How to modify default snippet templates in Yoast SEO

An important function of Yoast SEO (both free and premium) is that it allows you to automatically add snippet templates to your pages. Want to know more about what these snippet templates are and what you can do with it? Check out this post about snippet variables.

Yoast SEO includes default templates that are SEO-friendly but you can modify these default templates to meet your specific needs by following the steps below.

If you want to know how to enter meta descriptions on a page, please refer to this guide on creating SEO titles and meta descriptions.

Modify default templates

Yoast SEO automatically adds default snippet templates to all the different pages across your site. You can change your title and meta description templates by going to the admin of your WordPress installation and clicking ‘SEO’ → ‘Search Appearance.’

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

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

  2. Click on the ‘Yoast SEO’ menu item on the left-hand side.

    The menu will expand.

  3. Click on ‘Search Appearance.’


  4. Create templates for the various pages on your site.

    In the General tab, you can see templates for your homepage. Under the other tabs, you can find the search appearance settings. For instance, in the Content types tab, you can set templates for posts, pages, products, and other content types. There are also template settings in the Taxonomies and Archives tabs. In addition, you can add emojis to the titles and descriptions with the emoji picker, by clicking the smiley button next to the Insert variable button.

    a screenshot of the Content types tab in the Yoast SEO search appearance settings

You can use the variables from this list of snippet variables to create your own templates for the titles and meta descriptions.

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