Yoast SEO 14.1 adds French word forms in beta

Yoast SEO uses sophisticated language analysis tools to help you optimize your texts. Most checks work for any language, but our Premium analysis relies on word recognition functionality, which we develop custom for every language. It takes a lot of time to get this perfect for every language out there. Starting with French in Yoast SEO 14.1, we decided to try something new and just ship what we have. This way you can already benefit from better keyphrase recognition, and we’ll allow you to give us feedback to help improve support for your language faster!

Yoast SEO Premium: Better analysis for French

Over the last couple of releases, we’ve talked a lot about word form support for different languages. Thanks to the Premium SEO Analysis, the plugin recognizes your focus keyphrase in a text, even if that word is in a different form. In French, that means we will be able to detect all these word forms, which helps you quickly improve your content. Today, we’re launching a beta version of the word form feature in French. We’ll allow users to help us improve it, more on that below.

The Yoast SEO Premium analysis makes it easier to improve your text. It helps you write a perfect blog post, and it does so in a much more transparent way. Combine this with the synonyms and related keyphrases feature, and you have an excellent tool that is intensely satisfying to work with!

Check out the video, featuring our good friend and renowned SEO expert Jason Barnard!

Now available for five languages

We now support word forms in the following languages:

Of course, we have more language on the way. We collected all the supported languages in our SEO analysis on our features per language page.

Help us improve language support

The launch of French word forms consists of a beta version that we’re improving and expanding as we go. We use this first release to get French up and running. Now, we can find and recognize word forms in French much better than before, but not as good as the other languages we’ve implemented. That might mean that we don’t recognize every word correctly or that you’re noticing false-positives. If you find things like this, we’d like to know!

To help us collect your insights and experiences, we’re working on a special language feedback system inside the plugin. That’s not done yet, so until then you can send us your improvements via email.

While sending us your feedback, please include the following:

  • The focus keyphrase you’ve used for this specific piece of text.
  • The sentence in which you’ve noticed one of the assessments working incorrectly for the focus keyphrase you mentioned above.

Our team of linguists will do the rest.

In Yoast SEO 14.1, we’ve not only added a new language to our word forms roster but also improved the Dutch language version. Another language-based improvement is an updated list of Hungarian transition words.

Improving on Yoast SEO 14.0

Curious about what happened with Yoast SEO 14.0? Read Joost’s post Yoast SEO 14.0.x; or “Why you should never bypass wpdb”.

Despite weeks and weeks of testing Yoast SEO 14.0, there were still some people running into issues. In Yoast SEO 14.1, out today, we’re improving things to help stabilize the plugin.

Among other things, we’re making several changes regarding the indexables. In the backend, we’re making it clearer what the process actually does and what you as a user can expect. We’ve also made it possible to show debug information that gives an idea of what went wrong in the indexing process in case you run into issues.

We’ve made several improvements to the indexing process itself. For instance, we’re preventing duplicate indexables to enter the database table. Plus, we’re no longer building indexables from taxonomies that aren’t public. We’ve also added the option te reindex a site’s content from the CLI.

In addition, we fixed several bugs regarding the publication and presentation of breadcrumbs, in Schema and elsewhere. In addition, we fixed several bugs regarding the publication and presentation of breadcrumbs, in Schema and elsewhere. In the changelog for Yoast SEO 14.1, you’ll find a list of all the fixes and enhancements.

Yoast SEO 14.1: update now

That’s Yoast SEO 14.1 for you! In this release, we’ve fixed a number of bugs and made several improvements concerning the indexable release. In addition, we made several enhancements that’ll make the current version of Yoast SEO more stable and easier to use.

That’s not all, because we’ve also added another language to our ever-expanding list: French! Premium users who write in the French language can now enjoy a more flexible and natural writing and optimizing environment thanks to word form support. More languages on the way, so stay tuned. And don’t forget you can help add or improve your language!

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Yoast SEO 14.0: Much faster thanks to ‘indexables’

Today is a special day. Today, a project we’ve been working on for a year sees the light of day. Yoast SEO 14.0 rewrites the playbook on how a WordPress SEO plugin can work. Thanks to an approach we call indexables, we bring you a much faster experience and a new foundation that helps us get ready for an exciting future!

Think like a search engine

SEO has always been about thinking like a search engine. Search engines want to retrieve as much information as possible, and use it to provide searchers with the best possible answers to their questions. This means we constantly have to ask ourselves; how does a search engine treat information? 

Meet The Indexables

Have you met our new superheroes The Indexables? Check out the Indexables comic!

Information on the web is addressable via URLs. Anything that has a URL is something that could be discovered, scraped, indexed, and shown in the search results. WordPress has posts, pages, custom post types, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, different types of archives, special pages, and maybe even more types of content. Do you think a search engine like Google cares about that? It doesn’t really. It just looks for things with a URL, that it can scrape and index.

A better information architecture for WordPress

From an SEO perspective, any type of page in WordPress is simply an indexable object. This is the basic intuition that has led to indexables. In its core, indexables is just a database table that contains metadata and URLs for all indexables on a site. The abstraction normalizes the information architecture for any type of page in WordPress and makes its metadata directly queryable. On top of that, we can now easily and economically relate different indexable objects to each other and to other things, such as links, redirects, attachments, and perhaps even schema markup.

Looking for more background on indexables and the future it holds? Read Omar’s post The exciting technology that is indexables

A direct benefit of indexables: a speed boost

While all the magic happens behind the scenes, the first notable ‘feature’ of indexables is a speed boost. With all the testing we’ve done, Yoast SEO 14.0 can provide a speed boost of 5-10%. Your entire site will load faster. Of course, this depends on various elements, like the type of site, the number of plugins installed, the hosting provider et cetera. This kind of speed boost is not only good for you, your visitors and your site in general, but also for search engines. Search engines have been advocating faster sites for a while now and with Yoast SEO 14.0 we can help you speed up your site as well.

After updating to Yoast SEO 14, we ask you to run the indexing process

A new architecture ready for new features

One of the main benefits of indexables is what we can build on top of it. Rethinking Yoast SEO with indexables in mind, helped us build a new information architecture that will allow us to add and expand sitewide SEO features. The architecture makes our code easier to maintain and improve, while also helping us build new and complex features more quickly. 

One of the first features built on top of indexables is our new headless WordPress API. Developers using headless WordPress installs can now generate metadata from a frontend request. Thanks to a simple metadata endpoint, developers can use the REST API to grab the data and output it wherever they want.

Improved API’s 

One of the indirect benefits of this release is new outside access to data. Thanks to the new architecture, we built a set of APIs that make it easier for third-party developers to hook into Yoast SEO. For this, we introduce surfaces. A surface is an object which we explicitly expose for third party use and which we promise to keep backward compatible. Find out more about surfaces in our developer documentation.

Technical background

As we’ve rebuilt a large part of the plugin, we have ample documentation for developers to come to grips with the changes. If you hook into Yoast SEO, it’s a good idea to go over our documentation and developer blog posts to see what changed and how you can use this to your advantage. This release makes it a lot easier for developers to hook into. Of course, this also applies to our Schema.org framework. Find more information in our developer documentation for Yoast SEO 14.0.

Try it out before updating

It’s important to test plugins before you update, but since this is a really big one it might be a good idea to try it out before adding it to your site. Of course, Yoast SEO 14.0 is thoroughly tested, but since we can’t test every set up out there, there’s always a chance that some rare combination of factors raises an issue. In that case, use a staging environment to test your plugins on a copy of your site. 

For developers and testers, we made our internal Yoast SEO Test Helper available as a plugin. This can help you test our plugins on your staging environment.

Yoast SEO 14.0: The Indexables release

Yoast SEO 14.0 is out of this world. We’ve rebuilt a large part of how the plugin gets its data, which helped us to make it faster and to help your site load faster. This innovative way of handling data inside WordPress helps us — and you — get ready for a very exciting future!

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Yoast SEO 13.5 adds support for Spanish word forms

While we’re working on getting Yoast SEO 14.0 ready for the world, you can enjoy today’s release of Yoast SEO 13.5. In this release, we’re adding word form support for a new language: Spanish. Spanish joins, Dutch, German and English, and we’re working on more languages. Read all about Yoast SEO 13.5!

An easier, more flexible text analysis

We’ve made our keyphrase analysis smart to make the process of editing a text with Yoast SEO more natural. More invisible, so to say, so you can focus on creating that epic piece of content. 

Thanks to the innovative way of working with language, the plugin is now much less restrictive in finding your focus keyphrase. It has become smarter. In the past, you often found yourself working according to the rules of the plugin, but not anymore. Now, you don’t have to try to fit your focus keyphrase awkwardly in a sentence to make the plugin happy. No, now the plugin recognizes all parts of your focus keyphrase automatically — and the words don’t even have to be in the same order.

That’s all happening in the free version of Yoast SEO, but Premium analysis ups the ante. Here, word form support comes into play. 

Yoast SEO Premium analysis 

The Yoast SEO Premium analysis not only picks out your focus keyphrases flawlessly inside a sentence, but it also looks at words forms of your keyphrase. Word forms can be anything, from plurals (e.g., perroperros), verb forms (e.g., aplicarapliques) to adverbs (e.g., actualactualmente). 

Now, if you write naturally your focus keyphrase will become much easier to find because it looks at different forms as well. All these instances count towards the correct keyphrase density of your text. 

That’s not all, because Yoast SEO Premium offers something else that you can use in conjuncture with word forms: support for synonyms and related keyphrases. By adding different related keyphrases, you can write a text that fully covers your specific topic. This includes all relevant terms users use to talk about this subject.

Need a recap? Check out this video that explains it perfectly:

Word forms are now supported in:

We collected all the supported languages in our SEO analysis on our features per language page.

Help us improve Spanish support

Today, we introduce word form support for our Spanish language users. This version is fully functional and works really well, but it might still be a little rough around the edges. Please test it thoroughly and report back your findings.

In addition, we’d like your help adding word form support for other languages. Each language is different, so you need a new word form recognition mechanisms in each language. Up to now, our in-house team of linguists refined and adapted the word form recognition mechanism in each language until it delivered the best possible quality.

This process has a major advantage: you get the best quality right in the first release. But it also has a downside, as it takes a while before a word form mechanism can cope with all the intricacies and irregularities in a language. As we want to provide word form recognition in more and more languages, this process will take longer. To speed up the process, we are changing things for the upcoming languages.

In the future, we’re building on existing word form recognition mechanisms. We need your help, though. To improve these existing mechanisms, we’d like native speakers — or experts — in that language to give us feedback. We’re working on a new feedback system to allow you to send your suggestions or improvements from within the plugin. For now, if you encounter strange things or want to help out, you can send us an email, comment on this post or make an issue on our GitHub repository. Thanks!

Update to Yoast SEO 13.5

Yoast SEO 13.5 is out. In it, you’ll find a great enhancement for our Spanish language users: word form support! Word forms help you to write a better article while spending less time on making Yoast SEO happy, we hope. If not, please let us know so we can improve it.

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Yoast SEO 13.4: Word form support for Dutch

In Yoast SEO 9.0, we launched an innovative new way to analyze your English language text using word forms. In Yoast SEO 10.1, we added word form support for the German language. Today, we’re glad to announce word form support for Dutch. Here, you can read why this is such an awesome addition to Yoast SEO 13.4.

Word forms?

Back in the day, Yoast SEO used to be rather picky — sometimes it had a hard time detecting the focus keyphrase in your text. For instance, if your focus keyphrase was [vegan pancakes], the plugin wouldn’t recognise instances of the word [vegan pancake] or [pancakes for a vegan friend]. Today, however, the WordPress plugin is so much smarter.

Now, your focus keyphrase doesn’t even have to be in an identical order. The plugin finds all parts of the keyphrase even if the words are split over a sentence.

Yoast SEO Premium takes it one step further. Using the Premium analysis, something like [How to make the fluffiest pancake that even the most critical vegans love] would count as well.

One of the coolest parts of this is that Yoast SEO Premium recognises all word forms of your keyphrase: [vegan], [vegans], [veganism] and more. This way, you don’t have to keep trying to awkwardly fit your focus keyphrase in your text. Simply write naturally and let Yoast SEO take care of the rest. The goal? To write a better text, while spending less time optimizing!

The same goes that other epic feature in Yoast SEO Premium, the possibility to add synonyms and related keyphrases to your post analysis. This too, makes it easier to write a rich, high-quality post that covers all aspects of your subject.

Word forms: now available in Dutch

As of Yoast SEO 13.4, users in the Dutch language can get in on the action too. For every language we add to the plugin, we need to adapt the analysis. Every language has its own sets of rules, you know? We have a team of linguists working on this and bringing you top notch language support.

How does this work in Dutch? Well, here’s Marieke explain it all for you — in Dutch this time!

Let’s take a look at an example! In the screenshot, you see the Premium analysis at work. The focus keyphrase for this example post is [spelen met katten]. If you look closely, Yoast SEO Premium won’t just find the exact match to that keyphrase, but also several variations.

If we look at the word [kat], or cat in Dutch, the plugin now recognises variants on that word as well. So this means, [katten], [kater] and [katjes], among other things, are correct instances of that keyphrase as well.

In the Premium analysis, you can add a number of related keyphrases to make the text analysis even richer. One of the outcomes of this, is that it helps to determine if you have distributed your keyphrases well across your text. All this helps you write the awesome your audience is looking for!

More information about the Yoast SEO analysis

We’ve written quite a few articles on word forms support and text analysis in Yoast SEO. Find why you need this super smart analysis in your daily life. Learn how synonyms and related keyphrases help enrich your articles. Marieke wrote an article on why you should go beyond exact keyword matching. Keen to learn more about the technology behind this? Read up on keyword stemming!

To cap if off, here’s the Dutch version of our infographic that explains the differences between synonyms, word forms and related keyphrases.

Update now to Yoast SEO 13.4

Yoast SEO 13.4 brings a big feature for all you Dutchies: full word form support! This state of the art analysis helps you write better text with a lot less effort. Writing and editing a great piece of content has now become much more natural.

Writing in English or German? But not familiar with the Premium analysis yet? Try it and tell us what you think!

Thanks for using Yoast SEO.

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Yoast SEO 13.3: Improving our language analysis

Our current string of releases focusing on improving our code is continuing with Yoast SEO 13.3. In this release, for instance, you’ll find a sizable update to how we work with languages. In addition, we have a Schema structured data addition and several improvements to how Yoast SEO handles URLs. Read on!

Improving the way we handle languages

As you know, Yoast SEO has a very advanced system for working with languages. We analyze your texts and give you tips to improve the readability or the enhance the SEO-friendliness of those articles. Yoast SEO Premium customers get an even more advanced analysis that makes it even easier to optimize your text in a natural way. All thanks to word form recognition, related keyphrases and synonyms.

Getting the analysis so smart is no small feat. Languages are hard to grasp and every language has its own rules and peculiarities. To get these analyses to function properly, we need to finetune these for each language. In Yoast SEO 13.3, we’ve drastically improved this system.

We now break down words to their stems automatically — also called stemming —, but no longer build a complete list of all the different word forms. This was a complex and time-consuming process that made it hard to scale. This new version makes it much easier for us to improve the system — and to roll out a lot more languages in the near future.

Keep in mind, the analysis itself haven’t changed — just the way we come to the end results.

Enhancements in Yoast SEO 13.3

In Yoast SEO 13.3, we’ve improved how the plugin handles URLs. Saša Todorović also submitted a number of improvements to how Yoast SEO works with URLs as well. We made sure that URLs keep human-readable, both in our forms and in the metadata Yoast SEO outputs on the frontend. Of course, they will remain encoded in the Schema structured data, because of the way JSON works with this.

Speaking of Schema, we’ve added a potentialAction entity to the WebPage and Article Schema pieces. This means we can indicate in the structured data that readers of this piece of content have the option of leaving a comment, for instance.

Update now to Yoast SEO 13.3

There you have it, Yoast SEO 13.3. This release bring a better language processing system, plus enhancements to the way Yoast SEO works with URLs. In addition, we fixed several bugs and made improvements to our code. You can find out more in the changelog for Yoast SEO 13.3. Download now!

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Yoast SEO 13.2: Helping you check your Site Health

In Yoast SEO 13.2, you’ll find a number of checks moved to the WordPress Site Health tool. Site Health was introduced in WordPress 5.2 as a way to help site owners and managers get a sense of how their site is doing, technically speaking. Find out more about these changes in Yoast SEO 13.2.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Site Health is a kind of doctor for your WordPress site — it not only checks for signs of illness, but also stimulates you to stay fit. It keeps an eye on your vitals and notifies you of any problems. Not just that, the site doctor also suggests ways to overcome an illness or to keep your site from getting it in the first place.

What’s Site Health?

Site Health consists of two parts: a Status screen and an Info screen. The first one runs a set of analyses to check how your site is doing. Once done, it’ll give you an overview of issues to fix and improvements to make. Click on an issue to see more information and how to fix it. On the second screen, you’ll find a lot of technical information about your site. You can copy this information and share it with your developer or web host in case of trouble.

Site Health runs several checks to see how fit your site is. It checks performance issues like outdated versions of PHP and security issues like the absence of HTTPS on your site. Plugins can hook into Site Health and add their own notifications and checks. All these are branded so you know which plugin was responsible for which warning or suggestion.

You can find Site Health by going to Tools > Site Health in your WordPress site. Unfortunately, you can’t set notifications or anything yet. To enhance discoverability, WordPress 5.4 will come with a new Site Health widget located on the dashboard. This release is due for the end of March.

Site Health helps you find issues on your site

Yoast SEO 13.2 and Site Health

Since Site Health is going to play a part in the future of WordPress, it makes sense for us to use it as well. In Yoast SEO 13.2, we’re moving several of our notifications to Site Health. This means that the following checks have now moved:

  • Pretty permalink check,
  • Paginated comments check,
  • Ryte indexability check,
  • Default tagline check,
  • And the Yoast SEO Premium activation check.

We kept the notification for the Huge SEO Issue: You’re blocking access to robots on the dashboard as this is too important to miss for users.

By adding a number of these checks to Site Health, these become more visible and less intrusive. For a lot of plugins, getting notifications right is hard. Putting relevant messages and checks on the Site Health dashboard makes a lot of sense. Now, you just have to train yourself to regularly check your dashboard.

For instance, you’ll now find the Ryte-powered indexability check in Site Health

Another update: Local SEO 12.8

In other updates, we’ve worked hard at improving the code-base of our Local SEO plugin. We’ve made huge number of behind-the-scenes improvements that makes the Local SEO plugin more stable, secure and future-proof. In addition, we fixes a couple of bugs and made enhancements.

Update to Yoast SEO 13.2

In Yoast SEO 13.2, we’ve moved some checks and notifications to a new home: Site Health. Here, you’ll find them in good company. Site Health is a helpful tool to monitor your site and you should make an effort to regularly see what’s going on there. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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Yoast SEO 13.1: Schema.org structured data enhancements

Yoast SEO 13.1 and WooCommerce SEO 12.6 are out today! In these two updated SEO plugins, you’ll find several fixes and enhancements, mostly focused at improving our Schema.org structured data implementation. In this post, you can learn more about the latest versions of Yoast SEO and WooCommerce SEO.

Yoast SEO 13.1

Back in Yoast SEO 11.0, we launched an innovative and expansive Schema.org implementation for Yoast SEO. For the first time ever, we can build a complete graph for a site and present it to a search engine on a silver platter. In subsequent releases, we fine-tuned the structured data implementation and we are continuously making improvements. You can find more technical detail on our implementation on Schema.org markup documentation.

In Yoast SEO 13.1, we’ve fixed a number of bugs and added a couple of enhancements in our Schema.org implementation. For one, we now set the Schema HowTo name and Article headline to the post title with a fallback to “No title”. In addition, we’ve added the inLanguage property to the Schema CreativeWork pieces. We try to determine the language of a specific piece of content in various ways, including the WordPress site language settings. This paves the way to handle a form of internationalization using Schema.org structured data.

WooCommerce SEO 12.6

Today, we’re also releasing WooCommerce SEO 12.6. This time, we’ve fixed a number of bugs and enhanced the Schema.org implementation. In WooCommerce SEO 12.5, we added the possibility to add a product identifier to your product, which makes it possible to output that number in the product Schema.org. In the 12.6 release, we’ve added some explanatory copy above the input fields for GTIN, ISBN et cetera to make this feature a little clearer.

At the end of this week, we’ll be raising the price of the Yoast WooCommerce SEO plugin. Are you serious about selling online? Get it today for only $49! That’ll save you some serious $$$. Don’t miss this chance…

Another enhancement to the structured data powers is the possibility to choose if you want to display the price in Schema.org structured data and OpenGraph with tax included. Simply check the box for the setting and you’re good to go.

WooCommerce SEO now lets you choose between tax or no tax for output in structured data

For bug fixes, we fixed a bug where the internal linking and additional keyphrase functionality went missing from the product edit page. Also, we fixed a bug where the meta description and Twitter and Facebook description could still contain HTML tags and redundant spaces.

Update your plugins

That’s it for today’s releases! We’ve enhanced both Yoast SEO and WooCommerce SEO, while also fixing a number of bugs. Please review the changes and update the plugins at your convenience. Thanks for using Yoast SEO!

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Yoast SEO 13.0: Behind the scenes improvements

Today, we’re releasing Yoast SEO 13.0. This release is one in a series of releases focusing on improving our code and fixing issues — most of them behind the scenes. In addition, we’re also updating our Local SEO plugin to version 12.7 and WooCommerce SEO to 12.5. Let’s go over a couple of changes in Yoast SEO 13.0, Local SEO 12.7 and WooCommerce SEO 12.5!

Quality assurance

Good quality code leads to fewer bugs and a more stable product. For some time now, we’ve been steadily rebuilding and reshaping several parts of our plugins to make them more solid and more secure. Juliette Reinders-Folmers is one of the driving forces behind this project. She helps our development teams grow and improve their work. In Yoast SEO 13.0, you can find several of Juliettes advancements, with a lot more to come.

Enhancements in Yoast SEO 13.0

A number of enhancements made it in Yoast SEO 13.0. For one, Yoast SEO now hides the Facebook settings when Open Graph is disabled. This means you no longer see something you’ve disabled yourself. Also, we’ve added a success state to the paginated comments alert that now lives in the Health Check center. This means you will also see the paginated comments check when you’ve set the paginated comments up correctly.

Improvements WooCommerce SEO 12.5

For our WooCommerce SEO plugin, we’ve improved and extended many parts of the Schema structured data implementation. We’ve updated the review and offer Schema output, plus we’ve extended the product output. Specifically, we added a productID to the product output and we’ve added different gtin (Global Trade Item Number) attributes to products.

Also, you can now set a specific product in WooCommerce SEO as a book. Giving it a valid ISBN number, it sets the Schema output to [ Product, Book ]. This way, the Product can have the attributes of both schema.org/Book and schema.org/Product, and thus it can have an ISBN attribute and a price etc.

Last but not least, we’ve added a product:condition meta tag to the OpenGraph output. The default condition is new but you can change this to, for instance, used using the new Yoast\WP\Woocommerce\product_condition filter. We’ve also added a product:retailer_item_id meta tag to the OpenGraph output for Facebook Catalog usage.

Improvements in Local SEO 12.7

Work also continues on our Local SEO WordPress plugin. Today, we launch version 12.7. In this version, we fixes a number of bugs and cleaned up the UI and UX for entering an API key and calculating the location’s latitude and longitude. This makes the whole process of determining your location and validating your Maps API a lot clearer. See the screenshot below.

Setting an API Key has become a lot easier

Update now to Yoast SEO 13.0

Yoast SEO 13.0, WooCommerce 12.5 and Local SEO 12.7 aren’t huge releases, but they bring welcome improvements behind the scenes. We’re continuing our work in improving our processes, our code and our features to keep Yoast SEO the #1 WordPress SEO plugin for years to come.

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Yoast SEO 12.9: Google Preview and more fixes

Today, we’re releasing Yoast SEO 12.9. In this release, you’ll find a number of bug fixes and enhancements. Among other things, you’ll find a renamed snippet preview with clearer settings. Find out what else is new in Yoast SEO 12.9!

Snippet preview is now Google Preview

Since the introduction of the snippet preview, we’ve been working to improve it. A big part of that is catching up with all the changes Google makes to have a snippet preview that makes sense. It should give you a good idea of how your result might look in Google. Because we mostly focus on Google in this case, we decided to rename the snippet preview to Google preview.

Here’s the Google preview button in the block editor sidebar:

The Google preview button in the block editor sidebar

And here’s how it looks in the meta box of Yoast SEO 12.9:

The Google preview in the meta box of Yoast SEO 12.9

You’ll notice another change. We’ve removed the hard-to-understand icons for switching between the mobile and desktop Google preview. Now, we use standard radio buttons and a clear text to label the choice, making the feature instantly clear for everyone.

The Yoast SEO Google preview remains an invaluable tool to create snippets that stand out from the crowd. Learning how to craft good titles can get you a long way, as does writing a proper meta description. Of course, we have a post helping you get to know the Google preview and how to make good use of it. Read it and put the learnings into practice.

Update to Yoast SEO 12.9

We’re continuing our run of behind-the-scenes improvements while we’re working on a couple of larger projects. In Yoast SEO 12.9, the most visible change is the improved and renamed Google preview. As always, update whenever you’re ready!

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Yoast SEO 12.8: Fixes and enhancements

Welcome to another year of helping you achieve your goals with your site! Today, it’s time for the first in a long line of releases planned for 2020: Yoast SEO 12.8. In this release, you’ll find a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements. Let’s get to it!

Enhancements

A while ago, a developer called Alex Bouma reached out to us on GitHub with an interesting performance-enhancing improvement. He suggested a better way of retrieving the options inside Yoast SEO. We tended to call these a lot — which led to a less than optimal performance. After careful testing and slightly adjusting the methodology, we came up with a good solution that works. This is one of many performance-enhancing improvements we’re rolling out this year.

Schema identifiers

We offer a lot of flexibility for developers who want to integrate with our Schema structured data implementation. In our Schema documentation, you’ll find everything you need to get going. In Yoast SEO 12.8, we’ve made the implementation a bit more flexible by making it possible to look for a public class property named identifier. This makes it possible to integrate in a situation where the class isn’t named WPSEO_Schema_* or is using a namespace.

Paging comments in Health Check

In Yoast SEO 12.8, we moved the notice from paginated comments from the dashboard to WordPress’ Health Check. Should you paginate comments — not needed for most sites, due to SEO and UX concerns —, you can find a new notice on your Health Check dashboard.

Activating paging comments used to trigger a dashboard notification, but we’ve moved this to Site Health

Bug fixes

As always, this release features a number of bug fixes and other improvements. We’ve also improved the documentation for the Schema structured data HowTo block (thanks to Tim van Iersel) and the Breadcrumbs file, thanks to Alfio Salanitri.

Some of the bugs we fixed concerned incorrect icon placements, styling issues, incorrectly generated Schema for breadcrumbs and one where the images alt attribute SEO assessment in the Classic Editor didn’t work properly. We’ve also fixed a bug where author archives for authors without posts would show up in the search results, even though the “Show archives for authors without posts in search results?” option was enabled. See the full changelog for a detailed overview of all the fixes and enhancements.

Update to Yoast SEO 12.8

And there you have it: the first release of 2020! In this release, we made a number of improvements to enhance the performance of the plugin. Please review the changes and update to Yoast SEO 12.8 whenever you’re ready.

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