Rehmat Alam A blogger who has fallen in love with coding! Here at SupportiveHands.net, I share things that relate to coding, servers, E-marketing, and other related fields.

Yoast WordPress SEO Setup Guide – Best Configuration

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Yoast is undoubtedly the best SEO plugin for WordPress which lets you to do a brilliant on-page SEO for your blog posts with ease. If you don’t have a good understanding about this great plugin, then this tutorial will help you in setting up Yoast on your blog. I will guide you to do the best  configuration for Yoast plugin which will ensure a perfect on-page SEO for your blog to boost its rankings in SERPs.

Yoast Best Configuration

To configure the settings of Yoast WordPress SEO, follow below instructions and complete the steps. After completing the below described steps, Yoast will be configured at its best for optimizing your blog for search engines. To start setting up Yoast, go to Titles and Metas section of Yoast and then complete below steps:titles-metas-yoast

1. Customize General Settings: First of all, customize the general settings of Yoast. In this section, prevent search engines from picking up the description for your blog and blog posts from directories like Moz and Yahoo directory. This will ensure that search engines pick and show the description for your blog which you have written for it. Also check the boxes under Clean up the <head> option to remove unnecessary tags from head section and save changes.yoast-best-configuration

2. Disable Indexing of Categories and Tags: In next step, disable indexing of tags and categories. It is important to prevent search engines from indexing content under categories and tags, otherwise issue of duplicate content occurs which lowers rankings of your blog. Yoast allows you to disable category and tag indexing easily. To do this, go to Taxonomies tab and then check the boxes in front of noindex, nofollow option under both categories and tags section and save changes.

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3. Disable Author Archive Indexing: When author archive indexing is left enabled, the content gets indexed several times; first under the post URL and then under the author URL. It also creates the duplicate content issue and you should disable the indexing of posts under each and every author. If you are the only author on your blog, still it is important, as it will eliminate the risk of duplicate content issue.

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4. Enable Rich Snippet: Yoast can help you in showing your image in Google search along with your blog posts and pages. Sometimes it gets hard to show the image even after adding your Google+ profile link on your blog and after adding your blog URL in your Google+ profile. Yoast adds author attribute to the posts and integrates your Google+ profile to ensure that your image appears in SERPs. To enable this, go to Home tab and select your profile in Author highlighting option. Ensure that you have provided your Google+ profile URL in concerned field under your profile page (yourblog.com/wp-admin/profile.php)

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These were the most important configurations of Yoast plugin. Now lets discuss how to optimize your post using Yoast WordPress Plugin.

Optimizing Posts

1. Rewrite Post Title: Post title contains most important keywords and it decides either your post ranks well in SERPs or not. Yoast lets you rewrite the post title for search engines.  Use your main keyword in title to craft an attractive title for your post. Use the keyword only once in the post title as repetition isn’t recommended.

2. Craft a Good Meta Description: Meta description is the advertisement of your post in search engines which is displayed in SERPs by search engines as an excerpt of your post. Meta description tells the searcher about the information your post contains in it. It plays a significant role in deciding either the searcher clicks your post or not.

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After writing up your post, save its draft and click on Page Analysis tab. Yoast will analyze your post for SEO score and will recommend you if something is missing in it. Check and fix the issues and publish your post with a brilliant on-page SEO for it.

In Page Analysis report, you may ignore some recommendations. These include the Flesch Reading Ease report and outbound links analysis. These factors aren’t crucial but Yoast considers them as important.

So this was a tutorial on setting up Yoast on your blog and to optimize your post using it. I hope you understood how to configure Yoast WordPress SEO plugin for its best output. If you face any difficulty in using this plugin or facing any other issue, you can ask me in comments. I would love to answer you 🙂

Rehmat Alam A blogger who has fallen in love with coding! Here at SupportiveHands.net, I share things that relate to coding, servers, E-marketing, and other related fields.

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4 Replies to “Yoast WordPress SEO Setup Guide – Best Configuration”

  1. hello rehmat bahi,
    I am Big fan of Your Writing. you have such a Wonderful blog. rehmat bhai i want to ask you one more Question and Hope You Will Answer It. Rehmat bahi i have a blog as i mention before in pervious comments
    http://www.seeyourinterest.com ” . i have made 180 plus post on it . i am new blogger and in starting i made some mistakes and make catogories and tags indexd using all in one seo plugin, my site display in google search not good. now i migrate to seo by yoast plugin,and use your best setting for which you tell in your post. which is good for seo. and in starting of this blog i forgot to change permalink structure
    http://www.seeyourinterest.com/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/and use it as default , and
    now i realize that in google search date and year are display .which i feel is
    not good and show old post. i search your blog to find any post related to this topic but not find yet. i want to ask you if you make a post on this topic ” How to Change WordPress Permalink
    Without Losing Traffic ” . i want to make one thing clear from your side that if i change this permalink structure ” http://www.seeyourinterest.com /%postname%/ and reindex my website from start than definately i lose my old permalink structure and backlinks and drop traffic . plz guide me if i reindex my website with new permalink structure , than how old permalink structure work corrctly and not lose traffic and backlinks and not create duplicate content issue .when it reindex than it may apper good in search
    result
    rehmat bhai plz explain if i reindex my website then old post is remove from directory or not ?
    for changing of new permalink strucutre may cause duplicate content issue then
    how i fix it
    using 301 redirection ? if yes then plz guide me
    actually i am little confused what to do for better seo ?
    i hope you understand !!!!
    regards
    umar

  2. hi rehmat bhai,
    thanks for replying me. thanks for your suggestion. rehmat bhai as you know many plugin not update regularly and after some time may expired. and then website have too many post say 500 plus . on that peek position its more difficult to work on it and may lose traffic and rank as well. you dont mention in your comments that can i reindex my site with new permalinks structure and my old links reidirect and not create a duplicate content issue..
    i searched on internet about this procedure Mostly of all say its would be change in htcsss file using FTP account .i am not familair with coding but if you explain then it really help me out . plz rehmat bhai any other procedure you know plz share
    thanks in anticipation
    umer

    1. Yes you can redirect old URLs to newer ones using .htaccess file. Do you have access to your file manager? If you are using cPanel, then editing of .htaccess fie isn’t a tough task. First change permalink structure, then edit .htaccess file to add commands as below:

      Redirect /year/month/post.html http://yourblog.com/yourpost

      For example to redirect http://www.yourblog.com/2013/12/post.html to http://www.yourblog.com/post.html or http://www.yourblog.com/post, add a command line as below:

      Redorect /2013/12/post.html http://www.yourblog.com/post

      Add each command in a single line and redirect old pages to newer permalinks. After completing the task, remove old URLs from Google index using Google Webmaster Tools and redindex your entire content.

      I hope it works.

  3. thanks rehmat bhai for guiding me such well
    this line confused me ( Redorect /2013/12/post.html http://www.yourblog.com/post )
    suppose at the moment my permalink is like this
    http://www.seeyourinterest.com/2013/12/get-rid-dry-skin/
    and change into this permalink http://www.seeyourinterest.com/get-rid-dry-skin/
    then in htaccess file written like this ?
    Redorect /2013/12/get-rid-dry-skin http://www.seeyourinterest.com/get-rid-dry-skin/
    or like this
    Redorect /2013/12/get-rid-dry-skin http://www.seeyourinterest.com/get-rid-dry-skin
    is it ok ???? or not ????
    is there any space between two permalinks ??
    can i change all post permalinks like this in a single line ?
    suppose for 190 post and add 190 lines in htaccess file right ??
    plz also explain in htaccess file after which line i start to paste redorect line permalinks

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