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Are you wondering how to install and set up the Yoast SEO plugin properly in WordPress?

Yoast SEO is a popular WordPress SEO plugin that offers a good set of features to optimize your website for search engines like Google.

However, many beginners are unfamiliar with the SEO lingo and find it difficult to decide which plugin options they should turn on.

In this guide, we will walk you through the complete Yoast SEO plugin setup in WordPress to give your website an SEO boost.

Properly setting up the Yoast SEO for WordPress plugin

Note: We have switched from Yoast SEO to All in One SEO for the WPBeginner website because it has far more powerful features. AIOSEO is used by over 3 million websites, and you can follow our guide on how to install and set up AIOSEO for more details.

Here are the things we will cover in this article:

Yoast SEO Features

Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins, with many built-in tools and features. Here is a quick overview of some of those features:

  • Change the post’s SEO title and meta description on a per-post basis.
  • Title and meta description support for taxonomies (e.g., categories and tags).
  • Google search result snippet previews.
  • Focus keyword testing.
  • Meta robots configuration:
    • Easily add noodp and noydir meta tags.
    • Easily noindex or nofollow pages, taxonomies, or archives.
  • RSS footer/header configuration.
  • Breadcrumbs support, with configurable breadcrumbs titles.
  • Advanced XML sitemaps.
  • .htaccess and robots.txt editor.
  • Ability to verify Google Search Console, Yahoo Site Explorer, and Bing Webmaster Tools.
  • Schema markup support.

Plus, the premium version of Yoast SEO comes with even more features:

  • A redirect manager that allows you to set up redirects easily.
  • Ability to use multiple focus keywords.
  • Internal linking suggestions.
  • Ability to export focus keywords.
  • Video tutorials explaining different features.
  • Priority support.

For the pros and cons of the plugin and detailed analysis, you may want to see our comparison of Yoast SEO vs. All in One SEO.

How to Install Yoast SEO Plugin

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you’ll notice a new menu item labeled Yoast SEO.

Yoast SEO first time configuration wizard

Upon clicking on it, you’ll be prompted to run the ‘First-time configuration’ wizard.

Simply click on the link to run the first-time configuration wizard.

How to Set Up the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

Yoast SEO comes with a basic setup wizard that will guide you through the initial setup.

If you are setting it up on a new WordPress website, then you can skip Step 1 and directly run Step 2 in the first-time configuration wizard.

However, if you are setting up Yoast SEO on an existing website where you have previously used some other WordPress SEO plugin, then you need to import your existing SEO data first.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Import your SEO Data

If you are setting up Yoast SEO on a new WordPress website or blog, then you can skip this step.

Other users who are installing the plugin on an existing website may have been using some other WordPress plugin for SEO, like All in One SEO for WordPress, RankMath, or a theme framework like Genesis for dealing with your SEO data.

If you want to use Yoast SEO properly, then you need to make sure that all of your previous SEO data has been transported across before you deactivate the other plugin.

Luckily, Yoast SEO comes with a built-in SEO data import/export functionality.

Head over to the Yoast SEO » Tools page and click on the ‘Import and Export’ link.

Yoast SEO tools

This will bring you to the import/export tool.

From here, you need to switch to the ‘Import from other SEO plugins’ tab.

Import from other SEO plugins

First, you will be advised to create a full database backup. We recommend using the Duplicator plugin, which is the quickest way to make a full database backup.

Note: There is also a free version of Duplicator, which will get the job done. But for automatic backups, secure cloud storage, and other features, we recommend upgrading to a paid plan.

Under ‘Step 2: Import’, choose the SEO plugin you used before from the dropdown menu.

After that, just click on the ‘Import’ button to fetch SEO data.

Next, you can edit a blog post or page and scroll down to the Yoast SEO section. There, you can see if the plugin correctly imported SEO data such as the SEO title and meta description.

SEO meta data imported

If everything looks good, then you can switch back to the ‘Import’ tab.

Step 4 will ask you to run the first-time configuration wizard now. We will show you how to do this in the next step of this tutorial.

After that, switch back again to the ‘Import’ tab.

You need to select your previous SEO plugin under ‘Step 5: Clean up’ and then click on the ‘Clean up’ button.

Clean up old SEO data

This will clean up the database and delete the old plugin’s data. After that, you can safely deactivate and delete your old SEO plugin.

Step 2: Run the First-Time Configuration Wizard

Yoast SEO comes with a first-time configuration wizard. To run it, go to the Yoast SEO » General page and switch to the ‘First-time configuration’ tab.

Launching the configuration wizard will allow you to set up some basic SEO settings for your website.

The first step in the wizard is ‘SEO Data Optimization.’ Go ahead and click the ‘Start SEO data optimization’ button to run the analysis.

Yoast SEO configuration

Don’t worry because the optimization process will not change any content on your website.

Once the data optimization process is finished, simply click the ‘Continue’ button to proceed.

Next, you will be asked to provide information about your website. This includes whether it is an organization or a person, your website name, organization name, and organization logo.

Site presentation- Yoast SEO configuration wizard

After entering this information, you need to click on the ‘Save and continue’ button.

This will bring you to the next step.

Here, you need to enter social profiles associated with the organization or business behind the website.

Social profiles - Yoast SEO configuration wizard

After entering your social profiles, click on the ‘Save and continue’ button.

Next, you will be asked to enter your email address to receive the weekly Yoast SEO newsletter.

Personal preferences

You will also be asked to opt in or out of usage data tracking.

You can select ‘No’ if you are not comfortable with sharing your usage data with the company behind Yoast SEO.

Now, click on the ‘Save and continue’ button.

That’s all. You have successfully run the setup wizard.

Configuration wizard finished

Next, we will walk you through the rest of the plugin settings. This will help you set up the plugin properly for optimal SEO benefits.

Step 3: Yoast SEO Settings – Site Basics

First, you need to set up basic SEO appearance settings. Go to the Yoast SEO » Settings page and switch to the ‘Site Basics’ tab.

Here, you can change your site title, add an alternate title (optional), provide a tagline, and choose a title separator.

Yoast SEO basic site settings

The title separator appears in the browser’s title bar. You can choose any of them, but the dash symbol is the most commonly used.

Below, you can provide a site image. The recommended size for this image is 1200 x 674 pixels.

This image will be used when your website is shared on the internet (not the individual articles, as they can have their own social sharing images).

Add a site image

Under ‘Site preferences’, make sure that the option next to ‘Restrict advanced settings for authors’ is turned on.

This ensures that authors cannot set up redirects or block search engines when working on an article (Editors and site administrators can still access those options).

Don’t forget to save your changes when you have finished making changes.

Step 4: Site Connections

The next step is to add your website to search engines. All top search engines allow users to submit their websites and track their search indexing and performance.

For more details, see our complete Google Search Console guide to learn more about these tools.

Yoast SEO makes it easy to verify your website with all top search engines.

First, you need to sign up for the Webmaster Tools program for each search engine. After that, you will be asked to add a meta tag to verify your website ownership.

Now, go to the Yoast SEO » Settings page and open the General » Site Connections tab.

Site connections

Simply add the meta code you received from the different search engines in the respective fields, and don’t forget to save your changes.

Step 5: Content Types

Next, you need to switch to the ‘Content Types’ tab in the Yoast SEO settings.

From here, you can set the default options for how different content types will appear in search results.

1. Homepage

First, you need to enter an SEO title and description for your home page.

Content types in Yoast SEO

If you are using a custom homepage in WordPress, then Yoast SEO will use the SEO title and description from the custom homepage.

Below that, you can provide a social media image. Optionally, you can also provide a separate description and title for social sharing.

Homepage search appearance settings

2. Posts

Next, switch to the ‘Posts’ tab under Content Types.

From here, make sure that the toggle next to the ‘Show posts in search results’ option is turned on.

posts search appearance in Yoast SEO

Below that, you can use variables to set a default format for SEO titles in your posts. This comes in handy if you have older posts without an SEO title or forget to manually write an SEO title for a post.

In the Meta description field, add %excerpt as the default variable.

3. Pages

After that, switch to the ‘Pages’ tab and ensure that the toggle next to the ‘Show pages in search results’ option is turned on.

Page search appearance

Below, you can use the ‘Insert variable’ button to set up a default SEO title scheme for your pages.

In the meta description field, you will need to use %excerpt to select Excerpt as the default meta description.

Step 6: Categories & Tags

Next, you need to configure the default search appearance option for categories and tags.

Switch to the ‘Categories’ tab and then make sure the option ‘Show categories in search results’ is turned on.

Below that, you need to provide a default meta title for your categories using the variables.

Categories search appearance

For the meta description, you can use %category description as the default meta description for categories.

Next, switch to the ‘Tags’ tab and repeat the same steps.

Tags search appearance

For the meta description, you should use %tag description as the default meta description for categories.

Step 7: Advanced Settings

This part of the Yoast SEO settings offers advanced, technical SEO features.

They allow you to further optimize your website by cleaning up unwanted options and making it easier for search engines to crawl more of your content.

1. Crawl Optimization

As a website owner, you want Google to crawl more of your pages. However, WordPress generates several pages and RSS feeds that are not important for your website but consume a lot of the crawl budget.

Crawl optimization allows you to fix that. For more details on this topic, see our guide on fixing the SEO crawl budget issue in WordPress.

The first option is to ‘Remove unwanted metadata’. This is data WordPress adds to each page on your site and some of it is crawled by search engines.

Remove unwanted meta data

The plugin provides a description next to each option. You can turn the toggle on to remove each item.

After that, scroll down to the ‘Disable unwanted content formats’ section. From here, you can disable unwanted RSS feeds generated by WordPress.

Disable unwanted content formats

Lastly, you can disable unused resources like the emoji script, which is only used for very old browsers.

You can also disallow end points to the WP-JSON API.

Disallow unused resources

2. Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are great for internal linking because they define a clear path or trail to the page you are on. These breadcrumbs also appear in search results, giving your site an extra advantage.

Example of breadcrumbs used in search results

The default settings for Yoast SEO are highly optimized and should work for most websites.

However, if you want to change something, then go ahead and make your changes.

breadcrumbs Yoast SEO

After that, scroll down to the ‘How to insert breadcrumbs in your theme’ section.

Here, you can turn on the toggle next to the ‘Enable breadcrumbs for your theme’ option.

Enable breadcrumbs

Tip: For better breadcrumb navigation, you may want to look at All in One SEO for WordPress. You will get full control of how your breadcrumbs are displayed and you can create custom breadcrumb templates for your specific needs.

Take a look at our tutorial on how to display breadcrumb navigation links in WordPress.

3. Author Archives

The next option in the Advanced settings is ‘Author archives’.

If you run a single-author blog, then you need to disable the author archives. This is important because your blog archives and the author archives will have exactly the same content.

So, search engines may penalize your website for duplicate or low-quality content if you don’t disable these archives.

Disable author archives

4. Date Archives

WordPress also creates archives based on dates. This creates more duplicate content issues.

Under Date Archives, you can turn off the switch next to the ‘Enable date archives’ option. This will disable those archives, improve the crawl budget, and avoid duplicate content.

Disable date archives

5. Format Archives

Post formats are WordPress theme features that allow developers to add support for different formats. These can then be used by a post type for styling and appearance purposes.

However, this feature didn’t catch on, and many modern WordPress themes don’t add post format support.

These post formats have separate URLs in WordPress, which can be crawled by search engines.

You can safely disable those URLs by going to the Advanced » Format Archives tab.

Disable format archives

6. Special Pages

This is where you can provide an SEO title for the internal pages like the WordPress search result page or the 404 error page.

SEO title for WordPress search and 404 error page

7. Media Pages

WordPress creates an attachment page when you upload an image or media file to a post or page.

This page only displays that particular image or media file with little to no information. This wastes your crawl budget, adds low-content pages to your site, and impacts SEO negatively.

In the Advanced » Media Pages tab, you need to disable these pages.

Disable media pages

When you disable media pages, Yoast SEO automatically redirects users to the media file instead of the attachment page.

8. RSS

Yoast SEO allows you to add content to RSS feed items. By default, it adds a link back at the end of each RSS feed item to your website.

You can leave it as is, or you can add anything you want here, and it will appear in your RSS feed.

RSS before and after content

Bonus: See more tips to optimize your WordPress RSS feed.

Step 8: Tools

Yoast SEO comes with built-in tools that allow you to perform advanced tasks. Most beginners may not need to use these tools. However, we will show you each tool and what it does.

First, you need to go to the Yoast SEO » Tools page to see the available tools.

Yoast SEO tools

1. Import and Export

We have shown you how to use this tool to import SEO data from other SEO plugins in step 1 of this guide.

However, this tool can be used in other ways too. For instance, you can also use it to import and export the Yoast SEO plugin’s settings and use them on a different WordPress blog or website.

Import and export Yoast SEO settings

2. File editor

As your WordPress site grows, you may often come across tutorials asking you to add some code to your website’s .htaccess file or robots.txt file.

Both are configuration files and have a huge impact on your website’s SEO. Yoast SEO allows you to edit both files directly from the WordPress admin area.

Yoast SEO file editor tool

3. Bulk editor

The bulk editor tool in Yoast SEO allows you to quickly add SEO titles and descriptions for all your blog posts and pages.

In the ‘Title’ tab, you will find a blank field in the ‘New Yoast SEO Title’ column where you can add your new SEO title for that blog post. After that, click on the ‘Save’ link to store your changes.

Bulk edit SEO titles

To add descriptions, you will need to switch to the ‘Description’ tab.

Once again, you can add a description for each blog post or page and save it.

Bulk edit SEO description

Step 9: Integrations

Yoast SEO has partnered up with a couple of premium SEO platforms to provide more features. It includes two free integrations: Semrush and Wincher.

These integrations are turned on by default on the Yoast SEO » Integrations page.

Yoast SEO integrations

Note: You will need to create free accounts for both services to use them and you will only get limited features with a free account.

Below that, you will find integrations with other premium WordPress plugins.

Paid integrations

For instance, if you are using Easy Digital Downloads, then you can unlock that integration by upgrading to Yoast SEO Premium.

Step 10: Optimizing Your Posts and Pages With Yoast SEO

Just installing and setting up this plugin is not enough. For you to maximize the benefit of Yoast SEO, you will need to customize the settings on per per-post basis.

Let’s look at maximizing the benefits by optimizing each post/page in WordPress.

Simply edit any post or page, and you will notice a new Yoast SEO meta box below the post editor.

Yoast SEO metabox

You can start by adding a ‘Focus keyphrase’ or keyword. This is the main keyword that you think your users will type into search engines to find this post.

After that, Yoast SEO will check your post content for SEO and a readability analysis. You can view the analysis to improve your article further.

Sometimes, your post title and your SEO title might not be the same. Every time, you should write a custom SEO description because the excerpt generator only picks up the first paragraph, which might not be the most important one.

Pro Tip: The SEO and readability analysis report in Yoast SEO is quite helpful for improving your content. However, don’t stress yourself out over it, or you might spend more time following the analysis instead of creating better content for your users.

To learn more about on-page optimization, see our article on how to optimize blog posts for SEO.

Step 11: Optimizing Taxonomies for SEO (Categories and Tags)

Just like your post and pages, you can also override the SEO title and meta descriptions for category, tag, and author archive pages.

Simply visit the Posts » Categories page and click the ‘Edit’ link below any category.

Edit category SEO details

On the category edit page, scroll down to the bottom, and you will see the Yoast SEO meta box.

From here, you can provide an SEO title and meta description for your category.

Optimizing a category in Yoast SEO

You can do that for all your categories, tags, and custom taxonomy archives.

Step 12: Optimizing eCommerce Products

Yoast SEO provides basic support for online stores and eCommerce websites using WooCommerce.

This allows you to optimize your product pages just like blog posts and pages.

You will find all eCommerce SEO options when adding a new product to your website. You can also edit an old product and optimize it by entering a focus keyword, SEO title, SEO description, and more.

Yoast eCommerce

If you are using WooCommerce, then you will need to purchase the Yoast WooCommerce SEO add-on for extended eCommerce features.

Alternative: All in One SEO for WordPress has full eCommerce support even with the basic plan, which starts at $49.

Step 13: Monitoring and Tracking SEO Performance

Now that you have successfully set up Yoast SEO, it is important to start tracking your performance.

First, you need to add your WordPress site to Google Search Console.

Google search console

This shows you how your website is doing in search, which keywords you are ranking for, and which pages are not doing so well.

Next, you need to install Google Analytics in WordPress so that you can see your website data from your WordPress dashboard.

The easiest way to do this is by using MonsterInsights. It connects your WordPress site to Google Analytics and shows you how much traffic you are getting, as well as what your users do when they are on your website.

Most importantly, it shows Google Analytics reports inside WordPress and in a human-readable format.

MonsterInsights reporting dashboard

This helps you understand your target audience and make smart decisions to grow your business and improve SEO.


Yoast SEO is a great WordPress SEO plugin. However, it lacks certain features which could truly help you take your SEO to the next level.

That’s why we recommend using All in One SEO for WordPress instead (We use it on all our websites, including WPBeginner). It comes packed with features, including a link assistant, SEO statistics, advanced XML sitemaps, and more.

For more details, take a look at our detailed All in One SEO review with pros and cons.

We hope this article helped you set up Yoast SEO properly. You may also want to follow our WordPress speed optimization guide since speed is an important ranking factor in SEO or see our expert picks of the best WordPress themes for SEO experts.

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  2. Yongshuo Wang says

    Very helpful article, I have one question, I linked the XML sitemap to Google webmaster. Do I need to resubmit xml file in Google webmaster once there is new post ?

  3. Shamim Gypsy says

    Is there any problem, If I set google analytic or webmaster tool with two email address? Because My boss has set google webmaster with his email address, but now I install Yoast SEO tool and I want to set an analytic. Is there any problem, If I do that ?

  4. Bryan Richards says

    Awesome resource! I do have a question though. I followed the steps to adding Breadcrumbs and they don’t show up. Do I need to also plug in the code mentioned on that screen? If so, where? Thanks!

  5. kristl says

    I’ve followed your tutorial and Yoast is up & running on my site. Quick question…is there a quick and easy way to add a focus keyword, or do I have to manually go through 1100+ posts?

  6. Tennille says

    Thanks so much for writing this up, it was very helpful for a blogging newbi like me! I was totally lost on the back end of this plugin but you helped get me straightened out!

  7. MArika says

    Hello, I’ve used the plugin and now just created and added site map to my webmaster tools on google. It created 4 site maps where 3 out of them giving errors
    Missing XML tag
    This required tag is missing. Please add it and resubmit.

    I’m not sure what to do here?

    Thank you

  8. Keith Davis says

    As ever you guys have the best info available.
    I’ve started to notice that most of the sites ranking above me are using Yoast SEO so if you can’t beat them..

    Thanks for a great step by step setuip guide.

  9. Tony Paull says

    Hi there

    Very helpful article. I have one question. I am trying to verify my site through the XML sitemap section but when I click on the sitemap button I get a Error 404 – page not found. This appears on the home page of the web site.

    Any ideas as to what is causing this problem? Many thanks.

  10. hassan1488 says

    Hello thanks for this article

    can you help me to configur my seo plugin?

    i have wordpress premalien like this /%category%/%postname%/

    and i configured my plugin like this :

    article and page title : %%title%%

    taxonomies title : %%term_title%%

    auder : %%name%%
    and a was used all in one seo

    is this right??

  11. Frederick Owen says

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

  12. Edmond says

    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!

  13. Correen says

    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.

  14. Karan Singh says

    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.

  15. Phil says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  16. dimitris says

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

  17. Ashutosh says

    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. :)

  18. Mirza Arsal says

    I have problem with my website ( ) 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.

  19. E.S. Ivy says

    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!

  20. Andrew says

    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:

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  21. Tina says

    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!!!

  22. DHRUV says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  23. Adrian Tawfik says

    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:

  24. anand om sharma says

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

  25. Ahmed says

    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

  26. kishor says

    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

  27. Bonny says

    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?

  28. Vivek Moyal says

    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().

  29. Nishant Thakur says

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

  30. Pamela Hopkinson says

    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 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!


    • WPBeginner Support says

      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 says

        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.

        • WPBeginner Support says

          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 says

          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.

  31. Kevin says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  32. Pamela Hopkinson says

    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.

  33. Joseph Nirmal says

    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?

  34. Connal Vickers says

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

  35. Deidre says

    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?

  36. Jeff Guynn says

    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:

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

    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.

  37. Zimbrul says

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

  38. James McWhorter says

    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.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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 says

        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!

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