Yoast SEO Plugin is one of the best plugins for improving the SEO of your website. This plugin provides a platform for WordPress websites to scientifically increase user engagement on their website and have their site listed higher on the search engine.
Let’s see what Yoast SEO plugin offers and how to install and setup Yoast SEO Plugin.
What does Yoast SEO offer?
- Checks the readability of your posts/pages
- Allows you to set SEO Title, Slug and Meta Description, Focus keyword for each page
- Guides you to use your focus keywords in the most optimum number for better SEO.
- Checks what your pages or posts will look like when someone searches it in Google.
- Fully controls your breadcrumbs.
- XML News Sitemaps
- RSS Footer/Header Configuration
- Provides Basic Import Functionalities for HeadSpace2 and All in one SEO.
These are few features of Yoast SEO plugin. Including these, this plugin has other numerous functionalities to offer that help you greatly in optimizing your SEO.
How to install Yoast SEO plugin?
- Go to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New.
- Search Yoast SEO in the plugin search section.
- Click on “Install Now” and then “Activate” the plugin.
After you have completed the installation and activated this plugin, you will see a new menu item in the admin bar – “SEO”. Click on “SEO” and you will further be directed to this page.
1. Transport Previous Data
If you have used any other SEO plugins beforehand, you will need to transfer all the SEO data from your previous plugins to Yoast SEO. For this, you can use a plugin called “SEO Data Transporter”.
If you have not used any SEO plugins before this then you can simply skip this step.
2. General Settings
Now, click on ‘General Settings’ tab under the SEO settings. Then click on “Open Configuration Wizard.
You will now receive a series of configuration options to customize the SEO settings according to your website.
You can even stop here after completing the configuration process. However, if you want to follow a more detailed configuration you will have to continue further
In this settings tab, you will have to enable “Advanced Settings Page” that will add new options in your SEO menu in the WordPress admin bar. Likewise, you can check other options this particular tab and enable/disable them accordingly.
4. Your info
In this tab, you can include information about your company/yourself or your website.
If you skip or miss entering your website name and your alternate name, then this plugin will automatically use your site’s title as your website name.
5. Webmaster tools
In order to verify your site and see relevant data about your site from specific search engines like Google, you will have to add a meta tag to your site or upload a file. You need to simply add the meta code that you received from the search engines in the respective fields.
In this settings tab, there is only one option – enabling or disabling the Yoast SEO meta box. It is highly recommended that you leave this option disabled. Disabling this setting will prevent your authors from making advanced changes like noindex and canonical settings.
Once you have configured all these settings, the Yoast SEO plugin will be properly set up in your WordPress website. Now in each post, you are about to create, you can see this box with numerous options to improve your site’s SEO.
Yoast SEO is one of the finest plugins to help you improve your SEO. This particular tutorial in here is of the free version of Yoast SEO plugin. The premium version is more or less similar, but it includes numerous additional functionalities and features once you have completed setting it up.
We hope this tutorial helped you to install and setup Yoast SEO plugin with ease.If you face any problems during the installation or setup process please let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you would like to more about Yoast SEO plugin in depth, please refer to our next article.