Yoast SEO 14.0: The Indexables

We launched one of the biggest updates in Yoast SEO history, Yoast SEO 14.0. This release, released on April 28th, is a huge rewrite of parts of our code. In our release post, you’ll find out all about Yoast SEO 14.0. In addition, we’re sharing technical details in developer posts on our developer blog this week, but we’ve also made a comic to try to explain to non-developers what we did. We have new super heroes, we call them the Indexables!

If you want to test, head on to this developer announcement post, test instructions are in there. For now, enjoy the comic:

Indexables comic page 1 Indexables comic page 2 Indexables comic page 3 Indexables comic page 4 Indexables comic page 5

48 Responses to Yoast SEO 14.0: The Indexables

  1. bilal
    bilal  • 4 years ago

    Awesome i am waiting for this release.

  2. David DeWitt
    David DeWitt  • 4 years ago

    And the comic tells us nothing at at all.

  3. Anette Mossbacher
    Anette Mossbacher  • 4 years ago

    Would be the new version be able to see the difference between code and text in readability? That makes me nuts. To see that I am on the right track with SEO writing. My workflow, for now, is: open a draft page paste text in there to see if all is fine. That is a tad time-consuming! It would be nice if YOAST would be able to figure that out with Flatsome theme!

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Hi Annette, the actual features won’t change with this release. I understand your frustration though! Perhaps you could create an issue on our GitHub repository for this? https://github.com/Yoast/wordpress-seo/issues Thanks!

  4. Craig
    Craig  • 4 years ago

    Wow, I can’t believe the negative responses in this thread. You guys are the business. The trouble you’ve taken to make this announcement fun is incredible. Yes, some of it goes over my head but the gist of it is clear. (And you provide more info on the Developers site: https://developer.yoast.com/blog/upcoming-release-yoast-seo-14-0-indexables/)

    To all the negative replies: remember, the free version of this plugin is incredibly effective, continually improved and … FREE!

    Thanks Yoast Team!

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 4 years ago

      Thank you Craig!

  5. David Bennett
    David Bennett  • 4 years ago

    I am looking forward to this but with a little trepidation because of the error in version 7 of Yoast SEO that unfortunately I updated to before the notification of the bug came out.

    I only realised this problem a couple of months ago and so I am running the Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin and plan to keep it running for six months, as advised.

    So my question is, how will the new version of Yoast affect this? Do I still keep the Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin running?

    Also, I have Yoast WooCommerce – and I wonder how that will work with the new version Yoast SEO 14.0?

    • Joost de Valk

      – We’re not changing any settings here, nor deleting any data, in fact for now we’re opting to keep post meta up to date so we can move back or re-import if needed. We are storing the data in a new table, that’s all.
      – WooCommerce SEO will work with the latest update :)
      – If you’ve only just installed the purge plugin and you really need it, keep it running. Honestly though, the vast amount of people using it don’t really need it… It’s hard to tell without knowing your site.

      • Niki
        Niki  • 4 years ago

        How can i know if i need the purge plugin for a site or not ?
        Thank you

        • Willemien Hallebeek
          Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

          Hi Niki, Most likely, you don’t need to. You could check if you experienced a drop in traffic in June two years ago?

  6. Hitesh Bhasin
    Hitesh Bhasin  • 4 years ago

    Why do u guys change versions so fast :) By 2024 we will be at version 46 :) Is that to do with marketing? Thanks.

    • Joost de Valk

      No, we just release every 2 weeks and make a lot of changes ;)

  7. Kim
    Kim  • 4 years ago

    Did anyone else lose their seo and readability analysis colored lights today?

    • Ben Vaassen
      Ben Vaassen  • 4 years ago

      Hi Kim, I’m sorry to hear that. That shouldn’t happen. We’d be happy to help you, please refer to our https://yoa.st/support page where you can find an overview of how and where we can help you best.

      Good luck!

  8. Amie D
    Amie D  • 4 years ago

    Um, what?! What are you trying to say 14.0 will do… in English not cartoonish? Seems to be something about speed, but have no idea what this cartoon is trying to tell me.

    • Gary H
      Gary H  • 4 years ago

      Sounds great I love that you guys and girls make this software better all the time, improving speed and scaling this up for better user experience I think this Yoast is a very professional software. I actually find it helps us a lot with our SEO and that results in more traffic customers sales. I don’t usually leave comments, but I highly recommend this software, and I would like to say to you Yoast people you are doing a great job and I hope you carry on doing this work in the future. I think if you keep Yoast a professional software solution you will all do great.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Hi Amie, Thanks for your question! Simply put, it’s a full re-build of all our front-end code aimed at improving efficiency, removing bugs and increasing speed. Here you’ll find more details: https://developer.yoast.com/blog/upcoming-release-yoast-seo-14-0-indexables/

  9. Doug
    Doug  • 4 years ago

    I don’t get the cartoon. A more conventional explanation option would be greatly appreciated. I think you guys have a great company and this is really a very minor comment.

  10. Malcolm Marcus
    Malcolm Marcus  • 4 years ago

    I’m reading the comic on a notebook and also find the text very small.

    More importantly, I’m sorry to say I really don’t know any more about the new release now, then I did before reading the comic.

    How about a bullet list of what’s new and what each of the new things means – how it we will benefit? Thanks

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Hi Malcolm, more details (including bullet lists and benefits) will follow soon. Please stay tuned!

  11. David Bennett
    David Bennett  • 4 years ago

    A couple of questions:

    1. Will it work OK with Yoast SEO: WooCommerce ?

    2. Will it work OK with the Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin that deals with the bug in Yoast 7 that returned image IDs when it shouldn’t have?

  12. Ian
    Ian  • 4 years ago

    I can’t read the comic! Too small for me.

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 4 years ago

      Hi Ian, thanks for your comment. We’ll take a look at the font size!

  13. Monte Tomerlin
    Monte Tomerlin  • 4 years ago

    Please don’t waste my time again with stuff like this comic book.

  14. Sergio Ceccherini
    Sergio Ceccherini  • 4 years ago

    Hey Guys, I hope the Yoast update is better than the comic strip. The captions are very small and difficult to read. There doesn’t seem to be a back button either. As a non developer and not being tech savvy, I fear there will be instructions written in the same way. That’s to say full of jargon and consequently difficult read and understand. I ask you to please take into account that many people like myself run a site, but it’s not our full time occupation. Just like not everyone who drives a car is a mechanic . So I hope there will be instructions for dummies. Many thanks and best wishes, Sergio.

    • Sergio Ceccherini
      Sergio Ceccherini  • 4 years ago

      Further to my previous comment, I’ve read the comic strip on my phone where of course you can enlarge the content.

      • Willemien Hallebeek
        Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

        Thanks for your feedback, Sergio! We’ll definitely provide more information in plain English to make it clear to everyone. This comic is mainly meant as a teaser. And, we’ll take a look at the font size!

  15. S. Ira Grossman
    S. Ira Grossman  • 4 years ago

    What’s with the comic. The website is unreadable!

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 4 years ago

      Hi Ira, thank you for your comment. We’ll take a look at the font size and will provide more written details soon!

  16. jonathan chartrand
    jonathan chartrand  • 4 years ago

    I don’t get it. Tell me in plain English what it is

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Hi Jonathan, simply put, we’ve improved the way we deal with data in Yoast SEO. It will be far more efficient and faster!

  17. Miguel Hortiguela
    Miguel Hortiguela  • 4 years ago


    You forgot to add a Back arrow. Also, can this be downloaded, the font is way to small to read comfortably.

  18. yashira
    yashira  • 4 years ago

    Thank you for creating this comic strip and working so hard on the new release!

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Thanks, Yashira!

  19. Narender Singh
    Narender Singh  • 4 years ago

    Couldn’t grasp much from the comic, so, I’ll wait for the official introduction post instead. Keep up the great work! Been with yoast since years and probably for years 👌

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Thank you for staying with us for such a long time, that’s great to hear. Details on this release will follow soon :-)

  20. Earthpulse
    Earthpulse  • 4 years ago

    if i replace my free to premium yoast. it show any problem on my page seo like keyprase meta tag and title etc?

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Hi! No, there shouldn’t be a problem at all

    GET YOUR PR  • 4 years ago

    I am very happy with your announcement. Thanks for informing me.
    if I am guessing it will be an indexer.

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 4 years ago

      You’re very welcome! And stay tuned to find out :-)

  22. fairwheels.com
    fairwheels.com  • 4 years ago

    Lets wait & see what will be better ? 😉😉

  23. Cody Leslie
    Cody Leslie  • 4 years ago

    Always great to see more innovation being done with your plugins. Looking forward to it!

    • Prajwal Desai
      Prajwal Desai  • 4 years ago

      Thank you for this release. I am excited for version 14.0. Thank you Yoast Team.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

      Thanks! We’re excited about it too :-)

      • Neal
        Neal  • 4 years ago

        Excited about what? 99% of the non-developers still don’t have a clue. Developers went, ugh, something faster?

        • Willemien Hallebeek
          Willemien Hallebeek  • 4 years ago

          Hi Neal, there’s more to come soon :-)