A Complete Guide To Setup Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin

Want to make SEO easy?

I always recommend using Yoast SEO plugin whenever we talk about SEO. Yoast SEO is the No.1 and most used SEO plugin, It makes SEO very easy for WordPress users.

Some days ago I published a list of 10 must-have plugins for WordPress Users where Yoast SEO is at the No.1 on that list.

Yoast SEO has 5+ million active install which is a huge number, you can imagine how much popular this plugin is?

These are some tasks which Yoast SEO will make easier for you to do:

  • Verify sites on Google, Bing
  • Title meta settings.
  • Hide RSD, WLW, shortlinks from the head.
  • Meta-control for taxonomies, author pages, homepage, etc.
  • Supports Facebook Open Graph.
  • Generate sitemap.
  • Advance permalink control.
  • Breadcrumbs support.
  • RSS feed footer plugin settings.
  • Import settings from other SEO plugins.
  • Edit .htaccess files.
  • Hide date from search engine snippets.
  • Add Google authorship for the single author.

Many of the beginners don’t know how to setup it? So in this post, I am going to share with you How you can set up Yoast SEO plugin Successfully?

Let me come on the topic without wasting any more time. 

Setup Yoast SEO

Before the start, you need to download and Install this plugin by clicking this link.

Then go to SEO section on your WordPress Admin Dashboard.

Yoast SEO

Then go to General settings. As Shown in the image, you can see Open the Configuration Wizard under Configuration wizard.

This will help you to setup Yoast SEO in 12 steps. I will help you in every step.

Yoast SEO General settings

Step.1 In the first step you need to choose How you Now click on next.want to configure Yoast SEO? Click on Configure Yoast SEO button in the box on. 

Step 1 Yoast

Step 2 In this step you need to select that your site is live and ready to index or in under construction. By this step, you can tell Yoast that your site is under construction so search engine should not index it. After thatNow click on next to move to next step. click on next.

Step 2 Yoast SEO

Step 3 In this step you have to select your site type. I am installing Yoast for my blog so I selected Site type “A Blog”, You can select whatever you want. After that click on next to move to next step.

Step 3 Yoast SEO

Step 4 Here you need to select that your blog represents a person or company. If it is your personal blog so select person or if there are many people work for you so select company and fill the company/person name. Then click on next.

Step 4 Yoast Seo

Step 5 Here you need to add all your social media profiles. By this Yoast SEO can tell search engines about your social media profiles. After entering all the profiles URL click next.

Step 5 Yoast SEO

Step 6 In this, You need to select post type which you want to search engine to index, take help of the below image and set your setting as shown in the image then click Next.

Step 6 Yoast SEO

Step 7 Select Yes if you are running a multi-author blog. If you are only one who is writing all the posts then no and at the last click on Next. 

Step 7 Yoast SEO

Step 8 It is the very important step, here you need to Authorize your Google Search Console with Yoast SEO. You can simply click on the Get Google Authorization Code button to find your code then simply paste it into the box and click Authenticate. Then the last click on Next button to move on next step.

Google Search Console

Step 9 On this page you can customize your site title and you can choose separator which you want to choose.

If you search StayMeOnline on the google then you will get StayMeOnline | Internet Lovers Calling. I use “|” symbol to separate my Site name and slogan. Type your site name and choose which symbol you want to use then finally hit on Next button.

Title Settings

Step 10 Yoast SEO is offering you to subscribe their newsletter to get updates about the plugin.

Newsletter

Step 11 You can skip this or you can upgrade your plan and move to pro-Yoast SEO.

Step 12 You have done. its complete and this is the Success screen which is showing that you have successfully set up Yoast SEO on your WordPress site.

Yoast SEO

This is not fully done, you need to do many more things which is very important. now go to SEO>Dashboard>Features and Enable Advance Setting pages it is very important. It will allow you to use advanced settings for your blog. and leave other by default and click on save changes.

Yoast SEO Features

You can see there are more settings added after you enable advance setting pages.

Yoast SEO

Now go to SEO>Dashboard>Webmaster tools. In this, you need to verify your site to webmaster tools for the Bing, Yandex, and Google.

Yoast makes easy for you to verify your sites for Google Search Console and others as well. You just need to copy meta values and paste into the box. Then click save changes.

Webmaster tools

Titles & Metas

Now go to SEO>Titles & Metas section, here you can see the settings which you make earlier in Step 9. But there are many more things which you should take care of.

Click on Homepage tab, In this, you can customize your Homepage like title and meta description. After all this click Save Changes.

Homepage yoast seo

Let move to another tab which is Post type, here you need to select which posts type you want the search engine to index or no index.

There are three posts type which is posts, pages, attachments and if you are using any custom posts then it will also show on this list. Let’s do it for first which is posts.

You can customize your posts title and meta description.

Date in Snippet Preview, you need to hide it if you are running a blog and writing evergreen content. this is useful for the news blogs and website because in the news dates matter a lot.

Posts Yoast SEO

The process is same as you did for posts. You can take help from below image.

Pages Yoast SEO

Now Media is remaining, I think there is no need to index media from your blog. you can simply select no index as I did for mine.

This is the time to move to another tab which is Testimonials, Here you need to customize your categories and tags. And the important part is, Categories and tags are for your blog’s reader to navigate your posts easily. There is no need to index in by the search engines it will not give you any benefits at all. You have to set meta robots to No Index. And now click on Save changes to save all these changes.

Testimonials yoast seo

Move to another tab called Archives. 

First You should know what is Archives, Archives is the collection of your blog posts according to dates or authors name which makes users easily navigate them. 

And this is for your reader so there is no need to index it.

Archives

There is one and the last one tab called other. I recommend you to skip this.

Social

Go to SEO>Social. You can see all your social media URL are already added because you did it earlier. So there is no need to add URL again.

But there are some more tags which you should set up. 

Facebook: In this tab, there are two important setting which you should take care of.  In the front page setting, You have to put Image URL, title, and Description, Facebook will use this data whenever someone shares your pages or posts.

Facebook, yoast SEO

There are two more settings which you should do at the bottom of the page. 

When someone shares your posts which has no images then a default image will show, you just need to enter the URL of that image which you want to show as the default image for posts without images.

At the last, You can add your Facebook Insights and Admins with Yoast SEO plugin so it will be easy for you to see all you insights data on your WordPress dashboard. You just need to enter your Facebook App ID. 

Then the same click on the Save changes to save.

Yoast SEO

You have to do this same setting for the other social tabs which Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. I hope you got the idea and you can do it by yourself.

XML Sitemaps

Sitemaps are the maps of your whole site, it contains all your posts, pages, and media. This is really helpful for the search engines it makes easy for search engine to index your site.

Yoast SEO will also make easy for you to create a Sitemap. First, you need to set it up by going to Post types tab and select which type of posts should include on the sitemap. then you can come back to the general tab and click on the link XML sitemap to see your sitemap.

Xml Site maps

Advanced

There are three tabs first is Breadcrumbs, Permalink and the last is RSS.

First is Breadcrumbs which is very important for the SEO. It also makes easy for the reader to navigate your site.

You can see the image, Breadcrumbs is looked like…

Breadcrumps

I recommend you to enable Breadcrumbs for your site because it is going to be helpful for your site. 

BreadCrumbs

For the Permalinks and RSS tabs, I recommend to leave it as default.

Tools

Yoast SEO gives you three tools which help you a lot.

Bulk editor: This tool allows you to quickly change titles and descriptions of your posts and pages without having to go to the editor for each page.

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.

Import and Export: Import settings from other SEO plugins and export your settings for re-use on (another) blog.

Search Console

Here you need to authenticate Yoast with Google Seach Engine.

I hope you did it in Step 8 If you didn’t. then scroll up and read the step 8 section for to understood what to do for this.

The Conclusion

This became very long, isn’t it?

But I hope I can explain it completely. Yoast SEO plugin is the best plugin for the SEO in WordPress. It makes very easy for you to optimize your content and website for the search engine.

This is big but I hope you understood fully and now you can easily set up Yoast plugin on your WordPress website. if you have any query yet so feel to leave a comment here. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.

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