How to Install and Settings SEO Plugin by Yoast [New] For WordPress Website or Blog in 2017 – Yoast Last SEO Version
SEO by Yoast has experienced many advances and updates very often so that many changes that brought both of the feature.
SEO plugin by Yoast is one of the few free plugins located in the WordPress.org library that you can find, SEO plugin yoast is the best SEO plugin that is widely used by WordPress users, There are also other SEO plugins that are also used by many users of WordPress Namely All in One SEO. For those of you who use the plugin All In One SEO must also know about a version that is much more advanced than WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
This SEO Yoast plugin has been integrated with many important features like Meta robot Plugin, RSS Footer Plugin, and many more. Since this plugin brings many new features, of course to make SEO plugin settings by Yoast is not easy, especially for those of you who just use WordPress or for users who will migrate from plugin All in One SEO to SEO by Yoast. For this reason, I am here to share this complete tutorial that will help you to configure the SEO by Yoast plugin correctly and generate optimal site performance.
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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. You need to know that doing the wrong configuration can stop search engine bots indexing your blog, or you might let bots crawl your site in what might not be important. Before you read the configuration section, you should first know some of the SEO features offered by this plugin;
1. Site verification in Google, Bing, and Yandex
2. Meta title settings
3. Hide RSD, WLW, shortlinks from the header
4. Meta Control for Taxonomy and author pages
5. Supports Facebook Open Graph
6. Can create a sitemap
7. Advanced control permalink
8. Breadcrumb Support
9. Footer settings RSS feed plugin
10. Import settings from other SEO plugins.
11. Editing .htaccess files
12. Hide Date in Search engine results
13. Add Google author for a single author
How to Use SEO Plugin by Yoast
Now let”s start for the complete guide of this free SEO Yoast plugin configuration tutorial.
If you use the SEO plugin installed on your WordPress like All In One SEO, Headspace 2, wp SEO or Woothemes SEO framework and want to migrate to SEO by Yoast should import your settings to this plugin. (For new users you skip the import section of this guide).
After you install and activate WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast it will appear new menu in your WordPress admin sidebar with name “SEO” please click menu SEO » Tools » Import and export in The bottom of the left panel, and select the plugin settings you want to import. I recommend first backing up from your database, and then check the option to “Delete the Old Data After Import? (Recommended)”
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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 the SEO menu » General » Webmaster Tools.
You do not have to submit your site to all those lists, you can send for Google and Bing only, for the way you can read my tutorials list Google webmaster tools and Bing webmaster tools. After you do this, let”s move to the other settings section of this plugin:
Title And Metas
This is one of the most important parts of this plugin, and I will describe and brief explanations.
After you click on Title and Metas, in the General menu tab section below the link click “Help Center” to see what operators are used and what operators are not used. This will help you quickly setup your Title and meta SEO.
Click on the Homepage tab and configure settings for your site title and meta description. Here is an example of a screenshot to fill it:
*. Title Template: The home title you want to display in Google search.
*. Meta Description: Your site”s meta description to display in search engines.
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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. Also, by default WordPress SEO by Yoast hides dates from search engines, this is useful for blogs that do not always update publish articles every day. If you run a news blog and want to display the date of your post in the search engine, you can choose “Show” on the choice of “Date in snippet preview“.
Taxonomies & Archives
In Categories and Tags I choose as noindex and dofollow. However, this depends on your blog SEO plan. 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.
“% | %term_title% | %Archives% | %page% | %sitename% | %author%” e.t.c.
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 “Enable“.
This is the last setting in the Title and Metas settings. You can select “noindex” in Archives and “Disable” on Meta keyword Tags and noodp. Meta keywords why choose disabled because Google does not currently use meta keywords to crawl your site.
Click “Save Changes” after the settings are complete.
The new Yoast SEO plugin has added the Google Knowledge Graph feature. This will display your social media profile in the search engine every time someone searches for your brand name. Configuration is very easy, you just need to add all your social media profiles in the fields provided.
Here you can configure Facebook Open Graph meta tags, default images for Facebook, and Twitter Meta Cards. I suggest you add a default image, which will help Facebook to display images when your post has no pictures when in like or shared to Facebook.
Enabling the Sitemap feature and this plugin will take care of your blog sitemap. After creating the Sitemap file, submit Sitemap to Google, Bing & other search engines that accept Sitemaps file.
Go to the Advanced menu » Permalink Tabs, you can configure permalink settings using 2-3 settings from here to avoid indexed parameters in Google search.
Breadcrumbs is useful to make it easier for search engines to understand the structure of your site, and breadcrumbs is also useful in helping users to navigate your site. This is indeed proven to be very easy for users to navigate.
Once you have finished setting up all your SEO configurations with the Yoast plugin, please try the search results with the Rich Snipet Google test tool to check the author, and see how Google will display your blog posts in Google search results.
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This RSS setting is in the Advanced menu, this section integrates the feature of the RSS footer Plugin. When using it you can add a link back to the original article in the RSS feed. You can also use it to add ads to your RSS feeds. In this setting I just add the following line after the content post section; “The post %%POSTLINK%% appeared first on %% BLOGLINK%%“.
This feature is very important that brought by WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. You can edit the .htaccess WordPress and robots.txt files from the dashboard. So with this edit file, you do not need to login to cpanel hosting or access via FTP to edit the two files, but if you do not have more knowledge in suggest not to change the file because if an error occur, it may cause your site to be un-accessed.
Setting SEO by Yoast in Post and Page
In the latest version of SEO by Yoast, they have made enormous design changes that are confusing for older users, when it comes to adding meta titles & descriptions. Actually you only need to click on META Description and enter your meta description, and in fact it is just changed in a new way by clicking on meta DEFAULT and when you click the standard META taken from the initial post and you can edit it to fill it as you wish own. Actually the block concept has been removed in the new update Yoast, you just need to click on “Edit snippet” to edit the title and click on META to edit the meta.
Above is a complete guide how to do settings or configuration of WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, I hope this tutorial will help you to setup WordPress SEO by Yoast correctly. This is one of the free SEO plugins for your WordPress blog. And always remember that you make sure your settings before making the changes are correct. The wrong configuration can bring negative SEO effects to your Blog.