SEO is the name of the game in online writing. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically, it’s the idea of optimizing your site for visibility on search engines.
Usually to have good SEO, you have to check yourself constantly to make sure you’re putting keywords in all available places and optimizing their placement and usage. This takes constant concentration and a lot of time and effort. That’s where the Squirrly SEO plugin comes in.
Squirrly is a plugin which promises to optimize the SEO for your WordPress articles. How? It constantly checks your article for keywords and the way they’re used and gives you feedback on your SEO. They claim that articles optimized with Squirrly get +285% more traffic, on average, than non-optimized articles.
So how does it work?
When you’re writing articles, four widgets will appear above and below the editor and to the right side of it.
The widget above the editor will help you research keywords to find which ones are being searched the most often.
The upper widget on the side will take in keywords, then find content online with them in them.
The lower widget on the side will give you feedback on the SEO of your post based off of the keywords, checking to see where the keywords are used (or not used) and to check a few other aspects of your post.
The widget below the editor will give you updates on traffic and social impact. This will give you an idea of how you’re doing.
On the Posts page, you’ll see a progress ranking from Squirrly next to each post. You’ll want to get each one as high as possible.
Squirrly also tracks all content marketing aspects of your site. Blogging, keywords, SEO, authority, traffic, and social signals are all analysed. It gives scores and professional advice on how to fix them. You can send this information as a PDF to people who need it.
The plugin will also track your SEO progress and email you a weekly update on your progress.
Without leaving the Squirrly interface you can see how people are interacting and talking about your topic and industry, so you’ll know how to structure your article.
Does Squirrly Really Help Your SEO?
After using Squirrly for an article, I can say it’s a bit confusing at first, but once you get used to it, it works very well.
It’s nice because it gives you a lot of information about which keywords are good to use and it gives feedback on traffic.
When it comes to the optimization part of it, Squirrly is strict. Groups of words used as keywords need to be right next to each other and prominent. It gives guidelines and it wants you to follow them, glowing a harsh red if you misbehave.
So does it work? Time will really tell.
So Is It Worth It?
Truthfully, it’s worth it to try it out. Squirrly will give you the full version for 14 days. After 14 days, you either keep it and pay, or just continue, but with the free version instead. It’s going to be based on your decision. It’s a useful platform, but you have to be willing to listen to it.
To Download Squirrly, go here and scroll to the bottom of the page.