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Setting up your SEO Plug-in

Most of the WordPress fundis are already using All in One SEO but now we have Joost de Valk’s Yoast. This is said to be “the most complete SEO solution” available anywhere.  It certainly seems to fit the bill. There is, however, one little problem.  The Yoast is not that easy to install and get working. Because of this we did a few experiments and will be attempting to lead you through the installation.

Once you have uploaded Yoast to your admin Panel you will find a tab with the Yoast logo on it which you have activated. Now let us set about making it work for us. We will need data transfer. Make sure all your data is transferred here. The best way is to use the SEO Data Transporter. Once the data is all across, we can continue with the general settings. Tick the item use Meta settings. Next you will be able to add the code that each search engine gave you when they verified your site.

Now make sure you enable the sitemap function as well as your add images and all the pings. Save your new settings.
In the Titles section make sure your actual theme has this in the header

<title><?php wp_title(”); ?></title>

if it hasn’t got it. You need to put it in yourself or otherwise place a tick in the section that ‘Force rewrite titles’ box.
Define your title’s taxonomies and do the special pages like Archives.

Take your time over the indexation section because you cannot make any mistakes. Put ticks in where your site needs them. Avoid duplicate content for search engines here. Be sure to set your no follow pages. Use the Clean head section area and check or leave blank where necessary.
The permalinks section assumes you already made your link SEO friendly it won’t do it for you.  Here again you need to choose carefully, or you might lose the data you need from Google analytics.

The internal links section is referring to breadcrumbs. This you need to enable and set up. Your RSS feed settings also need setting up with things like no follow and pink search engines. Once you have completed these sections make a backup by using the Export setting.

Do your customization of each post you do when you post. Don’t leave it until later, or it becomes a chore. Do the entire fill-ins individually and don’t rely on the generator.

As you can see Joost covered everything here, and it saves a lot of other plug-ins which probably will no longer be necessary. Take your time about setting this up and read each and every section carefully. What is good for me might not be good for you. Every web site is different. The most important aspects will remain the same though. Never delete anything until you have either transferred it here if that is required, or you have a backup copy. You would hate to have to redo the entire sites SEO. Once completed though this really does your SEO in a very user friendly way. It is only the setting up that is a little daunting especially to a beginner who might not know what the plug-in is talking about. People who work in the html and other languages tend to forget that there are people out there that don’t understand a word of what you are saying and just get a glazed look.


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