Yoast SEO help needed

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by TheShrewMan, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. TheShrewMan

    TheShrewMan Regular Member

    Feb 9, 2014
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    Hey guys
    So im playing around with yoast SEO free version on my test blog. Im fairly new to it.

    So lets assume the keyword im targeting is "avocado health benefits". I put that keyword into the focus keyword box. I change the meta description to "Here is a list of the health benefits of avocado".

    All three words of the focus keyword are in the meta description but not in the exact order. Shouldnt yoast plugin be clever enough to recognise this and highlight it?

    As a result, the yoast plugin says "A meta description has been specified, but it does not contain the focus keyword" even though it CLEARLY does.

    Maybe theres something wrong with the settings?
    I've attached screenshots of what I mean.

    Any help would be great!

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  2. Chiefjop

    Chiefjop Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Mar 25, 2013
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    Hello Theshrewman, unfortunately not :p seo is all about details and even though it contains the same words it's not considered the same keyword. So it's not wrong to write it that way, it's just not as strong :)
  3. rmoses123

    rmoses123 Junior Member

    Aug 23, 2012
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    Good answer.

    Another thing about YOAST,
    It's a great SEO plugin for WordPress which does a lot for you but I would really ignore all of these little things it tells you.
    Every page is different and trying to put a formula on everything is not the best.
    if you'll write: "avocado health benefits" 3 times it will show you that you are using a good description but really, it's not that good.

    What I'm saying is: follow what you know and not what a machine tells you.
    Use YOAST for the area to write the description, title, sitemaps, having the auto meta tags for images and canonical and so on..