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How To Optimize Yoast SEO For Site Speed

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Today we are talking about how plugins can impact your site’s speed and show you an example of how to optimize Yoast SEO for site speed.

Let’s get started!

Yoast SEO has become an incredibly popular WordPress plugin for optimizing WordPress for SEO and rightly so for very good reason.

Yoast regularly updates its plugin to stay ahead of the competition often adding new features.

But over the years Yoast has become bloated with features that are nice to have but are they really necessary for SEO optimization.

Adding Plugins can slow down WordPress. So it is key to manage your plugins and to only add plugins that are really needed.

Yoast is a needed plugin but does add some bloat to your site but you can fix this very easily.

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Optimizing Yoast SEO for site speed

As mentioned in our introduction Yoast does have some nice features the big question is do you need them all.

For example, do you need the Yoast readability feature or its Cornerstone Content feature? Probably not.

The good news is that Yoast allows you to disable functionality, cutting site bloat, and speeding up your site.

Cutting some of Yoast’s functionality is not going to make your site lightning fast but it will cut some of the drag that Yoast places on WordPress. 

To really see useful speed gains you must optimize as many of your plugins as you can


Here is how to optimize Yoast SEO for site speed

Do you need features like Readability and Cornerstone Content? If not, switch them off.

  1. Go to your Dashboard and then to SEO
  2. Click on Features and review the Yoast Features that you have turned on
  3. Switch off unnecessary features
  4. Click save

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The readability feature is a good feature for checking how well your text is seen and understood and offers you optimization for sentence length and paragraph length all of this is very useful.

When you need to make these optimizations then switch the feature on and then when complete switch readability off again.

That’s one of the benefits of Yoast, you can switch features on and off when needed, and doing so does cut site bloat and help speed up your site.

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Optimizing Yoast for site speed is not enough to make noticeable speed gains on your site.

But if you apply the same principle of just turning off features on other plugins that you don’t need or even just disabling plugins that you don’t need all the time the combined gains can be enough to make a difference.

Broken Link Checker is another example of a plugin that really adds load to a WordPress Site.

Do you really need to check for broken links all the time?

Is it a plugin that can be disabled and enabled now and then to catch dead links? It’s what we do at Infobunny.

We know that load times and site speed is becoming incredibly important for site rankings.

Optimizing plugins where possible is something really easy that any blogger can do without having to be technical or having to call a developer.


That’s all for now!

Do you optimize your plugins for speed?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Regards Dexter 

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9 Responses

    | Reply

    Great write-up here. Since the first day I came to your blog, its been freebies worth hundreds of dollars from you and I’ve learnt another great deal in this post again. Subs means alot

    • Dexter Roona

      Thanks, Lisa, thanks for the continued support.

  2. Carlos
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    I Trying to learn something about SEO for a bathtub company and I hope I can get great results. Thank you for the tips they are really valuable to me.

    • Dexter Roona

      If you are a bricks-and-mortar store then you’re going to need to incorporate some local SEO as well. If you are a web store then your challenge is to get your product pages ranking which is hard because they tend to be thin on the content side. I would suggest writing good long keyword product titles for each product and also incorporate the same keywords in the product descriptions. If you can add alt titles and alt descriptions to your products and pin them on relevant boards on Pinterest. I would also set up a blog on your web store so that you can review products and link to them in the store, you can then also monetize your blog with AdSense or Amazon affiliate links.
      Good luck regards Dexter

  3. Stella Rose
    | Reply

    Your content is always a step ahead, with loads of helpful hints and information. I’m just getting started with SEO for my website, and your advice is always helpful. Keep going…

  4. Karen Rodriguez
    | Reply

    I’m currently struggling with the speed of my website, so this article will be really useful for me. Appreciated!

  5. Amit Maheshwari
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    There is a lot of options in the WordPress plugin of Yoast. It optimizes the website but also decreases the speed of the website. Toggling features on and off as and when you need them is a great idea.

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