. But to get this information, you need to authenticate it first. The authentication option is available in the setting page.

Search Console in Yoast
Search Console in Yoast

Once connected, all the webmaster related information will be shown here.

Webmaster in Yoast SEO Plugin of WordPress
Webmaster in Yoast SEO Plugin of WordPress

Now you turn, if you still face any problem in configuring this plugin then feel free to contact us. You can write your queries in the below comment box. We will be happy to help you.

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