Yoast SEO settings: Site connections

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 go over the Site connections settings in Yoast SEO in your WordPress backend. You’ll see a video explanation, and we’ll explain each setting in detail.

Video: Yoast SEO settings: Site connections

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We’ve redesigned the Yoast SEO settings interface and are currently updating this video to reflect the changes. In the meantime, check out the guide to navigating our new settings interface. Thank you for your patience, and check back soon for the updated video! 🎉

Site connections settings

You can find the Site connections settings by going to your WordPress backend, clicking “Yoast SEO” and then “Settings” in the menu on the left-hand side. You’ll be on the Yoast SEO Settings screen. On this screen, click the “Site connections” menu item.

Screenshot of the Site connections settings in Yoast SEO.

You can read more about the other settings Yoast SEO offers in the configuration guide for Yoast SEO.

Verify your site with different tools

Each search engine has a tool that gives you feedback on how your site is doing in their search results, and that tells you how these search engines perceive your site. Baidu’s tool is called Webmaster Tools, as are the tools of Bing and Yandex, and Google has Google Search Console.

In the Site connections settings, you can verify your site with the respective tools. You can do that by entering a little piece of code that the tools generate for you. Of course, you have to decide for yourself which tool is important for your site. On this page, we’ll discuss Google Search Console as an example. If you want to know more about the tools Bing and Yandex provide, or how to verify your site with Pinterest, you can click these links below:

Verify Google Search Console

The Yoast plugin offers an easier method of verifying your site with Google Search Console. Let’s go through the steps one by one.

  1. Go to ‘Alternate methods’ on Google Webmaster Central.

    Here, click ‘HTML tag’. Google will give you a meta tag.

  2. Copy the meta tag.

  3. Paste the meta tag into the verification box on the Webmaster tools tab of Yoast SEO.

  4. Click ‘Save changes’.

  5. Go back to Google Webmaster Central to click the button ‘Verify’.

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