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- Attract more visitors to blog posts.
- Simple and approachable SEO strategies.
- Not a complete SEO solution: There is always more you can do to improve your SEO strategies.
- Vague data: Sometimes it can be hard to make Yoast "happy" when trying to correct errors on posts.
- Creates a redirect when I change permalinks, something most other redirect plugins don’t do.
- It gives internal link suggestions.
- The internal link suggested aren't always great suggestions.
- I don’t need the content insights feature telling me what words I use most on a page.
- Yoast does a great job of managing many of the back-end functions in WordPress. Especially when it comes to handling things like the robots.txt and xml.sitemaps. But this is just the beginning of what Yoast can do.
- One key feature is the ability to do 301's and 410's right in Yoast. This is really helpful when re-designing a site.
- I have quite a few Yoast products in my account. One thing I have found with the Yoast Web Dashboard is that it can at times be a bit confusing as to which Lic is associated with which site. Not a huge deal but can be a little frustrating
- One thing Yoast needs to do at the moment is to figure out what to do with the "Search Console" menu choice in the plugin. that area for the moment is broken due to the loss of a Google API.
About the only situation that I can think of where Yoast is not appropriate is a site that is not on WordPress.
- Content assistance - Focus keyword reports, content insights, and Yoast's active content checker have been incredibly helpful as we continue to produce new content and refresh old content.
- Redirect manager and technical configuration - An organized and regularly-updated site structure is crucial for ensuring an effective behavior flow throughout our website and educational portal. Yoast helped us avoid crawler confusion by updating our link structure and removing orphan links, deleted pages, and content pages that had been moved and/or consolidated.
- Conflicts with other plugins - Occasionally, Yoast is the number one enemy of site optimization plugins and has caused the site to crash a small handful of times when updates are mismatched. It's also fairly resource-heavy, which can present some issues for developers/admins looking for a lean Wordpress install.
- Import of previous SEO plugin keywords did work as expected.
- The Yoast Readability highlighting feature does not always work due to specific plugin conflicts.
- Intuitive interface that makes it clear what elements of a page/site you need to address for search engine optimization.
- Very customizable - You can choose whether you want a setting to apply to an entire category or just a single page.
- The readability feature is nice in theory, but I feel like it should adapt to the content/ audience focus of your site (or have the ability to manually set the desired level). I work on a site that is more advanced, and the flags for readability can be distracting.
- It seems as though more and more features are being moved to the Premium version, which is understandable but can be frustrating. For example, it'd be nice to be able to manage robots.txt files directly in Yoast.
- Useful readability checker with feedback.
- User-friendly interface for editing meta data.
- Readability checker could get more specific (like Grammarly).
- It's hard to understand the difference between premium plugin offerings (like Yoast SEO Premium versus the WooCommerce SEO plugin).
- There is one feature, snippet review, which is extremely useful.
- Could be more user friendly.
- Detailed video tutorials would have helped a lot to understand and use the tool in a better way.
- Evaluate the SEO score of any given page's content.
- Makes it simple to manage the title and description for a page (what shows up on Google search results).
- Boils down complicated topics such as canonical URLs for non-technical users.
- Easy explanations for any and all options, including why to use or not use an option.
- Some default options are the opposite of what is considered a "best practice".
- The differences between the free tier and the pro tier are explained, but for non-technical users, it still isn't always clear.
- SEO Analysis: This is the best. As you create content, you get a real-time audit of what you're doing right and, more importantly, what you need to fix in order to make that content as optimized as possible.
- Set up wizard: Once Yoast is installed, their wizard helps ensure it can get to work immediately at making your website more Google-able. Could not be simpler.
- Free training: Just getting started with SEO or Yoast? They have free training videos that make it so easy to get up to speed and start optimizing your content.
- Density: Because even the free, basic Yoast SEO tool has SO MANY FEATURES, if you're brand new to SEO as a concept/practice, you might feel a little overwhelmed at first. Just go watch the training videos!
- Bulk Title Editing: I'm sure this tool can be useful, but I've never found it to be particularly intuitive or helpful.
- Limitations: I'm grasping at straws here, but it would be nice if some of the premium (paid) features- specifically the social media previews- were available in the free version. Like I said, grasping.
- Readability - makes it easy for you to assess the reading level of your piece to ensure it is correct for your intended audience.
- SEO tips - red/orange/green traffic light system to provide tips on what aspects need improving to be SEO-focussed.
- Redirect tool - easy, automated detection and setup.
- Internal link counter - tool failed with other plugin capability and the "help" desk haven't actually helped...
- Customer service/support - only offered for those who pay for a subscription but even when you have one they aren't exactly helpful (in my experience).
- SEO notifications - it would be great to be able to specify which pages you want these for as currently, we get hundreds for irrelevant pages.
It takes care of several key things that WordPress doesn't do well upon clean install.
- Onsite SEO (titles, descriptions, content analysis...)
- Technical SEO (breadcrumbs, robots, sitemaps, Schema.org)
- UI (it doesn't use standard WordPress dashboard elements or design language and it should).
- Marketing (it should slow down with ads).
If you're looking for a solid SEO plugin, this is the one to have, but don't update it the second new releases comes out, because it can be buggy.
I dislike how the plugin now tries to incorporate a whole lot of new features and it's becoming cumbersome. It also uses a lot of resources, but it's the best one out there, so I guess I have to deal with that.
I also use it in my freelance blogging assignments on various websites.
In all cases, it has helped us achieve better visibility as bloggers, and refined our writing into a more concise and SEO-friendly format.
- Improves writing skills. By helping to identify long sentences and passive tone, our writing has improved by leaps and bounds. This applies to print writing assignments as well.
- Points out important article features we may have overlooked. By telling us when we have forgotten to apply photo credits, internal links, etc., we set our articles up for greater visibility on the web.
- Helped us achieve better page rank with Google. When our blog rankings fell to disappointing levels, we installed Yoast and quickly saw a return to previous rankings. Although we still need to go back and refresh pre-Yoast content, we are still much better off than we were without it.
- Yoast does not account for scholarly or technical language. I wish there was a way to identify what type of tone the article will have (such as when uploading an article to Grammarly.com).
- I wish Yoast could also make it easier to refresh old content with SEO-friendly features, though I'm guessing this is probably impossible.
- Yoast's "Ease of Reading" feature is helpful but sometimes I feel it's forcing me to write to a lowest common denominator, whichy my community is not.
Yoast is less appropriate for academic and scientific blog writing. By trying to adhere to its recommendations, I feel that it dumbs down our articles and makes us less credible. When I write these types of articles, I tend to blow off many of the Yoast recommendations.
- Shows a beautiful snippet preview of how this page would be seen on Google search engine - You can easily edit the snippet.
- Simple color codes for SEO analysis - Red means we need to fix it, orange is a warning, green is ok. Very easy!
- SEO total score is displayed on the Post/Page overview screen, so you don't need to open every post to check the score
- Keyword suggestions based on article I'm writing would be nice to have.
- Some scores are red but it really doesn't apply to a particular post/product, etc. Eg. when you only have a video in a post there is a lot of red scores. It would be nice to be able to turn individual scores off.
- Free plan: for startups not yet ready to invest in an SEO tool, Yoast provides a free option with plenty of useful features.
- Insights and analytics: Yoast provides a useful comprehensive analysis with the use of meta descriptions, keywords, and post length.
- It's useful in helping to customize the text snippets when blog posts are shared from the website to Facebook and LinkedIn.
- Lack of useful tutorials and tips on how to improve scores.
- We've found that it frequently marks down scores due to passive voice assumptions, even though you might not have spoken with a passive voice.
- I've found that at times it can slow down my site.
- For it to truly help with SEO, you’ll need the advanced premium features.
For those that truly want to improve the visibility of their website in search engines, I would suggest an investment in the premium plan, as it offers plenty of integrations and features.
For those who create and embed video content on their website, the premium feature is a must, as you can SEO your videos with advanced add-ons with Yoast.
- It is extremely easy to use. You don't have to be an SEO expert to make improvements to your site.
- There are multiple price levels of service. This makes it affordable for businesses.
- Yoast WordPress SEO plugin doesn't take formatting into consideration. The plugin often suggests that I don't have enough transition words in my text. With multiple paragraphs, text divided into columns taking that suggestion would read strangely.
- Great for editing meta tags.
- Helpful with content optimization.
- Great for backend SEO.
- Readability tab is sometimes misleading.
- Can't always trust results from a focus keyword.
- Requires a strong SEO mindset so that you don't just trust the algorithm.
- It has a user-friendly interface.
- Directions for beginners to advanced users are provided.
- My phrases and/or search terms are easily placed in the form during setup.
- The installation is as simple as any other plugin, if not simpler.
- It shows to slow down the sites I have used it on - so it is slow loading on the end-users part which could discourage them from using the site. It makes a WP site more bloated than it may already be.
- The premium version is required for some of the simple items. I understand that the programmers have to be paid for the Premium, but more may use it if all or more of the basics were available to test it with.
- A subscription payment is a bit much in my opinion. The option for support payments would work better, I think. I could get more clients to use the premium if that were the case.
- Something that I have experienced is that other SEO techniques can't be used, as they often conflict with Yoast.
- Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugin is convenient. Since it is plugged into Wordpress itself, we don't have to go to another page or platform to ensure we are optimizing our new pages and posts.
- Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugin live scans your page templates, links, and copy when you are creating pages and posts in the backend. As a result, the plugin gives you live tips on how to further optimize your page or post health that you can easily adjust and apply in real-time prior to making the creative live.
- Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugin has great training resources. The onboarding process was seamless. The company's training resources make SEO, which is constantly changing and is not an easy topic to grasp, something that is easy to understand. When you understand how it works, you are more likely to put more effort into optimizing your pages.
- Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugin is really good at copy and link scanning and optimizing, however, I have not been able to find any assistance on image optimization on our pages and posts. That would be a good update!
- Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugin is good at ranking pages and posts individually. I would like to see an overall dashboard of your entire website/blog's SEO health according to the software.
- Easy to install and set up.
- Easy to optimize posts and pages.
- Simple to understand suggestions for improvement.
- The free version is great, and there are even more benefits from the paid versions.
- I can't think of a thing — we love Yoast!
As with any plugin, occasionally conflicts occur. That's just the nature of using plugins from different developers. However, the issues we've experienced with Yoast have been few and far between — maybe three issues in more than six years across 70+ sites.
It's stable. It's useful. Install it!
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About Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugins
Yoast Wordpress SEO Plugins are a set of tools developed by Joost de Valk and team, founder of yoast.com and Wordpress enthusiast. These tools are designed to help content rank higher and are subsumed under the Yoast Complete pack, which includes Video SEO for rank climbing with embedded videos in a Wordpress site, WooCommerce SEO for the WP ecommerce plugin, News SEO for rank climbing in Google news, Local SEO for (as the name implies) climbing in local listings with more complete information so can be located (e.g. Google Maps, a store locator, etc.), and Premium SEO redirect manager for dealing with common redirect errors and issues.
Yoast Complete for a single site license can be obtained for $279, for up to 5 sites for $479, and for up to 20 sites for $849. The plugins may also be bought individually, and yoast.com now offers a Google Analytics (GA) plugin.
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