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The WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast allows users to add SEO titles and meta descriptions to taxonomy term archive pages. These are then used in the head of the document.

I´m trying to display the SEO title of taxonomy terms as an H1 in my taxonomy archive template.

To do this in a post, post type or page is easy:

echo get_post_meta($post->ID, '_yoast_wpseo_title', true); 

On archive templates this doesn´t work.

Does anyone know how to get this to work?

Screenshot example

This is the title of a specific tag term. I´m trying to display this title - but then for a custom taxonomy term - in my archive templates.

The tag archive edit screen

Final code

This is what I ended up using in my archive.php template. It works if you´re using a custom taxonomy. For tags or categories have a look at Mike Madern´s answer below.

<h1 class="archive-title">
if ( is_tax() ) :                                                                   
    $taxonomy = get_queried_object()->taxonomy;
    $term_id = get_queried_object()->term_id;
    $meta   = get_option( 'wpseo_taxonomy_meta' );
    $title  = $meta[$taxonomy][$term_id]['wpseo_title'];
    //printf( '<pre>%s</pre>', print_r( get_option( 'wpseo_taxonomy_meta' ), 1 ) );
    if ( isset($meta) && !empty($title) ) :         
        echo apply_filters( 'the_title', $title );
    else :
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Get Archive SEO titles

If you defined a Custom Post Type archive title you can get that by:

$titles = get_option( 'wpseo_titles' );
$title  = $titles['title-ptarchive-POST_TYPE'];

echo apply_filters( 'the_title', $title );

Remember to replace POST_TYPE by your own Custom Post Type.

To display all the wpseo_title variables, you can use:

printf( '<pre>%s</pre>', print_r( get_option( 'wpseo_titles' ), 1 ) );

So you can easily pick the one you need.

Get Term SEO titles


By using this code you can get the SEO title you defined:

$cat_id = get_query_var( 'cat' );
$meta   = get_option( 'wpseo_taxonomy_meta' );

$title  = $meta['category'][$cat_id]['wpseo_title'];

echo apply_filters( 'the_title', $title );


By using this code you can get the SEO title you defined:

$tag_id = get_query_var( 'tag' );
$meta   = get_option( 'wpseo_taxonomy_meta' );

$title  = $meta['post_tag'][$tag_id]['wpseo_title'];

echo apply_filters( 'the_title', $title );

To display all wpseo_taxonomy_meta variables, you can use:

printf( '<pre>%s</pre>', print_r( get_option( 'wpseo_taxonomy_meta' ), 1 ) );

This way you can see the structure and available variables.

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You added the title in SEO > titles & metas > Post Types? – Mike Madern Mar 7 '13 at 11:08
I improved my answer with the solution :-) – Mike Madern Mar 7 '13 at 11:51
I'm guessing you missed my last post edit :-P I added a version with $tag_id. – Mike Madern Mar 7 '13 at 12:11
Thanks so much for the code, I´d never be able to figure this out. I made a few minor changes to get it to work with custom taxonomies. – Mattvic Mar 7 '13 at 12:45
This is great. I had to use get_queried_object()->term_id, instead of get_query_var() though, as the former returns the id, the latter returns the slug, making the code throw “undefined index” notices. Also, take care to check if there is anything set at $meta['post_tag|category'], as you'll get undefined index notices as well. (WP 4.2.2, btw) – cabgfx May 20 '15 at 10:48

On archive page in post loop add following line of code to make it work

echo get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), '_yoast_wpseo_title', true); 

Tell me whether it is working for you or i will provide another solution.

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That didn´t work unfortunately. It shows the SEO title of the first post in the archive. I´ll probably have to dive into the DB to see where this data is stored. – Mattvic Mar 7 '13 at 10:22
Are you using it in loop? Can you show me the code? – Vinod Dalvi Mar 7 '13 at 10:28
I´ve added my code. Not sure if I explained that I wanted to output the page title, not the titles of each post in the loop. – Mattvic Mar 7 '13 at 10:45
This is exactly what I was looking for. Outputs the SEO title in the loop. Also, I replaced get_the_ID() with $post->ID – ggwarpig Aug 8 '15 at 2:06

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