Yoast WordPress SEO plugin is a must-have which I include with every installations of WordPress I do. It is free, full-featured and simple to use. So simple, in fact, that I rarely spend much time on it – just setting it up and adding titles and descriptions to pages and posts.
In the redesign of my own Beyond Paper site I discovered that I didn’t have Yoast installed! After installing and configuring, I wasn’t looking forward to editing every post and page to get the title and descriptions added in. I was delighted, therefore, to find that there is a bulk editing feature which simplifies the process!
With Yoast installed and activated, log into the Admin dashboard and click on SEO -> Bulk Editor in the left-hand menu. You’ll see two tabs, each with a listing of all of your posts and pages. The first tab lets you edit the titles, the second the descriptions.
I went through and added SEO-friendly titles – it took me about 15 minutes for 160 entries. The descriptions will take a bit longer, so I’m breaking that project into chunks. What I will do is open each page/post in a new tab to refresh my memory of the content and then edit the content in the bulk editor.
The easiest way to open the page/post in a new tab is to hover over the title. You’ll see options appear to edit or view the page. Right-click on “view” and the page will open in a new tab!