Yoast SEO

Using Yoast SEO to Help Rank Your Blog

Yoast SEO is a must have WordPress Plugin to help get your site ranked on the most common search engines. And, one of the best parts is that it’s free.

According to the plugin site on WordPress.org, referring to Yoast SEO, “this plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects.” 

The purpose of this article is to show you how to find and install the Yoast plugin, get things set up, and finally how to use the most popular features. For additional information about Search Engine Optimization, see Blogging for the Best Website Ranking and Search Engine Optimization to Make Money Online.

Let’s Get Started Setting Up Yoast SEO

Using your dashboard menu on the left side of your blog’s admin page, go to Plugins and “Add New.” Using the keyword search, type in Yoast SEO and click “Install Now” once you find it. This is what it should look like, of course, mine is already active…

Yoast SEO plugin

Once the plugin is loaded make sure you activate it. Next look for the plugin on the bottom left of your dashbard, hover over the word “SEO” and go to the SEO Dashboard.

Yoast SEO Dashboard

Next, click on the General Tab and run the Configuration Wizard. This wizard will take you through setting up all of the basic and necessary settings including the Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster tools. Take your time to get this all set up correctly. The Yost plugin offers excellent support if you get stuck.

Using Yost SEO to Aid in Creating Your Blog Posts

When you begin your next blog post you will see the Yost SEO Help Center at the bottom of your screen:

Yoast SEO Blog Posts

This help center will guide you as you write your blog post. You will start by adding your “Focus Keyword” and the rest will fall into place from there.

I never write a post without using the Yoast SEO Help Center.

As you write, the indicators will turn from red to orange to green. Try to address as many of them as you can until the indicator at the top of your screen turns green. This means your article is ready to post (after you finish writing it of course.)

If you have questions, you can also refer to the Yoast SEO website at https://yoast.com/.

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Bob Swetz

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