Wednesday, 23 August 2017

How to set up the Latest WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

How to set up the Latest WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast is a very powerful plugin to make it easier for WordPress users who want to optimize the WordPress site to be friendly with the search engines. However, setting up this plugin may be difficult for some new people and bloggers or anyone who still lacks basic SEO skills. If the setting is not correct, then the result is not maximal.

Before you read the configuration section, you should first know some of the SEO features offered by this plugin:

Site verification in Google, Bing, and Yandex
Meta title settings
Hide RSD, WLW, shortlinks from the header
Meta Control for Taxonomy and author pages
Supports Facebook Open Graph
Can create a sitemap
Advanced control permalink
Breadcrumb Support
Footer settings RSS feed plugin
Import settings from other SEO plugins.
Editing .htaccess files
Hide Date in Search engine results
Add Google author for a single author

Yoast Settings: Submit To Search Engines
The first step to get started with this plugin is to submit your site to Google, Bing, and Yandex. After installing the plugin and getting the verification code, click on SEO menu »General» Webmaster Tools.
Search engine settings yoast
Please submit to the most popular search engine that is google and bing webmaster. Because users of both are the most numerous.

This is one of the most important parts of this plugin, and I will describe it mostly with screenshots and brief explanations.

Homepage Settings
Click on the Homepage tab and configure settings for your site title and meta description. Here is an example screenshot to fill it:

Title Template: The title of the home you want to display in Google search.
Meta Description: Your site's meta description to display in search engines.
Post Type SEO Settings

This is where you will configure SEO for all types of your posts. By default you will have Post, Pages & media type. If you use more custom types in WordPress, you will see a section here. Here you can define SEO for posts, pages and media sections of your WordPress blog. As I mentioned above, be sure to check out the Help Center for easy understanding of what templates you can use.

Taxonomies & Archives
In Categories and Tags I choose as noindex and dofollow. However, this depends on the SEO plan of your blog. If you want to use the settings I use, just select "noindex" and "hide". But keep in mind again that this arrangement can depend on with your needs. Since I do not index tags and categories, you can add more users and brand-centric title templates. Example: "%% term_title %% Archives %% page %%%% sep %% %% sitename %%".

Here you can set indexing for authors and date-based archives. Also, you can disable or enable the date and author of the archive. I suggest you choose "noindex" and "Enabled" as shown below.

This is the last setting in the Title and Metas settings. You can choose "noindex" in Archives and "Disabled" on Meta keyword Tags and noodp. Meta keywords why choose disabled because Google does not currently use meta keywords to crawl your site.
WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

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