Today in this tutorial I am going to share Yoast SEO Review. Is It Really the Best SEO Plugin?
Yoast SEO is a very popular and best SEO plugin available in the market. It comes with tons of features (content analysis, meta keywords and description, XML sitemaps, social features, rich snippets, and much more) and helps to easily optimize your website & content to perform better in search results.
If you want to optimize your content properly and improve the search rankings, then Yoast SEO plugin is the best option.
In this Yoast SEO Review, we will cover the plugin’s features and performance.
So let’s start the review…
Yoast SEO Review
If you are looking for an ultimate SEO plugin? Give a try to Yoast SEO plugin that easily optimizes your content. Here is a detailed review of the Yoast SEO plugin.
This plugin is active on more than 5+ million WordPress website with 5 stars ratings. It offers a solid toolset that helps to achieve a better rank in search result.
Yoast SEO plugin is available in both free and paid versions. The free version is enough for any site. If you want its advanced features, you need to upgrade to its premium version.
- You can change the SEO title and meta description of the post.
- You can add focus keyword
- Create XML Sitemaps
- It also includes .htaccess and robots.txt editor
- You can use Title and Meta description for taxonomies (category and tags).
- [Premium] Redirect manager
- [Premium] Automatic internal linking suggestions
- [Premium] Synonyms & related keyphrases
- [Premium] offers News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions
Yoast SEO provides a very good content analysis tool with SEO score and makes content optimization easy for your primary keyword. It uses the Focus Keyword to make your content optimization easier. It does not matter which keywords you are targeting in your content.
Focus keywords mean your primary keyword or target keyword on which you want to rank in search engines.
Here’s a screenshot…
You can see in the screenshot above, Yoast SEO plugin is giving suggestions on how you can make your content better for the search engine for that focus keyword.
Yoast SEO provides suggestions in three primary colours.
- Green (Good) – Your content is perfectly optimized.
- Orange (OK) – Your content is not well-optimized and needs more improvements.
- Red (Needs improvement) – Your content is not optimized at all. You need to pay attention to Alt tags, internal links, outbound links (external link) and many more.
By adding focus keywords and changing the SEO score to green, your content will not perform better in search engines.
You should choose long-tail keywords for your focus keyword which has low competition.
Also, add keywords related to your focus keywords. It makes your content more powerful. However, this feature is available in the premium version of Yoast SEO.
Google Preview, Readability Check And Work with Latest Google Algorithms
If you want to see your content how it looks in the Google search result, Yoast SEO allows you to see a snippet preview. Here is a screenshot.
The Yoest plugin also provides you Readability score that helps you find out whether it is easy according to readability or not. You can see screenshot below.
Not only that, the plugin works on the latest Google algorithm. Recently Google started showing 320 characters in meta descriptions in the search result, then Yoast SEO updated it immediately.
Again, a few days later, Google went back and started showing 120 characters in meta description in search results. Yoast plugin also updated to match with that.
Installation and Configuration
You can install Yoast SEO on your site by visiting the WordPress Plugin page. But if you want to install its premium version, you will have to download by its official site – Yoast.
Yoast SEO also comes with a lot of features divided into different tabs. It is very easy to set up and comes with Setup Wizard. After activating, it will add a new menu item to your WordPress dashboard with the SEO label. Just click on SEO, it will take you to the plugin settings page. Here is a guide on Yoast SEO settings.
Indexing in Yoast SEO
For indexing your post and page in search engines, navigate to Search Appearance >> Content Types and select Yes. if you want to provide a custom meta description for your article then choose Show. As you can see in the screenshot below,
Apply the same process to index the page in the search engines. Furthermore, you can exclude individual posts and page from search engines.
Just click on Edit button of content (Post and Page) that you want to exclude, scroll down to the Yoast SEO section. After that click on the Gear icon and select No from “Allow search engines to show this Post in search results?”. You can see in the screenshot below.
If you want to index categories and tags in the search engine, navigate to the taxonomies tab and follow the screenshot below.
But I recommend, do not index categories and tags in search engines. It creates a duplicate content issue and Google does not like the website with duplicate content.
Create XML Sitemap
You do not need any type of third-party app or website to create a sitemap for your WordPress site. Yoast comes with built-in XML Sitemaps which allows you to create a Sitemap of the entire site.
First, navigate to General >> Features >> XML Sitemaps >> ?. You can see in the screenshot below.
Pricing and Plan
Yoast SEO’s basic version is free and its free version is enough for a normal/basic website. If you want to upgrade it to a premium version, then it comes with a different pricing plan and depends on the number of your site.
Support and Extension
Yoast SEO free version does not provide any support. To get 24/7 email support, you need to upgrade to Premium.
Yoast SEO Premium comes with some additional features such as multiple focus keywords, and redirect manager.
- Internal linking suggestions
- Content insights
- Redirect manager
- Focus keyword export
- 1-year free access to 24/7 support
Yoast SEO is the best SEO plugin for WordPress site. I use the Yoast SEO Plugin on this site and also recommend you. Its main reason, you can get more features than other SEO plugins. Plus you can get advanced features with Yoast SEO premium.
Looking for an ultimate SEO plugin? Give a try to Yoast SEO plugin. The plugin helps you to easily optimizes your content.
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