How to migrate from Squirrly SEO to Yoast SEO

Thanks for choosing Yoast SEO! In this post, we go through the steps you need to take when migrating from Squirrly SEO to Yoast SEO. Your primary concern may be that you will lose your SEO data. For example, you may wonder what will happen to the keyphrases, meta descriptions, and SEO titles you already used in your published posts and pages. No worries. Follow the steps below, and Yoast SEO will import all the data and ensure your transition is smooth.

In this article, we mention the configuration wizard. In Yoast SEO 17.7, we’ve replaced the configuration wizard with the new configuration workout. Check out this help article to read how to use the configuration workout!

Migrating from Squirrly SEO to Yoast SEO

To migrate from Squirrly SEO to Yoast SEO follow these steps

  1. Deactivate Squirrly SEO.

    You can do that by going to the Plugins screen, and locating the plugin. Then, hover your mouse over it to reveal the options, and click Deactivate.

  2. Create a backup of your site.

    If you are not sure how to do this, take a look at the article – How to create a backup for your WordPress site.

  3. Go to the SEO menu item, and select Tools.

    The Tools screen will open.

  4. Click on the Import and Export link.

    The Import and Export settings will open.

  5. Select the Import from other SEO plugins tab.

    The tab options will be revealed.

  6. Since you should have already created the backup, move on to importing your data from Squirrly SEO by clicking the Import button.

     The time it takes to do the import depends on the amount of data you have. Once the importing is done you will see a notification on the top of the screen.

  7. Go to a Post or Page and check if your data is imported.

    For example, check if your focus keyphrase is there. Also, click the Google Preview button and check if your SEO title and meta description are in order.

  8. Run the Yoast SEO configuration wizard.

    If you need help in this process, watch the video on how to configure Yoast SEO with the configuration wizard.

  9. Once you’ve checked that everything is working properly, click the Clean Button.

    When the plugin cleans up the data, you will receive a notification on the top of the screen.

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