Writing compelling titles and meta descriptions can sometimes be challenging. You must get them right to attract clicks and improve your search engine rankings. Yoast SEO has introduced an AI generator tool to help you create SEO titles and descriptions without getting stuck.
This article looks at an overview of the Yoast AI generator tool. It also guides you on how to use the tool to create SEO titles and meta descriptions for your content.
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You should have installed and activated Yoast SEO free and Yoast premium version 21.0 and above to use the Yoast AI generator.
You can download Yoast free and premium from their website if you do not have the two plugins.
Video: How to create titles and meta descriptions with Yoast AI
We also have a brief YouTube short on How to use the AI generator.
What is Yoast AI Generator?
Yoast AI Generator is a feature of Yoast SEO Premium that helps you create better titles and meta descriptions for your website pages and posts.
The AI uses machine learning to understand your content and generate titles and descriptions. These suggestions will likely attract clicks and improve your search engine rankings.
How To use the Yoast AI generator
Let us take a look at how we can use this AI generator to create SEO titles and descriptions for both posts and social media shares.
A. Creating Titles and Meta Descriptions for posts
To use the AI generator, follow these steps:
1. Activate the AI generator tool.
Go to Yoast settings. Inside settings, navigate to Site features. Look for the AI generator feature and turn it on.
2. Open a post or page.
After activation, open a post or page editor where you want to use the AI generator.
In this example, we will use the Yoast AI generator to create a title and meta-description for this very article.
3. Go to the Google Preview Yoast settings.
Inside the post editor, go to the Google Preview Yoast settings.
4. Generate AI suggestions
Click the “Use AI” button next to the Yoast SEO meta box’s title or meta-description field.
If you are using the Yoast AI tool for the first time, it will ask for your consent to connect with other external tools that empower this feature.
The AI generator will then generate several suggestions for the title, as shown below.
If you are unsatisfied with any of the suggestions, click the “Generate more” button to get more options.
5. Review the suggestions.
Read through the Yoast AI generator suggestions, and click the “Apply AI” button to save your changes.
It should be a must for you to review the suggestions carefully before you apply them. Make sure that they are accurate, relevant, and engaging.
B. Creating Titles and Descriptions for social media shares
You can also use the Yoast AI generator to generate social media titles and descriptions for a post. The title and description show up when shared on a post or page is shared across social media.
- To create social media titles, go to the Facebook or Twitter Yoast preview settings for a post.
- Click the “Use AI” buttons in the social preview pop-up to generate the social media title and description.
Here are some tips for using the Yoast AI generator:
- You can also customize the suggestions by adding or removing words or by changing the order of the words.
- Refrain from over-relying on the AI generator. The tool could generate recommendations that are not relevant or that are not as good as what you could write yourself.
- We also noticed some suggestions exceed the character limit set for titles and meta descriptions. Ensure to reduce the AI suggestions words/characters till you see the green mark for the title and meta description.
The Yoast AI generator is a helpful tool that can save time and help you create better titles and meta descriptions. However, it’s essential to use it wisely and to review the suggestions carefully before you apply them.