How to install Yoast SEO for WordPress

Note: This is the installation guide of the free Yoast SEO plugin. If you’re looking for the installation guide of Yoast SEO Premium, please go here.

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Time needed: 5 minutes.

Installing Yoast SEO is easy, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on ‘Plugins’.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Plugins’.

  3. Search for ‘Yoast SEO’

    Click on ‘Add New’ near the top of the screen. Type ‘Yoast SEO’ in the search bar.Search for 'Yoast SEO' on the Install plugins screen

  4. Install the plugin

    Searching will give you a page of search results. Our plugin should be visible now. Click the ‘Install Now’ link to start installing our plugin.Plugin install screen with highlighted install now button

  5. Activate the plugin

    Once the installation has finished, click the ‘Activate’ button. It has appeared where the ‘Install Now’ button was previously located.

  6. You’re done!

    You can now go and configure the plugin.

Installing Yoast Using File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

In some cases you may need to install using FTP. This guide explains more: How to Install Yoast SEO using FTP.

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