At howlthemes.com we recommend all our users to use Yoast SEO and we our self use it for our website. This plugin for WordPress allows you to add meta tags, generate sitemap, create breadcrumbs, focus on keyword, nofollow post or page, create custom permalinks and add facebook open graph.
Install Yoast SEO
To install UpdraftPlus plugin follow below steps:
- login to your WordPress dashboard.
- select plugins >> add new from admin menu.
- in search box enter “Yoast SEO” and install it.
Yoast SEO: General Settings
After installing the plugin you will see SEO tab in your admin menu, clicking it will take you to Yoast SEO general section, where you can start introduction tour, view latest changes and restore default settings.
Click on company info tab in general settings. Now fill the information about your website and the company or person behind it.
- Go to Google search console and create an account.
- Now come back to Yoast Seo > General > Webmaster Tool and click on Google Search Console link and then you will be redirected to verification page where you can verify your site.
Yoast SEO: Titles & Metas
This is one of the most important settings for Yoast SEO, it determines how your site will look in search engine, now navigate to Yoast SEO > Titles & Metas and follow below guide:
You can also choose the separator used between post title and site title. We recommend using default one which is dash.
In this tab we’re going to add title and description for our homepage, this tool will then create meta tags out of them and add it to our homepage. In simple words the title and description you will put inside this input box will how your site homepage will look in search engine result.
Leave this section as it is. If you want your image, tag, categories, page, post etc to now show in search results then you can simple select noindex for it, but its not recommended, why would you do it? So leave it as it is.
Suppose you have a post with category or tag “Technology” then it will be displayed under yoursite.com/tag/technology. Now if you don’t want search engine to show this URL in your search result you can noindex it but we don’t recommend it, So leave it as it is.
If you’re running multi author blog which means if more than one person write blog posts on your blog then Enable author archive and noindex Meta Robots.
Yoast SEO: Social
Yoast SEO allow you to integrate your site with social media, to access this page navigate to Yoast SEO > Social.
Add all your social media profiles URL in their respective input box as shown in below image:
Enable open graph meta data and now in Frontpage settings upload an image URL(this image will be shown when someone will share your site URL on facebook) and fill title and description as snow in below image:
Enable Google+ specific post meta data and also add your google+ page URL in Google Publisher Page input box.
Yoast SEO: XML Sitemaps
Sitemaps are very essential for your WordPress site. Every search engine looks for sitemap of website, it tells search engine when your post a new article, It helps you get your blog index in search engine like google, bing, yahoo easily.
Enable XML sitemap functionality, Now click on XML sitemap button and copy the URL and submit it for index in your Google Search Console account.
Yoast SEO: Advanced
The advanced settings page allows you to configure permalinks, breadcrumbs and RSS feed related settings.
To know what will happen after you enable the breadcrumbs, see below image:
As you can see in above image, when you enable breadcrumbs your URL looks more clean though I prefer to not enable breadcrumbs because URL contains keywords which are good for ranking but if you want to enable it for your blog then you can Enable Breadcrumbs and rest of the settings will be displayed. The default settings should work for most websites.
In permalinks tab there are many settings like striping category URL or redirecting attachment’s URL to parent post URL. Enable or disable setting as shown in below image:
Meta description & title for Individual Posts and Pages
Now whenever your create a new post or page for your blog when you will scroll down and you will find Yoast SEO box. Here you can look how your post will look in search result, If you want title or description to look different in search results you can even edit it. Just remember to always fill focus keyword input box, you can add multiple keyword separated by comma.
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