Published on October 2, 2017 by WPBeginner

Are you wanting to properly add keywords to your WordPress site? Meta keywords and descriptions allow you to improve the SEO of your website. We will show you how to properly add meta keywords and meta descriptions in WordPress.

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For this tutorial we will be recommending you install the Yoast SEO plugin:

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With the plugin installed and activated you would want to take a look under SEO, Dashobard, Features and enable the Advanced Settings Pages for what we show in this video.

Under Titles & Metas you will go to the Other tab and enable the Use meta keywords tag. This will add a new meta keywords area for you to edit on your posts and pages.

Each keyword should be separated by a comma and don’t use more than ten keywords or phrases.

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Bill 54
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Bill 54
1 month 3 days ago

There is no advanced settings button. Presumably you now have to buy Yoast Premium to get that feature.

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1 month 2 days ago

Yoast has removed the setting after this video was created: yoast.com/meta-keywords

Craig Rogers
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Craig Rogers
1 month 20 days ago

Since the free version of Yoast only lets us use 1 keyword, what's the work-around for adding more?

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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
1 month 17 days ago

You can try to rank for multiple keywords, the free version of Yost only helps optimize for one keyword at a time.

Amy Livingstone
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Amy Livingstone
1 month 27 days ago

I installed the Yoast SEO plug-in but the 'Titles & Metas' menu doesn't come up. Do you need to upgrade to Premium to get this? Thanks!

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1 month 25 days ago

Yoast has removed the setting after this video was created: yoast.com/meta-keywords/

tired
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tired
2 months 2 days ago

Yoast got rid of the Meta-Keywords gg…. (22.04.2018)

Brainnews Radio
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Brainnews Radio
2 months 3 days ago

I love this video. I have really learn a lot from it. Thanks WPBeginner.

Pramod Chamling Rai
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Pramod Chamling Rai
2 months 5 days ago

Hi guys I put different title tag and meta description on yoast seo. Now I changed or edited the title tag and meta description on yoast seo with old url name. But title and meta description still don’t change ? They have old title and meta description. How can I change title and meta description with old url on yoast seo ? Cause my url is good but seo title was bad so I decided to change title and meta description with old url ??

Pramod Chamling Rai
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Pramod Chamling Rai
2 months 5 days ago

WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials thanks 🙏 for your quick response finally google re crawled my site you guys are amazing 😉

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Pramod Chamling Rai
2 months 5 days ago

WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials thanks 🙏

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2 months 5 days ago

You may want to recrawl that page with the search engine as search engines cache the results which could be your issue.

Meridico
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Meridico
2 months 17 days ago

I have added this plugin as of 7th April 2018 and it does not show some of the options you have on your screen. There are no 'advanced settings pages' option or 'titles and meta' for me to click on. Advice please.

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2 months 15 days ago

Yoast has removed the setting after this video was created: yoast.com/meta-keywords/

Brian Knapp
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Brian Knapp
2 months 20 days ago

Mine looks nothing like this. Have things changed a lot since 2017?

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2 months 20 days ago

Yoast has removed the setting after this video was created: yoast.com/meta-keywords/

DEEPAK SINGH RAWAT
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DEEPAK SINGH RAWAT
2 months 29 days ago

Thank you so Much @WPBeginner. So helpful (Y)

Filip Slánský
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Filip Slánský
3 months 11 days ago

I DONT SEE ANY TITLES AND METAS MENU!!!!! hELP DO I NEED THE PREMIUM?

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