Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
Ok, first off, this review is specific to this version of the plug-in. I have used this plugin for many years. I have found it to be the best out there for SEO tweeking of wordPress sites...until the last update.
Don't get me wrong, I like many of the new features and that is why this is two stars not one, but the removal of the Strip category base feature has upset me.
I liked this plugin because I could handle SEO, whether sitemaps, webmaster tools validation, opengraph setting or page titles all in one place.
But now, I have to install another plugin to replicate a peice of functionality. A plugin that's two years old. I run twenty sites and now I have to go back and install another plug-in on all of them just to get back to the place I was.
Please put this feature back in. Just because it 'has no SEO impact' is no reason to take out a feature we SEO'ers rely on. It makes the site look unprofessional without it.
I'm seeing bugs in this plugin and I'm surprised. The one star reviews from what I'm reading are the developers so I feel supported in my decision to rate two stars. I'm even more surprised at the number of so called SEO experts writing positive reviews with 5 whole stars! **** me they should know better but then I suppose they don't. Wouldn't the best of the best create their own SEO solution, I know I will.
When I tried to hide the breadcrumbs it wouldn't hide. Double checked the setting for it called "Enable Breadcrumbs". That was just the start but I'm not going to go on and on.
It looks to me like the plugin was one of the earliest SEO plugins to offer so many features. Many of which do work great, many which appear to work great and many feature with settings that people never use. It is getting so many one star ratings due to this.
While I have no complaints about the SEO features of this plugin, I had problems with the sitemaps feature. It caused images to be indexed, which I did NOT want. I have that directory blocked in robots.txt, and I set the plugin to noindex media files. And yet, the sitemaps generated warnings in Webmaster Tools, somehow directing Google to look for images that had been deleted years ago. And then Google began indexing my current images, which again I did not want.
I asked for support over a week ago, carefully following the instructions to make my post just right, but never got a single response. I see a lot of other users getting similar warnings from Webmaster Tools, and in some cases it was easily solved but none of those solutions worked in my case. This has never happened with other sitemap plugins I used, so I've gone back to using those. There is something fundamentally wrong with the sitemaps functionality of Yoast's plugin, and it might be better to just remove that functionality if he is not going to support it.
It seems that having a red box warning about meta description is normal as I can't seem to have any answer back.
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