Yoast SEO 9.7: Fixes and enhancements

Do you know what’s inching closer? The release of Yoast SEO 10.0, featuring a new and improved SEO analysis! If you’ve participated in our beta test, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, please stay tuned! It’s only a couple of weeks away. In the meantime, we’re keeping up with our two-week release schedule, so now it’s time to present Yoast SEO 9.7. This release mostly concerns bug fixes and enhancements.


There’s a lot happening behind the scenes at Yoast HQ — we’re hard at work at all kinds of cool stuff. Before we present some of that work, we’re going to do some more cleaning up. So let’s go through some of the improvements in Yoast SEO 9.7.

First, something new for Yoast SEO Premium users. If you fill in your related keyphrases for your article, Yoast SEO can now highlight those keyphrases in the text — just click the eye icon. This makes it easier to discover how you use your related words and concepts inside your articles.

In both versions, we’re now providing better feedback for the cornerstone assessment that checks the length of your most important articles. In our never-ending quest for a product that’s accessible for everyone, we’ve improved the accessibility and focus management for the How-To and FAQ structured data blocks. We’ve also improved the headers for the Internal Links feature on the post overview to allow for better translations and accessibility.

Turns out we were using inch marks around the search term in the breadcrumbs, we’ve now replaced these with smart quotes. We’ve also added a description of the SEO and Readability score to the posts and taxonomies overview in mobile view.

Bug fixes in Yoast SEO 9.7

In this release, we’ve fixed some specific bugs. For one, there was a bug where a Flesch Reading Ease score of exactly ninety would trigger incorrect feedback, so we fixed that. Here are some of the other bugs we fixed — you can find all changes in the changelog.

There were instances where the taxonomy sitemap provider would not handle private taxonomies as expected, which meant that sitemaps would not be accessible in specific situations. We fixed that. There were also bugs related to empty Twitter descriptions, and an ‘undefined index’ warning when saving a Facebook image. Also, some people reported the Recalibration Beta not loading on specific server configurations. All fixed!

Coming up soon: Yoast SEO 10.0!

As you can see, this is a regular bug fix release with nothing too spectacular. We’re saving the spectacular stuff for our next release. As I said, Yoast SEO 10.0 is around the corner. You can expect to hear about that real soon. We’re very excited!

Coming up next!

11 Responses to Yoast SEO 9.7: Fixes and enhancements

  1. Mr World Wide
    Mr World Wide  • 5 years ago

    Looking forward to 10.0

    • Hanneke
      Hanneke  • 5 years ago

      We do too! Stay tuned :)

      Hanneke – Yoast

  2. Dave
    Dave  • 5 years ago

    Working great on all my sites for last year… Then installed the last update and Yoast has disappeared… Tried to re install but fails… says Yoast folder still exists but I cannot find it , uninstall it or reinstall it.. Will have to change to an alternative… Something wrong in the last update 9.7

    • Ben Vaassen
      Ben Vaassen  • 5 years ago

      Hi Dave, I’m sorry to hear that.

      Sometimes a plugin update can go wrong and not every file gets downloaded. This isn’t specific for our plugin but it sure is annoying. You can follow the solution described in our knowledge base article to fix this: https://yoast.com/help/error-destination-folder-already-exists/.

      Good luck!

  3. Mark
    Mark  • 5 years ago

    Yes, I am waiting for it and excited to see new features in the 10.0 version.

  4. Learn Well Technocraft
    Learn Well Technocraft  • 5 years ago

    I have used yoast for 2 years now and this is best tool for SEO.

  5. Val
    Val  • 5 years ago

    Yoast 9.7 install crashed my site hosted through Media Temple. And now 9.7 won’t install at all. Media Temple says it’s a Yoast issue and they can’t do anything about it.

  6. Koen Kok
    Koen Kok  • 5 years ago


    Will you also expand the service offering of premium to other languages? We would like to use it for Bahasa Indonesia.

    Looking forward to be able to use it in Bahasa.


    • Agnieszka Szuba
      Agnieszka Szuba  • 5 years ago

      Hi Koen! We are always working on expanding the language-specific features of the plugin to other languages. However, it takes a lot of time, so we cannot tell when, and if, we will be able to implement it for Bahasa.

      Of course, there are still premium features that are available regardless of what language you are using – such as the possibility to add synonyms or related keyphrases.

      If you’d like, you may also help us out by sending some lists of words in Bahasa – just send us an email at languages@yoast.com if you are interested :)

  7. Mark M. Reed
    Mark M. Reed  • 5 years ago

    Looking forward to 10.0 for my photo booth rental website. Yoast has been a godsend for helping us with our site.