How To Configure SEO By Yoast WordPress plugin
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How To Configure SEO By Yoast WordPress plugin

Hi guys, Harsh here and today we are going
to learn something very interesting and something very useful for you, so if you have a WordPress
blog, save this video, like it and watch it carefully, because why? you learn a lot about
SEO searching optimization, what I am going to show you, how you can setup WordPress SEO
by Yoast plugin, so SEO by Yoast plugin is one of the most popular WordPress plugin and
its free and it’s the best plugin. so in this video, this is going to be a detailed
video where I’ll show you how to setup this plugin, how to use this plugin and in the
process, you will learn a lot about SEO, so let’s go ahead and learn everything by WordPress
SEO by Yoast. so typically, this is what you will get when
you install WordPress SEO by Yoast, activate it and this is where you’ll get all the settings,
now first go to dashboard, this is where we are, alright, so by default, these two options
are selected, so let it be, now these things are very important because when you are setting
up a new blog, its suggested that you verify you blog on Alexa, bing, google webmaster tool
Pinterest, so when you submit your, take an example, google webmaster tool, when you submit
your blog to google webmaster tool, the very first thing that it will ask you is to verify
the ownership, now there are multiple ways to verify the ownership, let’s look at the
alternate methods here, click on HTML tag, now copy this particular line here, now remove
every [x] from the colon here and that’s it. click on save changes, now click on verify
and that’s it, your blog is verified and so now you can do various things like, you
can add stuff such as sitemap to your webmaster tool, so this will help search engine to index
your website, find your website, this is the very first step that you would be doing, so
with the help of SEO by Yoast, you will verify you google webmaster tool, similarly you will
repeat the process for Bing, Alexa, Pinterest, now the second and most important thing is
titles and meta, this is where everything comes, you major on-site SEO comes into the
picture, so very first thing that you would be changing here is no index subpage of archives.
Technically what happens is, like your blog let’s say,,
these pages are useful for your user to navigates from one page to another but they are not
useful for search engine. by no indexing, by selecting this option, what I am telling
search engine that please don’t index page1, page2 or page 3, okay, the second option ‘use
metakeywords tag’, it’s not important anymore, select this one and select this one, so basically
this tells search engine not to use the description from the Dmoz or any other directory or yahoo
directory, then clean up your head ‘hide rsd link’, perfect, so this is done, this is the
only option that you need to do on the general page, then we will go to home. now this is
very important because this is what people will see on your blog when they hover on it,
so if you see here, right now the blog title is Trackbox blog~better business through affiliate
marketing, so it’s a very good description, you can have the similar kind of thing or
you can always change it, like you can have something like site name; so I will also add
a description here, now the most important thing that you need to keep in your mind is,
it’s always a good idea to have your keyword in the home meta-title, like for example I
have here added affiliate marketing for businesses, similarly your meta-description template should
be in less than 158 characters and make it meaningful, make your brand shine, click on
save changes. So after that, we’ll go and make changes in
the post type, so again, this is what by default you will get, what we’ll be doing is, we will
remove this particular section, why? because all we want is to show just the title of the
blog post in the search engine, we don’t want to use the brand name for one reason,
it will be repeated every time you publish a blog post and it’s not a good SEO practice,
so that is one, even that is the same thing we’ll do for the pages, we will just keep
the title for this, now even for the media, what we will do, we will keep the same thing
and that’s it, click on save changes, we will keep everything as it is, now taxonomy is
very important, this is one mistake that most of the blogger are doing like they let their
tags and categories index in google search, now think what is the importance of tags and
categories, they are useful for your users, for you it’s important to categorize your
blog in a particular manner and for your user, its useful for them to browse more blog post
based on categories or tags, now if you have been like making this mistake of using the
tags for the SEO purposes, stop doing that. use your tag for one purpose and that is for
the user navigation, so what we will be doing is, we will remove, we can keep it as it is
because we want to show our brand name in categories and tag pages but what is important
here is we’ll use no index and follow tag, this will tell search engine that okay, please
you can see those pages but don’t index them that is very important, similar thing
we will do for tags format and click on save changes. Similarly author archives is like the similar
thing, we will no index it and click on save changes. This is what the default, the most
important section of SEO by Yoast that you will be configuring. now the next section
is social part which is again very important, so for this, in this tutorial I am not going
to cover this but again I have added a link in the description which will help you to
integrate the social part and this is very important because social SEO, what is say,
social is not just social, its helps you shine your brand on social media sites so with this
section you can add twitter meta card, google+, you can link your website to google+ page
and same thing you can do for your Facebook, it’s a very important step that you should
not miss. So let’s skip this section for now and lets jump to XML sitemaps, now what
is a sitemap file? basically a sitemap file is a file which have links to all the post
on your blogs, so let me show you how it looks like, so I selected the sitemap, I’ll select
ping yahoo, ping, so basically what ping section will do is that whenever a publish
a new blog post , it will automatically ping yahoo and that hey I have a new blog
post, please come and index my blog post, I’ll exclude media from this, I’ll exclude
tags from here because categories are mostly selective like you will have only 7-8 categories,
it’s good to have the sitemap file because that will help the search engine to crawl
your blog effectively, once that is done, click on save changes. let me show you how sitemap file looks like,
so this is a sitemap file, you can click on post sitemap and this contains all the blog
post in this blog, so once you have created your sitemap file, the next thing that you’ll
be doing is that you will be going back to your google webmaster tool, so after you have
created your sitemap file, the next step is to go to google webmaster tool and submit
your sitemap to your blog webmaster tool, so here is how you will do, if you go here
and you don’t see your website, just simply click on ‘add a site’ add your blog here and
click on continue, now this will take you to your blog dashboard, see, in the previous
step we have already verified our blog, now the verification is not required, so this
is your website dashboard in google webmaster tool, the next step we will be doing is clicking
on sitemaps, add/test sitemaps and this is our sitemap file, so we’ll just copy this
section and click on submit sitemap, now sitemap is submitted and that’s it. now google can
see your sitemap and it will start indexing it, so it will send the bots to crawl your
blog and index it in google search, so this is one very important step, now once you have
done that, we’ll go back, we will go to the permalink section, so here you can make few
changes like for remove stop words, this is the default setting of permalink, here you
might want to make these two changes, one, redirect attachment url to parent post url,
so there are times when you add an image to your blogpost and that image is linked to
the attachment id, now that’s a bad practice, you should always make sure that image is
either not linked or linked to the image file only, so this feature will help you to avoid
google penalty for attachment url, simply select this option ‘replytocom variable’ and
click on save changes, so these `are the important settings here, we will leave the breadcrumps
for now and the next step is continue to your rss feed, this is a very good feature of SEO
by Yoast plugin, earlier there was a plugin called rss footer plugin which used to have
this feature, now what this plugin will do, whenever you will publish a blog post, after
the blog post, when somebody is reading in the feed, it will show a message saying like
this post, the link of the post appeared on your blog, so that is very helpful especially
if somebody is copying your blogpost via feeds, so it will always link back to your blog. so that is it, now another thing that you
might want to see is edit file because here what you can do is you can edit you robots.txt
file and your .htaccess file so by default your robots.txt file is not created so we
will click on create robots.txt file and that’s it, your file is created, now whatever changes
you want to make to your robots.txt file, you can do it here, in this case I am not
making any changes, .htaccess file is again perfect, so that’s it, that’s covers everything
about SEO by Yoast. One thing which I haven’t covered in this video is the social factor
which you should definitely read and configure of your own. If you have any question regarding
SEO by Yoast, feel free to ask me via comments, if you like this video, make sure you like
it and subscribe to my channel for similar updates, thank you for watching, this is harsh.


  • rituraj Bidwai

    Hi Harsh,
    I have downloaded the plugin but do not know how to upload it in my blog. I am not getting the sidebar of SEO as you have showed in the video. Please help.
    Warm Regards,
    Rituraj Bidwai

  • Deepan Raj

    Hai Harsh,

    Great video to learn SEO by yoast ! I have edited the title and meta description for my blog but this not displaying in google search. Google shows a different tile and description taken from the content of my blog. Could you please help me in this and let me know what mistake I would have made ? Looking forward for your reply . Thanks !

  • Sajib Hossain

    Thank you bro…..Such a good type of video…….I'm really happy to see this video…..also learn lot of things……..Keep it bro……..

  • Vineet Gupta

    Dear Harsh,

    I was wondering which SEO plugin should I use All In One Seo or Seo by Yoast. After watching this video I feel Yoast is the one I should go for. 

    By the way the complete video display along with the content is just too good (y)

    I have another question in mind, that would be bit off topic but still I will ask 😉
    Which is the best free plugin for Social Sharing (which must has WhatsApp sharing feature)?


  • Victor Paumen

    Thanks for the great tut friend. It showed me everything I needed to know and you don't ramble on like most other videos do.   Many thanks.

  • PsychosGamers

    very very useful video thank u very much 
    just one thing…slow down a little bit….sometimes i had trouble to understand what u were saying, although u say in the comments u did it intetionally

  • Kiran Vaidya

    Hey Harsh,
    In Yoast SEO plugin v2.1.1 ,for every category or tag I can individually specify the Canonical. Can you explain to me in simple words with example the concept. It just says "The canonical link is shown on the archive page for this term." . 
    Similarly for every post it mentions – "The canonical URL that this page should point to". I am not exactly sure what that is and can you explain that as well with example. 

    Thanks in advance,

  • 4SoundEngineers

    Hey Harsh, Thanks for the video. I have two questions. I also have the All in One SEO plugin that i have install, do I need that one too? When I click onXML Sitemap i got page not found, do you know what is the issue?

  • Anshul Samaiyar

    You used SEO Yoast for generating sitemap. So, what is the use of Google XML sitemaps???
    Should I use both?
    Please answer

  • Paramveer Singh

    Very helpful, Harsh. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and please keep on posting such videos to help people in other ways as well for blog sites.

  • Stephen Lewis

    Thank you. I wasted about an hour trying to claim ownership of my site before I watched this  why can't google show the way to do it?!

  • Garden Girl

    Is this plugin good to use on a store website?  If so, should I use the same settings as you showed in the tutorial?

  • Salomon Serrano

    Hey I thank you for the information,I like to ask you I am in a WORDPRESS free trial,in order for me to get the "wordpress seo by yoast plugin" I have to sign up as premium?your info is highly appreciated.

  • Rachel Wolany

    Hey Harsh, I have and error 404 when attempting to add to my webmaster tools, any suggestions in how I go about fixing this?

  • David Calzada

    I know this is a great plugin, but made my wordpress very slow, Do you know why Harsh? By the way great tutorial

  • Moh A.

    thanks for the tutorial , but i have problem after active Sitemap…

    XML Parsing Error: XML or text declaration not at start of entity
    Location: http://www.**.com/sitemap_index.xml
    Line Number 5, Column 1:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="//www.****com/main-sitemap.xsl"?>
    Any solutions ?

  • Arunima Das

    Hi Harsh,

    I was following your tutorial and everything was going so smooth until I reached XML Sitemap, When I click on the button XML Sitemap, I'm getting a blank page   
    I'm not at all a techie, even then I watch your videos and keep going, Thanks for that 🙂 I 've followed the steps so carefully,still I do not not know where I went wrong. Please, please come to my rescue.

  • Simon Johns

    Hey Harsh, great stuff. Very good. Thanks for sharing. You are the best.
    by the way, I have Yoast Version 2.2.1 and it looks a bit different. Anything else I need to update on this version?

  • Ibrahim Bin Mohammad

    Awesome video. However, can this plugin make the standard wordpress search bar more better?

    As I am currently doing a project on wordpress on my localhost and would like an improved search bar which can search through html, php etc. as the default wordpress search bar does not have that ability to do so.

  • Je soigne mon mac

    Lots of information in there… but please SLOW down! I had to rewind and stop so many times to get the information right. Also if you say "You need to press this button to create your robots file", then please take a few seconds to explain what it does and why we need it. Otherwise I am grateful for the content you provided. I really did not know where to start with Yoast SEO.

  • Soni videos

    Hello sir, I have seen ur video.Its very helpful.I have a problem that when I am clicking on xml sitemap, its showing the following error –
    This page contains the following errors:

    error on line 4 at column 6: XML declaration allowed only at the start of the document
    Below is a rendering of the page up to the first error.

    Please help me out as early as possible. I will be obliged.

  • Lily Chen

    hey Harsh, this video was SUPER HELPFUL!!!! thank you so much. i was struggling just to get my website verified eventually got it, but then i saw our video teaching how to verify in yoast- awesome.

    i love that you go quite fast!!! i could just pause and do the same actions and resume 🙂 thank you so much for sharing. subscribed!!!

  • Lily Chen

    HI again Harsh, i have a question- i have submitted my xml simpemap file, but over this week i am going to rename a LOT of my old posts – as they were not so so friendly. does that mean i should resubmit the site map file after this exercise ?


  • Makey Updates

    Iam using mailpoet subscription plugin. In seo settings. Is it a good practice to include mailpoet page in sitemap.please help me in knowing bro

  • Dayne Williams

    Hi Harsh, when I click XML Sitemap button to view my sitemap it redirects me to .com/sitemap_index.xml which turns out to be a 404 error page. Not sure whats going on here.

  • Jaxon Photography

    Great job, hands down the best. I need to create a robots.txt file however I am unable to find that "edit file" in the menu. Thanks

  • Nagarjuna Ageer

    Thanks for the tutorial. Do I need to update and submit my sitemap to webmaster tool every time I create a new post? TIA

  • bgang

    Nice video …will u plz guide me how can i edit for every page for meta tag & description as different….m waiting for your responce….Thanks A Ton!!!!

  • Android Singh

    Hi Harsh, I have followed all the steps mentioned by you and also submitte sitemap to Google, but there is an issue. My sitemap is accessible without 'www' but not with 'www'. However, my blog's homepage and all other posts can be accessed with both 'www' as well as without 'www'. And because of this, Google is showing 404 error for my sitemap. Please help and thank you for sharing the knowlege 🙂

  • Frankie

    Hi Harsh. I used this tutorial to optimaze my Woocommerce website. Now, my Shop page doesnt show any of my products, and the sitemap [website url]/sitemap_index.xml gives a Page not Found
    Dont know what is going on here. Please let me know, thanks in advance.

  • Frankie

    My WooCommerce website doesnt show my SHop products anymore after I configured the setting, just as you instructed. What is going on?

  • Kenda Swartz

    Thank you – very informative and helpful. My only suggestion is to slow down your speaking. I'm not very technical so trying to following what I saw and heard on the screen simultaneously was challenging.

  • Ashin Kurian

    i am not able to get site map it shows " looks like nothing was found at this location.
    Maybe try one of the links below or a search?" plz help me out .my site dont show up in search engines


    Harsh! I appreciate the info bredda. That was amazing how you broke everything down in under 10 min. Everything was clear and concise. I was able to keep up! I save it in my youtube videos and mashed that subscribed button!

    I have two fitness sites. One is state, the other is international. Should i just copy all these practices exactly off the other one? Will this help me rank a bit higher or be able to be seen internationally?

    Once again appreciate the knowledge bredda…RISPECK!

  • Yana Tarasova

    I have a question: why you tell to set noindex for /pages? What's bad that other pages than my home page will be referenced? Could you develop please this moment?
    Thank you!

  • Sharique Qureshi

    Thank you Harsh for the video. Google has crawled my website but it is not showing the proper permalink like but instead of that, it is showing › Best Apps (Best Apps here is my category). Plz help…

  • PRASHANTH kommu

    Thank You,bro. i added my site in google wemaster tools,it showing one error google bot cannot acsess your site dns problem,please help me how to fix.

  • Murad Abuseta

    Hi Harsh, the plugin gets to many changes and updates not like the version you tutorial about.
    i believe in you about SEO advices so could you please provide us with a new tutorial how to setting up this plugin, thank youu

  • Shyam Sundar Dharmarapu

    Hi sir, I was already verified my webmaster tools using 'Domain name provide' method last year n now after watching ur tutorial, again verified using 'HTML tag' method i.e my blog got verified using two methods. So now, am I going to get any problems to my blog? Or is it Ok verified using two methods? Plz help me sir.. I'm a newbie blogger.. Thanks in advance sir..

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