Yoast SEO 9.4: Help us beta test the new SEO analysis!

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about SEO. We felt the impact quality content and a technically flawless site has on a successful SEO strategy, so we built tools that help you to improve your own site. We’ve developed a strong set of defaults that can be applied to a broad spectrum of sites. As with everything, after a while, you need to evaluate what you are doing and see if you can make improvements. That’s what we did — in Yoast SEO 9.4, you’ll find an updated SEO analysis that you can beta test. It will be released in Yoast SEO 10.

Help us test the new SEO analysis, due for Yoast SEO 10

SEO is always changing. What worked years ago, might not work anymore. Sometimes ‘rules’ have become stricter, while other times looser. Since there is no SEO rulebook, we need to rely on experience, common sense and expert insights to make the right decisions. We need to keep up-to-date so we can keep our plugin up-to-date so we can keep you up-to-date, so to say.

Our latest project does just that. We carefully selected several Yoasters from different backgrounds — SEO experts, content specialists, linguists and developers — to form the research team that needed to align Yoast SEO with the latest insights in SEO. The outcome of this research, combined with your feedback, inform the choices we make that will result in the release of a new and improved SEO analysis in Yoast SEO 10.

Ready to help? Great! Activate the beta analysis and fill in the questionnaires you’ll receive. We’ll use your feedback to make the final version even better! Here’s more information on why you should test the new SEO analysis.

We need you!

As mentioned, we need feedback. We’re not going to change anything without your input. By activating the beta analysis, you can provide us with insights into how you experience the new analysis. Please use the new version of the SEO analysis like you normally do and report back. You’ll notice that it grades your content slightly different. We’ve made it extremely easy for you to take part in our beta test. Here’s how you can start:

  • Switch on the toggle for the new SEO analysis in SEO > General > Features
  • We’ll automatically add you to a special mailing list
  • Start using the new SEO analysis
  • Fill out the questionnaires we send you periodically
  • Success!
  • Done testing? Simply turn off the beta analysis

What’s changing in the new Yoast SEO analysis?

The project team thoroughly researched current SEO knowledge. They evaluated other SEO tools and writing software and carefully looked at all the analyses in Yoast SEO. Together, they came up with a solid set of improvements for the plugin. You can read more about the project or watch the documentary that gives a great overview of the how and why.

We launched parts of the updated analysis already, like keyword distribution, word form and synonym support in Yoast SEO 9.0. The bulk of the changes, however, will be in Yoast SEO 9.4 — which will eventually become Yoast SEO 10. Here are some of the changes you’ll notice once you activate the new SEO analysis:

New assessment:

  • A new single H1 assessment: The single H1 assessment checks whether the body of the text contains an H1 at any position other than the very beginning.

Gone from the SEO analysis:

  • The assessments that check the length of your URL and whether your URL contains stopwords.

Changes to the SEO assessments:

  • Keyphrase density. This assessment now takes the length of the focus keyphrase into account, because it can be much harder to use a longer keyphrase in your text. In the new version, you’ll need to use your longer keyphrase less often in the text than a shorter keyphrase to get a green bullet. In addition, if you write in English, Yoast SEO Premium recognizes various word forms of your focus keyphrase — for instance, [dog], [dogs] or [dogged]. Naturally, your keyword density becomes higher. This is not because you are trying to over-optimize your text, but just because the plugin became smarter. We adjusted the formula so that you do not get penalized.
  • Outbound links. We now show a red bullet instead of an orange one whenever we find no external links in a text. The web is built on links and you can help sustain that by adding relevant outbound links wherever it makes sense.
  • Image alt attributes. As of now, the plugin not only looks at the number of images with alt text on a page but also whether the number of images with the keyphrase in the alt text falls within a certain percentage when you have multiple images, preventing you from over-optimizing.
  • Keyphrase in title. For various languages, we’ll now filter out function words that precede the keyphrase in the title. This means that if you use words like [the], [on] or [what] before your keyphrase in the title, it won’t affect your score. The analysis will understand that you use your keyphrase at the beginning of your title and you’ll get a green bullet.
  • Keyphrase length. In the new Yoast SEO analysis, languages without function word support can have longer focus keyphrases, because there might be function words like [the] or [for] between your content words.
  • Keyphrase in subheading. Depending on whether we’ve already added support for your language, different rules apply when it comes to checking if you used the focus keyphrase in the subheading or not. For supported languages, you need to use all content words in your subheading for it to be recognized as reflecting your topic. For non-supported languages, we will check if you used at least half of the words from your keyphrase within a subheading.
  • Text length. We’ve upped the word limit for taxonomy pages to a minimum of 250. This gives you more incentive to write enough, good quality content on your tag and category pages, making it easier for search engines to rank these pages.

You can find all the different checks in Yoast SEO on the assessment overview page. Please use the new SEO analysis like you always do and give us your feedback. Together, we make Yoast SEO better than ever!

What else is new in Yoast SEO 9.4

Yoast SEO 9.4 is mostly about the new SEO analysis, but you can find plenty of other enhancements and bug fixes under the hood. For instance, we’ve improved the accessibility of the analysis results and the Title Separator settings. We’ve fixed numerous bugs, including one where pagination elements were not shown in the Genesis theme. In addition, we’ve had a lot of help from Saša Todorović for this release, mostly with WooCommerce related improvements. You can find all the changes in the changelog for this release.

Update and help us improve the next generation SEO analysis!

There you have it. Yoast SEO 9.4 gives you a glimpse of what’s coming to Yoast SEO 10 in the near future. We took a long hard look at the current state of SEO and how Yoast SEO fits into that picture. Where necessary, we made changes that bring Yoast SEO into the now and maybe even the future. What’s more, you can help build that future! We would love for you to help us improve this new SEO analysis. Thanks!

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41 Responses to Yoast SEO 9.4: Help us beta test the new SEO analysis!

  1. Helen Laughland-Penland
    Helen Laughland-Penland  • 2 hours ago

    My upgrade is still not working after days. I see no readability or keyword analysis.

  2. druiler
    druiler  • 1 day ago

    Não sei se eu não estou encontrando o local para atribuir alt das imagens ou se estou colocando no local certo e nas informações fala que só tenho atributo alt de 1 imagem. Pode me explicar ou me orintar onte eu coloco atribuição atl de imagem? Obrigado

  3. shivam
    shivam  • 2 days ago

    That’s a really great compilation. My web developer shared this with me and we have started working on a few off this list right away!

  4. Jason Anthony Stoops
    Jason Anthony Stoops  • 3 days ago

    The analyzer seems to be having a hard time distinguishing real text from code snippets in Avada theme from theme-fusion. It’s yelling at me about needing subheadings for long text blocks when there are no true offenders in the text.

  5. Tday
    Tday  • 4 days ago

    best SEO tool for ever thank you for providing yoast SEO tool is very powerful tool and free tool

  6. Сергей Григорьев
    Сергей Григорьев  • 5 days ago

    I worry for my terrible knowledge of English. Is there all available information and video, including in Russian?

  7. Harshal Bonde
    Harshal Bonde  • 5 days ago

    Hi, I activated the latest plugin but the analysis is not loading.

  8. Saud Haroon
    Saud Haroon  • 5 days ago

    I just update plugin let’s see what will happend

  9. Puyal
    Puyal  • 6 days ago

    we need you to update tamil language. why because it will be familiar for us.

    one of the ancient language in the world. it will be top 5th language. when its about the number of people’s who use tamil language in internet.

    so please make as soon as your plugin with tamil language support.

    make as soon as possible.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 days ago

      Hi Puyal! The available features for Yoast SEO differ per language. You can check the features for each language here: https://kb.yoast.com/kb/features-per-language/ . Of course, we’d love to release this feature for as many languages as possible. You can help make them available by contributing word lists. If you’d like to help, please send an email to language@yoast.com.

  10. Christine
    Christine  • 6 days ago

    The link to the assessment overview page does not work… .

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 days ago

      Hi Christine, Thanks, it’s fixed!

      • sitenews.ir
        sitenews.ir  • 6 days ago

        good com one fixed now

  11. Shelbi
    Shelbi  • 6 days ago

    Changes are good. WordPress has released another update after recent major update. Now another amazing update of Yoast plugin.

  12. Gree
    Gree  • 6 days ago

    The part where you need to have your keyword in your higher level headings is too strict. It stayed red even after I had put it in all my level 2 headings (about 7), which felt overdoing it text-wise. When I even added one to my H3 heading, which was my lowest heading, it stayed red too. I removed that one immediately because it was not correct text-wise; it was just to try to get an orange button. So, my conclusion is that it is too strict.

    • Edwin Toonen

      Thanks for your feedback! I’ll pass it on to the team.

    • Sheri
      Sheri  • 5 days ago

      I agree. The SEO is a bit strict for creative writers.

  13. Jime
    Jime  • 6 days ago

    I activated but analysis was not loaded

  14. Jaweria Khalid
    Jaweria Khalid  • 6 days ago

    These are pretty good updates of Yoast, I have already bought a Premium version of Yoast to go for multiple key phrase options.

  15. Zabi
    Zabi  • 6 days ago

    I just updated to the new version. Not able to see the extra new analysis. please assist.

  16. Johann reisner
    Johann reisner  • 1 week ago

    I tried the new beta function about keyword analysis. I think there is a bug: I’m not able anymore to add more than one keyphrase. After saving every phrase get’s dropped, except the first one. Please help.

  17. Rinnert van den Bergh
    Rinnert van den Bergh  • 1 week ago

    The eyeball highlighter does not work anymore, I am using astra theme and have had it not working for a few weeks now which makes it difficult to edit according to your advice as I often dont know where to fix this. was hoping that with the beta version it would work again but alas, it dit not

    I tried uninstalling all the plugins and also tried another there, oceans WP but did not change anything

  18. Luthfar Rahman
    Luthfar Rahman  • 1 week ago

    This was an amazing update of Yoast! Thanks for the “Get an even better analysis”. I already enable it all of my professional affiliate sites.

  19. Ben Younes
    Ben Younes  • 1 week ago

    I activated the new beta feature. but i have been having a lot of issues since then.. and i cant even desactivated as i cant go to that page anymore because of those issues. hard to explain, please contact me thru email as someone has to access my computer to see what im talking about. thank you

  20. ACS RPL
    ACS RPL  • 1 week ago

    I love the new improvements. I’m trying to test the new functions on my RPL website to see how it works.

    • Edwin Toonen

      That’s great to hear!

    GAMES TIPS BD  • 1 week ago

    We upload one post every three days to our website.

  22. Jefferis Peterson
    Jefferis Peterson  • 1 week ago

    Is this the signup for the beta?

  23. dom3
    dom3  • 1 week ago

    hello.. theres no toggle for for SEO beta test on my yoast premium inside my WP.? i went under SEO > general > features.

    please help :(

  24. Lazhar Ichir
    Lazhar Ichir  • 1 week ago

    Love the syntactic and sementic improvements. I think NLP and SEO are best used with a rule-based approach and you guys are executing it perfectly.

    The keyword distribution check is super!

    • Edwin Toonen

      Awesome, Lazhar! Thanks for the compliments and thanks for testing.

  25. Jay D. Rogers
    Jay D. Rogers  • 1 week ago

    Although my keyphrase is in the title, meta, url, and the first paragraph, I still see this:

    Keyphrase in introduction: Your keyphrase or its synonyms do not appear in the first paragraph. Make sure the topic is clear immediately.

    • Edwin Toonen

      Hi Jay. Did you update to the latest version of Yoast SEO? If not, please do. Also, what’s your focus keyphrase? Is it something really long or does it contain any special characters? Let me know, so I can test it on my end.

  26. Dillon Renteria
    Dillon Renteria  • 1 week ago

    Whether or not we decided to opt into SEO analysis will the data be shared with all Yoast users or those who opt in? And has a time table been established on when a report on the data will be released?

  27. Fernne Kane
    Fernne Kane  • 1 week ago

    Can someone work with me by email to guide me as to how to test your new application? I am just using basic Yoast, so not premium. I need to know the steps to take to test out your new product. I am not sure what to do. I am just getting familiar with my own plugin and have not used it very much yet. Can I work with a tech support person to help me use it? I have Gutenberg installed on my subdomain to learn about it. But my primary website just uses an upscale Themes Forest WP theme so no Gutenberg.

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