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Yoast SEO

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


1970 reviews
Average Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Over with all the pointless updates and notifications.
By , for WP 4.5.2

OK I've finally snapped and gone back to All In One SEO.

So many pointless updates, all the pop-ups and notification spam.

You better Make A New Plugin
By , for WP 4.5.2

These guys at Yoast has lost themselves along the road in recent months. Adding new stuff on something that was already complete, with "EXTRA" tools that not everybody want ( might be cool to some). But don't you read the negative feedback you keep receiving since November 2015?

Why don't you make a new plugin instead as integration?

I used to love this plugin, now it is on my list of "get rid of it asap"

Kindhearted advice to Yoast crew
By , for WP 4.5.2

Guys and gals: I must say that I am now afraid to update your plugin because I lose valuable features each time. The "new" features are gratuitous and worthless - I don't need them, or would I use them.

In the past two updates, I lost redirect ability, and the Flesch reading score feature. I did not see Flesch as being removed in your release notes, and now it's gone.

What will I lose next time? Editable meta descriptions? I understand the need to be paid for your work; in fact, I included Yoast premium in my last two website quotes. If you add a Donation button to the free version, I would surely send you $$, and so would others. Maybe not as much as you'd like to get, but you knew the terms here. Please don't become the sort of developers who steal from the poor to make more money!!

With absolute respect and sincere thanks,

P.S. -- For those free Yoast users who wish to check their copy writing against the Flesch reading score (and others)... AND learn which sentences should be edited, use this link:

[Link redacted]

annoying money minded plugin!
By ,

not recommended. please focus on the main objective of the plugin. thanks

Getting too bloated and annoying
By , for WP 4.5.2

First: I have learned that as soon as a new update comes out - hold off because there is sure to be another update soon after fixing stuff.

Just getting way to annoying for usability.

Getting way too many ad laden content

Too much bloat which ends up causing errors in one thing or another>

All of the above is seriously leaving a bad taste in my mouth

Stop outsourcing to those script kiddies -

Yoast Jumps the Shark... Now 3-Stars
By , for WP 4.5.2

I have been an advocate of the Yoast plugin for some time, but now amend my Rating here to 3-Stars... down from 5 Stars because the new Yoast Content Rating system, which takes a "one size fits all" approach is dumb at best. <-- warning, this sentence contains more than 20 words, so we need to give it a "red" or "bad" rating according to Yoast.

Why do I say the new criteria under the Yoast "Content" tab are dumb? Because this arbitrary machine rating system does not consider the differences in audiences and readerships we have with different publications and clients. "Try to make shorter sentences, using less difficult words to improve readability" is an example of the dumb advice in the new update. Why? Because for highly technical readers, and highly educated readers this is poor advice. True, it's based on the Flesch Reading Ease test, but all readers are not the same.

The new ratings also contain this dumb advice: "21.1% of the sentences contain a transition word or phrase, which is less than the recommended minimum of 30%". So if you make an editing pass and increase "transition words" to 29%, you (and worse -- your clients) will still see a CONTENT = BAD rating. Dumb. Who set the arbitrary requirement at 30%? Answer: the only link that explains that arbitrary number goes to (you guessed it) the Yoast site. Hey Yoast... algorithms that review copy are meant to produce guidelines, not absolutes.

When you follow the link to Yoast's site for "transition words" (his site is the authority? well it will give him SEO juice), https://yoast.com/writing-blog-creating-clear-blog-post-structure/#transition-words -- you see this first sentence: "In order to guide your reader, you should use plenty transition words." <-- Yoast should stick to software engineering.

Here's a better readability tool (hey... it isn't a link to Yoast's site): http://www.webpagefx.com/tools/read-able/ <-- this site takes into account not only Flesch Kincaid but also Gunning Fog, SMOG Index, Coleman Lieau, and Automated Readability Index. Thus, a recent article we produced that Yoast's current system ranks as "BAD" content received this review conclusion at "The Readability Test Tool": This page has an average grade level of about 12. It should be easily understood by 17 to 18 year olds. But even this site offers a "dumb" (no human review) machine algorithm review for your content, however fairer it may be.

Until the Yoast team addresses these arbitrary content recommendations that make it difficult for users and clients, our team will a) look for a better SEO plugin; b) present the problems outlined here in all major related forums.

Problem New Version
By ,

I must deactive Yoast plugin new version, because there was a problem when I edit page. all buttons on the dashboard does not work if I'm editing the homepage.


Was good, now terriable
By ,

Used to be a good plugin to add seo stuff. Now it's terrible and annoying. Updates every other day, annoying notifications. It's gone downhill and doesn't look likes it's improving at all.

Way too many updates and warnings
By , for WP 4.5.2

There are just so many updates and notifications that make using this plugin very annoying. It's a pity as without the constant distractions, this is a good plugin.

By , for WP 4.5.2

Great plugin, but had to go back to last version as this is not compatible with some of my plugins, they just stopped working correctly...? pleas fix!!

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