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How to Setup the Yoast SEO Plugin for the best Organic Traffic Results in 2021

Yoast SEO plugin is one of the famous WordPress SEO plugins, along with Rank Math, All in One SEO Plugin. But if you don’t know how to use it, it will be like you’ve one of the best cars in the world, but you don’t know how to drive. This tutorial article will discuss how to set up the Yoast SEO plugin for the best results.

Yoast SEO Plugin Settings for the best WordPress SEO.

Yoast SEO Plugin Settings
Yoast SEO Plugin Settings

To install and setup the Yoast SEO plugin, visit your WordPress website’s admin panel and click on the plugin as shown below. Search Yoast and Download Yoast Plugin.

Yoast SEO Installation

You’ll understand why we noindex some pages at the end of this article. Please follow all steps provided here for the best SEO settings.

Yoast SEO Installation
Yoast SEO Installation
  1. Search Yoast SEO Plugin and
  2. Install Plugin
  3. Or you can download it from Yoast SEO – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org and upload it.
Activate the Plugin
Yoast SEO Activation
  1. After Installation click on Activate as shown in Picture above.

General Feature Settings for Yoast SEO Plugin

General Feature Settings for Yoast SEO Plugin
Yoast SEO Feature Settings
  1. Go to SEO Plugin Settings.
  2. Click on General Settings.
  3. Click on Features and Select the settings as displayed above and then click on the Save button.

Search Appearance General Settings Yoast SEO Plugin.

Search Appearance General Settings of Plugin.
Yoast SEO Organization Settings for Schema Markup
  1. Now click on Search Appearance Settings.
  2. Click on General Settings Tab.
  3. Selection “Personal” or “Organization” website type as per your need.
  4. Provide your organization name.
  5. Provide the URL of your website logo.
  6. Save the settings.

Yoast SEO Content Type Settings

Yoast SEO Settings step 13 to 25
Yoast SEO Post Page settings.
  1. Now click on Content-Type Tab.
  2. Select “Yes” for the post to index in search results
  3. Select Date Preview “show” or “hide” as per your need. (hint: for blogs, click show, and for static content click hide)
  4. Yoast SEO meta box to be displayed – select show
  5. SEO title of Posts that would appear in the search results.
  6. Select “Yes” for the pages to index in search results
  7. Select Date Preview “show” or “hide” as per your need.
  8. Yoast SEO meta box to be displayed – select show
  9. SEO title of Pages that would appear in the search results.
  10. Cloud Template in the search result – No
  11. Date of that – No
  12. Yoast SEO meta box – yes or no, anything you like.
  13. Click on Save Settings.

Yoast SEO Media Settings.

Yoast SEO Settings step 26 to 27
Yoast SEO Media Settings.
  1. Select Media Tab
  2. Select Yes for attachment URL redirect as shown and save the settings.

Texonomies Settings

Yoast SEO Settings step 28 to 36
Yoast SEO Taxonomies settings
  1. Click on the Taxonomies Settings tab.
  2. For Categories to index, select: No.
  3. Yoast SEO Meta Box display: Show.
  4. Tag in Search Result: No.
  5. Yoast SEO Meta Box display: Show(here hidden, but you can check it as the show).
  6. Format Based Archive: Yes.
  7. Display in Google Search Engine: No
  8. Category URL Prefix: Keep.
  9. Save Settings for Taxonomies.

Archive Settings

Yoast SEO Settings step 37 to 40
Yoast SEO Archive Settings.
  1. Select the Archive Settings Tab for Yoast SEO
  2. Author Archive: Enabled.
  3. Author Archive in Search Result: No
  4. Save Archive Settings.

Breadcrum Settings Yoast SEO Plugin

Yoast SEO Settings step 41 to 43
Yoast SEO Breadcrumbs settings.
  1. Breadcrumbs settings tab for Yoast SEO Plugin
  2. If you want to display hierarchy in the search results, click it to enable otherwise disable.
  3. Now Save settings for breadcrumbs.

RSS settings

Yoast SEO Settings step 44, 45
Yoast SEO RSS settings.
  1. Yoast SEO RSS settings tab
  2. It is to protect your RSS feed so don’t make any change and click on Save button.

Yoast SEO Edit Robots.txt File

Yoast SEO Settings step 46, 47
Yoast SEO Plugin File editor
  1. Scroll to the tools.
  2. Click on File editor
User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
Allow: /
Sitemap: https://yourwebsite.com/sitemap_index.xml
Yoast SEO Settings step 48, 49
Yoast SEO robots.txt settings
  1. Enter an SEO-friendly robots.txt file with a sitemap path that doesn’t block the crawling bot. provide a sitemap.
  2. save robots.txt settings.

We index the homepage, pages, and posts for the best SEO settings. We noindex category and tag pages because it will create duplicate content issues and will work as junk.

As some posts contain multiple categories or tags, and if that will be followed by a search engine bot, it will create duplicate content issues (same post on both tags or category).

Robots.txt settings: robots.txt file must contain sitemap/s, so we included that, and to avoid crawling bot error, we allow all pages for all the bots(except admin pages).

After making all these settings, an SEO friendly article is also the need of time. You can check how you can properly structure your webpage.

If any issue you face with these settings, please comment below. Thanks. Enjoy your day!

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar working in the Search Engine Optimization field since 2015. And worked on many successful projects since then. He shares the real-life experience of best SEO practices with his followers on seoneurons.com. You also can learn Advance level SEO for WordPress, Blogger, or any other blogging platform. Stay tuned.

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