If you are using Yoast SEO WordPress plugin (Which is the best WordPress SEO plugin) , in the latest version you must have noticed a line in your WordPress dashboard that says
“Don’t miss your crawl errors: connect with Google Search Console here.”
This is the new feature that will help you to stay updated with all the Google search crawl errors & issues related to your blog from your WordPress dashboard. Of course, you need to submit your blog to Google search console, which I believe you must have done already. If not, follow this handy tutorial & do it right away.
In this easy to follow guide, I will show how you how to use this feature, and how you can fix all crawling issues related to your blog from WordPress dashboard. Before you move ahead, take a moment & read this post to understand various crawl issues & error warning in Google search console.
Now, let’s get on with this exclusive guide to understanding search console feature of Yoast SEO.
How to use Search Console feature of Yoast SEO plugin:
Login to your WordPress dashboard & ensure you are using the latest version of Yoast SEO plugin. Click on SEO > Search console & you will see a screen as shown below:
Click on Get Google Authorization Code & it will open a pop-up where you need to authenticate Yoast SEO to access your Search console account (Don’t worry about safety, as this is 100% secure).
Click on accept & it will give you a code that you need to paste in Yoast Search console settings page. After that click on Authenticate, and select your site profile from the drop down list & click on save the profile.
Now, you have successfully linked your Google search console with Yoast SEO. This would let you access all the crawl issues directly from WordPress dashboard.
What you can do with Search console of Yoast SEO:
This is where all the fun begins as you can see all the links that are giving access error (404 error, soft 404 error, server access error; access denied error). Here is a screenshot from ShoutMeLoud Search console – Yoast SEO page:
Every link has three options at this moment that includes:
- Create redirect
- Marked as fixed
To use the create redirect you can either use free redirection plugin (Which requires manual work) or you can buy Yoast SEO Premium which offers one click redirection feature & is convenient for those who have a huge WordPress blog.
Do remember: Your goal is to finally make the list zero. When you have fixed a link, simply select it & mark it as fixed.
Do remember, this will be an on-going process & you should work once or twice every month to see & fix all such issues.
- Must read: How to deal with 404 error pages for SEO
Here are few more posts which makes it easy for you to understand learn more about SEO by Yoast:
- How to setup Yoast SEO plugin
- SEO by Yoast configuration [Video Guide]
Do let me know if you have any query related to this new feature of Yoast SEO plugin. If you want me to make a video tutorial on the same, feel free to ask for it in the comment section.