If you have been using the Yoast SEO plugin on WordPress sites, you may want to stop what you’re doing for a moment to look into the plugin. Yoast has recently announced an update, specifically an update to Yoast version 7.0. The company announced that due to an update on the most recent version of the plugin released on March 6th, websites that use this version of the plugin could experience “panda-like” ranking issues.
What is Panda?
Panda is a ranking algorithm from the search engine, Google. Released in 2011 the Panda update aimed to reduce the amount of “low quality” websites ranking high in the search engine results page. Additionally, this algorithm update was meant to punish websites that have “thin content”.
Obviously, any webmaster that is suffering from panda penalties should be concerned. Users are reporting anywhere from minor ranking drops to a complete loss of rankings in the search engines results page. Although the issue has been resolved, and the solution to fix the problem is quite easy, it’s understandable that many users are upset.
For more instructions on how to resolve the Yoast issue, and to read the official statement by Yoast’s CEO Joost De Valk, view a recent article from Search Engine Journal.