How to install and set up Yoast SEO Free Plugin On Your WordPress site
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Yoast SEO Plugin is the most important plugin regarding on-page SEO and creating sitemap. It’s a very helpful plugin available on WordPress.

Yoast SEO plugin is in two versions – Free & Premium.

If you have premium one you don’t need worry a point millisecond for your On-Page SEO. It’s the best SEO plugin we do ever have.

If you are using Free version Yoast SEO Plugin you might not have all features available in it but still it’s the best than others.

Free Yoast SEO Plugin is available in WordPress. You just have to install it and activate.

To get premium Yoast SEO Plugin, you have to upgrade this free Yoast SEO Plugin. To upgrade it you need to pay some amount of money.

How to Install & Activate Yoast SEO Plugin on WordPress?

WordPress Dashboard

Go to your WordPress Admin panel Dashboard.
Click on plugin.
Click on Add New Plugin.

Write Yoast SEO in the search section.
Install Yoast SEO Plugin.
Activate it.

How to set up Yoast SEO Plugin for Blog & News site?

Yoast SEO Plugin Set up

After activation of Yoast SEO Plugin you can find the SEO option in left sidebar on your WordPress Admin Panel Dashboard.

Click on there. You will find options to set up on your Yoast SEO Plugin. There’s an option called “Premium”. If you want to upgrade the plugin click on there and upgrade it. You have to purchase it.

If you don’t want to purchase it’s okay. Free plugin is also good.

Free Yoast SEO Plugin Set up

Click on “Search” option. You have to start with “General” section. There are two blanks you have to fill. Put your site’s name in the “Organization” section and upload a logo if you have any, otherwise leave that blank. Click on Save Change button.

Yoast plugin Search section set up

Click on “Content Types”. Come to “Posts” section. Keep “Default Page Type” as Web Page (default). Click on “Default Article Type”.

Yoast SEO Plugin Content Type

If it’s a blog then keep it “Article (default)”. If it’s a News Site then keep it “News Article”. You can choose other option too if you have that particular niche site. You can choose only one option. After your selection don’t forget to click on “Save Changes” button.

Yoast plugin

Click on “Taxonomies”. If it’s a blog don’t need to change anything. Keep it whatever it is. Click on “Save Changes” button.

Yoast SEO for news

If it’s a News Site you have to do a little change so that your On-Page SEO goes well. Observe the above image and mark the changes. It will help you in ranking on any search engine. Once all are done click on “Save Changes” button.

Note: In Meta Description, “From” – this portion will be your site domain name. I have mentioned my domain name as example.

Go to “Archives” section. If it’s a News Site disable it. If it’s a blog enable it. Click on “Save Changes” button.

Click on “Social” option in SEO menu. There will come social media handle sections. Whatever social media handles you have made for your site put the URL in the particular section. Don’t forget to click on “Save Changes” button.

Yoast SEO Sitemap

Go to “General Section” of your SEO main menu. You will find many options same as the above. You don’t need to change anything if the same as the shown image is there. Just check it all options are set up like the above shown image.

Site map creation

If you have activated Yoast SEO Plugin on your WordPress site your sitemap will be automatically created. You can find it here. Observe the above image. Click on “?” Button beside the “XML sitemaps”. This sitemap is only for blog site. Click on “See the XML sitemaps”.

XML sitemaps

You will observe such kind sitemaps as shown in the above image. You need to copy the URL and paste the URL into the sitemap section of your Google Search Console account. Google will detect your sitemaps easily and your blog post will start indexed on Google.

If you want to create sitemaps for your News Site you have to upgrade Yoast SEO to Premium.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to purchase Yoast SEO premium. I’ll soon come up with another Article on “how to create sitemaps for News Site without purchasing any premium Plugin”.

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