Yoast SEO Plugin

Yoast SEO is a fully featured SEO plugin for WordPress. It offers 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 to help get your site up the search engine results ladder. First Use We always take a look at the first impression of a plugin, from installation to how easy the settings are to find and if you are presented into a nice way of using a plugin. Yoast SEO is a very feature rich plugin with alot of settings and customisation. What i…

Review Summary

First Use - 85%
Features - 90%
Compatibility - 100%
Technical - 73%
Documentation - 88%
Cool Factor - 43%

80%

Overall

Yoast SEO is a fully featured SEO plugin for WordPress. It offers 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 to help get your site up the search engine results ladder.

Yoast SEO is a fully featured SEO plugin for WordPress. It offers 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 to help get your site up the search engine results ladder.

First Use

We always take a look at the first impression of a plugin, from installation to how easy the settings are to find and if you are presented into a nice way of using a plugin. Yoast SEO is a very feature rich plugin with alot of settings and customisation. What i really liked about first using this plugin is that if offers you an introduction tour to show you round the features.

Features

This is very feature rich plugin and would take the whole review to go through each one ! Below is a selection of the Features available;

 

Post titles and meta descriptions

You can set templates for meta descriptions and titles of pages. A snippet editor funtion to let you see how it would look on Google. Add the abilility to enter keywords to show how it would bold in search results.

 

Yoast SEO 3.0 real time page analysis

The, the plugin automatically tests the important area’s of your content for usage of the focus keyword,

Language compatability
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.

Robots Meta configuration

Hidden by default under the “advanced” button is a meta robots settings block that allows you to choose any setting you want on a per page basis. Lets you keep a single page or post out of the index or make sections of your site unfindable.
Canonical

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.

Breadcrumbs

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.

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? You have a solution now! 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

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.

RSS enhancements

My RSS Footer plugin used to allow you to add a piece of content to the beginning or 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.

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.

 

Compatibility

The devlopeper has not specifically said this plugin is compatabile with all coded WP thmes but from testing myself I have seen no issue with any themes or plugins i have used.

 

Technical

With a lot of customisation and settings it can seem a very technical plugin. But alot of the option are simple to activate and edit. With a very good user guide which is well laid out and easy to follow makes a great defence for the technical aspects and sheer amount of customisation.

Documentation

 

With a introduction guide, Latest changes section and a website offering documents and support you are well covered if you have any issues using this plugin.

Cool Factor

This is a fantastic plugin to help improve your websites search engine ranking and increase traffic to your site.

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