Yoast SEO

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Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.

YOAST SEO: THE #1 WORDPRESS SEO PLUGIN

Supercharge your website’s visibility and attract organic traffic with Yoast SEO, the WordPress SEO plugin trusted by millions worldwide.

With those millions of users, we’ve definitely helped someone like you! Users of our plugin range from owners of small-town bakeries and local physical stores to some of the world’s largest and most influential organizations. And we’ve done this since 2008!

Yoast SEO Free provides the essentials to kickstart your SEO, and the Yoast SEO Premium plugin and its extensions unlock extra tools and functionality to take your SEO to the next level.

SEO FOR EVERYONE, MADE BY SEO EXPERTS

SEO is the most consistent and cost-effective website traffic source, but it can be a challenging and complex maze. Luckily, you don’t have to do this alone. We’re here to help!

Yoast’s mission is SEO for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, Yoast SEO equips you with all the essentials to navigate the complexities of SEO, turning those challenges into opportunities for growth and success.

STAY ON TOP OF SEO WITH NEW FEATURES

Creating engaging and optimized SEO titles and meta descriptions has never been easier, faster, and more precise! With our latest feature, the AI title & meta description generator, you’ll certainly save time. The feature is currently in beta and is available for Yoast SEO Premium users.

WHY YOAST SEO?

Are you agonizing over the intricate details of search engine optimization? Are you losing sleep trying to crack the code of SEO algorithms? Is the ever-evolving landscape of SEO leaving you overwhelmed and behind the curve?

These are the common struggles website owners face when trying to master the art of SEO and gain that coveted top spot in search results.

With Yoast SEO, you can overcome these challenges and unlock extraordinary gains:

  • Beat the competition: Leave your rivals in the dust with our powerful SEO tools. Outperform industry competitors and enjoy the traffic and recognition you deserve.

  • Streamline your SEO strategy: Bid farewell to the complexities of SEO. Yoast SEO handles the technical aspects, such as canonical URLs and meta tags, automating essential optimizations behind the scenes. Unleash your focus on creating captivating content that connects with your audience.

  • Climb those rankings: Take advantage of advanced features like XML sitemaps, title and meta description templating, and Schema.org structured data integration. Empower search engines to fully understand and appreciate your website, helping you reach the top of search results.

  • Optimize content mastery: Yoast SEO offers comprehensive analysis tools that help elevate your content’s SEO and readability. Get powerful insights and actionable recommendations to craft extraordinary content that resonates with readers and search engines. But there’s more! Yoast SEO Premium has unique generative AI features to help write awesome titles and meta descriptions.

  • Elevate user experience: Yoast SEO paves the way for an exceptional website experience. Engage your audience with intuitive site breadcrumbs, fast loading times, and great content!

LET’S GO OVER KEY FEATURES IN YOAST SEO

Yoast SEO helps you do WordPress SEO in many ways. Let’s take a look!

QUICK AND EASY SETUP TO GET YOU STARTED

Setting up your Yoast SEO plugin is smooth, hassle-free, and doesn’t require any advanced knowledge! Our step-by-step first-time configuration walks you through the essentials, helping you get your SEO up and running quickly.

You’ll be prompted to fill in key details about your site during the setup. This enables Yoast SEO to translate all this information into structured data, which helps search engines better understand your content and website!

Are you already using another SEO plugin? No worries! Transitioning from other plugins to Yoast SEO is a breeze. We’ve designed it to be seamless, ensuring you don’t lose critical data.

Connecting your site to vital webmaster tools like Google’s Search Console usually requires technical know-how. But with Yoast SEO, that’s a thing of the past. Our integration simplifies the process, making it something you can do in less than 5 minutes. Of course, we’ll guide you along the way!

TAKING CARE OF YOUR TECHNICAL SEO NEEDS

Although technical optimization is a big part of SEO, it’s not easy.\
Yoast understands that only some people who work on SEO are experts or have the time to dive into the technical aspects of a website. That’s why Yoast SEO handles much of the technical optimization, freeing up your time to work on other parts of your website, like writing awesome content that attracts visitors.

  • Get automated technical SEO improvements, like optimized meta tags, right out of the box.

  • Add canonical URLs to tell search engines which content they should show when you have pages with similar content.

  • Get advanced XML sitemaps, making it effortless for search engines to understand your site structure and index your web pages effectively.

  • Elevate your brand presence with customizable titles and meta description templating, ensuring consistent and compelling search result snippets that drive click-through rates.

  • Get best-in-class Schema.org structured data integration, significantly increasing your chances of getting visually rich search results that attract more users.

  • Take complete control over your site’s breadcrumbs, allowing visitors and search engines to navigate your website seamlessly.

  • Significantly improves your website’s loading times, courtesy of Yoast SEO’s innovative data management techniques tailored for WordPress.

  • [Advanced] Yoast SEO comes with a wide range of crawl settings that optimize how search engines crawl your site and reduce its carbon footprint. This lowers your site’s environmental impact and contributes to a sustainable web.

WRITE AWESOME CONTENT THAT USERS AND SEARCH ENGINES LOVE

Unlock the full potential of your content with Yoast SEO’s state-of-the-art content analysis. Crafting compelling content becomes easier with Yoast SEO’s suite of features designed to help you increase your website’s content performance.

  • Leverage detailed SEO analysis that guides you toward creating SEO-friendly content, allowing you to target the right keywords and boost your visibility in search results.

  • Drive engagement and enhance readability with the integrated readability analysis. Ensure your content is clear, concise, and effortlessly readable by humans and search engines alike.

  • To effectively cater to a global audience, benefit from Yoast SEO’s full language support for English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swedish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Turkish, Czech, Norwegian, Slovak, and Greek.

  • Preview your content as it will appear in search results directly within Yoast SEO, even on mobile devices. This helps you to fine-tune your meta titles and descriptions to maximize click-through rates.

  • Enable your HowTo content to be displayed in search results by using the innovative Schema structured data blocks for the WordPress block editor

  • A dedicated breadcrumbs block ensures your users always know their location within your website.

  • Embrace inclusivity in your content creation process with the inclusive language analysis. This optional feature analyzes your text and provides suggestions to make your content more inclusive and considerate of different audiences. By using inclusive language, you can create a welcoming environment and ensure your content resonates with diverse groups of people.

  • Seamlessly do keyword research right within the plugin with the Semrush integration. Find out what related keywords people are searching for, so you can optimize your content to reach more audiences.

  • Track your rankings in Yoast SEO with the Wincher integration. Yoast SEO and Wincher show how your content and keywords rank in Google. So that you immediately know if your optimizations are paying off or if you need to take more action!

  • Are you using Elementor to build your website? No worries because Yoast SEO integrates with Elementor. Take advantage of all Yoast SEO’s benefits within your favorite website builder!

  • Yoast SEO Premium even has advanced AI features, helping you write titles and meta descriptions at the touch of a button thanks to generative AI. We don’t use a credit system for this, so this artificial intelligence tool is free to use once you have Yoast SEO Premium.

KEEP YOUR SITE IN SHAPE FOR SEO

Yoast SEO empowers you to keep your website in perfect shape, regardless of your role or expertise:

  • Fine-tune your website’s engine, allowing you to focus on creating engaging and valuable content. With Yoast SEO, technical optimization becomes effortless, allowing you to prioritize what truly matters.

  • Structure your website easily using Yoast SEO’s cornerstone content features, enabling search engines to understand and index your most important pages effectively.

  • Translate valuable content into structured data where applicable, allowing search engines to fully comprehend your website’s meaning and context.

  • Streamline collaboration and empower your team with SEO roles, granting specific access to colleagues and stakeholders. Efficiently manage your SEO strategy and ensure everyone is aligned toward achieving optimal results.

  • Yoast SEO includes a powerful front-end SEO inspector that allows you to preview and fine-tune the SEO …

Screenshots

  • The modern interface makes Yoast SEO easy to work with.
  • Easily manage how your posts and pages appear in SERPs.
  • Yoast SEO Premium has extra crawl optimization options.
  • Yoast SEO integrates with tools like Semrush and Wincher.
  • The famous SEO and readability analyses in Yoast SEO.
  • See what your post looks like in Google.
  • The First-time configuration helps you get started quickly.
  • The inclusive language analysis in Yoast SEO.

Blokke

This plugin provides 2 blocks.

  • Yoast SEO
  • Yoast SEO

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 first-time configuration 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. Gaan na “na aktiveering” hier onder.

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. Gaan na “na aktiveering” hier onder.

AFTER ACTIVATION

  1. You should see (a notice to start) the Yoast SEO first-time configuration;
  2. Go through this configuration and set up the plugin for your site;
  3. Jy is klaar!

Kwel-vrae

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 help center.

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( '<p id="breadcrumbs">','</p>' );
}
?>

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 our help center at yoast.com/help/.

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

What happens to my data if I enable usage tracking?

This page on yoast.com explains what data we collect to improve Yoast SEO. We only collect data when you explicitly opt in. Read more about how we handle your data in our Privacy Policy.

I have a different question than listed here

Your question has most likely been answered on our help center: yoast.com/help/.

Aanbevelings

Februarie 21, 2024
I've been using Yoast SEO on multiple WordPress sites for years, and it's become an indispensable part of my toolkit. The plugin simplifies the complex world of SEO, offering clear guidance on how to optimize content, manage keywords, and improve readability. Its real-time analysis helps make immediate improvements, and the traffic light system is intuitive for users of all levels. Yoast also excels in technical SEO, generating sitemaps and managing meta tags effortlessly. The regular updates keep it in line with Google's ever-changing algorithm, ensuring your site remains competitive. Critical Remark: While Yoast SEO is incredibly user-friendly and effective, its suggestions can sometimes be overly rigid. Following its advice to the letter isn't always beneficial for creative writing or when trying to maintain a natural flow in your content. It's important to balance SEO recommendations with your unique voice and the readability of your text.
Januarie 30, 2024 1 reply
This plugin is very comprehensive and does an excellent job, even in its free version. It is always up-to-date and continually improved with each new release. The support is another positive aspect, always ready to help clarify doubts and resolve issues. It deserves 10 stars!!!
Januarie 29, 2024 1 reply
This is a nice plug-in to easily add SEO data and functions to each page and to the site as a whole
Februarie 15, 2024 1 reply
Yoast SEO is bloat. It slows down my admin dashboard by adding too much stuffs that I don't ever need. I recently moved back to Yoast SEO for it has Chinese translations. But there's no Chinese content support. I don't understand why while WordPress has word counts feature built-in these SEO plugins tend to develop their own word counts functions.
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Contributors & Developers

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Changelog

22.1

Release date: 2024-02-20

Yoast SEO 22.1 is out today. In this release, you’ll find various fixes and improvements, including better Schema support and a new XML sitemap filter. Find out more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 22.1 in our release post!

Enhancements

  • Adds the filter wpseo_sitemap_urlset to easily filter <urlset> for all XML sitemaps. Props to @jdevalk.
  • Encodes possible spaces in URLs used in @id and url WebPage Schema piece properties when the Schema represents a search results page.
  • Lowers the minimum amount of characters needed to use the search functionality on the settings page.
  • Makes the section headings stand out visually in the SEO, readability and inclusive language analysis tabs.

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where ending a How-To or FAQ block element with a backslash would generate errors when re-opening a saved post.
  • Fixes a bug where next and prev links in query loop would be wrong when disabling Inherit query from template.
  • Fixes a bug where some custom post types such as Divi layouts would experience problems after activation or deactivation of Yoast SEO.
  • Fixes a bug where the ProfilePage schema node would not be valid when it was manually chosen for a page.
  • Fixes a bug where using a plugin that hooks into views_edit-{$post_type} would generate fatal errors when the plugin returned an unexpected array.

Other

  • Adds more information about Yoast SEO Premium price to the sidebar ad.
  • Adds price and saving information to the Cover all your SEO bases card in the Premium page.

22.0

Release date: 2024-02-06

Yoast SEO 22.0 is out today. This release comes with many behind-the-scenes improvements and general enhancements. Find out more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 22.0 in our release post!

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where the get_head REST route would return a rest_invalid_param if the URL contains a multiple words search string. Props to @lucymtc.
  • Fixes a bug where using a blog prefix in the permalink structure with Strip category base enabled would prevent the blog page from being accessible.

Earlier versions

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