Yoast WordPress SEO plugin setting: Complete Guide 2017

Whenever you'll be going to search for best WordPress SEO plugin then one & only one name that comes into the search result and that is Yoast WordPress SEO plugin.

Yoast SEO plugin not only a plugin but it's a complete package of tools that have the capability to convert your normal blog to super search engine friendly blog.

To make any blog Search engine optimized there are several factors that you must follow. but for beginners, this is not possible that they can understand and follow all of these factors.

So, If you are also one of them who don't know that how to make fully on-page SEO optimized  post, What to do on a blog. Then you must install Yoast SEO plugin.

Today, I'll try to give you a full guide on how you can install & setup Yoast WordPress SEO plugin on your blog.​

Now, Let's start and after some minutes, You are going to make your blog super search engine optimized. But to do this, you have to follow my this full guide.


Yoast WordPress SEO plugin gives you a two type of SEO setting-

  • First one, That'll control your full blog SEO.
  • Second one, That'll control your post/pages wise SEO.

But for doing that firstly you have to install WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast into your blog. 

For installing plugin just follow my below given guide:

How to Install Yoast WordPress SEO plugin:

To install a plugin,

1. Go to plugins> Add new.

2. Type “WordPress SEO BY Yoast” and hit enter.

3. click on install button and after that activate this plugin. After an installation, you can see an SEO options menu in the left side of your WordPress dashboard.

yoast WordPress SEO

Now, You have installed and activated this plugin, Just take a look at Yoast SEO features.

Complete features of Yoast SEO Plugin:

  • Homepage title and meta description template.
  • Post, pages, media title and meta description template.
  • Taxonomies (Tag, categories, format) title and meta description template.
  • Archives (Author, date) Title and meta description template.
  • Social settings.
  • XML sitemap ( user sitemap, post sitemap, excluded sitemap, Taxonomies sitemap).
  • Breadcrumbs.
  • Permalinks settings of your blog.
  • RSS settings.
  • Tools (Bulk editor, File editor, import and export, Recalculate SEO scores).
  • Search console ( To check last crawled time, response code).
  • Post, page wise SEO ( Focus keyword, Title, Meta description, Content SEO control).

Complete guide on configuration and setup Yoast WordPress SEO plugin

General Setting:

Go to SEO> General setting.

In a general setting, you will see a five tab- General tab, Your info, Webmaster tools, security, Onpage.org.

yoast general tab

General tab:

In general tab, there are three buttons–>

general setting

Start tour:

If you want to learn about Yoast SEO plugin and how to control and which option is doing what, then you can click on this button.

Latest Changes:

If you want to check what are the latest changes happened in Yoast WordPress SEO plugin then click on this button.

Restore default settings:​

If you want to reset the Yoast SEO plugin setting then you can use this feature. This feature will enable the default setting of Yoast SEO.

Your Info:

In ‘your info’ section, you have to provide your website name ( You can choose your website name as your site title or some other name if you want).

Now, choose your blog is run by an individual person or by the company.

If your blog is controlled and organized by a person then just type a person name. And if your blog is for a company or some organization then type your company name and upload company logo.

Basically, this information will be shown by google in the search result when someone will search about your blog or company.

Webmaster tools:

I’m sure you already know about popular search engine like google, Bing, Yandex etc. These are the major search engine, which are used by people to find out the result.

These search engine provide a very useful tool for the website owner and that is webmaster tools. By using this tool, you can easily track your website that how your blog or website are performing in these search engine. Which type of terms, people are using to find their result. What types of error your blog are getting when people are searching on a search engine.

Just put search engines verification ID into the text field and click on save button.

Note: If you are not using this feature then you have to separately verify your website by copy meta key value into your website. But by using this features, You have to just copy your verification id into the text field. In this way, there is no need to copy your verification id in the head section of your website.

This plugin will do all of this work itself.



By unchecking this option, your blog authors can easily add no-index and can easily redirect your blog post to other URL. If you don’t have any trust on your author then check this mark.

Actually, this option is for those bloggers who have multi-author. But if you have only one author then there is no need to check this option.

But my personal advice is to check this option and click on save button.



Onpage.org is a new feature which are added in upgrade version. If you enable this features then SEO plugin will show index problem on your WordPress dashboard.

Let’s suppose if your blog homepage is not index by google or by some other search engine then this features give you a notification about that.

So you can enable this features if you really want to check your index problem directly from your WordPress dashboard.

Titles & Metas:

General option:

title general

In a general setting, there are two options, one is force rewrite titles and the second one is title separator.

If you want that your title is controlled by plugin then you can enable this option. Actually, By enabling this features, Plugin will detect automatically that your post title is SEO friendly or not. If not then, this plugin will force you to change the title.

But if you think that you can write good title itself then you can disable this option.

The second one is title separator: This totally depends on your choice. You can choose anyone as your title separator.



Here, you will see two options one is your site title and other is your site description.

Title: you have to choose a title of your blog that you want to show in the search engine.

meta description: In this, you have to write your blog description (This description will be shown in the search engine).

You can choose directly some operator to write site title and description.

To select operator click on the help button in the upper right corner of the screen. and click on save button.

Post types:

post pages

In this tab, you have to select your post template that how you want to show your post type title in the search engine.

Let us suppose you want to show the only title of your post then you can use %%title%%

But if you also want to show site name at the end of your post title then you can use %%sitename%% operator.

Just check it out my setting for post types. If you want to use more operator then you can see these by clicking on the help button in the upper right corner of the screen.

In meta description box write %%excerpt%% to display your post meta description in the search engine. Uncheck the next three option.



In taxonomies, You have to choose your category, tag and post format title and meta description template. In title template, you can choose any variable which you want to show in the category page.

In meta description, You can write your custom description otherwise, if you do not select any description then SEO plugin pick your Category and tag description.

Make category, tag and post format “no-index and hide”. click on save button.



In Archives, you have to select title and meta description for author and date archives. If you are running only single author blog then you should disable the author archives. By doing this, you can prevent your blog from duplicate content.

Because your single author archives is same as your homepage content. So there is no need to enable author archives in a single author.

But if you are running multi-author then you can enable this feature. Leave other settings as they are.


other setting

In next tab, If you want to prevent search engine to show your subpages and archives from your blog then you can enable the first option: “Noindex subpages of archives”.

Leave other option as no check. and click on save button.

Social Setting:

Next setting in Yoast WordPress SEO plugin is a social setting. In this setting page, you can connect your social profile with this plugin.


In the first tab, Enter your all social profile URL like facebook, Twitter, Google plus, Instagram etc. By doing this, Plugin informs the google about your social account.


In facebook setting, First things you need to do is to enable open graph metadata. By doing this, SEO plugin copies this meta-data into your website <head> section.

So Whenever you will share anything on your facebook page, then this help to recognize the correct image and correct post title of your blog post.

Next, Upload your default image in the default setting. By doing this, Whenever you will share any post who have no image this default image will be used.

If you want to access facebook page insight into your WordPress dashboard then just write your app id in facebook app id option. Now click on save changes button.


First, enable add twitter meta card data. Now select card type.

There is two type of card- one is the only summary and another one is a summary with the large image. means if you want to show the only post without an image in twitter sharing then you can use the only summary.

But if you want to show summary with a large image in sharing then you have to enable summary with a large image and now click on save changes button.

Pinterest and google+

Pinterest also uses meta-graph for verification of your website. To verify your website on Pinterest, make an account on Pinterest and add your metadata in Pinterest verification option.

Similarly, in Google+, enable post metadata and enter your google+ publisher page URL and click on save button.

XML Sitemap:

XML Sitemap is one of the most important and necessary parts for any website. If you want your website get quickly index by a search engine then you should generate sitemap and submit it to all major search engine.

Yoast WordPress SEO plugin gives you a very great features to generate XML sitemap of your website or blog.

To generate sitemap click on SEO>sitemaps > check box to enable xml sitemap funcationality.

After generating a sitemap, You don’t need to generate sitemap again and again. Whenever you will publish any post then this plugin automatically update your Sitemap.

You can check sitemap of your website by XML sitemap button.

Next, Select the number of entries per sitemap. It totally depends on your choice.

User sitemap:

Disable Author/User sitemap and click on save changes button.

Post types:

Check the appropriate boxes that you don’t want to include into your sitemap. Let’s suppose you don’t want to include media type into sitemap then simply check this box and save changes button.

Excluded posts:

If you want to exclude some particular post from sitemap then you can write a number of that posts, separated by a comma. and then click on save changes button.


In taxonomies, there are three type- category, tag, format. Just check the boxes if you don’t want to include these taxonomies into the sitemap.

If you consider my setting, Then just check all of these three boxes and click on save changes button.

Advanced- Yoast SEO:


Breadcrumbs are one of the essential features of SEO plugin. By enabling breadcrumbs, you can easily trace the path of URL on your blog.

To enable breadcrumbs just check the box. After that plugin gives you many options, but leaves all of these options as it is. Now click on save button.



First setting in permalinks is to strip the category base from the category URL. By default, Each attachment in your post is stored in their own URL. And if someone search this attachment then this attachment is accessed by their URL.

But by enabling this option then, this attachment is accessible by their post URL.

SO if you want to redirect this attachment to the post URL. then you can enable this option. But if you consider my setting then just disable this option. Because there is no need to redirect post URL.

Next, If your post URL contain .html in the end then you should enable next option.

Next, Enable remove stop words from slugs.

Leave other settings as it is.

In clean up the Head section- check all the boxes and click on save changes button.


Yoast WordPress SEO also gives you a wonderful option of RSS. By enabling this features, SEO plugin automatically adds your post to the RSS feed and also add backlinks to your post. BY doing this, you will get backlinks to your website and also google will know that you are the original source of blog content.

Next, write content which you want to put before and after each post feed.


In tools setting, You will see a four option: Bulk editor, File editor, import and export, Recalculate SEO score.

Bulk editor:

If you want to do multi-edit in the post title and description then you can use bulk editor option. By using this feature, there is no need to go every post to change title and description.

File editor:

If you want to change into your important file such as robots.txt and .htaccess file then you can use file editor option.

Import and export.

If you want to import other SEO setting to Yoast SEO plugin then you can use import feature and if you want to export Yoast SEO plugin setting for future then you can use export setting.

Recalculate SEO scores:

If you want to see a quick overview of SEO scores of your post content then you can use this features.

Search Console:

Search console is another beautiful option of Yoast WordPress SEO plugin. By using this features, you can easily check the post which is being crawled or which one not.

Which post are getting which type of error?

How your blog responding on desktop and mobile.

But to enable search console in SEO Yoast, Firstly you have to authenticate your website with Yoast SEO.

Now your full blog SEO Setting is complete.

Configure Post/pages wise Yoast SEO setting.

To check your content is fully Search engine friendly or not SEO Yoast plugin provides separate features in the post area.

To check those features, scroll down the page and you will see firstly– content section.

In content section, you can change the post title, Meta description. Both of these will be shown in the search result. So choose accordingly which you want to show your visitor.

Next, choose focus keyword, On which you want to write your post.

Next, the analysis of your post content which shows that how much your post is SEO friendly or not.

In post-analysis, SEO plugin generally checks your keyword density, Length of content, Title length, meta description, copy score etc.

Next, advanced tab:

In the advanced tab, you can control the SEO setting of any particular post like- index or no-index, follow or no follow, canonical URL etc.

Next, social setting:

Write title, description, and upload images for social sharing on facebook, twitter, google plus

Now, Your blog is ready to perform an extraordinary performance in the search engine. Now, just write Good quality of content and get higher rank in search engine.

So this is my full guide on setup WordPress seo Plugin by yoast and on its complete configuration. And I hope you enjoyed my this post.

So what you think about Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin? Share your experience with me and also if you have any doubt related to plugin then you can ask me by doing comment.

  • Updated May 5, 2017
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