The green light indicator is a confusing aspect of the Yoast SEO plugin. It’s supposed to indicate that your website is “optimized” for search engines, but there are many cases where it doesn’t work as expected.
It is true that the green light in Yoast SEO is a good thing. However, it is not the end-all-be-all of your site’s SEO. There are many factors that go into a search engine ranking. While WordPress plugins like Yoast help us get closer to our goals, they cannot do all the work for us.
Google will not tell you if your website has been penalized or if there are any issues with the SEO of your website. There are only two ways to determine if your website has been penalized: using Google Search Console and using Google Analytics (or another type of analytics software).
To make the Yoast SEO indicator green, there are many factors to consider. Some of the most important factors include:
The content of your post or page should be unique and not copied from anywhere else. If you have used any duplicate content in your blog, you need to rewrite them using different words and phrases unique to your website.
The meta description is one of the most important elements of your page because it’s used by search engines to display a snippet of your content in their search results. It should be unique for each page and between 150-160 characters long. It’s best to use this space wisely, as Google will cut off anything after 160 characters (the length will vary by browser).
Internal links to other articles on your website (contextual links). Links to relevant pages on your site help improve your SEO ranking!
Keyword phrase density should be between 0.5-3%, but not more than that. You can optimize your content by adding keywords in the title, description, and body of your website.
You should also use your keywords in the heading tags (H1, H2, H3, etc.) and subheadings.
Make sure that each image has an alternative text (alt tag). This helps search engines understand what the images are about and therefore helps them rank your site higher with relevant keywords in their image results too.
In short, no! Yoast SEO is an easy-to-use content optimization tool for your WordPress website. It helps you create and optimize your content for search engines, but optimizing Yoast SEO alone will not do the remaining SEO of your website.
There are 100s of other factors that you have to do to rank well on search engines. It includes proper keyword research, backlinks, core web vitals, and a number of other techniques.
While Yoast SEO is a great tool for assessing your on-page SEO, the green light itself isn’t indicative of anything more than the fact that everything is properly configured.
In other words, you can get an array of different green lights and still have problems with your website’s SEO. Hence, it’s a good idea to check beyond Yoast SEO when you’re looking at your website’s SEO as a whole.
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