WordPress SEO Plugin Comparison

Cary Hat I realized that I’ve added a lot of functionality to HeadSpace without actually making any kind of announcement about it. To make up for this this I decided to produce a comparison chart showing HeadSpace in relation to other popular SEO orientated plugins. This is not a chance to poke competitors in the eye but just an attempt for me to show exactly what HeadSpace can do and how it stacks up to other plugins. It’s also a good excuse to make sure I can tick as many boxes as possible – HeadSpace is now in its fourth year and although development is still going strong, it is easy to get stuck in your own world and not see what is happening outside.

Note that while I have tried to keep the comparison objective, this is my site and naturally I am biased.

This comparison will look at:

  • HeadSpace
  • All-In-One SEO (AIO SEO)
  • Platinum SEO (a derivative of All-In-One SEO)
  • wpSEO
  • SEO Title Tags (not really the same type of plugin, but was included due to it’s very good titling features)

HeadSpace AIO SEO Platinum SEO wpSEO SEO Title Tag
Version Tested 3.6.21 1.4.7.4 1.2.3 2.7.2 2.3.3
Translations 16 17 1 2
Data Importers 10
Cost Free Free Free License Free

First let’s look at some basic features:

HeadSpace AIO SEO Platinum SEO wpSEO SEO Title Tag
Titles Partial
Page numbering Custom Custom Custom Fixed
Inherited SEO settings Partial
Description
Keywords
Robots
Noindex
Google Section Targetting
Custom tagline
Custom more text
Keywords
Mass edit meta-data

These features can be applied to various parts of your website:

HeadSpace AIO SEO /
Platinum SEO
wpSEO SEO Title Tags
Specific posts All Features Title, description, keywords Title
Specific pages All Features Title, description, keywords Title
Posts (general) All Features Title Title, description, keywords, noindex
Pages (general) All Features Title Title, description, keywords, noindex
Archives All Features Title Title, description, keywords, noindex
Search Results All Features Title Title, description, keywords, noindex Title
Home Page All Features Title, description, keywords Title, description, keywords, noindex Title
Specific Category Archive All Features
Category Archives All Features Title, noindex Title, description, keywords, noindex Title
Author Pages All Features
404 Pages All Features Title Title, description, keywords, noindex Title
Tag pages All Features Title Title, description, keywords, noindex
Login Page All Features
All Pages All Features
Attachment Pages All Features noindex

Finally, here’s a table of other non-SEO features that HeadSpace provides:

Page tags Add tagging to pages
Google Analytics Add Google Analytic tracking code
Page specific CSS Include CSS on specific pages or areas of your site
Page specific JavaScript Include JavaScript on specific pages or areas of your site
Page specific themes Change your theme on specific pages
Page specific plugins Run plugins only on specific pages
Arbitary meta data Add any meta-data
Custom fields Add custom data fields that can be access via an API
Disable WP formatting Disable wpautop function
Custom page counts Change how many posts appear in search and archive pages
Disable HTML editor Disable the visual HTML editor for all users
First Time Visitor Display a message for first time visitors
Frame Breaker Prevents your site being used inside a frame
103Bees Add 103bees tracking code
Apture Add Apture to pages
AWStats Add extra AWstats JavaScript tracking code
CrazyEgg Add CrazyEgg tracking coe
HitTail Add HitTail tracking code
FeedBurner Stats Enables FeedBurner Pro Stats
Mint Add Mint tracking code
Piwik Add Piwik tracking code
StatCounter Add StatCounter tracking code
Google Webmaster Add Google Webmaster code
Microsoft Live Verification Add Microsoft Live code
Yahoo Site Explorer Add Yahoo Site Explorer code

As with anything SEO related you should use the tools available as best fits your own site. A lot of what people say you should do is myth and heresay so see what works best for you.

Please do remember that HeadSpace has a feature tracker where anyone can submit requests for functionality. If there’s something I’ve missed that you think should be included then do add it to the tracker.

31 Responses to WordPress SEO Plugin Comparison

  1. Just from scanning your comparison charts, it’s clear that the choice we made to switch from SEO Title Tags to All In One SEO plugin was a good choice. Now however, I am going to have to do some more research on your Headspace offering and consider making a recommendation to my supervisor. I know that I’m likely to do that research on some of my personal WP installs and that should be a good thing for my own sites!

  2. Hi John,

    I have used all of the plugins you analize and I think you have dismissed some of the features from wpSEO:
    - Titles con be configured nearly 100% customized
    - You can configure noindex and nofollow (per site or per page/post basis)
    - Specific title, keyword, description and noindex/nofollow configuration per page or post basis is available
    - It also allows you to configure the NOODP snippet and noarchive.
    - You can also set up the uploads renaming, order of title, description, keyword, noindex.
    - In the automatic keywords settings, you can dismissed certain words, detect more important keywords (strong, em, …)
    - Remove title/metas from template to introduce the ‘new’ ones
    - Prevent feed from been indexed

    Althoug I think your plugin is really great, I think your comparision is a bit subjective.
    - Clean HTML from
    - Set maximum words for description/keywords
    - Canonical tag

    - Characters and word counting when introducing title/keyword/description manually