Yoast SEO is the go to plugin for WordPress websites looking to improve their SEO. While competitors such as All In One SEO Pack have risen Yoast always seems to make it on top. The reason for this is because Yoast has the features that you need and it does it better than alternative plugins.

Many webmasters who configure Yoast though normally do it incorrectly and could be missing out on ranking higher in Google Search Results. There are a multitude of settings for the plugin, but many of them are not necessary and some of them most users typically ignore which is hurting their website. I have taken the liberty of showing you step by step the best setting for Yoast on your website and explain to you what everything in the plugin does.

Quick Configuration Settings

Dashboard Settings: If you are not using file verification then make sure to place your meta tags for Bing, Google, Alexa, Yandex, and Pinterest.

Titles and Meta:

  • Force Rewrite Titles On.
  • Include a title separator of your choice.
  • Check No index of subpages
  • Use meta keywords
  • Check noodp
  • Check noydir
  • Hide RSD Links
  • Hide WLW Tags Unless you use windows live writer.

Social

  • Add opengraph data
  • Add twitter cards
  • Add Google Plus Specific post meta data.

XML Sitemaps

  • Exclude media attachments.
  • Ping Yahoo and Ask.

Permalinks

  • Remove Stop Words From Slugs

Internal Links

  • If your theme has built-in breadcrumbs that perform well in the Google Rich Snippet test then continue to use them if they don’t then use Yoast’s.

Remember that depending on the plugins that your site has you will want to change the XML Sitemaps accordingly. For instance, if you have a BuddyPress powered website you will want your users to show up in the index since the bulk of your website will be relating to your members and their activity.

 

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