If you have learned the basics of search engine optimization, then you must have understood that on-page SEO is as important as off-page SEO. WordPress blogs are said to be SEO friendly and the plugins are the reason behind this assumption. In WordPress industry, two SEO plugins are most popular these days which are SEOPressor (premium) and WordPress SEO by Yoast. Some other plugins including SEO Ultimate and All in One SEO Pack are also there which help WordPress users in writing SEO friendly posts, but in this comparison, we will look over Yoast and SEOPressor and will see which one is a better choice for you, Yoast or SEOPressor.
Before comparing the two plugins, I would like to make you understand about some truths in search engine optimization. The first fact, SEO plugins can just help you in optimizing your page for search engines, the plugins will not improve your content’s ranking in SERPs magically. These plugins will just enable some features including meta description and custom title on your WordPress powered blog which aren’t available in WordPress editor by default.
Yoast or SEOPressor?
Both plugins provide you the basic and important features for optimizing your blog content for search engines. I personally use Yoast here on my blog and I am satisfied of its performance. Yoast is providing me the features I need. For example I have disabled the indexation of categories, tags, date based archives and author archives using Yoast. Yoast rewrites the post titles for me, i.e. I can write SEO friendly custom titles for posts. The plugin enables Google Rich Snippets. It analyzes the keyword density for any particular keyword. It checks the images and informs me when I forget to add alt tags to any image.
Moreover, Yoast informs me when I don’t use the main keyword in any headings. It checks the permalink for keywords and suggest me to optimize it. In short, Yoast lets me analyze my post’s all sections for on-page SEO and that’s what we call the perfect on-page SEO.
Now let’s turn towards SEOPressor. It costs $47 to be used on a single site but what does the investment worth? For $47 you pay for SEOPressor, the plugin builds internal links automatically as well as it can attribute nofollow to all external links. Apart from these, the plugin doesn’t provide you any other useful features. It does the same what Yoast SEO plugin can do for you. Nothing extraordinary in SEOPressor is there which would take you at top of SERPs.
So for bloggers with low budget, WordPress SEO by Yoast is complete solution for search engine optimization of content. If you are already using Yoast and are thinking to replace it with SEOPressor, then it isn’t a good decision at all. You may ask why you shouldn’t upgrade to SEOPressor? Here are the answers.
Custom Titles and Meta Description Will Be Lost: Upon Yoast removal, all meta descriptions and custom titles, which you have set for your blog posts using the Yoast, will lose. This may result a rank drop in SERPs. So it isn’t recommended to switch SEO plugins on WordPress powered blogs.
SEOPressor Costs Money: For a few additional features, SEOPressor costs you money while Yoast is completely free. If you are a new blogger and aren’t earning any money with your blog right now, you may not like to invest any money for a plugin who’s features are available in a free one.
Ease of Use: I have used both plugins and Yoast is easy for me to work with. For beginners, SEOPressor’s configuration is somehow difficult. Yoast can be configured by anyone with basic experience in WordPress.
Updates and Support: Yoast is being updated frequently. It reveals that its developer, Joost de Valk, is serious about his plugin. On the other hand, I don’t see any quick updates for SEOPressor. Support from SEOPressor is good but Yoast’s developer is also helpful despite of the $0 price of his plugin.
Now it is up to you either you go for SEOPressor or Yoast. My recommendation is Yoast as it provides all the features which are needed for optimizing a post or page for search engines. For internal linking, you can use any other free plugin if you can’t build the links manually.