No doubt ‘All in One SEO Pack’ is a great WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines. But its full version is not free and it lacks many features.
I was using this plugin for very long until I got to know about ‘WordPress SEO By Yoast’ Plugin.
‘WordPress SEO By Yoast’ Plugin is an awesome free plugin which helps you to have a fully optimized WordPress site and adds many other functionality to your wordpress site.
Let’s take a look at some of the features that makes this plugin unique and very useful:
Helps in writing Good SEO Optimized content
This plugin helps in writing SEO Optimized content. The first thing it shows is snippet preview with which you can see a rendering of what your post will look like in the search results, whether your title is too short or too long & whether your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result.
You can put a focus keyword and this plugin will generate whether you have included that keyword in Article heading, page title, page url, content and page description.
In ‘All in One SEO Pack’ plugin, it was only limited to Title, Description and Keywords.
Page Analysis functionality of this plugin checks simple things about your page which helps in SEO. For instance, if you have images in your post & whether they all have an alt-tag containing the focus keyword for that post.
It also checks your keyword density, length of the post, meta description and many other small & important things which helps in SEO.
Though there are many plugins available for XML Sitemaps, but you can also access this functionality in this plugin. Once you check the box, it automatically creates XML sitemaps & notifies search engines of the sitemaps existence. These XML sitemaps include the images in your posts and pages too, so that your images can also be found better in the search engines.
This plugin comes with a Facebook OpenGraph implementation also.
Edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file
You can easily edit your .htaccess and robots.txt files using the built-in file editor.
Verify Your Website
You can easily verify your website in one click with Google and Bing Webmaster Tools and Alexa with this plugin.
These are some of the features which I love the most about this plugin. But once you use it, you will realize that this plugin is a source of so many more functionality for your wordpress blog.
Some of the big sites using this plugin includes Mashable, The Next Web and Search Engine Land.
I’d recommend everyone to try this plugin atleast once. And I’m sure once you use it, you will stick to this only.