How to Setup Yoast SEO Plugin for WordPress in 2021

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SEO appears to be excessively unpredictable for some website owners. That doesn’t need to be the situation. You can hire a skilled SEO Expert for your website, but there are many SEO tools available to do the job on your own. Today we are going to discuss – How to setup Yoast SEO Plugin for WordPress.

In case you need an incredible, easy to use, and simple website, you don’t need to look any farther than WordPress.

WordPress initially launched in 2001. Today WordPress powers more than 26 percent of the web. Every day more than 600 websites are being created with WordPress.

Today we are going to talk about the Yoast SEO Plugin for WordPress. This plugin is very powerful and very simple to use. If you are having a website and you are already not using it, You are actually missing out.


Yoast SEO

What is the Yoast SEO?

Yoast SEO is a WordPress plugin used for Onpage SEO for WordPress users. It is a very simple plugin and you don’t need to have prior knowledge of coding languages to use it.

This plugin uses a simple interface and uses colors to show where the issues are. It has 2 versions, one is free to use for small websites while the other is a paid version for large and technical sites.

We will cover only the free version as most of us are using the free version and it does a pretty good job for smaller sites.

Some features that Yoast SEO is offering in free version are;

  • Change your Post title
  • Customize URL slug
  • Change Meta Description
  • Readability Check
  • Internal Link checker

Here is the image of how the plugin looks like in WordPress.

Yoast Interface

Setup Yoast SEO

Assuming that you have already installed the plugin and its link is showing up in the dashboard sidebar.

Here is How to setup Yoast SEO Plugin for WordPress.

Clicking on that SEO link will take you to Yoast Dashboard

Yoast Dashboard

Click on the Configuration Wizard and walk through the settings step by step. Let’s start and set it up now.

Yoast Dashboard

In Environment Setting, you will specify the site if it is live or under construction.

In the next step, you will be asked about the site type. It’s pretty simple and you will choose it according to your site. I am choosing it as a blog.

Yoast SEO

In the next step choose either your site to represent a person or an organization.

Yoast Setup

Now select search engine visibility. In the first step “Search engines should show Posts in search result” choose Yes.

For “Search engines should show Pages in search result” choose Yes

Lastly for “Search engines should show My Templates in search results” choose Yes.

Yoast Setup

If you have multiple authors for your website choose Yes otherwise choose No.

Now You can choose the Title setting in the 6th step and you can select the title separator as per your requirements.

Yoast Setup

Yoast asks to track your website data to improve its experience. You can choose Yes if you want to share Yoast usage data with the Yoast team.

Yoast Setup

You can signup for newsletters from Yoast if you want by providing your email below.

Yoast SEO settings

In the last step, it will show you have configured the plugin successfully.

Yoast SEO Settings

After configuring the plugin, when you will create a new post it will show multiple options for on-page SEO. We will cover these details in the next post.


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