There are two incredibly popular and powerful SEO plugins for WordPress. WordPress SEO by Yoast and SEOPressor Connect. But, which one should you use for your blog or website’s SEO? Read more to find out.
As some of you may know, I’m a huge, huge fan of the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
I have, in fact, been using the Yoast SEO plugin since I started my blogging venture way back in 2010.
I’m pretty loyal when it comes to sticking with something that I love using, especially if it’s working just fine for me.
This is to say that the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin has been truly amazing over the years, and the improvements and updates just keep on getting better each time.
All that said, curiosity always gets the better of me, and a few years back I tried out another SEO plugin called SEOPressor (Before it transitioned to SEOPressor Connect).
Before actually purchasing and using this plugin for myself, I had read a lot of great reviews about SEOPressor.
So, I wanted to see whether it was actually worth paying money for a premium SEO plugin, because, at the time, Yoast SEO was completely free.
It still is free today, and what I mean by that is that there wasn’t a premium option like there is today with Yoast SEO.
Anyway, after debating whether to buy SEOPressor or not, I finally did and paid $50 for a single site license. Ouch!
Fast forward to today, 2018, and a lot of things have changed for both of these magnificent plugins.
SEOPressor now offers a single subscription plan of $9 per month, which they call SEOPressor Connect. And, we also have a premium version of Yoast SEO too.
The great thing was because I had already purchased SEOPressor in 2012, I was automatically given access to the new plugin at no additional cost. Great, right?
Unless, of course, I wanted to subscribe to the monthly plan to get the free updates and everything else.
Putting both plugins to use
Over the last few years, I’ve used both of these plugins to the best of my abilities, and guess what? I love them both.
And so before you close this page thinking this is just going to be another ‘middle of the road review and comparison’, just bear with me.
What I’m going to do is compare both the free version of Yoast SEO with SEOPressor Connect since SEOPressor does not have a free version of its plugin available.
I’ll also shed some light on the premium version of Yoast as well, and compare it with SEOPressor Connect.
Are you ready? Let’s dive in.
SEOPressor Connect: Benefits
Before we dive into the features, let’s look at the benefits of using SEOPressor Connect.
- Optimizing your content with SEOPressor is quick and easy, saving you time.
- SEOPressor Connect provides optimization suggestions for each post/page, so you’re not left in the dark about what to improve.
- You can benefit from ranking for multiple keywords for each post or page, thus helping you to drive more search engine traffic.
SEOPressor Connect: Options and Features
Now let’s dive into the SEOPressor Connect plugin options and features.
So, like I said, SEOPressor Connect is now available on a single subscription plan priced at just $9 per month.
For that subscription fee, 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, at only $108 per year.
So, 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, by the way, can be found in both the free and premium versions of Yoast SEO plugin too.
I love the optimization suggestions on where and what to improve on with SEOPressor Connect. In addition, the plugin responds very quickly as you work with it, with very little lag.
When you’re working on your content using this SEO plugin, there is no need to keep saving your post or page to see the changes take effect. You’re optimizing in real-time.
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-optimization tool
This was one of the features that really impressed me in SEOPressor 5. The over-optimization feature is still present in the new version I’m happy to say.
So, what is this feature and what can you use it for?
Well, as we all know Google can pretty much penalize any website if they believe it appears to be violating their guidelines, in this case, having too many over-optimized pieces of content.
For instance, posts and pages that have been stuffed with keywords, excessive anchor text links, etc. So, this little feature lets you know when you’ve over-optimized your page with a warning. See below.
#3. Multiple keyword analysis
In comparison with Yoast’s single focus keyword, this was another feature that caught my attention. But then again, this was a premium plugin.
Originally, SEOPressor 5 allowed users to optimize for multiple keywords/phrases, giving them a better overall chance to rank for other ‘content related’ keywords and phrases.
This feature is still very much present in SEOPressor Connect.
You could probably try and optimize for multiple keywords using the free version of the Yoast plugin by changing the focus keyword each time you’ve optimized for it, however, that would be quite time-consuming, to say the least.
And also, the premium version of Yoast SEO does give you the features to optimize and rank for multiple keywords.
#4. Insights and audit tools – Now this I really love with SEOPressor. You can get real SEO insights using the tools to help you optimize for SEO sitewide.
Features include 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 the SEOPressor Connect plugin, something I don’t think the previous versions had, though, I could be wrong.
You now have access to tools to help you to create XML sitemaps, control robot rule settings such as 301 redirection and canonical URL, customize Facebook OpenGraph and Twitter Card and more, all without needing additional plugins installed on your WordPress site.
In addition, the Link Manager is a pretty cool feature too. It allows 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 promptly. See image below.
#7. LSI Keywords analysis and density check
This is just another awesome feature in SEOPressor Connect.
It allows you to analyze 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 gone over some of the main key features in SEOPressor Connect, there are simply way too many more features for me to list here folks. You’ll have to go and check it out for yourself here.
#8. Meta options and social
The Meta options in SEOPressor Connect are great. You have complete control over title tag, meta description, canonical URL, 301 redirect, and robot rules.
For social optimization, you can enable and customize Facebook open graph and Twitter cards for each post or page.
My final thoughts on SEOPressor Connect?
Well, to be honest, today’s 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, site-wide, and local SEO. You’ll no doubt discover for yourself that SEOPressor Connect has a lot of options, tools, and features, and it really is a complete solution for small business WordPress websites and blogs.
Recommended reading: Check out my full SEOPressor Connect tutorial here.
Key Features Of WordPress SEO By Yoast
OK, so let’s now take a look at some of the key features of the all-amazing free version of Yoast SEO plugin.
WordPress SEO by Yoast has been downloaded over 3 million times from the WP repository, and there are two good reasons why.
It’s free and it’s feature packed!
Yes, there is a premium version of this plugin now available too which I’ll talk about in just a moment, for now though, here’s what the free version has to offer –
#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 even before you make your post live, again encouraging you to make it more compelling to web searchers.
#2. Focus keyword
With the free version of Yoast SEO plugin, you’re able to optimize for only one main focus keyword or key-phrase. The premium version allows you more.
#3. Detailed content analysis
The content analysis feature allows you to easily check your content to see how well it’s optimized for various ranking factors against your focus keyword.
Changes happen 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 either, everything seems to happen in real-time, as you’re creating your content.
#4. Advanced meta robots
The Yoast plugin has built-in advanced settings for meta robots and canonical URL, yes the free version has this!
#5. Social integration
With built-in social optimization tools for Facebook OpenGraph, Twitter, and Google+, you can ensure your content makes the most impact on social media.
Note: If you’re using a social plugin like Social Warfare, you need not bother with the social options in either the Yoast or SEOPressor plugin.
Once again, these are just some of the built-in options and features you get with 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 options, features, and usability, even the free version of Yoast SEO is pretty darn hard to beat.
Also, with the premium version of Yoast SEO, by the way, you get a host of additional features including a redirect manager, ability to optimize for multiple keywords and premium support.
So, WordPress SEO by Yoast is the clear winner here then?
#6. Site-wide SEO options
The site-wide options in the free version of Yoast SEO are what makes Yoast SEO such a great all-round plugin.
Whilst I love the site-wide SEO options in SEOPressor Connect, some things are definitely lacking in that plugin.
One critical feature missing in SEOPressor Connect for me is the ability to no-index sub-pages of archives.
You can do this in Yoast, along with many other things, including stripping ‘category’ from category URL’s, changing permalinks and RSS settings.
The free version of Yoast SEO already has a ton of built-in features as I mentioned.
If you want a redirect feature, optimize for multiple keywords and premium support you’ll have to fork out $69 for the premium version.
Plus, if you want to continue receiving updates and support, you’ll have to keep paying that each year.
That’s not bad, considering the SEOPressor Connect subscription would cost you $108 per year.
However, the $69 you pay for Yoast 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 quite costly if you have more than one site.
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. Once again, there’s 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 ($108 per year), and that gives you a license to use SEOPressor for multiple domains/websites.
So, based on value alone, SEOPressor Connect is the clear winner then, right?
Well, I’ll leave that for you to decide, because you see, at the end of the day it comes down to pure preference.
Oh no! I did it… Another middle of the road review!
Wait, I’m not done yet.
I will say that each of these two plugins is great in their own respect.
So, which plugin would YOU personally recommend using, Fabrizio?
I use the free version of Yoast SEO for this website (Magnet4Blogging), and I use SEOPressor Connect for my personal brand website at FabrizioVanMarciano.com.
Both of these plugins are serving me extremely well.
I would go as far to say that Yoast’s SEO plugin is a simpler, pain-free plugin to install and use.
The SEOPressor plugin, on the other hand, is a little more complex and takes a little bit of practice to make the most of it, especially getting around all the cool features.
So which would I personally recommend?
Either one, in all honesty.
I know this is probably absolutely no help to you, and I could have saved you the time reading this post, however, I wanted to show you what options you had before you committed to anything.
But seriously, both of these plugins are exceptional in their own rights.
A little bit of me, though, is leaning more towards the SEOPressor Connect plugin, because of the recently added features (mainly the link manager feature, and the over-optimization tool), and the new single-plan monthly subscription fee of just $9 makes this plugin affordable for all.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this little comparison review post, I’ve been as honest as I can be about using both of these awesome SEO plugins.
If you’re using either one of these yourself, do let me know how you’re getting on with whichever one.
Which is YOUR favorite SEO plugin? Perhaps it’s something else entirely!
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