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Yoast SEO 14.9 comes with a new round of improvements, plus two new language-based enhancements: Polish word form support in Premium and Hebrew keyphrase recognition in Free. Polish is the tenth language to get word form support and there’s a lot more coming. Let’s get started, shall we?
Word forms in Yoast SEO Premium: now for Polish
One of the main focal points of Yoast SEO is helping you write awesome content as content one of the main building blocks of SEO. We’ve built our analysis with readability in mind, while also keeping an eye on your SEO. The free version of the plugin works very well, but the Yoast SEO Premium takes it up a notch.
There’s a lot to enjoy in Yoast SEO Premium and word form support might just be one of the unsung heroes. While the free analysis lets you analyze your content based on the term you entered, word form support in Premium makes that a lot more flexible by taking grammatical forms of your focus keyphrase into account.
So, if your focus keyphrase is [cat game], it will recognize [Read about these games for cats] too. Or, if you want to optimize for [play fetch with cat] it will recognize the sentence, [I love playing fetch with my cat] as well. What’s more, Yoast SEO Premium also lets you optimize your text with related keyphrases and synonyms.
Today, we’re adding another language to our roster. After English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian and Russian, we’re now introducing word forms support for Polish! In contrary to the last couple of word form release, this not a beta release. The Polish word forms is fully-featured from the get-go.
In addition, we’re improving our Polish language understanding and better recognize keyphrases by filtering more function words.
Hebrew keyphrase recognition
Starting with Yoast SEO 14.8, we’re working on adding more RTL languages. We started with Arabic, and we’re adding Hebrew today. We can now better recognize and understand sentences for this RTL-language. This helps us better find and recognize keyphrases for the Hebrew language.
To get this to work properly, we’ve improved all keyphrase-based assessments for Hebrew by filtering function words. Yoast SEO can now check whether you’ve used your Hebrew focus keyphrase in all the right places. This helps you optimize your text in a way that makes sense for search engines, without overdoing it for your users. Find out more about how we get Yoast SEO to understand RTL languages.
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This article was written by Edwin Toonen and originally published on SEO blog • Yoast.