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

July 19, 2019
Can't run a site w/o this plugin, hands down the best SEO plugin out there for WordPress.
July 19, 2019
I've been a big fan of Yoast and have used them for years. BUT! Their latest 11.6 release tanked my site with 500 errors (and if you look on the forum, many other people). I reached out to their support and was told since I wasn't a premium member they couldn't help me. They said to look at their knowledge base. Absolutely worthless information given their knowledge base is for basic issues and user guides. My dog offered better support (at least emotionally). I get that bugs can happen and that it takes some time to fix. But not even communicating to your users something like "yes, we are aware of that issue...and we are working on it", shows a complete lack of respect. Other plugins acknowledge their issues and communicate to users their planned solution. Nothing. Oh how the mighty have fallen. I'm going to start looking at All-in-one SEO as an alternative for my site and my clients.
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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.

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Interested in development?

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

Changelog

11.6.0

Release Date: July 9th, 2019

Yoast SEO 11.6 is out today. Of course, we did the regular round of bug fixing, but the focus of this release is two-fold: a new, much easier to use tabbed interface for the meta box and an updated HowTo structured data content block for WordPress. Find out all about Yoast SEO 11.6 in our 11.6 release post!

Enhancements:

  • Changes the tabs in the metabox to horizontal tabs.
  • Splits the content optimization tab in the metabox into two separate tabs: an SEO and a Readability tab.
  • Updates HowTo schema output to reflect Google’s new guidelines.
  • Makes sure the media modal that is triggered for image uploads only displays images.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes a bug where the Schema @id for Person would be incorrect on posts when author archives where disabled.
  • Fixes a bug where the Schema would contain WebPage instead of CollectionPage for a latest posts homepage and the static posts page type.
  • Fixes a bug where the Organization and Article Schema nodes would incorrectly be output when a website had not set their organization’s name and/or logo.
  • Fixes a bug where the eye marker tooltips would break out of the metabox, which would hide the last part of the tooltip text.
  • Fixes a bug where instances of unfiltered HTML would be allowed in term descriptions where they shouldn’t be.

11.5.0

Release Date: June 25th, 2019

Yoast SEO 11.5 is out today. This release features a big change that gives you a better idea of how searchers see your snippets on mobile. Yep, we’ve overhauled the mobile snippet preview and brought it up-to-date with Google’s latest changes. And that, of course, includes that shiny favicon. Find out what Yoast SEO 11.5 is all about in our 11.5 release post!

Enhancements:

  • Updates the Mobile Snippet Preview.
  • Moves the primary image for a page out of the WebPage piece into its own graph piece.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixes missing trailing slash for the homepage on post sitemap. Props to stodorovic.

Earlier versions

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