Configuration Guide For Yoast SEO

Last update: 15 May, 2017
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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.

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Log in to your WordPress website. When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘SEO’.
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The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. If you don’t see all of the options in your ‘SEO’ menu, please enable your advanced settings first.

Yoast SEO > Dashboard (Advanced disabled)

Menu with advanced settings disabled
Enable advanced features

Feature List:

SEO > Dashboard

General | Features | Your Info | Webmaster Tools | Security

This section includes general things that don’t fit elsewhere like restarting the plugin tour, defining your website name for Google’s site name markup, modifying whether you are a company or a person for Google’s Knowledge Graph, connecting to the various Webmaster Tools, and restricting access to advanced parts of the meta box.

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SEO > Titles & Metas

Homepage | Post Types | Taxonomies | Archives | Other

This sections allows you to customize the title and metas that are automatically applied to your content, prevent duplicate content, and, if you prefer, enable the meta keywords tag.

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SEO > Social

Accounts | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+

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, verify your site with Pinterest, and enable Google+ meta data.

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SEO > XML Sitemaps

User Sitemap | Post Types | Excluded Posts | Taxonomies

An XML sitemap provides a list of the available content on your site in a way that search engine robots can process and update their search databases. This section allows you to enable and, optionally, customize the sitemap for your site’s needs. Don’t forget to submit the sitemap to the various search engines for best results.

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SEO > Advanced

Breadcrumbs | Permalinks | RSS

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 some advanced features for your site including breadcrumbs, permalink customization, and the ability to automatically add content to your RSS feed.

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SEO> Tools

Bulk Editor | File Editor | Import and Export

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, and an import/export 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.

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SEO > Go Premium

Extensions | Licenses

You can learn more about our premium plugins or activate a premium license, if you have one.

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