I’ve been considering upgrading my SEO plugin for a few weeks.
I’ve been using Squirrly for quite some time now and had purchased limited lifetime access.
The plugin is about to get a big update but it’s not included in the plan I’m on.
So it seemed an appropriate time to review what else was available.
I’d narrowed down the contenders to:
- Squirrly SEO Pro, and;
- Yoast Premium.
In the end I decided to upgrade my account with Squirrly and there are a number of reasons why.
When you consider that Squirrly SEO Pro has more than 100 features, it’s hard not to like.
Yoast Premium on the other hand offers much less in one package.
With Squirrly you get most of the features Yoast Premium offers and then a gazillion more on top of that.
I particularly like that you can do keyword research straight from the WordPress dashboard with Squirrly.
As well as that you can also research Tweets, wikis and other blogs for the topic you’re working on without ever leaving WordPress.
Other notable features of Squirrly SEO Pro are:
- Performance Analytics – monitor your position on Google based on your keyword and see how well your article’s doing on social networks;
- Site Audit – every week your site is audited and given a score out of 100. You get some useful advice on how to improve things based on six different categories (blogging, traffic, SEO, social, links and authority);
- Live Assistant – optimise your articles for humans and search engine bots with Live Assistant visual guide.
I’m not an expert when it comes to SEO and nor do I want to be.
Squirrly SEO Pro makes it easy for you to set everything up behind the scenes with just two screens to work through.
Don’t be fooled by how easy it is to set up though because there’s all sorts of SEO wizardry going on in the background.
The bottom line is I want is to be able to sit down and write and be pointed in the right direction to get my blog posts ranked.
I don’t want to fiddle with loads of settings that have confusing wording and I don’t want to pay someone to do it for me either.
That’s why I left Yoast behind in the first place.
During the creative process, I find the SEO Live Assistant of Squirrly much easier to use and understand than the SEO analysis Yoast provides.
I like the fact that Squirrly doesn’t just look at what I’m writing from a search engine’s point of view but also from a human’s too.
Sure, Yoast has the readability analysis section but to me it feels robotic compared to Squirrly.
Yoast isn’t a bad product, it just isn’t as intuitive as Squirrly.
When I was researching the differences between Squirrly SEO Pro and Yoast Premium, I took a look at their pages on the WordPress repository.
I wanted to see how they each deal with their customers whether they are paying or not.
In particular I was interested to see how they react when someone gives them a bad review.
It doesn’t paint Yoast in a good light.
Of course they’re happy when someone gives them a five star rating.
Some of the responses to anything less than five are aggressive and rude.
Compare that to Squirrly’s response and you’ll notice more humour and encouragement to find solutions.
That there was what made my choice for me.
Did I want rude and aggressive customer service or something more solution focused?
So Squirrly SEO Pro was the winner.
Do You Use Squirrly SEO Pro?
Or do you use Yoast or another alternative?
How are you getting on with your SEO efforts?
Please let me know in the comments section below.