Published On 03/07/2020
Updated On 19/01/2021
If you’re a WordPress user you may have heard of the Yoast SEO plugin. Installing Yoast on your WordPress site gives you access to a number of SEO features that can help your website rank higher and improve its appearance on Google. This post will help you learn how to install Yoast SEO and the basics of configuring it.

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 is now installed. 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. 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 completing the wizard, Yoast SEO will be configured for your website. There are addition features the wizard doesn’t cover and you can learn more about them in the beginners guide to Yoast SEO. You could also upgrade to the premium version of Yoast SEO for an extra £89. Consult with an SEO specialist to learn more about what the plugin can do, or if you need help setting it up.