NOW UPDATED FOR 2017!

PLEASE NOTE: I originally reviewed the Yoast SEO Plugin vs All In One Plugin in February of 2014. This post is being completely updated for 2017 – I have updated comparisons of all the critical feature sets, but plan on doing a little more review on their help and support.

If you’re interested in seeing my original review, you can find it either on in the WayBack Machine or I have created an archive of the original review here.

I want to note this post compares the free versions of Yoast and All In One.

If you notice any mistakes please leave a comment below. Thanks!

-Dan

Why This Post Exists

Back in February of 2014, I was helping some folks out on Twitter with WordPress questions. Someone was having trouble deciding between All In One and Yoast SEO. But someone pointed out that All In One SEO had been updated a lot leading up to 2014.

I was embarrassed.

I’d always been recommending Yoast over All In One, but had no idea All In One had gone through a lot of updates.

My embarrassment quickly turned into determination – to create the best and most comprehensive comparison between these two rival SEO plugins. That resulted in my first complete review from 2014.

But now it’s basically 2017 – and a LOT has changed AGAIN.

So here’s my completely updated review! My two goals of putting this post together are;

  1. To come away knowing without a doubt, which plugin I should be recommending.
  2. To have a resource I can share with others who are having trouble deciding which plugin to use – and to educate a little in the process.

First: What Exactly Is “Good” WordPress SEO?

LOTS of people focus on the wrong things when it comes to what makes a “good” SEO plugin. So I want to spell out very clearly what a good WordPress SEO plugin should do.

At the most fundamental level, good on-site SEO in order of importance (in my opinion) is four things;

1. Indexation

  • Pages that should be indexed are.
  • Pages that should not be indexed, are not.

2. Crawling, Accessibility & Structure

  • Engines can find and crawl the content you want crawled.
  • Excess crawling should be prevented at all costs.
  • URL structures are logical to engines and users.
  • Internal linking is sound.

Just like you don’t want a franken-car, your don’t want a franken-site either;

franken car

Good structure prevents you drivin’ around looking like that.

3. Appearance In Search Engines

  • Titles appear as they should.
  • Descriptions appear as they should.
  • Use appropriate rich snippets whenever possible using things such as schema.org or rel = author.

NOTE: I am not just making those three criteria up. Google’s own documentation always refers to SEO as crawl, index, serve (display). I’ve also heard many “Googlers” refer to this as “crawl, index and rank” – essentially all the same concepts.

secreenshot of google webmaster help crawl index serve

4. Appearance In Social Media

When people refer to “SEO” that tends to imply social media to some extent. Especially because of the overlap with things like Google Plus and Google search becoming more integrated. In my opinion the required elements of good social media connection with your website is;

  • Correct title & description displays when shared.
  • Image appears when possible when shared.
  • Ability to “connect” or verify social profiles with your website.

People make things complicated. Even the above list is a little much. But that’s it. All strong on-site SEO should focus on those basics. Nail those and everything else is easier.

What Is The Purpose Of An SEO Plugin?

There’s some confusion about this. A plugin is NOT supposed to just “SEO a site” just by installing it and checking a few boxes. It’s not a magic SEO wand.

Just like SEO should be invisible so should your SEO plugin.

A plugin IS supposed to allow you to do things that you would otherwise have to code or customize. Yes, a plugin should primarily make your life easier by doing things – the right things well – so you don’t have to code them.

The doesn’t mean just because you use a plugin, you can exchange that for lack of even basic knowledge.

For example, the option to “remove the /category/ base” from the URL is available in the Yoast plugin. But should you use it? Should you use a feature just because someone decided to put it in a tool? No, of course not. You should use it, because you may have thought about doing so anyway.

And if someone is putting features in a tool, that aren’t really that important, does that make them a bad plugin creator? Very possibly yes.

This would be doing things backwards. You don’t go “oh, what’s this shiny button in this plugin?” It’s there – I must need it! No. That’s a solution looking for a problem.

Onto the next point…

What Makes A Good WordPress SEO Plugin?

This is simple;

  • The plugin nails the basics of SEO (see above if you already forget).
  • It makes up for the limitations in the core WordPress CMS.
  • It doesn’t have extra things that aren’t important, that distract from that matters, especially if they detract from the fundamentals.
  • The plugin developer(s) need to have an intimate understanding of advanced SEO, and the platform. And they need to be on top of the fast paced changes in SEO.
  • The tool has good UX and helpful documentation, so you can actually use the tool with as much ease as possible. If the tool is a headache to use, it doesn’t matter how good the features are!

A good WordPress SEO plugin – does what it should, and doesn’t do what it shouldn’t.

Review Methodology

First, I Made A Big List Of Features

First I started by going through each tool, making a master list of their features. I made a column for Yoast and a column for AIO and marked Yes or No;

starter list in google docs

I made sure to list every single possible function and categorized them. The categorizations are as follows;

  1. Indexation
  2. Accessibility
  3. URL Structure
  4. Titles / Descriptions
  5. Meta tags
  6. Images
  7. Social Media
  8. Additional Features

Then I Assigned An “Importance” Score To Each Feature

Next, once those were all listed and organized, I assigned an “importance” score to each function. Four is the most important, one the least important.

assigning an importance score

Then I Decided Which Features Were Important Enough For This Post

The point is NOT to have this post include every bell and whistle found in each tool. It was to determine what really matters for WordPress SEO and create a thorough examination of each plugin based upon that criteria.

I looked through every SEO function that each plugin offers and decided if I should include it in this post or not. I did this based upon the importance score as well as my experience working with WordPress and SEO.

deciding what to put in the post

So let’s see what I found.

1. Indexation

Noindex Subpages – Winner: Tie

This one is HUGE. When your blogroll and archives start to get big, you end up with /page/2/ etc – this is one of the single biggest causes of WordPress errors thrown in tools such as Moz or Screaming Frog. As I point out in my post on Moz about setting up WordPress this leads to many extra pages and duplicate titles and descriptions potentially;

Yoast offers the ability to check this one box and it’s solved.

screenshot of yoast noindex subpages setting

It was nice to see that All In One has since added this feature as well!

all in one noindex subpages

Control Individual Tags/Categories Indexation – Winner: Yoast

With Yoast, you can total control over every individual tag and category archive (not just all or nothing). This is especially useful if you want to noindex your tag archives (like I teach here) but maybe some tag archives are getting traffic so you want to keep a few indexed.

All In One still does not do this at all.

tag category functions

Set Custom Canonical URLs On Individual Posts/Pages – Winner: Tie

This is really useful if you are duplicating someone else’s content (obviously with their consent) but you want to NOT index your copy and instead give them SEO credit. You would add their URL in here.

individual control of canonical tags

The All In One Plugin now allows custom canonicals as well, if you check this box:

all in one custom canonical setting

2. Accessibility

Redirect Image URLs to Parent Posts – Winner: Tie

This is HUGE. Here’s the thing. Every image you upload, depending on your setting, can link to a unique URL just for that image. This is an entirely separate page. It can get crawled. It can get indexed.

It’s incredibly not useful at all to have these unique image URLs indexed.

Both tools now offer this solution (All In One used to not have it) Check this box to 301 redirect attachment URLs back to their post.

Yoast

redirect images urls in yoast

All In One

Breadcrumbs – Winner: Yoast

Breadcrumbs can be extremely useful for navigation, showing hierarchy and for internal linking. Yoast allows you to add breadcrumbs to your site.

All In One still does not do this at all. While a programer can certainly build breadcrumbs into your theme, Yoast’s function do make it much easier to add what I think is an important SEO site architecture function.

Also since 2014, Yoast has greatly updated the specific functions available for breadcrumbs:

Individually 301 Redirect Posts/Pages – Winner: None

Suppose you have a page on your site and you want to just 301 redirect that to another page. Maybe there’s a newer version at a new URL.

But sadly, Yoast has taken this out of their free version and it’s now only available in the paid version.

All In One does not do this at all either.

Here’s the old screenshot of when Yoast could do this in the free version:

301 redirect individual pages in yoast

3. URL Structure / Permalinks

Strip Category Base – Winner: Yoast

Most WordPress sites for category archives will default to something like;

www.evolvingseo.com/blog/category/analytics/

But having /category/ in the structure can sometimes be unnecessary. Yoast knows this and gives the option to remove it.

All In One still does not do this at all.

permalink settings in yoast seo

Remove “replytocom” From Comment URLs – Winner: Yoast

As you can see in the screenshot above, this is also a key feature Yoast offers. It’s not so important for smaller sites, but for large sites it can make a big improvement in your crawl efficiency.

All In One still does not have the ability to do that.

4. Titles & Descriptions

Amount Of Variables Available For Titles & Descriptions – Winner: Yoast

The ability to set up custom title and description templates is available in both Yoast and All In One. This is an exceptionally valuable feature in both plugins.

However, one distinction is that Yoast offers more options across all page types.

title and description variables in yoast

All In One offers the ability to set templates, but there seems to be less options. Granted, I only ever use about 20% of them, I could see some advanced situations where the other 80% may be needed.

all in one title templates

Ability To Edit Titles/Descriptions In List View – Winner: All In One

Note – this is a “nice to have” but a really nice UX feature. Instead of going through every post one by one, you could edit all the titles in one screen.

All In One does this:

editing titles and descriptions in aio

Yoast didn’t originally have this feature. This in 2014 when I first published this post, they added it. I was excited! They read and listened to my feedback! But now it seems to be gone again from Yoast 🙁

Automatically Capitalize Titles – Winner: All In One

Again, although All In One is the “winner” this is also a “nice to have” feature, but won’t make or break your SEO at all. Your titles will look nicer though, which can help with click throughs.

Yoast still does not have this at all.

capitalize titles with all in one

5. Image URL Settings

Winner – Yoast

Yoast gives you the ability – if you choose to make an image URL accessible for some reason (maybe it’s an info graphic), you can control the various elements of them.

All In One gives you no control over images like this.

seo control on images with yoast

6. Meta Tags

Add The Site Links Search Box Code – Winner: All In One

If you’re not familiar, this is a Sitelinks Search Box:

site links search box example

About 8 months after my first review of these plugins, Google introduced the Sitelinks search box (documentation from Google here). It can possibly make you seem more authoritative, and better yet, it can help users find the content on your site faster.

All In One added a handy function to just automatically add the code required into your site:

As to how well it works I am not sure. But I really like that All In One is heading in that direction – there’s lots of new markup that’s come out since 2014, and this is the type of thing I would want an SEO plugin to do.

Other Standard Meta Tags – Important?

By this I am referring to meta keywords, NOOP etc. In my opinion none of these types of things are important enough to be a deciding factor for an SEO plugin. Most of these are easy enough to drop into your header.php file.

7. Social Media

Facebook Open Graph Tags – Winner: Tie

This one was tough! Yoast certainly covers the basics needed to get your open graph tags on your site. I like that you can add multiple admins.

yoast facebook open graph

All In One really went all out on their open graph features though. You can really do a lot, and I’m honestly not even sure was some of these options are. Part of it is because it seems like every time I look, facebook has changed something again about their tags.

all in one open graph options

One cool thing is that All In One gives us the option of what object type to use, but there used to be more options in this feature.

Ultimately, I’m still calling this a tie because in 90% of cases, just getting the basics done is all you need. And I am sure there are other plugins or methods to do what All In One is doing.

Twitter Cards – Winner: Tie

 

Yoast used to be the only one with this ability, but both plugins now allow the easy addition of Twitter Card meta data

twitter cards in yoast seo

And AIO:

Google Markup (Rel Publisher and Author) – Winner: Yoast

Google Authorship markup has gotten considerably less important since 2014, but rel = publisher is still important.

Although All In One has a bunch of Authorship features…

All In One is still mysteriously missing the ability to easily add rel = publisher. I suppose you could do this where they allow custom meta tags to be added, but Yoast makes it easy:

yoast rel publisher

More importantly, Yoast is putting an important up to date SEO task front and center. Gives us what is important.

8. Other Functions

Edit Robots.txt & .htaccess – Winner: All In One

This is honestly a “nice to have”. It’s convenient. You don’t have to fiddle around with FTP’s and text files.

You used to be able to edit .htaccess in Yoast for free, but now you need the paid version. You can still edit robots.txt in the free version of Yoast.

All In One – keeps surprising me! They added the ability to edit both .htaccess and robots.txt for free, in their “features manager” section:

all in one seo features manager

Note: the Features Manager is where you can find many of the other features, like Social Meta tagging.

Customize RSS Feed – Winner: Yoast

This would fall into “how your content appears around the web”. What’s cool here is that people are going to scrape your content. They’re going to do this via your RSS feed. So why not plant some a link back to your post in the feed?

Yoast will do this for you, and in fact it’s set up that way by default.

All In One does not have this feature.

RSS settings in yoast

Admittedly, RSS feeds are less important in 2017, but I actually see that Google crawls RSS feeds a LOT. So this is a nice key feature for crawling actually.

SEO Tools – Choose And Assign Keyword Focus – Winner: Yoast

Admittedly I don’t use this much. But man, is it SUPER useful. You can figure out your content’s target keyword right in there, and get instant feedback based upon what you select. All In One does not have such a tool.

assigning a focus keyword in yoast seo

Actionable SEO Tips Based Upon Assigned Keyword – Winner: Yoast

If you DO have a focus keyword chosen, hit “page analysis” and Yoast will give you a bunch of actionable recommendations. I was just checking them out and found them to be very helpful.

seo page analysis in yoast seo

It’s NOT About The Plugin Doing Everything

Remember, the best plugin will really nail the most important stuff. The best plugin doesn’t just have the most features. It has the right features in the right places and draws the line at features that really aren’t important.

I left many things out that All In One does in fact do. But are they as important? I didn’t think so.

The Results

My conclusion? Yoast by far outperforms All In One for the features that really matter. All In One SEO has actually caught up a little bit to Yoast SEO since 2014. Yoast still wins by my chosen criteria, however I will be digging a little deeper to be sure Yoast is still the true winner.

Does All In One do some extra stuff that Yoast doesn’t? Sure. But when it comes to the core of fundamentally great SEO, Yoast wins.

Indexation

Yoast: 3/3

All In One: 2/3

Crawling / Accessibility

Yoast: 4/5

All In One: 1/5

Display In Search

Yoast: 1/3

All In One: 2/3

Social Media Display

Yoast: 3/3

All In One: 2/3

Totals:

Yoast – 11/14

All In One – 7/14

Don’t Know How To Switch To Yoast?

You’re in luck! I made this video where I talk through the steps for migrating to Yoast. Step by step instructions are in the description of the video.

Then you can go to this post I wrote all about setting up WordPress for SEO success.

More WordPress SEO Resources

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Check out my SEO and Inbound Marketing Podcast.

PS – Want The FULL The Yoast Vs All In One Feature Comparison?

It’s not scientific at all, but if you want to see my entire spreadsheet un-edited of features and scores, here you go!

It’s been updated to include everything new reviewed for 2017!

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170 Comments

  • February 15, 2014 Reply

    Matt MorgN

    Agh…I knew this day would come. We’ve been using AIO for years and are experts at it. I’ve been dreading the switch, but guess its time.

    Thanks for the write-up Dan. Stay awesome!

    • February 15, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      No problem Matt – it’s also not to say AIO is completely useless – I could see just a blogger or maybe small biz getting away with it just fine, but for something where SEO really matters, and you’re working on other things like off site promotion etc Yoast is the way to go.

  • February 17, 2014 Reply

    Luke Fitzgerald

    Excellent post, thanks for creating/sharing. I’ve recently opted for Yoast over AIO based on a similar scorecard I’d made in my head, it’s nice to see it spelt out in writing though, great work!

    • February 17, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks Luke 🙂

  • February 25, 2014 Reply

    Cesar

    Well done, thanks for the awesome, thorough review.

    Not sure I would rank indexation as the most important on-site item. Granted, it’s a fundamental first step but unless you’ve gone out of your way to bury a page does anyone really have to worry about getting indexed these days.

    Another thing people may want to keep in mind (for all plugins) is resource usage. Yoast is awesome but in some cases and if used in combination with many other plugins or on a busy site there can be performance issues.

    Great blog.

    • February 26, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      The concern with indexation is what you DON’T want indexed – ie: subpages, image attachements etc. All In One lets the floodgates open basically by not keeping a cap on any of that. Where as Yoast prevents over-indexation.

      That is also very true about resources. I always recommend people to delete plugins they are not using. Always try to do something by hand (like social buttons etc) when possible rather than using a plugin when possible.

      Thanks!

  • March 3, 2014 Reply

    Naren P

    thanks. this is an excellent comparison.
    but I prefer AIO Seo for small blogs. overall yoast is the winner for its features.

  • March 12, 2014 Reply

    Dawid

    Great site and comprehensive article. I really liked idea combining review of SEO plugins with SEO tips, eg. about what elements of the site (subpages, images, attachments) should not be indexed. I have been using Yoast SEO for a long time period for many sites (local businesses, webshops, larger sites) and only noticed two things that could be improved: XML site generating (I have problems and using BWP Google XML Sitemaps now) and UI.

    Btw, I noticed in last version you have now bulk editor for titles and descriptions in Yoast similar to AIO SEO. Did you notice it?

    • March 12, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Yes! Shortly after this article Yoast mentioned to me on Twitter they’d be doing bulk editing. Great to see that get added, very useful.

  • March 16, 2014 Reply

    Annett

    Finally a real comparison between Yoast SEO and All-In-One that is based on fact and not marketing or guess work. I actually use the Yoast SEO plugin on most of my websites as well as customer websites.
    In the one instance, where I’m still using the All-In-One plugin, I had a rude awaking with their sitemap feature today. I noticed over the past weeks that my ranking slipped and couldn’t figure out why…until today. All-In-One didn’t generate a clean sitemap, some pages were missing and all blog posts. However, it generated a sitemap of all tags. Why? I don’t know but little details such as this one can change ranking.
    So, I’ll switch to Yoast SEO now since this tool never let me down over all these years.

  • March 31, 2014 Reply

    rohit marathe

    DAN SHURE nice artical about but i’m still confused i have been using seo yoast for my blogging site and i’m not getting the desired results for my web pages should i switch to AIO or continue with yoast??? please help me out over this issue

    • April 1, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      I would make sure you’re using the setting correctly – I’d start with my article on setting up WordPress for SEO – http://moz.com/blog/setup-wordpress-for-seo-success – Yoast is better in my opinion, but if you’re not getting the results there could be a lot of reasons for that, not just the plugin. Good luck!

  • April 1, 2014 Reply

    Haydrion

    I don’t think your case study is not good enough, yoast sitemap is horrible, the plugin has always conflicts with nextgen
    the sub pages are still indexing even when you disable it. The author function is not working. So no Yoast is not a winner at all. A couple of previous versions was okay, but the latest versions are horrible full of bugs and errors.

    • April 2, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi thanks for the feedback. While there are always going to be bugs, I just want to point out this review is based upon features. Subpages still indexing despite adding the noindex sounds suspicious, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some other conflict there. I have heard of some folks having issues with the XML sitemap lately. But in general, as the article state, if you are doing things correctly Yoast is by far the winner in terms of features.

  • April 10, 2014 Reply

    Debs

    Amazing article. Exactly what I needed to know, and so great to find something that isn’t over a year old!

    I’ve been thinking of switching over to Yoast, but wasn’t sure if that was based on sound reasoning, or just because a bunch of people said it was better (they’d never said what it was better for).

    Thank you!

    • April 10, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Awesome! Glad it was helpful 🙂

  • April 14, 2014 Reply

    Americo Belarmino

    Thanks Dan. Very helpful when choosing the plugin that does it all.

    But I have questions. Can I use the two plugins at the same time? Will there will be no conflict? What is your insight about this Dan? Cheers.

    • April 15, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi – glad it was helpful! I would definitely not use them at the same time. You’ll end up with a lot of conflicting settings 🙂

  • April 17, 2014 Reply

    Deirdre

    Thanks for the comprehensive article. I think it’s important to regularly review your plug-ins of choice. In my experience I find that the success of Yoast depends on your theme, site structure and willingness to tweak until you get it right. For now I’m going to stick with Yoast for my clients 🙂

  • April 22, 2014 Reply

    Rudy Labordus

    I’ve been using Yoast for a a few years but I keep hearing so many “internet marketing gurus” recommend AIO that eventually I thought it was about time I did some more research into which is better. I have to say your article made that pending “effort” quite effortless now. 🙂 Thanks for your thorough comparison. Much appreciated.

    • April 23, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Nice! So glad it helped 🙂

  • May 1, 2014 Reply

    Alan Murray

    Thank you. I was looking for a recent blog post comparing these plug-ins.

    I switched to Yoast a few months ago and now none of my blog posts are appearing in Google. Even if I type the actual title name into Google. Google has dropped from No.1 as my traffic source to not even in the top 5. My traffic has halved.

    Can anyone advise what I may have done wrong, or is it Yoast?

    • May 1, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Try going to “Titles / Meta” and under the “Post Types” tag be sure you have NOT checked “noindex, follow”.

  • May 3, 2014 Reply

    Scott Hendison

    As a loyal Yoast user and vocal supporter for a long time, I have been trying alternatives for the past couple of months, and I appreciate the work that went into this post. You’ve validated my findings pretty solidly here, and unfortunately I agree – so I’ll keep looking for a replacement.

  • May 3, 2014 Reply

    Gyi Tsakalakis

    Great write up Dan. Very thorough comparison. I haven’t looked at AIO in years. Always nice to re-examine and either validate or change. Have you checked out Yoast’s other plugins (local, video, etc)?

    • May 5, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Sadly I have not checked them out much yet. Need to get on it!

    • May 5, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Actually, I have used the Analytics one pretty extensively, but not the others.

  • May 7, 2014 Reply

    Ruben

    Hey Dan,

    Thank you so much for doing this review. I actually could not find anything recent on Moz comparing the two. I have read a lot of comment rants ripping Yoast after the ranter switched (but I’m sure that could be both ways and not at all related to either plugin). But, it has made me nervous. When people do switch from AIO to Yoast, does their tend to be a short term drop? Does it just entirely depend on the individual site? I’d really like to get Yoast local plugin, but I need their SEO to do that. If there will be a drop, I just need to prepare my bosses so they know what to expect. Any thoughts would be most helpful!

    P.S. Thanks for your excellent responses to my Moz Q/As as well. I appreciate it!

  • May 18, 2014 Reply

    Anon

    You write in a strange style which was hard to read.
    e.g. “DID YOU KNOW THE ALL IN ONE SEO PLUGIN WAS UPDATED?
    I didn’t. I should have. Here’s what happened.”

    Cute meme image, all caps, cutesy three short sentences, then (gag) “here’s what happened” the latest viral headline style which is a dreadful cliche.

    You sound like you are copying trends on Buzzfeed, Reddit etc. where people write in such a weird way. Out here in the real world this style is nauseating and telegraphs a high signal-to-noise ratio.

    • May 18, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      I am absolutely copying Upworthy, Buzzfeed, etc. Just not in the way you think. Err, oops I did it again. That is not a Britney Spears reference.

    • June 27, 2014 Reply

      Victor

      Wouldn’t a high signal to noise ratio be 1:1? As in, as much signal as noise? I would worry if it was a low one, unfavorable, like 1:6 or something.

  • May 20, 2014 Reply

    Matt (Acide Ici)

    Wah ! Exactly what I was looking for ! Your extensive methodology is impressive. Thanks !!!!!!! Now I guess that I should migrate back my blog to Yoast… But I will make sure to use it from the begining in the new project I’m working on. 🙂

  • May 22, 2014 Reply

    Scott

    I have to agree Yoast is the best, but growing frustrating, especially on large sites… For large blogs, 100% of the “SEO tests” like Moz, Raven, etc. all show errors for “missing description tags” on paginated category pages.

    While this isn’t a problem for most sites, we had a client that simply HAD to have it fixed – We could not in good conscience explain (as Yoast claims ) that having 17,000 “missing description tags” on their site didn’t matter.

    To fix this issue, we had to edit the plugin, so I put a copy of the zip file here in case anyone else has the need –
    However, any update will overwite the changes…
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ScottHendison/posts/GyuE7iL9wib

    • May 31, 2014 Reply

      Lisa

      Dan, great article again as always.
      Scott, you can contribute that fix. Make a pull request on Github. That’s how the WordPress community improves.

  • May 30, 2014 Reply

    Christiano

    Great comparation of 2 great plugins.

  • June 1, 2014 Reply

    Hal

    Like most others said, great article and comparison. I appreciate that you provided this information. And I like Yoast SEO. However.

    The page analysis on the back end stopped working for me when I updated to WP 3.9. I have test sites where it works just fine, but on my blog, no matter what I’ve tried it will not work.
    I can find no reference to this problem.
    The only thing I haven’t done is a complete wipe out and reinstall of WordPress.

    Thanks again for the post.

    • June 27, 2014 Reply

      Victor

      I had a similar thing happen with Pexeto’s Dandelion theme when you couldn’t switch between the Visual and Text tab in 3.9. The theme was nearly five years old so the scripts behind the scenes were calling for things that just weren’t there. So you tried seeing if it stuck in twentytwelve/thirteen/fourteen, then?

  • June 14, 2014 Reply

    Liam

    Thanks for taking so much time. Wow, the reviews about things on the internet have often become nothing more than people trying to make money linking to purchase things that this was sooooo refreshing. And I like how you set things up by framing what is important SEO. Very well done. I’ll be following you more.

    • June 15, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hey thanks for the kind words Liam! Really glad the article was useful – definitely say hi again 🙂

  • June 17, 2014 Reply

    Sigrid

    Great comparison – congratulations on making the time to do and share it. I’ve got Yoast installed on several of my sites but found it was interfering with other plug ins so disabled it and gone back to AIO – however that was previous to wordpress 3.9.1
    I may go back to enabling Yoast site by site and testing it now

    Cheers
    Sigrid

  • June 20, 2014 Reply

    Jack

    Hey Dan,

    Yoast seems to cause google to alter my SERP titles. No matter what I do, when using Yoast the homepage always changes to “brand: title”. Even though I specifically set it as “title – brand”.

    I’m also getting a few posts that are oddly being displayed in SERPs as “title – homepage title”, where my homepage title is NOT my sitewide title/brand name. So it makes no sense.

    Joost says that “apparently” this is all on Googles end, however, I have only 2 sites using Yoast and they both have this issue. I also have 23 sites running on AIOSEO, yet I have never had this issue happen even once there.

    My settings are: post template: %%title%%
    Force rewrite titles is checked

    Have you run into this issue and found a fix? I’d much rather use a bare AIOSEO and have proper titles than a feature happy Yoast with improper titles.

    • June 22, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi Jack

      I’d have to agree with Yoast. Google chooses to re-write titles based on many factors – and they do not care what the plugin is that is creating the titles. This sounds like an awfully unusual coincidence. You could test it. Switch one of them to Yoast and maintain the same exact homepage title and see what happens!

  • June 24, 2014 Reply

    Rich Zimbalist

    Great article Dan! Thanks for all the work that went into your analysis of the two plugins.

    I switch to yoast from AIOSEO last week and am quite happy with it except for one component. AIOSEO had an option to create different SEO title and Social Titles, For example, for a specific article (http://www.odcareer.com/eye-mnemonics/) I have a search engine result titled “The Best List of Eye Mnemonics” and for social/facebook it is “I’m a damn good doctor – but these eye mnemonics will make me better!”

    Does Yoast have this feature in the settings or there a way to add this? I utilize this to attract different audiences based on the platform I am sharing it on. Thanks in advance for your time!

    • June 24, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi Rich – thanks for the comment! I know you can do this with descriptions. Go to edit any post, and scroll down to the Yoast box. Click “social” and you will see options to do so there. As far as titles specifically, I am not sure, I would need to dig around a little. But that’s a great question!

  • July 1, 2014 Reply

    Darragh McCurragh

    My goodness, Dan, you did a really diligent job if ever there was one. I already used YOAST based on general intuition and used some reviews resp. “asterisks” in reviews but I was never as sure to have done the right thing than after reading your thorough documentary. Thanks a million.

    • July 2, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Thanks! I suppose this is why I don’t post more often – hard for me to do things “half way” 😉

  • July 1, 2014 Reply

    Richard Rafferty

    Thanks for this info Dan, it’s gonna mean some extra work but could definitely stop any drops in the rankings.
    I have several sites but think that I may just split test a few and see how they look in a couple of months.

    Thanks again Dan

    • July 2, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      You’re welcome!

  • July 8, 2014 Reply

    James

    Great post, I agree Yoast has pulled ahead. I was like you and used All in One for years and didnt ask any questions, then I started looking into Yoast a lot more and realized it kicks A$$!

  • July 9, 2014 Reply

    Vincent Tobiaz

    After reading your first point where you claim yoast was better which was completely incorrect, I decided that this post was TLDR and nearly useless. All in one has date archive no-indexing right on its front settings page under ‘noindex settings’.

    I was also looking for a newly updated comparison. And I think since, you don’t know all in one, you shouldn’t be judging from features that are in yoast.

    I started out many years ago before yoast was ever in existance, with all in one. Yoast came out, and I stuck with all in one because the plugin itself was much more customizable. I’m not sure anymore.

    • July 9, 2014 Reply

      Vincent Tobiaz

      My conclusion is simple after skimming some other reviews comparing the two by date of in the past month. All in one seo is simpler and better for smaller, less content, websites. Yoast is better for sites with lots of posts due to its bulk editing and post grading tools.

      • July 9, 2014 Reply

        Dan Shure

        I don’t entirely disagree. AIO can be a fine solution for small sites, or less sophisticated users. It’ll get the job done just fine, and it’s not like it’s going to ruin your site.

    • July 9, 2014 Reply

      Vincent Tobiaz

      Jesus, after a little reading more of your article, – you have so much wrong

      “ABILITY TO EDIT TITLES/DESCRIPTIONS IN LIST VIEW – WINNER: ALL IN ONE
      Note – this is a “nice to have”. It’s a UX feature. It doesn’t make your site’s SEO better, but it is a really handy feature that I wish you could do in Yoast. Instead of going through every post one by one, you could edit all the titles in one screen.
      Yoast does not do this at all.”

      Yoast does this, right in their menu’s submenu!

      *bangs head against wall*

      • July 9, 2014 Reply

        Dan Shure

        Yoast actually added this feature after reading my article 🙂

      • July 9, 2014 Reply

        Dan Shure

        I updated my post to reflect Yoast’s change, thanks for the nudge.

        • July 9, 2014 Reply

          Vincent Tobiaz

          Hah, I was wondering if that had happened in hindsight. Now i’ll read deeper and probably retain some useful information since I’ll need to be switching to Yoast on some websites in the future. Thank you

          • July 9, 2014

            Dan Shure

            No problem 🙂

    • July 9, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      What I am referring to here is individual no-indexing at category/tag level. In other words if I have 20 tags, and want to noindex 10 of them and leave the other 10 indexed, you can do this with Yoast. You can not do this with AIO. It’s all or nothing.

      • July 9, 2014 Reply

        Vincent Tobiaz

        I get it now – and you take criticisms well btw. You do some great work on content I’m going to review other posts/videos. Good to see someone in the W rather than Boston do something good in the industry 🙂 Did you know Aaron Wall was from RI originally?

        • July 9, 2014 Reply

          Dan Shure

          Thanks, I actually really love criticism. Too many people read without questioning. Your comments help make this a better post. I did not know Aaron was from RI! Cool! Yeah, Worcester is getting better!

  • July 10, 2014 Reply

    Ricky

    Great info , I would say I was in a dilemma whether to use AIO or Yoast as I personally prefer Yoast But your Comparison post have made me proud of myself that I was correct.

    Many Thanks…

  • July 15, 2014 Reply

    Marcus

    Thanks for the in depth analysis of these SEO tools.
    Obviously the Premium SEO Yoast version would be the best choice for us but are all your comparisons above based on the free or paid version of AIO and YOAST?
    Regards, Marcus

    • July 15, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      That’s right I compared both free versions.

  • July 15, 2014 Reply

    Steffie Higgins

    It was really interesting to read your detailed post….thank you BTW not many go into such detail! I would definitely agree with what you have said, and to my mind Yoast definitely comes out on top, having used both.

  • July 16, 2014 Reply

    Crissie

    Thanks so much for this insightful discussion, Dan! As a technical neophyte, you provided exactly the type of comparative analyses I needed to make a decision about the best SEO plug-in for my WP site.

    I’ll be sure to keep you “posted” on results obtained from my SEO campaign powered by Yoast.
    (Yes, pun was definitely intended )

    • July 16, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      You’re welcome Crissie – glad it was helpful, and I’m definitely known to use puns once and a while.

  • July 20, 2014 Reply

    Mohammad Ismail

    Superb article… Thanks for the comprehensive article. I really liked idea combining review of SEO plugins with SEO tips. I’m new WordPress user and using SEO by Yoast but don’t know its settings, so Please sir, kindly guide me about complete settings of SEO by Yoast.
    Waiting for your kind words…

  • July 22, 2014 Reply

    Kirbie

    I found your post while I was trying to give a (poor) rating for Yoast. I am running it (for about 5 more minutes) on at least two sites, both of them having major issues because of it. On one site, it turns the site completely upside down. It changes the colors, shifts the images and text to places it was never intended to be and generally screws up. On the other site, I have an error message at the top of my dashboard.

    I will be deleting Yoast from all of my sites (6 total) and using something else. I don’t know that it will be All In One – but it will NOT be Yoast. You sound like a Yoast fan who just wanted to verify his opinion. Goody for you if you’re not having problems, but 33% for me is too much to bother with. They’ll have to work hard to get me to trust them again.

    • July 22, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hey sorry about your troubles. To clarify – you turn Yoast on, and it breaks the site? And without doing anything, you disable Yoast and it goes back to normal?

  • July 25, 2014 Reply

    Ramon

    Hi Dan, awesome and thanks….

    I need MASSIVE help with my sites speed and some plug in checking…do you do this?

    • July 25, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hey Ramon – occasionally I’ll do little projects like that, but sometimes tough to squeeze them in. This would fall under my consulting for which you can see prices here – http://www.evolvingseo.com/services/consultant/ – feel free to email me if you have any questions.

  • August 4, 2014 Reply

    BITSOD

    I think it is very tough to tell about which one is best, but I using these two on my website. All in One SEO is very helpful in micro blogging, but if working in long term website then I always prefer Yoast, it is best for long term websites.

  • August 6, 2014 Reply

    Jennifer

    Thank you for the detailed comparison, Dan! It saves a lot of people a great deal of time (and often headache).

    • August 6, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  • August 9, 2014 Reply

    Clayton

    This was awesome – thank you! If I have a lot of information to put into my site, is it more SEO-effective to build big pages or small pages? As in, should I just have one “About Us” page ten screens long with sections, or a top-level /about-us.html summary page and then a sub-pages for each section, like /about-us/why-we-do-this.html ?

    • August 10, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      I’d try to figure out what your users would most like to see. Define a goal or purpose for every page and piece of content on the site, and try to execute the content so it fulfills that purpose. I know that’s abstract, but for SEO, the best way nowadays is the way your users love.

      • August 10, 2014 Reply

        Clayton

        I like that answer 🙂 Thank you for the quick reply.

  • August 16, 2014 Reply

    Jake

    What about the sluggish factor that Yoast seems to be causing for a lot of users?

    • August 18, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hmmm I have not heard or experienced anything about Yoast being sluggish, or causing sites to be sluggish. Would be happy to hear the details if you have them!

  • August 23, 2014 Reply

    Raju

    Hi sir we are facing duplicate title problem like below

    /list-cma-training-firms-mumbai/2/
    /list-cma-training-firms-mumbai/3/
    /list-cma-training-firms-mumbai/4/

    We are using Yoast Plugin and also Tick on No Index Sub Pages but we can face this problem please tell me how to stop duplicate title tag es for sub Pages

    • August 25, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      You can use the Yoast title templates under “titles / meta” and add the page number variable. But it’s really not a huge issue either way 🙂

  • August 28, 2014 Reply

    Peter

    Thanks Dan for doing such an extensive test! I have two questions still pondering me:

    I ran P3 Plugin Profiler over my website and I can see that Yoast is taking 2,5 times more resources/time then AIO. This is huge because for a normal hoasted site it’s somthing like 0.250 second versus 0.100 seconds and AIO is also doing the site wide metatags and keywords. Can you comment on this and tell if my measurement with P3 means this is for every website visitor?

    Can you tell me where I can find site wide meta settings for Yoast SEO?

    Thanks,

    Peter

    • August 28, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi Peter

      I’m not sure of the specifics on P3, I’ve never used it. What I would do to test in “reality” is run through something like http://www.webpagetest.org once with Yoast active, and then with All In One active. Try it with a few different location and browser settings and see if the overall load time of the page is different.

  • September 7, 2014 Reply

    Juliana P. @ FalaCultura

    I switched to Yoast after reading a ton of articles comparing it to All in One, and the sad thing is that I lost a lot of organic search pageviews… =/ I used to have an article appearing on Google’s first page (for hot keywords, the Portuguese equivalent of “download ebooks”), and now I’m on the third page and obviously getting a lot less traffic…

    I’m kind of a noob when it comes to SEO and of course the switch could not be the root of the problem (I noticed in the same month my article was copied by at least 10 other websites/blogs), but since I switched the traffic is decreasing every month, so I’m really worried…

  • September 28, 2014 Reply

    Vic

    I think this plugin is not needed at all. A good simple sitemap works smoother and you won’t run into the constant bugs and conflicts caused by this plugin and other absurd SEO plugins.

  • October 6, 2014 Reply

    Ben Gubitosi

    Hi Dan,

    I did a website for a local autoshop. I am using “All in One SEO”, but I can’t get it to show the home page title in the results pages in Google. It keeps reverting to the subheading at the top of the home page. If I entered the same information from the “All in One SEO” configuration area to the actual page’s edit area, would that fix the problem?

    My frustration has caused me to load Yoast, but the configuration seems so complicated. I know these plugins are developed primarily for blogs, can Yoast handle regular pages as well?

    • October 6, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi Ben

      This is Google re-writing the title tag, and does not have to do with the plugin. I did a quick video about this a little why back (which may be a tiny bit out dated now): http://youtu.be/NYZDHAAiDV4

      To answer the second question, Yoast is great for any site on WordPress, not just blogs. So regular pages work great!

  • October 9, 2014 Reply

    Deborah Delin

    I appreciate you doing this in depth study. Unfortunately I decided to take the plunge and migrate from All in One to Yoast and I could not be more unhappy about it. The migrate process lost my keywords. The plugin takes up twice as much memory as All in One (tested with P3 performance). And, the thing I am most unhappy about, I can’t get it to do the thing I swapped over for. According to this article http://kb.yoast.com/article/148-canonical-urls-in-wordpress-seo you can set up canonical URL’s for tag archive pages. I can’t find the settings referred to anywhere in my Yoast installation. There seems to be a very slim chance of getting support on the support forum. Now I’m stuck, I can’t automatically migrate back to All in One. Just very frustrating!

    • October 9, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Sorry to hear of the troubles! For the tags, just go to Posts->Tags-> and click the tag you want to edit. Scroll down and you will see the spot where you can edit the canonical URL.

      As far as the migration process, I’ve migrated dozens or hundreds of site to Yoast and haven’t seen this come up. A backdoor to getting help might be their GitHub: https://github.com/Yoast/wordpress-seo/issues – I usually have more luck there.

      • October 9, 2014 Reply

        Deborah Delin

        Dan you are my current hero! You’ve absolutely made my day!!

        None of the instructions I searched (and searched and searched for) explained it as you did about the canonicals and now I see what to do!
        Thank you so much. As for the keywords – oh well I re-entered them manually and I guess it was just bad luck. And thank you for the backdoor tip. You are a true gentleman!!

        • October 9, 2014 Reply

          Dan Shure

          Glad it helped! 🙂

          • October 10, 2014

            Deborah Delin

            Thanks so much for clarifying things! In that case I think the canonical thing is pretty much what I want. It might serve to boost the SEO of pages which for some reason aren’t doing as well as the corresponding tag pages and maybe result in those pages appearing higher in Google than the tag pages. I don’t think I should no-index them just yet though, as they are possibly better than nothing.

      • October 9, 2014 Reply

        Deborah Delin

        Dan could I ask for a little further help? I added the URL of the page I want the tag page to point to to the section you mentioned. Below it says “The canonical link is shown on the archive page for this term.” What I was hoping for was that if someone searches for that term, instead of arriving at the archive page they will arrive at the URL I enter into the canonical section. Is that right? Because at the moment the archive page still shows up on Google. Do I need to set “always no-index” as opposed to “use post tag default: currently index”? Thanks so much.

        • October 9, 2014 Reply

          Dan Shure

          Sounds like what you actually want is a 301 redirect. So if someone types sitename.com/tag they end up at sitename.com/custom-url – so if this is the case you want to use something like a redirect plugin and create a redirect from the tag URL to the URL you want it to bring users to instead.

          • October 10, 2014

            Deborah Delin

            No – I wanted to route search terms that would normally find the tag archives to a better URL and thus give that page a SEO boost and give users a better experience. It’s not clear to me what the canonical set up in Yoast achieves?

            But I feel bad – you are not Yoast and you’re giving me all this support! I’m going to write about this in my blog – shall I link to this page?

          • October 10, 2014

            Dan Shure

            Hi Deborah – no worries. The canonical tag, whether it’s used in Yoast or anywhere else does not quite work that way. It is a “suggestion” to search engines to credit one page over another. The normal behavior when adding a canonical tag to a page is it will index the page you are pointing to over the one it is on. This however can take days to weeks or not at all depending on the other settings, how often Google crawls your site etc. In other words, it is not an instant effect and it might not even happen at all.I would give these a read;

            https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066?hl=en
            http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2013/04/5-common-mistakes-with-relcanonical.html
            http://moz.com/blog/canonical-url-tag-the-most-important-advancement-in-seo-practices-since-sitemaps

          • October 10, 2014

            Dan Shure

            Oh also, to get that effect I would recommend;

            a) noindexing tag archives
            b) and focusing on creating a quality page for the one you want to rank.

            Tag archives are nearly useless pages (as it seems you realize) but the better way to handle it is to noindex them – check out this article I did for more of the ideal settings;

            http://moz.com/blog/setup-wordpress-for-seo-success

  • October 13, 2014 Reply

    Romty

    I’m using SEO by Yoast for all pages and it’s working like a charm.

  • November 4, 2014 Reply

    Gabriel Oliveira

    Great post, Dan! This really helped me out to think about some changes I need to do on my website. Just a brief correction: since the last update, it is possible to edit the robots.txt and .htaccess files in the All in One SEO too (and in the free version), so I guess now we can call it a tie. Nevertheless, I’m gonna try it out the Yoast plug-in. Hope it works out for me!

  • November 18, 2014 Reply

    Nurul Afsar

    I have been using Yoast in five of my websites and using all in one in one new website. I am confused about one thing that yoast allows to select one focus keyword while All In One allows to select more than one keyword. Please explain who wins in this case becuase Keyword are important to get Organic search traffic.

  • November 19, 2014 Reply

    Aya

    Thank you Dan.. this info is very very useful… i ‘ve been using All in One for so long..i think this is time for me to change to Yoast… 🙂

    • November 20, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Glad it helped!

  • November 26, 2014 Reply

    Dave

    Great advise. Was updating an old site and this answered my questions about the two plug-ins…..and then some……Thanks Again!

    • November 28, 2014 Reply

      Dan Shure

      You’re welcome Dave, glad it helped!

  • December 17, 2014 Reply

    Powerball

    I’m using wordpress as always and I apologize if what I am going to expose silly, but long I think this does: One SEO plugin should have (in addition to all the features we already know) an alert to know when our IPs are blacklisted and another alert when excessive bounce rate on the site; These are inalienable alerts for any project positioning. (Sorry for my English, I speak Spanish only)

  • January 7, 2015 Reply

    Jason

    Do you have an opinion about Jeff Johnson’s Traffic Getting SEO PluginTM Professional Edition?

    • January 8, 2015 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Sorry, I have never used that before. Although looking at his site, it uses All In One SEO – which according to this review is not as good as Yoast 🙂 So it’s not something I would personally use.

  • January 30, 2015 Reply

    Phroso

    Hi,

    I am interested in switching to Yoast from All in One SEO but unable to find an answer to this:

    Does it change OLD URLs processed by All in One SEO plugin?

    • January 30, 2015 Reply

      Dan Shure

      What sort of URLs do you mean?

  • January 31, 2015 Reply

    Phroso

    all in one uses all the words that are in the title whereas yoast takes words like “the” and “and” out of the url

    so question is what happens to the URLs already created by all in one seo? they remain and yoast starts new from the time it was installed?

    also, one of my sites structure is like this http://www.domain.com/postID-post-title-here/

    I’ve looked all over but cannot find anything which would automatically switch that URL to new structure http://www.domain.com/post-title-here-PostID/

    thanks

    • June 26, 2015 Reply

      Vladimir Unguru

      Hi Phroso,

      Perhaps you already solved your problem, but if not, here it is: Your problem is not related to SEO plugins, it’s only a WordPress matter. All you have to do is go to Settings->Permalinks and set a custom template for the permalink structure like this:

      /%postname%-%post_id%/

      • June 29, 2015 Reply

        Dan Shure

        Thanks for helping out Vladamir!

  • February 28, 2015 Reply

    Buzz News

    You really spent the time to put all this highly informative info together and it is greatly appreciated. I am going with Yoast SEO. Thank You!

  • March 1, 2015 Reply

    Quentin Moore

    Awesome job! I always knew Yoast was better. Your article just made it official!

    My only complaint about the Yoast SEO plugin is that occasionally an update will break the category links. The fix is simply- toggle “Strip the category base” on the permalinks tab. It just sucks that you have to do that.

  • March 3, 2015 Reply

    Antonio

    Hi Dan!great article! thank you so much!after reading it i decided to switch from All in One to Yoast..
    i have some questions if you can help me.
    How can i integrate microdata with yoast?or do you suggest using other plugin for this?
    for my website google webmaster tools says: We do not detect any structured data on your site. What do you suggest?
    Then Google changes the meta description of my homepage in the search results and i can’t understand why!it’s not using the meta description that i set for my homepage as the snippet 🙁
    can you help me? thank you! Antonio

  • March 26, 2015 Reply

    Munimento

    Great analysis and THANK YOU for providing the complete spreadsheet , exactly what I was looking for to run against my requirements!

    If you, by chance, could add / compare SEO Ultimate to that list, it would be awesome.

  • April 20, 2015 Reply

    Reginald Chan

    Hi Dan,

    Came across this and I got to say “wow”! Not bad at all. Great review.

    What I really dislike about Yoast (even though I am using it) is that everytime it gets updated, there could be one or two things that are broken. And it takes time to resolve it. 🙂

    Either way, Yoast seems good. Had not touch AIOSEO for years!

  • April 28, 2015 Reply

    bianca

    We’ve just started using Yoast, however I noticed the “<!– This site is optimized with the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin" etc text in the source of every page. Surely that's not ideal especially when your competitors are checking you out (you don't want to tell them how you've done it right? 😉 ) Do you all remove that?

    • April 28, 2015 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi Bianca

      You can leave the code 🙂 The presence of the plugin alone doesn’t automatically mean the site is perfectly optimized, so there’s nothing anyone could gain from knowing you use it.

  • June 18, 2015 Reply

    Kyler Boudreau

    I used to use Yoast for everything, and enjoyed their features, but then I had a huge problem with site stability. I paid for Yoast premium support, but they were useless, so I cancelled support, rebuilt the site from scratch and then went with AIOSEO. Have never had stability issues with them.

    If I knew Yoast would not crash stuff, I’d probably use them. But I can’t take the risk, unless that’s improved since 2014. My site was a clean install using the Roots starter theme, not some messed up site with issues. I’ve also read from another dude that his Yoast sites are generally more shaky.

    Anyone else have comments on site stability?

    • June 22, 2015 Reply

      Dan Shure

      I haven’t seen stability issues with Yoast across dozens of my own sites and client’s sites. Not saying it doesn’t happen, just haven’t personally encountered that and would definitely say otherwise if I did!

  • June 19, 2015 Reply

    fxtrading

    I dont have experience with all in one but im satisfied with yoast .

  • June 26, 2015 Reply

    Vladimir Unguru

    Thanks for this extremely detailed comparison. Now I’m using Yoast for an year now. Over the time I tried a couple of times to switch to AIO, but every time I convinced myself that it’s not a good idea for my blog.

    This article pointed out very clearly the important aspects that should be considered when it comes to SEO. Thank you!

  • June 28, 2015 Reply

    steve

    Yoast SEO plugin has more features but is so unreliable. SEO Ultimate is simple but does the job better.

  • July 25, 2015 Reply

    Livingstone

    It sad that I have installed both and I have been using both: Yoast and AIO. What are the dangers and/or effects?

    • July 27, 2015 Reply

      Dan Shure

      You definitely only want one SEO plugin active. There will likely be conflicting settings and the dangers of that is is just Google getting really confused as to which settings to follow.

  • August 2, 2015 Reply

    Precious

    Yeah, you’re right.
    Though i am barely 2 weeks old on wordpress, at first i installed both and activated them but after first view at both of them, i decided to go with Yoast!

    Yoast all the way.

  • August 27, 2015 Reply

    Kristina

    Very useful review! And great comments 😉 Thanks a bunch!

  • September 10, 2015 Reply

    SEOuser

    AIO Is stable, easy to use, and non intrusive.
    Yoast is over-bearing in area it does not need to be. Yoast overly clutters up carious edit screens. …and Yoast can cause some subtle speed / stability issues.
    If AIO just had a few more of the basic requirements that Yoast had, I would say that it is WAY better. However due to the short comings we’re still begrudgingly using Yoast. It’s not great though – it’s overbloated and rather spammy if you ask me…

  • September 17, 2015 Reply

    Rintu Biswas

    Yoast is best. Prviviously I was using All in one SEO plugin for my blog http://blog.mytasker.com/ but now I switched to Yoast.

  • October 18, 2015 Reply

    Craig

    Hi Dan, I currently use Yoast but one of the things I am worried about is the lack of ability to attribute keywords to my posts, I have done an extensive keyword research program, collecting over 50’000 keywords. My site is a football/soccer site, so recently I did an article about a transfer rumour for a player called Dani Ceballos, they only keyword I could use to get a ‘good’ SEO score with Yoast was ceballos, but I am missing out on huge potential traffic with keywords such as ‘la liga news’, ‘la liga transfer rumours’ etc is there a way to input these keywords into posts with Yoast?

  • November 13, 2015 Reply

    mehwarnetseo

    Thank you so much .. Good awesome review article .. in the past I was using AIOS plugin but no more I will change to Yoast .. thanks again

    • November 24, 2015 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Glad it helped!

  • January 22, 2016 Reply

    Robert

    Would it be bad to have BOTH on your web site? Thanks

  • March 11, 2016 Reply

    Bruce

    Thanks Dan – very useful. Has your view changed at all in the last two years?

    • March 13, 2016 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Nope, still using Yoast!

  • March 16, 2016 Reply

    Klaudia

    Wow… I asked few friends about SEO plugin for website and they all recommended AIO. And now, after reading your article I will definitely download Yoast 🙂 Thanks!

    • March 16, 2016 Reply

      Dan Shure

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • March 18, 2016 Reply

    Mike

    This comparison is thorough, so kudos on that, but it is dated and very inaccurate. This is a shame because the post comes up highly in a search for comparing these two popular tools and most people will accept it at face value.

    The post should get a refresh, or simply acknowledge that it is out of date and give links to visitors to more updated information — such as simple links to the documentation pages for the plugins themselves.

    Readers should be aware for example that AIO does allow noindexing of paginated pages/posts. It does Twitter cards. It allows htaccess and robots editing. Those are just three points I saw after a few minutes of actual review.

    For the record, we’ve used Yoast exclusively in our marketing business for four+ years but their recent changes — like forcing unneeded features that can’t be turned off without custom code — has us looking elsewhere. Add to that a recent plugin update that actually stripped the Title tags and basic SEO settings. They had to be manually reinserted across dozens of sites. That has us looking at alternatives and that’s how I came across this post.

    Pertinent to those items breaking above: AIO offers consistent (free) support on the WordPress plugin page.. Yoast’s is primarily if not completely paid only. Most threads are unresolved as of March 2016.

    So a great initial write-up, but people are finding 2014 information about 2016 software and so should be aware and inform themselves about these tools with up-to-date information.

    • March 18, 2016 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Mike you’re quite right – I’d love to do an update, just been super short on time. I’ll put a note at the top!

      I’m shocked no one else has done a comparison since mine, I never expected mine to rank #1 for 2+ years.

      • March 29, 2016 Reply

        Vincent Tobiaz

        And as always, I’ve hawked this post for the past 1.5 years.

        Still finding places where Yoast comes up crazily short vs AIO..

        The bulk post editor for titles/descriptions, you know Dan, the one Yoast had but you said it didn’t have 1.5 years ago when I first started commenting? Well, it really stinks. You can only view 10 posts at a time with it! No way to show more posts like in a normal post editor/bulk editing ON the posts page or pages page like AIO.

        Just shooting hot air since I just got 362-page website on my desk we got from a previous agency who used some unheard of “DSK SEO” plugin for titles/metas, and my new agency uses Yoast which I think I rather now blow my face off. Screaming Frog->lots of command C’s and P’s. They won’t be Yoast for long after they see this will cost an extra couple hours 😀

        • December 17, 2016 Reply

          Dan Shure

          Hey Vincent – thanks for the feedback! I’ve made the first of a few big updates to this post. I can see Yoast doesn’t even allow bulk editing anymore, and All In One has added some more features. Will be bringing in more of my thoughts on the UX issues etc. I am not a fan of Yoast’s new toggles vs the checkboxes.

    • December 17, 2016 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hi Mike – I’ve made a big first overhaul to this post for 2017. I included the new features that All In One offers, and will be following up to include more about the help/support aspects you have mentioned.

  • March 21, 2016 Reply

    Ramesh

    This is a great comparison between Yoast and All in One SEO. I am currently on All in One SEO and would definitely like to try Yoast.

  • May 21, 2016 Reply

    fiqy

    It is very helpful information. I just migrate to Yoast because of this article. Thanks for that.
    By the way, how to insert a word into custom post title? I just try to insert word “Jual” in front of the default title but it only made effect for the new post but did not work for the existing posts. I want to insert word “Jual” for all of existing custom posts.

    Thanks for helping me

  • June 30, 2016 Reply

    Matt @ MattThibeau.com

    Thanks for this awesome post. I have been using all in one SEO for awhile but I am now going to switch over to yoast. Very informative and useful article.

  • September 9, 2016 Reply

    Umar Aminu

    I most say i am moved with the comparison you gave and i think am going to go for yoast SEO.
    I am using All in One SEO at the moment. But i have one question,
    The free version of Yoast SEO and the paid All in one SEO which on is better. Because i have the paid version of Al in one SEO.

    Should i go for the free yoast SEO OR stick with paid All in one SEO

  • September 12, 2016 Reply

    Scott

    Great post, but you are wrong about the “Franken-car.” I absolutely want to drive around looking like that. In fact, I need to know – did you find that picture somewhere, or do you know where that vehicle is because I feel compelled to put in an offer on that beauty!!

  • January 19, 2017 Reply

    Keli

    I’m in a situation where a developer was told to keep our AIO plugin intact during a redesign(we use the pro version and I’ve used it since it came out with much success) so now… I know I can’t run both plugins, my concern is removing the Yoast plugin and then installing the AIO pro plugin. Do you foresee an issue with this? I’m thinking worse case scenario all titles and metas will have be done asap.

    • January 19, 2017 Reply

      Dan Shure

      Hey Keli – I would maintain the current plugin you have been using through until the redesign is done. Then when the dust settles from that you can work on switching. The import/export tools should help migrate title/descriptions. I did a video years ago on how to switch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikWhSkRhp98

      I’m not entirely sure I understood the questions, but best practice would be to keep the plugins as-is, do the redesign, then switch plugins.

  • February 4, 2017 Reply

    Mike Matera

    I’ve used both All in One and Yoast over the past nine years. I started with All in One but then tried Yoast after seeing many glowing reviews. At first, Yoast was impressive and seemed ideal for clients who needed “hand holding”.

    However, Yoast has proven buggy and intrusive on a number of clients’ sites over the past year or two. XML sitemaps sometimes stop working, the plugin generates confusing notices, and it’s been known to break or conflict with other plugins. I stopped using Yoast a while ago, finding All in One’s less cluttered, less intrusive, and less buggy nature quite refreshing.

    Yoast may have gotten too bloated for its own good.

  • May 19, 2017 Reply

    rich

    Yoast may be a good SEO. But their supoorts and their Knowledge SUCK a big time!

  • June 16, 2017 Reply

    LittleMesh

    I have experimented both plugins and found Yoast has perfomred quite well. But Yoast is quite buggy and always create conflict with other plugin.

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