I have finally uninstalled Yoast SEO. Yup, my blog is free of WordPress’ quintessential SEO plugin. I haven’t gone mad I’m just trying to keep things simple. I’ve been planning to ditch it for some time now. It’s not an objectively bad plugin but it’s just not for me anymore.
I only really needed two of its features, namely, the Rewrite Titles and the XML Sitemap functionality. The sitemap I only use for the indexing section of Google Webmaster’s Tools. The plugin has a lot more to offer but I just don’t need them. They’re just unnecessary bloat as far as this blog is concerned.
Yoast SEO also updates
quite too frequently. Not necessarily a bad thing as it shows that the plugin’s development is still active. But I don’t like the way it’s done with this plugin. Since Yoast SEO has a lot going on under the hood, it has a lot more things to update. A lot of things could go wrong and they sometimes do, which in turn will prompt another update. Rinse and repeat. I like being in total control of my blog and I just can’t have some peace of mind.
For my XML Sitemap needs, I found another plugin that is relatively simple and works well. As for rewriting/custom Titles, I made my own little plugin for that. So now I wait to see if the absence of Yoast SEO on my blog would actually make a difference with regards to ranking in Google.
I must say, it’s quite refreshing to see my Admin pages look so clean and uncluttered.
It’s almost a month now and things are doing well google-wise. The number of indexed pages are stable and I’m not seeing any drop in clicks or impressions.