Here’s the official guide for Bulk Meta Editor plugin. Before anything else, I would like to thank you all for installing my plugin. It’s my first ever plugin for WordPress. I am happy and excited to share it to the WP community.
I posted a separate blog on how and why I created this plugin. This blog will just focus on how you can use the plugin.
I’m assuming you already installed and activated the plugin. Let’s first discuss the necessary requirements in order for this plugin to work.
- Latest version of the Yoast SEO plugin, or;
- A web server that runs at least PHP version 5.6 or higher or WordPress version 5.6 as required by Yoast SEO (as of writing). The plugin will fail to install if these requirements were not met.
- The most important part is the CSV file with a specific format. We have created a pre-formatted CSV file already which you can download here for your reference.
1.) From your WordPress website’s dashboard, navigate to the plugin settings page by click “Bulk Meta Editor / Bulk Meta Editor Pro” on the left.
2.) You are now at the plugin’s settings page. From there, you’ll see the status of your Yoast SEO plugin so you can see if it’s active or not and a file chooser and a button.
On this guide we have used the PRO version of the plugin, but the normal version has the same screen.
3.) From there you can click on the “Choose File” button and upload the CSV file. The CSV file must have a specific format. Kindly see Sample CSV File section below to learn more.
Make sure you put the data on the correct column. Leave the column blank if you won’t be updating that data.
If you are too generous, I have also added a donation button. This helps me with the development of the plugin.
4.) Click on the “Bulk Process” button and wait for the magic to happen!
Sample CSV File
Now let’s talk about the pre-formatted CSV file. If you have downloaded it yet, read back up and you can find the download link under the “Requirements” heading.
The CSV file contains the following columns/headers: URL, title, description, canonical, noindex, and nofollow. It is recommended that you follow the order that way because that’s how this plugin reads the CSV file.
Tampering with the order may cause serious issues such as overwritten data which do not have the desired output. The plugin directly modifies the data on the database.
Let us now briefly discuss each of the columns/headers.
URL – this is what you see on the address bar. Should be a valid and complete address. For example, this page has a URL of https://ariesdajay.com/guide-bulk-meta-editor/
title – one of the most important meta data for SEO. So this is not the title you see on the page content, but the title you see at the top on the browser window beside the icon. For example, this page has a title of “Guide For Bulk Meta Editor For Yoast | Aries Dajay”. Recommended not to have more than 60 characters
description – another most important meta data for SEO. You don’t see this on the browser, but this is what search engines like Google parses to deliver a description on SERPs (Search Engine Ranking Pages). Recommended not to have more than 155 characters.
canonical – must be a valid URL address. Setting a canonical is like setting the main URL for that page to consolidate duplicate URLs. Learn more about it here.
noindex / nofollow – should be set to either 1 or just leave it blank. Learn more about the meta robots directive here.
Bulk Meta Editor Versions
So the plugin comes in two flavors. Normal and premium version or a “pro” version.
The normal version is perfectly capable of updating blog posts and pages by bulk though with some caveats.
The pro version can handle the data processing more efficiently. It also supports categories and tags. WooCommerce is supported too.
Learn more about the plugin in general here. The difference between the two version. How the plugin processes data and the exciting parts about it.