How to Use the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin

This how-to article (and the plugin itself) are AWESOME! Thanks to a tip from Haden Interactive I found and installed the WordPress SEO plugin by Joost de Valk aka “Yoast,” which reminds me of a chainsaw on full throttle: powerful but intimidating! Most importantly, the article gave me the confidence to change the settings; something I would not have had just fooling around with the WordPress SEO plugin on my own.

Yoast WordPress SEO plugin installation is easy, but if you aren’t sure how to set it up, give this article a careful read.

How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

 

How to Use Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin
Writing for Robots and Humans Demands Balance

This how-to article (and the Yoast WP SEO plugin itself) are AWESOME!  Thanks to a tip from Haden Interactive I found and installed the WordPress SEO plugin by Joost de Valk aka “Yoast. But the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin reminds me of a chainsaw on full throttle:  powerful and intimidating!  Right off the bat WP SEO requires that you migrate away from other SEO plugins, such as All in One SEO or Headspace2,  a tough decision, but well worth the switch and handled through a painless process.  Then the fun begins.

The Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin includes an extremely cool post and page Analysis Tool

From Linkdex, the Page Analysis guides you though the process of writing a post designed for search engine optimization SEO.  The Yoast/Linkdex combo takes out the guesswork and turns SEO into a solvable puzzle that lets you take care of the robots with minimum effort so you can focus on writing for humans.  The Linkdex analysis page (once you enter a target keyword) holds your hand while your fill in the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin boxes for meta description, slug, and SEO title.  Linkdex also grades your post in real time with red, orange and green flags for the presence of absence of items such as images, headers that include your keyword, number of words, “stop words” in your slug, and more.  Linkdex even generates a Flesch Reading Ease score!

But as easy as the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin is to use in post/page edit mode, the dashboard/global settings are bewildering and intimidating

And not without good reason it turns out: Take care with Yoast or your site could be toast! To quote the article, referring to the Indexation settings, “This page is a scary page because if you mess up, you can truly screw yourself over.”  Thankfully, the article

How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

takes you step by step through the settings, explains what they do, and offers the settings you probably will want to use.  As I ran the gauntlet of the steps to set up the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin, I felt that I understood what each switch and setting is doing. Despite a few grammar errors, the quality of writing is clear, succinct, and all too rare (compare Why Computer Experts Are Like Rural Folk When It Comes to Giving Directions).

Most importantly, the article gave me the confidence to change the settings; something I would not have had just fooling around with the WordPress SEO plugin on my own.  Even if I have checked something that causes a conflict, I feel confident that I know how to undo the issue.  Bookmark it, because you will be back.  Don’t think this is the original source, but I searched for awhile to find this!  Hope it helps you.

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8 thoughts on “How to Use the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin”

  1. Hi Admin. Yoast is an Amazing WordPress plugin for SEO professionals. By installing it in our WordPress CMS, we can use it for many purpose. Now Yoast also helps in SOcial Media Optimization also. SMO is the most important functional organ in SEO. Very quick and informative post. Please keep sharing like this. Thanks 🙂
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  2. Hi,
    I am Mansi@Mansiblog & am using yoast plugin, before i used to have All in One..
    am bit confused with settings of yoast..
    i imported all in one settings into yoast.
    I dont see any improvement in my Search Engine Rankings.
    best settings help with yoast will be appreciated.
    Cheers..
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    1. Hi IT RUSH! I have to admit that I went back to Headspace 2 when WP SEO created issues for my metatags and blog title. But I know that expert bloggers are huge fans of the plugin. During the time I used it, I learned a tremendous amount about keyword placement, keyword density, use of headers, etc. Try this article Head to Head: Yoast’s WordPress SEO vs All in One SEO Pack.
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  3. Hi, Kevin Stacey here..

    First off, this post is extremely thorough! I don’t see too many bloggers going into detail like you have…that’s the mark of a blogger who knows their SEO plugin. For optimization, free plugins like All in One SEO Pack are really great as it lays down the basic SEO foundation for a WordPress site, but every blog is different and nothing works best for everyone.

    I always suggest looking at a side-by-side comparison of the best seo plugins for WordPress in order to make an informed decision of what the best plugin is for that blogger and their website’s specific needs.

    Here’s my most recent write-up on the subject:

    SEO Pressor vs Easy WP SEO vs Scribe SEO
    http://www.bestseopluginforwordpress.com/wordpress-seo/the-best-seo-plugin-for-wordpress/

    Check it out and let me know what you think.

    Great article btw…I’ll be referencing this post on my main blog.

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by, Kevin. Your site is amazing. For anyone who doesn’t know what a “squeeze page” is, or the value of actually *paying for* a plugin to help your online business, it’s a must! Your side-by-side reviews actually appear objective. I’m accustomed to the “here are two worthless products and the one for which I am an affiliate” kind of product comparison. You really lay out the features, with stunning graphics. Worth a look for anyone considering getting serious about online marketing.
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