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 Technoupdates.org . 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 .
Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Dashboard
Yoast 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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
1. First option of this section helps you to get rid of category base URLs in WordPress . By Default WordPress Category Pages are as : example.com/category/categoryname . After ticking that box your WordPress Blog Category Structure would be : example.com/categoryname .
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 .