In our previous tutorial, A complete guide to install and setup WordPress SEO by Yoast Part-1 we have cover the general settings of WordPress SEO by Yoast. Today Tricks Academy comes with the Part 2 of this tutorial. Follow the steps.
Titles and Metas
This is very important part of this plugin. I will explain all parts with the help of screenshots. When you click on Titles and Metas, you see that there are there are 5 tabs. How can you setup these 5 tabs settings. just follow the steps
In this tab, you can choose your title separator. This will display, for instance between your post title and site name. see the below screenshot for my blog setting.
Here you can configure the settings for your homepage Title and meta descriptions. see the below screenshots.
Here you can setup SEO for Post, Pages and media section for your WordPress blog. You can configure meta robots, Date in snippet preview, Yoast SEO meta box.By default, Yoast hides date snippet from the search engine, which is useful for blogs writing evergreen content. If your blog is new and want to show date for your post in search engine. You can check the “date snippet from search engine”.
In this tab, you can configure SEO settings for Categories, Tags, and format. Tricks Academy prefers keeping tags, categories, and format as index and follow for avoiding post duplication issue and Only quality pages will become part of search. Here you can set title template meta description template as you need. For example %%term_title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%.
here you can configure the settings of Author and data archives. prevention from duplicate content we suggest mark no index and do follow for author and data archives. leave everything else as it is. you can set the template for search pages and 404 pages like “You searched for “%%searchphrase%% %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%” and “Page not found %%sep%% %%sitename%%”.
As google announcement, they don’t care about meta keywords. so by default WordPress SEO by Yoast doesn’t use meta keywords in the plugin. but if you want to use meta keywords you can check the box “use meta keyword tag?”. here you can prevent search engine from using Dmoz and yahoo directory description for pages from in the search result by check add noodp and noydir meta robots tag.
now here you can complete the Title and meta settings.
WordPress SEO by Yoast supports Google Knowledge Graph features. when someone search about your brand name on Google. they will show your social media profile in search results. It is easy to configure. Simply add your social profile in the format shown in the snapshot below.
Here you can configure various social media profile which as follows:-
You can configure Facebook open graph meta tags in head section, the default image which is used when your post don’t have any image. You can add a facebook admin to monitor the facebook insights.
You can add twitter card metadata in head section. You can set card setting as summary or summary with a large image which depends on you.
Pinterest also uses Open Graph metadata just like facebook. So be sure to keep the Open Graph checkbox on the facebook tab checked if you want to optimize your site on Pinterest. You can verify your website on Pinterest by adding meta tag in Pinterest verification box.
Here you can add google+ specific metadata. You can add google publisher page of your website.
XML sitemaps settings
WordPress SEO by Yoast generate sitemap automatically. You don’t need to generate XML sitemap, nor will take up time to generate publishing post. You can change the entries of per page on sitemap. By default, it is 1000
There are few points. You have to take care about them when you are install and setup WordPress SEO by Yoast.
- In user sitemap tab, we are suggesting you mark checkbox disable author/user sitemap.
- In Post, Types map you choose which type of data you want to in sitemap like posts, pages, media(attachment). We suggest you don’t include media in your sitemap so check the media box to exclude from the sitemap.
- You can exclude posts from sitemap by entering the post id in given format like 1,20,30
- You can exclude taxonomies from sitemap by click on the appropriate box.
WordPress SEO by Yoast offers to set up advanced setting in which you can configure your Breadcrumbs, Permalinks and RSS. Follow the steps to configure all these settings.
Breadcrumbs are very helpful for getting search engine to understand your website structure. And they help visitors to navigate your website. To enable breadcrumbs to click on enable breadcrumbs. Refer my screenshot for settings up breadcrumbs. You can see official guide here for better knowledge about breadcrumbs.
Permalink plays very important role in SEO. It is a permanent link of your page and posts, and it doesn’t change with time. So you have to setup Permalink very carefully.
Here you can configure change URLs, Cleanup Permalinks and cleanup from head. I have checked 2 to 4 settings like Redirect attachment URLS, remove stop words, remove replytocom variables etc. See the screenshot of my settings to configure your settings.
it is very useful feature which is used to automatically add content to your RSS. Its mean you can add links back to your blog and posts. It is helping search engines to identify you as the original source of content. I simply add the following line in content to put after each post in the feed section: “The post %%POSTLINK%% appeared first on %%BLOGLINK%%.”
There are 3 types of very powerful built-in tools in WordPress SEO by Yoast. We will go trough one by one please follow the steps.
it is very useful and interesting tool. It allows you to quickly changes titles and description of your posts and pages without having to go into the editor for each page. So its saves lots of time.
it is another very useful tool provided by WordPress SEO by Yoast. By using it, you can edit your WordPress robots.txt and .htaccess file from dashboard. We suggest you backup these file before editing by the help of FTP access. After editing, these files confirm on FTP access. Misconfiguration of .htaccess file may stop your site from functioning.
And last and final tool is import and export tool about this we already discussed in part 1 of install and setup of WordPress SEO by Yoast.
In the Last
This is the all about basic overview about WordPress SEO by Yoast. It is the one of the best SEO plugins for WordPress blog. Please be make sure before making any changes. A wrong configuration may bring negative SEO effects to your blog. You can read the official site for More detail about WordPress SEO by Yoast.
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