Search Appearance – Taxonomies – Yoast SEO for WordPress training

By | September 2, 2019


We’re on the Taxonomies settings of the Search Appearance settings
of Yoast SEO. Taxonomies are ways that
we structure content within WordPress. The two most important taxonomies
are called “categories”, which you can use to group
content and tags which you can use to indicate
that content discusses a certain topic. Taxonomies are usually best left to ‘yes’, because allowing search engines
to show them in the search results can lead to more visitors. It also means that people can actually land
on your categories and tags pages, so you should look a bit at those pages
and determine what they look like and whether those are good landing pages
for people. The funny thing is if you look at these
settings for each taxonomy you’ll see that they’re very, very similar
to the settings that we have for content types. We have the same snippet variables, although we use
slightly different ones to determine the title template
and the meta description template. And you can also determine whether or not you want them
to show in the search results. There are a couple of specific ones. For post format,
which is a WordPress internal thing, we suggest keeping it to disabled’ and
disabling post format archives entirely. Lastly there’s one specific thing here, that allows you to omit
the category from category URLs. So if you have a site you would usually have
example.com/category/seo. If you click ‘remove’ here, you get
example.com/seo as the category URL. This makes sense in some specific s
ite configurations, but for most people,
it’s better to set it to ‘keep’. If you ever decide to put it to ‘remove’,
don’t change it back, because you’ll create 404s on your website,
you’ll create errors. So it’s best to not touch it ever. That’s it!

One thought on “Search Appearance – Taxonomies – Yoast SEO for WordPress training

  1. Denilson de Andrade Pereira Post author

    I would like to know if I should index the tags from my WordPress website. I created the categories, and already created all the tags (none of them have the same title of the category). Example: I have several videos in different categories that I tagged with "blondes". Does this generate duplicate content if I index the tag pages?

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