There are two ways of installing the Ahrefs SEO WordPress Plugin:

  • From within WordPress

  • Manually

From within your WordPress admin

  1. Visit 'Plugins > Add New' in your WordPress admin panel.

  2. Search for 'Ahrefs SEO'.

  3. Install Ahrefs SEO once it appears.

  4. Activate Ahrefs SEO plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

  5. Go to the 'after activation' section below.


  1. Download the plugin zip file from

  2. Unzip the file to get a folder named 'ahrefs-seo'.

  3. Upload the ‘ahrefs-seo’ folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory of your site.

  4. Activate the Ahrefs SEO plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

  5. Go to the ‘after activation’ section below.

After activation

  1. Click on the Ahrefs SEO tab.

  2. You should see the Ahrefs SEO setup wizard.

  3. Connect your Ahrefs account if you have one. No worries if you don’t; you can opt for a free Authorization code. The free code is temporary and expires every few weeks, so you’ll have to reconnect the plugin each time this happens. This connection to Ahrefs is needed to pull backlink stats for your articles.

  4. Then, connect your GA and GSC accounts to pull rankings and traffic stats. Learn more

  5. Next, select article categories and pages to include or exclude from the audit. Exclude pages whose purpose is not to rank in organic search, such as "Privacy" or "About”. You can also schedule content audits to run automatically each day, week or month. All these settings can be changed later in Settings.

  6. Voila, that’s it – you’re ready to use the plugin!


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