Best Wordpress SEO Plugins - Scribe Versus Wordpress SEO

WordPress SEO Plugins: Scribe Versus WordPress SEO

Wordpress SEO Plugin Competition - Best WordPress SEO PluginsWe love a good competition and this in article WordPress SEO plugin competes against Scribe.  Find out who gets the killer punch!

There are a broad range of SEO plugins that can help optimize your content.  In this article we’ve taken a look at 2 which are recommended a lot online and considered amongst some of the best for WordPress SEO.



If you are not on WordPress this article will still help understand the SEO Optimization process better so still worth reading.  Don’t give up yet, you’ll enjoy it….

1.  Scribe for WordPress SEO

Scribe starts at $99 per month. There is a 30 day trial period but you need to pay upfront and if you’re unhappy you ask for your money back.  Imagine if you had a post on LinkedIn and ‘LinkedIn Tools’ was the term you wanted to rank on.

You enter this term into Scribe and click on the research button.


Best WordPress SEO Plugins - Scribe Keyword Research
Enter in the keywords you want to rank on


From the list it shows that the popularity of the keywords ‘LinkedIn tools’ is low but competition is also low.  The lower the number for competition the easier it is to rank on.  Although there is low search volume the competition is low so still worth considering.


Best WordPress SEO Plugins - Scribe keyword suggestions
Scribe does an analysis of keywords based on your content


Save the target term and then perform a keyword analysis on this search term ‘LinkedIn Tools’.


Best WordPress SEO Plugins - Scribe Keyword Analysis
Scribe does an analysis on the keywords within your content


The initial score that is displayed is a site score not a page score.  This indicates how the site is ranked overall for the terms LinkedIn and tools.  In the grid the keywords you want to rank on  is displayed within the ‘c’ part of the grid.  Each of the sections are explained below:

A – The page and site are optimized for the keyword displayed.  This is great if this is your primary keywords for the site.

B – The page is not well optimized for the keyword but the site is.  This could be fine as you are not always trying to optimize for your main site keywords on particular pages.

C – The page is optimized for the keyword but the site is not.  So ‘LinkedIn Tools’ is optimized but you could move it up within the grid to improve it.

D – Neither the site or the page is optimized for the keyword.

In this image we also see the list of top keywords that appear on the page.  LinkedIn Tools only appears once but prominence is very good.  So there are opportunities to add it more.

There’s also page analysis which shows a score of 100.  It is surprising to get a score of 100 for the page considering that there is only one mention of ‘LinkedIn Tools’  in the sample post we used so there’s certainly room for improvement.


Best WordPress SEO Plugins - Scribe Page Analysis
Initial analysis of my page with scribe


We know it needs to be optimized further so you could add  ‘Linked Tools’ a couple more times to the post.  In this example, we add it twice in the content and once in the meta description (this is displayed in Google search results so useful to have the search terms in this also).  The meta description won’t help for SEO purposes but it’s still good useful to do.  This is what it now looks like.


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Report after adding more of the relevant keywords in the content


As you can see ‘LinkedIn tools’ moved more to the right.  I would have assumed it should moved up the grid as well because from a search metric point of view things have improved.

So at this stage scribe is not giving you enough help and you’re not sure where to go next.  The page is already at 100% but it was at 100% when there was only 1 mention of ‘LinkedIn Tools’ in the content.  So from a usability point of view I’m certainly disappointed.

There are other features such as identifying tags to add which is good and also a feature for improving linking between between posts.

In the following image it shows that the post about searching social media has higher authority than other pages so linking from this page could be useful.


Best WordPress SEO Plugins - Scribe Internal Linking
Scribe helps identify which relevant page on your site you should use to link to this content



Scribe SEO contains some useful functionality and it is provided by Copyblogger who are highly reputable.  If you are new to WordPress SEO I think you will find it difficult to use and will not provide you with the guidance you will need.  At a starting price of $99 per month this is quite expensive.  If you know the basics of SEO and want to improve your optimisation this could be useful to you.

2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO  is a WordPress plugin developed by Joost De Valk that is free use.  When you install it you can set a focus keyword(s) for your blog post.  This gives you an initial analysis regarding the content in relation to this search term.


Best WordPress SEO Plugins - WordPress SEO
WordPress SEO lets you set the focus keyword that you want to rank on and gives some tips on improving content for ranking on this keyword


Immediately you see some recommendation on areas that you need to improve on.  In the example post we didn’t use the keywords within the blog post or within the meta description (which google displays in search results).

After making changes based on recommendations you can view a more detailed analysis which highlights what is wrong.


Best WordPress SEO Plugins - WordPress SEO Page Analysis
A Page analysis reviews the post based on the focus keywords.


The recommendations are quite straight forward and now you can make any necessary changes and run the page analysis again.  You can keep doing this until you get green dots for all areas! (Red is bad, Amber is ok and Green is good!)


This is a very easy tool to use and it’s free.  You enter your focus keyword and it comes up with a list of recommendations. It’s not as comprehensive as Scribe, for example, it doesn’t show you how competitive the keywords are and doesn’t help with internal linking but from a usability point of view it’s very easy.


Scribe SEO is quite expensive at $99 dollars per month and WordPress SEO is free.  Wordpress SEO provides you with a list of recommendations that are very easy to fix and it’s simple to use.  Scribe contains more functionality but is more difficult to use.

Until Scribe SEO improves it’s usability and reduces the price my preference is WordPress SEO.

What do you think are the best wordpress SEO plugins?  What is your best approach for optimizing blog posts?  Have you any questions you’d like to ask?

Note:  There is no affiliate links in this review.  If we wanted to make money on this post we’d recommend Scribe because it’s a paid service!!

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29 Responses to WordPress SEO Plugins: Scribe Versus WordPress SEO

  1. I’m definitely a WordPress SEO fan. I’ve been using it for awhile. I think it more than meets the needs of most bloggers and Joost De Valk keeps it updated regularly.

  2. Great article! I was thinking about getting Scribe. However, I’d also like to see a comparison between SEOmoz, Scribe, WordPress SEO, Majestic SEO, Hittail, SEMrush SpyFu, Market Samurai, and Advanced Web Ranking. As a startup bootstrapped founder having all of these resources is great but it’s very overwhelming, expensive and I don’t know benefits and drawbacks of each service.

    Keep the reviews coming!

    • Hey Mike, I used to use All in One SEO and didn’t really have issues with it but I moved to Yoast as I wanted to use this video sitemap plugin which indexes videos on your site. I could only use this Yoast.

      When I moved I liked it because it provided some nice additional functionality. I was able to get rid of my sitemap plugin as that is built in. Also what’s nice is the ‘focus keyword’ part which encourages you to pick out what keywords you want to rank on and it provides suggestions to improve optimization based on this. It’s very simple but that’s what I like about it. Scribe provides similar functionality but has a non intuitive user interface and it’s expensive.

      Here’s how you migrate –

      There’s no added benefit having both plugins and it will get confusing. If you don’t have one installed I’d go with Yoast. If you have All in one and you need some tips to optimize posts then I’d move to Yoast also!

      Thanks so much for your feedback.


  3. Ian – If you watch for deals you can get Scribe for $47/month. I had been watching it and snagged a “never to be offered again” deal of $37/month sometime last year. At that price I can justify its value. For me, it’s easy to use and speeds up my SEO work. Anything more complicated would be overkill for me personally.

    • Hey Jeff, yes, I’ll keep an eye. $47/Month is more reasonable! That’s the issue with SEO, if it’s too complicated we won’t bother using it! Thanks for your feedback. Ian

  4. Yes, Scribe is expensive, but it’s good.

    Stay in between. Use SEOPressor. It works as good with on-page SEO and it has social SEO that helps add Facebook OpenGraph and TwitterCard, works well if your site is getting lots of social shares.


  5. Yoast matches what I am used through a site that I have for 10 years. Image that, the site was built by Solids Cactus and hosted by Yahoo and each page has SEO listed fill in the blanks same as Yoast, so yes Yoast in my fav, scribe wants me to pay to do lots of work, it might drill it down more but the whole is top write for your customers and how they search and if you do not know your customers you are in wrong business and never will fell the type of success someone who does.

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