Yoast SEO (formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast) is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for WordPress.org users. It incorporates everything from a snippet editor and real time page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.
Yoast SEO plugin feature list
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Focus keyword and content analysis
In the Yoast SEO metabox you can set a focus keyword. This is the keyword you’d like your post or page to rank for in the search results. The plugin then runs a check on your content to check whether you’re using the keyword often enough – but not too often – and in the right spots.
Post titles and meta descriptions
In the Yoast SEO meta box you can completely optimize your post or page title and meta description, using the snippet editor functionality to see what it would look like in Google. Don’t want to think about that for every single post? Yoast SEO also let’s you set templates for titles and meta descriptions for all types of pages.
Robots meta configuration
If you want Google not to index your page, or a set of pages, you can do so with Yoast SEO. It’s also possible to tell Google not to follow the links on your page. You can set this for single posts or pages or, for instance archives.
Apart from checking the SEO friendliness of your post, Yoast SEO now also analyzes the readability of the copy you wrote! It checks the length of your sentences and paragraphs, and whether you use transition words or sub headings. Moreover it assesses if you don’t use passive voice too often. On top of that it calculates the Flesch Reading Ease score. For now, the checks for passive voice, transition words and Flesch Reading Ease are only available in English, German and Dutch.
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When Google introduced the canonical link element, to distinguish the “original” page from derivative pages within your site carrying the same content, they reached out to me to develop a WordPress plugin for it, and I did. Later on, canonical link elements were added to core. They work fine, with one caveat: they only work for single posts and pages, not for categories and tags, not for the homepage. The Yoast SEO plugin fixes that, and sets the correct canonical on each of those pages.
The Yoast Breadcrumbs code has been powering many (premium) themes breadcrumbs for ages. Using the same code, the Yoast SEO plugin now gives way more granular control over this breadcrumb. You get to determine, for each post type, which taxonomy to show. You get to determine for each post, page and taxonomy, what title to use for that specific entity in the breadcrumb paths it appears in. Full control, that’s what this entire Yoast SEO plugin is about.
Did you just write a post that fits in one category, but should definitely be in another category as well? Of course you can select both categories, but you probably consider one the main category. Yoast SEO brings the solution: you can select a ‘primary category’ for the category that’s most important and should be shown in the breadcrumb.
Permalink clean up
Don’t you hate it when someone adds /2 to the end of a link towards you? Or links with all weird variables at the end of the URL? Yoast SEO solves this for you! Just checking one box will redirect all that stuff away, and make sure that your content is always found under the URL you want it to be found under. If you use a Google Custom search engine, checking another box will prevent that from breaking down while using this function.
XML Sitemaps are an essential part of current day SEO, and can thus not be excluded from a complete Yoast SEO plugin. While there are other WordPress XML Sitemap Generators out there, they don’t talk to your SEO plugin. Meaning that if you noindex a page, preventing it from showing up in Google, it might still be in your sitemap. They also don’t allow you to keep certain taxonomies out of your sitemap. This plugin does. And, to boot, it makes your XML Sitemaps look good by using an XSLT stylesheet on them, so humans can read them too.
My RSS Footer plugin used to allow you to add a piece of content to the beginningor the end of posts in your RSS feed. The Yoast SEO plugin goes one step further and allows you to add content to both of them, allowing you to link back to your blog and the specific blog post, which is very helpful when you have a lot of people scraping your blog.
Available in your language!
We start including translations once more than 50% of the strings for the project are translated:
These 27 languages are included in the plugin: Dutch, English (UK), Turkish, Arabic, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, French (France), German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian (Bokmål), Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Spanish (Mexico), Swedish.
Green languages are completely translated, others are partially translated.
These 12 languages are partially translated, but not yet included in the plugin because they’re not complete enough yet: Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Macedonian, Malay, Slovenian, Spanish (Venezuela).
If you’re missing your language, your language is incomplete or you want to improve on one of our translations, register on translate.yoast.com and start translating!
Edit your robots.txt and .htaccess
Editing your robots.txt and .htaccess files has never been this easy: you can edit them straight from the Files editor of the Yoast SEO plugin, so you can easily check and or update those files and keep it all nice and clean.
Redirect manager – Premium feature
This allows you to create and manage redirects from within your WordPress install, allowing you to easily redirect old URLs to new ones, and solve common issues. This is especially powerful because of the combination with the Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools) integration.
Built for scale, this redirect module can either handle the redirects for you or generate a redirect file that you can include in your Apache or NGINX server config.
Multiple focus keywords – Premium feature
With this feature, you’ll be able to optimize a post for two completely different terms, or for two synonyms. This means you no longer have to choose between terms you’d like to rank for!
Social previews – Premium feature
With this feature, you’ll be able to check what your Facebook of Twitter post will look like when you share your post! Check, while working on your post, whether your image has the right size for Social Media sharing!