How to disable the ‘SEO analysis’ feature

This guide is about the SEO analysis tab of Yoast SEO. For the Readability tab, please see this article.

How do I disable the feature entirely?

The SEO analysis reviews the content of your post and provides you with real-time improvement tips. While we definitely recommend using the analysis, you can disable the SEO analysis site-wide or per user. This feature is enabled by default.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on ‘Yoast SEO’.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Yoast SEO’.

  3. Click on ‘General’.

    The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘General’.

  4. Click on the ‘Features’ tab. 

  5. Toggle the ‘SEO analysis’ switch.

    To enable the feature, toggle the switch to ‘On’.
    To disable the feature, toggle the switch to ‘Off’.

  6. Click ‘Save Changes’.

How do I disable the feature on specific post types?

  1. Go to Yoast SEO – Search Appearance and click on either Content Types or Taxonomies.
  2. Find the right post type. In the image below, we are using Posts as an example. But you may have Pages, Products, Categories, Tags, or any other post types that appear.
  3. Toggle Hide in the Show SEO settings for the Posts section.

How do I disable Yoast SEO analysis for individual users?

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  2. Click on ‘Users’.
    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Users’.
  3. Click on ‘Your Profile’ or ‘Edit’ for other users.
    The ‘Users’ settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘Your Profile’ to disable it for yourself or click ‘Edit’ on another user to disable it for them.
    Screenshot showing the menu item Users_Profile in the WordPress admin menu
  4. Toggle the ‘Disable SEO analysis’ checkbox.
    To enable the feature, uncheck the box. To disable the feature, check the box.
  5. Save Changes.

How do I disable the feature on individual pages?

Classic editor

  1. Go to the post or page.
  2. Click ‘Screen Options’ in the upper right corner.
    Screenshot_classic editor screen options

3. Untick the Yoast SEO (Premium) box. This will remove the Yoast SEO metabox (including the SEO analysis) from the individual post/page.
Screenshot_screen_options_untick_Yoast_SEO_Premium_screen_element

Block editor

  1. Go to the post or page.
  2. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and then click ‘Preferences’ in the menu.
    Screenshot_three_dot_more_options_menu_preferences

3. Click the ‘Panels’ tab to see the toggles for the additional areas. Click the toggle to enable/disable Yoast SEO (Premium). This will remove the Yoast SEO sidebar (including the SEO analysis) from the individual post/page.
Screenshot_disable Yoast SEO Premium in the Panels section of the Preferences menu item

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