In an announcement made September 27, people who use Yoast SEO are going to be opted into all of its snippet features by default. The update that contains this change, version 12.2, will roll out on October 1.

A few days before, on September 24, Google announced new snippet settings to provide site owners some options that will limit the content included in their search listings. The changes in the settings are a part of Google’s response to the first implementation of the European Copyright Directive by France, who was participated in getting Google, as well as other internet giants, to pay for use of publishers’ content in its results. Google says it won’t pay publishers in France (along with any other EU country that follow France’s lead). In order for their snippets to be presented in Google resulted, they must opt in.

“Because this potentially affects so many countries, we’ve decided to make a change for all Yoast SEO users,” the Yoast announcement reads. “We realize that this means that we’re opting you in to all of these snippet features in Yoast SEO. I think it’s fair to say that if you use Yoast SEO to optimize your search results, we can assume that that’s what you want.”

You may not want to update to version 12.2 if you do not want to use all of Yoast SEO’s snippet features or would like more discretion over how your snippets display.

The announcement also states: “you might want somewhat more granular control over these values, if that’s true, please let us know in the comments.” It is a chance Yoast will provide site owners with more options in a future update.

Meta robots can be used to opt into having all of your snippet text, videos and images being displayed on Google Search.

Unless a page is set to noindex or nosnippet, every page will have max-snippet:-1, max-image-preview:large, max-video-preview:-1 added to its robots meta string.

If you want to change the robots meta value, you can do so by using the wpseo_robots filter.

SourceGeorge Nguyen