Yoast SEO meta box is missing

If the meta box appears but it’s partially or completely blank, please see this article.

The Yoast SEO meta box gives you feedback and tools to optimize your SEO. You can find it below your content. But what if it isn’t there? How can you get it back? In this article, we’ll discuss two ways to solve this problem.

It could be that the Yoast SEO meta box is disabled on the edit screen. If you’re using the block editor, you can undo this by following these steps. If you’re using the classic editor, we’ll explain the steps here. The meta box could also have been disabled in the Search Appearance settings of Yoast SEO. We’ll explain how you can enable it in the last part of this article.

Did you know the Yoast SEO Premium meta box comes with more extensive analyses and social previews as well? Compare the two versions here to make sure that you pick the version that fits your needs.

Edit screen (block editor)

If you’re using the block editor, the Yoast SEO meta box can be enabled/disabled on the edit screen. This setting is retained when you switch between the same type of edit screen and when you log out.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  2. Go to the edit screen where the meta box is missing.
  3. Click on the icon with the three dots in the upper right corner of your screen. wordpress_post_more-options
  4. Click on ‘Options’ at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  5. Scroll down to ‘Advanced Panels’ and mark the ‘Yoast SEO’ or ‘Yoast SEO Premium’ checkbox.
    To show the panel, check the ‘Yoast SEO’ box.
    To hide the panel, uncheck the ‘Yoast SEO’ box.

Edit screen (classic editor)

If you’re using the classic editor, the Yoast SEO meta box can be enabled/disabled on the edit screen. This setting is retained when you switch between the same type of edit screen and when you log out.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
  2. Go to the edit screen where the meta box is missing.
  3. Click on ‘Screen Options’ in the upper right corner of your screen.

  4. Check ‘Yoast SEO’ in the meta box.

Yoast SEO Search Appearance settings

The Yoast SEO meta box could also have been disabled in the Yoast SEO Search Appearance settings. Follow these steps to check whether that’s the case and to change it.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

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

  2. Click on ‘SEO’.

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

  3. Click on ‘Search Appearance’.

    The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘Search Appearance’.

  4. Click on the ‘Content Types’ or ‘Taxonomies’ tab.


    Note: You will find the settings in both tabs. Use the tabs that matches the content type you are missing. The Content Type contains settings for posts and pages. The Taxonomies tab contains settings for categories, tags and formats.

  5. Toggle the switch to ‘Show’ for the content types (posts, pages etc.) for which the meta box is missing.