Hello everyone!  Today I come up with the very interesting topic. How to Set up and install Yoast SEO Plugin. You all must have heard about Yoast SEO Plugin. It is one of the best Plugin when we talk about the SEO. WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin is one of the must-have plugins on any WordPress website. By installing Yoast SEO Plugin you can easily secure the place on the first or second page in Google search results for your keywords.

Since this plugin offers many features, setting up the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin is not that easy. Sio to make your work easier I’m going to explain to you how to setup and install Yoast SEO Plugin.

So, let’s get started-

How to Install Yoast SEO Plugin

Follow these simple steps to install Yoast SEO:

1. Go to WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New.
2. In the plugin bar type Yoast SEO and hit enter.

3. In the search results see plugin named Yoast SEO by Team Yoast.
4. Click Install Now, installing will start and take a while to complete.
5. Upon completion, you will see Activate button. Hit Activate, it will take another few seconds and you’re ready to bang!

 

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Plugin Installation

 

Setup Yoast SEO Plugin with optimised settings

It was all about the installation process of Yoast SEO Plugin if. Now if you have installed the plugin you’ll get to see a new SEO menu item will appear on the Dashboard.

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SEO Section

Now the first thing you will do after activation  Go to Dashboard > Features > Advances setting pages & enable this feature.

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Enabling features

You will have to enable all the options. As this features as necessary for your effective SEO ranking

Readability Analysis – Enable this. As it adds readability tab in the meta box. And also enables content readability related suggestions.

Keyword Analysis – Enable this. As it adds keyword tab in the meta box. And also enables keyword related suggestions for content.

Advanced Settings Pages – Enable this. These advanced settings include site-wide settings for titles, meta descriptions, social metadata, sitemaps etc.

OnPage.org – This enables onpage.org integration. It checks daily whether your site is indexable by search engines. You will be notified when the site is not indexable.

Admin Bar Menu – Admin bar menu is important to access useful links to third-party tools. It also indicates new notifications.

Cornerstone Content – This allows you mark and filter corner content on your site. In nutshell, Cornerstone Content is the content around which your most of the content is created. In other words, the content which describes the niche of your website.

Metabox Insights – Metabox insights appear below the Yoast SEO meta box in WordPress text editor. These insights usually included prominent keywords in the content.

Link Suggestions – It suggests a list of posts on your blog with similar content. As you might be interested in inter-link such similar posts.

Hope you get the idea why these points are essential.

Now, when you are done with enabling all the features to move on to SEO Tools option. You need to go to SEO > Tools> Import & Export > Import from other SEO plugins in the left panel. Select the plugin from which you would like to import your settings.

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Please Note– The above mention settings can be done on Premium Yoast Plugin.

Now in Yoast SEO Dashboard, you’ll get to webmaster tools option. You can use this webmaster tools verification feature to get verify your site with different webmaster tools. If your site is already verified for these webmaster tools, you can ignore this.

But if it is not then, you need to create an account on different Webmaster Tools for your website. And enter verification code of these webmaster services in their respective box in Yoast Webmaster Verification tools.

As for now, WordPress SEO Yoast plugin supports webmaster tools verification for services like BingGoogle, and Yandex etc.

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General Settings

After that, you’ll see the next option beside webmaster tools that is Security. As you all know security is one of the main concern that everyone needs.

Don’t enable this security option, if you have multiple author WordPress site and you don’t trust all the authors.

By default, some options are accessible only to administrators. This option enables these features for all the users.

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Once you have done this, let’s move to the more advanced parts of this plugin.

Titles & Metas

Titles and meta are them most important part of this Plugin. Once you click on “Titles & Metas”, click on the “General”. You’ll see the option of Title separator. 

Title Separator – Although there is a choice to have a separator from several available on the list. But I insist on choosing the one you think may ever be used by a user in search keywords. Hence, my favorite is dash (-). Another angle of choosing a separator is, to have one which gives your title a unique look among other search results. From this standpoint (•), (*) or (⋆) are good.

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HomePage

After choosing what separator now move on to Homepage option where you’ll see two different option- Title template and Meta description template. This step is essential to bring your website to google ranking. It depends on you which title and meta description you’ll choose for your site.

         Title template: The home title that you want to show in Google search.

          Meta description template: Your homepage meta description for search engines.

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Post Types

Now another option you’ll see the Post type. It helps you to tune SEO settings for different content formats (like Posts, Pages, and Media etc.) of your website.

If you are using more custom types in WordPress, you will see its section here. Here you can define the SEO for the post, page, and media sections of your WordPress blog.

As I mentioned above, be sure to check out the help section to understand what templates you can use. Also, by default, WordPress SEO by Yoast hides the date from search engine snippets, which is useful for blogs writing evergreen content.

You can add Custom fields to page analysis.

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Taxonomies

Now next option is Taxonomies it is yet another important point to discuss. In this section, you’ll find settings for website’s internal links (like Categories, Tags, and Format, Testimonial etc.)

Title template – By default it looks like below

” %%term_title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%% by default.  If you want to change it then you can use %%title%%  %%page%% ”

Meta description template – Leave it empty. Or in some cases, you can use as I explained above in Meta description template for posts. Exert will come up as a meta.

Meta keywords template – Leave it empty for the same reason explained in posts Meta keywords template.

Meta Robots – If your site is quite new and don’t have sufficient content, then you may get indexed your internal links like (categories, tags etc.).

Yoast SEO Meta Box – Keep it to Show.

Format-based Archives – Keep it Enabled.

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Archives

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Last but not least in archives section you can set indexing for your author and date-based archive. Also, you can disable or enable the date and author archive. I suggest that you check the “noindex” and “follow” boxes, and leave everything else as it is.

Please Note:- The above mention features are of Premium version of Yoast. You can Buy its premium version is just  $89. 

Final Verdict

Yoast is one of the best SEO Plugin. I highly recommend you to use this SEO plugin on your website. As I’m already using this Plugin and totally satisfied with it. Hope you find this post useful. I tried to cover most of the things to make it complete and simple. If I missed any point please feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading.

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