Comment on Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin Review by WordPress SEO Themes.

It only took about 15 months from first writing this review, but the latest version of the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin doesn’t add more nofollow links to a WordPress site.

Yeah :-)

About bloody time, Joost de Valk (plugin author) argued nofollow wasn’t SEO damaging despite all the evidence and left the damaging nofollow features in his WordPress SEO plugin for at least a year damaging countless webmasters SERPs!

Better late than never I suppose, would have been better to admit being wrong in 2010 and update the WordPress SEO plugins code ASAP, but I guess that would have made him look bad.

I don’t understand people who don’t learn from others, I’m fecking awesome at SEO, but I’m not infallible, I’m sure I’m wrong about something SEO wise and if someone pointed that out to me (proved I was wrong) I’d thank them for improving my understanding of something very important to me (I do it all the time in other areas if my understanding). I guess it’s my science background, good scientists want their understanding to be challenged and expanded upon, it’s how we as a species move forward. Denying the truth because you don’t want to admit you are wrong holds back progress, the SEO plugin’s code has been wrong for over a year, if this was something important that’s a years potential progress lost.

The plugin still uses noindex to block sections you don’t want indexing, this still wastes link benefit, but it’s no where near as damaging as adding nofollow links. Now if he took the canonical code I’m using with the Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin which ONLY deals with conserving link benefit, Joast would have a WordPress SEO plugin that causes no SEO damage. I’m not that bothered about developing WordPress plugins (already have too much work with SEO clients and WordPress SEO themes!), I have no problem with a plugin developer using the canonical URL concept to improve a WordPress SEO plugin. You never know I might use/recommend it if it improved the Stallion SEO theme output.


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