Sunday, 25 January 2015

How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin in 2015 – Settings



On Page SEO is obviously the primary and most important thing you need to take care of while starting a blog. For the same reason, there are many recommended plugins you can use like WordPress SEO by Yoast, All in one SEO, etc. Out of the lot, WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most widely used plugin with numerous advanced settings and flexibility.


wp seo by yoast


There are many bloggers who already use this plugin on their sites, but only few know completely about the customization it provides. A number of bloggers asked me about the various important settings one needs to do after installing the seo by yoast plugin, and there this question might be raised by many out there. So I decided to write an article about the complete guide on wordpress SEO by yoast plugin; its installation and perfect setup.



Key Features:



  • Titles and meta description on every post

  • Verify site in Bing, Alexa, Google and other webmaster tools

  • Google search result snippet preview

  • Title and meta settings

  • Focus keyword testing

  • Hide RSD, WLW, Shortlinks from head

  • Google Sitemap generation

  • Advanced permalink control

  • RSS footer / header configuration

  • Breadcrumbs support

  • .htaccess and robots.txt editor.

  • XML News Sitemaps

  • Hide date from Search engine snippets


Guide to Install, Setup and Fully Configure WordPress SEO By Yoast Plugin


1. Installation and Basic Setup


Firstly you need to install the plugin as you usually do. Activate the plugin and you will be able to see a new tab on your dashboard “SEO”, with logo as shown in the image below. Navigate to the SEO tab >> Dashboard and you will see various options on its dashboard. Here you will find webmaster tools, at this section you can add your alexa, bing, google webmaster tools IDs.


seo tab



2. Titles & Meta Settings


This is the most important part of the plugin where all the major settings will be done. You will find 5 tabs in total and let us see each one in detail.



#1. General


First you will find the Title Settings with the option “Force rewrite titles” which will let you forcibly rewrite the title of each of your posts or pages. title and metas


Next is the Sitewide meta settings which contains 4 options. Tick the first one, which is ‘Noindex subpages of archives’. This will block indexing of /page/3 page which will help you in proper SEO of your site.


Also tick the ‘Use meta keyword tag’. Most of you might be knowing the use of it, Google no longer considers this but other search engines do. Ignore the other two options available.


Clean up the <head> tick all the options available, which will keep your blog head section clean by hiding information such as shortlinks, WLW links etc.titles and metas 2



#2. Home tab


In the home page tab, you need to mainly take care of title and meta description. I recommend you to use %%sitename%% – %%sitedesc%% for the Title template. Add meta description and meta keywords template in the text areas.


The below is an example of our blog.


site homepage description and title for seo by yoast



#3. Post Types


This tab is to maintain proper titles and meta tags for posts, pages and media. Here are the various things you need to do. Follow the settings which are shown in the images below.


post typespagesmedia


The above settings are not mandatory, but are helpful to your blog’s SEO if done properly. There is not much to understand in this, its very clear and easily understandable.



#4. Taxonomies


Taxonomies tab is almost similar to the previous tab, expect that here it refers to the categories and tags. I generally prefer categories as index and tags as noindex. The other options are optional, you can change them according to the blog’s SEO. Make sure you know what you are doing before making any changes, because one wrong step can vastly effect your site.taxonomies



#5. Others tab


Here in the others tab you will find author archives and date archives. Defaults are good enough in this tab, but if you want to change any further just no-index and follow both and leave the rest as it is.



3. Social Settings


Here you can configure various social settings of your blog and link it up with social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and G+. You can add Facebook open graph meta data, know and track Facebook insights and admins. Under the Twitter tab, you can add Twitter card meta data to your site’s <head> section. Similarly, you can also add Google+ specific post meta data to your site as well.


social



4. XML Sitemap


You can also create an XML Sitemap by using the plugin. I recommend you to check this option if you are already not using any other plugin for sitemap creation.


xml sitemap



5. Permalink Settings


Here you can configure the permalink settings. Just follow the settings as shown in the image:


permalink settings



6. Internal Links


This tab is useful to take control of the Breadcrumbs. You can either enable or disable the breadcrumbs as per your site’s requirement. Breadcrumbs usually helps for easy navigation of your website and also search engine for better indexing of the pages. If you want to enable it, check the option and then copy the code given at the bottom and add it in the template.



7. RSS


The plugin also enables you to customize your RSS also. You can add content such as Author’s archive page’s link, Post’s link, Blog/website’s link and blog description to put before and/or after the post. I just simply add “The post %%POSTLINK%% appeared first on %%BLOGLINK%%.” along the Content to put after each post in the feed option.


rss



8. Importing SEO Data from Earlier SEO Plugin


If you are using any existing SEO plugins such as All-in-one SEO Pack (New/Old), HeadSpace 2 etc., you can import the previous settings to this plugin. You can do it by navigating to the Import & Export tab and import the settings from the existing options available.


import export


Let us know if you are having any doubts in your comments and we will get back to you shortly.




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Rishi yadav is the founder of MyTechTalk.A Popular tech blog dediceted for Geeks and blogger You Can Follow Me on Facebook Or You Can Connent With Me On Twitter @alltechpeople Email:mytechtalk99@gmail.com


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