Easy way to setup Yoast SEO plugin: For matters of search engine optimization (SEO), WordPress self-hosting users are helped by the presence of SEO plugins. The most popular SEO plugins are the All in One SEO Pack and Yoast SEO.
Which one is better to use? I think Yoast SEO is because of its more complete features, from keyword density to reliability.
Unfortunately, Yoast SEO settings are quite complicated and might be a headache for beginners. So, to help you don’t like that here’s an easy way to set up the plugin.
Step 1: Install Yoast SEO
The first step you will take is to install Yoast SEO. Log into your self-hosting WordPress blog.
In the Plugin feature, click Add New.
Type Yoast SEO in the plugin’s search box.
Click Install Now.
Step 2: Enable Advanced Settings Page
After installing Yoast SEO Plugin, the next step is Yoast plugin settings. For that, follow the steps below.
On the General – Yoast SEO page that appears, click the Features tab.
Look at the Advanced settings page section and click Enabled to enable Titles & Metas, Social, XML Sitemaps, and so on features.
Click Save changes.
Step 3: Fill in the Homepage Title and Meta Description
The next step is to fill in the title and description of the front page (homepage) of your blog. The method is as follows:
Click Titles & Metas.
On the page that appears then click the button the Homepage tab.
Type the page title in the Template title box and a description in the Meta description template box. To prevent the title of this description from being truncated in Google search results, keep it no longer than 63 characters. Meanwhile, the meta description is up to 130 characters long.
Below is an example of a title and meta description.
Step 4: Set Post Types
Yoast SEO allows you to customize the type of posts, pages, and media. For this purpose, follow these steps.
Click the Post Types tab.
In the Posts section, change the Title template to the title type only. The Meta description template, Meta Robots, Date in Snippet Preview, and Yoast SEO Meta Box are left as default.
Do the same thing in the Pages section.
Likewise in the Media section. After that, click on Save changes.
Step 5: Organize Taxonomies
Taxonomies include categories, tags, and format-based files. Personally, I don’t want those three things to be indexed on Google to avoid duplicate content.
If you want to do that too, take the following steps:
Under Categories, select noindex.
Do the same with Tags.
And also on Format. Click Save changes.
Step 6: Setting Archives
The Archives section of Yoast SEO consists of author archives, archival data, and special pages. I always set nonindex for author archive and archive date. As for the special page, I left it as default.
The setting is as follows:
For Meta Robots in Author archives settings, select noindex
Do the same with the Date archives settings.
Leave Special Pages as default. Continue by clicking Save changes.
Actually, there are still many Yoast SEO features. However, the settings that I did on my English blog were as above. Good luck!