This plugin is activated at 5+ million WordPress websites with a 5-star rating. It provides a solid toolset that helps in better rank in search results.
Yoast SEO plugin in WordPress is available in both free and paid versions. The free version is enough for any site. If you want to use its advanced features, you will need to upgrade to its premium version.
- You can change the SEO title and meta description of the post.
- Focus keywords can be provided for articles.
- Allows to creating a Sitemap.
- Edit the .htaccess and robots.txt files.
- For taxonomies (category and tags) you can write SEO title and meta description.
- [Premium] Redirect manager
- [Premium] Automatic internal linking suggestions
- [Premium] Synonyms & related keyphrases
- [Premium] offers News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions
Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress provides a great Content Analysis tool with SEO scores and makes content optimization easier for your primary keyword.
It uses the Focus Keyword to make your content optimization easier. It does not matter which keywords are being targeted by your keywords.
Focus Keyword means your primary keyword or target keyword, which you want to rank in the search engine.
Yoast SEO provides suggestions in three primary colors.
Green – Your content is fully optimized.
Orange (OK) – Your content is not well-optimized. It needs more correction.
Red (Needs improvement) – Your content is not optimized at all.
By simply adding Focus keywords and changing SEO score to Green, your content will not perform better in search engine.
Select long tail keywords for your focus keyword. Also, whose competition is low.
Also, use the keywords related to Focus keywords in your content. This makes your content more powerful. However, this feature is available in the premium version of Yoast SEO.
Installation and Configuration
You can install Yoast SEO on your site by visiting the WordPress Plugin page. But if you want to install its premium version, then you have to download it from the official site – Yoast.
Yoast SEO plugin has many settings that are split into separate tabs. It’s easy to set up and it comes with a setup wizard. After activating the plugin, it will add a new menu item with the SEO label in your WordPress dashboard. Just click on SEO, it will take you to the plugin settings page. Here is a guide on Yoast SEO Settings.
Indexing in Yoast SEO
To index your post and page in the search engine, you have to click on Search Appearance >> Content Types and select Yes option.
If you want to add a custom meta description for your article, choose the Show option.
Apply Same Process to Index Page into the search engine. In addition, you can exclude Individual posts and page from search engine.
Click the Edit button on your post or page that you do not want to index in the search engine, then scroll to the Yoast SEO section. After that click on the Gear icon and select No to “Allow search engines to show this Post in search results?”
Create XML Sitemap
You do not need any type of third-party app or website to create a sitemap for your WordPress site. Yoast comes with built-in XML Sitemaps feature that allows you to create Sitemaps for the entire site.
First, General >> Features >> XML Sitemaps >>? Click on You can see in the screenshot below.
Pricing and Plan
The basic version of Yoast SEO is free and its free version is enough for the normal / basic website. If you want to upgrade it to Premium version, then it comes with a different pricing plan and depends on the number of your site.