WordPress SEO by Yoast is the best WordPress all in one SEO plugin which is 100% free and is a complete solution to make your WordPress Blog SEO friendly.By default WordPress SEO by Yoast has its default settings they are good but I will show you how to setup WordPress SEO by Yoast completely and make it Awesome which will be the best for your Blog.So just follow me and Setup WordPress SEO by Yoast and then the traffic will follow you 🙂

How to Import Old SEO Plugin Settings to WordPress SEO by Yoast :-

Tip:-If you are using any other SEO plugin then just remove it and start using WordPress SEO by Yoast but note before removing the plugin just Install WordPress SEO by Yoast and then click on Import and Export option of WordPress SEO by Yoast and then just select which SEO plugin you are using and make sure Delete old data after Import is checked and then click on Import as you can see in the Image below.Let me tell you guys that earlier I was using All in one SEO plugin no doubt it was good but WordPress SEO by Yoast has all options of All in one SEO pack and also has many more options too.In short WordPress SEO by Yoast is better than All in One SEO pack, so now without wasting anymore time lets start in setting up WordPress SEO by Yoast 🙂

SEO by Yoast Import & Export

How to Setup WordPress SEO by Yoast :-

1)First of all click on SEO from the left side navigation bar and click on Dashboard.Now you will see 2 check boxes of Tracking and Security just check those boxes as you can see in the Image below.Below that enter the Google Webmasters,Bing Webmasters and Alexa Verification Id and then just click on Save Settings.

Wordpress SEO by Yoast Dashboard

2)Now Lets move to Titles and Metas.Just uncheck the Title Settings option and check just the first 2 Sitewide meta Settings option and leave the other 2 unchecked.Below you will see clean up head option there you will see 4 check boxes just check all those boxes as you can see in the Image below and then click on Save Settings.

SEO by Yoast Titles & Metas (General)

3)Now under Titles and Metas click on Home and enter the Title that you want to keep for your site and in meta description template enter the description of your site.In meta keyword template just enter the keywords about your site i.e for example if your site is about dogs then you can enter the different dogs name their breeds etc.. after filling all those fields just click on Save settings (put comma in between to separate keyword as you can see in the Image below)

SEO by Yoast Titles & Metas (Home)

4)Now click on Post types and make sure your settings match as I have shown in the Image below.After setting all the settings click on Save Settings.

SEO by Yoast Titles & Metas (Post Types) - 1

SEO by Yoast Titles & Metas (Post Types) - 2

5)Now click on Taxonomies and under Categories Title template make sure it is having this line :-

%%term_title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Leave the Meta description template and Meta keywords template blank and below there will be 2 check boxes just check those 2 check boxes.

SEO by Yoast Taxonomies (Categories)

Now under Tags title template make sure it is having this line :-

%%term_title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Leave the Meta description template and Meta keywords template blank and below there will be 2 check boxes just check those 2 check boxes.

SEO by Yoast Taxonomies (Tags)

Now under Format title template make sure it is having this line :-

%%term_title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Leave the Meta description template and Meta keywords template blank and below there will be 2 check boxes just check the first one and leave the second one blank.

After doing these settings just click on Save Settings so we can move further.

SEO by Yoast Taxonomies (Format)

6)Now click on Other and under Author Archive Title template make sure it is having this line :-

%%name%%, Author at %%sitename%% %%page%%

Leave the Meta description template and Meta keywords template blank and below there will be 2 check boxes just check the first one and leave the second one blank.

SEO by Yoast Other (Author Archives)

Now under Date Archives Title template make sure it is having this line :-

%%date%% %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Leave the Meta description template blank and below there will be 2 check boxes just check the first one and leave the second one blank.

SEO by Yoast Other (Date Archives)

Now under Special Pages there will be 2 options i.e of Search Pages and 404 Pages.

Make sure in Search Pages Title template it is having this line :-

You searched for %%searchphrase%% %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

Make sure in 404 Pages Title template it is having this line :-

Page Not Found %%sep%% %%sitename%%

After doing these settings click on Save Settings.

SEO by Yoast Other (Special Pages)

7)Now click on Social and then click on Twitter and then enter your Twitter user name i.e @your user name as you can see in the Image below mine is @CTStechguides and then click on Save Settings.

SEO-by-Yoast-Social-Twitter Settings

Now click on Google Plus and then select the author for your homepage and then also enter your Google Plus page id you can get it by going to your Google Plus page and then go to profile and just copy the URL it will be like this :-

https://plus.google.com/b/108743481900908689336/108743481900908689336/posts

No need to put the full URL just put this much :-

https://plus.google.com/b/108743481900908689336/

Then click on Save Settings.

SEO by Yoast Social (Google Plus)

8)Now we will leave the XML Sitemap option blank I don’t use Yoast sitemap instead I use Google XML sitemap plugin which generates the sitemap.Its your choice use which ever you want but I prefer Google XML sitemap plugin.

9)Now click on Permalinks and under WordPress SEO by Yoast Permalink Settings you will see 5 check boxes just leave the first 2 check boxes unchecked and check the last 3 check boxes as you can see in the Image below.

SEO by Yoast Social Permalinks Settings

Now under Canonical Settings in Force Transport make sure the option of Leave default is selected.Now under Clean Permalink Settings there will be 2 check boxes make sure they are unchecked and make sure there is nothing written under Other variables not to clean as you can see in the Image below.After doing these changes click on Save Settings.

SEO by Yoast Social Canonical & Cleam Permalink Settings

10)Now click on Internal Links make sure the Breadcrumbs are disabled as Breadcrumbs are user friendly but not that SEO friendly as they don’t show important keywords in Search Results so I suggest you should not enable them.Just keep the settings as shown in the Image below and then click on Save Settings.

SEO by Yoast Internal Links

11)Now the last one that is RSS just click on it and you will see 2 boxes 1 will ask for content to put before each post in feed and the 2nd one will say content to put after each post.Leave the 1st box blank.And in 2nd box i.e where it says content to put after each post make sure it is having this links :-

The post %%POSTLINK%% appeared first on %%BLOGLINK%%.

SEO by Yoast RSS

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