Yoast Setup Wizard & Walk Through

Yoast Setup Wizard
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Last Updated 27/12/2023

Yoast Setup Wizard

This article will run you through the Yoast Setup Wizard as well as a bonus walkthrough of all its features!

What is Yoast SEO?

Yoast assists you in organising your website for SEO. It utilises a traffic light system to visually communicate your website’s search result score.

Recommended Reading: How to Use Yoast

Yoast is one of the most popular SEO plugin tools for WordPress websites. Its huge archive of articles and tips assist you in formatting and organising your websites to squeeze out the best possible SEO. Straight out of the box, it is free quick and easy to set up, with additional paid-for features that can take your website to the next level.

Recommended Reading: What is SEO?

How do I Install it?

Installing Yoast SEO is as quick and easy as any other plugin. To install Yoast SEO:

  1. Log into your WordPress Back Office
  2. In the left-hand side panel, click “Plugins”
  3. Click the “Add New” button on the Plugins page
  4. Search for “Yoast SEO” in the search bar
  5. Once you have found Yoast, click “Install”
  6. Once the plugin had installed, click “Activate”

For a more in-depth article on plugins and how to install one, visit the link below.

Recommended Reading: What are Plugins?

Setup and Optimising

Yoast SEO is a powerful tool and doesn’t take long to set up. To start, head over to your dashboard and select “Yoast SEO” on the left side panel. Navigate to General and click the “First-time configuration” tab you should be able to see a similar window to the one below. Click the button to begin your configeration.

Yoast Setup Wizard

Settings: Connecting Google Search Console

Once you have run the setup Wizard, most of the preset settings in General don’t need any tweaking. 

The next important item is to connect your website to your analytics tracker. Most people will be using Google Search Console, but there are many more options. Here we can verify your website, this will give your website more credibility and increase your SEO score.

To connect to Google Search Console:

  1. in the left-hand side panel, click “Yoast SEO”
  2. Click “Settings”
  3. In the new side menu under General, click “Site Connections”
  4. Add your Google verification code into the field.

If you are not sure of the code, click the blue link below and the system will take you through the process. Paste the code into the verification box and hit Save Changes.

Yoast Google search console verification

Search Appearance

You can use this section to set up your website’s default display in search engines. Select the Represents that apply to you, fill out your Organisation Name and upload your logo. As most of your posts, blogs or products will have unique descriptions, the default settings should be fine.

Social

To link your socials, fill in your social media URLs and hit Save.

Now you have made these basic settings to your site, Yoast SEO is set up and ready to go!

Using Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO works on two basic principles, SEO Score and readability. These are now displayed in the back office with any page, post, product and category in the right-hand column. SEO score is indicated by the traffic light icon and the readability with a feather icon. The SEO and readability score is indicated by non–grey, low–red, medium–amber and good–green. 

Yoast SEO Traffic light scoring

SEO

SEO hinges around your Key Phrase. Open Google Preview and you will see SEO title, Slug and Meta description. 

The SEO Title – will be displayed in the blue text in the preview box.

Slug – is a suffix bolted to the end of your domain name.

Meta description – is a short description of what that page or product contains.

Maximise SEO analysis and this will open a dropdown menu showing how the page is scoring. Here, Yoast will give you top tips and advice on using the traffic light system to improve your score. You will have to edit settings on the Edit page as well as on your page’s front end to increase your score.

On the far right panel, you can set the Feature Image for the search result.

Readability

Readability works in much of the same way. To increase your readability the plugin will split the section into two – Problems and Good Results. As you improve your readability the colours will change from red to green. Keep following Yoast’s tips until all the results move from Problems to Good results.

Recommended Reading: Yoast SEO Readability

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