Yoast has become the go-to SEO solution for improving SEO and rankings on search engine results pages (SERPs) within the WordPress community. It’s full of features that are regularly updated and has been downloaded more than 5 million times. Wibble installs and configures Yoast SEO for all of our WordPress designed and developed sites, by default.

Here I will be showing you how to change the title and Meta Description using Yoast SEO on WordPress – this a task that is regularly carried out with every page or post update. All of Wibble’s web design clients have the option to configure the plugin as described below.

Changing the Title & Meta Description through each Post & Page

1. Login to your WordPress site

WordPress Login Screen

2. Navigate to the Yoast SEO Plugin

If you don’t have Yoast installed go to “Plugins” > “Add New” > “Yoast SEO”

Image showing the Yoast SEO Panel screen

3. Select the Post or Page from the left side of the menu

If you would like to start a new Post or Page click “Add New”

4. Scroll down the page until you see the section called “Yoast SEO”

Yoast SEO Section where you can edit the Meta title and description

5. Click “Edit Snippet”

Image showing where you click Edit Snippet

6. Change the information under the heading “SEO title” and “Meta description”

By using the input boxes, Yoast SEO shows you how it will look on Serach Engines.

If you want to add extra information that is automatically generated, you can click on “Insert Snippet Variable”. This will insert a short code snippet which will be automatically filled in. As shown n the “SEO Title” section, ‘Title’, ‘Page’, ‘Seperator’ & ‘Site Title’ are all snippets which are generated by Yoast SEO.

Arrows shwoing where to change the Meta Title and Description

7. When you are finished editing, click “Close Snippet Editor”

Arrow showing where to click to close the snippet editor

8. Ensure that the “Snippet Preview” is showing the “SEO title” and “Meta description” properly.

Shows where you can check if the Meta title and Description are showing properly

9. Congratulations! you have just edited the Meta Title & Description using Yoast SEO in WordPress. Now publish your Post or Page.

Changing the SEO Titles and Meta Descriptions for Archives

On WordPress if you have made use of Archives you can also specify the SEO Title, and Meta description for the website.

1. Login to your WordPress site

WordPress Login screen

2. Navigate to the Yoast SEO Plugin
If you don’t have Yoast installed go to “Plugins” > “Add New” > “Yoast SEO”

Yoast SEO panel screen

3. Click on “Search Appearance” on the left side of the menu

Yoast SEO Sidebar which shows where to click

4. Navigate to Archives along the top of the page

Arrow showing where to click on the navigation

5. Change the “SEO title” and “Meta description”

Arrow showing where to click to change the SEO title and Meta description

6. This will then update the meta description and title for each of the archives, respectively.

The steps for the archives section are the same for “Content Types”, “Media” and “Taxonomies”.

We hope this guide to changing the Meta tags and description using Yoast SEO on WordPress was useful – check back for more WordPress help and guidance from Wibble Web Design. If you need any help or support on your WordPress site, contact Wibble.