Yoast SEO / Optimization

  • first release
    2010-10-11
  • last updated
    2020-10-27
  • current version
    15.2
  • requires WP version
    5.4
  • requires PHP version
    5.6.20
  • tested up to
    5.5.3
  • download count
    280 064 616
  • rating total
    27264
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Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO: the #1 WordPress SEO plugin

Since 2008 Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines. This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization. Are you not entirely convinced? Yoast SEO is the favorite WordPress SEO plugin of millions of users worldwide!

As Yoast’s mission is SEO for Everyone, the plugin’s users range from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet.

DON’T LET YOUR COMPETITORS WIN

Do you know who your competitors are in your niche? There’s a reason why they are your competitors: they do what you do. And they might even do it better right now. That does not mean you can’t win from them, but it does mean you need all the help to get on top and stay on top! Yoast SEO is here to help you out as we’ve helped millions of people worldwide with their WordPress SEO efforts.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR WORDPRESS SEO

Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. A dedicated team of developers, testers, architects and SEO experts work daily to improve the plugin with every release. Yoast SEO offers:

  • Title and meta description templating for better branding and consistent snippets in the search results.
  • A state-of-the-art Schema implementation helps search engines make sense of your site and increases the chance on those coveted rich results.
  • The most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality at the push of a button.
  • Full control over your site’s breadcrumbs.
  • Automatically set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content.
  • [Premium] support for our Yoast SEO Premium users.
  • [Premium] the ability to expand Yoast SEO with the News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions.

WRITE KILLER CONTENT WITH YOAST SEO

We know content is king, that’s why Yoast SEO is famous for its readability analysis and its SEO analysis. Yoast SEO gives you:

  • The SEO analysis: an invaluable tool to write SEO-friendly texts with the right (focus) keywords in mind.
  • The readability analysis: make sure that you are writing easy-to-digest, engaging content for both visitors and search engines.
  • Our snippet preview that shows you how your post or page will look in the search results. Even on mobile!
  • An FAQ and HowTo block for the WordPress editor so search engines know when you are serving a FAQ page or HowTo guides.
  • [Premium] Social previews to show you how your content will be shown on Twitter and Facebook.
  • [Premium] The Insights tool that shows you what your text focuses on. This way you can keep your article in line with your keyphrases.
  • [Premium] The ability to optimize your article for synonyms and related keyphrases.
  • [Premium] We now recognize different word forms of your keyphrase, like singular and plurals, but also different tenses of verbs (just in English for now). It helps you improve your text in a more natural way.
  • [Premium] Automatic internal linking suggestions: write your article and automatically get suggested posts to link to!

KEEP YOUR SITE IN PERFECT SHAPE

Whether you are a business owner or blogger, a content creator, a developer or an SEO expert: Yoast SEO helps you keep your website in perfect shape. Yoast SEO:

  • Tunes the engine of your website so you can focus on creating great content.
  • Gives you cornerstone content and internal linking features to help you rank for the right keywords with the right pages.
  • Helps you manage your team’s WordPress SEO efforts: with our SEO roles you can give colleagues access to specific sections of the Yoast SEO plugin.
  • Has a bulk editor so you can make large-scale edits to the titles and meta descriptions of your website.
  • Translates your content to structured data where possible to help search engines understand your website.
  • [Premium] Gives you social previews to manage the way your page is shared on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
  • [Premium] Has a full redirect manager to keep your site healthy by easily redirecting deleted pages and changed URLs.

Premium support

The Yoast team aims to provide regular support for the Yoast SEO plugin on the WordPress.org forums. But please understand that we do prioritize our premium support. This one-on-one email support is available to people who bought Yoast SEO Premium.

Did you know that the Yoast SEO Premium also has several extra features:

  • It gives you the option to have synonyms and related keyphrases.
  • A redirect manager that f.i. helps you prevent 404 Page Not Found errors.
  • Internal linking suggestions while you write.
  • Write more natural with our automatic recognition of word forms
  • Cornerstone content checks to point search engines to your main pages.

The Yoast SEO Premium plugin is well worth your investment!

Our addons to further improve your WordPress SEO

You should also check out these other products by Yoast:

  • Yoast Local SEO to optimize all website that serve a local audience, like certain small businesses, or businesses with multiple locations.
  • Yoast Video SEO to make sure Google understands what your video is about, thus increasing your chances to rank in video results.
  • Yoast News SEO for news publishers who want to improve their visibility and performance in Google News.
  • WooCommerce SEO for all online shops that want to perform better in search engines and on social platforms.

They work with the FREE version of Yoast SEO already, and these premium extensions of course come with support too.

Oh, and don’t forget: our Yoast Academy is for all the business owners, bloggers and everyone else who wants to learn more about optimizing websites, improving their WordPress SEO and taking their online content to the next level.

Bug reports

Bug reports for Yoast SEO are welcomed in our WordPress SEO repository on GitHub. Please note that GitHub is not a support forum, and that issues that aren’t properly qualified as bugs will be closed.

Further Reading

For more info on search engine optimization and WordPress SEO in specific, check out the following:

Changelog

15.2

Release Date: October 27th, 2020

Today, we are releasing Yoast SEO 15.2 into the wild. In this release, we’ve added an interesting improvement for Slack users — better visibility for your content when your URL is shared on Slack. We also improved the performance of the plugin in the backend due to us loading less JavaScript. Read more about what’s new in 15.2 in our release post!

Enhancements:

  • Adds an Open Graph integration for The Events Calendar plugin. Props to Luehrsen
  • Sets the default schema type for Web Stories to Article. Props to swissspidy
  • Adds enhanced Slack sharing tags on posts and pages.
  • Adds a toggle for the above enhanced Slack sharing feature.
  • Flushes the permalinks from the indexable tables when a custom taxonomy base changes, and shows a reindex notification in that case.
  • Improves the loading times of admin pages where Yoast SEO is present.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes a bug where we linked to Google’s Structured Data Test, which is deprecated. We now link to Google’s Rich Results Test. Props to wormeyman
  • Fixes a bug where the styling of the General tab in the network admin dashboard was broken.
  • Fixes a bug where the German passive voice assessment would show an error when the text contained a participle enclosed within curly quotation marks (e.g., "getan").
  • Fixes a bug where the WooCommerce product permalinks were not updated after a permalink structure change.
  • Fixes a bug where the replacement variable dropdown menu was partially hidden for the description inputs in all preview modals.
  • Fixes a bug where a fatal error would be thrown on sites that did have curl installed but did not have the PHP curl extension installed.

Other:

  • Removes the “Remind me in 7 days” link from the SEO data optimization notification on the Yoast SEO dashboard, which was shown for large sites with more than 2500 unindexed indexables. The notification can still be hidden by clicking the default dismiss button.
  • Adds the wpseo_image_data filter to enable the filtering of image metadata. Props to spacedmonkey.

15.1.1

Release Date: October 15th, 2020

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes a bug where the indexing button on the Tools page would keep showing up because certain objects would be detected as requiring indexing but would not actually be indexed during the indexing process.

15.1

Release Date: October 14th, 2020

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could get keyword data while working on your content in Yoast SEO? Well, we asked ourselves that same question and now we have an answer! Yes, you can now find related keyphrases inside the post editor. And it’s not any old data — no, it’s powered by our good friends at SEMrush, a world-class provider of SEO and internet marketing tools! Read more about what’s new in 15.1 in our release post!

Enhancements:

  • Adds an integration with SEMrush to search for and compare search volume of related keyphrases.
  • Moves the Ryte feature toggle to the new Integrations tab where the new SEMrush feature toggle also can be found.
  • Merges the indexable and link indexing tools on the tools page into one process.
  • Improves the user experience of the indexing tool on the tools page by showing its progress on the tools page itself, instead of in a separate pop-up modal.
  • Prevents several processes from happening on non-production environments:
    • Indexing indexables.
    • Pinging search engines about XML sitemaps.
    • Sending tracking information.
    • Checking the indexability of the site with Ryte.
  • Uses the website from a user’s WordPress profile in that user’s SameAs array in the Schema output.
  • Flushes all permalinks from the indexables tables when the value of the permalink_structure option changes, and introduces a notification to ask for a reindex in that case.
  • Flushes all permalinks from the indexables tables when the value of the home_url option changes, and introduces a notification to ask for a reindex in that case.
  • Registers a cron job that checks whether the home_url was changed manually and resets the permalinks accordingly.
  • Makes it possible to recognize keyphrases in Farsi when they have a negation prefix or an indefinite article (for example: ماشین (‘car’) in ماشینی (‘a car’)).
  • Improves keyphrase recognition in Farsi by filtering the function words such as هفت, چهارم,یا`.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes a bug where the Yoast replacement variables plugin would not be available on edit terms page for usage by other plugins.
  • Fixes a bug where the incoming link count for each post, as shown on the post overview page, was incorrect.

Other:

  • Adds a filter (wpseo_dynamic_permalinks_enabled) to enable the dynamic permalink fallback. When this fallback is enabled, the indexable-based output of the permalink property is overridden by a permalink that is calculated on the fly. Using this is detrimental for performance but may be needed for some site setups.

Earlier versions

For the changelog of earlier versions, please refer to the changelog on yoast.com.

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