WordPress SEO: Most Important Settings

Learn how to configure general WordPress SEO settings using the All-in-One SEO plugin.

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Step 1: Download, Activate & configure general settings of your WordPress All in One SEO Plugin.

The first thing we’re going to do, I’ll show you how to adjust your WordPress settings so that you avoid some common SEO mistakes.

Once once you log into wordpress you should be looking at a screen that looks roughly like this. You’ll see your dashboard up here first thing to do is go over to ‘plugins,’ scroll over plugins click add new this will take us to a screen or you can browse & install different to wordpress plugins. Go up into the search box click to search for “all in one SEO.” This is the plugin that we want to use right here.

You’ll normally see an ‘install now’ button that looks something like this. What I want you to do is click the ‘install now’ button which will be right here. I’m going to do it to this plugin below just as an example. Once you click install now it’s going to download install it into your WordPress then you just click to ‘activate.’ (I’m not going to activate this one because i don’t want to activate that plugin)

After you activate the plugin, you should refresh the page & then you should see up on the left, the all-in-one SEO plugin. Scroll over that click on general settings. This will take us to a page where we can adjust the settings. I’ve changed these to the default settings so this should match exactly what you’re going to see on your screen.

The ‘canonical URLs’ option should be checked – that’s correct. Leave that as is.

Leave all these settings as they are – make sure this is checked scroll down to the next one next section here home page settings this is where you’re going to put your title tag for your homepage & your homepage meta description. You can leave that blank for now – I’m going to show you how to do that in the next video.

For now, scroll down to title settings. This is a fairly important setting. You want to make sure the fist box is checked. The next one doesn’t really matter. The next one… this one needs to look exactly like this for the homepage title format. If it looks any different, if there’s anything on the end here for looks different in any way, make sure to replace it with “%page_title%.”

The next setting should also be %page_title%. Highlight the last section and delete it. So those first two settings should look exactly the same. The third setting, do the same thing that you just did & delete it so that says %post_title%.The ‘category archive’ ‘date archive’… all these things can be left unchanged since they are not as important. The one that IS important is the description format. Make sure this looks exactly like this: %description%

Scroll down. ‘Enable SEO for custom post types’ and make sure these two check boxes are checked.

Scroll down to the next section, webmaster verification and Google Analytics. This is where you can install your google analytics code. I would recommend NOT doing that now for a number of reasons. I’ll share those with you later but for now, leave both these sections blank.

Scroll down to the ‘no index settings.’ The first three should all be left blank. The next three should be checked.

Scroll all the way down make sure that use keywords is disabled – that’s something that Google does not use anymore & once you’ve done that, go ahead & click ‘update options’ & you’re all set