Yoast SEO 12.9: Google Preview and more fixes

Today, we’re releasing Yoast SEO 12.9. In this release, you’ll find a number of bug fixes and enhancements. Among other things, you’ll find a renamed snippet preview with clearer settings. Find out what else is new in Yoast SEO 12.9!

Snippet preview is now Google Preview

Since the introduction of the snippet preview, we’ve been working to improve it. A big part of that is catching up with all the changes Google makes to have a snippet preview that makes sense. It should give you a good idea of how your result might look in Google. Because we mostly focus on Google in this case, we decided to rename the snippet preview to Google preview.

Here’s the Google preview button in the block editor sidebar:

The Google preview button in the block editor sidebar

And here’s how it looks in the meta box of Yoast SEO 12.9:

The Google preview in the meta box of Yoast SEO 12.9

You’ll notice another change. We’ve removed the hard-to-understand icons for switching between the mobile and desktop Google preview. Now, we use standard radio buttons and a clear text to label the choice, making the feature instantly clear for everyone.

The Yoast SEO Google preview remains an invaluable tool to create snippets that stand out from the crowd. Learning how to craft good titles can get you a long way, as does writing a proper meta description. Of course, we have a post helping you get to know the Google preview and how to make good use of it. Read it and put the learnings into practice.

Update to Yoast SEO 12.9

We’re continuing our run of behind-the-scenes improvements while we’re working on a couple of larger projects. In Yoast SEO 12.9, the most visible change is the improved and renamed Google preview. As always, update whenever you’re ready!

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6 Responses to Yoast SEO 12.9: Google Preview and more fixes

  1. Diogo Avelar
    Diogo Avelar  • 6 months ago

    I have installed the latest version of the plugin to my new website and it’s working flawlessly. I use the free version and it works fine.

  2. Isah Suleiman
    Isah Suleiman  • 6 months ago

    Hi, My SEO and Readability analysis is no longer available on my sidebar when writing posts

  3. mostapha
    mostapha  • 6 months ago

    How do I get past a problem: data-vocabulary.org schema deprecated
    By adding Yoast SEO?
    Can I fix this issue is to disable Breadcrumbs inside Yoast SEO settings?

  4. Alena
    Alena  • 6 months ago

    In Yoast plugin why my dashboard not updated, like all pages optimized with good SEO.

    • Seokaos
      Seokaos  • 6 months ago

      I agree, please reply…

  5. robby9
    robby9  • 6 months ago

    I actually have a question about 12.8. I have Yoast Premium…. Does 12.8 at Schema to events? Do we need to add extra Schema to our sites for more rich snippets? What would be your recommendation for Schema and Yoast on a website?