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WordPress SEO vs All in One SEO Pack: Which Is The Best SEO Plugin?

Posted on April 7 by in Tips & Tricks | 120 comments

WordPress SEO vs All in One SEO Pack: Which Is The Best SEO Plugin?

The core version of WordPress offers basic SEO functionality such as pretty permalink structures, the ability to change the post slug and the ability to change your website title and description. Our themes come with some great SEO Settings in ePanel, however, we also made sure that our themes are compatible with some of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins as well.

Additional search engine optimization can be added by installing an SEO WordPress plugin. There are hundreds of search engine related plugins in the official WordPress plugin directory.

Two of the most common plugins used on WordPress websites are All in One SEO Pack (seventeen million downloads) and WordPress SEO by Yoast (nine million downloads).

Today I would like to give you an insight into how these plugins work and what they can do for your website. Specifically, I would like to show you how these plugins handle search engine optimization differently.

Navigating the Plugins

WordPress SEO offers much more functionality than All in One SEO Pack. This becomes apparent when you compare the main menu for each plugin.

SEO Plugin Menus

WordPress SEO splits settings into twelve pages.

It is worth noting that the plugins do handle menus a little differently. All in One SEO Pack places the majority of its settings in its General Settings page, whereas WordPress SEO separates everything into different pages and tabs.

Configuring SEO For Posts and Pages

Both plugins allow you to configure titles and meta information for your posts, pages, and custom post types.

WordPress SEO

WordPress SEO splits this section into five different parts. The general tab lets you force rewriting of titles and add additional meta tags to your page such as meta, noodp (DMOZ), and noydir (Yahoo). It will pull your website title and description from your main WordPress settings area; however these can be modified using the home tab.

WordPress SEO Titles and Meta

Less important meta information can be enabled if you wish.

The plugin lets you change the default output for page titles and descriptions. You can also disable Noindex, rel=”author”, snippet dates, and the WordPress SEO meta box underneath posts and pages.

You can customize all of this information for posts, pages, media, categories, author archives, and more (fields are split between the post types ,taxonomies and other tabs).

WordPress SEO Titles and Meta for Post types

The settings area is where you define the default settings for titles and descriptions.

The plugin adds a “WordPress SEO by Yoast” box underneath the post editor for all your posts, pages, and post types. The general tab is where you define your focus keyword, SEO title, and meta description. The preview shows in real time what your article will look like on a search engine results page.

WordPress SEO Post Settings

Define your SEO title and meta description.

The Page Analysis tab gives you feedback on how your article performs against suggested search engine optimization settings. For example, it will warn you if you do not have <h2> tags in your header or if your article is too short.

WordPress SEO Page Analysis

Page Analysis helps you construct an article that is search engine friendly.

The advanced tab contains multiple robots options such as excluding the post from indexing or excluding from directories like DMOZ and Yahoo. Authorship and sitemap settings for the article can also be controlled here.

WordPress SEO Advanced Post Settings

You can block search engines from indexing your article.

The final tab allows you to define the Facebook description, Facebook image, and Google+ description. If these fields are not completed, the plugin will use the meta description you defined in the general tab.

WordPress SEO Advanced Social Post Settings

Most website owners simply use the meta description for social media services they entered in the general tab.

All in One SEO Pack

Whereas WordPress SEO splits title settings into five tabs, All in One SEO Pack places all settings on one page. From this page you can configure your home page meta information, exclude pages, verify Webmaster Tools, connect with Google Analytics, and more.

All in One SEO Pack Plugin Options

Ten different settings options can be found on the main All in One SEO Pack options page.

The default title settings for all post types and taxonomies are displayed in the one area. I found this to be a quick and practical way of quickly adjusting title settings.

All in One SEO Pack Title Settings

Title Settings can be adjusted easily in one area.

All in One SEO Pack also displays a meta box underneath the post editor. It works in a similar way to WordPress SEO.

At the top of the main settings tab are fields for defining the article title, description, and main keywords. Various settings are underneath such as excluding the page from being indexed, excluding it from your sitemap, and disabling it from Google Analytics.

All in One SEO Pack Post Main Settings

All in One SEO Pack handles post titles and descriptions in a similar way to WordPress SEO.

Social media settings can be added through the second tab. You can define the social media title, description, image, and image size.

All in One SEO Pack Post Social Settings

The width and height of the image can be defined.

Social Meta Details

Social meta information relates to the way your posts and pages are displayed when someone shares one of your pages on a social media service.

WordPress SEO

WordPress SEO has good social media integration options. You can add Facebook Open Graph meta data, Twitter card meta data, and Google+ specific post meta data.

WordPress SEO Social

WordPress SEO has great social media integration

All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack has Facebook Open Graph meta data too. In comparison to WordPress SEO, it offers more customisation options. This is good news if you want more control with how your posts and pages are shown on Facebook updates, though I believe most people would prefer the simpler way that WordPress SEO handles things.

The plugin also has support for Google+, but the options for this are not displayed in the social meta page. Instead, they are located in the Google Settings area of the General Settings page.

 All in One SEO Pack Social Meta

All in One SEO Pack offers more customisation options for Facebook Open Graph settings; however it does not currently have support for Twitter.

XML Sitemaps

WordPress plugins such as Google XML Sitemaps can be installed on your website in order to generate an XML sitemap and help search engines find your content more easily. This is not necessarily if you use WordPress SEO or All in One SEO Pack as they include an XML sitemap generator.

WordPress SEO

WordPress SEO allows you to exclude specific post types and taxonomies from your XML sitemap. Additional sitemap options, such as priority, can be controlled via the SEO box underneath the post editor.

WordPress SEO XML Sitemap

WordPress SEO can create an XML Sitemap for your website in seconds.

All in One SEO Pack

Just like WordPress SEO, All in One SEO Pack can set up your XML sitemap instantly; however it offers a lot more settings for those of you who do want to customize your sitemap.

In addition to excluding post types and taxonomies, All in One SEO Pack also allows you to include date archives and author pages. The filename of your sitemap can be changed too.

 All in One SEO Pack XML Sitemap

All in One SEO Pack gives you more control over how your sitemap is created.

Pages that were not created by WordPress can be manually added to your sitemap in All in One SEO Pack. All you have to do is specify the page URL, priority, and update frequency.

The priority and update frequency of your home page, posts, and taxonomies, can also be adjusted. Categories can be excluded too.

 All in One SEO Pack XML Sitemap

Important pages can be given a high priority.

Other Features

WordPress SEO

As I noted earlier, WordPress SEO offers more functionality than All in One SEO Pack. This is clear when you start looking at the additional features that it offers:

  • Permalinks – Miscellaneous permalink settings such as removing stop words from page slugs and removing the ?replytocom variables from URLs.
  • Internal Links – Enables breadcrumbs on your website for better usability and improved on-site SEO.
  • RSS – Place content before and after your posts in your RSS feed. Links are automatically added underneath posts to deter scrapers and help search engines detect your website as the original source.
  • Import and Export – Export your WordPress SEO settings to another website. It also allows you to import settings from plugins such as All in One SEO Pack using SEO Data Transporter.
  • Bulk Title Editor – Edit multiple post titles on one page.
  • Bulk Description Editor – Edit multiple post descriptions on one page.
  • File Editor – Edit your Robots.txt and .htaccess file directly through the admin area.
WordPress SEO Bulk Description Editor

The bulk description editor is useful for going back and adding meta descriptions to old posts.

All in One SEO Pack

Sadly, All in One SEO Pack does not currently offer any of the features noted above. However, what it does have is a performance page that lets you change the memory limit and execution time that is used by the plugin.

The system status box on this page gives information about your server and a list of active plugins and inactive plugins.

All in One SEO Pack Performance

All in One SEO Pack gives you control over how the plugin is managed by your host.

Premium Options

Premium options exist for both plugins. WordPress SEO Premium retails at $89 for a single website for a year. It costs $169 for up to five websites and $329 for up to twenty websites.

In addition to receiving premium support and upgrades for a year, WordPress SEO Premium features a redirection manager for redirecting old URLs. It also integrates with Google Webmaster Tools and allows crawl errors to be pulled to your website and then fixed immediately through the redirect manager.

All in One SEO Pack Pro is more affordable. At the moment the premium plugin retails at $39 (though it normally sells for $79). Premium support is available for $49 per year.

The premium version of All in One SEO Pack features a Robots.txt generator and validator, a file editor for editing Robots.txt and .htaccess, an import and export option, and much more.

WordPress SEO vs All in One SEO Pack: Which is Best?

Asking which of these plugins is best is a bit of a loaded question. The reality is that they are both capable plugins that will help you improve your search engine presence.

Without doubt, the free version of WordPress SEO offers more options than the free version of All in One SEO Pack; but does this make it better?

I am not so sure.

I personally use WordPress SEO on my websites, however I can see why others prefer the simpler approach that All in One SEO Pack adopts in many areas. That is why I recommend trying out both of these plugins and seeing which is best for you.

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120 Comments

  1. nice share and reviews Kevin, im agree with you, anyone who want to start Seo should tried this 2 plugins, and choose the suitable one for them. and each plugin have their power to push a content with their code and libraries

  2. The post I was waiting for.

    Thank you so much Kevin.

    Top man.

  3. Yoast’s website and blog is an incredible source of information – and as such, I highly recommend his WordPress SEO plugin. Everything I know about SEO he hits the nail on the head with, and even addresses some things I didn’t know. In addition, he has a realllllly good article that is a “guide” on using his plugins and proper SEO for your site all together. I’m starting to incorporate his plugins into all of my websites, last one I have to do is my personal site above.

    • Yes… but what about functionality? There is no doubt that the Yoast SEO is incredible… b u t….

      I’ve got a handful of WP sites with WooCommerce running. The ONLY one that is crashing upon latest update to WooCommerce is the Yoast SEO Install.

      I always get nervous when installing such an huge & ‘invasive’ app into my WP sites… I end up spending hours trying to get everything going again.

      Just sayin’

  4. Great post Kevin, very helpful to someone like myself starting out, just wondered if you know of any good links to video help with WordPress SEO? Thanks again

  5. These are the two SEO plugins that I started with, too… I’ve switched between the two.. and now currently using WordPress SEO and it seems to be doing just fine. Of course, could probably do more to make it better, but it’s a learning process!
    Thanks for the post and information!

  6. Yep, these seem to be the top two plugins. I used All in One before getting turned on to Yoast. We switched about a hundred of our WP sites over to Yoast. As you mentioned, one of the nicer features is the import of SEO items into Yoast from All in One.

    My clients (that are interested in doing their own SEO) love the color indicators and easy to understand advice. Of course, it is built mainly for Posts so you cannot always get clients to understand that you cannot do some things Yoast suggests with your Home page SEO tools like the Page URL when using a static home page.

    Overall my advice is to use Yoast. Just my humble opinion. Great article and subject!

  7. Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the post and this is something I have played with over the years. SEO plugins, these and others, are at best tricky in evaluating. What makes it worse is that google changes its algorithms all the time. So is it the plugin or changes in google with a little bit of luck? After being a webmaster of numerous sites and hundreds, if not thousands, of hours playing with these things the answer is, who knows? So when you say, “I recommend trying out both of these plugins and seeing which is best for you.” I can only say, this is not really much help — even though your efforts and explanation are appreciated, but there just is not a definitive answer other than: get links, have great content, learn basic SEO, work hard, and keep plugging (pun intended) away because you love what you’re doing.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Hi Devin,

      When I suggested testing both plugins, I meant testing them to see which interface you preferred and which you feel is easier to configure and use on a daily basis.

      Both of these plugins are set up to help you follow Google’s suggested guidelines (as well as those from other search engines).

      I am unsure as to how I can give you the definitive answer you are looking for. There isn’t a plugin that will give you instant traffic or give you an edge over the competition. If such a plugin existed, everyone would use it, which would remove any benefits the plugin would actually provide.

      Kevin

      • Hi Kevin,

        Exactly my point. There cannot be a definitive answer. Not because of something you did or didn’t do but because there is no way to tell. Moreover, with millions and million of downloads for both of these plugins, and millions and millions of web sites all competing for page one on google make for a different questions, it is worth the trouble.

  8. I only clicked through to skim to the end to see if this was just link bait or if you were actually going to offer a real conclusion to a title like this. I’m not surprised to find it’s just another WordPress “best plugin” review. The ol’ linkbait and switch.

    Please, if you are going to ask a question and put it in your title or teaser, then answer that question for real or pick a different, answerable question.

    Plugin comparisons are useful, especially if you explain what each of the leading options for SEO (or whatever) are best at, and for what type of use cases. Pulling it altogether in a chart is always helpful too. Chris Lema has done flowcharts, for example, showing how to select a plugin solution based on your particular needs. You’ll get and hold more readers with that approach.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Hi Dan,

      The title was not intended as link bait. I did consider something simpler such as “A look at WordPress SEO and All in One SEO Pack”; however I wrote the article in a way in which I compared each major section.

      I honestly don’t believe there is enough between the plugins to declare one a winner over the other. Certainly, no one has ever performed a major case study between the two to illustrate whether one plugin increases search engine rankings more than the other. And such a case study is rarely conclusive as there are so many other factors that have to be taken into consideration when doing such a test.

      I pointed out all the major differences between the plugins. As a WordPress user myself, that is what I am looking for when I am l swaying between two plugins. I am not disputing that flowcharts may help some people, though it is not something I personally look for.

      If you have been reading Elegant Themes over the last few months, you will know that I do not use the ol’ linkbait and switch. The vast majority of my article titles are boring and to the point.

      Kevin

  9. Very good post, in comparison wordpress SEO is useful and has a way of knowing that you are doing the work of otimización the right way, which other plugin do not.
    I was using Ultimate SEO, which is a bit more complex, I guess it is much more advanced, I would like an opinion about this plugin, HOWEVER I was pleased with what I read in this post, thank you people of Elegant Themes for such a profesional team, thank you Kevin Muldoon.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Thanks Edwin. I have never tested that plugin before. Is it on WordPress.org?

      • Hello !
        I am also using SEO ultimate (which is on wordpress.org), but I just read let me think I should change it cause, from my point of view, it is really complicated. At the end, I am not sure that is worst…

  10. I have to agree with Dan. I thought the Elegant Themes came with built in SEO features in the ePanel.

    • They do, as stated in the beginning of the article. However, we have also made sure that our themes are compatible with these two plugins, due to their popularity. You can chose whichever method works best for you.

  11. I started with All in One Seo Pack however, your deep contrast and clarification will enable me to try out WP Seo. Thanks for this delicious post Kevin.

  12. I too have tried both plugins, and I prefer Yoast. I recently upgraded to the paid version and I am having excellent results. My website dominates local search results, when just a few months ago I struggled to get on the first page.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Hi Adam,

      I have never used the premium version myself. Did you see better results after upgrading?

      I purchased their video SEO add on last year and it was very buggy.

      Kevin

  13. Hi Kevin,
    nice article, thank you very much!
    Just my two cents:

    Reg: “Sadly, All in One SEO Pack does not currently offer any of the features noted above”.
    -> This is not quite true for the bulk editing functionalities. In my opinion “All in One SEO” even found a nicer solution. Bulk editing is possible in the standard “All pages”, “All posts” screen. Thus every post or page without title and meta “jumps” into your eyes…

    WordPress SEO has one little thing I personally love:
    When you update title and meta in the “Edit page”, “Edit post” screen your preview will change instantly (while for All in One SEO only after saving)
    Thus you can play easily what looks most appealing for the human eye…

    Apart from that, I’m with Dan:
    You put a question in your title or teaser? Then you should be able to give an answer…

    Cheers, Sven

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I responded to Dan above about that.

      I used the word versus in the title as it was a direct comparison between the major features of the plugin.

      However, I do not believe one plugin is better than the other. WordPress SEO offers more features in the free version, yet All in One SEO Pack has twice as many downloads on WordPress.org; which illustrates how popular it is.

      If you want a conclusive answer, I would say WordPress SEO. That is what I use on my own websites so if I had to choose, that would be the one I would use.

      Though you need to bear in mind that I have always used that plugin. If I had started using All in One SEO Pack from the start, I might be using that plugin on my websites.

      Seriously, when you compare these plugins, which I did in the above review, there is not a lot between them when you compare essential SEO functionality.

  14. Thanks for the unbiased review. I’ve been using All-in-One and found it easy to use and understand. My pages on my review site ranked fast and many on page one. I tried Yoast a while back and was a little confused after using AIO… but just installed the new Yoast SEO on a new website and found it intuitive. Yoast seems to offer more help and tips through website and email. In conclusion, your conclusion was on the money. :-) Both are good, both come at things a little differently. For me, right now, it is probably 52% AIO 48% WPSEO… but that could change the more I use WPSEO.

    Thanks for tackling this topic!

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Thanks Bob.

      haha I think a few people disagree with your opinion that I was right on the money. Some readers want me to declare an outright winner – but I do not believe one exists.

      I have never used All in One SEO Pack extensively myself, other than testing it for reviews etc. I was actually surprised by how similar these plugins handle things when I compared them.

      Kevin

  15. Awesome article Kevin. So do we use the SEO functions in ePanel or are these now redundant if you use one of these plugins?

    • Kevin Muldoon

      You can use either :)

      ePanel offers many great SEO configuration options. Elegant Themes has been designed so that users can decide which SEO solution is best for them. So if you prefer the look of WordPress SEO or All in One SEO Pack, you can easily switch to them. If not, you can continue using ePanel.

  16. Using the theme NIMBLE, I see no option on SEO for WordPress to set the title and description of the home page, but for pages, however when I use the version of SEO built into the ePanel theme, which the choice is clear,its more easy , my question is.. If is possible to use the “SEO wordpress” plugin and integrated SEO option on the theme both?

    • You have to choose one or the other. If these plugins are enabled, then their settings will replace the default ones that come with the theme.

  17. We have started using WordPress SEOUL and it has worked wonders. The info on his site has been brilliant also, with links to other helpful blogs and topics regarding SEO tips. We plan to take a look at all in one also to see which is easier to use out of the two and which produces the best results. Thank you for writing this blog it has been very help in understanding the difference in the two plugins.

  18. Chosen for me SEO by Yoast, like it’s search preview description while editing posts / pages. One more “+” is dynamic sitemap generation with attachments count and links, and breadcrumbs integrated, so you can save your memory without need to instal more plugins and make blog faster a bit.

  19. Great post, appreciate the comparison of the two SEO packs (despite the negative comments about not answering questions above!). I found it really useful.

  20. Hi Kevin,

    I love both plugins and it depends on what you want to use them for, I use Yoast’s WordPress S.E.O. for a small e-Commence site where it does help with S.E.O.

    I use all in One S.E.O. for a much larger site, and it is more difficult to use a unique description and Title for every page, so I think that the choice is yours, but they are both good plugins.

  21. Some time ago, I got very excited about the All in One plugin and adopted it enthusiastically. Then I realized sales weren’t going through. (thankfully a friend notified me) After a TON of troubleshooting, it seemed that All in One was the culprit. I’m using ET’s eStore and my gateway is Stripe. I simply deactivated it and everything went back to normal. Recently I decided to give it a whirl again – it’s been a while and there have been lots of updates to all of the plugins so I thought ‘why not?’. Same exact issue… I noticed, too, that All in One is a beast when it comes to the speed and weight of the site. It really slowed things down. (but the plugin itself felt very comprehensive and I was sad that it wasn’t going to work for me.)

    Q1. Anyone have any thoughts on how much Yoast adds load time? Did anyone notice a difference once installed and activated?

    Q2. I’m currently working with the SEO tool in ePanel to get it set up. If I’m willing to put the work in there, is there a compelling reason to switch to Yoast instead?

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Wow. I had never heard of that before. Sounds like the plugin is clashing with another function somewhere.

  22. This is the post I have been waiting for. Going to try WordPress SEO (Yoast) out on a site I’m working on here tonight. Thanks for a superbly written article Kevin!

  23. A great article. It was very helpful and clarified many things that was necessary for us to make our decision.

  24. None of them, It’s Yoast!

    • Yoast is one of the two plugins we review in this article.

  25. Nice comparison and review. Not sure but I was told by my hosting company (hostgator) that Yoast’s plugin is a resource hogger!! In fact, I was forced to remove that plugin from one of my websites hosted with them. I did that. Can you please confirm this? Other than that, I love using WordPress SEO Plugin which offers so many options.

    But I think they must improve their xml sitemap which would be great if it’s at par with the Google XML Sitemap.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      It is not something I have personally experienced, though by the same token, it is not something I have paid attention to because no problems have been raised.

      I would have to do a direct comparison between them by checking the speed of my website with each of them activated. Though that would only show any small differences on a live website – which will probably be minimal with plugins like this.

      Hostgator are probably referring to the additional CPU load and memory usage that some plugins use. I’d have to check my server stats for that over, say, a few days or a week.

      What I will say is that shared hosting companies such as HostGator are notorious for telling users to disable plugins that put even the slightest increases on load. There are many top websites that use both of these plugins, so I don’t believe it is a major concern (especially as I have never read about this).

      Have Hostgator provided you with server reports to back up their claim that Yoast’s plugin is a resource hog?

      • Thanks Kevin. No they have not sent me any details other than the strict advice that I should remove that plugin since it eating the CPU resources and that was why I was repeatedly getting 500 errors. I checked in my cPanel error log.There were loads of errors but none of them seemed to refer to any script found in Yoast’s plugin. Yet I had to disable it and surprisingly, 500 errors went away. But after a few days, I again reinstalled it after a few weeks and still the website is running very nice (as of now). Not sure why they told me that. I have the chat transcript with them. But since the issue seemed to settle down, I did not pursue. Almost all of my sites are still with the Yoasts plugins. :P

        • Kevin Muldoon

          The problem with shared hosting packages is that they give you so little CPU and memory. The whole business model is based on small websites that do not use any resources, so they tend to be very tough on anyone who uses a plugin or script that does use a little CPU time.

          I imagine the plugin does use more CPU time when it is doing things such as generating sitemaps. Have you tried disabling the sitemap functionality and other additional features?

          • Oh yes! I forgot to mention, yeah I did disable the sitemap and then since then all seemed to work.

            I did not disable the sitemap part as they told me. I just switched to a better looking Google XML sitemap. I did not even think of this. But yeah, now you are telling me and I remember I hate to use the xml sitemap created by Yoast’s plugin and this might help me using the plugin without any fuss from those Hosting companies.

          • Kevin Muldoon

            It sounds like that could have been the cause. Glad everything is working well now.

  26. SEO – a tolerable topic. But good that there are these plugins – they facilitate it so much.

  27. hey thanks for this article. I’d like to know -maybe this is a whole new article itself- how this plugins handle one-page sites where there are no pages but only #id… (I know, I should go to the plugins’ site to find out this)

    and second (which is what I really want to ask!), will ET create a nice one-page theme someday? (for us who know nothing about coding).

    thanks again for the article. :)

    enrique

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Hi Enrique,

      I don’t see any reason why the plugins would handle one page websites any differently to multi-page websites.

      Kevin

      • well, I’ve been told one page sites have poorer SEO positioning due to the lack of pages/links.

        I’ve been told also , Google is working in giving more importance to the #id so one page sites don’t suffer discrimination….

        but I’m a total newbie in this. My background is audiovisual production.

  28. Im using elegant themes, and all in one seo pack, and mdp plugin as far as i go, it works perfectly no data error in web master and optimize well

  29. Fine article, without killing one of the plugin in the end.

    And the conclusion that each user needs to try the plugins to see which fits the best, i agree.

    Thanks.

  30. Great post! I just took on a client that had some shady people working on their WordPress backend and had a bunch of random and duplicate plugins stuck in there. I tended to just default to WordPress SEO, but then I realized I had no idea why I was! This was a great informative post and it will help me to better serve my clients! Thank you!!

  31. We’ve been using WordPress SEO for all our clients’ websites for years and I too have recently questioned whether All-In-One SEO Pack would be a better choice. This article has really helped, so thanks very much!

    It sounds like they’re both valid choices. Personally, I find WordPress SEO’s traffic light system (in which it gives each page/post a red, ambed or green rating based on how well you have ranked for your main keyword) pretty handy. It’s a fairly crude tool as SEO is about much more than how many times a specific keyword is mentioned – particularly given recent SEO changes such as Google’s increasing acceptance of keyword variations. However I still find it a useful guide which I’d be disappointed to lose if I switched to All-In-One SEO Pack.

  32. Which is the best SEO plugin? google ‘wordpress seo’ and the result is already pretty clear rite?

  33. I discovered first the All-In-One SEO pack, but currently using WordPress SEO. They’re both great, but I like Yoast so I prefer his plugin. :P Have you tried comparing their performance hit on your server? The recent major update of WordPress SEO is about performance. I’m very interested to know which one is better in terms of resources usage.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      You can see a difference in your website page loading time by doing a speed test with each plugin activated, however I am not sure how they affect your performance speed. I imagine it will use up a little resources when generating a sitemap.

  34. Thanks Kevin for best information about SEO Pack….

  35. I’ve used both and ended up settling on All in One SEO after using P3 (performance) plugin to see which of my 20+ plugins were a resource hog. Turns out that WordPress SEO, which I really liked, used up almost as many resources as all of the rest of the plugins put together. I’m now using All in One SEO. Gtmextrix.com had my site at 6.5 seconds before changing and 2.2 seconds after – I also made a couple of other minor changes which helped, so my story remains apocryphal, but I believe most of that improvement was due to the seo plugin switch.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I am not sure if WordPress SEO is the cause. I would certainly believe that All in One SEO is the lighter plugin of the two, as it offers less options (though I have not tested this myself).

      I have not seen anything to suggest the added response times that you have experienced. My personal blog uses WordPress SEO and my page loads in 0.59 seconds.

      I analyzed http://stylenews.us/ via GTmetrix and the biggest issues it says you need to address is to optimize images, specify image dimensions, and combine images using CSS Sprites.

  36. Thank you Kevin for this tremendous article, I’ve been using the All In One SEO Pack for many years …. I think it’s time to try WordPress SEO

  37. I’ve used both but i really prefer All in one Seo

  38. Well i have also used both of them but i cant make a difference between it. Both of them are great and best. But currently i am using wordpress yoast.

  39. this is great info kevin :)

    i am using both and in my opinion, i prefer using seo plugin from yoast because there are simple menu and we can look directly below the post box.

  40. Nice post, Kevin. I still prefer All in One SEO for its simplicity.

  41. WordPress SEO and all in one seo pack are the best SEO plugins for WordPress. Some of my site were development under WordPress CMS, I have used both. What I do not like about WordPress SEO is that they do not care much about Keywords, for my it is still important.

  42. Thank you so much for this article Kevin. I am currently weighing out which one I’m going to use for my site and future clients. I think at this point Yoast is winning me over with a few features. Thanks again, look forward to reading more of your posts.

  43. Thanks so much for this article! I have a question…I’ve been using All in One SEO for 4 years…if I switch to WordPress SEO, do I lose all of my keywords, meta, and other settings that I’ve set for each post/page? Or, does it migrate over automatically?

    Thanks so much for your detailed review :)
    Christina

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Hi Christina,

      Yes. First you need to this plugin, https://wordpress.org/plugins/seo-data-transporter/, to export your settings etc.

      Then, Under the Import and Export section of WordPress SEO, look for an option entitled “Import from All-In-One”.

      I have never did this myself, though I am sure it works well :)

      Kevin

  44. I wonder if using both plugins at same time will help me do any wonders??really confused

  45. Yes Kevin.You are right.I m also using WS Yoast and i am comfortable.

  46. Originally I was using All in one SEO pack, but then later on I changed to WordPress SEO. I feel that Yoast has created a fantastic plugin and it better suits my needs as I get more particular about how I do on-page SEO.

  47. ah….i was using WordPress seo,but when i faced problem…yoast didn;t helped…asked for premium service..

    how can a unknown person,go for premium while i believe my issue is not so big..i just changed to all in one seo,after searching a lot.

    very disappointed….

  48. WOw, what a very useful tips and sharing I get here, thank you so much for sharing this..

  49. You talked me into it Kevin – I am now using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin
    http://divitheme.co.uk/

    I had to do plenty of reading to set it up and got a few 404s with the XML sitemab but eventually got it all sorted.

    Time to sit back and watch for the effects.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Hope it works out well Keith. Will be interesting to see whether you get more traffic by switching.

  50. Too many people are stick in SEO, I think that a good website is not only SEO but also other factors like good unique content, age of domain, backlinks, the subject of a website and post.

    The SEO plugins are a part of having a good website. Google is changing their way to rank all the time. First it was backlinks, now it is speed. I use both seo plugins, no both on the same website but for smaller websites I use All in One SEO and the others Yoast.

    I will also advise you to give it some time before your see the results. It is also depending on your theme what plugins works for you. There are so many factors to rank or have a great website, and SEO is a little part of it.

  51. I use All In One SEO Pack and it works like a charm.

  52. I’m in a spot, and I need help. I have recently transferred my blog from Elegant Themes’ Aggregate to Genesis’ Education. Unfortunately, all the SEO data I had in Aggregate are lost in the new theme.

    I installed the plugin SEO Data Transporter by Nathan Rice, but again unfortunately the Elegant Themes is not listed included there.

    I appeal to Nick Roach or anyone in Elegant Themes to suggest how I can retrieve the SEO data since it is affecting my site.

    Thanks in advance.

  53. Testing a lot of SEO Plugins over the years, I’m running wpSEO by Sergej Müller on all WordPress websites (except, the customer wants this or that). AIO SEO Pack -> great to start with. Yoast -> lot of functionality but a little bit bloated and for the common user difficult to use. wpSEO fits that gap with a intuitive options board.
    In the end, it doesn’t matter on which plugin you rely. Customers always complaining about their google ranking though they installed wordpress seo! There is a total lack of understanding that plugins are only a part of a strategy.

  54. yaa, i am also going to use both of them.. thank you for suggestions.

  55. Great tips! I had been using WordPress for quite a while now and love doing SEO. The SEO plugins make it much easier to manage the content, images and Meta tags.

  56. I was a fan of All in one SEO, but after this article I will surely try Yoast SEO. Thanks for sharing such a good article.

  57. Thank You. You made me able to choose best plugin of both..

  58. but which i can use ?

  59. Nice post!

    I have been using WordPress SEO by Yoast, but for a while now I noticed a lot of errors reported and on the increase in the Google Webmasters tools, even things like XML map issues, not sure if is just Google taking its time or if is something to do with the plugin, as such I have been looking around and in particular looking at the AIOSP plugin, if one was to look at which of these 2 products are being used by the best ranked WordPress sites out there then I believe AIOSP might be the winner (then again, personally, I think typically the type of developer/webmaster that probably would use the AIOSP plugin would be different then someone using the Yoast Plugin)

    About the Google webmaster reported errors, I was considered maybe is just something I been wrong with the design, and was not questioning the plugin, but I was not aware of the premium functionality which allows to fix such issues… I’m now wondering if the All in One SEO Pack users out there are seeing similar errors in the Google webmaster tools as what I’m seeing as a WordPress SEO user… the ultimate test would be to create 2 identical sites and optimize each of them using each of the separate plugins and then compare the data over a period of time to see which site/pages/posts would ran better and would report less errors.

  60. Amazing article! Thanks for the insight.

    There is also a new SEO/User Engagement WP plugin being released tomorrow by a company called infocc.

    It basically generates links automatically for defined keywords in the form of hypertext. It’s awesome because you don’t have to spend so much time doing it manually; it is easy, quick and flawless. Internal linking is great to earn some search engine love! And user engagement is key to improve traffic and conversion. Check them out http://www.infocc.com

    I know that if you agree to blog about their plugin you can try the full version for free. They also have a free trial of the lighter version available.

  61. Testing a lot of SEO Plugins over the years, I’m running wpSEO by Sergej Müller on all WordPress websites (except, the customer wants this or that). AIO SEO Pack -> great to start with. Yoast -> lot of functionality but a little bit bloated and for the common user difficult to use. wpSEO fits that gap with a intuitive options board.
    In the end, it doesn’t matter on which plugin you rely. Customers always complaining about their google ranking though they installed wordpress seo! There is a total lack of understanding that plugins are only a part of a strategy.

    • Oh oh… Lovely shilling going on here…

      Couple comments above shows the exact post by different users.

      ” Lars Mielke June 2, 2014

      Testing a lot of SEO Plugins over the years, I’m running wpSEO by Sergej Müller on all WordPress websites (except, the customer wants this or that). AIO SEO Pack -> great to start with. Yoast -> lot of functionality but a little bit bloated and for the common user difficult to use. wpSEO fits that gap with a intuitive options board.
      In the end, it doesn’t matter on which plugin you rely. Customers always complaining about their google ranking though they installed wordpress seo! There is a total lack of understanding that plugins are only a part of a strategy.”

  62. I used All-in-One but now I use Yoast SEO. But i have a huge question here.

    Wich of both is better performing a Website where Images are only in there.

    thanks ! :D

  63. Kevin, thanks for a very thorough review of the two SEO products. I’ve used them both over the years.

    You are being very kind to All In One SEO … as far as my experience goes, WordPress SEO has overtaken AIOSEO and made a very complete free product. I have not yet subscribed to the PRO version yet, but have found the free version very successful for my web site as well as my clients’. Thank you again.

  64. Which one do you think has a better (friendly) user interface (novice) Kevin? Good post. Best

  65. Superb article… Please sir kindly guide me about complete settings of WordPress SEO by Yoast. I’m completely unaware of this plugin because I’m new Wordress user.
    Waiting for your kind words…

  66. Myself stick with Yoast wordpress seo plugin. This awesome plugin is working great for me and deliver incredible result to my website. Anyone loves this plug-in, please stay with me….

  67. Hi folks, I was reading this with interest, although we have used both of those plugins in many different sites we build (we are momentarily installing all Elegant themes in our no hosting needed platform BTW)

    I wanted to chime in here with the following, just this last week we had the following issues with the premium WordPress SEO plug from Yoast. $89 for a single site. We purchased that to start with in the mindset of thorough testing before investing in the developers package.

    This post is not so much about the issue but what superseded the issue:

    Issue with plugin was:
    a site_meta (wpseo_ms) is not created while wpseo is activated

    1. saving of settings on the multisite settings page not working.
    2. restoring site to default settings from multisite settings page not working.
    3. initialising new blogs with settings from a chosen default blog not working

    Jul 23 21:56 We sent to premium support WITH the licence key as verification, so far so good, here is where the fun starts and the disappointment, here is what happened next.

    1. receive email Jul 24 10:19,
    “Unfortunately our support system has been unable to verify your license.
    Can you please send us your license key, so we can manually verify it?”

    2. We revert: “ It was at the bottom of the support ticket”

    3. Jul 25 11:06
    “Sorry, I completely missed that! Completely my mistake.

    Can you give me admin details of your website so I can have a look/investigate it myself?
    Please, don’t forget to add the link to the admin login page.”

    4. Set Yoast as admin, ftp set, sent immediately:

    5.
    Jul 25 14:26 from Yoast:
    It actually looks like a bug in our plugin. I’ve tried on our own test site, and while that one is saving, it’s completely different from the free WordPress SEO plugin, where all the fields in the SEO section of our plugin on multisite are dropdown, instead of just the top one. So we think it’s probably breaking somewhere around the second field.

    I’ve created a bugreport and we’ll get to work on this and fix it asap!

    (So the free one is fine and the $89 dollar one with Premium support is not)

    Ok, never mind, it can happen, now we have them logged in and we have premium support and a 30 day money back guarantee, guess they will fix it now, we have only had the plugin for 9 days or so, no problem, now they are finally on it, we can forgive them for not even reading our initial support ticket right?

    WRONG!!

    Jul 25 14:37 We write:

    “How long?. What is asap?

    we have data in our data base but obviously all our pages and posts now have no snippets as this has also caused an issue with import, data is there but we can not get all our snippets done until this is resolved.

    have had to remove all analytics due to this and if we update anything the analytics code becomes our snippet, not good, we can not hang around waiting for this:

    let is know where & we will fix it ourselves, right now.

    I really don’t want this hanging around like this over the weekend.”

    Jul 25 15:57 Yoast Premium Support:

    “I’m afraid that all of our developers are on holiday at the moment, so it can take quite a bit longer than just over the weekend. They will be back in 2-3 weeks.
    Do you need the premium version for other features or just for support? If just for support, maybe you can try that one and see if it works.

    I’m so sorry I can’t be of any further assistance.”
    ***********************************************************
    We were, “Flabbergasted” This is premium support? As you can imagine, they suggest we dump the plugin we of course purchased for the extra features, duuuuhhh, and replace with the free one we absolutely do not want while they are on holiday. Arrogant clowns..

    a. totally unacceptable.
    b. Would have run us over our 30 day money back guarantee, eeehm don’t think so ladie….

    Jul 25 16:19
    We wrote:
    “Developers on Holiday??? Is a premium support run with shortage of staff?”

    Now this it what we get back :

    “Hi (name of one of our developers)

    I can imagine your surprise. You might find it hard to believe that we are actually small company.
    And we take care of our people, so yes, they’re on holiday :)

    I’m sorry this is cause for such a dismay from your side.

    Kind regards,

    Thijs de Valk
    Senior Consultant at Yoast”

    25th July 16.39

    I wrote”

    “Thijs,

    Non deliverability/no support/in writing from you.

    Refund

    Bank details are bellow

    I expect it paid within two working days, my lawyers take care of me and are not on holiday :)

    Kind Regards

    John Taylor
    Co, Founder & Lead Developer.”

    Take care with this bunch, not all marketing and pretty cartoons a good plugin and or company make.

  68. Hi,

    I just wanted to share my experience with these 2 plugins. If your website environment is like= WordPress Multisite + bbpress + Buddypress then I suggest you to use All in one SEO pack. I tested both and WordPress SEO is still buggy while All in one SEO plugin handles your site very clean.

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