My Love Affair With Yoast (aka Writing SEO-friendly Posts)

Okay, so that sounded romantic, LOL! You get the idea, though, right?

Just a bit of a background: when I started blogging, I didn’t think much about putting it out on the world wide web. After all, my initial idea is that a personal blog is, well, personal.

When I got to learn search engine optimization (SEO) the first time, I haven’t thought of applying it in how I write my blog posts. It was only in 2009 when I realized that, hey, I can — and should — do SEO on my blog. That time, I had a post that got into Google search result’s first page. I thought that was pretty interesting. And that WordPress’ (I was hosted on free WP back then) tags did an awesome job putting me there.

Seriously, that “Tags” part? Fill it out. 😉

Eventually, since my work entailed writing SEO-friendly copy and articles, I adapted that writing style when blogging. Put keywords in the post title and tag, and then publish.

Now that I’ve gone self-hosted, I took advantage of WordPress’ flexibility. One of these is the plugins to use. I’ve heard of Yoast for a while even before getting a self-hosted blog, so I thought maybe I can use that.

Yoast SEO Plugin

Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress, which I had installed and activated on my blog

I liked that Yoast allows me to customize my meta titles and descriptions, and the slugs or the URL extensions. But what I most love about Yoast is the keyword and readability analysis it has.

Take a look at the analysis my post has up to this point:

So this is the analysis up to this point. Readability is green, which means good, and Keyword analysis is orange, which means okay. I need to work on the keyword optimization so that it becomes green.

The Readability part is helpful for me as a writer. It keeps me alert if I’ve written too many passive sentences or too much fluff. And it helps me write in a more concise manner, too. Sometimes, I have a bit of a challenge in using transition words since there would be times I won’t use it (like when doing bulleted lists). Also with the Flesch score. I feel that’s important because it lets me know if the post I did is easy for other people to read.

The Keyword/SEO analysis is also something interesting for me. It tells me if the keyword density is okay, if the metas are good, or if I need to put outbound links. Since I’m in an industry where I churn out copy for websites, it’s like I’m doing some kind of practice when writing my blog posts.

It’s a good thing the websites we make at work are based on WordPress, and the SEO person we have here also uses Yoast. 🙂

I love Yoast SEO; I believe it helps get my blog out there on Google. And it helps me improve my writing.

To be honest, I’ve used another SEO plugin for WordPress when I had some problems with Yoast before, when my posts metas appeared even when I’m at the home page. So I uninstalled it and installed another plugin… but it didn’t feel right (naks, relationship lang?!). While I can edit the posts’ metas and slugs, it didn’t give me the analysis for readability and SEO. Plus, I felt like Yoast helped my posts become more SEO-friendly and searchable in Google. So I went back, re-installed it, and used it again. Fortunately, it worked like a charm this time.

See, like a love story lang, diba? You’ll always come back to the one you love. Chos!

I’m thankful that I’ve found Yoast SEO. And I definitely recommend it to every blogger who wants to write Google- and SEO-friendly posts.

And yeah, at this point, my Readability and SEO scores are green and good. Yay!

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