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  1. Wahey all done! (Apart from the search console bits). No idea how is have got this right without this guide… Thanks Eb!

    1. Yay! So pleased you found it helpful. Glad you’ve got it sorted! Hopefully you will be able to see the fruit of your hard work very soon 😀 Eb x

  2. Thank you so much for a brilliant tutorial. I have just spent a couple of hours getting everything as it should be, and it feels great! I’ll be using your site to sort out my SEO 🙂 xxx

    1. Yay! So pleased you found my this article helpful – it does feel good when you finally sort out this kind of thing, doesn’t it? Good luck with the rest of your SEO work! Eb x

    1. Yay – so pleased this helped you – it’s such an overlooked part of SEO and it can make such a big difference. Yes, I would no-index ingredients – there will be so many of them and unless you are willing to go in and optimise every single ingredients page, you need to no-index, otherwise it will drag down your overall SEO. Eb x

  3. You are a goddess. Seriously- just found your site and have been fixing all the things I didn’t even know were broken or wrong. Thank you!!! I’m on a road trip in the middle of France at the moment and I have abandoned croissants to read your site- it’s that good! 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks for this lovely comment Kat – you made my day! Especially the comment about abandoning the croissants – I feel honoured 😀

  4. I’m using genesis now and was told to disable the bread crumbs of genesis and enable in yoast. But they also told to add the code. May I know where to find the code and where to add it? Thank you

    1. I would definitely have breadcrumbs enabled in both Genesis and Yoast. It won’t work if you just have it enabled in Yoast. I’m not sure which code you are asking about? Do you mean the code for Google Search Console? If so just follow the instructions in this tutorial >>> https://www.productiveblogging.com/google-search-console-grow-blog-traffic/. If you mean the code for Google Analytics, then you need to follow the instructions in this tutorial >>> https://www.productiveblogging.com/set-up-google-analytics-wordpress-blog/ Hope that helps!

  5. This article is really helpful! I read it again yesterday and made a few small changes to my Yoast. One question – you recommend disabling the format option in taxonomies. For some reason mine was enabled, and I had ‘show format in search results’ on yes. It explained that ‘Not showing Formats in the search results technically means those will have a noindex robots meta and will be excluded from XML sitemaps.’ So isn’t it better to enable the format? Thanks!

    1. Yay! So pleased you found this helpful. OK, so… the ‘format’ option is all about Post Format Archives. WordPress offers lots of different post formats – for example, standard/aside/quote/gallery. (You can read more about post formats here => https://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/post-formats/). Post Format Archives are very similar to category and tag archives. WordPress will automatically generate an archive for each post format, so you get a standard post archive, a gallery post archive, a quotes post archive etc. There are two reasons why I suggest leaving this disabled (and therefore no-indexed) – the first is that most bloggers don’t use all these different post format options. Most bloggers just use the ‘standard’ format. The second is because even if you did create posts in lots of different formats – is anyone really going to be searching for your ‘standard post archive’ or your ‘gallery post archive’ in Google and do you really want these coming up in Google searches? Having Google index your post format archives is using up valuable crawl time that you would much rather Google use on indexing your actual blog posts! Hope that helps – do let me know if you have any more questions on this. Eb 🙂

    1. Yay! So glad that helped… always a pleasure, but also I figure for every comment I get there’s probably 10 other people wondering the same thing!! Eb x

  6. I’m so happy I found you Eb! This article was an amazing help – All updates implemented and further articles to read.
    Thank you!

  7. Such a helpful, comprehensive post! Regarding the “homepage settings” section, I might have missed it, but how do you set up Google results like yours? Like with the pages and posts that show underneath the site title and description.

    1. Hi Payton! What you are referring to is called ‘sitelinks’. There are a few things you can do to try and influence this, but ultimately it’s Google who decides what to put here. The things you can do to try and encourage Google to give you good looking sitelinks are: generally good SEO, especially good site structure >>> https://www.productiveblogging.com/blog-site-structure-seo/ and ensure every page, category etc. is optimised for SEO and has a meta description. Hope that helps! Eb 🙂

  8. in the CATEGORY URLs section of your guide, doesn’t stripping the categories from URLS auto add the required301 redirects? I’m pretty sure it did but I set up yoast so long ago to even remember, just ran through the guide to double-check mainly the indexing or not indexing of category and tags so thanks!

    1. Not as far as I know with the standard Yoast plugin. Of course if you have Yoast Premium you can set up redirects for anything you like! Glad you found this helpful. Eb 🙂

  9. I am searching on google for yoast plugin guideline and I find your post. And after reading your content, hopefully, now we can use yoast plugin easily. Thank you!

  10. Thanks for this post Eb. I didn’t know half of these things even existed. Your blog is giving me the confidence I need to make my blog a success. Thank you for all your help.

  11. Excellent information on setting up the Yoast SEO plugin Eb, thanks very much.
    I had got most of it right thankfully, but there were a few things that I managed to improve upon. Now to see if it makes any difference, fingers crossed.

  12. Hi, Eb.
    Really love your work here!
    I’ve read the ‘Media’ tab section and compared it to the current appearance of Yoast SEO.
    It says : When you upload media (e.g. an image or video), WordPress automatically creates a media page (attachment URL) for it. These pages are quite empty and could cause thin content problems and lead to excess pages on your site. Therefore, Yoast SEO disables them by default (and redirects the attachment URL to the media itself).

    Should I disable or enable it?

  13. I really thoroughly enjoyed this post. I’ve been using Yoast for a few years now and even upgraded to the Premium version, which I find to be very worth it. There were a few features that I meant to look up but never really used. However, this awesome guide has answered my questions and gave me ideas on how to fully utilize the features of Yoast. Thank you for publishing it!

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