Why Yoast Should Be Your SEO Plugin
Why Yoast? The benefits!
Before we begin...I am not dismissing All In One SEO as a plugin. It is probably effective and it was the plugin I used when I joined WA.
However I truly believe that YOAST is far superior, does more for you, ensures your onpage SEO is perfect and makes an easy job of site verification, webmaster tools, social linking and shares and has a much user friendly interface.
Please read this tutorial and decide for yourself if YOAST makes All In One TOAST!
Your Previous SEO will be maintained
If you decide to go ahead and install Yoast DO NOT WORRY about all the work you've put in to All in One SEO ...
Simply search for Yoast SEO in the Wordpress "Add Plugin" section (and obviously go for the free one!!!)..install it...once activated you will get a message on screen from Yoast saying it has detected All In One SEO Plug in. It will ask you if you wish to transfer your SEO settings from All In One to Yoast....click YES!
All your current posts and pages and their SEO will be moved into Yoast...in one click...and then Yoast will help you make the SEO even better....
So your hours of SEOptimization hasn't been wasted as it's all transferred into Yoast!
The BIG Benefit...ON PAGE SEO
Yoast is brilliant. Once set up you can check your SEO scores as you are writing your content. Yoast will almost tell you what you need to do to get a perfect SEO score.
Below is an image of one of my posts SEO values and how Yoast reflects this...
You can see the green and orange indicators...(thankfully no red...)
I know I need to add alt tags to my images and make the reading easier if I am to improve my SEO
But the green lights show that my SEO is now great for...
- amount of text in the post
- focus keyword in the URL
- keyword density is 0.7% appearing 13 times
- keyword is in the meta description
- measures my outbound links
- page title contains the focus keyword
- page title is between 40-70 characters
- focus keyword is in the first paragraph of my content
- focus keyword appears in 7 out of 13 subheadings
- I've never used this focus keyword before
- meta description contains the keyword
All of the above are measured as you write your post so very quickly you can see the success of your SEO and what you need to do to improve...