WordPress SEO Setup Guide: Advanced Post Settings
The next step in the guide to the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin guide will focus on the Advanced Post Settings of the plugin, which include setting a canonical URL, sitemap settings and more.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) From the Admin Panel, click on Posts >> Add New. Once you have written your post, scroll down to the WordPress SEO by Yoast settings underneath the post.
Step 3) In the WordPress SEO by Yoast settings, click on Advanced. The first port of call is to choose whether you want to Index or Noindex the new post so that the meta robots know whether to scan and rank the page in its results. The default is Index.
Step 4) You can tell the meta robots to Follow or NoFollow your new post, depending on the influence you wish the post to have on your overall rankings for a particular term.
Step 5) You can choose to tell meta robots not to do certain things by using the Meta Robots Advanced section. These include not creating a snippet in search results and not archiving the page.
Step 6) The next step is to decide whether or not to include the post in your Sitemap (choose from auto-detect, always include or never include), and then use the dropdown provided to identify the priority of the post in your sitemap (choose from between 1 – Highest Priority to 0.1 – Lowest Priority, with other choices in between)
Step 7) The Canonical URL is the URL that the search engines will view as the #1 source of the post. You can leave it blank if you want it to be the permalink created for the post, or add a different URL if that is the priority.
Step 8) If you wish for your post to redirect to another post or page, add the URL into the box marked 301 Redirect to set the redirect and inform the search engines.