Why is Squirrly SEO better than WordPress SEO by Yoast?
[ Update 10th March 2017 in the Squirrly SEO vs Yoast discussion ]
People ask us the following:
I have a very sensitive question to ask. I know this may sound brash, but I have decisions to make.
Can you–without tons of super-salesman promotion–tell me how your product is different from Yoast?
The Answer to this Question:
The main difference is that Squirrly offers 108 features as opposed to just 15 for SEO. Yoast is a very basic plugin, even though it is indeed a good one. Even if you have the free version of Squirrly, you still get a lot more for SEO than you would using other plugins. With the new version we’ll soon launch, you will be able to optimize every single URL of your site. Something you can’t do in any other plugin. You will have full control over how Google sees your pages and over how people see your pages in social media feeds (on Facebook, twitter, linkedin, google plus).
Yes, and this part that gives you full control will be an addition to Squirrly SEO and it will be free of charge. Also, it will have most of the premium stuff offered in the pro version of yoast.
Squirrly’s PRO features are things that would cost over $600 / month to get from other SEO Software: exact google rankings for pages, advanced SEO keyword research, SEO Audits, Blog Audits, Social Media Audits, Inspiration Box, copyright-free images, Performance Analytics. yoast nor any other classic SEO plugin offer any of these functions.
I hope this answers the question in a non-salesy way. People keep recommending yoast because it has been around for 8 years and because it’s very simple. Also, people recommend it because that’s what people typically recommend and they want to simply go with the flow and “say what people are saying”.
It’s the reason why we’ve made Squirrly SEO integrate with it. We think those features are basic anyway, and the PRO features we offer are what really make the difference in on-page SEO.
[ September 2016 Update to the Squirrly SEO vs Yoast discussion]
Building an SEO Powerhouse takes a lot of time. Most of our time goes into helping you, the Non-SEO expert, to become an SEO Superstar.
Squirrly SEO is the most complete WordPress plugin, because it does so MUCH more for you, than the classic plugins. On the image above, we say all other plugins, taking Yoast as a point of reference.
Squirrly SEO is more than just settings. It helps you with a complete Powerhouse designed for SEO.
To better depict everything, we took into account all that you need to build for your Content Marketing Strategy.
The result is the SEO Content Tree, where you can see that the Squirrly SEO software offers help for each of the first 5 levels of the Content Tree, and we even started helping out in 2016 with the 6th Level. Yoast helps with just one of the six levels.
Squirrly SEO vs Yoast Infographic
You probably already know that we’ve implemented the “Check For SEO Errors” feature in our SEO Settings Assistant. We did that because we want Squirrly to work well with other plugins like Yoast and All In One SEO for WordPress.
Squirrly SEO Offers Real Customer Service even on the Free Version.
WordPress environments are sometimes un-predictable due to many plugins and themes. That’s why we’ve kindly opened 5 Different Customer Service Channels for You.
Yoast makes you pay for each of your sites a certain amount. Described in the feature-by-feature table (link in previous section of this article)
Moving the conversation forward:
Squirrly SEO Vs Yoast is at the ground level. All the rest is handled solely by Squirrly SEO. This infographic will show you why it can make sense to use them both:
Level 0: The WP Site Structure and Squirrly SEO vs Yoast
The only real talks about Squirrly SEO Vs Yoast are at level 0: The WordPress Site Structure. We know that the classic plugins can offer more in-depth help with the site structure. The reason we don’t go deeper is that we focus on the above ground levels. Also, we do this because we need to ensure a stable plugin, and sometimes those settings which are too in-depth will start causing problems for you, and we don’t want Squirrly to be a source of such problems.
We’ve already discussed the Squirrly SEO vs Yoast for Level 0 of the Content Tree. For all the other levels you will see that Squirrly SEO is the ONLY plugin for WordPress that offers you help.
To get help with all the other levels it would cost you $640 / month for your WordPress site. (the page linked here offers information as to why this is so).
Level 1: Researching the Best SEO Keywords and Social Media Keywords
This is an important part of every content marketing strategy.
If you will stick around with our training program, you’ll get to see how this is the next thing you need to do with your WordPress site after you fix the site structure.
Neil Patel was impressed by our Keyword Research tool and said that only a few bloggers have access to such information. Which is 100% true. The Google Planner Tool will show you keyword opportunities for Advertising. NOT for SEO.
Squirrly SEO shows you the keywords you should use, by taking many different data points into account.
The inspiration Box helps you save time on the research you do for each article.
We help you find copyright-free images, news sources, awesome tweets by influential people, all of which you can use to support the points you are making in your blog posts.
The inspiration box will help you research Keywords that will help you get found through Social Media Search!
Level 2: Scaling Content With Proper SEO and Human-Friendly Optimization
When you get to this stage, you most probably have a good site structure (Level 0) and you know which keywords / topics you will be writing about (Level 1).
To go forward with your plans and create more content that will either bring Search Engine Traffic or Social Media Traffic, you can use the Squirrly SEO Live Assistant.
When you turn all those lights green in your “Edit Post” interface, you’ll be able to hit publish knowing that your content is 100% optimized: for both search bots and actual Human beings.
What we also do, is we help you Stage Your Content (before you publish it LIVE). See how you can get better Google SERP listings.
Level 3: Making sure the Tree grows well
Yes, it sounds very zen. It’s true, however. You need to make sure that you can check your content marketing strategy and measure if you start getting more inbound links, more authority, more shares, etc.
Just having an optimized WordPress site won’t do you any good.
You need to gain authority on the web. The perfect combination for SEO is: Optimized Content + SEO Site Structure + High Quality Backlinks.
Check the SEO Audit every week. Making sure you get a score of 80 or above will help you reach the right combination.
Level 4: Grab the Rewards
You’re working to grow this content tree, because in the end you want to see the results. The question is: How do you see the rewards?
Squirrly SEO gives you the ability to check your ranking on Google for various countries (so you get GEO rank, not just your rank for the general google.com)
You also get to see other “fruits”, other rewards. It will show you top social media channels for every blog post you publish, by taking into account the social media channels that brought you the most engagement.
Other SEO stats include the level of optimization you achieved, the number of inbound links you have for each page on your site and the Website Authority + the authority of each page.
Level 5: Education Cloud. In order to grow the Content Tree, you need to keep learning.
We realize that it takes a while to get familiarized with all these concepts.
That’s why on top of the current coaching session that you receive upon joining Squirrly SEO, you also get free access to our Education Cloud.
Education Cloud is our Membership Site, where you get access to training programs from which you’ll learn how to get better SEO and better rankings.
Alright, thank you for reading this update.
You can always join one of our Webinars and see the Live Streams. Squirrlyans stream videos about the way they use Squirrly SEO to get the best results out there.
To even better understand all that Squirrly SEO offers, we have prepared the following page:
The old article that was on this page has been moved to another URL.