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Feature highlight: Yoast SEO Premium redirect manager

Feature highlight: Yoast SEO Premium redirect manager

June 03rd, 2015 – 15 Comments

One of the things we are understanding more and more, is that we have failed to explain why our Yoast SEO Premium plugin is awesome. Today, I’d like to tell you about the redirect manager that’s contained in it.

First, let me show you this video:

Redirect when you need to

Yoast SEO Premium makes sure you don’t leave holes in your site. When you’re changing a posts URL, you should redirect the old URL to the new one. When you’re deleting a post, in most cases, you should redirect the URL somewhere. Both of these are common things to do when you’re cleaning up your old content. In both cases, Yoast SEO Premium will give you notices like this:

Image of the redirect manager notice that says: WordPress SEO Premium detected that you moved a post to the trash. Click here to create a redirect from the old post URL. Image of the notice that says: WordPress SEO Premium created a redirect from the old post URL to the new post URL. Click here to undo this.

Similarly, when you’re cleaning out your tags or categories, you want to redirect them when you delete or change them:

Image of the redirect manager notice saying: WordPress SEO Premium detected that you deleted a term. Click here to create a redirect from the old term URL.

Note that these notice have been improved slightly from what they look like right now, you’ll all get this update next Wednesday when we release Yoast SEO 2.2.

Solve crawl issues with the redirect manager

The redirect manager is heavily tied into the Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools) integration, which allows you easily solve all Google’s crawl issues. Simply click “Redirect” and tell the plugin where the redirect should go.

Yoast SEO, even the free version, helps you to optimize your site. Yoast SEO Premium, with this functionality, helps you make sure your site stays optimized.

Interested? Go get Yoast SEO Premium. It includes a year of support and comes with a month-long money back guarantee, no questions asked.


15 Responses to Feature highlight: Yoast SEO Premium redirect manager

  1. Paul Sherland
    By Paul Sherland on 9 June, 2015

    Hey Joost, I have your Premium Plugin installed on all of my client sites, which are hosted on Web Synthesis. The tech staff there wants users like me to submit formated redirects as a text file. Is this better than using the redirect functionality in the plugin? Thanks!

  2. Marniks
    By Marniks on 9 June, 2015

    I just upgraded to premium so i can use the redirection tool. Very handy in combination with Google Search Console, i’m using it mainly for crawl issues anyways, and now i can fix this right in my WordPress admin.

  3. Nigel Abery
    By Nigel Abery on 9 June, 2015

    This is a very user friendly way of redirecting from the wordpress dashboard. Great, easy to understand video too!

  4. sewa bus
    By sewa bus on 7 June, 2015

    awasome plugin :D i like this plugin yoast

  5. Paul Oaten
    By Paul Oaten on 5 June, 2015

    This looks good. In the past, I’ve always used the Redirection plugin but have learned to be very restrictive on the log files that it potentially creates – these can grow very large, very quickly.

    Are such redirect log files created in this plugin? I don’t see an option to control them in the settings?

  6. Emsticker
    By Emsticker on 5 June, 2015

    Thanks for your post…Do you have a ebook tutorial for your post…

  7. Susan
    By Susan on 4 June, 2015

    Would this work for redirecting people from an old website to a new one or does it only work within the site it’s installed on?Our original site was a dot com, the new one is a dot org. The old one is the one that shows up first in search even tho it hasn’t been used in years. We’ve been unable to shut it down, a redirect would be fantastic.

  8. Kruno
    By Kruno on 3 June, 2015

    I have the SEO premium plugin installed on my WP site but I still have not used this option. I plan to create approximately 20 301 redirects. Is this going to impact my site-load speed? And what is the main difference between using this premium redirect manager and, for example, using redirects tool in cPanel?

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 3 June, 2015

      It shouldn’t impact your load speed until you hit like a 1000 redirects, at that point I’d start saving it to disk with the options in the plugin.

  9. Ash Mitchell
    By Ash Mitchell on 3 June, 2015

    I have had some issues with other 301 plugins for wordpress, I am going to give this one a try and I will let you know how I get on. Thanks Joost, informative as ever!

  10. Keith
    By Keith on 3 June, 2015

    Hi Joost,

    I have the SEO premium plugin installed on a new WP site I’m developing and it has made redirects extremely simple! The Yoast WP theme has also been great. This is my first WP site, so I’m curious about something.

    I’ve moved over all my content from my current .html site to WP. Do the redirects I have in my .htaccess file get transferred over automatically to WP? Or do I need to re-enter all of those as redirects in the SEO plugin? I’ve never had a WP site before so have never transitioned from .html to WP before.

    Thanks again!!

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 3 June, 2015

      Hey Keith,

      you don’t have to import your redirects, but you most certainly can. If you go to Tools → Import / Export, you can just put in the contents of your .htaccess file and import the redirects.

      • Keith
        By Keith on 3 June, 2015

        I wasn’t sure the .htaccess file was compatible with a WP build, but importing them will save me a lot of grief!

        Thanks Joost!

  11. Alan
    By Alan on 3 June, 2015

    Sometimes I remove a post only to recreate another post later with the exact same name. I might not remember If I have set up a permanent redirect so is there something to indicate this?

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 3 June, 2015

      Currently not but we can certainly add that, adding to the list.


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