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WordPress SEO Settings For Beginners

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Did you just installed your WordPress website? You do not know the First WordPress SEO Settings for beginners like you to start with.? Then sit back and read this post till the end. Yes, do not skip any step at all as every step is as important as the next step ahead.

Understanding WordPress SEO Settings For Beginners 

WordPress is one of the best blogging platforms to start a blog for free. One of its advantages is that setting up a blog or website with WordPress is as easy as ABC.  You can virtually set-up everything with the help of already developed plugins

Read: Best Blogging Platform to Start a Blog for Free

I personally recommend an SEO plugin called Yoast. Yoast SEO plugin is one of the most popular SEO plugins. It will help you set up all the necessary SEO settings as a beginner. With YOAST SEO plugin you can:- Set Your Site Title and Matas, Link your social media accounts to your site, Set up XML sitemap and submit your site to search engines like google, bing and Yahoo and lots more. You can download Yoast SEO plugins from the plugin section in your dashboard.

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Ok enough of the talk. let us get to the main deal.

From here I assume you have installed SEO plugin.

WordPress SEO Settings for Beginners

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On your Yoast dashboard fill in your website name and your other details then, navigate to Title and Metas. The first option is the Title Separator. This normally separates your title from your meta, pages or posts. Here I normally go with the first option.

Site Title and Meta: This shows how your website appears in search engines. It contains Your website title and Meta description. In the Title section, use the default setting and in the Meta,  enter your site description, something that gives your visitors a short overview of what your website is all about.

Social Media Settings: After the Title and Meta, Proceed to the social media section. This gives your website search social signals. In that section, there you will add your site social media profile accounts like facebook, twitter, Instagram profile URL.

Read: How to Use Social Media to Find New Content Marketing Ideas

WordPress XML Sitemap Settings

What is XML Sitemap…?

Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. WordPress SEO settings for beginners is pretty much easier when it involves generation of sitemap. Here before generating your website site map using the Yoast plugin, it is important you do some little tweaks to the settings. This will enable you to decide which section of your website you want to be included in the sitemap.

Yoast Sitemap Settings: 

>In the Yoast Plugin, click on XML Sitemaps.

>In the general section leave as it is and navigate to “post type” There you will find options to include Post, pages and media in the sitemap to be generated. Note that any of your site data( pages, posts, tag, media etc that you exclude from your sitemap will not be indexed by search engine and probably will not appear in google search).

Ok, let’s continue., In this section, of course, we want our posts and pages to be indexed and visible in search engines so we will choose the “in sitemap” option. For the Media option, it is optional. But for me, I normally include that in my sitemap since I create my own post images. This makes my images unique and copyright free. But this doesn’t really matter it is optional.

Exclude Post: This option allows you to exclude a specific post from the sitemap. May be there is a post you don’t want to appear in search engine, then use the exclude post option to not index the post.

Taxonomies: These are subsections of your websites, such as the categories and tags. Here we will enable our category in the  “in sitemap” option and tags not “in sitemap”. Yes, it’s not SEO wise to include tags in sitemap though some people still include tags in their sitemap. If you know your way around the proper use of tags, then you can include this, but as a newbie, you do not need this.

When you are through with this settings, click save. You can check the generated sitemap by visiting (www.yoursite.com/sitemap_index.xml).

WordPress SEO Search Console Settings

This SEO setting will enable our site to be linked to the google search console. Note: Before this works you, must have verified and submitted your site with google webmasters and enable search console.  All you need to do is visit the Yoast search console section and click on the link to authenticate your website. You will be prompted to login to your Google account. Allow access and copy the code generated and paste in the box provided by Yoast. A list of your website connected to google search console will be listed. Select your site and save.

If you have followed my explanations above, then you are good to go. This is the basic WordPress SEO Settings for beginners. There are other advanced settings which you will also discover you as you master the WordPress platform and Search Engin Optimization strategies.

If You have any question, feel free to ask in the comment box. Thanks for Reading and remeber to share this post.

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