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Yoast SEO Premium: How to Upgrade from Free Version to Pro…

Yoast SEO Premium

Yoast SEO is the best free SEO WordPress plugin out there.

But they also have a paid version which has added features like:

For redirects, I used a free redirection plugin.

I usually don’t use the focus keyword option.

I don’t typically need to see the full social preview.

And for internal linking, I used the SEO Smart Links plugin, but I thought the plugin was getting old and needed to be replaced with something better.

The Yoast internal linking feature available on the premium version shows posts that can be interlinked directly in the post editor section. This was enough reason for me to start using the pro version of Yoast.

It’s not necessary for you to upgrade to Yoast SEO Premium. However, since I blog for a living and it’s always a good idea to lower down the number of plugins, I finally decided to upgrade to Yoast SEO Premium.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to upgrade from the Yoast free version to Yoast Premium.

How To Upgrade From Yoast SEO To Yoast Premium

Once you have purchased the Yoast Premium license, you will get an email with the plugin’s download link and activation key.

Upgrade From Yoast SEO To Yoast Premium

Download by clicking on Download Yoast SEO Premium.

Now, follow these steps:

Note: Make sure you are using the latest free version of Yoast SEO.

  • Upload the Yoast SEO Premium plugin, but do not activate it.
  • Disable the free version of Yoast SEO.
  • Now, activate Yoast SEO Premium.

Yoast SEO Premium

All the data from the free version will be automatically used by the premium version.

  • Click on SEO > Go premium > Licenses to add your license key.

Yoast SEO Premium Licence settings

Once your Yoast SEO Premium license key is activated, you can start using their premium version features.

The whole upgrade process doesn’t take more than 5 minutes.

Using the Internal Linking Feature on Yoast SEO Premium:

To start using the internal linking suggestion feature, you need to first analyze your content. Depending upon your blog size, it could take a few minutes to a few hours.

To analyze, you need to go to Yoast’s SEO settings:

Dashboard > General > Internal linking

Internal linking

Once the analysis is complete, you will be able to see the internal linking suggestion from WordPress post editor section.

After using this feature for a while, I believe this one thing alone is worth upgrading the plugin.

Here is how this feature shows suggestions on the WordPress post editor:

Yoast Internal Linking

The best part is, you can simply drag and drop any suggestion to quickly add it to the writing section.