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Yoast SEO plugin is one of the best and complete solution for your word-press Search engine optimization tool.Its used by millions of bloggers wordwide. Here at techoverload we use the same plugin to optimize our posts.[/column]
Am going to show you how to install Yoast plugin and guide you step by step how to use great features that comes with this great plugin.
How to Install Yoast SEO Plugin
Upon successful installation,you should be able to a new tab in administrator dashboard with Yoast plugin logo.
How to Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast
The settings that am going to show you are the ones that are recommended.
Step1:Importing Data from other plugins
Incase you are using other SEO plugins like All in one SEO pack,they contain data that can be passed to your yoast plugin.Upon installation,you will be requested to deactivate one plugin and import data to the new one.
Step2:Adding General Settings
On clicking the SEO icon,you will be taken to this page with General settings.Here you can restore the plugin to default settings,take a tour and learn more about seo.
Step3:Enter your Information
Clicking on Info tab,below window will appear.Fill the fields appropriate.If the site belongs to company or single person,specify.
Step4:Fill Webmaster Tools
If you are not new to blogging,you must have heard about this,Webmaster tools.These tools gives bloggers and site owners insights that help them manage their websites in terms of traffic.
Verify the four top search engines by signing up and providing verification details.
The last step of general tab is security.Once you check the box,you are going to prevent other site users who login from making changes that redirects and noindex that could cause a problem to your blog.
Step 6:Titles and Metas Settings.
There are several tabs that are under Titles and Metas
- General Tab
Clicking this tab opens below widow.Its recommended you leave checkbox unchecked. WordPress SEO can detect if there is need to rewrite titles.
- Homepage Title
At Homepage, you can create static title and site description.By Default templates variables of the blog are used,However there is option of changing them.
- Post Titles and Meta
By default,WordPress enters all the titles using template variables.Its recommended to remove the sitename on the title and leave only actual title element.
Default variables should work well in taxonomies tab.Its recommended to leave this tab with default settings.
If the blog is being update by one writer,its recommendable to Disable Author archives. Checking the box or clicking disable Button works.
Other tab has settings like disabling picking of descriptions from directories like Dmoz.