A Review of The "SEO by Yoast" WordPress Plugin
The SEO by Yoast Plugin is the most complete SEO solution for WordPress blogs and websites. With tons of options and features, this plugin is the best alternative to any other plugin including All in One SEO Pack. The SEO by Yoast Plugin takes care of many aspects of WordPress SEO doing the following things:
- Controls the indexing of a website
- Edits .htaccess and robot.txt files directly
- Promotes social SEO
- Adds meta value for single posts
- Creates sitemap files for smoother crawling
- Adds simple functionality to include tags and descriptions
Installing WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast
The first thing that you should do is install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin. After that, a new tab is added in the admin panel with the Yoast logo. This is a good indicator that you have successfully installed the plugin. Here is a link that will help you if you are unfamiliar with the WordPress plugin installation process.
WordPress Installation Guide:
Setting up WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast
Different experts have their own discretion and preference in regards to the plugin settings. We've listed the ones we feel should be addressed below. If you are an advanced user, feel free to alter the features that works best for you.
Most people have another plugin that deals with the SEO data. In order to use this plugin successfully, you should ensure that all the previous data is transported to this plugin before deactivating any old plugins. This is a convenient feature since we all know a lot of time can be invested into SEO. You can use SEO Data Transporter to accomplish this.
Click on the SEO icon to get to the general settings page of SEO by Yoast. This page contains lots of information about the plugin. These options are generally very easy to navigate with either a base level knowledge of SEO or a few minutes of Google research.
This is where you provide the website name, an alternate name for search engines and the person or company behind it. The site name is the site’s title and in case you fail to enter a name, WordPress SEO automatically uses the site’s title as the default.
If you choose that a website is run by a company, provide the company name and logo. If you choose the option that it is run by a person, you only need to provide the webmaster for the site.
Popular search engines like Bing, Google, Alexa and Yandex allow website owners to add their websites using webmaster tools. Webmaster tools allows you to see insights as well as other relevant data about the website based on particular search engine requirements. To verify the site and see exclusive data, all you have to do is add a provided meta tag to the site or upload a file.
This is the last tab in the general settings. It only has one option that disables the advanced part of WordPress SEO meta box. This box should be left checked to prevent authors from making any changes like noindex and redirects that can create a problem later.
Titles & Metas
Titles and Metas section has several other tabs including:
- Homepage title
- Post Types Titles & Metas
As stated earlier, WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin is packed with many features that provides a complete SEO package. One of the coolest features above is that it easily integrates your website with Google+, Facebook and Twitter social platforms. Clicking each social link takes you to its respective platform allowing your to manage their settings.
The advanced setting allows you to configure permalinks, breadcrumbs and RSS feed related options. These settings are often more complex for some users and work well in their default position.
Overall, SEO by Yoast is a fantastic plugin. The options are endless and it literally controls every SEO driven aspect of your website. You can be assured that you wont have to combine SEO by Yoast with any other plugin and that it functions well in any development environment. This is one of the most secure plugins on the market and we're proud to use it on our clients' websites. I suggest you take this one for a drive as i'm certain that you will end up using it as your go to Search Engine Optimization resource.
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