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How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

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How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

At WPBeginner we use WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. We believe that it is the most complete SEO solution for your WordPress blog. With tons of features and options this plugin provides an alternate to the users of famous All in One SEO Pack. In this article, we will show you how to install and setup WordPress SEO by Yoast and utilize all the awesome features that comes built-in.

Features

First let’s take a look at the features this plugin has to offer:

  • Post title and meta description meta box to change these on a per post basis.
  • Taxonomy (tag, category & custom taxonomy) title and meta description support.
  • Google search result snippet previews.
  • Focus keyword testing.
  • Meta Robots configuration:
    • Easily add noodp, noydir meta tags.
    • Easily noindex, or nofollow pages, taxonomies or entire archives.
  • Improved canonical support, adding canonical to taxonomy archives, single posts and pages and the front page.
  • RSS footer / header configuration.
  • Permalink clean ups, while still allowing for Google Custom Search.
  • Breadcrumbs support, with configurable breadcrumbs titles.
  • XML Sitemaps with:
    • Images
    • Configurable removal of post types and taxonomies
    • Pages or posts that have been noindexed will not show in XML sitemap (but can if you want them too).
  • XML News Sitemaps.
  • .htaccess and robots.txt editor.
  • Ability to verify Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo Site Explorer, and Bing Webmaster Tools
  • Basic import functionality for HeadSpace2 and All in One SEO. (You can also use the SEO Data Transporter to transfer functionality from themes like Thesis, Headway, Genesis etc).

So after seeing all of these features, it is confirmed that this is by far the MOST COMPLETE WordPress SEO plugin. Joost combined his other plugins like RSS Footer, HeadSpace2, Yoast Breadcrumbs, and others to create this powerhouse plugin.

How to Install WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

First thing you need to do is install and activate WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, see our guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress. Upon activation, you should see a new tab added in the admin panel called SEO with Yoast’s logo on it.

WordPress SEO menu after successful installation of the plugin

Now that you have installed and activated the plugin, let’s take a look at setting this bad boy up.

How to Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

You should remember, that the settings that we select are the ones that we recommend. Other experts may have their own preferences and discretion, so advanced users can ignore anything that they do not like. If you are a beginner, and you want to use Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin like we do, then please follow along the steps carefully.

Step 1. Data Transfer

Most of you probably have another WordPress plugin like All in One SEO pack, or a theme framework like Genesis, Thesis, or Headway dealing with your SEO data. If you want to successfully use this plugin, then you need to make sure that all of your previous data has been transported to this plugin before you deactivate the other one. To accomplish this, we recommend using SEO Data Transporter by StudioPress. If you’re setting this up on a new blog, then skip this step.

Setp 2. General Settings

Clicking on the SEO icon takes you to WordPress SEO by Yoast’s General settings page. You can take a tour here to learn more about the plugin. You can also reset your plugin to default settings from this page. There is a tracking option, checking it will send anonymous usage data back to plugin author. You can uncheck this box if you don’t want to share this information (we have it unchecked). Then there is a security option to disable advanced part of the WordPress SEO meta box. We recommend that you leave it checked. Checking it will prevent your authors from making changes like redirects and noindex which could create problem for you later on.

WordPress SEO Plugin - General Settings

Step 3. Webmaster Tools

If you know a little bit about SEO, then you have probably heard that each of the popular search engines, Google, Yahoo, and Bing allow site owners to add their sites using webmaster tools area (see our guide on how to add your WordPress site to Google webmaster tools). Webmaster tools lets you see insights and other relevant data about your site from the specific search engines. In order to verify your site and see those exclusive data, you have to add a meta tag to your site, or upload a file. Most beginners are afraid to add meta tags, so Joost put this option in to ease the process. Simply add your meta code that you received from the search engines in the respective fields.

Yoast SEO Plugin - Webmaster Tools

Step 4. Titles & Metas

Titles & Metas section under WordPress SEO has several tabs in it. We will cover each one of them.

Yoast WordPress SEO - Title and Metas

1. General

Clicking on it will land you on the General tab. Here you can configure some site wide general settings. WordPress SEO can auto-detect whether it needs to re-write titles or not. So you can leave this as it is, usually it is unchecked. Check the meta keywords checkbox. Under clean up the head section you can safely check hide shortlink for posts. If you are not using a client or app to update your site, then you can also check hide RSD links and WLW Manifest Links.

Yoast WordPress SEO - General Meta Settings

2. Home Title

Next we will work on defining the title for our homepage. By default you will see these fields pre-filled with title-template. So what is the difference between a title and a title template, you may ask. In instances like your home page, you may want to create a static title, description, and keywords. But for posts, the title will vary from one post to another. Title templates allow you to define a way that the title and other meta information is pulled and organized. Let’s take a look at the image below for the home page settings. By default the template variables in the title field work fine for most website however you’re welcome to change it. The next option is to enter your site’s description. Once you are done, click on save settings button.

Yoast WordPress SEO - Home title and meta

If you are using a static home page in WordPress, then you would have to edit the settings from the page edit screen.

3. Post Types Titles & Metas

By default WordPress comes with several post types such as post, page, revisions, attachment, and navigation menus. Users can also define their own custom post types. WordPress SEO allows you to set titles and meta for posts, pages, media, and other custom post types.

WordPress SEO automatically enters title template variables for all your post types and leaves your description and other fields blank. We recommend that you change the title templates where you only keep the actual title element and remove the sitename.

WordPress SEO Plugin - Post Type Title Settings

Remember WordPress SEO plugin also adds an SEO meta box in your post edit area. For maximum SEO benefits, we highly recommend you to manually enter title and descriptions for each post. Otherwise WordPress SEO will use the title as defined here and will automatically add description for your posts and pages.

Read our WordPress SEO Tip for Beginners on optimizing blog posts.

4. Taxonomies

On the taxonomies tab, you can configure titles and meta for Categories, tags, custom taxonomies, and post format archives. Default template variables should work for most sites. As for descriptions, please remember that WordPress SEO picks up descriptions from your categories and tags.

Yoast WordPress SEO - Taxonomies title and meta settings

If you do not have any description for terms in your categories, tags, or custom taxonomies, then WordPress SEO does not add meta description in archives for these terms. Check out our guide on categories vs. tags.

5. Other

On the other tab you have title and meta settings for author archives, date archives, and special pages such as search and 404 pages. We recommended that you check disable author archives for single author blogs. If you are running a single author blog, then your main blog and the author archives contain exactly the same content. The setting is there to prevent duplicate content.

Leave other settings as they are and save changes.

Step 5. Social

As we said earlier, that WordPress SEO by Yoast is a powerhouse plugin and is packed with many features to provide the complete SEO package. One great feature of the plugin is that it integrates your site with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ social platforms. Clicking on the Social link under the SEO menu will take you to setup these platforms. We will show you how to configure each of them.

1. Facebook

On the Facebook tab, first thing you need to do is check the box that says add open graph meta data. Checking this allows WordPress SEO to add Facebook open graph meta data in your website’s <head> section. This will help Facebook pick up the right thumbnail and page information when a post from your website is shared on Facebook.

The next option is to associate your website with a Facebook profile. This profile can be a user profile as well as a Facebook app (check out ‘Create a Facebook App’ section in our guide on how to add Facebook recommendation bar in WordPress). Adding a Facebook admin will give you access to Facebook Insights for your site.

Adding Facebook social settings in WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast

Enter your your Facebook page URL if you have one. The next option is to provide a thumbnail location for your home page and a description. This image and description will be used when someone shares the homepage of your site on Facebook. Lastly, provide a default thumbnail image URL. This image will be used for all articles that do not have a thumbnail or any other image in it.

2. Twitter

As for Twitter, you can add Twitter cards into your site’s head section and provide a Twitter user handle. This could be your website’s twitter account like @wpbeginner or your personal account @syedbalkhi.

Adding Twitter cards to WordPress using WordPress SEO by Yoast

3. Google+

On the Google+ tab, choose the user who should appear as the author of the homepage from a drop down menu. Remember that WordPress SEO plugin also adds a Google+ URL field in User » Your Profile page. So make sure that the user you select here has entered their Google+ URL in their profile and verified the authorship. The second option for this page is to enter your Google+ Publisher page. If you have created a Google+ page for your business enter its URL here, and then go to your Google+ business page and enter your website’s URL in about section.

Adding your Google+ profile to WordPress SEO

Step 6. XML Sitemaps

Sitemaps are essential for your WordPress site. It is the quickest and easiest way to get indexed and notify search engines about your content. Sitemaps also allow you to tell search engines how to prioritize your content. WordPress SEO by Yoast makes it super easy to add XML sitemaps in WordPress. Make sure that the box that says ‘Check this box to enable XML sitemap functionality’ is checked. Also disable author/user sitemaps specially if you are running a single author blog. WordPress SEO will automatically ping Google and Bing however you can enable it to ping Yahoo and Ask.com as well. Lastly, you can exclude any post types or taxonomies that don’t want to appear in sitemaps.

Adding XML sitemaps to WordPress using WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast

By default WordPress SEO adds 1000 entries per page in your sitemap. However, if your website is facing memory issues, then you can reduce that number here.

Step 7. Permalinks

Just to be clear, we are talking about the Permalink settings in Yoast SEO tab, not in the setting tabs. This plugin adds on to those that are built-in to WordPress. This section does not allow you to create SEO Friendly URLs in WordPress. It assumes, that you have already done that. So let’s take a look at what type of features this section offers:

Configuring Permalinks Settings in WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress by default adds a category base in each url i.e /category/. By checking the first box, you can strip that part from your category URLs. This is something that a lot of people want. But you can leave it unchecked if you do not want your category urls and page urls to conflict if they are the same name.

Next feature is to enforce a trailing slash on all category and tag urls. If you are one of the users, who have .html at the end of their posts, then you probably want to select this option.

The next option is to remove stop words from permalinks. Stop words are common words used in plain language. Yoast believes that by removing these, you will create cleaner URLs. While it does make the URLs smaller, we disagree with Yoast. This is why we have left it unchecked.

Next option is to redirect attachment URLs to parent post. WordPress allows you to attach images and other media to posts. But all of those attachments get their own URLs which in most cases are unnecessary. Therefore by checking this box, you redirect all your attachment page URL to the original post URL.

The next option on the permalinks page is to remove ?replytocom variable from comment reply links. It disables the links for the users with javascript disabled. Most web crawlers when they visit your site have javascript disabled, so they do not see the URL and can quickly move on. This increases the crawl efficiency particularly if you are running a site with lots of comments.

Redirect ugly URLs to clean permalinks option is not needed in most cases. We advise you to ignore it unless you know what you’re doing.

The last option to configure on Permalinks page is canonical URL settings. We would recommend that you leave them as they are.

Step 8. Internal Links

This section of WordPress SEO is not about internal linking within your posts. It is actually about breadcrumbs which are great for internal linking because it defines a clean path or trail to the page you are on. These breadcrumbs also appear in search results giving your site extra advantage in the search.

Breadcrumbs appearing in Search Results

First thing you need to do on internal links page under SEO is to enable Breadcrumbs. Then enter a separator you want to use between breadcrumbs. Enter an anchor text for your home page. You can add a prefix for the breadcrumb path, search, archives, and 404 pages. These prefixes will not appear in search but on your site.

Step 9. RSS Feeds

WordPress SEO plugin has an RSS Feeds section, which allows you to add backlinks to yourself in your feed content because most content scrapers are using your feeds to steal your content. This way, you will get backlinks from their site, and google will know that you are the original source. There are options to add your author link, Post link, blog link, and blog description. So get creative. This can also be used to add advertisement to your RSS feed.

Add custom content to your RSS Feeds in WordPress

For advanced users: How to Add Custom Content and Completely Manipulate your RSS Feeds.

Step 10. Import & Export

As you can see that we have spent a good amount of time getting these settings just right, so you probably want to export the settings as Backup (just incase if you accidentally mess things up in the future). You can also export settings to use it as an initial guideline for all of your future sites that you are going to use this plugin on.

**Note** There is an Edit tab below Import & Export section, but we will not cover that. Most beginners or even intermediates should not get close to that section.

Step 11: Customizing and Maximizing the Benefit

Just installing and setting up this plugin is not enough. In order for you to really maximize the benefit of this plugin, you need to customize the settings on per post basis. Now this would not be a chore if you do it every time you write a post. Let’s take a look at how you can maximize the benefits by customizing.

WordPress SEO for Individual Posts and Pages

WordPress SEO meta box for Individual Posts and Pages

On each post and page editor page, you will see this new box called WordPress SEO that has tons of fields like SEO Title, Meta Description etc. You should write a custom title, and meta description rather than letting it auto-generate. Sometimes your post title, and your SEO title might not be the same. Every time, you should write a custom Meta Description because the excerpt generator only picks up the first paragraph which might not be the most important one. Make sure you select a focus keyword, so you can get analysis on how strong your page is for that keyword. For more details check out WordPress SEO tip for beginners – how to optimize your WordPress blog posts.

Once you click Save the post, there is a tab called Page Analysis. This gives you even further insights about your specific post or page.

Post or Page Analysis in WordPress SEO

Use the free analysis as a reference point. Don’t kill yourself over it, but usually it is pretty accurate.

WordPress SEO for Archives (Category / Author / Tags)

You can override the Title Templates that we created in Step 5 to maximize the benefits. Simply Edit any Category, Tag, or Author to see the WordPress SEO settings added.

We hope that we covered every thing in this guide for WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, and we hope that it helps you install and set it up the right way. If you still have questions about the setup, then please leave a comment below. For support queries, please utilize the official forum.


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  • Frederick Owen

    Thank you so much for writing this, you guys rock. SEO is one of the biggest headaches in the world and your help rocks!

  • Edmond

    Hi,
    Thanks for the helpful article. I’ve one question though. On my main website so far I have been using the All In One SEO Pack and I’m thinking of changing it with the Yoast plugin. I used to run meta keywords for the All In One SEO Pack and the Yoast plugin recommends using focus keyword. I wonder what changes I should make now after the transport. When I check out my old articles, I see none of them has keywords now with the new plugin. I have more than 2500 posts published and I wonder what solution could there be (I just an’t imagine going back and changing the keywords for each post).

    Thanks a lot in advance for your reply!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Edmond you can use SEO Data Importer plugin.

      • Edmond

        Thanks a lot for the reply.
        I have one more question please. What do you recommend, shall I go back to the old posts and add focus keywords for them too, or there is no point? The matter is that my old posts show only meta keywords now and they have no focus keywords set.

        Thanks

  • Correen

    Ahh! Accomplished a biggie today on my website by installing Yoast SEO and ticking through the steps to setting it up via this post. Thank you…again (and again :)) WPBeginner.

  • Karan Singh

    before reading your article, i am using ALL IN ONE SEO plugin but, now its time to change it into yoast plugin. I Hope it will help me to make more money.

  • Phil

    Hi great article, could you confirm i am doing correctly, when i search on google for my site the snippet preview is wrong, when i go into my sites homepage( via wordpress) click home page the snippet preview is correct, so when i type in a search for my site /home it displays correctly.

    Any ideas?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Phil, Yes seems like you are doing it correct. Google generates snippets dynamically depending on the user query and positioning of keywords in your articles. So the snippet shown in actual search results on Google could be way different than what you see snippet preview tools.

  • Jagdish Kashyap

    Thanks..!!
    This is really helpful for me :)

  • dimitris

    Hi. I setup the plugin as you said but i have problem with the RSS. It writes the name of the page twice.

  • Ashutosh

    Wow man, great article. I was using All in One SEO for long time and this time I decided to use Yoast plugin. In order to understand it i searched and found your article. Detailed explanation i must say. Kudos to you. and Thanks for explaining it so wisely. :)

  • Mirza Arsal

    I have problem with my website ( http://www.enstructive.com ) meta description. I have recently added meta description in WordPress SEO plugin. But i have checked my website through some meta tag analyzer, they says that your website is missing meta description. Kindly suggest me whats the problem. Or should i add meta description manually?
    Advance thanks and appreciation for help.

  • E.S. Ivy

    This was exactly what I needed. I was attempting to go through Yoast’s own post on this and I was totally lost.

    I especially loved the statement “…but we will not cover that. Most beginners or even intermediates should not get close to that section.” I need to know what not to touch and mess up!

    Thank you!

  • Bogdan I

    Thanks for the tutorial.
    It’s very good.

  • Andrew

    Hi and thanks for the great guide!

    I had a question that I hope you don’t mind me asking.

    When I click on an author’s name, it’s going to a 404 page. Is this something affected by SEO?

    As an example: http://talkingbit.com/author/andrew-shemo/

    I would of thought it showed all posts authored by me, Andrew Shemo…

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Yes it is supposed to display posts written by that particular author. Here are some tips on troubleshooting this issue.

      1. If you have WordPress SEO plugin installed and activated go to Seo » Titles & Metas and click on the Others tab. Uncheck the box ‘Disable Author Archives’ if it is checked. Check your site to see if every thing is working fine?

      2. Update your permalinks.

  • Tina

    Hey guys love this and all the other wonderful posts. I have a question though.
    I read that the no-index subpages and the force rewrite under titles & metas should be checked and you guys say no. I’m just wondering why the difference and how do I figure out which to do? I’m doing an informal site on weight loss if this helps
    Please keep posting all the wonderful informative post. You guys rock!!!

  • Kailash

    Thank you.. Useful settings

  • DHRUV

    Hey i have been working the same instructions but still my website is not visible on even 10th page ,please help

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Dhruv WordPress SEO plugin does not guarantee to land your site in the top results. Search engines have their own algorithms to determine which pages they will display in their top results. If you have unique content that offers value to the users and if you build authority by regularly creating great content and spread it around social media. Then you will start noticing improvement in your site’s position in search results. This might take some time, but you will get there.

  • Adrian Tawfik

    Thanks for the update on this post! I have some work to do. Yoast is amazing and I really recommend their website review. Check out my website and let me know if you think it is setup right:

  • anand om sharma

    thanks for writing this post. this post clarify my doubts about various plugins of seo. thanks alot again

  • Ahmed

    Thank you very much for the useful information, but I don`t understand when editing under Focus Keyword:(Led Light Bulbs) I get red for the URL even though the keyword is in the URL. How do I correct this please?

    I look forward to your answer.
    Thank you again

  • kishor

    Did u face any problem regarding focus keyword??. whenever i tried to put focused keywords,its shows some result and circle is moving round.any it shows that focused keyword not found in meta,content and page Url,even it was ..i mean that that circle never stooped.Is it prob because of my other plugin ?focused keyword not found ..please replay

  • Bonny

    I just have a question. I just switched from blogger to wordpress and I was just wondering if you should only have one SEO Plugin?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Yes, other wise there could be plugin conflicts

  • ravinder singh

    Thanks, A very useful information .

  • Vivek Moyal

    I am using the genesis child theme and i dont find that where i have to use the breadcrump by yoast. I am using the genesis breadcrump now. But i want to use the yoast for this. How i can use it over my blog. You can check it here and plz let me know. When i open the editor for page and post i see only a function genesis().

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      You can ask in the Genesis support forums or WordPress SEO support forum.

  • Nishant Thakur

    Best tutorial website over the internet so far for WordPress and it’s plugin.Keep up the good work guys,You Rock!

  • Pamela Hopkinson

    I have just noticed that on the advanced tab in the Yoast plug in it now asks for a Breadcrumb title.

    Do I need to complete this? Or will the system automatically use the default settings I used when going through your guide?

    Also, as a jobsite http://www.jobsinfoodmanufacturing.co.uk posts / jobs expire on a daily basis, should I go in to the advanced tab and enter our home page url into the 301 redirect field? The posts that have expired are sent to the trash on a very regular basis so I am not sure if the 301 redirect field is required – we are currently setting up a 404 Error message page that will again direct individuals to the Home Page.

    Hope the above makes sense,…….this is all very new to me!

    Thanks

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      If breadcrumbs are working fine on your site then you don’t need to update those settings. A 404 error page will result as an error in your Google site crawl. A regular number of pages appearing as 404 could affect your site’s SEO in the long run.

      • Pamela Hopkinson

        How can I find out if the breadcrums are working okay?

        Also due to the nature of the site (it is a jobsite). Is a 301 redirect preferable to a 404 message (in terms of a google crawl and SEO) and if so would I need to not delete expired vacancies? Although would this not lead to the site content being too large?

        I really appreciate your help on this.

        • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

          Why 301 or 404 are your only considerations? Why not just let users land on expired vacancies showing them a notice that this job is expired? You can also choose to display similar jobs on the page which users can then look at?

        • Pamela Hopkinson

          I think I need to clear out the expired jobs on a regular basis, otherwise site content will be too great? Therefore it is not always possible to land on the expired vacancies.

          However, when searched for expired vacancies should show a page that details that the vacancy has expired and give the individual a link to our Homepage – this should be available in the next few days.

  • Kevin

    I recently installed WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast and I have a 100 some old blog posts on a website. Is important to go back and SEO your old blog posts or just do it moving forward?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      If you do not have title, meta description for your old posts, we would recommend going back to your posts and edit them. However, if your site is already doing well on search results then you may decide to skip this step.

  • Pamela Hopkinson

    Thank you for your informative and very weasy to follow post.

    I have not been using many of the enhanced Yoast SEO plugin features on the website as I had no idea how to use them.

    I have just followed your step by step guide and feel a lot more confident and I have tailored the sections to our site and hope to see an improved ranking on category searches in the near future.

    Thank you once again.

  • Joseph Nirmal

    I started a news niche blog. I need meta keywords. Yoast SEO is not recommended meta keywords. If I use meta keywords in yoast it affects my organic traffic and page ranking in google or not?

  • Connal Vickers

    Awesome site – thank you. Your guide to Yoast SEO made a lot of things clear that a lot of late nights had not.

  • Deidre

    Thank you so much for informative post.

    I can not located this step in Yoast or in Page or Post edit screens?

    Step 11: Customizing and Maximizing the Benefit

    Where do I find this?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      You will find this not on the plugin’s settings screen but in WordPress post editor while writing or editing a post.

  • Pat Fortino

    BTW: when I said wp-engine does not allow plugin, I meant google xml sitemaps.

  • Jeff Guynn

    Thanks for your post on proper Yoast plugin settings. An update was needed, as most posts on this topic are pretty old, and many updates have happened in the interim. I have some questions about some difficulties people experience with Yoast.

    For starters, I’m aware that you address fixing the sitemap 404 errors here:
    http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-fix-yoasts-wordpress-seo-sitemap-404-error/

    I’m hearing current rubmblings of dissatisfaction with Yoast along the lines found at this reputable source (a Genesis theme user):

    http://wpsites.net/seo/genesis-seo-settings-guide/

    In particular, he points out the following reasons for preferring Genesis native SEO over Yoast (and this from a long standing Yoast fan):

    > Google Web Master Tools displayed hundreds of URL errors which i have been told where caused by the sitemap.

    > There are also posts written about sitemap errors experienced when using Yoast’s sitemap which i read about on the forum and other blogs about WordPress.

    Curious if you could speak to these issues and offer some additional guidance if necessary.

    Thanks, Jeff.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Jeff, the ability to choose or write your own solutions is what makes open source software so wonderful in the first place. We are using WordPress SEO on our websites without any issues for years now. Her is why we think that WordPress themes should not have SEO options.

  • Zimbrul

    Do you recommend using the sitemap feature within the plugin or use a dedicated plugin like Google XML Sitemaps?

    • Pat Fortino

      RE google xml sitemaps. Since it requires installing another plugin, I’d recommend using Yoast’s sitemaps. Also, wp-engine does not allow this plugin on their servers due to performance issues.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      We recommend sitemaps feature in WordPress SEO.

  • James McWhorter

    Nice post, Syed.

    One question – why check the meta keywords option when meta keywords are no longer recognized by Google? Even Yoast does not recommend it.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Even though they are not recognized and not recommended, but there is no harm in adding meta keywords. Apart from Google, there are other search engines and web crawlers that could benefit meta keywords.

      • Chinmay Rajyaguru

        I am agree with ‘WPBeginner Support’ reply and want to remind you, ‘Mr.Matt cutts said Google will not udpate Page Rank and End of year – Google updated.’ No-one know, what will happen in future thus, follow -> WPBeginner Support.
        Really very useful. Thank you man!