How To Install & Configure Yoast SEO WordPress plugin (2016) Update

How To Install & Configure Yoast SEO WordPress plugin (2016) Update

My official video on how to install, Setup & Configure Yoast SEO WordPress plugin. Yoast SEO Tutorial 2016! The Purpose of this video is to both educate those who are unaware of SEO & show how to setup This plugin.

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Plugin developer Notes: ▼

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when Joost wrote his original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (and updated every few months) and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further! 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. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

Write better content with Yoast SEO: ▼

Using the snippet preview you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. This way the plugin will help you not only increase rankings but also increase the click through for organic search results.

Page Analysis: ▼
The Yoast SEO plugins Page Analysis functionality checks simple things you’re bound to forget. It checks, for instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post.

Technical WordPress Search Engine Optimization: ▼
While out of the box WordPress is pretty good for SEO, it needs some tweaks here and there. This Yoast SEO plugin guides you through some of the settings needed, for instance by reminding you to enable pretty permalinks.

Meta & Link Elements: ▼
With the Yoast SEO plugin you can control which pages Google shows in its search results and which pages it doesn’t show. By default, it will tell search engines to index all of your pages, including category and tag archives, but only show the first pages in the search results.

XML Sitemaps: ▼
Yoast SEO plugin has the most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality in any WordPress plugin. Once you check the box, it automatically creates XML sitemaps and notifies Google & Bing of the sitemaps existence.

What You Can Use WordPress For: ▼
WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

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50 thoughts on “How To Install & Configure Yoast SEO WordPress plugin (2016) Update”

  1. Great video, thank you so much. I am only struggling with the Google Search Console… seems like they changed their interface again and/or (!) I did something wrong.
    I keep on getting ‘Don’t miss your crawl errors: connect with Google Search Console here.’ on WP, but if i do it like they described, it does not work.
    On the Google Search Console it says that my verification was successful, but I can not find the ‘Add/test sitemap’ button and also the ‘Help’ button does not bring me there…
    Do you happen to know what is going on here? Thank you so much!

  2. Very Detailed Explanation with a video tutorial. looking forward to see more tricks and tips for improving SEO 🙂
    Thank you so much.

  3. Matija Mondi Matovic

    For everyone who don’t see all of this options:

    Go to Features – "Advanced settings pages" and than enable it. Than you will see all of this options 🙂

  4. Now that I’m in, my version looks different (is it me or is your video maybe a different version?)
    It doesn’t show an tab… "Verification failed using the Meta tag method (less than a minute ago). We couldn’t find the verification meta tag."… and Search Console page looks different…. {confused}. Cheers.

  5. Great tutorial! Well spoken, direct and easy to follow. I don’t know what the hell I just did to my site but I trust you. Thanks!

  6. Superhydrophobic Coating

    I am wondering if it worth to install this plugin. Does it affect page
    loading? Can you tell me what’s point to use Yoast plugin? Right now,
    without any SEO plugin, including Yoast SEO plugin, in google I can see
    google listed several sentences from my product description contents, as
    here you described as Meta Description.

    If I install this Yoast SEO plugin and put several sentences in the so-called Meta Description, so google will just pick contents from the meta description? If someone search a keyword which I didn’t put it in my meta description content, but in the middle of my product description. Does that mean I will miss the chance for this keyword?

    Right now, Google may pick up keyword from any part of my product description contents as long as I have that keyword. So, what’s the point to install this SEO plugin?


  7. Thanks for the help you did really well explaining. Just thought if i have a green light i was good but hopefully this will help my seo.

  8. Hi, I loved your video. I work really hard to improve my SEO and understand the plugin. I have the new update and some of the additions are a bit different and I was worried not to mess something. Will you ever do a new video on the updated Yoast SEO?

    Thank you!

  9. Gary Anderson II

    Even though today, as I write this comment, it is April 30, 2016 and Yoast has changed just a little bit…
    I was able to use THIS video to pause and go and pause and go and…(You get my meaning right? hehehe)…And properly set up the initial settings in the Yoast plugin. I have searched and searched and searched for a video I could actually use.

    The first problem I’ll often find is that it’s too old. Can’t blame anyone for that…
    After that, they spend way too much time babbling about silly stuff (and I’m a bit A.D.D., so captivate my attention or lose me with all the bla bla bla)…
    Then I’ll see something they say in a video that lets me know , that they don’t really know what they are doing, not fully anyway. This is fine except that I’m looking for a video by someone that knows more than I do about the plugin.

    Thank you for this high quality video! FINALLY!!!

  10. Nicely detailed presentation. Thank you.

    Are you using Siteorigin’s Page Builder plugin on the demo? That’s real time saver for me.

  11. Google Analytics by Yoast is renamed as MonsterInsights. I tried to install this plugin from wordpress but failed. No more free version and basic is $39 from Yoast.

  12. Lecrín Valley Holiday Villa Granada Spain.

    many thanks. l have found the solution on the Yoast – qtranslateX support page. For the moment, they recommend using the earlier version of Yoast which is compatible with the qtranslateX plugin.

  13. I don’t have "onpage seo" showing up in my wordpress backoffice when I follow this video for yoast. You video title lead me to believe your content is current, have they removed the onpage option or what?

  14. I dont have any of the other options on the menu in the left bar. Just dashboard, search console and "go premium"??????

  15. Rowan Morrissy

    Has anyone tried to set this up recently? My homepage (7:29) looks completely different and there isn’t a link to view all the Yoast Info hometab.

  16. Great Sacramento – Thank you, thank you for being detailed!! (something the majority of tutorials don’t bother doing) Subscribed & looking forward to implementing. Cheers!

  17. Hi, thanks for the video i do not have the column on my website dashboard, what do i do?

  18. MUSIKRant Productions

    Fantastic !! The place where I got lost was trying to get back into the webmaster tools to add my sitemap. Still don’t understand how to get back to the dashboard? Maybe it did it automatically? Could use some help. Thnx

  19. Very well done I really learned a lot from this video you took your time and explained things clearly and with out a lot of useless chatter Thank You

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