I’ve been using SEOPressor for several months now, since just after it was released, and I thought it was about time for me to do a proper SEOPressor review.
To start with, I’ll go over what SEOPressor does, and then we’ll get to what I think of it.
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At the heart of SEOPressor is the SEOPressor Scoreboard, which you’ll see as a widget in your Add New Post page in WordPress. When you start a new post or page, the scoreboard looks like the image on the right. At this point I haven’t yet told the plugin what keyword we’re trying to optimize around, so it can’t compute any sort of score.
As I start building the post, and enter in a keyword to target, you’ll see the Score panel changes.
I just went ahead and did that, for this post, and Saved the Draft in order for the plugin to re-calculate, and you can see that basically as of this paragraph, the plugin is giving me a rating of 54.44% for the keyword SEOPressor. That number is in green, because it’s over 50% (a good thing). You’ll also see that the Keyword Density is calculated for you, and in this case, I’m way high, at 6.77%. That tells me immediately I need to add some extra text to thin things out!
Below that, SEOPressor has a very cool checklist of various items it has either confirmed you’re ok on, or is flagging that you need to address.
Is SEOPressor Magic?
The real power in this SEO plugin for WordPress isn’t anything magic; it is simply that it gives you a visual way to see how well you’re doing the SEO fundamentals. People (well, me especially, but people in general) love scores, stats and figures – even more so when they change in front of their very eyes in response to a small change.
So how cool is it when you can go back and make a subtitle an H3 and gain 5% in your SEO score? We’re talking simple changes here, but simple changes that make a real, measurable impact.
In addition to forcing the user to make changes, SEOPressor adds a couple subtle touches of it’s own – things like bolding, italicizing, or underlining one of your keywords. These are minor changes of course, but they can have an impact. You can also setup the plugin to add alternate tags to your post images automatically, which can be quite helpful in some situations.
My Results With SEOPressor
I’ll admit it right off the top here, I’m as close to addicted to WordPress plugins as you can get. I’m always snapping up the latest plugin, because I know how simple they make things for me. That being said, if the plugin doesn’t provide some sort of sustainable value, then I usually toss it and move along.
SEOPressor proved itself within the first couple weeks of use, for me. Although I’m not going to give you specific sites or keywords, I will tell you that within 2 weeks of using SEOPressor to optimize some existing posts on one of my sites, I saw several of those break through onto the first page. We’re talking very minor, non-competitive terms here, but this represents progress nonetheless, and required NOTHING other than a few minutes with SEOPressor to get these results.
I’ve since gone back to nearly all of my sites and installed SEOPressor, because I do see the value in using it – everywhere. I also have replicated these results with FAR more competitive terms, however in those instances much more than just good on-page SEO was required.
Nevertheless, with SEOPressor showing you a high score (I typically aim for 60% to 80% on most posts, 80% and up if I’m REALLY trying to nail something) you’re fairly well guaranteed that your on-page SEO is as good as you’re going to get it within reason.
My SEOPressor Compaints
SEOPressor is truly great at evaluating the post content… however that’s where it ends. In my humble opinion, the plugin could be made that much better if they would make it look at the following additional factors:
- Meta description
- Meta keyword tags
- Post title
These are not currently considered by SEOPressor. Take the post title for instance. Nearly every WP theme gives the post title an H2 tag, therefore if your post title includes your keyword (and it SHOULD!) then you’ve already got an H2 keyword on your page… just not within the body.
Additionally, meta data is still important for SEO – even if it no longer carries quite the importance that it used to, and even then, not all search engines treat that data the same way, so there’s no excuse for ignoring it. I guess the issue here is widespread use of third-party SEO plugins, and having to look in a lot of different fields to find that data, rather than just in the post content, however that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.
All told, SEOPressor is one of the very few premium WordPress plugins I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in improving their search engine rankings. It takes a mostly-misunderstood subject and applies good practices in an extremely easy to use and intuitive manner. You don’t have to be an SEO whizbang to benefit from SEOPressor, though newbies and advanced users alike will enjoy this plugin.
Bottom line is if you use WordPress very often, and you’re in internet marketing in any capacity, then SEOPressor is one plugin you need to have in your arsenal.