Yoast SEO 3.0

We’ve just released Yoast SEO 3.0. This release includes real time content analysis, the “upgrade” of our snippet preview to a snippet editor, an upgrade to how we handle categories and tags and an integration with Ryte. And that’s just the headline features.

Since the “creation” of Yoast SEO as a plugin, we’ve not done a release as big as this. It’s been quite a while in the making, my blog post about real time content analysis dates back from July. That’s because we had to rewrite a lot of the features of Yoast SEO in JavaScript. This makes it possible to run our analysis in your browser, instead of on the server, making it much much faster.

Real time content analysis

With Yoast SEO 3.0, our focus keyword capabilities and content analysis became real time. We also added, in Yoast SEO Premium, the option to have multiple focus keywords. This quick video is probably a better example of what I mean than what I can explain in words:

We think that’s nice! It’s so fast, sometimes you don’t even see it update.

Multiple Focus Keywords

With Yoast SEO Premium you can, as of this release, assign multiple focus keywords to a post (or page). This means that you’re going to be able to optimize a post for two completely different terms, or for two synonyms. We’ve got more functionality planned for upcoming release of Yoast SEO Premium around this.

We think multiple focus keywords and our real time content analysis are cool, we hope you do too. If this makes you want to upgrade to Yoast SEO Premium, you’re in luck: this post marks the beginning of a sale up until the end of the year in which Yoast SEO Premium will only cost $69 per year for support, updates & upgrades!

Snippet preview becomes snippet editor

Our snippet preview was the first ever to be built-in to a WordPress plugin or theme. Now, this much copied feature is moving into a next step: a snippet editor. As you can see in the interface above, you can edit the snippet straight where you see it, making the interface much smoother and easier to work with.

This feature replaces the fields for title and meta description. You can now also edit the post slug straight from this interface. Did you notice in the video that we’ve changed the UI for our meta box too?

Ryte integration

We’ve long been wanting to work with our friends at Ryte, they run one of the finest SEO tools in the business and have a free account that many of our users could benefit from. In collaboration with them we’ve built a service integration that checks, on a weekly basis, whether your site can still be indexed by search engines. If, for some reason, your site suddenly changes in such a way that it’s no longer indexable by search engines, we’ll notify you, both on your dashboard and in an email.

This is just our first bit of work with our friends from Ryte and we hope to be able to deliver more cool features together in the future.

Categories and tags become first-class citizens

We’ve always told you to optimize your category and tag pages, but we weren’t really good at helping you do it. Now, we’ve brought the entire Yoast metabox, including the snippet editor and the content analysis, to the category edit page:

In addition, your category / tag description field no longer is a plain text field but now immediately gets a full rich text editing environment so you can way more easily make those descriptions attractive.

There are more features, but I’ll stop here. We’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

Coming up next!

341 Responses to Yoast SEO 3.0

  1. Ludwig Sörmlind
    Ludwig Sörmlind  • 9 years ago

    Thank you and the team for all the hard work you put into this!

    Initially I had some problem when editing the titles and the meta descriptions. The content in these boxes just flippad back to what it previously contained when editing old content. A simple browser cache clear fixed this. Just in case I cleared the Cloudflare cache too.

  2. Bao Nguyen
    Bao Nguyen  • 9 years ago

    I have used one page to make homepage but are still notice red lights yoast seo : The focus keyword does not appear in the URL for this page. If you decide to rename the URL be sure to check the old URL 301 redirects to the new one!

  3. Marie
    Marie  • 9 years ago

    Sorry really sad you have changed how the SEO plugin works to write in the title etc. This plugin was simple for clients to use and now there are so many glitches when trying to click the title and type in it and its not obvious on where to type ( i have a lot of older clients non computer wise people! ) that it is such a shame, bring back the boxes please as this is just terrible.

  4. David Harris
    David Harris  • 9 years ago

    The images in the media library used to have a meta description field as well as a description field. We were using the description field for internal seraches as there are over 1500 images and the meta description field got passed onto the attachment page, which now takes the description since this update. The images in the attachment pages now have the description not the meta description, which is just a bunch of keywords. We either need to retrieve the old meta description field or edit 1500 images! Help!

  5. Fredrik Frodell
    Fredrik Frodell  • 9 years ago

    The Media Library in WordPress breaks the images we try to upload. Could this has to do with the Yoast SEO upgrade? If so, can I purchase a pro-licence from you guys and have it fixed? Would love to!
    Best regards

  6. jozef
    jozef  • 9 years ago

    Hi, I have been using your SEO tool for couple years now, but since I upgraded today to the newest version, every-time I go back to any previous post to edit something my mac freezes and for example a simple task like adding a new word to a post takes up to a minute!!! There is a bug guys in this new version. I have never had any issues like this before so I hope you look after these new one ASAP :) Thanks.

  7. Tony
    Tony  • 9 years ago

    Your new Snippet Editor sucks in every possible way. I had to fine tune my meta description in a text editor before copying in. Plus, nobody needs real-time status updates – hitting “save draft” worked just fine. Be like Apple and focus on adding features, not like MS and give us nonsense overhauls. Please revert to the previous snippet editor model.

  8. Wayne
    Wayne  • 9 years ago

    Hi there,

    I am sure it has been covered in one of the many posts above – i just couldn’t find it. The new release is “hanging my system” terribly. I turned the plugin off and system is fine, once back on the editor works at a “snail-pace”.

    Any updates herein?


  9. project
    project  • 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed the update. specially real-time analysis is great, you no longer need to update the page and see the results

  10. Prachi Tyagi
    Prachi Tyagi  • 9 years ago

    Hi Joost,

    I have the Yoast 3.0.4 version. Even after plugging the focus keyword, there is no SEO status (just a grey button) – it appears as if I haven’t added a keyword but thats untrue. Any help?
    Thank you :)

  11. Katrina
    Katrina  • 9 years ago

    I HATE this release. I’ve spent hours looking for the General tab and meta description. Now I’m getting SEO errors for no sub-headings. I have three. I’ve relogged out of my web site and back in countless times. I’ve purchased the Premium looking for the General Tab. I’ve cleared my cache. I have spent hours on what should be so simple. Even if I add additional key words, I get errors only on what the first one is, even if I add additional correct ones. Your training video offers no help or comparison to the former version. Have I said enough? Again, I say hours wasted.

    • Joost de Valk

      Sorry to hear that Katrina, looking at the release video might have helped, but that might also not have made it 100% clear yet. It’s actually fairly simple once you know it: click the title or description in the snippet preview (now: snippet editor).

      • B.P.
        B.P.  • 9 years ago

        Clicking the snippet editor does not work to edit the title. Clicking on the title, the title disappears and the address url (slug) appears. I’m using the latest version. What gives?

  12. GoToGuy
    GoToGuy  • 9 years ago

    Having the same problem listed a few times below for which a response has not yet been offered from Yoast.

    Home page URL in snippet editor is adding example-post/ to my URL.When I click to edit, it disappears but as soon as I click out of the edit, it appears back! This is not occurring on any other page where the correct page extension is appearing. So why is it adding it to my home page, and how can I stop this happening?

  13. JAM
    JAM  • 9 years ago

    Hi Yoast — With the new release, the Publish button no longer shows up on Posts or Events. The button itself is missing, so we are unable to publish. If I disable Yoast, the button reappears.

    This was never a problem before. It’s YOUR responsibility to track down plugin conflicts on your new releases, not ours. We have many plugins active and do not have a mirror system where we can test.

    If you want, I can send you a list of our installed plugins.

    Thank you.

    • Joost de Valk

      Hi Jam,

      it’s our responsibility? Pardon me? We have 4.5 million websites using our plugin, in approximately 4 million different configs. It simply doesn’t work like that. Also, even if you were a paying customer, we wouldn’t do that because there are many, many more things than just the list of plugins that can cause incompatibilities. This, unfortunately, is the reality of the WordPress ecosystem.

      We’re happy to help track down the issue if you open an issue on GitHub and tell us the specific JavaScript error you’re getting. We’ll expect you to be nice and courteous though, and not to point us at what you think our responsibilities are. This is a product that, as far as I can tell from our customer database and your email address, you’re getting for free, and that entitles you to absolutely nothing.

      Now let me honest: if you were a paying customer one of my support team might dive into your site and give it a look, but even then we can’t promise quick fixes as sometimes there are none.

  14. Suresh
    Suresh  • 9 years ago

    hi i am getting this error -“No meta description has been specified, search engines will display copy from the page instead” at posts editor whats this can you help to get green success signal for it…
    thanks in advance

  15. Livingstone Were
    Livingstone Were  • 9 years ago

    Home page editor url can’t be edited any more. This is the results

    Whats the way out?

    • GoToGuy
      GoToGuy  • 9 years ago

      Hi guys,

      This issue has been raised by many on this article now. Most of the comments, you’re very fast to reply on but this ‘/example-post’ isn’t getting a response from you. Could you comment please?

      • Joost de Valk

        We’re still having trouble replicating it in the current version. Could you make sure you’re on 3.0.6?

  16. Livingstone Were
    Livingstone Were  • 9 years ago

    Hope page editor url can’t be edited any more. This is the results

    Whats the way out?

  17. Mike Mahaffey
    Mike Mahaffey  • 9 years ago

    I love your plugin…….BUT it sucks not having the meta description box! How in the world would I know where Google is going to pull the description from???

  18. Cyril Darmouni
    Cyril Darmouni  • 9 years ago

    +1 old seo back stop the mess

  19. Raymond
    Raymond  • 9 years ago

    automatic update doesn’t work Yoast SEO Premium Version 2.3.5 and Google Analytics by Yoast Premium Version 5.4.6 to the latest available version! Any Idee?

  20. t
    t  • 9 years ago

    omgosh, i feel bad for all the hatemail you are receiving. THIS is meant as a constructive note on latest 3.0.4.

    — categories are fixed.
    — On-page errors while using visual editor now only happen ****after the focus keyword has been set****
    — But once the error cycle starts, it is like 5 minutes of not responding browser. clicking “stop script” and checking “do not show this message again” does NOT fix the error. it keeps coming up constantly.

    anyway, glad for some progress. but you guys really fucked up and NEED to allow people to disable all the on-page javascript BS. it serves no value. waiting 25 minutes to publish a FINISHED post just to get a red/green/yellow traffic light ? ?????

    what a mistake.

  21. Derek
    Derek  • 9 years ago

    Ever since I updated my premium version to the lastest version I’m unable to see my meta settings and the yoast seo settings page the dashboard is out of alighment.. I’m using IE11 and even tried chrome but it seems there is a coding error somewhere. I’m waiting on an email from support since I get it as a premium SEO client.

    First time in years I’ve had an issue with a Yoast plugin. Never thought this day would happen. I just wrote a new blog post and can not edit the SEO settings of the post so I wont publish anything. Seems pushing updates to fast made something else not work.

  22. LoNi
    LoNi  • 9 years ago

    +1 -> I want the old yoast seo back
    This new version is very disappointing and unstable. However, it is also full of great ideas (onpage.org integration for example). But there are too many issues to release it now to the world! The current version should be only proposed to testers (I think).
    Anyway, thanks for your effort in making your product better. Just focus a bit more on the fact that robustness is better than more functionalities for the average user.

  23. Leonie
    Leonie  • 9 years ago


    I’ve update the plugin to 3.0.4, emtyd my cache, but I still have a problem with the content analyse. I keep seeing the blue loading bar instead of the analyse. How can I resolve this?

  24. arthur
    arthur  • 9 years ago

    please +1 this comment and vote if you want the old yoast seo back

    • Shawon Sarker
      Shawon Sarker  • 9 years ago

      +1 >> I want the old yoast seo back

  25. Antoinette de Fouw
    Antoinette de Fouw  • 9 years ago

    One of the plugins that clash with Yoast SEO 3.0 is Page Builder Plugin – SiteOrigin

  26. Shawon Sarker
    Shawon Sarker  • 9 years ago

    New version is fully painful.
    please tell me the reasion of showing this 2 error in my post that shown by new version. I give 2 screen short of new and old version plugin shown please let me know what the reasion.
    1.what is the problen in meta discription
    but meta discription is all ok in previus version
    2. what is the problen in page title
    but page title is all ok in previus version

    now my question what’s the benifit of a new version just give pain to users.

  27. Paul Burton
    Paul Burton  • 9 years ago

    UPDATE on my inability to edit the page title issue.

    I cannot edit the page title in pages or posts that are DRAFT but I can edit the page title in Snippet Preview when the page or post is published.

    Can/will this be fixed soon?

  28. lgaspo
    lgaspo  • 9 years ago


    after update from yoast 2.3.5. to yoast 3.0.4:

    Img shows situation with yoast 2.3.5.
    – everything is OK (I use woocommerce product)

    this img shows situation with yoast 3.0.4 (same woocommerce product)
    – meta description is OK
    – SEO title is missing (there is only %%title%% %%page%%…and so on)
    – main keyword (Hlavne klucove slovo) is missing
    – Content analysis is not loaded

    this img shows errors in chrome console
    – there are 2 errors:
    – first in wp-seo-shortcode-plugin-302.min.js
    – second in yoast-seo-302.min.js

    this img shows first error in debugger
    – this error is not critical at that moment, but it is potentially dangerous
    – problem is in for…in loop with arrays
    – as you can see captureKeywords array is empty captureKeywords = [], length = 0
    – but mootools.js librery adds to every js array additional items ($family, append, associaiate, … and so on)
    – in this way, despite captureKeywords is empty, it contains in the first index value (i = “$family”)
    – so everybody who use mootools.js has this potentially problem
    – more about mootools.js problem here:
    – so, I use a little quick hack to resolve this problem (commented code marked as Lgaspo)

    this img shows second error
    – this error stops loading of Content analysis
    – because I do not have unminified version of yoast-seo-302.min.js I am not able to debug it
    – problem is in “status” property
    – so I only delete “.status” from minified version of file

    this img shows situation after erorrs repairing
    – meta description is OK
    – SEO title is still missing (there is only %%title%% %%page%%…and so on)
    – main keyword (Hlavne klucove slovo) is still missing
    – Content analysis is successfully loaded

    So, question is, why is SEO title and Main keyword missing ?

  29. Grayhambo
    Grayhambo  • 9 years ago

    Auto updated to Version 3.0.4 for WordPress. All I now have is snippet and keyword, Below that it is just a blue and white loading bar. All of my focus keywords have disappeared! I’ve tried several suggestions in the posts above – but still not working. Is there a fix yet?

  30. Jacco
    Jacco  • 9 years ago

    Hi Joost,

    it would be nice it you could make the traffic light clickable. Especially with long pages this saves a lot of scrolling.


  31. Paul Burton
    Paul Burton  • 9 years ago

    I can confirm that a Wordfence setting is cause the ‘not indexed’ error message. If I check “Immediately block fake Google crawlers” I see the error message and if I uncheck it and allow fake Google crawlers the error message disappears.

    So how do I overcome this? And how can I edit titles?

  32. Paul Burton
    Paul Burton  • 9 years ago

    Tearing my hair out and kind of fed up with complaints from clients now.

    TWO issues:-
    1. Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines.
    Despite clicking Fetch the current status and a hard refresh there is not one website I am responsible for that shows the home page is indexable – which is absolute nonsense. As a result I am inundated with concerned client emails and it’s not doing much for my reputation!

    NOTE: If I deactivate Wordfence – the sites all become indexable according to Yoast?????

    2. I have yet to find a site that allows me to edit the page title as you show in dashboard video. I can edit the URL and Meta Descriptions but any attempt to edit the page title simply makes the page title disappear.

    PS. I post here as I am getting zero response from the WordPress support page for the plugin. I guess you guys are busy huh?

  33. Joe
    Joe  • 9 years ago

    Not having any of the major problems as listed above. Using 3.03 and cleared all cache after install and transition appears to be smooth and working as advertised except!. In the Tools Menu admin panel, when I click on tab, appears to be extra long time to reach page and when in finally does, all I get is Heading for the page Tools – Yoast SEO and nothing else on the page. This is where I would originally get to the File Editor. Has it been moved?, Or is it a bug? I can edit the two files listed there directly (htaccess and robots), but it was very convenient to do it through Yoast Admin.

  34. Jean-Luc
    Jean-Luc  • 9 years ago

    Hi there
    Great update! But you see, it is not at all obvious that the snippet editor is present! I only found it by chance just now, after spending the whole of last night looking for an alternative plugin that could let me amend the meta description. Maybe having a colour tool tip telling you that when you hover the mouse on top of the snippet could help the UX. Or a greyed out text at the top of the window… Just my 2p.

  35. Mattia
    Mattia  • 9 years ago

    Hi! I’ve set a page as “noindex” and now I want switch it as “index” but I can’t with this new version.

    Please, help me! :(

  36. Mark
    Mark  • 9 years ago

    Slows down the post editor. Every time I type there is a lag for the characters to show up on screen. Very annoying. This happens when a focus keyword is specified only.

  37. Carlyn Bullock
    Carlyn Bullock  • 9 years ago

    I’m in tears. Everything changed since my last post, I don’t have time to learn all this new stuff. I just wrote a new post and can not find the freaking Meta description box anywhere!!!!!! Where is it??? I’ve clicked on everything I can click on and am not seeing it anywhere but I sure as heck have a red light because it’s empty. Please help. I wanted to post tonight :-(

  38. Dana Gibson
    Dana Gibson  • 9 years ago

    The 3.0.3 version is doing some strange stuff to the WooCommerce Product Category admin page. When I go to edit a WooCommerce Category I see the expanded Yoast SEO stuff (nice!) but there is now a HUGE page content area (like for the content of a post with the WYSIWYG) up top. The main navigation for WordPress is all messed up. I can’t use this huge content area and it breaks the WP admin Navigation so I can’t see anything below Product, no Appearance, Plugins, Users, etc.

    Disabling the Yoast SEO (Premium) plugin returns the WooCommerce Product Category edit area to normal.

    Also, the SEO tab for images is totally missing. I’ve looked in “Screen Options” and SEO or Yoast is not even an option. I can’t edit the metadata of images anymore.

    I’ve cleared the cache, tried 3 different browsers. Every plugin is up to date including WooCommerce. WordPress is up to date.

    I’ve tried turning it off and on again.

    Still no SEO for images and messed up WooCommerce Product Category admin area.

    • Dana Gibson
      Dana Gibson  • 9 years ago

      Oh, yeah the Categories for the regular WP Posts are all messed up as well. For me its all in the admin area, the front end is fine.

      • Dana Gibson
        Dana Gibson  • 9 years ago

        If anyone is following along here, the 3.0.4 did NOT fix the problems with the Categories!

  39. t
    t  • 9 years ago

    AHHHH!!!!! #Yoast 3.03 fucks up ALL category pages. they either:
    — link to nothing (page not found)
    — link to some random article
    — load a PAGE that is unformatted and NOT your normal category page.

    CHECK YOUR CATEGORIES!!!!! i had to uninstall this POS.

  40. Marion
    Marion  • 9 years ago

    I would hope that the content analysis is like before actually me completely displayed in German and not as now 3 points in German and all the rest in English.

    Or is there a way to change this yourself?

  41. Arian
    Arian  • 9 years ago


    While I think (or expect) the new plugin got lots of cool stuff under the hood I really don’t like the new snippet editor.
    It feels “slower” or “harder to handle” than the old one.
    I think it’s caused by the pointer cursor. May switch it to text on hover?

    Also what was wrong with the single green/yellow/orange/red light?

    I have to admit I’m not a fan of this update and looked for a fallback UI option in the menu :D

  42. arthur
    arthur  • 9 years ago

    Hi many many many people are not appreciating this new update. If you were going to alter the plugin so drastically, couldn’t you have left the existing plugin as-is and started a new project? Thus not forcing people to drastically change everything?

    Please listen to what your users are saying and change this back to the old version. Then, if you want to release the new version, do so under a different name where we will not be forced to upgrade to something we don’t want.

    I hate to say this, but with capitalism, if you mess up your core product you may find that you are leaving a lot of disgruntled people out there who will switch to a new provider if that provider is giving them what they want.

    I know it is frustrating that you put a lot of work into this new version, but from the comments it sounds like the people, the users, your audience is not interested in these changes and not interested in the upgrade.

    Food for thought – do whatever you want. I suspect for myself I will be looking around at new potential SEO plugins….

  43. Jon
    Jon  • 9 years ago

    The new version is not working on any of my sites. When I enter a new title and meta, they don’t stick…. that is, when I ‘save draft’ they revert to the example copy. Please help. I tried to refresh my browser cache… no love!

  44. Els Mahieu
    Els Mahieu  • 9 years ago

    I have version 3.0.3 and nothing happens with the content analysis, still getting a “white and blue loading bar”, cleared cache several times. Any idea or help would be highly appreciated, thanks!

  45. Kate
    Kate  • 9 years ago

    I upgraded to 3.0.3. tonight and I am beyond frustrated. With the older version I was running, your plugin was able to get the information it needed from the Advanced Custom Fields on all posts and pages, and now, even with the filter in place it is no longer working. Also, (and much worse) NONE of my custom post types have editable snippets, or titles, or content analysis, just keywords. Considering that over 3/4 of the site are custom post type posts this is not a good thing. I’ve double checked, they are all marked ‘public’ => true.
    And I’ve cleared the cache. Repeatedly. (First thing I did)
    I even tried sending an email but was told that unless I upgraded to the premium version they couldn’t answer my question… but if this is happening for the free version what good would upgrading do other than paying for something that is no longer working for my site?
    I am really glad that I had the site backed up though, I’ve downgraded back to the version I was running before and I think I’ll keep it there until the Custom Post types and Custom Fields issue has been addressed because at least this way I can functionally work on the SEO… I’m not sure if this is a bug or if anyone else has had similar issues…
    Now I have to update all of my posts…individually…so reset the SEO…

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      A patch was created that should fix this issue. It’s been tested and will be included in the next release.

      If you have a testing environment, please feel free to install this version to check that it solves the issue you ran into.

      We’ve looking forward to your feedback.

  46. Jodi Shaw
    Jodi Shaw  • 9 years ago

    Clearing the cache does not fix errors. Post back end, images, preview and other multiple features are not working since the upgrade. It also says my site is not indexed which it clearly is, I’ve done everything to fix it. I uninstalled it and will forget the hassles. There are too many bugs and you just keep saying clear the browser, wow great advice!

  47. Mike
    Mike  • 9 years ago

    Hi, I really like that now you can use more than 1 keyword with this plugin.

    I am having a major issue though and I can’t find anyone else with the issue.

    I updated my meta description in the new yoast plugin but when I search my site on google, the meta description that I entered doesn’t show up. The only thing that shows up is the first couple of sentences of that post. So I checked another site of mine which I use the same theme but haven’t yet updated Yoast SEO, and that one works fine.

    Is anyone else having this issue??

    Please help :)

  48. Craig Backus
    Craig Backus  • 9 years ago

    The latest update is working pretty well for me. I love the dynamic nature of it, the fact that the problems show fixed as soon as you tab to the next field. The one area I wondered about was the title and the 70 character limit? The snippet field is automatically putting in an ellipsis, and not allowing me to see past it. It does actually save the characters, but doesn’t allow you to see it. Does Google really frown on it being more than 70? I’ve heard from a number of sources that going up to 80 or 85 doesn’t seem to have a detrimental effect. I would really like to be able to see this rather than forcing the ellipsis.

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      We did our best to match Google’s actual behavior as best as possible, and we’ll further improve it in the future.

  49. Joe
    Joe  • 9 years ago


    I’m hoping you can help. I updated to the new Yoast 3.0.3 and when I put in my target keywords, my content analysis bar does nothing by animate from a blue to white gradient. Like it’s thinking, but not a whole lot being done (and by that I mean nothing).

    Can you tell me why this is, and what I can do to fix it?


  50. Petr
    Petr  • 9 years ago

    How good your plugin optimized for russian language? Because I have problem with Content Analysis in all ma pages. For example I have keyword in H2, in the first paragraph, and alt in images. But Content Analysis say that I am not. Why Content Analysis not working for my site properly?

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      We currently have an active issue about the recognition of non-latin scripts. In fact, I can even say one of the developers next to me is working on a fix as we speak. You can see the ticket’s progress on GitHub.

  51. TAKEO ume
    TAKEO ume  • 9 years ago

    I use SEO yoast [premium].
    Always thank you!

    I already updated yoast 3?3.03
    I cleared cache.


    [I have 3problems]
    ?I already set the article title but snippet editor Is displayed??%%title%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%?

    ?I set the focus keyword but focus keyword will is disappered after pushing [post]

    ?all the snippet title I have set untill now was changed to %%title%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

    please check.


  52. t
    t  • 9 years ago

    hi guys,
    this update is a nightmare for me. it breaks the visual editor — aka the main “C” in the wordpress CMS system. i am not sure why you would make such a desctructive, reckless update.

    my problem after five days of Yoast nightmare: all the “Tools” functions are broken and do not load.

    QUESTION: How can I export all Yoast meta data without any Tools functions? I need to do this in order to fully delete/reinstall the plugin.

    • Steve
      Steve  • 9 years ago

      Can you or your webhost restore a backup from before the update? That would take care of it.

      I use UpdraftPlus, and I restored the plugins only, from a couple days before 3.0.x. Super simple.

  53. Matt
    Matt  • 9 years ago

    Upgraded to SEO Premium after using Yoast “basic” for a few years. I can’t seem to update any of the content in my snippet editor. All it says is “The is an example site – edit by clicking here.” which I do, but when I save it, it just goes back to the way it was. The URL won’t let me edit anything prior to example.com and same goes of the meta description.

    I’m sure this is a setting somewhere, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find it.

    Any ideas?

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      Are you running Yoast SEO version 3.0.3?

      1. You aren’t, please update to the latest version of Yoast SEO.
      2. You are, please check your console for JavaScript errors. If you see any errors, take a screenshot and send it to our premium support by email.

        Your email should also include an answer to the following questions:

        1. What did you do?
        2. What result did you expect?
        3. What did actually happen?

        Please also include any additional information, for example about your server, that might help us reproduce, understand and solve this issue.

  54. Sebastian
    Sebastian  • 9 years ago

    New yoast (version 3.0.3) still make my visual editor slow down. Its very difficult to edit article even on different web browser. Its not crush but freeze. On IE I got message script not response. Without your plugin all works fine. Clear Cache doesn`t help!

  55. Franc Karpo
    Franc Karpo  • 9 years ago

    So far the new version has been working excellent for me except for on thing…

    I no longer see the options for index vs no index, no follow, etc?

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      You can find them in the second tab, just below the traffic light in the meta box.

      Gear icon below the traffic light icon holds the second tab with all the settings for this post/page.

  56. Tony D
    Tony D  • 9 years ago

    Mas a caixa Descrição Meta não é para ser encontrado em qualquer lugar.
    Gone the meta description box.

  57. Ash
    Ash  • 9 years ago

    It would seem the new way to edit the meta title and description isn’t that great when in a custom post type setup. I’m getting this: http://imgur.com/Nv4I6iY

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      This should be solved in version 3.0.3. Are you running that already?

    • Christian Schäfer
      Christian Schäfer  • 9 years ago

      Yes, I have the same problem – using Enfold Theme!

  58. Peer
    Peer  • 9 years ago

    Hi Yoast, thanks for your nice tool. Unfortunately there is problem with the UTF special characters in the meta descriptions in version 3.0.3 with Google Chrome if you copy and insert as example the ? it disappears after the changes, same with the checkmark ?. But the small heart ? works without problems? Help would be great. Thanks Peer

  59. adam
    adam  • 9 years ago

    Same ‘blue bar loading’. Have cleared browser cache, have flush WP cache.

    Web Developer tool in Chrome throws this console error;

    Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘hidden’ of null

    • Alex
      Alex  • 9 years ago

      I have the same issue on a custom post type which is built using Advanced Custom Fields flexible content fields. Seems to me it can’t find any html with the id of «content» related to the TinyMCE editor, but I also have other pages on the same site built in the same way without any TinyMCE editor where it works. Hope this could be a clue, or maybe I’m way off here :)

  60. Laura
    Laura  • 9 years ago

    I tried to optimize a post using the update: Found that the content analysis is baffling on at least 3 points:
    The images on this page are missing alt tags. – I filled in “alternative text” for every image. What’s the problem.
    The slug for this page contains one or more stop words, consider removing them. The title is “The Easiest Balsamic Glaze” – Remove “the”? Really?
    The page title contains the focus keyword, but it does not appear at the beginning; try and move it to the beginning. Wrong the focus keywords, “balsamic glaze” appear in the first paragraph. What’s the problem?

    So what am I not understanding or what is going on?

  61. Kristina Svensson
    Kristina Svensson  • 9 years ago


    Great post! It solved my first question about where the metabox went and I have now been able to edit that info.

    My next question I haven’t found the answer for yet. It is about default image.

    I sort of remember that I at some point (years ago) added a “default picture” in Yoast SEO. The idea was that the default picture should be picture in social media when the first page was shared or if there where no featured image available. In the beginning it worked well but lately that picture always shows even if I add another pictures as featured image, Facebook image and Twitter image. Today I got feed up and decided to deleate it. Better have no image than always show the same one. But I can’t find where the “upload” function is.

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      The default ‘social sharing image’ is set under SEO -> Social -> Facebook. So if you want to unset it, you can there as well.

      However, it should work properly. If it doesn’t on your website, please feel free to create a bug report on GitHub. We’ll be happy to solve any bug you find.

  62. xandra
    xandra  • 9 years ago

    I had to roll back version 3.03. Not workable! The sniplet editor is okay but the key words are all gone and (after 3 hours of trying to get them back) I decided to go to a previous version.
    Besides it takes forever fot this version to decide if the seo is okay!! I did see it on one of my pages but all the others lost the key words.

    Totally disappointed.

  63. Kevin Cleaver
    Kevin Cleaver  • 9 years ago

    Version 3.03 still showing the unable to index home page message after flushing the cache

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      I’ve taken a look at the website linked in your profile and the status onpage.org reports seems to be quite valid.
      Your homepage looks like it has a relative canonical set.
      A canonical should be an absolute link. Relative or protocol-relative will not work.
      This means your current setting can cause indexing issues, so we strongly advise you to fix it.

  64. venkatesh wenky
    venkatesh wenky  • 9 years ago

    user interface is bad i want to roll back

  65. Fabrizio Van Marciano
    Fabrizio Van Marciano  • 9 years ago

    Hey Joost and team, I appreciate the upgrades on this plugin, they’re awesome, I love them all. Yes there’s a few bugs that I’m sure you guys will iron out, and there’s no need for me to mention them here again as they’ve already been said. Just wanted to say great work, I appreciate how difficult it is to keep something so great as this plugin going year after year, so well done guys :)

  66. Nyssa
    Nyssa  • 9 years ago

    An easy way to revert to an old version without losing your settings is through FTP transfer, such as Filezilla. As long as you keep backups of your website, you can just overwrite one with the other.

  67. Cyril Darmouni
    Cyril Darmouni  • 9 years ago

    HI Guys

    how did you release this crap
    from the best SEO plugin to the most horrible update

  68. Yuliya
    Yuliya  • 9 years ago

    Hi! I’ve installed 3.03 version. I don’t like it at all. Snipper editor doesn’t work properly and I cannot see how much symbols left. There is no link “Check” from “traffic light” right to the Seo box. And the most annoying thing is that SEO indicators don’t update in the real-time. I mean I have corrected all red dots for the content but still have common red dot for all post. Today I ’ve returned 2.3.5 version as the best and comfortable.

  69. posicionamiento aso
    posicionamiento aso  • 9 years ago

    yoast are the best plugin SEO in the world for WordPress! great job guys!

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago


  70. Indri Haen
    Indri Haen  • 9 years ago

    I’ve the same problem with Bob’s above. It’s shown blank page when I update it to 3.1 version. I delete the plugin from cpanel folder then it normal again.

  71. Antoinette de Fouw
    Antoinette de Fouw  • 9 years ago

    I’ve got 3.03 installed but still having the same ‘start-up’ problems.
    All focus words have disappeared from the blogs; with new ones they don’t get saved. In Firefox the visual editor is not working. There is no analyses (just the blue-ish bar) and all stop lights are red/off line.
    Als ik op enige manier van dienst kan zijn….

    • Antoinette de Fouw
      Antoinette de Fouw  • 9 years ago

      OK, It works on a couple of websites, and if it does, it looks great :)
      The difference could be between working or not:
      – apache vs windows server (not)
      – wootheme canvas (not) vs other themes

      • Taco Verdonschot
        Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

        On the websites where it doesn’t work properly, do you see any errors in the console? And are those errors still there if you clear the cache on those sites?

  72. David Briard
    David Briard  • 9 years ago

    Snippet editor is not saving.

    I can edit with the editor, great, but when I go to publish or update a page or post, it goes back to the default:

    “This is an example title”.

    I’m going back to an earlier version, or I’ll just uninstall and wait for this to get fixed.

  73. Nyssa
    Nyssa  • 9 years ago

    I cleared my cache, but still have the same problem with script errors. Some pages work fine, while others go through two script errors for every. single. change.

  74. Grace
    Grace  • 9 years ago

    Using the snippet preview is still not working to establish my meta description. It still states “No meta description has been specified” and when I go view my post page the meta descriptions are missing from the posts I’ve written since the update. I have also cleared my cache and am still having problems. Thank you for your patience and help.

  75. Melissa
    Melissa  • 9 years ago

    Is there anyway the snippet editor can be bypassed and we can use the old one? It’s horrible. It doesn’t work for me. It won’t let me copy/paste and every time I click the pencil It duplicates what was there initially. I have 2 new sites to optimize & I’m getting behind now because of the editor.

  76. Dov Lutman
    Dov Lutman  • 9 years ago

    Where can you enter the meta data now in the new version?

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      You can enter the meta data directly in the snippet editor!

      Screenshot of the new snippet editor

  77. T.Andrei
    T.Andrei  • 9 years ago

    Hello! Since the update everytime i want to edit an article with yoast, my Physical Memory Usage (which is 250mb) exceeds the limit and crashes my site. I have upgraded my host solution and nothing. Few days ago, until the update, with my Physical Memory Usage of 200 mb it worked just fine. Sorry for my english, wish you all the best!

  78. Honger als een paard
    Honger als een paard  • 9 years ago

    Since the update the plugin won’t analyse a page anymore.
    I cleared the browser cache, doesn’t help.

    I can edit the snippet and focus word, but the content analysis doesn’t run ( stays at a gradient of blue).

    I hope there will be a fix for this soon, cause the xml sitemap of yoast also didn’t work and got replaced. Plainly the Seo help is the only reason to keep the plugin and this just stopped working.

  79. travis
    travis  • 9 years ago

    Unfortunately the snippet editor is a step backwards. As soon as you try to edit Page Title or Mets Description, you get a blank box. I always just make edits to both of these not write them from scratch. And you cannot copy/paste either of them to edit them in notepad or similar.

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      What you see in the title and meta description fields are placeholders. Defaults that we calculate from your posts. If you decide to create your own, you overwrite the defaults. That’s why we show you an empty box.

      Does that make sense, or would you still like to see that changed?

      • Brad
        Brad  • 9 years ago


        If we have customized the meta description and title, it is frustrating to have them erased when you want to update that edit. What if you only want to change 1 word or 1 letter? You have to re-write the entire description.

        Also, why can’t we paste text anymore…?

        • Matt
          Matt  • 9 years ago

          Brad, I second that. It is frustrating to have the snippet field erased when you want to make a simple change.

  80. ????? ????
    ????? ????  • 9 years ago

    The new version does not have the complexity and tedium. But I liked him …
    Please Farsi language version better translation Knyd.byshtr words are incomplete.

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      We’re always looking for people to help us translate our plugins. If you want to help out translating to Farsi, please go to https://translate.yoast.com to sign up as translator.


  81. lgaspo
    lgaspo  • 9 years ago

    yoast before upgrade:

    yoast after:

    meta descriptioun and keyword is missing after upgrade

    in chrome console there are errors in :


    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      This should be solved by updating to the latest version (3.0.3) and manually clearing your browser’s cache.

  82. Steve
    Steve  • 9 years ago

    Where did the Title and Description Meta Tags go. I cannot enter them on new posts. This plugin has just become very confusing. I hope it does not screw up all my other sites. It shows my SEO red on my new post but does not have anywhere to enter my meta data? I am really disappointed and use this for other sites. The analyzer is just showing blue? This is awful.

    • Taco Verdonschot
      Taco Verdonschot  • 9 years ago

      You can edit the title and meta descriptions directly in the snippet editor. Just click the title, URL or meta description to start editing!

      If you do not see the snippet editor at all, please clear the cache of your browser or check your console for JavaScript errors.

      Screenshot of the new snippet editor

    • Filipe
      Filipe  • 9 years ago

      Agreed with Steve. Not only what Steve reported by the Focus Keyowrds (for example) disapeared on all pages! Are they gone for good? I seriously hope not.

      • Frank Kuijpers
        Frank Kuijpers  • 9 years ago

        Roll back to 2.3.5 as I did…. this user interface is better ;-)

  83. lgaspo
    lgaspo  • 9 years ago

    Chrome console:
    Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘status’ of undefined

    YoastSEO.Pluggable.prototype._validateOrigin = function(a) {
    return “ready” !== this.plugins[a].status ? !1 : !0

  84. John
    John  • 9 years ago

    Reverted to 2.3.5 and I can breathe a sigh of relief. Things are back to normal. Tried all the fixes for the latest upgrade and nothing happened. Will try again when things get sorted. I know Joost and his team are working hard and I want to let him know how much it is appreciated

  85. Helena
    Helena  • 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the update. I LOVE the changes you made the taxonomies… I’d been looking for a plugin to add images and the rich text editor will surely make my life a whole lot easier. So thank you very, very much for those changes.

    And just to let you know, the snippet editor is still not working for me either. Hope you find a fix soon.. :)

    Thanks again for all your hard work!

  86. Anne
    Anne  • 9 years ago

    OK.. I flushed my cache and all is working better but still getting no meta description?? and Keyword doesn’t appear in the 1st paragraph… the snippet is fine but I have no place to put meta description and the keyword is in the 1st paragrah see here:


    Bad SEO score No meta description has been specified, search engines will display copy from the page instead.
    Bad SEO score The focus keyword doesn’t appear in the first paragraph of the copy. Make sure the topic is clear immediately.

    I think that once the bugs are out this will be awesome!

    • Joost de Valk

      To edit the meta description click the desc in the snippet preview (now: snippet editor)!

  87. lgaspo
    lgaspo  • 9 years ago

    upgrade to 3.0.3 did not help.

    Firebug console error:

    TypeError: this.plugins[a] is undefined
    yoast-s….min.js (line 1, col 24447)


  88. Balazs Szilagyi
    Balazs Szilagyi  • 9 years ago

    Very big thumbs up for the taxonomy page improvements!

    I guess this is going to be a big help for a lot of WordPress users, and no question this is still the #1 WordPress SEO plugin. Keep up the great work!

    • Joost de Valk

      Thanks for the nice words!

  89. Criacao
    Criacao  • 9 years ago

    Very nice upgrade!
    I had some issues but clearing all caches really fixed them.

  90. Anne
    Anne  • 9 years ago

    I clicked the restore default settings and now my menu works again but nothing else does… snippet doesn’t work.. I fill it in and when I save it reverts to the sample snippet…. YOU NEED TO FIX ….. I have looked through support forum and tried the solutions and they did not fix the problems!

  91. Anne
    Anne  • 9 years ago

    I had to disable the plugin this am.. all of my menu tabs when clicked were going to a 404 page not found. No matter what I did they did not come back.
    When I disabled the plugin they came back! Huge bug… please fix!!!

    • Joost de Valk

      Anne, we’re trying to fix bug as fast as we can. I can understand it’s frustrating but we’ll need more data and more specifics to be able to help you…

  92. Paul
    Paul  • 9 years ago

    I have upgraded to Yoast SEO 3.0.3 and still my snippet editor inserts a page /example-post/ which I cannot remove. This page does not exists. Hence it looks like http://www.mydomainname.com/example-post/ instead of http://www.mydomainname.com/ I only have a one page site at this stage

  93. Joost de Valk

    To everyone who has left a comment saying they run into issues of whatever sort: please make sure you update to version 3.0.3 and clear all your caches. If you’re still running into issues, we’d love to know, if it fixed it, we’d love to hear too!

    • Steve Oglesby
      Steve Oglesby  • 9 years ago

      Same issues as before. 3.0.3 didn’t help, even with multiple cache-clearing.

  94. Madenbaron
    Madenbaron  • 9 years ago

    I have a question about the Snippet-Tool:
    When you use much “long” letters like “m,o,q” it uses much more room than “i,l,n”. When I use to much of the long letters, google wouldn´t show me the full title.

    A function that proofes also the size of the text should help a lot, or?

  95. jurgen van tilburg
    jurgen van tilburg  • 9 years ago

    hi all
    the meta description, title, url can be edited in the google snippet preview directly, just hover over it, you’ll see it.

    good luck

  96. Ace
    Ace  • 9 years ago

    Hi, I updated to the yoast 3.03 and when I go into woo commerce products to edit the snippets, the url truncates to remove the /product/ part.
    Example : http://americanbackflow.com/product/ames-m300-m300n/
    turns to : http://americanbackflow.com/ames-m300-m300n/
    After this happens. When I click on the product through the front end, it redirects to the homepage.
    I stopped updating the products because I can’t fix this problem. Any ideas???

  97. Ubaidullah
    Ubaidullah  • 9 years ago

    How can I disable real time content analysis, its breaking up my post editor, I can’t even write and add anything.

  98. Nyssa
    Nyssa  • 9 years ago

    Since the upgrade, I get constant lag and script errors just trying to update and type posts. It’s very frustrating.

  99. Steve
    Steve  • 9 years ago

    I just switched back to 2.3.5, in about 15 seconds, thanks to UpdraftPlus.

    Are y’all going to let us know when these issues are fixed?

  100. John Baron
    John Baron  • 9 years ago

    Yeah, this isn’t great is it? I’ve tried refreshing cache etc but it’s still glitchy.

    For some reason I can’t set a key word – I keep typing it in on new posts – and on some posts I get a blue line underneath and it evaluates it, on others I don’t get any response at all. If I save the post the keywords haven’t saved.

    Really annoying – think I’ll pass on any fuirther upgrades until Yoast get this sorted! Glitches glitches everywhere …

    SEO for Google News plugin works fine

  101. Iris Lemke
    Iris Lemke  • 9 years ago

    I have the Yoast SEO Plugin always liked, but now I am already heavily disappointed. I have now been waiting for few days, but also the update of today has brought nothing.
    The Content Analysis invites forever, what remains is a blue bar. Nothing is displayed.

  102. Gavin
    Gavin  • 9 years ago

    Yoast update giving console error when in page in dashboard –

    tinyMCE.get(…) is null


  103. Reinhard
    Reinhard  • 9 years ago

    Some cracking comments!

  104. Gio
    Gio  • 9 years ago

    How do I get a previous version of the plugin — before the major update. The new plugin is not ready for prime time. It doesn’t work.

    Just let me know where I can get a version that worked!

  105. Adam
    Adam  • 9 years ago

    Love the plugin and have done for many years now but this onpage integration is becoming a real pain in the back side, emails still shooting off to clients saying their index page can not be crawled…………which of course it can.

    Just makes it look like a massive marketing ploy for Onpage to gain membership as every single person has asked me whether they need to sign up as a result of these false warnings .

    All that bother and ive not had a chance to check out all the bits others seem to be moaning about :S

    • Adam
      Adam  • 9 years ago

      Anyone wanting to downgrade to previous versions can do so here :


      Didnt want to but on one particular site the plugin made an entire custom post type turn into 404 pages, disable the plugin or upload old version everything goes back to normal.

  106. Anne
    Anne  • 9 years ago

    plugin is not working properly on either of my sites.. when I edit snippet it does not save… when editing… not sure I like this update!

  107. Anne
    Anne  • 9 years ago

    Snippet does not save… Meta description for snippet does not save… I think it is broken!!

    Doesn’t work at all on my other site! Please fix or restore old version!

    • Joost de Valk

      Please make sure you are on version 3.0.3!

  108. arthur
    arthur  • 9 years ago

    not a big fan of the new plugin. old version was simple and easy to use, you just made it complicated. that gives me a reason to look for a new provider…..

    try doing usability testing next time before publishing.

    epic fail.

    • arthur
      arthur  • 9 years ago

      p.s. please revert back to the old yoast seo

      • Joost de Valk

        Arthur, while I understand that you’re frustrated, you’re not doing a hard working team of people justice with your comments. We have tested this, extensively, for months. We’ve put out public beta’s of all the new functionality.

        The question is whether you’re actually seeing the full extent of our plugins new power or whether you’re running into issues. Are you using version 3.0.3?

  109. Robson
    Robson  • 9 years ago

    For the first time, I am removing this Yoast SEO Plugin, to get the previous version, saved on my computer.
    And I will not update it, because we have to be even worse. Deception!

    • Gio
      Gio  • 9 years ago

      Where can I get the previous version? It sounds like many other people want to install an older version and yet, nobody is communicating where an old version can be located.

      • Joost de Valk

        I honestly think we have improved it quite a bit, but you might have run into some specific issues. Have you tried version 3.0.3?

  110. Robson
    Robson  • 9 years ago

    They spoiled the plugin! SEO does not work anymore! Failure!

    In the previous version, the Snippet Editor field was filled in automatically. Not now fills more, that is, all that SEO analysis now it does not!

    What was great is now no more!

    Correct this please! What was great is now horrible!

    • Joost de Valk

      The snippet field should still show automatically. If it doesn’t, please update to 3.0.3 and make sure your browser cache is clear.

  111. Lee Regan
    Lee Regan  • 9 years ago

    Thanks to Yoast for such a great plugin. Really makes my life easier and my clients happier. I was experiencing the “Homepage not Indexable” notification as many have reported. Fetch and refresh did not fix the issue.

    Upon further investigation, after creating an account at onpage.org, I noticed that onpage was getting a 503 error… this could not be as I was actively accessing and changing the website. Turns out I was blocking Germany from accessing the website for security reason through Wordfence Country Blocking. Unchecked Germany and bang! Site gets a report correctly in onpage.org. However the yoast dashboard widget is still reporting the website cannot be indexed.

    Is there another source these checks are using? I know now it is a false notification – as Yandex, Bing and Google all report my site as indexable.

    Thanks again for such a great plugin. Just wanted to post incase others have the same experience I am.

  112. Rob
    Rob  • 9 years ago

    Been tinkering with it all morning and it still won’t save the updated snippet. It reverts back to example.

    • Joost de Valk

      Which version are you on? Are you on 3.0.3?

  113. Jose Ortiz
    Jose Ortiz  • 9 years ago

    The previous version allowed me to do a 301 redirect from the page/post window. This has been removed. The previous version was more user friendly in my opinion.

    • Joost de Valk

      That was removed over 6 months ago. If you didn’t miss that until today, maybe you didn’t use it so much? :)

  114. jagdev
    jagdev  • 9 years ago

    Actually, meta description disappeared to all. It might they have added it in premium version. It will be better to use all in one seo plugin.

    • Joost de Valk

      It didn’t disappear :) Click the title or desc in the snippet preview (now: snippet editor).

  115. John
    John  • 9 years ago

    Hello There!
    The “Snippet Editor” doesn’t save the changes.
    Please fix this problem.
    Thanks in advance

    • Joost de Valk

      Are you on 3.0.3? If not, please update!

  116. Brad
    Brad  • 9 years ago

    For those who may not have noticed, Yoast is up to version 3.0.3 as of an hour ago. Release notes, especially for 3.0.2, claim to resolve several bugs mentioned here. Worth a try to update to the latest if you haven’t already to see if it helps.

  117. Oscar
    Oscar  • 9 years ago

    Ok so I finally figured out where to add the meta description. My issue is every time I publish the page the snipet returns to default, meta disappears. Also, the URL under snipet area reads example.org/example-post, I can only change the example=post but again it reverts back to default when I publish page. Is there a save button that I am missing?????

    • Caitlin
      Caitlin  • 9 years ago

      Same issue! Really irritating. I want the old Yoast back.

      • Joost de Valk

        Are you both on 3.0.3? If not, please update!

        • Steve
          Steve  • 9 years ago

          I am having the same issue where I created the home page by editing the example-post and now cannot change how the page is displayed in google search results. There is no way to remove example-post and simply leave the website url so that it loads the index page?
          I am using version 3.03 so this is obviously still an issue. Do you have any advice on how to rectify this.

  118. Alison Butler
    Alison Butler  • 9 years ago

    I’ve just installed 3.0.2 and think it looks great but it isn’t working properly. Issues I have are:
    1. Doesn’t save the snippet information so no meta title, link or description
    2. Reports no keyword in page title – it’s the first two words.
    3. Reports no keyword in first para – again it’s the first two words.
    Traffic light shows green at the foot of the post, but no longer appears in SEO column of post list. Many thanks.

    • Alison Butler
      Alison Butler  • 9 years ago

      Thanks for such a prompt update. It’s fixed all the bugs for me and it’s great!

  119. Anna
    Anna  • 9 years ago

    Hey team Yoast!
    I’m trying to add schema markup tags to my posts html page source, but it seems that once I save the code and flush the cache all the “itemprop” elements disappear. Do you think it’s Yoast SEO plugin that overwrites my code? Do you know how to fix it?

  120. Oscar
    Oscar  • 9 years ago

    I just updated the Yoast plugin and published my first page using the new updated plugin. I can not locate where to add the meta description and page title??? I like the new look and new features. Can you please help???

  121. Cheri
    Cheri  • 9 years ago

    *** OMG 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, I WANNA START THE DAY OVER :( ***
    I was hoping to be able to purchase premium versions in the new year but i have almost 50 websites, just uploaded updates, working on one – this wonderful new analyze partner (whose site is non responsive, oh sorry, be patient) -But now my plugin says my site is not found at all. (I only target USA) Now it is saying all my titles, descriptions, keywords are gone – alone only 1 site is at least 100pgs … Okay, square 1 redo a page save, BAM IT DISAPPEARS! – really? this live snippet view, it doesn’t save??
    I am not a happy person right now – to say the least!

    • Joost de Valk

      Very sorry to hear that, we’ve been working very hard here to make sure it all works. If you still do have problems, make sure your browser cache is empty. If it is, do report any outstanding issues on Github or here.

      • Cheri
        Cheri  • 9 years ago

        **RESOLVED** Thanks for the response – the latest update corrected all the issues with my site(s).


        sidenote: i am not happy to be lead to utilize a company that is giving me a false ERROR NOTICE(S) … and their site doesn’t even function.

  122. Zbyszek
    Zbyszek  • 9 years ago

    I bought today Premium version – how to change free to pro? I have bought and … ? Ia have no any link or code or anything. Plase help – studiox4@wp.pl

    • Joost de Valk


      you should have received a purchase email with download link, if not please email us at support@yoast!

  123. Yvonne
    Yvonne  • 9 years ago

    Please advise if there is a way to revert to the old version. This version has broken my visual editor for all pages….I cleared browser cashe but did not fix…had to disable in order to resolve issue.
    Also, not able to see active snippet or meta tag anymore…just see the example test. When I click to change the snippet or the meta tag there is no real time update and it doesn’t save or allow the changes to the Snippet or Meta tag to be made. All I see is “This is an example text”. Clearly not usefull at all from an SEO perspective unless one can see what Snippet and Meta Tag is currently being used on the page and allowed to make changes to that.
    Please advise if there is somewhere we can download previous version.

  124. Jeff
    Jeff  • 9 years ago

    Do I have to re-set all my keywords, titles and meta descriptions? I am now getting a red light on every page “No focus keyword was set for this page. If you do not set a focus keyword, no score can be calculated.”

    On my menu pages I have all green lights?

    • Jeff
      Jeff  • 9 years ago

      Just noticed another update and now everything is fixed. THANK YOU!!!

  125. Brent Jett
    Brent Jett  • 9 years ago

    Yoast SEO plugin 3.0.2 has javascript errors so Site Origin page builder can’t load its admin view. Do you guys even bother testing this thing?

    • Kevin Brooks
      Kevin Brooks  • 9 years ago

      Agreed – I installed 3.02 and it broke Page Builder on the site. Does 3.03 solve this?

  126. Larissa
    Larissa  • 9 years ago

    Hi there, update seems to have removed my previous meta description, title, focus word on all of my pages.

    I see the snippet editor with the example snippet, I can edit this fine however this reverts back to the example snippet when updating the page.

    Not sure if I’ve missed something! Thanks for the help, I’m using the free version at the moment.

  127. Sparkwood and 21
    Sparkwood and 21  • 9 years ago

    Had to disable 3.0.2 as it stopped my WordPress Visual Composer working, the update bar doesn’t clear after re-calculating SEO, and all my snippets and titles have disappeared and don’t update.

    Sounds like a bug, but I can’t find a bugtracker on your site.

  128. Matt Miciula
    Matt Miciula  • 9 years ago

    The new Yoast SEO plugin looks great! We had a few clients contact us about how to update to version 3 and we put together a step by step guide with screenshots on our blog. We think others may also find this beneficial https://digitalshiftmedia.com/solution-to-your-homepage-cannot-be-indexed-by-search-engines-error-message/

  129. Robert
    Robert  • 9 years ago

    Was able to use the snippet editor but now it won’t save. I’ve tried with new and old posts – same results. Can’t save changes


  130. Loreen
    Loreen  • 9 years ago


    After doing the update I no longer have an automatic snippet, the snippet editor is there but it use to fill in the name, url and preview text. We have your SEO plugin and the news plugin, can you help?

  131. Emily
    Emily  • 9 years ago

    Since updating to 3.0.2 my SEO has been completely erased from my entire site. I followed suggestions of clearing cache (“a couple times”) and also deactivating and reactivating the plugin. Nothing changed and every single one of my posts has now lost the SEO for it. This is horrendous. And apparently many, many, many users are having the same issue. At this point I am about to switch SEO services because I am already going to have to reenter every last SEO keyword and meta description etc for every single one of my posts…

    • Steve
      Steve  • 9 years ago

      I don’t think everything is gone; when I deactivated the plugin and checked existing posts, everything was still there. It just doesn’t show up anywhere with 3.0.x.

      I’m having the same problems as everyone else, btw.

      • Emily
        Emily  • 9 years ago

        I tried deactivating, that didn’t work. I finally installed WP Rollback and went back to 2.3.5 and now everything is fine (all inputs restored). I won’t be touching anything until I hear it’s fixed for sure! Good luck with your site!

        • Filipe
          Filipe  • 9 years ago

          Hi Emily;
          Thanks for your post! I had a mini-freak out moment when I realized all my SEO keywords disappeared after I upgraded the plugin. After I saw your post I had rolled back to version 2.3.5 and everything is back in its place. A few hours and a mini-heart attack later, I will stay away from version 3.x. Thanks again.

  132. Alexandr
    Alexandr  • 9 years ago

    What hapened with SEO on images
    when I edit some image doest apper SEO parameters ?¡?¡

  133. Cyril Darmouni
    Cyril Darmouni  • 9 years ago

    I have no idea what you are doing in your update and how you test

    but visual composer does not work and all my data are gone




  134. Brad
    Brad  • 9 years ago

    Did you guys not test this before release?

    -Cannot insert Media. Yes, i cleared cache

    -Faster Image Insert is not broken

    -Cannot edit meta

    -Error “Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines” Unsure how to fix this as OnPage says they are too busy to make new accounts.

    • Brad
      Brad  • 9 years ago

      Edit to read …. -Faster Image Insert is broken

  135. Vasko
    Vasko  • 9 years ago

    I am still not able to remove “Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines.” I did every step i click on the “Fetch current status ” I have the latest version of the plugin.I will be grateful for some help.

  136. Peter
    Peter  • 9 years ago

    Updated to the new SEO yesterday..its a FIASCO, we’ve Cleared browser cache, makes no difference.
    The Meta Description Bar is missing completely from the page
    On our posts it says our Keywords do not appear in the URL (they are there)
    You have not used your focus keyword in any subheading (such as an H2) in your copy. (we did)
    The keyword density is 0%, which is a bit low; the focus keyword was found 0 times. (its in the copy multiple times)
    The focus keyword doesn’t appear in the first paragraph of the copy. Make sure the topic is clear immediately.(this is wrong)

    Its a total mess…and everything was PERFECT before updating, so FIX it..its on your end.

  137. Gilbert
    Gilbert  • 9 years ago

    Hallo Joost,

    ik heb de plugin geupdate. Echter het focus Keuword is niet meer zichtbaar evenals de meta discription. Dit betekd dat voor alle pagina’s dit handmatig opnieuw moet worden ingevoerd?

  138. Mamad
    Mamad  • 9 years ago

    Hi, I have a wedding photography website that I optimize for SEO and I’m a little confused as to the best way to use this plugin. is there a tutorial that I can read somewhere? Thanks

  139. George
    George  • 9 years ago

    The new snippet editor clears out special symbols (? phone and others) – it is not possible to insert them.

  140. Chris
    Chris  • 9 years ago

    So does this mean all of my old posts have no meta description set? Don’t understand why the update would not keep all the old info…
    Not sure what to do from here.

  141. Chris
    Chris  • 9 years ago

    Great for new posts, what about the posts already made. I updated the SEO score but now all posts don’t have a focus keyword shown or the snippet that I crafted back then.

  142. Horst
    Horst  • 9 years ago

    thanks but I’ll wait for 4.0. I spent all day yesterday trying to fix this disaster of a beta only to roll back to ver 2. you screwed the pooch on this one Yoast. Your’e awesome but you screwed this release up big time

  143. Michaela
    Michaela  • 9 years ago

    Keyword-Density Maximum 2,5% ??

  144. Pete
    Pete  • 9 years ago


    After updating, I can’t use the Snippet Editor or see the Content Analysis. I can only set a Keyword.

    Screenshot here:

    / Pete

    • Chase
      Chase  • 9 years ago

      Same issue I’m having.

  145. Michaela
    Michaela  • 9 years ago

    The Snippet Editor Shows wrong link : eg:
    Correct Permalink: http://www.reisekontakte.at/erlebnisreisen/aktivreisen
    But Snippet Editor: http://www.reisekontakte.at/aktivreisen

  146. Roger Oakden
    Roger Oakden  • 9 years ago

    We have an issue in the Media section when trying to edit the image. Cropping an image or resizing won’t allow pixels to be typed in. It keeps reverting to saying NaN in the input area and won’t allow any resizing or cropping, even when drawing the bounding box for crop, it gives the same issue.

    This worked prior to the update to Version 3.0. As suggested above, we tried clearing the cache and it didn’t resolve the issue.

    It works as expected when the Yoast SEO plugin is deactivated, so we will wait until an update comes out before using it again as Media is very important to us.

  147. Chris
    Chris  • 9 years ago

    Really not comfortable with the forced working with onPage. Whilst team Yoast may believe they are a company they would like to partner with I’m not at all happy with having that partnership forced upon me and my clients.
    When I want to check the SEO factors on my websites I would far rather be in control of which services have access to that information. I’d be happy to see an option to disable this functionality.

    • Sandie
      Sandie  • 9 years ago

      I agree. Plus what are the emails all about? “Yoast SEO has detected that [domain] can be indexed again” I already have a system in place for uptime monitoring that is far more informative, so I’d really like to be able to switch the spam off please.

      • William
        William  • 9 years ago

        I agree as well. At the least, there should be an option to disable the snooping of onpage.org.

  148. Vag
    Vag  • 9 years ago

    One more thing is that after update can’t edit the title …
    When click one title always edit the url…

  149. Alena
    Alena  • 9 years ago

    I have upgraded to 3.0.1 version and now i can’t edit snippets:

    http://joxi.ru/5mdGlDDuNjVPr1 and http://joxi.ru/4AkZVWWIQWnd2q

  150. Frank E.
    Frank E.  • 9 years ago

    Hmm, if I’m reading all the above comments, I’m unsure if I should install the new version. Is there a Link to the old version, so that I can downgrade to v2.3.5 if I run into trouble?

    • Nic Popescu
      Nic Popescu  • 9 years ago

      Yes, I think I want the old version. Where Can I found it? Thank you!

      • Gio
        Gio  • 9 years ago

        Yes, where can I get a previous version that worked — before the major update. This is so annoying.

        • Frank Kuijpers
          Frank Kuijpers  • 9 years ago

          Old versions can be found here : https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/developers/

          I rolled back to the 2.3.5 myself and wait for 3.1 first….. To downgrade : uninstall/remove 3.0.x fm the plugin page first… then install 2.3.5 again… did it for me :-)

          • DAVID HARROW
            DAVID HARROW  • 9 years ago

            That sounds like a great idea – I don’t have the time to waste on software that is broken – the old one was great. BUT – if I uninstall 3.03 and reinstall 2.35 will all my SEO data still be there, or will it disappear when I uninstall 3.03 ?

  151. Clare
    Clare  • 9 years ago

    This latest version is very cool!
    Firstly, thank you to Chad for explaining how to add a Meta Description (I also didn’t understand “click the text, edit, boom”.)
    A couple of queries:
    1) Please can you re-instate the no. of characters available in the Meta Description
    2) There seems to be an issue if the first paragraph of the post is short – I get the message ” The focus keyword doesn’t appear in the first paragraph of the copy. Make sure the topic is clear immediately.” even though the keyword is there. This was commented on in the pre-release article in July but does not appear to have been fixed.
    Otherwise, I love the real-time updates and other improvements in the plugin – thanks!

  152. Alex
    Alex  • 9 years ago


    1 WordPress admin running extremely slow!

    2 Why I cant edit the current Snippet, clicking on the pencil icon delete the current Snippet

    3 OnPage.org gives to many false errors

    Thank you

    • Piet
      Piet  • 9 years ago

      I also noticed the same thing, admin running on turtle speed. What’s crazy is that I’m on a local install, so does that mean that the Yoast SEO plugin is now vigorously calling home???

  153. Ian
    Ian  • 9 years ago

    Version has completely broken the SEO plugin.
    It no longer shows anything other than 3 fancy icons which do absolutely nothing when clicked on.
    Clearing the cache is a common fallback yet by doing that I lose all my history for a problem that has not been caused by me. Why do I have to suffer for a problem that has been caused by Team Yoast?

  154. Leslie Rossi
    Leslie Rossi  • 9 years ago

    I just did the update, and cleared my browser cache history. but nothing shows up beside the icons still… i also don’t use cloudfare as mentioned above.


  155. Jochen Marcus Löffler
    Jochen Marcus Löffler  • 9 years ago

    where has the meta description desapeared?

    • Cathy
      Cathy  • 9 years ago

      I’d like to know too! Where do I put them, I’ve clicked on everything and nothing comes up for me to add them to.

      Gosh I wish I hadn’t upgraded, can we undo and use old version?

      • Ward
        Ward  • 9 years ago

        The meta description box is the editable text box in the snippet editor section at the top. It isn’t identified as such but that’s it. I found it by accident!

        • Louise / Priestess Tarot
          Louise / Priestess Tarot  • 9 years ago

          Yoast need to perhaps put an edit (pencil) style icon there to show you can edit it. Goodness, that’s taken me two days to figure out! I’m a little greyer now! :)

  156. amber
    amber  • 9 years ago

    Hey I just ran the update and now i can not edit pages or theme customizations. I had to unistall SEO to get the pages working again. Errg! This is the error message:
    “Internal Server Error

    The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

    Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

    More information about this error may be available in the server error log.”

  157. Robert
    Robert  • 9 years ago

    Meta description box doesn’t show up. I cleared the cache and reinstalled the plugin. Help!

    • Ward
      Ward  • 9 years ago

      The meta description box is the editable text box in the snippet editor section at the top. It isn’t identified as such but that’s it. I found it by accident!

    • Nic Popescu
      Nic Popescu  • 9 years ago

      Yes, where is the meta description box? I have the same problem…

  158. Prajwal Desai
    Prajwal Desai  • 9 years ago

    I am using a correct focus keyword but it still says “The focus keyword does not appear in the URL for this page.”
    Also, where is the meta description box ?. In previous version it used to show the count of letters in the meta description box, can you bring back the count feature ?.

    • Peter
      Peter  • 9 years ago

      we’re having exactly the same problems…this is ridiculous.

  159. V.S. Chaitanya
    V.S. Chaitanya  • 9 years ago

    Full of bugs, I had updated to V3.1 and cleared the browser cache. a lot of features in the editor are not working.

    Yoast SEO section showing blank

    • Joost de Valk

      Did you try version 3.0.3 ? I assumed with 3.1 you mean 3.0.1 :)

  160. Ward
    Ward  • 9 years ago

    I’ve been out of the country and just got back. The Yoast SEO changes look great but I can’t can’t find where to write a meta description! It used to be at the bottom. I’m getting dinged for not having it. Sorry if it’s obvious but I can’t find it. Help please! Thanks.

    • Ward
      Ward  • 9 years ago

      Okay, I figured it out. It would be helpful to new users to identify the snippet box as “meta description”.

      • Louise / Priestess Tarot
        Louise / Priestess Tarot  • 9 years ago

        The snippet box is the meta description??!
        I have a snippet editor, which I cannot edit… this is the ONLY bug bear I have with the new version. But of course, their support won’t just tell me, as I’m a free user, not a paid up one.

      • Joost de Valk

        You can edit the title and the URL there too, so that’s not exactly the case :)

  161. Chris
    Chris  • 9 years ago

    Happy Yoast user (not premium) for a couple years with the only issue seen when the keyword count was problematic a long time ago. Was glad to see v. 3.0 description and updated, not so glad since, even with 3.01. With no v. 3.02 as a countermeasure update I had to deactivate the SEO this evening as posting was excessively damaged.

    Quick list of some issues seen:
    Could not add tags
    Could not add links
    When posting the whole page scrolled, not just the content area
    Could not add media
    As mentioned by Jenne, box just shows icons and also no area to enter the key word

    Not sure of the beta testing done of if we are the beta testers? The intentions sound great but the end result leaves quite a sting of despair so hoping for a quick resolve.

    • Chris
      Chris  • 9 years ago

      To add a data point for analysis for the earlier post, another issue was the lack of the ability to switch from the “visual” to “text” view. when clicking on “text” view there was no response.

      • Joost de Valk

        Hi Chris, did you try 3.0.3? Should have fixed quite a few of these.

  162. Gordon Skene
    Gordon Skene  • 9 years ago

    I just installed the latest version of Yoast and it prevented me from using my Media Library. After several attempts I deactivated Yoast and it works fine now. Anyone else having this sort of bug problem?

    • amber
      amber  • 9 years ago

      Yes same problem here

      • Joost de Valk

        Is this still a problem with 3.0.3?

        • Leandrea
          Leandrea  • 9 years ago

          Yes, I am still having this problem as well.

      • laure
        laure  • 9 years ago

        Please fix urgently the case with truncated URL rewritting.
        All details of the case here:

        I’m migrating a site, did a complete new setup of wordpress, including Yoast SEO, but all new posts are getting useless URL since yesterday ;-(


  163. Alex
    Alex  • 9 years ago

    Hello Yoast team,
    Love the new update. There are however, 2 main things that I really would like to see go back to the way it used to be. When you are typing in the Meta description, it no longer tells you how many words you have left. The Yoast SEO plugin use to display the post ranking just above the Publish button, it does not do that anymore. Please bring it back, I used that to get an idea where I am on optimization.

    Overall a good update, thanks for an awesome plugin.

  164. Pedro
    Pedro  • 9 years ago

    When i creat a new post, why the URL now are now so short? The focus keyword disapear now from the URL from the new posts… in the past doesn´t happen. How i can change that?

    • Joost de Valk

      That was a bug in 3.0, I do think 3.0.3 should have fixed that for you.

  165. Antonio
    Antonio  • 9 years ago

    Thanks for new release! But we have JS errors when the user has not enabled the rich editor:

    • Joost de Valk

      That’s a known issue, we’re releasing an update for that tomorrow.

      • Piet
        Piet  • 9 years ago

        If that is a known issue then why did you already come with a release? How difficult is it to first get your sh*t together and then release the update instead of doing n updates in a very short time period? Or is this a special tactic to have everyone talking about your plugin?

        • Joost de Valk

          Piet, I’m seriously hurt by that comment. We didn’t know that issue before we released, we knew about it when we got the comment, and were preparing an update. We did get our shit together. Did you test the release candidate? Or did you try the beta we released a month beforehand? Before being all high and mighty, consider that this is an open source project with 4 million users and you, too, could have done something.

  166. Tineke
    Tineke  • 9 years ago

    I have the same question as Neil about meta tags, but i don’t understand your answer:

    Click that text, edit it: boom!

    • Tineke
      Tineke  • 9 years ago

      Thanks Chad, now I see it.

    • Chad
      Chad  • 9 years ago

      I did the same thing… I expected an old text field. The Meta Tag fields are right in front of our face… you have to hover/click on them. If your having a hard seeing them… try this…
      1.) Go to the Page you want to edit
      2.) Seach CTRL+F (within browser) for “Snippet Editor”
      3.) What looks like the old Google preview can NOW actually be selected and edited.

      • Laura
        Laura  • 9 years ago

        Chad, you are right!

        It was right in front of my face. I didn’t realize the google preview is where I was supposed to click, to the right of “Snippet Editor.”

        Thanks for the ctrl+F suggestion!

  167. Chad
    Chad  • 9 years ago

    Like others… site did an auto update to 3.0.1
    I’ve seen other comments regarding having NO Meta Desc… and you ref. clicking on link (and boom)… however, I already have a meta desc. the SEO suggestion advice is to extend/revise. I’m unable to find the text field to update this… doesn’t appear to be that easy.

    Also, I thought our site already had a premium lic… but now I’m being prompted to upgrade… is that a feature of 3.x… need a new lic.?

    • Chad
      Chad  • 9 years ago

      Duh… okay… disregard first part of question.
      I just did a mouse-over of the Snippet Editor and saw the blue highlight and pen for editing.

  168. Hannah
    Hannah  • 9 years ago

    Hi, after reading your responses to the comments above, I already cleared my cache and refreshed my browser page for this site, but I see no change. It’s a brand new site with one post and only the default themes installed at this point. The plugin’s admin submenu is almost completely dead. Completely dead up to XML Sitemaps (all pages are blank and tab links are dead), where it is blank except for the checkbox to enable sitemap functionality. Advanced looks ok, Tools looks ok, but Search Console’s Get Google Auth Code button link is dead. In the post/page editor, I only see the three icons on the left but nothing else, and clicking the icons does not do anything. What do I do? I’m really nervous because I updated the plugin on 38 sites this morning. This is the only one I’ve looked at so far, but it’s not looking very promising at this stage. Thanks for any help you can offer.

  169. Jenne
    Jenne  • 9 years ago

    Also, this message will not go away even after the task is completed. “We’ve updated our SEO score algorithm. Click here to recalculate the SEO scores for all posts and pages.”

    • Ricky
      Ricky  • 9 years ago

      I’m getting this as well on multiple sites. The progress bar gets stuck at “72 of 72 done.” It never completes. So when you manually dismiss the dialog you end up back with the “We’ve updated our SEO score algorithm. Click here to recalculate the SEO scores for all posts and pages.” message.

      • Jeff
        Jeff  • 9 years ago

        Same here. Have updated to latest version and the alert never goes away even after going through the scores “We’ve updated our SEO score algorithm. Click here to recalculate the SEO scores for all posts and pages.”

    • Joost de Valk

      It doesn’t go away? That sounds like a bug…

      • Trace
        Trace  • 9 years ago

        It doesn’t go away …. and it’s on hundred of our clients’ sites on multisite … across multiple installations ….every page in the dashboard has it. Premium support has no fixes and we’ve reverted to twenty fourteen and disabled all plugins but the behavior persisted. When we click on the “Analyze Entire Site” link on the home page, we’re taken to a landing page that is in German …. Thus far support has only offered up random links to click like “Analyze Entire Site” that haven’t fixed anything.

      • Casimir
        Casimir  • 9 years ago

        when you will fixe this BUG!!!

      • Steve
        Steve  • 9 years ago

        Same, mine just sits at 0 of 0 on all sites and the message keeps coming up even if I’ve dismissed it. Driving me nuts.

      • Mirzargar
        Mirzargar  • 9 years ago

        I also have this problem

      • Tai
        Tai  • 9 years ago

        It does not go away either

  170. Jenne
    Jenne  • 9 years ago

    I don’t have premium and now that box just shows icons. What will it be for free users?

    • Joost de Valk

      It needs to show a lot more. Clear your browser cache, if you run something like cloudflare, make sure to clear that cache too.

  171. Manuel
    Manuel  • 9 years ago

    I cant upload images to wordpress post with the new update, if I desactivated yoast plugin I again can upload images, what do I do?

    • Joost de Valk

      Clear your browser cache, if you run something like cloudflare, make sure to clear that cache too.

      • Marian
        Marian  • 9 years ago

        Clearly — you’re not the only experiencing this issue. Please do something about this other than telling people to clear their cache.

  172. dylan
    dylan  • 9 years ago

    Thank you for the amazing work. I love the new real time update!

  173. Bob Dunn
    Bob Dunn  • 9 years ago

    Did the update and for me, things are looking good. Really loving the new features.

    Will there be some more clarification on the OnPage.org free account and integration? thanks!

  174. Bill
    Bill  • 9 years ago

    i think I’m going premium.

  175. BobDob
    BobDob  • 9 years ago

    The update has broken our visual editor in ALL of our posts pages. We have disabled the plugin and now it works fine. Get this fixed, please, or we’ll be switching to a new SEO plugin provider in short order.

    • Joost de Valk

      Hey Bob,

      I think clearing your browser cache has about a 90% chance of fixing the issue!

      • t
        t  • 9 years ago

        hi. clearing cache does not fix the errors. CANNOT EDIT POSTS.

      • John Cole
        John Cole  • 9 years ago

        We’re having a similar problem with the Yoast SEO Premium plugin. When activated it removes the formatting buttons from the Text Editor when the Visual Editor has been disabled. We do not use the Visual Editor, but like to use the formatting buttons on Text Editor.

        I just updated to Yoast SEO Premium 3.0.2 hoping it would fix it, but it does not. Tried clearing browser cache multiple times.

      • Florian
        Florian  • 9 years ago

        Hey Bob,

        We have try the new version in few of our websites, in we still have an issue with this update with the visual composer plugin (last version).
        In order to solve this problem I have made a rollback on a backup from yesterday.

        Can you have a look ? Thank you.

  176. Neal Umphred
    Neal Umphred  • 9 years ago


    My site just auto-updated to 3.0 and on my first post the Content Analysis reads, “No meta description has been specified, search engines will display copy from the page instead.”

    But the Meta Description box is not to be found anywhere.

    What do I do?


    • Earl
      Earl  • 9 years ago

      I rarely complain or comment however I think removing the meta description box was a bad idea. It’s like hiding the speedometer on a car behind a hidden compartment.

      I had to visit this forum just to figure out how to edit something I’ve taken for granted for so such a long time in your great plugin. My initial reaction was to grit my teeth and wish that I had upgraded in the morning, after getting my post published.

    • Joost de Valk

      Hey, NEAL,

      Click that text, edit it: boom!

      • Shalagh
        Shalagh  • 9 years ago

        The snippet box is the meta box. It will turn blue when you hover. Type in there and the letters will turn red when you’ve reached your limit. Not well labeled but it’s there.

        • DAVID HARROW
          DAVID HARROW  • 9 years ago

          But if there is nothing there you can’t click it! Only the keyword has a box that allows data entry there is no box to click, no text to click, there is nothing there.
          I see that on Pages V3.03 is working – we have the problem in Directory Entries.
          Help please

      • Shalagh
        Shalagh  • 9 years ago

        The snippet preview has become the meta box. It’s in the description of the product but not well labeled on the new page. Click on the snippet preview and suddenly it becomes blue with a pen. Type your meta in there . The letters will become red when you’ve reached you’ve reached your limit although there’s no number counter. Not well designed or explained but it’s there.

      • Laura
        Laura  • 9 years ago

        Hi Joost de Valk,

        I have the same problem about the Meta Description box being gone, as well as no option to manually edit the post title.

        I tried what you said to “NEAL” above, about clicking the text, but there is no clickable text at all where it tells me there is no meta description specified.

        Any solutions? It seems I’m not the only one.

        Thank you!


      • Argyris
        Argyris  • 9 years ago

        No meta description box
        No meta description has been specified, search engines will display copy from the page instead.

        • Shalagh
          Shalagh  • 9 years ago

          The snippet preview has become the meta box. It’s in the description of the product but not well labeled on the new page. Click on the snippet preview and suddenly it becomes blue with a pen. Type your meta in there . The letters will become red when you’ve reached you’ve reached your limit although there’s no number counter. Not well designed or explained but it’s there.

          • Ashley Brewer
            Ashley Brewer  • 9 years ago

            Omg you are a lifesaver. This has made me near tears trying to figure out where that damn meta box went! lol Thank you! ;-)

          • Sharon
            Sharon  • 9 years ago

            THANK YOU Shalag!! I have spent ages looking for a way to edit meta description!! Needs to be explained a bit better I think, in their update.

          • Angela
            Angela  • 9 years ago

            Thank you for the explanation on the new way to edit the meta description. I have spent countless minutes trying to figure this out! So frustrating!

      • Serg
        Serg  • 9 years ago

        My meta description box has also disappeared since the upgrade.

        • Mike
          Mike  • 9 years ago

          Same here, Snippet Editor has no box to the right. Cleared cache and still nothing!?

  177. Kevin
    Kevin  • 9 years ago

    Seems to have broken my upload media button. When I turned off the updated plugin, it worked again.

    • Kevin
      Kevin  • 9 years ago

      It actually broke all my buttons preview-add shortcode-and upload media

      • Joost de Valk

        Just like others here Kevin, I think clearing your browser cache has about a 90% chance of fixing the issue!

        • Kevin
          Kevin  • 9 years ago

          Thank you and it worked just fine.

  178. Raymond
    Raymond  • 9 years ago

    New plugin looks good but works well ! But this i hate “Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines” can you fix it please today :-)

    • Joost de Valk

      We did :)

  179. sien
    sien  • 9 years ago

    Same here, I have the premium version and the only seo I see are the icons. All that matters seems to be gone.
    And what happened to the Dutch version?

    • Joost de Valk

      Dutch is still shipped along!

  180. Tim
    Tim  • 9 years ago

    Really excited about this feature. Have been wanting/needing it for a while. Glad we went premium- it’s really helped!

  181. George
    George  • 9 years ago

    New features look perfect! Can’t wait to test the real time analysis. I am sure I will love this one.

    Thank you team Yoast!

  182. Brian Klinger
    Brian Klinger  • 9 years ago

    I love the intentions of the new release and can’t wait to see them in action, but this morning when I updated the plugin it broke our backend. Specifically, we could no longer add links using the wysiwyg tools and attempting to set a featured image was completely broken. As those are two of the main aspects of our posts, we had to deactivate the Yoast plugin completely, which fixed everything. We are set up as a wordpress multisite if that helps you troubleshoot any. It was a good reminder that even the best plugins cannot be trusted as you never know what might cause interference. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you troubleshoot.

    • Joost de Valk

      Hi Brian,

      I think clearing your browser cache has about a 90% chance of fixing the issue!

      • Brian Klinger
        Brian Klinger  • 9 years ago

        I tried this and it didn’t work, so I did some investigating. We have two servers with a load balancer, and I know that at least one .svg file was not copied over correctly from one server to the other, so it created an error. Once I did that manually I got some new errors. Uncaught ReferenceError: wpseoMetaboxL10n is not defined
        Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘show’ of undefinedwpLink.open @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=hoverIntent,common,admin-bar,heartbeat,autosave,suggest,wp-ajax-respons…:707(anonymous function) @ plugin.min.js?wp-mce-4205-20150910:1C.M.exec.(anonymous function) @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:7v @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:7S.execCommand @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:10t.cmd.t.onclick @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:9i @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:7v.fire @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:8t @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:7i @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:2m @ tinymce.min.js?ver=4205-20150910:2nrWrapper @ post-new.php:9
        load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=hoverIntent,common,admin-bar,heartbeat,autosave,suggest,wp-ajax-respons…:671 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘hasClass’ of undefined(anonymous function) @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=hoverIntent,common,admin-bar,heartbeat,autosave,suggest,wp-ajax-respons…:671m.event.dispatch @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:4r.handle @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:4m.event.trigger @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:4e.event.trigger @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:8(anonymous function) @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:4m.extend.each @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:2m.fn.m.each @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:2m.fn.extend.trigger @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:4(anonymous function) @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=hoverIntent,common,admin-bar,heartbeat,autosave,suggest,wp-ajax-respons…:4j @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:2k.fireWith @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:2x @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:5b @ load-scripts.php?c=0&load[]=jquery-core,jquery-migrate,utils,jquery-ui-core,jquery-ui-widget,jquery…:5
        wp-seo-post-scraper.min.js?ver=3.0.1:1 Uncaught ReferenceError: YoastSEO is not defined

        It appears that all administrative pop-ups don’t work (which explains why the wysiwyg link and set featured image functions broke).

        If you have any suggestions for troubleshooting I’d appreciate it. Everything works fine on our dev site, so I’m guessing it has to do with our multi-server arrangement.

        • Georgi
          Georgi  • 9 years ago

          Hi there,
          I also have a problem with the new version. It broke my posts backend.
          Any ideas how to fix it?

        • Brian Klinger
          Brian Klinger  • 9 years ago

          Upon calling rackspace it does appear it is all on our end – a problem with a large plugin trying to lsync too many files. Feel free to remove all of my ramblings and I’ll work with rackspace. I can’t wait to use this!

  183. Bizzaviet
    Bizzaviet  • 9 years ago

    Sorry, 3.0.1 has been error :( I cannot do anything after updated

    • Joost de Valk

      Hey, I think clearing your browser cache has about a 90% chance of fixing the issue!

      • Bizzaviet
        Bizzaviet  • 9 years ago

        I cannot post anything as like add picture, set feature picture,… but now it has been fixed on version 3.0.3. It is working, Thanks.

        One more question:
        When I checking site, it is very slow index on google by desktop, mobile has been indexed but desktop is not. I don’t know that is trouble of Yoast or my site.
        Anybody same trouble like me? Thanks

    • Joost de Valk

      What’s the error? :)

  184. AGTES Kozijnen
    AGTES Kozijnen  • 9 years ago

    Hello Yoast,

    New plugin looks great, and I can’t wait to optimise my pages for multiple keywords (thanks for all that additional work haha).

    I do have one question though about the categories: I use the Genesis Framework and it uses the Archive settings instead of the normal description. Is this a problem and if so? How could I tackle this?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Joost de Valk

      Yes, we don’t support that. I’ve never liked that Genesis saves their own stuff instead of using WordPress core functionality.

      • John
        John  • 9 years ago

        We moved our site over to Genesis some time ago (you praised then highly) but would love to use the new Category/Tag functionality. Can this be achieved?

  185. Erik Duppen
    Erik Duppen  • 9 years ago


    Look promising this new functions. But looks there is a bug.. On all the sites of our clients this warning appears after the update:

    “Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines. This is very bad for SEO and should be fixed.” When you click on this link, you end the YOAST site. But the homepage aren’t de-indexed at all. Why is this? Even the premium plugin is showing this warning!

    Greetz Erik

    • Susanta
      Susanta  • 9 years ago

      While I like the improvements in the latest plug-in, it does have some bug that puts you off. I see a warning that my home page has indexing issues and then I log out and log back in, it’s not there. Confusing!

    • Joost de Valk

      Fixed in 3.0.1!

    • Joost de Valk

      3.0.1 fixed that actually :)

      • Erik
        Erik  • 9 years ago

        Thank you, it fixed! Great update :)

    • AGTES Kozijnen
      AGTES Kozijnen  • 9 years ago

      Hello Erik,

      You can fix that by going to your dashboard and use the fetch current site button.

  186. Luke Boobyer
    Luke Boobyer  • 9 years ago

    These new features look fantastic, I can’t wait to try them out.

    • tracy
      tracy  • 9 years ago

      Why is there a number now appearing in the slug? Several of our story urls have been published with a number instead of a headline and we couldn’t change them. What’s with that?

    • John
      John  • 9 years ago

      Same problem.

      Also I keep getting myurl.com/example-post/ instead of myurl.com/ in the preview beneath the title and above the meta description. Anyone have a fix for this?

      • Linda
        Linda  • 9 years ago

        I came here looking for an answer to my missing meta field. It is explained above: “This feature replaces the fields for title and meta description.”

        • Jo
          Jo  • 9 years ago

          What ‘replaces’ title and meta tag descriptions? I still see a notification that I don’t have a meta tag and that my SEO is lower because of the missing meta tag. Please elaborate.

          • Ashley Brewer
            Ashley Brewer  • 9 years ago

            That’s what I want to know to! Where the heck do we write the meta description now? The box isn’t even there anymore. Pisses me off

      • Michelle
        Michelle  • 9 years ago

        same problem here. I reinstalled the previous version :-(

    • maipatana
      maipatana  • 9 years ago

      same here. Trying to figure out what’s wrong and it took me here.

      • Stefan
        Stefan  • 9 years ago

        1+ same problem, too.
        It seems that due the major update and the bug above mentioned my site doesn’t show up at Google search results. Before my site was on page 1 :(

        I have just a portfolio at my landing page and for Google results I use a meta description.
        The meta description is not showing any more at Google search results and in backend I have the same issue like John – myurl.com/example-post (if you delete ‘example-post’ and hit publish, it still remains…

        Please fix asap.

        And yes, Yoast SEO 3.0.3 is installed.
        Yes, visual composer is and all other [required/or not required] plugins are up-to-date.
        And finally yes, I have emptied browser cache.

    • Rory McDonald
      Rory McDonald  • 9 years ago

      I updated Yoast SEO today to the new version. Loved the previous one. I was pretty excited by the idea of real-time functionality but I get the snippet and keyword and that is it. Below that it is just a blue and white loading bar. Wondering if you guys know how to fix this?

      Any help would be great, cheers.

      • Nicole
        Nicole  • 9 years ago

        Same. Just a blue and white loading bar.

        • Deb
          Deb  • 9 years ago

          i face the same like you gyes !!
          please suggest me what shod be the way i can overcome from those stuff …