Yoast SEO

Description

Yoast SEO: the #1 WordPress SEO plugin

Need some help with your search engine optimization? Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars? Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.

Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. How? Below you’ll find a small sampling of the powers of Yoast SEO:

Taking care of your WordPress SEO

  • The most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality at the push of a button.
  • Full control over site breadcrumbs: add a piece of code and you’re good to go.
  • Set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content. Never have to worry about Google penalties again.
  • Title and meta description templating for better branding and consistent snippets in the search results.
  • [Premium] Expand Yoast SEO with the News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions.
  • [Premium] Need help? Yoast SEO Premium users get 1 year free access to our awesome support team.

Note: some features are Premium. Which means you need Yoast SEO Premium to unlock those features. You can get Yoast SEO Premium here!

Write killer content with Yoast SEO

  • Content & SEO analysis: Invaluable tools to write SEO-friendly texts.
  • The snippet preview shows you how your post or page will look in the search results – even on mobile. Yoast SEO Premium even has social media previews!
  • [Premium] The Insights tool shows you what your text focuses on so you can keep your article in line with your keyphrases.
  • [Premium] Synonyms & related keyphrases: Optimize your article for synonyms and related keyphrases.
  • [Premium] Automatic internal linking suggestions: write your article and get automatic suggested posts to link to.

Keep your site in perfect shape

  • Yoast SEO tunes the engine of your site so you can work on creating great content.
  • Our cornerstone content and internal linking features help you optimize your site structure in a breeze.
  • Manage SEO roles: Give your colleagues access to specific sections of the Yoast SEO plugin.
  • Bulk editor: Make large-scale edits to your site.
  • [Premium] Social previews to manage the way your page is shared on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
  • [Premium] Redirect manager: It keeps your site healthy by easily redirecting deleted pages and changed URLs.

Premium support

The Yoast team does not always provide active support for the Yoast SEO plugin on the WordPress.org forums, as we prioritize our email support. One-on-one email support is available to people who bought Yoast SEO Premium only.

Note that the Yoast SEO Premium also has several extra features too, including the option to have synonyms and related keyphrases, internal linking suggestions, cornerstone content checks and a redirect manager, so it is well worth your investment!

You should also check out the Yoast Local SEO, Yoast News SEO and Yoast Video SEO extensions to Yoast SEO. They work with the free version of Yoast SEO already, and these premium extensions of course come with support too.

Bug reports

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

Further Reading

For more info on search engine optimization, check out the following:

From within WordPress

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘Yoast SEO’
  3. Activate Yoast SEO from your Plugins page.
  4. Go to “ after activation” below.

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!

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.

FAQ

You’ll find answers to many of your questions on kb.yoast.com.

Reviews

စက်တင်ဘာ 21၊ 2019
Excellent plugin and exemplary support. This is one of the key plugin for our website that we rely on continuously. It never lets us down and rarely causes problems. We can highly recommend it to anyone. It is a credit to the WordPress community.
စက်တင်ဘာ 17၊ 2019
It works pretty well but it has its weaknesses in detecting language structures and suggest customize recommendations based on them.
စက်တင်ဘာ 17၊ 2019
I have created the site in elementor, done its SEO in Yoast SEO plugin, my site is properly indexed, moreover everything is at right place. My website is not visible in search engines after all the things are done correctly? Why this issue is being faced by me?
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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 40 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Yoast SEO” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

12.1.0

Release Date: September 17th, 2019

Yoast SEO 12.1 is out today! It features a couple of changes in order to match the design of Google’s search results pages, this includes those shiny new favicons. In addition to this, we added a number of new filters for our Schema implementation. See what else is new in the latest release of your favorite SEO plugin in our 12.1 release post!

Enhancements:

  • Updates the desktop snippet preview to match Google’s new font sizes.
  • Introduces the usage of the site’s favicon in the mobile snippet preview.
  • Adds a collapsible around the hidden problems and notifications on the Yoast dashboard.
  • Adds a filter wpseo_schema_organization_social_profiles that allows filtering an organization’s social profiles in the schema output. Props to juliquiron.
  • Adds a filter wpseo_schema_company_name that allows filtering the company name in the schema output. Props to @andrewgillingham.
  • Adds a filter wpseo_schema_company_logo_id that allows filtering the company logo in the schema output. Props to @andrewgillingham.
  • Adds a filter wpseo_sitemap_exclude_empty_terms_taxonomy to control hiding empty terms per taxonomy.
  • Adds a filter wpseo_enable_structured_data_blocks to allow disabling Yoast’s structured data block editor blocks.
  • Adds a get_robots method to retrieve the robot HTML without it being output. Props to @bradymwilliams.
  • Improves the input validation on the settings pages.
  • Improves the consistency of the plugin icons.
  • Improves the How-to and FAQ blocks styling for better compatibility with latest version of the WordPress blocks editor.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes a bug where subscription checks would fail on some sites due to certificate verification being disabled.
  • Fixes a bug where the primary term selector would not display HTML entities properly. Props to @dlh01.

Other:

  • Allows showing specific dashboard feeds based on the wp_version and php_version of a site.
  • Removes the AMP Glue plugin suggestion from the SEO dashboard when AMP and Yoast SEO are installed. The AMP Glue plugin by Yoast will be discontinued soon.
  • Removes the Courses menu-item.

12.0.0

Release Date: September 3rd, 2019

Contrary to what the version number might suggest, Yoast SEO 12.0 isn’t a huge release. It’s simply the next release in our current release schedule, but after hitting 11.9 a couple of weeks ago we had no choice but to go for 12.0. That’s how it goes! But don’t worry, there’s enough interesting stuff in this release, including two new checks for the Portuguese language. Read more about Yoast SEO 12.0 in our 12.0 release post!

Enhancements:

  • Adds a filter wpseo_exclude_from_sitemap_by_term_ids that allows excluding a term from the XML sitemap.
  • Adds a filter wpseo_xml_sitemap_include_images that allows excluding images from the XML sitemap.
  • Adds a maximum width to the metabox, props to @justemoilouise.
  • Adds support for the assessment that checks whether multiple sentences begin with the same word for Portuguese, props to amesdigital.
  • Improves the wording in the configuration wizard notification, props to @emilyatmobtown.
  • Improves user input validation for URLs.
  • Improves the sentence length assessment for Portuguese by increasing the recommended sentence length limit, props to amesdigital.
  • Updates the document title with a message to communicate form submission errors have occurred.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes a bug where a 404 error would be shown for the second sitemap (and up) of the author sitemaps in case of multiple author sitemaps.

Earlier versions

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