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WordPress SEO by Yoast

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

64 reviews
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1 star
Maybe the premium work, but the free version doesn't
By , for WP 3.9.1

I had opened a question for the wordpress seo Yoast team here relating to a possible regression defect and nobody has even responded...
From their site it brings me back here in a loop...
It seems like I truly have hit a dead end with wordpress seo by yoast from the very beginning with this issue by simply using this free plugin!

Using this plugin without some kind of basic support from developers is a risk i no longer can take, while things work everything is fine, but if something breaks, then the site using such plugin, could loose the Google rankings overnight!

Loosing Google rankings may not be serious for the developers of the plugin, over the concept of support is only provided to premium users, but is enough reason for me to decide and look at the alternatives!

From all the reports i'm seeing here in the forum, there are issues with both versions of the plugins, and to use the free version of this plugin, it seems often you either have to be programmer or coder and contribute to the fix yourself or I suspect one has to buy the premium version of the plugin... either way, nobody has responded to my query, so it gives me no option other then go elsewhere.

I have found a premium alternative plugin ($27 dollars), developed by a smaller team, which seems to be much more detailed for SEO purposes then wordpress seo currently is, one thing i know for sure, this plugin won't break my site SEO in the future, if plugin goes wrong, as it simply helps you optimize the posts to reach the necessarily Google SEO standards, it won't ever break anything, plus i can turn it off once my content has been SEO.

IMO, customer service is pivotal for the success of a growing business, we are all potential customers, for someone to tell me because I'm not a paying customer (and companies as they become bigger often forget about this, over keeping the shareholders pockets full), that you have no responsibility in fixing a problem which you have caused, will only ensure that you have lost me forever as a customer, not only that I certainly will never be able to recommend your service to anyone else in the future, what you should think is, remember there is a lot of competition out, I'm sure will be able to offer a better service, IMO, the wordpress seo team should consider hiring someone, to monitor(round the clock) and respond to related plugin questions posted in this forum, maybe just think of it as another sales channel!

If you drop the ball I certainly see an opportunity coming in this competitive market!

1 star
Error in sitemaps
By ,

Many users have problems with the sitemaps, but there is no support to help :(

1 star
XML Parsing Error: junk after document element
By , for WP 3.9.1

No support and weird errors

1 star
Yoast has been discredited (it's mostly a waste of time)
By ,

After two years of daily use and testing I can honestly say the Yoast plugin is a red herring. The idea that Google will credit a blog or website if it has 'quality content', 'proper titles' and a host of other 'rules' is nonsense.

Google continues to reward scrapper sites, and most hard working writers who play fair, will get squashed by Jon Doe and his spammy forum of copy/pasted links.

Yoast is a nice idea, but in the wild west of Google, you are wasting your time.

1 star
Great plugin, but breaks default 'Leave a Reply' link WordPress option
By , for WP 3.9.1

A while ago I noticed the 'Leave a Reply' links on my posts where broken.

I directly contacted my theme developer but they suggested I checked which of my 39 (!) plugins broke this default WordPress function. For this I de-activated all plugins and re-activated them one by one ....

... to discover the one causing this issue was WordPress SEO, the plugin I liked most and would have never expect to break a default feature. Especially as so many people are using it.

But it's really the case. My theme developer also confirmed this and showed me it happened also with other themes.

So I wanted to post this issue. But NO, you can't. They do NOT provide support. Strange for such a popular plugin... Anyway, I don't like this plugin anymore...

1 star
No support
By ,

Have to pay first

1 star
Broken
By ,

After activating, only white screen on front page. Switched to AIOSEO.

1 star
Not working with Genesis
By ,

and looks like it is not being fixed...

1 star
Bad experience
By , for WP 3.9.1

Problem with Genesis Framework .. In other words Yoast vs Genesis ... Sitemap also not working properly.

1 star
Worst service I have ever experienced
By , for WP 3.9.1

There is no support unless you give them your money.

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