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SO Hide SEO Bloat

Free addon for the Yoast SEO plugin to hide the bloat it adds to the WordPress backend.

Almost anyone who uses the Yoast SEO plugin will agree that it is a good SEO plugin, but the developers are adding more and more unwanted things to the WordPress backend.

The purpose of the SO Hide SEO Bloat plugin, a free addon for the Yoast SEO plugin, is to clean up all those unwanted things.

Since v2.0.0 we have a Settings page! With v2.1.0 we have less options on the Settings page, due to the 3.1 version release of the Yoast SEO plugin. It seems that team Yoast has finally seen the light as they have "temporarily disabled all non-vital notifications". Their changelog says that they are trying to come up with a "more user-friendly way" of dealing with these nags, basically admitting that they have been harassing their user-base. Either way we welcome this development! Who knows? Perhaps in the future this plugin becomes completely redundant? ;)

With the settings page is that you can fine-tune what is hidden or removed to your liking. By default most of the bloat that the Yoast SEO plugin generates is hidden or removed, just like before when there were no settings yet.

It is a good idea to have a look at the Settings page if only to see what you can fine-tune. The link to the page has been added to the Yoast SEO menu and of course there is also a link to it from the Plugins page.

The default settings of the current release are as follows:

  • hide the cartoon-style sidebar ads on almost all settings pages of the Yoast SEO plugin
  • hide about nag that shows on every update of the plugin
  • hide warning in the advanced tab of Yoast SEO UI in edit Post/Page screen when your site is blocking access to robots
  • hide image warning nag that shows in edit Post/Page screen when featured image is smaller than 200x200 pixels
  • hide add keyword button that shows in edit Post/Page and only serves to show an ad for the premium version
  • hide content/seoscore in publish/update box on edit Post/Page
  • hide readability tab and content analysis metabox item
  • hide the issue counter (added to v3.3 of Yoast SEO plugin)
  • hide the SEO Score, Title and Meta description admin columns on the Posts/Pages screens; Focus keyword column can be hidden too
  • hide the SEO Score admin column on taxonomies (added to v3.1 of Yoast SEO plugin)
  • hide the ad for the premium version in the help center or hide the whole help center (added to v3.2 of Yoast SEO plugin)
  • hide the red star behind the "Go Premium" submenu text (added to v3.6 of Yoast plugin and changed again with v3.7)
  • hide the Upsell Notice & Notification box that show in the Yoast SEO Dashboard
  • remove the Yoast SEO widget from the WordPress Dashboard

We support this plugin exclusively through Github. Therefore, if you have any questions, need help and/or want to make a feature request, please open an issue over at Github. You can also browse through open and closed issues to find what you are looking for and perhaps even help others.


Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

If you like the SO Hide SEO Bloat plugin, please consider leaving a review. You can also help a great deal by translating the plugin into your own language. Alternatively you are welcome to make a donation. Thanks!

Requires: 4.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.7.2
Last Updated: 2 months ago
Active Installs: 10,000+


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