Plugin comparison: SEO Ultimate vs. Yoast SEO for WordPress
Every WordPress website needs an SEO plugin. I use SEO Ultimate for some sites, and Yoast SEO for others. Most users prefer Yoast SEO, but there are some great features in SEO Ultimate that you should know about before you make your choice. In some case I use SEO Ultimate where another plugin has compatibility issues with Yoast SEO. So I have quite some experience with both plugins and thougth I would share some pros and cons with you, and some wishes to the plugin authors.
Pros with Yoast SEO:
- The SEO evaluation tool that comes with Yoast SEO (red/yellow/green light) is very useful if you are a beginner at SEO. Personally I manage well without it so this is not a decisive argument for me.
- Yoast comes with an option to add a trailing slash to categories which SEO Ultimate does not give you. I just migrated a site from Joomla to WordPress and really needed to be able to add a trailing slash to categories to preserve old urls from Joomla. In this case, Yoast SEO was the plugin that provided a useful solution for me.
- Yoast provides the function to add a canonical tag to category and tag archives. I really miss
that one in SEO Ultimate – add it please!
- Yoast allows you to edit the title and description of tags – a great feature that made me migrate from SEO Ultimate to Yoast SEO for one of my sites.
- The Bulk Editor in Yoast SEO allows you to show items with a certain status (published/draft) which I have found useful sometimes.
- Update 2017: Yoast includes a great XML-sitemap. In SEO Ultimate, you need to upgrade to the paid version to get that.
Pros with SEO Ultimate:
- SEO Ultimate allows you to edit Robot tags (noindex/nofollow) in bulk which can be very useful.
- A feature with SEO Ultimate that can be very useful is the Deeplink Juggernaut which creates great internal links for you, with all the necessary settings to make it really good and not too excessive as some other plugins I’ve tried.
- SEO Ultimate allows you to add Google Rich Snippets such as rating etc. I don’t find this feature with Yoast SEO. Correct me if I’m wrong.
- SEO Ultimate has a feature called Code Inserter, that allows you to insert code 1) within the header tag, 2) Before Item Content, 3) After Item Content, and 4) in the Footer. This is very useful if the theme doesn’t provide the option to add code to the header and you don’t want to bother creating a child theme.
Both Yoast SEO and SEO Ultimate are very good SEO plugins for WordPress. I generally find Yoast more complete but still there are some sites where I prefer SEO Ultimate, such as when I need to manage a lot of noindex tags or want automatized internal linking.
Over to you – what is your experience with these SEO plugins? Which one do you prefer? Looking forward to your comment.