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How to Remove Yoast SEO Plugin Data on Your Site

Remove Unused Yoast Plugin Data

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If you want to migrate from the Yoast SEO plugin to alternative plugins, it is also worth making sure that any Yoast SEO plugin data is deleted from the site’s database.

Yoast SEO Data Cleanup

The custom database tables that the Yoast SEO plugin creates;

wp_yoast_prominent_words(note: only available in the Yoast SEO Premium plugin)

The option names that the Yoast SEO plugin uses;


If you migrated to an alternative SEO plugin, such as Rank Math SEO, it could clean Yoast SEO data after migrating.

But if you used a different SEO plugin that does not include Yoast SEO data cleanup. In that case, the custom database tables can be deleted using a plugin such as WP-Optimize or phpMyAdmin on your hosting provider.

To find and delete the Yoast SEO plugin database tables using the WP-Optimize plugin, you can search for the Yoast keyword in the database tables screen and remove the related database tables.

WP-Optimize Database Cleanup

Keeping excess bloat out of the site’s database will help make database cleanup and optimization easier to do in the future.

Did You Know! You can manage the Yoast SEO plugin settings across multiple WordPress settings directly from inside MainWP using the WordPress SEO Extension.

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