What is WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast is probably the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress. It helps you optimize your content, generate XML sitemaps, notify search engines about your fresh content, and more.

If you want your website to rank well across search engines, SEO optimization is a must for you. WordPress SEO by Yoast can help you optimize all your posts, pages, and images to ensure you are ranking for the right keywords, and your content is visible to search engines.

Here’s how to install and configure WordPress SEO by Yoast:

Step 1

Access your Admin Panel. Go to Plugins and click on Add New.

Click Add New - How to install WordPress SEO by Yoast

Step 2

Search for “WordPress SEO by Yoast”, click Install Now and then Activate Plugin. After the installation and activation, you’ll see an additional tab on the menu named “SEO”.Search for “WordPress SEO by Yoast

Step 3

Click on SEO, then Titles & Metas and then Post Types. This is where you will configure the title format of your posts and pages.           Click on SEO, then Titles & Metas and then Post Types.

Step 4

Set Title Template for posts and pages as %%title%% and click on Save Changes.Set Title Template for posts and pages - How to install WordPress SEO by Yoast

Step 5

Go to XML Sitemaps and enable Check this box to enable XML site map functionality. This will make sure that search engines know about all the pages on your site.Enable Check this box to enable XML site map functionality

Step 6

Also enable “Ping Yahoo!” and “Ping Ask.com”. Click Save Changes.Also enable

Step 7

Now go to Permalink and enable Strip the category base (usually /category/) from the category URL. Click Save Changes. This will make your posts URL shorter and easier for search engines to read.enable

Step 8

Now, every time, before publishing a new page or a new post, go to General Tab and fill in your content main keyword in the Focus Keyword box.go to General Tab and fill in your content main keyword in the Focus Keyword box

Step 9

Add the title for display on search engines in the Title SEO box.Add the title for display on search engines in the Title SEO box

Step 10

In the Meta Description box, fill in a brief keywords-rich description.In the Meta Description box, fill in a brief keywords-rich description

When done, you’re ready to hit Publish.