News XML Sitemap module for the WordPress SEO plugin
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Yoast News SEO for Yoast SEO

Requires at least: 4.3 Tested up to: 4.7 Stable tag: 4.5 Depends: wordpress-seo

Yoast News SEO module for the Yoast SEO plugin.

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  1. Go to Plugins -> Add New.
  2. Click "Upload" right underneath "Install Plugins".
  3. Upload the zip file that this readme was contained in.
  4. Activate the plugin.
  5. Go to SEO -> Extensions -> Licenses, enter your license key and Save.
  6. Your license key will be validated.
  7. You can now use Yoast News SEO. See also

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find the Yoast News SEO FAQ in our knowledge base.


4.5: March 21st, 2017

  • Compatibility with Yoast SEO 4.5

4.4: February 28th, 2017

  • Compatibility with Yoast SEO 4.4

4.3: February 14th, 2017

  • Enhancements
    • Only invalidate sitemap cache when an object in a Post Type that is marked as News is updated.

4.2.1: February 3rd, 2017

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes "Fatal error: Class 'yoast_i18n' not found".

4.2: January 31st, 2017

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes a bug where a deprecated function was being called, resulting in a warning.

4.1: January 17th, 2017

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes W3C validation error on <link attribute 'original-source'.
    • Fixed broken link in news sitemap.

4.0: December 13th, 2016

  • Compatibility with Yoast SEO 4.0

3.9: November 29th, 2016

  • Bugfixes

    • Fixes a bug where the editor's pick checkbox was reset after inline editing a post.
  • Updates translations.

3.8: November 8th, 2016

  • Bugfixes

    • Fixes a bug where the editor's pick would be unset when quick editing.
    • Fixes a bug where Google News would report an unexpected publication name in sitemaps.
  • Updates translations.

3.7: October 11th, 2016

  • Updates translations.

3.6: September 27th, 2016

3.5.1: September 16th, 2016

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes a bug where a page or post type with the slug news would be inaccessible.

3.5: September 7th, 2016

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes a bug where sitemaps would not be generated if a post with the same name existed.

3.4: July 19th, 2016

  • Enhancements

    • Introduced noindex meta tag for the Google News bot.
  • Bugfixes

    • Sitemaps need a real timezone instead of a UTC timezone because daylight saving time is not included in UTC.
    • Google News Genre global default could not be overridden by page setting.
    • The news keyword counting, for a maximum of 10 keywords, no longer counts empty keywords

3.3: June 14th, 2016

  • Enhancements

    • Adds the Yoast i18n module to the Yoast SEO News settings page, which informs users the plugin isn't available in their language and what they can do about it.
  • Bugfixes

    • Fixes a bug where the support beacon for Yoast SEO News was added to all Yoast SEO settings pages.
    • Fixes a bug where updates were not working reliably when multiple paid Yoast plugins were active.

3.2: April 20th, 2016

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes a bug where the news sitemap would be shown in the index even if the sitemap itself was empty.
    • Fixes a bug where clicking the 'Update now' button on the plugin page didn't update correctly.

3.1: March 2nd, 2016

  • Bugfixes

    • Fixes a bug where our license manager could sometimes not reach our licensing system due to problems with ssl.
  • Enhancements

    • Makes sure users don't have to reactivate their license after updating or disabling/enabling the plugin.
    • Adds a support beacon on the News SEO settings page enabling users to ask for support from the WordPress backend.
    • Contains a few performance optimizations.

3.0: November 18th, 2015

  • Synchronized plugin version with all other Yoast SEO plugins for WordPress.

  • Bugfixes

    • Fixes a bug where the links in the sitemap would 'randomly' change from https to http or the other way around (in very rare circumstances).
    • Fixes the news metabox that was broken in combination with Yoast SEO 3.0.
    • Fixes deprecation warnings for filters that have been removed in Yoast SEO 3.0

2.2.5: June 10th, 2015

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes a bug where the news sitemap cache was not cleared when the News SEO settings were updated.
    • Added 1 new translation: en_AU.

2.2.4: April 29th, 2015

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes a bug where the news sitemap cache was not cleared when a news item was edited or added.
    • Fixes a bug where the stylesheets for the news sitemap were not included when the sitemap was served from cache.
    • Fixes a bug where specialchars were escaped in the news sitemap.

2.2.3: March 24th, 2015

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixes a bug where an invalid argument error could be raised when visiting the sitemap.
    • Fixes a bug where the sitemap could contain wrongly formatted publication dates.
    • Fixes a bug where the wpseo_news_sitemap_url filter wasn't working properly.
    • Fixes a bug where the News sitemap genre wasn't saved on posts.
    • Fixes a bug where the sitemap didn't always contain the correct image url, props Marcus Jaschen.
    • Fixes a bug with duplicate keywords in the news sitemap.
    • Fixes an issue where the Editor's pick RSS took very long to load, by only fetching the selected post types from the database.
    • Fixes a bug where the default keywords and the meta news keywords weren't added to the sitemap.
  • Enhancements
    • Introduces a few string improvements.
    • Added 9 new languages: en_GB, es_ES, es_MX, fr_FR, he_IL, it_IT, nl_NL, ro_RO and tr_TR.

2.2.2: December 17th, 2014

  • Bugfixes
    • The stocktickers didn't work properly, these are fixed
    • Setting correct HTTP header to be sure output is executed as a RSS-feed
  • Enhancements
    • Hide the standout meta-tag automatically after seven days (you can still see standout was used in admin but it won't be displayed)
    • Show the total number of used standout meta-tags (for the last seven days) in the post-admin

2.2.1: November 11th, 2014

  • Bugfixes
    • Fixed a bug where button to Editors' Pick RSS didn't work.
    • Fixed a bug where the wrong image url ended up in the image:loc in the Editor's Pick RSS
    • Fixed a bug where the wrong http header was set for the Editor's Pick RSS
  • Enhancements
    • Added translations for Polish

2.2: October 7th, 2014

  • Bugfixes

    • Fixed a bug where button to Editors' Pick RSS didn't work.
      • Fixed bug where plugin would give a white screen of death in certain installations.
      • Improve using the right image for the news sitemap.
  • Enhancements

    • Added pubDate to editors pick RSS feed.

2.1: July 9th, 2014

  • Several performance optimizations for sitemap generation.
  • Added button that links to news sitemap on admin page.
  • Added an option to include only the featured image in the XML News sitemap.
  • Introduced filter wpseo_locale for locale/language of the XML News sitemap.
  • Introduced filter wpseo_news_sitemap_url to allow changing the XML News sitemap URL.

2.0.6: June 10th, 2014

  • Removed the wptexturize filter from the_title and the_content in the Editors' Pick feed because corrupts our output.
  • Added guid elements to item elements in the Editors' Pick feed.
  • Added an atom:link element as recommended by the RSS Advisory Board to identifying a feed's URL within the feed.
  • Added the WPSEO News fields to the WPSEO meta fields class to fix a bug where the post meta genre field isn't saved.

2.0.5: June 5th, 2014

  • Fixed a publication_date timezone bug.

2.0.4: May 15th, 2014

  • Bugfixes
    • Add CDATA tags to RSS feed text output.
    • Now using the same title for the Editors' Pick title as the channel title.

2.0.3: April 23rd, 2014

  • Enhancement
    • Sitemaps now use creation dates instead of modified dates.

2.0.2: April 22nd, 2014

  • Bugfixes

    • Fixed a bug with version_compare.
  • Enhancement

    • Adds sanitize callback to register_settings.

2.0.1: April 22nd, 2014

  • Bugfix
    • Changed EDD product name to 'News SEO'.

2.0: April 22nd, 2014

  • Initial release