If in the previous post about SEO plugins for WordPress blog I have discuss about how to setting plugin All in One SEO pack. This time I will share tips about another great plugin, WordPress SEO by YOAST.
Just like All in One SEO Pack plugin, WordPress SEO by Yoast is a very popular tool used by webmasters and bloggers to improve their site performance in search engine results like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex etc.
The difference is Yoast SEO is more easier to use even for those of you who still learning about Search Engines Optimization (SEO) stuff
And the interesting thing about this plugin is that there is a kind of SEO user guide and an educational element on it. So if you use the Yoast plugin, indirectly you will learn how to be an SEO expert.
Even if you are a beginner blogger you will be able to easily apply it. And yes! you can still get great results even if you use a free version (aka free!)
Is moving from All in One SEO Pack to Yoast SEO will affect the performance of the blog?
Before we find out how to setting plugin WordPress SEO by Yoast,
This may become question of bloggers who already use other SEO plugin for their WordPress blog
“Is moving from All in One SEO Pack to Yoast SEO will affect the performance of the blog?”
And the answer is; no! moving from one plugins to another plugin does not affect the performance of your blog.
It’s just that there’s one important note from my personal experience, that you might be able to get different results from the same plugin on your blog / website.
So, again if you feel you are not getting the optimal results from the plugin you are using now maybe it’s time you tried to move to another plugin in this case is moving to YOAST and you can compare the results.
For how to migrate from other plugins to YOAST SEO you can read the tutorial on this page yoast.com/all-in-one-seo-pack-migration/
OK, here’s how to setup Yoast SEO, but make sure you have already installed and activate the plugin.
But if you haven’t YOAST Installed yet, to install the plugin just look at the plugins page in the WP Admin panel then > Add New in the search-box just type a keywords for “Yoast SEO”. After that, click Install Now and then Enable it.
Once the plugin is installed you may get notified about related to SEO issues in blog. No problem, just follow the instructions that YOAST given. This is what I mean with the ‘education’ feature.
OK, after you finish with the installation it’s time to setup, and to setup simply use the Configuration wizard in the WordPress navigation menu see screenshot
Page #1 In the first page of the wizard you will find two suggestions, choose the first to do it step by step accordingly.
Page #2 Since this tutorial is meant for sites that are already live, then on the next page choose Option A then click Next.
Page #3 on third page of the wizard select your site criteria, if just a blog then just select Blog if your site is e.g online shop select Online shop.
Page # 4 On fourth page you will be asked to choose whether your blog /site is individual or company. For a blog just select Person then the form for the name will appear, just type your name.
Page #5 on the next page you are asked to enter the social page of your blog media or profile page like facebook, twitter etc. Just enter …
Page #6 In this page you will be asked to choose a page or post that will appear in the search engine. This time does not need screen shot just click Yes> Yes.
Page #7 Next you will be asked if your site has multiple authors besides you. If you plan later on your blog will working with another author, then choose ‘Yes’
Page #8 In this page you are asked to enter the authorization code just click the button ‘Get Google Authorization Code’ A pop up window will prompt you to sign in to your Google account sign in only and click Allow see the screenshots
Then copy and paste the code provided by Google and click Next.
Page #9 On page nine your wizard settings are given a choice of what symbols you want to use to separate the Site Name and Post title. If you are confused just choose the first, if I select the second.
Page #10 Well! if in the old to ten you are offered if you are interested to subscribe Yoast Newsletternya. If this is up to you, but if you want to be up to date about beret SEO better you better subscribe
Page #11 In this long you are given a choice if you want to upgrade to premium version and also video tips.
Page #12 SUCCESS! After setting the wizard right to the next setting, which is the setting for how and what elements of your site will appear in search engines / Search Engines (e.g Google, Bing Yandex etc)
Settings YOAST SEO for Search Appearance
For general settings if you use a template that has a standalone page for the ‘Home’ page in the meta description of the content with paragraphs that describes what your site actually is. See an example screenshot below that I took from my other blog
In general setting > Knowledge Graph you can also upload your site logo and explain that your site is personal or company.
For the setting in the Content Type section leave it in default except for the Date snippet fox setting to Show see screenshot
For Media not to change, leave the settings as they are and go to the settings for Taxonomy.
In the Taxonomy setting better let the settings in the default.
Move to Archives settings, here only change settings for Show author archives in search results? to No
For setting Breadcrumbs can be optional if you want to use breadcrumbs on your site page you can choose to enable it.
In the RSS settings better leave the settings on the default. When finished click the blue button Save changes to save the changes.
Conclusion and others
After the success of its setting, it’s time to use Yoast to help optimize the new post that you will make. Or improve existing post.
It’s easy to use the Yoast plugin, just follow the instructions under the post editor. For example if the keywords are less or too much, then the yoast plugin will light orange, it’s a sign that you need to improve the article, and so on.
Basically, if you want to learn by yourself I’m sure you will easily understand how to work with Yoast SEO, because in your WP Admin now you will be guide by YOAST plugins for sure.