How Does the Plugin Work With Custom Fields?

Either Video SEO or Yoast SEO can scan designated custom fields for videos.

In this Article:

Find The Correct Custom Field Name

To find the custom field name, you first need to know the post or page ID. Not sure how to find the page or post ID? Here's a great tutorial for finding IDs in WordPress.

To find out the name of your custom field, just download and install the Custom Field Finder plugin and easily find the custom fields you’re using!

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  2. Download, install and activate the Custom Field Finder plugin.
  3. Click on 'Tools'.
    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'Tools'.
  4. Click on 'Custom Field Finder'.
    The 'Tools' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Custom Field Finder'.
  5. Enter the page or post ID and click 'Find custom fields'.
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  6. Find the custom field name.
    This will show you a list of the custom fields you’re using. The image below shows an example of a field you might find: 
Example of Custom Field Finder Keys

7. Video SEO: Find the custom field that has the video URL or ID in it, copy the key, and enter it into the Video SEO plugin settings.

Yoast SEO: Find the custom field you want Yoast to scan, copy the key, and enter it into the Yoast SEO plugin settings.

Couldn't find a custom field with the correct information? Don't fret, you can create your own.

Create Your Own Custom Field for Use with Video or Yoast SEO

As of WordPress version 3.1, some screen options on the Administration Panels are hidden by default. Custom Fields are hidden if they have not been used before. Click on 'Screen Options' on the top right hand side and check 'Custom Fields'.

Once you create a custom field, you can reuse the same field on other posts by selecting the field from the Name drop down instead of creating a new one each time.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  2. Navigate to the edit screen of a page or post that contains a video.
  3. Click 'Enter new'.
    Scroll down to the 'Custom Fields' section. Click 'Enter new'.
    custom fields
  4. Add a name and value for the content.
    Enter a recognizable and reusable custom field name under the Name. Enter the full URL to the video for this page/post or add in your content you want Yoast SEO to scan under Value.
    Add custom field
  5. Click 'Add Custom Field'.
  6. Add the custom field Name into the Video SEO plugin or Yoast SEO plugin.

Use Advanced Custom Fields (free or pro)

Video SEO

If you use Advanced Custom Fields you can add a video into the field and the Video SEO plugin will detect it. Make sure you are using a Text Field to add the video and no other field. Then take the Field Name (not the Field Label) and add it to the plugin using the Add Custom Field To Video Plugin Settings.

Yoast SEO (free or Premium)

If you want Yoast SEO to scan fields from advanced custom fields please install the ACF Content Analysis for Yoast SEO plugin. You can learn more about this plugin here: Plugin Compatibility.

Add Custom Field To Video SEO Plugin Settings

  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'.

  3. Click on 'Video SEO'.

    The 'Tools' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Video SEO'.

  4. Add the custom fields to the 'Custom fields' input box.

    You can add multiple custom fields in a comma separated list like this: customfield,anotherfield2,onemore3custom

  5. Click 'Save Settings'.

Add Custom Field To Yoast SEO Plugin Settings

You can add a custom field for Yoast to scan. This option is only available on posts, custom post types, pages etc. It is not available on media attachment pages, taxonomies, archives, 404 pages, search pages, or author pages.

  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'.
  3. Click on 'Search  Appearance'
  4. Click on 'Content Types'
  5. Find the right section and click on it.
  6. Add the custom field name into the input box. You can add multiple custom fields in a comma separated list like this: customfield,anotherfield2,onemore3custom
Add Custom Fields to page Analysis input box

7. Click 'Save Settings'

Troubleshooting with Video SEO

If the video does not get picked-up use the Force Reindex Option to make Video SEO re-scan all your posts/pages.

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