Yoast SEO 18.7: Schema improvements

Continuing our run of maintenance releases, we bring you Yoast SEO 18.7. We’re fixing several bugs in this release and adding a couple of enhancements. There are quite a few improvements to our Schema structured data implementation this time. Read on to find out what’s new in Yoast SEO 18.7.

Structured data is where it’s at

Structured data is an essential piece of today’s SEO puzzle. It helps you talk directly to search engines in a language it understands. Schema enables you to describe all those different parts and entities and how all of these parts connect. When using structured data in Yoast SEO, you are rolling out the red carpet for search engines, which might increase the chance of getting rich results.

The Schema structured data implementation in Yoast SEO is one of the best. We’re building a full graph for your site and connecting everything in an easy-to-digest manner. We’re also continuing to build on our structured data foundation.

In Yoast SEO 18.7, we’re improving the Schema structured data by changing the @id for images for Person and Organization including the logo attribute for the latter, to have a more proper format. We’ve also fixed a bug in the Schema where the thumbnailUrl attribute of the Article object would be wrong if the post had an Open Graph or Twitter image. Last but not least, we’ve added a wpseo_schema_graph filter to allow filtering of the entire Schema graph.

Other improvements in Yoast SEO 18.7

In Yoast SEO 18.7, we’ve also fine-tuned our SEO analyses. We no longer penalize you for having an H1 that is not at the beginning of the text body. Of course, we do warn you if you try to add more than one H1 to your text and encourage you to follow a proper heading hierarchy.

Update now!

That’s it for this release. This release is the next in a series of updates to bring you a trouble-free experience with Yoast SEO. We’re diving back in and continue working on our SEO plugins. See you in two weeks!

>> Yoast SEO 18.8 is available now with improvements to our XML sitemap feature!

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