Yoast SEO for WordPress Training Review by Matt LaClear 6/24/17

It’s not too often I write a review post about a training course, in fact, this may be my first ever. My Yoast SEO for WordPress Training Review is one you can trust given I am not affiliated with the company in any way. I am, however, a big fan of their plugins, and courses.

If you haven’t run across the new Yoast SEO for WordPress Training course yet that Yoast offers, I recommend you do. I recently took the course, and what follows is my full review of it.

[Note: Make sure to read my Yoast Site Structure Training ReviewYoast Structured Data Training Review or my library of  Link Building Strategies when you’re done reading this post.]

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If you run a WordPress site, you most likely have the Yoast SEO for WordPress plugin installed already. You may want to bookmark this page and install it now if not.

It will help you attract more visitors from the search engines and social media sites when you do.

Once you do have the plugin installed, you must decide whether to upgrade to the premium version. It’s my recommendation that for the price, and with so much for you to gain, you do upgrade. Why I feel that way is a topic for discussion for another day.

If you have upgraded already, you may have noticed Yoast offers a paid course to help you learn how to use it. Given my deep respect for Joost de Valk, I paid the $99 USD and dove straight in.

What I Hoped to Get from Taking Yoast SEO for WordPress Training

Our agency has used the free version of the Yoast plugin on our client sites for years. We loved it, and it was always the first plugin we would install when taking over a new customer campaign.

A couple of months ago we realized that if we liked the free version of the plugin so much, we’d loved the premium more. So we upgraded our client sites and got set to start rocking.

The only problem was we were completely clueless at first on how to use the darn thing. After going through the help section, we got up to speed in short order and were off to the races.

After becoming amazed at how robust the tool was, I dug deep to find extra training on it. That’s when I found the Yoast SEO for WordPress training course.

What I hoped to get from taking it was simple. I wanted to glean as many nuggets as possible about the tool that I could put to use in our campaigns.

Did the course deliver on those expectations? Keep reading to find out.

What Specific Nuggets Did I Learn from Taking Yoast SEO for WordPress Training?

While taking the course, I had a client’s admin opened, and was making adjustments to it as I went along.

Which was satisfying, I must admit.

I liked learning how to connect Yoast SEO with Google Search Console. Combining the two tools are powerful, to say the least. The client’s site I had open had several hundred 404 errors the plugin displayed. Not only that, Joost’s plugin gave me an option to apply redirects to them.

From what I learned in Yoast SEO for WordPress training I was able to clean the mess up in a matter of minutes.

It was also nice having a guide to step me through the general settings of the plugin.

It was like having Joost de Valk peering over my shoulder and giving me directions on how to set everything up.

Talk about cool!

If you’re unfamiliar with who Joost is, I recommend you acquaint yourself with him quick like. Then pay attention to every word that comes from his mouth. He has a brain you do not want to ignore.

What he teaches on rel=prev/rel=next elements is worth the price of the course by itself. Buried content is not doing your site any good until you do something about it.

Those are just a few of the nuggets I took from the course. There were many more of course, but those were the three big takeaways for me.

Was the Course Comprehensive Enough for My Liking?

Having been the industry for more years than I care to admit, I have taken my share of training courses.

The training has 11 modules, covering everything you need to learn to become a Yoast SEO expert.

The course covered several topics I was oblivious to about on-page SEO, and this is what I do for a living.

Learning about SEO is one thing, it’s something anyone in the industry does on a constant basis. Being able to follow along a course that teaches you how to set up a powerful plugin is much different.

Was the course comprehensive enough for my $99?

You bet it was, and I’d be willing to wager it will be worth your $99 as well.

Was Yoast SEO for WordPress Training Easy to Understand?

One would expect a course on a topic as complicated as Tech & On-page SEO would be boring, or hard to comprehend. Especially when the principal instructor is someone as brilliant as Joost de Valk.

This course was anything but hard to comprehend. Joost is an excellent teacher or has great writers, or both even. Whatever the combination of skill sets, the course is easy enough for a beginner to do.

In fact several of our teenagers work for the agency over the summer, we trained them with Yoast videos.

None of the teens had a problem learning the contents of the course. As a result, they might know more about On-Page than you do at the moment.

If they can do it, so can you.

What Format is the Course Presented In?

The course was well put together and organized logically. It consisted of explainer and instructional videos, plus a quiz I needed to pass at the end of each module.

I won’t hide the fact I had to retake a few of the quizzes.  Yoast requires a 100% score before you can proceed to the next module of the course. Even getting answers wrong on an exam was a learning experience though. Yoast did a superb job explaining why the answers I chose were incorrect, and the others correct.

Did I Learn How to Use Yoast SEO for WordPress from taking the Course?

You better believe I did, and I’m applying all that knowledge to my client’s campaigns. It’s far too early to share case studies, but we see four-figure increases on KDP’s already.

Note: I will publish the case studies once more time has passed to ensure the integrity of the reviews.

Do I Recommend You Take the Course?

Whether or not you think Yoast SEO for WordPress training is worth $99 USD is definitely up to you.

I’m just telling you it was worth that and more to our agency.

When completing the training you will earn a badge just like this one to show your new found skills off to your readers! Happy Rankings, Friends!

Matt LaClear successfully completed the Yoast SEO for WordPress course!