How to Set Up Yoast SEO with Kadence

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Do you have a Kadence website whose SEO you would love to optimise? Kadence is a popular WordPress theme known for its flexibility and powerful features. When it comes to optimizing your Kadence website for search engines, integrating the Yoast SEO plugin can be a game-changer.

Yoast SEO is a WordPress plugin that helps you optimise website content for SEO, hence improving your site’s visibility and performance on search engine results pages (SERPs).

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up Yoast SEO on your Kadence-powered website for optimal search engine optimization (SEO).

Video: How to Set Up Yoast SEOn in Kadence

Here is a video tutorial on how you can set up Yoast SEO with Kadence.

Install and Activate Yoast SEO.

Installing and activating the Yoast SEO plugin on your WordPress site is the first step.

To do this, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to “Plugins” in the left-hand menu, click on “Add New,” and search for “Yoast SEO.” Once you find it, click “Install Now” and then activate the plugin.

How to set up Yoast SEO plugin
How to install the Yoast plugin

Optimising Your Content

With Yoast SEO installed, you can now optimise your pages and posts for SEO.

Open a post or a page you’ll notice a meta box below your content editor when creating or editing a post or page.

How to optimise your content for SEO with Yoast SEO
How to optimise your content for SEO with Yoast SEO

This meta box provides real-time analysis and suggestions to enhance your content’s SEO. Pay attention to the readability analysis, focus keyword, and snippet preview to ensure your content is optimized for search engines.

The most important setting is for you to add the meta description for your page or post. Ensure to add a meta description for all your posts and pages on the site.

Search Appearance Configuration

One of Yoast SEO’s powerful features is the ability to determine which content appears in search results. With Yoast, you can decide what bits of content get indexed, and only these will appear in search engine results pages.

To access this feature, go to Yoast SEOSettingsContent Types. You will find settings for content types such as posts, pages, and other custom pots here.

Yoast SEO content settings
Yoast SEO content settings

If you are using Kadence Elements and other content types such as Galleries, you need to disable these from appearing in search engine results.

Click on the content type settings for that given type of content and disable the search appearance option, as shown below.

How to turn off search appearance settings for content inside Yoast
How to turn off search appearance settings for content inside Yoast

When search engines index your site, content types such as Elements and Galleries whose visibility has been turned off will not be indexed, leaving only meaningful content to be indexed.

Yoast SEO Breadcrumb Settings

Breadcrumbs are navigational aids that display a hierarchical trail of clickable links. Breadcrumbs help users understand their current website location and facilitate easy navigation. They display a series of links representing the path from the homepage to the current page.

Example of a breadcrumb below the page title.
Example of a breadcrumb.

To make changes to your site breadcrumbs using Yoast SEO, you need first to configure the Kadence theme to use Yoast’s Breadcrumb engine.

Open the Kadence Theme Customiser settings. Go to GeneralBreadcrumbs and set the Breadcrumb Engine to Yoast.

How to set the Kadence breadcrumb engine
How to set the Kadence breadcrumb engine

After setting the Yoast breadcrumb, you can now adjust the breadcrumb settings for specific content types inside Yoast settings.

Yoast SEO Breadcrumb title
Yoast SEO Breadcrumb title

Advanced Yoast Breadcrumb Tutorial

You can check our tutorial on How to Edit Yoast Breadcrumbs with PHP in case you need to do further customisation for your site breadcrumbs.

Other Yoast Configurations

You can perform further Yoast SEO configurations on your site with this tool, such as;

Creating a Sitemap

A sitemap is a file that lists all of the pages on your website. It helps search engines find and index your pages more quickly and easily.

When a search engine crawls your website, it will look for your sitemap. If it finds your sitemap, it will use the information in the sitemap to crawl your website more efficiently.

Yoast SEO automatically generates an XML sitemap for your website, making it easier for search engines to crawl and index your pages.

To find your sitemap, navigate to “Yoast SEOSettingsSite Features.” Scroll to the bottom of the page to ensure the sitemap feature is turned on.

Check for the status of the Yoast sitemap.
Check for the status of the Yoast sitemap.

Pro Tips on Sitemaps

Check out our article on whether you need a sitemap for your WordPress website and How to add a Sitemap to Google Search Console.

First-time configuration

You can finish off the Yoast set-up by going through its first-time configuration.

Go to Yoast SEOGeneral and switch to the First-time configuration tab to access this.

Here, you can work on the SEO data optimisation for your site and its representation, add its social profiles and set personal references.

Yoast SEO first time configuration
Yoast SEO first-time configuration

Yoast SEO Support with Our WordPress Care Plan

MRK WP offers technical support for both Yoast Free and Yoast Premium under our WordPress Care Plan service. Reach out to us today in case you need support for Yoast tools.

Final thoughts

Combining the powerful capabilities of Kadence with Yoast SEO’s features, you can significantly improve your website’s visibility on search engines.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating a search engine-friendly website that attracts more organic traffic and enhances your online presence.

Regularly update and optimize your content using Yoast SEO’s insights to stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of search engine optimization.

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