If you’re a WordPress user you may have heard of the Yoast SEO plugin. By installing Yoast on your WordPress site you get access to a number of SEO features that can help your website rank higher and improve its appearance on search engines. To get started with Yoast SEO you will need to install it by following the steps below.

How to install Yoast SEO

1) Click on the link below which will download Yoast SEO to your computer:

https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.latest-stable.zip

2) In your WordPress admin area Click on Plugins >> Upload Plugin

 

wordpress admin area add plugins section

 

3) Select Choose file to go to your browser downloads folder and select the zipped archive named ‘wordpress-seo.latest-stable.zip’

4) Click Install Now to begin installing the plugin

Yoast SEO will now be installed within WordPress. The next step is to configure it. By configuring Yoast SEO you can take full advantage of Yoast’s features and make them work for your site.

How to configure Yoast SEO

To access Yoast, find and click on the SEO tab in your WordPress admin area. After clicking this you’ll be taken to the Yoast SEO dashboard. Within this section you will see a notification advising that you start the configuration wizard. The wizard is a great way for a Yoast beginner to get started using the plugin, without any of the jargon. Start the wizard by clicking on the configuration wizard link, as highlighted in the example below.

 

yoast seo first time configuration wizard notification

 

After following the steps in the wizard you will have successfully set up Yoast SEO on your website. There are other options within the plugin that the wizard doesn’t cover, but these are slightly more advanced. If you want to know more about these features then take a look at the official beginners guide to Yoast SEO. Alternatively, consult with an SEO specialist to learn more about what the plugin can do, or if you need further help setting it up.