Basic Yoast SEO checklist 2020
1. Install Yoast SEO
Install Yoast SEO which is a free SEO plugin for WordPress and some other content management system (CMS).
With the help of Yoast SEO, you can:
- Create sitemaps
- Optimize meta descriptions
- Make your technical material clearer and more elegant
If you are using WordPress or any other CMS, then great.
If not, then go to google and search best SEO plugin for yourself.
2. Create a Sitemap
What is a sitemap?
It is a file where all your site’s information, like pages, videos, images and files etc. are placed.
If you have your own site, must create a Sitemap for it. It will tell search engines like google, which pages and files are more important in your site. It will help Google to crawl your site more intelligently.
When the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and any alternate language versions of a page, all this info and much more is provided by Sitemap.
3. Create a robots.txt file
It is a text file which webmasters create for their sites.
In this file, you can give instructions to search engines like goggle about how to crawl pages on your site.
You can specify in your robots.txt file, which pages or google can access and which pages it can’t access.
4. Install google analytics
This free tool from google will help you to know number of people visits and their interaction with your site.
If you want to install it, but don’t know how, watch this.
5. Set up Google Search Console
This is a free service provided by google.
If you want to monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot your site’s presence in Google Search results, then you must set this tool up.
It provides information about:
- Number of visitors on your site
- How visitors are finding your site
- Number of your mobile and computer visitors
- Which pages on your site are the most popular