06 Jul How to do SEO
Suppose you know nothing about SEO but have heard about this little gem called Yoast SEO. People told you that it is a very convenient tool to optimize your site and its pages for Google, Bing, and Yandex. It’s effortless. You want to use it. You install the Yoast SEO plugin or the Yoast SEO extension and simply follow the advice given in that plugin. Within a week, your website will be topping the charts in Google. Or not? No, to be honest. It’s not that simple.
Our plugin helps you to optimize your website for search engines. And it does that well, but it needs your input. In this beginner’s guide to Yoast SEO, to explain the basics of SEO that our plugin guides you in. I’ll take you through the steps that every user, who tries our plugin for the first time takes, and help you optimize your site in the process.
It’s a beginner‘s guide to Yoast SEO
Before we start, I should point out that this isn’t a beginner’s guide to every single detail of the plugin. I’d just like to show you some things I think you should use or configure. As our plugin has quite some settings, it’s good to know which features to configure first.
The Yoast SEO configuration wizard
Our Yoast SEO configuration wizard is a great place to start. You can find the configuration wizard at SEO > Dashboard:
In that configuration wizard, we will guide you through twelve steps that help you configure our plugin, specifically for your site. Even if you have a website that is already a year or so old, I encourage you to use the wizard and see if there are some things that you might have missed. Each step includes some questions; your answers will determine specific settings. In the wizard, we have also included video material to show you even more options.
When you start writing a post or page, you will find our analyses. In WordPress, our so-called meta box is right below the larger text area where you write your content:
For you, as a user, this Yoast SEO box will prove very valuable. As you can see, there are a couple of tabs here.
- One tab where you can insert the keyword you want to optimize the page for (focus keyword), in this case: “beginner’s guide to Yoast SEO.”
- One tab that says Readability and I’ll get into that one later.
On the tab where you can insert that focus keyword, we’ll tell you if you have used that focus keyword the right way in that specific post.