In previous articles we’ve shown how to add the Yoast plug-in and how to search for keywords. This post is about using the Yoast SEO WordPress plug-in within your posts. It’s fairly straight forward and you get a green light when everything is optimized. You also get extra page analysis such as the readability of the post.

How to Setup Yoast

This is very simple to do and doesn’t take long. We’ll also add a video below on how to set this up.

When you write your post you’ll have a “focus” keyword, this is the title of your post. Once you’ve written the post, scroll down and you’ll see “Yoast SEO”.

Using the Yoast SEO WordPress plug-in

There are 3 fields to fill in:

  • Focus keyword – copy and paste the title into this section.
  • SEO title – you can leave this, Yoast will generate it from your title.
  • Meta description – this is the description you see in search engines and should have your keyword in it.

Once you’ve filled in these fields, if all is correct you’ll get the green light which you’ll see in 2 areas.

Yoast green light Yoast green light 2


All good so far!

The next thing to check is the page analysis, you can either click on “check” seen on the image above, or the “Page Analysis” tab. This is where you can tweak the settings further. Sometimes it’s not possible to have a green light beside everything. In the image below for example, the keyword density is low, but to make it higher wouldn’t have made sense in the reading of the article.

It also lets you see the score based on the Flesch Reading Ease test, whether your article is considered easy to read. This means breaking it up into small paragraphs and using headings etc.

Yoast page analysis

That is really as simple as it needs to be!

If you’ve any questions leave a comment below or contact us.


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