Configuration Guide For Yoast SEO

Not sure what settings are best for your site? Read our SEO guide here, watch the tutorial videos, or have our SEO experts provide feedback on your setup.

Need to configure the Yoast SEO Premium plugin? Use this guide: How to Configure the Yoast SEO Premium Plugin. 

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After you have installed Yoast SEO, you will have a new menu available to customize your SEO global settings. The plugin also adds SEO settings at the post, page and taxonomy level.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'.

  2. Click on 'SEO'.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'SEO'.

SEO > General

Dashboard | Features | Webmaster Tools

This section includes general things that don't fit elsewhere like (re)starting the configuration wizard which should be the first thing to do. In the configuration wizard, you can configure the most important settings on your site, like define your name for Google's site name markup, modify whether you are an organization or a person for Google's Knowledge Graph, connecting to the various Webmaster Tools, and setting which post types should show up in the search appearances.

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SEO > Search Appearance

General | Content Types | Media | Taxonomies | Archives | Breadcrumbs | RSS

This sections allows you to customize the title and meta templates that are automatically applied to your content, prevent duplicate content and decide if a certain post type should appear in the search results.

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SEO > Social

Accounts | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

This section allows you the option to associate your site with your social media profiles for Google's Knowledge Graph, enable Open Graph meta data, enable Twitter card meta data, and configure other social settings.

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SEO> Tools

Bulk Editor | File Editor | Import and Export | Text Link Counter

Warning: This section may require advanced WordPress experience and, in rare cases, may cause problems with other functions of your site. Use with caution.

We offer a bulk editor, a file editor, an import/export tool and a text link counter analysis. If you have Yoast SEO Premium, this also includes the analysis for the internal linking tool.

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SEO > Search Console

Desktop | Smartphone | Feature phone | Settings

If you have claimed your site in Google Search Console, you can retrieve the crawl errors for your site.

Update May 2, 2019: Google has removed the API that allowed us to display Search Console errors in Yoast SEO. So currently, your Search Console report will be empty. Know that nothing is broken on your site and there’s no special action required from your side. You can read what our next steps are to fix this issue in the blog post Where did my Search Console errors go.

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SEO > Go Premium

You can learn more about our premium plugins or view your activation status.

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