Remove the Bloat from Yoast

July 19, 2019
Posted in General
July 19, 2019 Niall Flynn

I will focus on how it should be setup then intro a plugin to disable what it terms the ‘bloat’.

Yoast should only be used for:

  • Adding meta to pages, products and posts
    • Either individually or
    • using a template
  • XML generation
    • Only for pages, posts and products
    • Be very careful Yoast by default will set every facet of your site to index
  • Schema additions
    • These are limited, I would use the defaults
    • Avoid the auto generated ones
    • Learn about schema and add the JSON in content your self
    • There are multiple tools for testing

The Features I dont Advise

  • The length checker, you can use a simple search engine check and common sense here, this part of the tool slows the editor or SEO down a lot
  • SEO logic, via focus keywords, this encourages keyword stuffing and is a bad way to train SEO, understanding and being an ethical SEO are core to success online
  • Link analysis, this fosters an idea of interlinking, backlinking and other unnatural patterns, there is no magic and no tricks
  • Its file editor leaves a security issues and you can create a robots.txt very easily without this feature

Download these Plugins

Both are free and highly advised.

Hide SEO Bloat

Yoast SEO

Related Plugins

Other handy plugins for removing things and cleaning up bloat.

Disable Comments

Disable Gutenberg

Lean WP

 

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