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Yoast SEO 17.4 is out today! This version contains several fixes and improvements for both premium and free. These improvements improve database performance on larger sites by cleaning and optimizing data. We’re also releasing News SEO 13.0 with a new way to choose news-specific structured data for all of your background articles, breaking news and opinion articles.

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Yoast SEO 17.4 free and premium

Yoast SEO 17.4 is a smaller version that mainly focuses on two performance enhancements. For Yoast SEO, we’ve improved the way we use our SEO data optimization to check that your website has been fully processed. This should prevent potential slowdowns in extremely large sites.

For Yoast SEO Premium, we worked on the prominent words feature and did some cleanup. We’ve cleaned up old unused database items that refer to an earlier version of the internal link suggestion feature. This will shrink your website’s database and make your website a little faster.

The other thing we want to highlight is a compatibility fix for web stories. Google’s Pascal Birchler helped fix a bug where Yoast SEO was giving a double canonical tag on web stories created using the Web Stories plugin. If you haven’t tried creating a web story before, please do! It really is an exciting technology and a new way to get your content out there.

News SEO add-on

In addition to the introduction of Yoast SEO 17.4, we have a nice update of our News SEO add-on for you. In that case, it is a great addition to this must-have tool that lets you tell Google about your website: schema-structured data. News SEO gives you everything you need to tell Google everything about your news page. It’s really easy to use, but very powerful.

Message-specific structured data is essential for news sites. In the past, we have automatically added structured NewsArticle data for each article. News SEO 13.0 gives you a much more detailed option. You can now choose the message sub-types for your specific content:

  • A review article receives ReviewNewsArticle,
  • AnalysisNewsArticle receives an analysis article,
  • AskPublicNewsArticle receives a question about the public article,
  • Background article getBackgroundNewsArticle,
  • Opinions get OpinionNewsArticles,
  • Report article getReportageNewsArticle

Of course, you can still automatically add NewsArticle to each article if you want. To do this, you have to configure this in the content type settings of Yoast SEO.

Just select the relevant type of news article and News SEO will automatically add the correct structured data

Start Optimizing for Google News!

Do you have a news page? Make sure Google is picking up on your news articles by using the Yoast News SEO for WordPress plugin!

This is Yoast SEO 17.4 for you!

Yoast SEO 17.4 is a small version that focuses on several performance improvements. We also improved compatibility with web stories and fixed several other bugs. We also introduced News SEO 13.0 with a new way to specify what kind of news-related structured data you want to add to an article.

Edwin Toonen

Edwin is a specialist in strategic content. Before joining Yoast, he spent years honing his skills at the leading web design magazine in the Netherlands.

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