Configuring Yoast SEO Plugin For Best Results

In this article I am sharing the best configurations for WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast . Apply these Setting and Yoast SEO Plugin Setup for Better Search Engine Optimization .
Wordpress is the best choice when it comes to SEO Optimized Blogging Platform . Some great WordPress SEO Plugins makes optimization easy . In starting I was user of All in One SEO Plugin but when I tried Yoast’s SEO Plugin I become its fan . Two main differences I found between these two Plugins are :-

1. Yoast’s SEO Plugin provides much Options for On Site SEO Optimization . And also replaces some of plugins like RSS Footer , XML Sitemap etc.
2. Yoast’s SEO Plugin provides awesome report of On Page SEO like Use of Heading Tags,Keyword Location,Copy Score,Alt Image Tag ,Keyword Density etc.  In All in One SEO there are only 3 basic options in Post Editor ie. SEO Title – Description – Meta Tags .

Yoast SEO Plugin is Better !

From above 2 Examples we can say that Yoast Plugin is better then All in One SEO. I have seen good effect on my SERP rankings after using Yoast Plugin . So today I thought to share the On Site SEO Settings that I am using on . Yoast SEO Plugin can replace most of your plugins like RSS Footer,All in One SEO , Meta Robots Plugin . Hope My Guide for Configuring WordPress SEO by Yoast will help you .

WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin Features

However for a regular blogger its not a difficult Setup but in case of New Blogger it may be difficult . If you configured it wrong then SEO of your blog may be turned negative . You may stop search engine bots from crawling your website or to crawl unnecessary part of your blog , if you configured it wrong .
Before Going further I would like to list the SEO Features of that Plugin :-

  • Codes Slot to Verify Alexa , Bing And Google Webmaster Tool .
  • Taxonomies, author page Meta Control
  • Generating Sitemap
  • Import Data / Settings of other SEO Plugins
  • Breadcrumbs Settings
  • Codes Settings for RSS Feeds Footer
  • Advanced Permalinks Configuration
  • Hide RSD, WLW, Shortlinks from head
  • Hiding Date from Search Engine snippet
  • Title Meta Settings
  • Edit .htaccess File
  • Adding Google Plus Profile ( Authorship Purpose )
  • Removing “Category Base ” from URLs

Configuring the Setting For Yoast SEO Plugin

First of All you should remove following Plugins ( If Installed ) . I am saying to remove because Yoast’s SEO Plugin can do their Job :-
1. Robots Meta.
2. Category No Base Plugin .
3. All in One SEO .
4. RSS Footer Plugin .
5. Yoast Breadcrumbs etc.
6. Google XML Sitemap .

Once you installed Yoast SEO Plugin you can import settings of above listed plugins . So after importing , remove them .

Importing settings WordPress SEO yoast
Just Tick mark the box of plugin whose settings you want to import . Also don’t forget to Tick Mark the option saying ” Delete the old data after import? ” .

Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Dashboard

WordPress SEO Yoast setup
After importing, next step is to click “Dashboard ” of Yoast Plugin . There are Three slots where you can add verification codes from Google Webmaster Tool , Bing Webmaster Tool and Alexa .

Yoast Title / Meta Settings

This section deals with the most important utility of One Site SEO . So configure it according to Screenshots below .
yoast plugin Title meta settings

I am using No-index for Archives Pages and Sub Pages . It doesn’t only makes you blog SEO Friendly but also saves from duplicate content issue .
There is no reason to use Meta Tags as none of major search engine makes use of Meta Tags for Rankings. But Still I am using this option with a hope that in future any search engine will make use of Meta Tags : D .

Last option deals with cleaning of Head Section in your WordPress Blog . Tick them all and save settings .

Yoast SEO Settings

Its screenshot of my Techno blog. Fill up this according to your Website/Blog . Details entered here will be shown for your Home Page in Search Engines . After filling up Meta Title-Descriptions-Keywords , navigate to Author meta data . You can use this option for Google Authorship . Google profiles entered here will be shown in SERP .

WordPress post Page SEO Settings

Use settings as per Screenshot for Posts and Pages Titles . If you are running an Evergreen content blog then you can hide Date in Snippet Preview . But if you are running any new website then you must keep that box ticked .

Taxanomies / Author Meta Settings

For Tags And Categories Pages I use No-Index and DoFollow option . For Author Pages / Date Archives I prefer Noindex,Follow attributes .  Doing this will make your blog loved by Search Engines.

Why to No-Index Tags/ Categories /Author And Date Archives Pages ?

There is a simple reason . Suppose you made only single article on your blog . Simply we add 3-4 Tags to an article . Resultant there will be one or two date based archive pages , Author Page , 3-4 Tag Pages and 1-2 Categories pages . So in simple words , your blog would have more pages then the articles .
So its always profitable to no index such pages . No-indexing simply means to tell search engines that which pages you don’t want to show in Search Results Pages .

XML Sitemap

We can say Yoast’s SEO Plugin is a multitask plugin . If you are wishing to remove one more plugin then go and remove Google XML Sitemap Plugin because WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast can do this for you. You can use this plugin to generate sitemap of your WordPress blog .

Yoast SEO Permalinks Setup

Permalink is the most important factor of On Page SEO . Permalinks plays vital role to improve your Search Engine Rankings, so take it seriously .

Permalink SEO yoast wordpress

1. First option of this section helps you to get rid of category base URLs in WordPress . By Default WordPress Category Pages are as :  . After ticking that box your WordPress Blog Category Structure would be :   .
2. You can select 2nd option if you want a slash ( / ) in the last of your Permalinks as a tail . Further options makes sense already so I think no need to explain here .

Internal Linking Settings

Breadcrumbs are the structure tags which tell Search Engines about your Website Navigation / Structure . I haven’t used them yet but thinking to implement them as I have seen various websites popping up in SERP using Breadcrumbs  . You can read more about Breadcrumbs here .

Configuring RSS Feeds

This part of WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast , is related to RSS Footer Plugin . You can Add any HTML Code in Footer of your RSS Feeds . This option is very-2 helpful if you are submitting your feeds to various websites like Zimbio etc.

Editing Robots.txt / .htaccess Files

Using this section you can edit Robots.txt and .htaccess file of your WordPress Blog . However this is not recommended many times .

These were the recommended settings of WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin . Hope you will implement these . If you have any confusion regarding any term explained in article then please let me know by making use of comment box below .

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About Narender Chopra

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  2. Thank you so much for this. I was working without setting these setting :P
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  3. Darko says:

    I also think that SEO yoast is the best SEO plugin. However, I have a problem with the sitemap section. Google in webmaster tools does not recognize that sitemap-xml. Maybe he thought the sitemap should be like domain/sitemap.xml.
    Any suggestion please.

  4. too far the best plugin for getting some of the best keyword distribution on page

  5. sunil says:

    Thank you Narender sir for giving awesome article on setup Yoast plugin.After reading your article i found that my plugin is not completely setup but now everything is alright.Thank you again :)

  6. I have installed “yoast-seo-plugin” in my wordpress theme.It is wonderful and help to make your website seo friendly.

  7. Mack says:

    helllo there thanks for sharing with us, today i installed this plugin in my blog. i am little bit scared. however thanks once again
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  8. Well i am using this plugins in my blog and really it is good. A few days ago my blog was not indexed in he search engines and then i have installed the Yoast SEO Plugin and now my blog is doing better in search engines like Google, yahoo and MSN. It was a nice experience to use that plugin and I think it is a best choice for the WordPress blogs.

  9. Nice article Narendra,
    I would like to ask you that is there any option for Yoast for blogger blog ?

  10. Hi,
    I dont no why yost plugin takes too much of time to index my site in google search compare to xml sitemap generator.
    Now i’m using robots meta & xml sitemap generator, again my blog is not indexing in search. why is so?

  11. Hi Narender,

    Thanks for posting this, it’s really helpful. But I have a few questions, if you wouldn’t mind answering them:

    1) Under the Taxonomies Tab: Categories, Tags, Format and Picture Tag, what do you put for the following:
    a) Title template
    b) Meta description template

    2) Under the Other Tab: Author Archive, Date Archives, what do you put for:
    a) Title Template
    b) Meta Description template
    c) Special Pages: Search Pages & 404 Pages – what do you put for Title template?

    Thanks so much any direction you can give. I’ve seen so many different things, I’m so confused!


  12. avi says:

    wow .. its good and easy setting… can we add google + profile pic in searching result by using yoast plugin?

  13. jack says:

    hi friend, really thanks for your guide, there is one question for me, for the general part, i check the force rewirte title, because if i don’t check it, i found the post title is a mess, seems repeated or what, so can you explain me what does that exactly mean? and is there any bad if i check that? hope to get your reply ,thanks in advance
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  14. avi says:

    i am using this plugin too. this plugin is easy to use. thanks for best setting.

  15. Hi,

    I have an issue setting up yoast as per my requirements.

    For example, I have 100 posts tagged in two categories; WordPress and Seo(being two categories). I want to generate an automatic meta description set and i want to call article title and its category, but the problem is I only want to call WordPress(%%category%%) and leave SEO category from all the Meta descriptions of my website.

    Any Solution?


  16. Thanks man it helped me a lot. Being a newbie it was quite heard for me to configure it, but u made it so simple thanks again :)

  17. Manu says:

    There is some changes in latest version. Excellent article about WP SEO.

  18. Yoast plugin is the best for SEO! Thanks for the Great tutorial! I’ve struggled quite a bit with the setting but I think I got it right now :)

  19. Chetan says:

    Fantastic post! Liked the detailed explanation on the whole thing. Yoast is used by almost every WordPress user and this post will serve as a bible to them.

  20. Gavin says:

    Yoast SEO plugin is a great WP plugin that ever created by top SEO company. Unfortunately, the plugin works great for experts but not for beginners. There are too many parameters to be set on which is very tricky before you get the best result.

    This is my honest opinion because I’ve been used this plugin on my previous blogs but then decided to move on to AIO SEO plugin after get many emails from Google webmasters about the crawling errors. Moreover, Yoast SEO plugin makes your WordPress blog to load slow.

    It’s up to you to decide either it is worth to install Yoast SEO plugin on your blogs. Anyway, you’ve a great post Narender. I just love to read it.

  21. Can you please tell me any best plugins for Blogger platform ??

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