As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. I have in fact been using the Yoast plugin ever since I started my blogging venture back in 2010.
I hate making changes and usually I’m pretty loyal to something, especially if it’s working for me. This is to say that the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin has been amazing over the years, and the improvements and updates just keeps on getting better from Yoast.
All that being said, curiosity got the better of me some years ago, and so I wanted to try out the SEOPressor plugin as well.
I’ve read a lot of great reviews about this plugin, and so I wanted to see for myself whether SEOPressor was actually worth paying money for, since Yoast SEO is free (Also a premium Yoast SEO version is available).
I committed myself to purchasing the plugin for almost $50. That’s how much it was back in the day, and my initial thought on price? Pretty steep for a single license plugin. At the time of purchasing, I thought the plugin would have been perfectly priced at $37, that’s just my opinion.
Anyhow, I’m well aware that SEOPressor now offers a single subscription plan of $9 per month, which they are calling SEOPressor Connect.
When I initially purchased the SEOPressor 5 plugin back in 2012, I had it installed on my now depleted blog Magnet4Marketing.
A lot has changed for both of these two SEO plugins since then, and in this comparison post I’m going to be looking at some of those changes, and revealing what both plugins now have to offer in 2016.
Let’s first dive into the SEOPressor Connect plugin.
The Main Features Of SEOPressor Connect
So like I said, SEOPressor Connect is now available on a single subscription plan priced at $9 per month. For that you’re able to use the plugin on multiple domains, meaning it’s a multi site license. This makes SEOPressor extremely affordable and very competitively priced.
Here’s what you get:
#1. More flexibility and super fast on-page options and SEO analysis – SEOPressor Connect now offers improved on-page analysis, taking into consideration common things like word count, content readability, keyword density, LSI and more. Much of these features can be found in both the free and premium Yoast SEO plugin.
I love the suggestions on where and what to improve on. In addition the plugin responds very quickly as you work with it, with little lag. When you’re working on your content with this plugin, there is no need to keep saving to see the changes, you simply refresh the analysis tool itself, and if you’re happy with everything you can go ahead and save changes you’ve made to the entire post itself. See image to the right.
#2. Over-optimisation tool – One feature that I was particularly drawn to in SEOPressor 5 back in the day was the ‘over-optimisation feature’. This is still present in the new version I’m happy to say. As we know apparently Google can penalise a website if they believe it appears to have too many over-optimized pieces of content. I.e. posts and pages with stupidly high keyword density, excessive anchor text etc. So this little feature let’s you know when you’ve over optimised your page with a warning.
#3. Multiple keyword analysis – In comparison with Yoast’s single focus keyword, this was another feature that caught my attention. With SEOPressor 5 you’re able to optimize for multiple keywords / phrases, giving you a better overall chance to rank for other keywords and phrases. This feature is still present in SEOPressor Connect.
You could probably try and do the same with the Yoast plugin by changing the focus keyword each time you’ve optimised for it, however that would really be quite time consuming and a bit of a pain.
And yes I am aware that the premium version of the Yoast plugin, you’re able to optimise for multiple keywords as well.
#4. Insights and audit tools – You can get real SEO insights and tools to help you optimise for SEO sitewide. Includes features like SiteWide SEO audit, SEO score manager and trends.
#5. SemantiQ builder – As the world moves more towards the Semantic web, helping you to improve search relevancy for your content is becoming increasingly critical. SEOPressor has built-in tools to help you control how the internet sees your site, without you having to touch a single line of code. Pretty cool stuff right?
#6. Crawler manager and smart link manager – This is a great improvement to this plugin, something I don’t think the previous versions of SEOPressor plugin had. You now have access to tools to help you to create XML sitemaps, control robot rule settings such as 301 redirection and canonical URL, customise Facebook OpenGraph and Twitter Card and more, all without needing additional plugins installed on your site.
The Link Manager is a pretty cool addition in my mind, allowing you to build and manage a flawless link structure for your website, again a critical step towards helping you create a more user friendly website. You can easily identify broken links quickly so that you can fix them quickly.
#7. LSI Kewords analysis and density check – An awesome feature that allows you to analyse other keywords or phrases closely related or linked to your target keywords. This is super useful for helping you create content that flows naturally and is readable by humans. And of course create content that will rank for relevant and related keywords that users might use to find your content in search engines.
OK so I’ve just looked at some of the main key features in SEOPressor Connect, there’s simply way too many other features for me to list here folks. You’ll have to go and check it out for yourself here.
What I will say is this. This new SEOPressor is a vast improvement on previous versions of the plugin, at least in my opinion. I’ve not even mentioned about things like having the ability to do homepage and local SEO, you’ll no doubt discover that for yourself.
Main Features Of WordPress SEO By Yoast
OK peeps, so let’s take a look at some of the key features inside the all-amazing Yoast SEO plugin.
WordPress SEO by Yoast has been downloaded over 1 million times from the WP repository, and there’s good reason why. It’s free and it’s totally feature packed!
Yes there is a premium version of this plugin available too which I’ll talk about in just a moment, here’s what the free version gives you:
#1. Powerful snippet editor – The snippet editor allows you to create the perfect and most compelling search engine search result listing possible. As you make changes in the snippet area, you’ll instantly begin to notice your SEO score improving, based on how you incorporate your focus keyword into your content and snippet content.
The beauty with this is that you can see how your listing will appear in Google, again encouraging you to make it more compelling to web searchers.
#2. Focus keyword – With the Yoast plugin you’re able to optimise for one main focus keyword or key-phrase only. Remember though, this is a free plugin.
#3. Detailed content analysis – The content analysis feature allows you to easily check your content to see how well it’s optimised for various ranking factors against your focus keyword. Changes happens in real-time as well, so as you create your content around your focus keyword you’ll see more of those green blobs appearing. You don’t have to keep saving the page to see the changes happen.
#4. Advanced meta robots – The Yoast plugin has built in advanced settings for meta robots and cannocail URL, yes the free version has this!
#5. Social integration – With built-in social optimisation tools for Facebook OpenGraph, Twitter and Google+ you can ensure your content makes the most impact across social media.
Once again, these are just some of the built-in core features you get inside the free version of Yoast SEO. You’ve probably noticed that whilst the paid-for SEOPressor Connect plugin has a ton to offer in terms of tools, features and usability, even the free version of Yoast SEO is pretty darn hard to beat.
With the premium version of Yoast SEO by the way, you get a host of additional features including a redirect manager, ability to optimise for multiple keywords and premium support.
So WordPress SEO by Yoast is the clear winner then?
No not exactly, keep reading.
The free version of Yoast SEO already has a ton of built-in features as I mentioned. If you want a redirect feature, optimise for multiple keywords and premium support you’ll have to fork out $69 for the premium version. And if you want to continue receiving updates and support, you’ll have to keep paying that each year.
Moreover, the $69 you pay only gives you a license for 1 website / domain. If you want to use Yoast Premium on more sites you’ll have to purchase more licenses. This can be costly.
SEOPressor Connect on the other hand has all the built-in features of the free and premium versions of Yoast SEO, and a few more additional features, again way too many for me to list in this post.
The price you pay for SEOPressor is a one single monthly subscription fee of $9, and that gives you a license to use SEOPressor on multiple domains / websites.
So, SEOPressor Connect is the clear winner then?
Well I’ll leave that for you to decide. However it’s a pretty darn good deal for what you get for your money.
So which plugin would I personally recommend then?
Hmm, well both these plugins are great so here’s the deal.
With Yoast you have the option to use a free plugin or a premium plugin at $69 per year for a single license ($5.75 per month). If you go premium it will cost you a bit.
With SEOPressor Connect you don’t have a free version to use, however for just $9 per month you can access all of the tools and features, and use SEOPressor on multiple domains.
From using both of these myself, I would go as far to say that Yoast’s SEO plugin is an easier plugin to use. The SEOPressor plugin is a little more complex and takes a little bit of getting used to.
So which would I personally recommend?
Either one in all honesty, though the SEOPressor Connect seems to be a little more attractive for all the newly added features, and the new one-plan monthly subscription fee of just $9.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this little comparison review post, I’ve been as honest as I can be about both of these awesome SEO plugins. If you’re using either of these yourself, do let me know how you’re getting on with them. Which is YOUR favourite SEO plugin? Perhaps it’s something else entirely! Leave me a comment below as always.
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