How do you calculate the search volume reported in keyword research?

The search volume data is based on API information that comes from SEMrush. In very few cases we estimate it ourselves.

In case you see differences between what we show and Keyword Planner from Google or other similar tools here is the explanation:

The search volume is shown for: “keyword” (exact match), NOT for keyword (broad).

The keyword planner from Google is not to be used for SEO purposes because it offers keyword info to be used in search advertising, not in organic.

Therefore, they show volumes for broad searches and sometimes even similar, because those are SERPs where they could also show your ad, even though it’s not 100% your exact match keyword.

What can you tell us about Squirrly SEO 2016 vs Squirrly SEO 2017

This is what everyone has been wondering about lately and we finally reveal all the changes.

It took a while to get this page ready, because we’ve really improved a lot of aspects of Squirrly SEO. We had to make sure that we’re helping people do exactly what Google 2017 wants, with all the latest changes in the ranking factors AND also with all the latest focus on social media.

I’m saying Google 2017, because I want to make it obvious that we are 100% committed to making all the right changes inside of our software. To better express the changes from Squirrly SEO 2016 to Squirrly SEO 2017, we’re using the G16 vs G17 elements in design.

Very soon, the badges for each G will be available to you in the plugin.

Without further ado, I present to you:

Squirrly SEO 2016 vs 2017.

Keyword Research – G17. The best Keyword Research Tool Available for WordPress was re-designed to a whole new Level.

We’ll soon have more info available about our Market Intelligence: Keyword Research tools. You can read what we already have available here.. Until then, I want to show you some of the most visible changes you’ll notice.

3x Times More Long Tail Keywords than the G16 version of the Keyword Research Tool

seo longtail keywords wordpress

The algorithm changes we’ve made helps us give you 3x times more Long-Tail Keywords. This is massive SEO value. Your focus should be on long-tail keywords because people who search for long-tails have a much clearer intention of making an action if the content is good. (buy action, subscribe action, time on page, check other pages, etc.)

Super Efficient. Data Driven.

The Keyword Research tool that you get from Squirrly SEO 2017 is more powerful than ever, thanks to its integration with the rest of the Market Intelligence features we place at your finger tips.

One of the biggest parts of our Market Intelligence features is Web Authority and all the website stats we collect from all around the web.

We take this data into account starting with Squirrly SEO 2017 to give you better suggestions for what people search on the web, to see the search volumes, the trends and the web authority of the websites you’re trying to compete with for different search queries.

market intelligence

2x More Countries Added – Soon to add even more.

We’ve integrated with data that we get about the search behavior of users from many other countries. Since the g16 version of our Keyword Research Tool we’ve added 2 times more countries that you can choose from.

Whenever you choose a certain country in our Keyword Research tool, it will start showing you how the people in THOSE countries search for the keyword ideas you have. This gives you the right information you need to tackle your desired market.

Our algorithm is better than ever and we’ve completely redesigned it. This allows us to add many new countries very soon.

keyword research for local seo

Complete Focus Towards Actionable Data – powered by Market Intelligence.

The general information regarding Keyword Competition wasn’t as helpful as it should have been. You got the same kind of information for a keyword, no matter the site which you were using at that given moment in time.

Since the Keyword Research Tool from Squirrly SEO 2017 has now become part of our Market Intelligence Suite, we now show you a much better metric for each keyword. Oh, and it might be different from site to site.

Easy to Rank Vs. Hard to Rank.

You will no longer get some general info. You will get to see exactly if your current site really has a chance to outrank others if you go and optimize for that keyword.

keyword research competition

My.Squirrly.Co G17 – Your Back-Office for Managing Squirrly feels More Like Your Office.

For us it was really time to get squirrly and start improving our back-office. The place where you kept track of the sites on which you’ve installed the Squirrly SEO Plugin and where you could find invoices and next billing dates.

We want your back-office for using Squirrly SEO to become a real office. That’s why with the g17 version of my.squirrly.co we’re giving you a lot more:

  • See the Latest Updates and Improvements we make for the Squirrly SEO software.
  • See your list of sites and find out if the Audit Suite features of Squirrly had any problems generating the weekly Audit for you.
  • Request a new Audit every single hour. (if you’re doing a lot of work on your WordPress site, this will sure come in handy)
  • Check out your usage stats. Better understand how much you’ve used Squirrly SEO recently.
  • Account Information. This was a missing piece of the puzzle. You can finally get a clear view over your current plan and the number of actions you can still make (like keyword researches, optimizations, etc.)
  • Keyword Research. Yes, we didn’t just make it better. We’re also placing this great re-designed feature inside your my.squirrly.co interface. It will allow you to perform many keyword researches and we’ll give you an option to download the results to CSV.
  • Re-Design. We’ve re-designed it to make it look better and offer more clarity.
  • Find Invoices
  • Find Billing Dates

mysquirrly seo admin

SEO Audit becomes Squirrly Audit Suite.

The Weekly SEO Audit you get from Squirrly SEO has always been a lot more than just an SEO Audit. Especially if you had the PRO version and it gathered data about 100 pages of your WordPress site.

That’s why you’ll start seeing it called the Squirrly Audit Suite. The way it currently “lives” as a piece of software on our servers (yes, we had to buy more servers for the audits to work well) is the following:

  • the Blogging Audit
  • the Traffic Audit (which will get a Google Analytics integration this year)
  • the SEO Audit
  • the Social Media Audit
  • the Links Audit
  • the Web Authority Audit

So, basically it’s not just an SEO Audit that you get from us on a weekly basis (or hourly basis if you request new ones in my.squirrly.co). It’s a full on Audit Suite with different audits made for each marketing area that Squirrly SEO can help you with.

seo audit for wordpress

Other than the announcement of how the software works, how it’s divided into 6 pieces and how we’ll improve one of the audits this year by integrating with GA, I want to tell you that the data these audits provides is much better than it used to be.

The g16 version that we’ve had saw a lot of crawler problems, that we’ve now fixed in the g17 version. Also, after releasing Squirrly SEO 2016 Twitter decided to remove their Twitter shares (favorites and retweets) data from the API and no software provider could find any data about this popularity metric on the web. It’s the reason why we had to take it out for a while. But rest assured: we’re introducing it back again and it works really well!

data for wordpress seo audit

Google Rank -G17. Understand How Well You Rank for Your Keywords. Now made to the full specs of Google 2017.

Remember when I said that Squirrly SEO really makes sense with a monthly or yearly subscription? >> It’s because of many updates like these.

When you make a static plugin or a WordPress theme you don’t really need to work much on it after you release the first stable version. You are never forced to continuously work on it and improve it to someone else’s ever-changing standards.

Well, at Squirrly we don’t really have that luxury of being lazy. We have to keep being squirrly, keep being agitated and agile. We need to keep up with all the latest updates and improve the software for you.

New Year. New Google.

Since our Squirrly SEO 2016 release, Google has changed a lot of things in the way it works. This pushed us to update the system that finds out your Objective keyword rankings on Google.

And I say Objective, because the results you get from us are the actual, 100% accurate results that people see when THEY search online, not when YOU search online. Because Google personalizes your experience, if you try to search for your keywords, you will always get biased data which is not true for the desired customers you target.

squirrly seo according to google

More Countries Added.

We’ve added more countries for which we can display your Google Ranking. The way you rank for Argentina is different than the way you rank for Spain.

More countries are now available, so if you target very specific markets this will surely come in handy.

Images -G17. Copyright-Free, High Quality and in High Volume. Perfect for Your Content.

Based on the keywords you choose for your articles, Squirrly SEO 2017 offers you great looking images that you can place in your content. Many copyright-free images. So many, that in fact we now offer you 4x more copyright-free images than ever before.


  • pexels
  • unsplash
  • pixabay

search images in wordpress seo

Better WordPress Integration.

It’s not only that you get more awesome images. They now get saved (if you choose) directly into your WordPress Media Library and you can continue using them in other WordPress features, plugins or themes.

Inspiration Box -G17. Turn Real Moments Into Stories.

If you want to write your WordPress blog posts like a true journalist you will care a lot about sources and about being in the loop with all the latest news from the blogosphere.

Sometimes the best way to do SEO and Social Media Marketing is to write about trending items. The fact that a trend is currently on the rise means that you can target a new keyword that other people haven’t covered yet. The best part is: the demand for that keyword keeps growing as the trend keeps rising.

This approach also helps for Social Media, because SM is all about What’s Happening Now.

The Inspiration box from Squirrly SEO gives you the opportunity to study these new trends directly in your WordPress dashboard, without having to leave; and without having to search in countless different places.

Sometimes, you need to understand what the “new thing” means, so that you won’t make mistakes (due to the fact that you don’t understand the new trend properly yet).

In your WordPress interface, you’ll be able to read all the latest ideas that people Tweet about the new subject. You’ll get to see if Wikipedia has entries about that yet and you’ll also be able to find what the latest blog posts from the World Wide Web have to say about the rising trend. You can even read the articles straight from WordPress.

This is a huge workflow improvement, that you can’t get anywhere else.

The G17 version is far improved from the G16 version and it works with the latest Google updates. Most of the older functions have become deprecated and we had to change them, in order to keep the Inspiration Box up and running for you.

squirrly seo according to google

Inner Linking – G17. Improve your SEO by placing more links to great pages from your site.

The Inner Linking feature of Squirrly SEO has been greatly improved since 2016.

In the inspiration box you have the button for Inner Linking. It used to offer fewer suggestions for pages from your own site to which you could link.

Now we’ve changed it so that you can search by keywords and find the most relevant pages from your site that you want to link to. A clear example: Let’s say you’re writing an article on “Content Marketing Tools Your Business Needs in 2017”. With the G17 version you can search for “social media tools” and find a relevant article you’ve written on this topic, which you can connect to your current article. By saying something like “for more details on Social Media tools that we use at Squirrly, you can check this blog post [link]”

internal linking wordpress seo 2018

SEO Star -G17. More Help For Content Marketing

We’ve improved our Web Authority Index and the Market Intelligence we provide in our Keyword Research feature. Therefore we factor in more ideas for increasing the SEO Star Score of our users.

market intelligence

Squirrly Snippet -G17. Powered by TrueRender

The Squirrly Snippet of Squirrly SEO 2017 is powered by TrueRender.

In the SEO preview that we provide in our snippet you will see exactly how the post will look like when people find your listing on Google.

Yoast, All in One SEO and the rest do not simulate the way Google will truly display the search result, which leaves a lot of margin for error, because many themes and plugins that you use can interfere with the code when WordPress generates your page. In these plugins, you might think everything will be displayed all right, when in fact it will not.

What you see in our Snippet is exactly what your potential customers will see on Google when they see you in the search results. This offers you the real control you need.

Better WordPress Integration

Also, the Customize Options have been improved to provide better control. Also, for the social media images that will be placed in Open Graph and Twitter cards you can now choose to place images from your WordPress Media Library.

snippet for wordpress seo 2018

Customer Service Channels -G17. Excellence in Customer Service. Now on More Channels Than Ever Before.

Since we first launched in February 2013, we’ve been obsessed with Customer Service. Unlike other WordPress services you’re used to, we don’t shy away from Customer Service. We encourage you to ask us questions.

Because of our approach to Customer Service we could develop the most powerful SEO Software available for WordPress. We kept making Squirrly SEO better, due to our interactions with you.

For customer service we had the following channels:

For the Squirrly SEO 2017 version we kept these channels, but we’ve also added new ones:

  • Youtube Live Chat, every Thursday 4 PM on our Youtube Channel
  • Twitter: we provide support, we write about new updates to the software products we offer, we write content marketing lessons (every Mon. and Tue.)
  • Facebook Page.
  • Sites: plugin.squirrly.co and howto.squirrly.co

wordpress seo 2018 customer service

JSON-LD -G17. We were the first to add this to WordPress. Now we’re the first to improve it.

In Squirrly SEO 2016 we’ve included the JSON-LD feature, which helps Google better understand what your WordPress site is about.

In this new version, we also introduced Instagram, Pinterest and Contact Information for JSON-LD.

json ld 2018

Rich Pins -G17. 3 Times Better. Now with WooCommerce integration

The rich Pins have really been improved.

  • they work well now (we had a couple of bugs in the first release, from G16)
  • added the Rich Pins Validator
  • Works awesomely with Ecommerce for WordPress. Your products will look great when pinned to Pinterest user’s profiles.

squirrly seo rich pins

Open Graph -G17. The best Open Graph Plugin for WordPress gets an Update. Videos.

Start using the Open Graph from Squirrly SEO. When someone shares your page on Facebook AND your page contains a video, the OG from Squirrly shows a clickable thumbnail in Facebook. When anyone from the user’s audience clicks that thumbnail, the video will start playing inside of Facebook.

We’ve had a couple of real estate agents try this out for the Facebook Pages of properties they were selling. They’ve told us this really increased their conversions and that their customers were happy to get to see the estates directly in Facebook, without having to navigate to other websites.

Also: you can now add a custom image for Open Graph when you optimize the front page (the homepage) of Your WordPress site. [works with both static and blog feed types of front pages].

squirrly seo open graph 2017

Plugin and API Speed -G17. More Speed. Faster WordPress.

We were already 3 times faster than the Yoast plugin and 2 times faster than All In One SEO.

However, this didn’t stop us from optimizing the speed of Squirrly SEO even further. We’ve made it work well for users with very slow Internet Connections (the API used to have problems when the Internet speed was too slow).

fastest wordpress plugin

Built-IN SEO Settings -G17. Powered by the Duplicate Remover.

One of the most important updates we’ve made is something that’s very specific to the WordPress environment which really becomes a messy jungle after installing more themes and plugins.

Because most developers do not follow the very clear guidelines of WordPress.org lots of problems appear.

The most common one we’re seeing is WordPress Sites having multiple Open Graph Tags, Twitter Card Metas, Title METAs, Description METAs, JSON-LDs, etc. This is completely wrong and it affects aspects like: Google Rankings, html code errors.

The Built in SEO Settings from Squirrly SEO are now powered by the Meta Duplicate Remover we’ve created, which makes sure that only ONE entry for each type of META will appear in the final code rendered by the browser.

wordpress seo settings 2017

Active by default.

Also, by popular opinion from our users, we’re now making the SEO Settings from Squirrly active by default.

This has always been requested, and we’re finally doing it. The SEO Settings we offer have become truly amazing over the last years. Squirrly SEO 2018 will need these settings active anyway, for the great SEO surprise we’ll soon reveal to everyone.

Tracking -G17. They Change. We Change.

Changes for 2017.

The tracking codes from Google and Facebook have changed since 2016, and we’ve updated the way we help them do the tracking for your WordPress site.

Added AMP support for Google Tracking.

When your site is in AMP mode, the Google Tracking will keep working due to this update we’ve made.

squirrly seo according to google

So, you think Squirrly SEO 2017 is Cool? Wait ’til you see Squirrly SEO 2018.

We got really squirrly with all our development and moved much faster with our plans for the innovation we had prepared for Squirrly SEO 2018.

That’s why Squirrly SEO 2018 will be released in April 2017.

Until then, know that once we finish the release for Squirrly SEO 2017, your license will automatically be updated. No extra actions required to update the license. You’ll just have to update your plugin to the latest version.

100% green in Squirrly Live Assistant but I’m not getting traffic

Sometimes we receive emails with this question and I want to help everybody have the correct image of Squirrly Live Assistance.

Squirrly Live Assistant

First, make sure that the topic (keyword) you choose for your article is well-researched. That means that people actually search for that keyword on google or other search engines. Don’t just use random words and expect to get traffic only by optimizing for that keyword. Try to keep this in mind: you are writing for people who actually have to read your article and not for Squirrly.

To get the right keyword, you need you use tools like Keyword Research or Google Planner. These tools will show you the best keywords organized by the number of searches and social share impact.

keyword research

Keyword Research is the most important part of your process. So use it wisely. You can start by searching for 3-4 words topics (long-tail keywords) to get targeted traffic to your articles. After you have a reader database, you can go for 2-3 words keyword with high competition and get more readers.


After you’ve optimized the articles for long-tail keywords, you can’t expect google to just index you in front of your competition just because your site looks pretty.

Just imagine google as a decision algorithm that has to show the most relevant content for readers based on a specific keyword.

google algorith

When you publish the optimized article, you need to take some more actions immediately after:

  • make sure that people will share your article (starting with you)
  • readers will discuss around your article on social media (comments, comments, comments)
  • readers will read the article by scrolling and staying more than 2-3 min on a page (> 450 words articles with CTAs)
  • readers will read other articles connected to this one (suggested articles with the same topic)
  • readers will return to read other articles (social and emailing)

Now, the google algorithm can track these steps (especially if you have Google Analytics installed). If you don’t do most of these actions, the algorithm will presume that the topic you’ve chosen is not okay for readers. Or, that the content is not a good one and it will rank it lower and lower until it’s out from search results.


You need to have a webmaster that checks your site for errors. We have a team who can check your site for errors, duplicates, and more. Read about this here

Content writing is more complex these days. You have to put a lot of energy into it. Read about Headlines and how you can attract readers through organic search.

Having many inbound links from websites with authority is another good insight for search engines. It shows that your article is so important that other bloggers or influencers are willing to add your link into their websites.


If you do a good job writing high-quality articles for long-tail keywords, follow the steps from our SEO Audit report. It’s a report you’ll receive every week by email or you can find it in your account at SEO Audit Report .

If google indexes your article and you’re ranking higher every week, then it’s a sign that the google algorithm receives good insights for your article and you should be proud of yourself.


We’ve received many requests for Content Services and we already have a team with writers and QA prepared to help you get the best results from organic and social media traffic.

You can check our prices and you can also contact us directly: Squirrly Agency


Download the new Squirrly SERP Checker:


What Is the Best Advice for Integrating Squirrly SEO with Yoast?

R: If you have Yoast installed or any other SEO plugin, there’s no need to worry. You can install Squirrly SEO because we made sure it works with most WordPress plugins.

Squirrly SEO integration with other plugins
Squirrly SEO integration with other WordPress plugins

The point is that you don’t need to run the same features from all the plugins just to slow down the site speed and get same results.

That’s why Squirrly comes with the option to switch off some of the on-page SEO features like:

  • Sitemap
  • Feed
  • Favicon
  • OG
  • Canonical
  • Title
  • Description

And many more other features.

google sitemap squirrly

If you used Yoast for on-page SEO, use Squirrly for content optimization. Here’s why:

  • You can find the perfect topic using the keyword research tool
  • You can find copyright-free images
  • It’s easier to handle content curation on the same subject from wiki, other blogs, and social media
  • You can optimize each post/page/product for both humans and search engines using the SEO live assistant
  • You can track the evolution with Page Analytics and Performance Analytics
  • You can check the daily ranking on Google local or global for the chosen topic

If you use the Open Graph from Squirrly, you will get rich pins images after you validate one article in Pinterest at:



Check out all the Squirrly SEO Features:


My articles doesn’t appear as optimized in Performance Analytics

sqiorrly optimization

performance analytics


In your case, there are some possible reasons why the communication between your website and our servers is not working:

1. If you have a database optimization plugin that removes the records with the optimized articles before they are sent to our server (they are saved as transient in the database), all the optimized articles are queued to be sent to us with the optimization info after you save the post/page.

2. Have you changed the permalink structure lately? This could be another reason. In this case, the link is not matching the optimized link.

set permalinks in WordPress
Please make sure you save the optimized article for the post/page, after the permalink is set correctly in Settings > Permalinks. Set up permalink in wordpress

3. Your WordPress cron is deactivated and not working properly as a server cron. In this case, we don’t receive the optimized articles from your blog.

Wordpress cron
This article will help you set the cron correctly: Set up wordpress cron
Hope this helps you fix the issue.

Best regards,
Calin, CTO of Squirrly.co

Could not receive the Google Rank position in Performance Analytics

(UPDATE SEP 2016) We released the SERP Checker plugin, which will help you see the GOOGLE RANK for all the keywords you used on your website.   Read more

(UPDATES May 2016): The last update from google will make the check even harder. You need to have cURL activated in PHP in order to work. How to activate Curl

People ask me why they get the error “Could not receive data from google (Err: blocked IP)” on Squirrly > Performance Analytics page.

This error means that Google is blocking the calls from your IP over the next hour, because there are too many rank checks. (coming from your server’s IP).

Ideas on Why This Happens:

Your IP (the IP address of your WordPress host) makes too many calls to Google. This does NOT happen due to Squirrly. As you can see in the interface, you can set the interval for how to ask google about the Google Rank (the SERP).

Now: maybe you have a shared IP and multiple websites or web apps are hosted on the same server (this is something that happens quite often. You should ask your hosting provider).

If this is the case, then maybe those sites ask Google for information as well. Google has kept limiting the number of requests it wants to receive from people. Even if you’d search manually on Google, it would start blocking you at one point.

What does it mean: IP Blocked? Does it Affect me?

No, it does not. It has 0 (zero) impact on search rankings and whatnot. It simply means that Google refuses for a while to “chat” with the IP address from which you send the requests.

How Do I Fix This? What are the Solutions?

1) get a dedicated hosting, where you have your own IP. This will completely fix the problem for you. Of course, this may not come in handy for some of you. That’s why we’ve built an option. Read number (2)

2) SERP Checker Plugin by Squirrly. Read how this helps.

How Squirrly SEO checks the google rank

As the On-page SEO from Squirrly, the See Google Rank feature is also FREE and uses Google search results to get the position for each article.

google rank

While using Google search option, you are limited (By Google, not by us) as to how many articles you can check every hour. For this, we added an option in Squirrly 5.0 or higher to set the number of article you want checked each hour.

squirrlt rank option


We recommend to set it to 5 articles per hour to prevent Google from blocking your IP for the next hour.


If you have your site hosted with shared hosting, the server IP is used by many other users. In this case, even if you have 0 calls for Ranking in Squirrly > Settings > Rank Option, the IP can be blocked and we encourage you to buy a private IP .

Download the new Squirrly SERP Checker:




Does Squirrly SEO Plugin Have All the Google SEO Requirements?

We get this question a lot and it’s a good thing we do.

Same as you, we care about Google’s SEO requirements and we’re committed to offering you an SEO tool which will help you optimize your WordPress website properly.

Long story short, yes, Squirrly SEO complies with Google’s requirements when it comes to SEO.

In this article, we’ll tell you how we do it.

1. On-Page SEO with the Squirrly SEO Features

squirrly seo features

The live assistant is the feature which helps you optimize your posts for both humans and search engines.

It’s called the live assistant because it tells you as you type your article whether you’re doing a good job or if there’s something you need to fix.

One of Google’s most crucial guidelines is making your pages primarily for users and then, for search engines. The live assistant helps you take care of this in the easiest manner possible.

Here are the most important aspects it takes into consideration:

  • The presence of your main keyword in the title tag;
  • If you used the keyword in the URL;
  • Gives you the ability to create SEO-friendly URLs. Google loves a simple URL structure;
  • Checks if you used the keyword in a subheading (H2 tag);
  • Checks to see if you used the keyword in the Alt text of the images;
  • Warns you if you have over-optimized your post. Keyword stuffing is a practice which can get your site banned by Google;
  • Tells you to use the keyword in the introduction of your post.

2. XML Sitemap

squirrly seo features

The sitemap is a file which includes a list of the pages on your site and how they are organized. This is an essential general guideline from Google which states you need to provide a page where you list all the important links in your site.

Bots read this file, so they can crawl your site better. Also, the sitemap contains valuable metadata about a page, such as:

  • When it was last updated;
  • How often it’s changed;
  • Its importance relative to other pages on the site.

One of the Squirrly SEO features is the XML Sitemap, which allows you to select which post types you want to include in the sitemap and also if you want to include images or videos.

That way, you will help Google learn about the structure of your site and the content you publish.

3. Keyword Research

squirrly seo features

What’s also important when it comes to SEO and Google is to use the best keyword for your site, which will be easy to rank for.

If you choose an extremely competitive keyword, then your post won’t rank high in search engine results, people won’t find your content and so it won’t have any impact.

Google suggests thinking about the words your audience would use when searching for the type of content you want to create.

If you don’t know where you can find these, then you can use the keyword research feature, which will give you plenty of keyword suggestions you can use in your article.

With Squirrly’s Keyword Research, you can find keywords your site will actually rank for, without needing to spend months on doing backlink work.

Measure Your Site’s Success with the Squirrly SEO Features

We check on a regular basis if Google has come up with new requirements or updated the ones it already had.

Whenever something changes, Calin, our CTO, will start working on making the necessary changes, so that the plugin is compliant with Google’s guidelines.  All the updates are documented on the WordPress directory.

Besides making sure Squirrly meets Google’s SEO requirements, you can also measure your content’s success within the plugin.

The Performance Analytics section and the weekly site audit will become your best friends and you will rely on them to see how your site is doing.

You can find more details about the Squirrly SEO features here.

Does Squirrly SEO work with WordPress SEO by Yoast?

The answer is yes, Squirrly works okay with both WordPress SEO by Yoast and All in one.

[Update Squirrly SEO 2019]

However, even though it works, make sure you read the following.

Squirrly SEO 2019 (Squirrly SEO plugins starting version 9.1.00) is a complete redesign of all that we had before. Once you install the 2019 version, you have 100% everything you need for amazing WordPress SEO.

Squirrly has a feature called “Duplicate Removal” https://plugin.squirrly.co/duplicate-removal-tool/ 

if all the settings of Squirrly SEO are activated it will remove all counterparts going from Yoast into the source code of your page.

Therefore, to Google it will look like you’re using only one plugin.

Because of the Duplicate Removal we expect no conflicts. Yoast loads pretty slow, so that is the only thing where it could affect the performance of your pages.

Squirrly plugin loads super fast.

The only thing that sometimes seems like it’s loading slow in Squirrly is stuff coming over from the API, but Google doesn’t pick up on that and it is beyond their scope of interest. They just see that the site loads fast and that’s good enough for their algorithm.

Therefore, if you only use Squirrly SEO as a SEO plugin, Google will see that your WP site loads really fast. (compared to the same loading time, when you’d be using other SEO plugins)

We use Quick Redirect plugin on WordPress for re-directs. We’ve been using for years and does the job. Creates no problems in search console. Better UX with import / export features than what yoast plugin offers.

However, it is not mandatory to delete the yoast plugin.


[the old version of the article follows below. We still leave this in the Help Center for those with older versions of the plugin]

If you have Yoast or All in one SEO installed already, switch the Title and Description from Squirrly off.

first page optimization
If you decide to use the Search Engine Optimization from Squirrly then you have to deactivate the other plugins to prevent META duplicates.

You can always check for issues using the “Check for SEO issues in your site” button and Squirrly will guide you to fix the Meta duplicates.

wordpress seo check button

Squirrly brings you all the updated WordPress SEO requirements and its main feature is to find you the best keywords and to help you optimize your articles for both humans and search engines.

Recommended reading:

Squirrly Check for SEO errors

Use Squirrly to check for WordPress SEO issues in your site. You will get a list with all the SEO conflicts between plugins and Settings issues.




What does the new SEO Live Assistant from Squirrly offer?

The New SEO Live Assistant embodies what we kept saying over the last 3 months: you need to get search engine bots to like you enough to display you in SERPs, but ultimately the Human Readers are the ones you want to entice with your writing.

Finally, you have a Live Assistant that does just that: It helps you optimize your Content for both Search Engines and Human Readers.

Too many tools are focused only on the Search Engine Bots! This needs to change

You can get some amazing new traffic by optimizing your content for search engines, and you may have seen some great results since starting to use our wordpress seo plugin. Which is great.

But getting more traffic from search engines is just the first part of the whole bargain.

The people you attract need to like the page (or the article) that they land on.

This is where the New SEO Live Assistant Comes In

What we’ve done is make sure that you now have a clever assistant inside your WordPress dashboard that helps you in real-time, as you’re typing your article, to make the written text more enjoyable for your Human readers.

This is made by following some of the basic rules of writing and some basic rules of journalism.

I’ll detail even better in a few moments all the new things, but until then, I want to say:

Bye bye stuffed articles.

The new SEO Live Assistant will do an amazing job in helping you avoid keyword stuffing.

You’ll be able to write articles that will not be banned by Google. The Human love you’ll get (social media shares, links from other blogs, etc.) will be most welcome.

Out with the Old, in with the New

We loved this interface for the Live Assistant.

Squirrly SEO Live Assistant


Neil Patel, the Co-Founder of KissMetrics and Crazy Egg, made an awesome videoexplaining how to use it. (Neil really knows his SEO so it was an honor to have him use the Live Assistant).

All-in-all the old version was great.

It’s just that we think you’ll love the new one even better :-)

Here’s how you activate the new one:

– Go to your WordPress -> Plugins. Search that list for Squirrly SEO and you’ll see the update button. The new version is: 2.2.0

– Now, go to WordPress -> Squirrly -> Settings and scroll down a bit. You’ll get to:

Squirrly SEO Settings

The last switch that you see on that list sais: “Use V2 of the SEO Live Assistant”. Make sure that it’s activated.

– Awesome. Now you can start using the New version.

Note: some of your articles that have been 100% optimized, might now become optimized less than 100%, due to the new calculations.

We made sure you can still use the Old Live Assistant if you want.

Improvements and the New Benefits:

1) Headline Suggestions.

Once you type your keyword in the “Optimize for keyword” box, you can click the place where you’d normally type your title for the article.

You’ll notice a section that appears and it displays to you the Headlines used by other people related to the topic you plan to write about. This will easily help you get inspired concerning your brand new title.

Remember: it’s not about copying those exact headlines, but it’s a good way to see what other people wrote and find your own killer headline.

2) Human Friendly.

I personally think this is the highlight of the new version. It helps you write articles that are journalistically appropriate.

It makes sure that:

– your article is long enough, so that your readers will not just close the tab and bounce off

– your article is long enough to make it to the Google News

– you have a great introduction and conclusion for your article, in which you specify the topic you’re writing about and state ideas.

– you avoid repetitions. Check out this thread on Quora.

– you avoid keyword stuffing, regardless of “keyword density”. Just 100% good writing. Trust me, your readers will feel something is wrong if the keyword is mentioned way too much in just a few sentences.

Also, for the times in which you trully can’t avoid repetitions, the SEO Live Assistant will give you synonim suggestions and highlight where you should place the synonims in order to have a Human-friendly article.

3) Google Friendly. More important than the old Keyword Density


Yes.. It’s true. You’ve heard Matt Cutts (head of Anti-Spam at Google) say it. You heard Rand of Moz say it.. and others. Keywords density is no longer a real thing.

However, you should understand what this means:

Google doesn’t care if you have 3% density, or 3.4% density, or 4% density.

It cares if you over-optimize your article for your main keyword!! So if your density is too high, there’s a problem (a big one!) and Squirrly will tell you all about it.

Also, you do need to have your keyword specified in the body of your article. It’s important for both Google and your Readers. Why?

If you mention your keyword (start thinking of it more like a topic, than anything else) only once and you write a 500 word article, you will not make a real point with your article, so this task will help you mention the keyword just the right number of times to craft a clear message for both search engines and Humans, while also helping them better understand what you’re actually writing about.

Think of this: scrolling all the way through this here article: if you would see the SEO Live Assistant specified only once you’d be like “so what am I reading about in this text? Did they launch a new Squirrly? Did they launch a new SEO Audit? What?”

4) Over Optimization

It’s very easy to hit traps when you optimize your articles for Long Tail Keywords. Here’s an example:

Let’s say I optimize my article for “Content Marketing Strategy for 2014″.

All the tasks from the Live Assistant would normally tell me that everything is Green and perfect. But is it?

Oops, it seems like I’ve used “content marketing” way too much in my text and Google would normally penalize me for this, because it would seem to their engine like I was trying to stuff in this keyword and build up web spam.

The Over Optimization task will be a great companion that helps you avoid any problems with the big ‘ol G.

Thanks for reading this :-) And a big thank you for supporting us all the way.

Your Content will get a great lift from search engine bots and Human readers will love what you write. This Excellent ballance is now made possible through the new SEO Live Assistant from Squirrly.