WordPress SEO

Yoast SEO: announcing breaking API Changes

26 August 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

As we announced a while back, we’re working on real time content analysis functionality for Yoast SEO. While we wanted to preserve backwards compatibility, we’ve come to the conclusion that we won’t be able to for some filters. This means that some themes and plugins, who integrate with our page analysis functionality, will need to be updated. We »

10 tips for an awesome and SEO-friendly blog post


Writing a blog post -like all other writing- is a skill. In order to keep your reader interested, you should think about structuring your text and writing in an appealing style. You should help your readers to grasp the main idea of your post by providing headings, subheadings and clear paragraphs. If people understand and »

Category: Content SEO

Flesch reading ease score: Use it!

Flesch Reading Ease Score

If you use our Content Analysis Tool in the Yoast SEO plugin, you must have encountered the Flesch reading ease score. Our Content Analysis tool checks — using this Flesch reading ease score —  whether or not your text is not too hard to read. How do we measure this Flesch Reading Ease score? And why is this »

Category: Content SEO

Real-time content analysis for better SEO

2 July 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments


The best way to improve someone’s SEO content writing, is to let him do it, and then give real-time feedback. Ever since its first release in 2011, the page analysis functionality in WordPress SEO has always worked when you saved the post. We’re about to change that, and make it real-time. We’ll give you a preview of »

Category: Content SEO

Changing URLs in search results

17 April 2015 by Joost de Valk » - 132 Comments


Yesterday Google announced that they’ll change the way they represent URLs in mobile search results. This post explains what is changing, what this means for you and how our WordPress SEO plugin will help you with these changes. What is changing in the search results? In their blogpost Google say they’ll changing the following: The website name »

Category: General SEO

Content Analysis with the WordPress SEO plugin

22 August 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 67 Comments

content analysis

We’ve been rather busy with the WordPress SEO plugin the last few days. We did a release yesterday and a quick follow up today to fix a few collisions with other plugins. Loads of cool small fixes in there, but one in particular that I think is worth highlighting as it’s something other plugin developers »

Categories: General SEO, WordPress

Social Media Optimization with Yoast SEO

25 June 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 78 Comments

Our Yoast SEO plugin handles optimization of your WordPress site for search engines and we dare say it does a very good job of it. Most of that is technical optimization, like our XML sitemap functionality and aids in content optimization, like your page analysis function. But there’s more to SEO than that. You need links »

Category: Social Media

WordPress SEO Community & Roadmap

14 May 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 41 Comments

Our WordPress SEO plugin has been getting more and more downloads, bringing it to the top of the most downloaded plugin chart on WordPress.org fairly regularly. With that comes more interest from other developers as well, which is something we absolutely love, but is kind of impossible to manage properly on WordPress.org. Which is why we’ve »

Category: WordPress

WordPress threaded comments and SEO

12 December 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 39 Comments

Threaded Comments & SEO

Today my buddy Sander pointed out that he suddenly had pages showing as noindex,nofollow when he ran a spider across a site. A bit more researching learned us that WordPress automatically adds a noindex, nofollow robots meta tag to each URL that has ?replytocom in it. At first I (wrongly) thought this was new to »

Category: WordPress

WordPress SEO, more secure than ever before.

7 December 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 25 Comments

Sucuri Safe Plugin

One of the benefits of making money on paid plugins is that you can more easily spend money for other people to look at and even better, review your plugins. Today is the first result of what might become a somewhat longer tradition: WordPress SEO is now a Sucuri Safe Plugin. What this means? It »

Category: WordPress