Yoast SEO settings: RSS

As of Yoast SEO 20.0, the settings interface inside our plugins has received a major overhaul. Please update to the latest version of Yoast SEO if your plugin does not look like the screenshots you encounter in our Help center.

In this article, we’ll discuss the RSS settings in Yoast SEO in your WordPress backend. You’ll see a video explanation, and we’ll explain all the settings on the page one by one.

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RSS

The Rich Site Summary (RSS) settings exist because, unfortunately, scraper sites republish content from other sites without their permission. If they republish your content, they usually don’t link back to your site. This leads to duplicate content problems in the search results. Because of this, a scraper site with a bit more authority than your blog would simply outrank you with your own content.

For that reason, the Yoast SEO plugin has the functionality to add links back to your site at the end of each blog post, which are not easy to remove automatically. This shows search engines the article’s original source, and this will ensure you will show up as the first result for your own content, just like you want to. 

RSS settings

You can find the RSS settings by going to your WordPress backend, clicking “Yoast SEO” and then “Settings” in the menu on the left-hand side. On this screen, click the “Advanced” header in the Yoast SEO settings menu. In the menu that expands, click “RSS”.

Screenshot of the RSS menu item in the Yoast SEO settings

For more information about the other tabs in Yoast SEO, check out the configuration guide for Yoast SEO.

So, Yoast SEO can automatically add content to the beginning and/or end of your blog posts that is difficult to remove. Yoast SEO automatically adds a default template to the end of your blog posts. In these fields, you can use variables that will be replaced with a specific value (e.g. %%POSTLINK%% will be replaced with a link to your post). You can see a list of available variables by scrolling down to the table provided.

You have the option to edit the content that appears after each post in the feed, or to add content that appears before each post in the feed by using the provided field. Adding content before each post in the feed can be helpful for protecting your website from scrapers, as this content is harder to edit. If you do not wish to make any changes, you can leave the default values and Yoast SEO will handle it for you.

Screenshot of the RSS settings in Yoast SEO

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