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  1=== Yoast SEO ===
  2Contributors: yoast, joostdevalk, tacoverdo, omarreiss, atimmer, jipmoors
  3Donate link:
  4License: GPLv3
  5License URI:
  6Tags: SEO, XML sitemap, Google Search Console, Content analysis, Readability
  7Requires at least: 4.8
  8Tested up to: 4.9.5
  9Stable tag: 7.3
 10Requires PHP: 5.2.4
 12Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.
 14== Description ==
 16### Yoast SEO: the #1 WordPress SEO plugin
 18Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars? Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.
 20Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. How? Below you’ll find a small sampling of the powers of Yoast SEO:
 22#### Taking care of your WordPress SEO
 24* The most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality at the push of a button.
 25* Full control over site breadcrumbs: add a piece of code and you’re good to go.
 26* Set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content. Never have to worry about Google penalties again.
 27* Title and meta description templating for better branding and consistent snippets in the search results.
 28* **[Premium]** Expand Yoast SEO with the News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions.
 29* **[Premium]** Need help? Yoast SEO Premium users get 1 year free access to our awesome support team.
 31> Note: some features are Premium. Which means you need Yoast SEO Premium to unlock those features. You can [get Yoast SEO Premium here](!
 33#### Write killer content with Yoast SEO
 35* Content & SEO analysis: Invaluable tools to write SEO-friendly texts.
 36* The snippet preview shows you how your post or page will look in the search results - even on mobile. Yoast SEO Premium even has social media previews!
 37* **[Premium]** The Insights tool shows you what your text focuses on so you can keep your article in line with your keywords.
 38* **[Premium]** Multiple focus keywords: Optimize your article for synonyms and related keywords.
 39* **[Premium]** Automatic internal linking suggestions: write your article and get automatic suggested posts to link to.
 41#### Keep your site in perfect shape
 43* Yoast SEO tunes the engine of your site so you can work on creating great content.
 44* Our cornerstone content and internal linking features help you optimize your site structure in a breeze.
 45* Integrates with Google Search Console: See how your site performs in the search engines and fix crawl errors.
 46* Manage SEO roles: Give your colleagues access to specific sections of the Yoast SEO plugin.
 47* Bulk editor: Make large-scale edits to your site.
 48* **[Premium]** Social previews to manage the way your page is shared on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
 49* **[Premium]** Redirect manager: It keeps your site healthy by easily redirecting errors from Google Search Console, deleted pages and changed URLs.
 51### Premium support
 53The Yoast team does not always provide active support for the Yoast SEO plugin on the forums, as we prioritize our email support. One-on-one email support is available to people who [bought Yoast SEO Premium]( only.
 55Note that the [Yoast SEO Premium]( also has several extra features too, including the option to have multiple focus keywords, internal linking suggestions, cornerstone content checks and a redirect manager, so it is well worth your investment!
 57You should also check out the [Yoast Local SEO](, [Yoast News SEO]( and [Yoast Video SEO]( extensions to Yoast SEO. They work with the free version of Yoast SEO already, and these premium extensions of course come with support too.
 59### Bug reports
 61Bug reports for Yoast SEO are [welcomed on GitHub]( Please note GitHub is not a support forum, and issues that aren’t properly qualified as bugs will be closed.
 63### Further Reading
 65For more info, check out the following articles:
 67* The [Yoast SEO Plugin]( official homepage.
 68* The [Yoast SEO Knowledgebase](
 69* [WordPress SEO - The definitive Guide by Yoast](
 70* Other [WordPress Plugins]( by the same team.
 71* Follow Yoast on [Facebook]( & [Twitter](
 73== Installation ==
 75=== From within WordPress ===
 771. Visit 'Plugins > Add New'
 781. Search for 'Yoast SEO'
 791. Activate Yoast SEO from your Plugins page.
 801. Go to "after activation" below.
 82=== Manually ===
 841. Upload the `wordpress-seo` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
 851. Activate the Yoast SEO plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
 861. Go to "after activation" below.
 88=== After activation ===
 901. You should see (a notice to start) the Yoast SEO configuration wizard.
 911. Go through the configuration wizard and set up the plugin for your site.
 921. You're done!
 94== Frequently Asked Questions ==
 96You'll find answers to many of your questions on [](
 98== Screenshots ==
1001. The Yoast SEO plugin general meta box. You'll see this on edit post pages, for posts, pages and custom post types.
1012. Example of the SEO analysis functionality.
1023. Example of the readability analysis functionality.
1034. Overview of site-wide SEO problems and possible improvements.
1045. Control over which features you want to use.
1056. Easily import SEO data from other SEO plugins like All In One SEO pack, HeadSpace2 SEO and
107== Changelog ==
109= 7.3.0 =
110Release Date: April 17th, 2018
113* Removes the `intl` polyfill and shows a message on browsers that don't support this feature.
114* Adds Baidu Webmaster Tools verification support.
115* Adds import functionality for [Premium SEO Pack](
116* Adds import functionality for [Smartcrawl SEO](
117* Adds import functionality for [Squirrly SEO](
118* Adds import functionality for [Platinum SEO Pack](
119* Adds import functionality for [SEO Framework](
120* Adds import functionality for [Greg's High Performance SEO](
121* Adds import functionality for [WP Meta SEO](
122* Improves the social data import for the plugin.
123* Removes the debug data from the admin pages, which were only showing when WordPress is in DEBUG mode.
124* Applies Select2 to all select boxes on breadcrumbs page.
125* Attempts to reset `opcode` cache during the upgrade routine.
126* Changes the wording for the Ryte indexability check on the features tab.
129* Prevents hard casting to array in the `WPSEO_Link_Columns::add_post_columns` method signature.
130* Fixes a bug where an error is thrown when MySQL has the `sql-mode` set to `ANSI_QUOTES`.
131* Fixes a bug where the pagination overlaps the cornerstone information message, on post overview pages in combination with low resolutions.
132* Fixed a bug where the keyword filter doesn't work on the post overview page.
133* Removes HTML entities from the HTML comment that appears for admins when there's no meta description on a post or page.
134* Changes JSON+LD organization output to always point to `#organization` on the homepage instead of the current page.
135* Fixes a bug where non-public taxonomies were shown in the breadcrumbs.
138* Minor internationalization improvements.
139* Security hardening.
141= 7.2.0 =
142Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
145* Updates all Help Center videos with new recordings.
146* Adds functionality to import noindex, nofollow and OpenGraph tags from All in One SEO Pack.
147* Improves consistency of capitalization in settings and tabs.
148* Improves the traffic light icon accessibility.
149* Changes the words 'post type' into 'content type' throughout the plugin.
152* Fixes a bug where the Facebook app-id could no longer be set in the Social settings.
153* Fixes a bug where existing Yoast SEO data could be overwritten when importing data from All in One SEO Pack.
154* Fixes a bug where the Ryte notification is not removed when disabling the Ryte feature.
155* Fixes a bug where setting a page to `noindex` through the `wpseo_robots` filter did not properly remove the `canonical` element.
156* Fixes a bug where attachments connected to password-protected parents are included in the sitemaps. Props [Scott Carter](
157* Fixes alignment of the `Go Premium` notice.
159= Earlier versions =
161For the changelog of earlier versions, please refer to