Yoast SEO

Description

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:

Screenshots

  • The Yoast SEO plugin general meta box. You'll see this on edit post pages, for posts, pages and custom post types.
  • Example of the SEO analysis functionality.
  • Example of the readability analysis functionality.
  • Overview of site-wide SEO problems and possible improvements.
  • Control over which features you want to use.
  • Easily import SEO data from other SEO plugins like All In One SEO pack, HeadSpace2 SEO and wpSEO.de.

Installation

Starting with Yoast SEO consists of just two steps: installing and setting up the plugin. Yoast SEO is designed to work with your site’s specific needs, so don’t forget to go through the Yoast SEO configuration wizard as explained in the ‘after activation’ step!

INSTALL YOAST SEO FROM WITHIN WORDPRESS

  1. Visit the plugins page within your dashboard and select ‘Add New’;
  2. Search for ‘Yoast SEO’;
  3. Activate Yoast SEO from your Plugins page;
  4. Go to ‘after activation’ below.

INSTALL YOAST SEO MANUALLY

  1. Upload the ‘wordpress-seo’ folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory;
  2. Activate the Yoast SEO plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress;
  3. Go to ‘after activation’ below.

AFTER ACTIVATION

  1. You should see (a notice to start) the Yoast SEO configuration wizard;
  2. Go through the configuration wizard and set up the plugin for your site;
  3. You’re done!

FAQ

How do the XML Sitemaps in the Yoast SEO plugin work?

Having an XML sitemap can be beneficial for SEO, as Google can retrieve essential pages of a website very fast, even if the internal linking of a site isn’t flawless.
The sitemap index and individual sitemaps are updated automatically as you add or remove content and will include the post types you want search engines to index. Post Types marked as noindex will not appear in the sitemap. Learn more about XML Sitemaps.

How can I add my website to Google Search Console?

It is straightforward to add your website to Google Search Console.
1. Create a Google Search Console account and login into your account.
2. Click ‘Add a property’ under the search drop-down.
3. Enter your website URL in the box and click ‘Continue’.
4. Click the arrow next to ‘HTML tag’ to expand the option.
5. Copy the meta tag.
6. Log in to your WordPress website.
7. Click on ‘SEO’ in the dashboard.
8. Click on ‘General’.
9. Click on the ‘Webmaster Tools’ tab.
10. Paste the code in the Google field and click ‘Save Changes’.
11. Go back to Google Search Console and click ‘Verify’.

If you want more details steps, please visit our article on our knowledge base.

How do I implement Yoast SEO breadcrumbs?

The steps below are a temporary solution as manual edits made to theme files may be overwritten with future theme updates. Please contact the theme developer for a permanent solution. We’ve written an article about the importance of breadcrumbs for SEO.

To implement the breadcrumbs function in Yoast SEO, you will have to edit your theme. We recommend that prior to any editing of the theme files, a backup is taken. Your host provider can help you take a backup.
Copy the following code into your theme where you want the breadcrumbs to be. If you are not sure, you will need to experiment with placement:

`

<?php
if ( function_exists( 'yoast_breadcrumb' ) ) {
yoast_breadcrumb( '

‘,’

‘ );
}
?>
`

Common places where you could place your breadcrumbs are inside your single.php and/or page.php file just above the page’s title. Another option that makes it really easy in some themes is by just pasting the code in header.php at the very end.

In most non-WooTheme themes, this code snippet should not be added to your functions.php file.
Alternatively, you can manually add the breadcrumb shortcode to individual posts or pages: [wpseo_breadcrumb]

If you need more details or a step by step guide, read our Implementation guide for Yoast SEO breadcrumbs.

How do I noindex URLS?

Yoast SEO provides multiple options for setting a URL or group of URLs to noindex. Read more about how to do this in this guide.

Google shows the wrong description, how do I fix this?

If you’ve crafted nice meta descriptions for your blog posts, nothing is more annoying than Google showing another description for your site completely in the search result snippet.

Possible causes could be:
1. wrong description in code
2. Google cache is outdated
3. Search term manipulation
4. Google ignored the meta description

You can read more here on how to solve the issue with the wrong description.

How often is Yoast SEO updated?

Yoast SEO is updated every two weeks. If you want to know why, please read this post on why we release every two weeks!

How do I get support?

As our free plugin is used by millions of people worldwide, we cannot offer you all one on one support. If you have trouble with the Yoast SEO for WordPress plugin, you can get help on the support forums here at wordpress.org or by checking out or knowledge base at kb.yoast.com.

The plugins you buy at Yoast are called ‘premium plugins’ (even if Premium isn’t in its name) and include a complete year of free updates and premium support. This means you can contact our support team if you have any questions about that plugin.

Read more on how to get support

I have a different question than listed here

Your question has most likely been answered on our knowledge base: kb.yoast.com.

Reviews

ஐப்பசி 21, 2020
Despite the great features Yoast offers, it is proven to be slow on my sites, with a lot of hours spent on testing, Rankmath is lightweight and faster for us. Maybe this works for me but not for everyone. My advice is before moving is to test thoroughly and make the right decision. Wishing Yoast team all the best.
ஐப்பசி 21, 2020
I saw a recent interview with Yoast and I must say they do good work. This plugin is useful.
ஐப்பசி 20, 2020
since last uptade the version 15.1.1 doesn't work i have this message Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined method Yoast\WP\SEO\Helpers\Indexable_Helper::set_indexable_repository() in /XXXX/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/src/generated/container.php:1544 Stack trace: #0 /XXXX/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/src/generated/container.php(718): Yoast\WP\SEO\Generated\Cached_Container->getIndexableHelperService() #1 /XXXX/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/src/generated/container.php(2622): Yoast\WP\SEO\Generated\Cached_Container->getIndexableBuilderService() #2 /XXXX/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/src/generated/container.php(761): Yoast\WP\SEO\Generated\Cached_Container->getIndexableRepositoryService() #3 /XXXX/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/src/generated/container.php(2610): Yoast\WP\SEO\Generated\Cached_Container->getIndexableHierarchyBuilderService() #4 /XXXX/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-se in /XXXX/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/src/generated/container.php on line 1544 I tried by disabling all the other plugins and my theme but that doesn't fix the problem. I also deleted the installation of Yoast SEO to load the new files but the problem continues: /
ஐப்பசி 20, 2020
The plugin is amazing and easy to use. I cannot imagine how helpful it is to many web marketers. This is a great solution for WordPress SEO.
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Contributors & Developers

“Yoast SEO” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“Yoast SEO” has been translated into 49 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

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.

15.0

Release Date: September 29th, 2020

Today, we’re launching Yoast SEO 15.0. This release features some awesome new additions and enhancements. We’ve added full support for Arabic and made the Yoast SEO block editor sidebar fully-featured. Read more about those changes in our release post!

Enhancements:

  • Introduces an advanced settings tab in the sidebar.
  • Introduces buttons in the sidebar to open the Facebook and Twitter Preview in a modal.
  • Changes the Google Preview modal styling to match the other new modals.
  • Always shows the Google Preview editor fields and as a result removes the ‘Edit snippet’ button.
  • Changes the styling of the Yoast SEO sidebar to match the standard Gutenberg styling.
  • Slightly rearranges the order of items in the Yoast SEO sidebar.
  • Adds a hover state styling to the items in the Metabox.
  • Improves the English transition word assessment by adding the following words to the transition word list: ‘note that’, ‘not only’, ‘initially’, ‘as opposed to’.
  • Improves the keyphrase and prominent word recognition when words in the text occur with specific Arabic or Urdu punctuation marks.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes a bug where the value of the schema @type could contain null.
  • Fixes a bug where the archive, imageindex and snippet robot values would be output when noindex was present as well.
  • Fixes a bug where the indexable permalinks could have an incorrect value when the term slug was changed.
  • Fixes a bug where parts of the content of a password protected post could be output in the schema.
  • Fixes a bug where the ‘Stop counting’ button in the text link counter modal wouldn’t stop the counting of links.
  • Fixes a bug where indexable hierarchies were not being created during bulk indexing.

Other:

  • Adds the wpseo_sitemap_index_links filter to enable adding links to the sitemap index. Props to Joseph Paul.

Earlier versions

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