This is a quick guide to the Yoast SEO Plugin. If you are feeling lost, confused and do not know where to start in the world of Search Engine Optimistaion then this is an excellent place to begin.
Diving into Search Engine Optimisation.
Success will not come overnight, I mean that quite literally. It takes time to learn and a willingness to experiment is necessary. From the willingness, adaption and knowledge will grow. It will also take time (varying from days to weeks) for Google and other search engines to reflect your endeavours.
Backup, backup… backup. Always be safer than sorry. Once you have successfully saved your data you may proceed.
Download the Yoast SEO Plugin.
The Plugin is available(yoast.com). Install by your favored method and activate.
It incorporates everything from a snippet editor and real time page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimisation options in between.
- Edit snippet.
Click this button to set your SEO Title, Slug and Meta description.
- Focus Keyword(s).
The most powerful tool in the kit. In the free version only one word may be set. For the purpose of learning this is sufficient to get you up and running.
- Content Analysis.
As you progress through your post and succeed in practicing ‘good’ SEO pointers the buttons turn from red to green.
Don’t be intimidated.
Carpe Diem and “just do it”. Get the basics down and then move onto the more advanced steps. You’ll be posting with confidence in no time which will help you to concentrate on the part that really matters… Your Content.