WordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners

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WordPress SEO by YOAST for BeginnersThis is the fifth blog post in this series on how to build a Self-Hosted WordPress site and focuses on WordPress SEO by YOAST, for beginners. This short post is not intended to cover any part of WordPress SEO in detail, just enough so that it is set up so you can use it. There are plenty of YouTube videos that go into far more detail. That said, here goes.

WordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners - Yoast SEO DashboardWordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners - Yoast SEO XML SitemapsWordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners - Breadcrumbs

The first page is the SEO Dashboard. I did watch a bit of the tour, so when you do that option disappears. On the dashboard page, I have set ‘Allow tracking of this WordPress install’s anonymous data’ and ‘Disable the Advanced part of the WordPress SEO meta box’ to be checked (on). Save the changes. The second settings page is Titles & Metas, with five tabs. Only one change here, on the General Tab, the Sitewide Meta Setting for ‘Noindex subpages of archives’. Set this checked (on) and save. I make no changes to the Social settings – these you may wish to change as and when you set that up for your site.

WordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners - XML SettingsWordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners - Breadcrumbs

On the next settings page, XML Sitemaps, make sure that the top setting, ‘Check this box to enable XML sitemap functionality’, is checked (on). There is a button on the settings page to show you your site make, which will also give you the page name for Google’s Webmaster tools . The last settings page I want to mention is Breadcrumbs. The Yoast Breadcrumbs are quite good. I have recently tested the new Ultimatum 2.7 Breadcrumbs widget and it does much the same, but without the hassle of lots of settings, but it does conflict with the Yoast Breadcrumbs option, so I have turned off Yoast Breadcrumbs, the setting for which you will find at the top of the Internal links page. I also had to edit the Ultimatum breadcrumbs widget to remove the bug that causes the conflict, which I will detail later in this series, but the easiest thing to say now is that switching off Breadcrumbs in Yoast SEO Internal Links does not completely switch it off – the code still runs, but the breadcrumbs don’t show!

Also in this series of posts:

Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 1
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 2
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 3
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 4
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 2
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 3
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 4
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 5 – Breadcrumbs
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 6 – Bootstrap Breadcrumbs
Uploading Images to Your Self-Hosted WordPress Site
Customizing Ultimatum Theme and WordPress
Fix for mysql_get_server_info() bug/error in Ultimatum 2.7.3
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