How to Use Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin

Yoast SEO Tutorials

If you are starting to use WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin, then you are at the right blog. I will simplify using this plugin with the right setting.

If you haven’t done so already, you can download the latest version of Yoast SEO Plugin here and install and activate it.

Here’s The Video by RankYa SEO and Online Marketing

Using Yoast Plugin is easy once you get the experience, however, lately, they have kept adding more and more additional features (some are great (like Open Graph Protocol and Twitter Cards.

Whereas others like Focus Keywords and many additional features they kept adding on are useless and worthless in terms of improving your WordPress site’s Search Engine Optimization.

You can basically turn off focus keywords by placing this in your WordPress functions.php file. Because your focus of attention should be on creating useful engaging content for your website visitors and not search engines (nor should you count how many keywords you used on your web pages)

function yoast_remove_unneeded_columns( $columns ) { // remove the Yoast SEO columns unset( $columns['wpseo-score'] ); unset( $columns['wpseo-focuskw'] ); return $columns; } add_filter ( 'manage_edit-post_columns', 'yoast_remove_unneeded_columns' );

Yoast SEO Plugin is a good plugin once you set it up as explained in the above video. Because then, you can focus on your content publishing knowing that you got it ready to dominate Google rankings.

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Here’s couple of function to hook in to Yoast SEO Plugin Meta Description (you can place it anywhere within your WordPress Theme functions.php file) function rankya_get_the_title( $post = 0 ) { $post = get_post( $post ); $title = isset( $post->post_title ) ? $post->post_title : ''; $id = isset( $post->ID ) ? $post->ID : 0; return apply_filters( 'the_title', $title, $id ); } function rankyaseomastery(){ $rankyaposttitle = rankya_get_the_title(); $rankyaposttitle = '<h2>'.$rankyaposttitle.'</h2>'; $rankyacustomkeywords = "<p style='margin-left:.85em;margin-right:.85em;'>Thank you for sharing this blog post. Description: ". get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), '_yoast_wpseo_metadesc', true) ."</p>"; return $rankyaposttitle . $rankyacustomkeywords; } add_shortcode('insertrankyaseomastery','rankyaseomastery');

Now you have access to a WordPress shortcode

  • [insertrankyaseomastery]

You can place that WordPress shortcode anywhere on your website (ideally on sidebar or footer widget). This function will pull ‘Post Title’ and also Yoast SEO Plugin ‘Meta Description’ and echo out:

POSTTITLE. Thank you for sharing this blog post. Description: whatever the unique meta description you’ve written for your blog post.

Small piece of code, but it will make your sidebar/or/footer section bit more unique for Google to value these usually placeholder sections. Furthermore, since the Post Title and Meta Description will be optimized using RankYa SEO techniques, this will ensure that the keywords usage on that blog post will also naturally increase. See? You focus on mastery techniques.

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  1. Wow, this is great resource about SEO technique.. thank you for sharing Yoast guide for us.. we all really love your site..

  2. Hi,
    I have purchased your Art of WP SEO – it is brilliant – highly recommended !

    Just a question:
    I have an e-commerce site, installing robots.txt and am just a bit concerned on what directives to delete of the code.
    Do not want to remove more then I have to.
    Can you please possibly give me the start and end of what must be removed.
    Lastly – I do delete the existing code and replace it with the robots.txt file?
    Thank you

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