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Mike Friedman

It's time to dump Yoast

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So over the past week I have been working on moving every site I own and every client site I work with that runs on Wordpress away from Yoast.

Many of you know the story about the glitch they had this summer with their update in May. It caused many sites to tank. I had two clients impacted by it, but fortunately not drastically. 

That's not the worst part of the story. The worst part was that several people brought the issue to their attention fairly quickly. They waited almost 3 months to acknowledge the problem and put a fix out for it along with a half-hearted apology.

That's just not acceptable.

A few people have asked me for alternatives to Yoast. I've tried a few of the other plugins and the one I am moving to is SEO Press (not to be confused with SEO Pressor). There is a free version, but I'm using the paid version, which is $39/yr for unlimited sites.

If I had to pick a second option, it would probably be the All-in-One SEO plugin, but I really do not care for their interface at all.

SEO Press doesn't have all the green buttons that Yoast does on individual posts, but I do not use those anyhow. It has everything else I need and would recommend.

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17 hours ago, MarcDantes said:

I have seen few people recommend the SEO framework plugin. It's a bit more expensive than the one suggested by Mike.

If you are managing more than 1 site, it is A LOT more expensive. For 5 sites, it is $199/year. That is ridiculous considering it doesn't really provide anything that other plugins are offering.

 

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On 8/31/2018 at 12:31 PM, Mike Friedman said:

So over the past week I have been working on moving every site I own and every client site I work with that runs on Wordpress away from Yoast.

Many of you know the story about the glitch they had this summer with their update in May. It caused many sites to tank. I had two clients impacted by it, but fortunately not drastically. 

That's not the worst part of the story. The worst part was that several people brought the issue to their attention fairly quickly. They waited almost 3 months to acknowledge the problem and put a fix out for it along with a half-hearted apology.

That's just not acceptable.

A few people have asked me for alternatives to Yoast. I've tried a few of the other plugins and the one I am moving to is SEO Press (not to be confused with SEO Pressor). There is a free version, but I'm using the paid version, which is $39/yr for unlimited sites.

If I had to pick a second option, it would probably be the All-in-One SEO plugin, but I really do not care for their interface at all.

SEO Press doesn't have all the green buttons that Yoast does on individual posts, but I do not use those anyhow. It has everything else I need and would recommend.

After our chat on Skype the other day, I went ahead and made the switch on my sites. It was pretty seamless. Cool thing about SEO Press that you forgot to mention is that it has a feature that lets you import all your setting directly from Yoast with the click of a button. You don't have to go in and set everything up on every page or change all the settings in the menu to what you want. You just hit a button and in 10 seconds it is all done for you.

 

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