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Are you looking for the best alternatives to Yoast SEO?
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins, but it isn’t right for every website. More importantly, there are new solutions that are innovating faster. We used to use Yoast on WPBeginner site, but ended up switching away from Yoast to AIOSEO.
In this article, we will show you the best alternatives to the Yoast SEO plugin since we know many of our users are looking to make a switch as well.
Why Look for a Yoast SEO Alternative?
Search engines are a major source of traffic for most websites, so it’s important to optimize your content for the search engines. However, WordPress SEO is a big topic that can be daunting, especially if you’re just getting started.
That’s where an SEO plugin comes in.
A good SEO plugin allows you to optimize for the search engines, without requiring any specialist skills or knowledge. More importantly, a good SEO plugin should continue innovating and keeping up with new Google SEO guidelines and changes.
While Yoast SEO plugin grew in popularity in the earlier days of WordPress, the main reason why large number of users are switching away from Yoast are two fold: high costs and slow pace of innovation when compared to other tools in the market.
When you look at Yoast SEO, every addon is sold separately. For example, you’ll need to buy separate Yoast addons if you want to optimize your local SEO, video SEO, or news SEO. So while the main plugin price is $89 / year, but the bundle would costs $229 / year.
And the cost only adds up if you have multiple websites because the license is sold a-la carte. So if you’re an agency or someone with multiple websites, a 10-site license is $2,175 / year which is roughly 10x more expensive than competitors with less features.
The other main reason is slow pace of innovations. Other tools are simply adding more features faster including things like Content Decay analyzer, automatic link assistant, AI tools, and more.
This was one of the biggest reason why we switched away from Yoast too.
That being said, let’s take a look at the best Yoast SEO alternatives that you can install. Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the plugin you want to learn about.
All in One SEO for WordPress (AIOSEO) is the best WordPress SEO plugin on the market. Used by over 3 million users, it is the most comprehensive SEO toolkit that shows how to improve your rankings without any complicated SEO jargon.
Note: This plugin is now maintained by WPBeginner founder, Syed Balkhi, and our team at Awesome Motive because we wanted to bring better SEO features to the WordPress community.
The free version of AIOSEO has all the essential SEO features, but the pro version gives you everything you need to outrank the competition.
To help optimize your blog posts, AIOSEO adds a new section to the page and post editor. Here, you can type in the focus keyword and any additional keyphrases you want the content to rank for.
Unlike Yoast SEO, AIOSEO gives your content a clear score out of 100, so you can immediately see how well the content is optimized. Many Yoast users would appreciate this because there isn’t any confusing lying green light.
AIOSEO also creates an actionable, easy-to-understand SEO checklist showing the exact steps you should take, in order to improve your score.
Simply work your way through the list, and your content will stand a good chance of appearing higher in the search results.
AIOSEO comes with rich snippet schema markup, which encourages search engines to add rich content to your site’s search results. For example, you can show a product’s star rating, pricing, and other information by adding schema markup in WordPress using AIOSEO’s powerful custom schema templates.
AIOSEO has a built-in social media integration to add Open Graph metadata, so you can easily optimize your content for social platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
AIOSEO will automatically use your post title and description for the Open Graph title and description. However, you can manually change the title, description, and thumbnail for each page and post.
If you use WooCommerce, then AIOSEO comes with built-in WooCommerce SEO tools.
This includes optimizing your product titles and slugs, creating product meta descriptions, adding SEO titles and descriptions to your product categories, and more.
By contrast, if you’re using Yoast, then you’ll need to install a separate Yoast WooCommerce SEO plugin.
If you have a physical store, or sell to people in the local area, then you can set up your local business schema with just a few clicks, including your address, phone number, and opening hours.
Search engines will then include this information in local search results and Google Maps which helps boost your local SEO rankings.
If you manage a multi-author WordPress blog or have a large website team, then AIOSEO comes with permissions and user roles, so you can control exactly what features users can access.
Unlike other SEO plugins, AIOSEO offers a Link Assistant that will automatically suggest places where you may want to add more internal links.
This helps you optimize your internal linking and outrank your competitors in SEO.
Aside from that, AIOSEO also has advanced features that Yoast simply lacks including SEO keyword rank tracking, content decay analyzer, and SEO revisions for better version control.
Right inside your WordPress dashboard, you can see which keywords your website is ranking for without having to pay for an expensive 3rd-party tool like Semrush or others.
The new content decay analyzer shows you which old posts are dropping in traffic, so you can update them to regain your traffic.
For a more in-depth comparison of these two plugins, please see our guide on Yoast SEO vs All in One SEO – Which is the Best WordPress SEO Plugin?
- A complete SEO toolkit
- Easy to set up and use, even for SEO beginners
- TrustSEO on-page analysis and score
- Access control with custom user roles
- SEO keyword tracking built-in along with content decay analysis
- Built-in WooCommerce SEO
- Automated Link Assistant to save time with internal linking
- More affordable prices
- Full integration with Google Search console, social media platforms, and popular WordPress page builders like Elementor, Divi, and SeedProd.
- Although you can perform important SEO tasks using the free plugin, you’ll need to upgrade to unlock the most powerful features.
- If you want to track your keyword rankings, then you’ll need to buy an AIOSEO Elite plan.
Why we chose AIOSEO: Overall, AIOSEO is the most beginner-friendly and comprehensive WordPress SEO plugin on the market. It allows you to optimize every part of your site, even if you’re new to SEO.
Since it’s such a board and feature-packed plugin, you don’t need to install any extra plugins or software. This can save you a ton of time and money.
Pricing: AIOSEO plans start at $49 per year. If you want to use AISEO on more than 1 website, then you’ll need to upgrade to the Pro plan ($199 per year) for 10 sites which is 10x less than Yoast. There’s also a free version of AIOSEO that can optimize your site for the search engines, no matter what your budget.
SEOPress is a simple yet powerful WordPress SEO plugin. It includes all the features you would expect from an SEO plugin like meta title, description, open graph support, image and content XML sitemaps, redirects, and more. It also comes with a redirect manager, broken link checker, and 404 tracking.
SEOPress has a straightforward setup wizard that’ll optimize your site with just a few clicks.
SEOPress can generate news and video sitemaps, to help you get listed in Google News and Google Video search results.
Even better, YouTube videos are added to your video XML sitemap automatically. This is perfect if you show videos from your YouTube channel in WordPress.
Similarly, SEOPress can automatically add your images to the XML sitemap to improve visibility in Google Images.
This includes featured images, image galleries, and WooCommerce product images.
You can also create custom XML sitemaps by adding custom post types and custom taxonomies. SEOPress will even automatically notify search engines when you publish new pages and posts, so they can rank your new WordPress content faster.
If you’re looking to migrate away from Yoast, then SEOPress can import all your metadata from Yoast SEO, including title tags, Open Graph tags, meta robots, and more.
Unlike Yoast SEO, SEOPress uses AI to automate many of the basic SEO optimization tasks.
For example, it can automatically generate meta titles and descriptions based on the content of your post, page, or custom post type.
If you want to connect with people and customers in your local area, then SEOPress can add local business schema to your WordPress website.
It also has a local business widget that can show this information on your website. In this way, SEOPress can help improve your E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness).
- Automatically adds WooCommerce product images and WooCommerce image galleries to your sitemap
- Shows Google Analytics and Google Search Console data in the WordPress dashboard
- Powerful schema generator with full support for a long list of schema including local business, product, video, event, and recipe schema
- Set up unlimited redirects
- Deploy SEOPress to your customers as a white-label tool complete with your own custom logo and branding
- Integrates with Easy Digital Downloads, AMP, BuddyPress, and many other WordPress plugins, themes, and services.
- The free SEOPress plugin is quite limited, compared to the free version of Yoast SEO. For example, you can edit your robots.txt file using the free version of Yoast, but you’ll need to upgrade to SEOPress Pro in order to optimize your robots.txt file for SEO.
Why we chose SEOPress: The free plugin may be slightly lighter on features compared to some of its competitors, but the premium version has everything you need to optimize your site. This includes some features you don’t often see in SEO plugins such as AI-powered suggestions, plus integrations with both Google Analytics and the Google Search Console.
Pricing: SEOPress licenses range from $49-$148 per year. There’s also a free plugin that you can download from the official WordPress repository.
Rank Math is another user-friendly SEO plugin.
It comes with a setup wizard that checks your site’s settings and recommends any changes you need to make, in order to improve your SEO.
To get started, simply type in the focus keyword you want to rank for.
Rank Math will then show actionable suggestions inside the WordPress content editor. In this way, you can fine-tune your content as you’re writing it.
You can also easily add a meta title, description, and Open Graph metadata to your WordPress blogs.
The panel also shows how the post will look in the search engine results, and when it’s shared on social media. You can use these settings to fine-tune the preview, so you get more clicks and increase your blog traffic.
To help you track the impact of your SEO activities, Rank Math shows information from Google Search Console directly in the WordPress dashboard. This includes the keywords you rank for, your sitemap status, and any indexing issues.
Rank Math even displays Google URL Inspection API data, so you can see your site’s overall presence on Google, your content’s advanced index status, the last time your posts were crawled, and much more.
- Advanced schema generator
- Give yourself a head start by importing schema markup from any page, post, or URL
- Check your schema markup against Google’s Rich Results validation tool
- Build custom schemas and even add multiple schemas to a single post without having to write a single line of code
- Integrates with Google Trends to show the latest search trends for keywords
- Use Rank Math on an unlimited number of personal sites, even if you choose the least expensive plan
- You’ll need to upgrade to a Business or higher plan if you want to use Rank Math on client sites
- All the paid plans limit the number of keywords you can track
Why we chose Rank Math: Rank Math shows an impressive range of tracking data and statistics inside the WordPress dashboard. This makes it a good choice if you haven’t installed Google Analytics in WordPress, or set up a similar analytics tool.
Pricing: Rank Math Pro licenses start at $59 per year. However, if you want to use Rank Math on client websites then you’ll need to purchase a Business license ($199 per year) or higher. There’s also a free Rank Math plugin that you can download from WordPress.org.
Slim SEO is a lightweight Yoast SEO alternative that aims to do all the heavy lifting for you.
This plugin can automatically generate meta titles, meta descriptions, Open Graph, Twitter card tags, and more.
It can also generate schema types for all your content, image alt text, and XML sitemaps for search engines.
To help visitors find interesting content on your website, Slim SEO comes with fully-customizable breadcrumb navigation that you can add to any page, post, or widget-ready area using a shortcode.
If a third-party scrapes your site, then the duplicate content can hurt your rankings.
To help prevent blog content scraping, Slim SEO can show excerpts in your RSS feed rather than the full content. It will also automatically add a link to each post in the WordPress RSS feed, so you’ll get a backlink even if someone successfully scrapes your content.
If you need to set up a redirect, then Slim SEO supports 301 redirects, temporary redirects, 410 content deleted messages, and more.
Sometimes, you may need to add third-party code to your website. For example, you might add code from Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Meta Pixel, or other webmaster tools.
Unlike some other SEO tools, Slim SEO makes it easy to add custom code to WordPress. In the Slim SEO settings, simply paste the custom code into the boxes labeled header, body, or footer. Slim SEO will then go ahead and insert the code for you.
- Configures many important SEO settings automatically
- Very lightweight and easy to use
- Optimized for speed and performance
- Automatically checks if a page needs to be indexed and will exclude it from the search results if necessary
- Redirect broken or outdated URLs with just a few clicks
- Integrates with many popular WordPress plugins including AffiliateWP, WooCommerce, and WPForms.
- With its focus on ease of use, Slim SEO is missing some of the more advanced features you’ll find in plugins like Yoast SEO and AIOSEO.
- While the automation can save you a ton of time, Slim SEO lacks the level of customization found in competing plugins.
Why we chose Slim SEO: If you’re looking for a straightforward plugin that makes SEO feel effortless, then Slim SEO may be your ideal plugin. With its focus on automation, Slim SEO promises to deliver a significant SEO boost, without you having to learn complicated features and settings.
Pricing: You can download Slim SEO for free from the official WordPress repository.
It’s easy to get started with the SmartCrawl Pro plugin, thanks to a one-click setup wizard.
Once you’re up and running, SmartCrawl continues to make things easy with a straightforward user interface that allows you to see different modules with the click of a button.
The SEO Audits module is powered by Google Lighthouse and highlights any issues with your site’s SEO on both mobile and desktop devices.
You can start a scan manually at any point, or set up an automated schedule. SmartCrawl will then email you the results, or notify you when your score drops below a certain percentage.
SmartCrawl adds a new section to the WordPress All Posts and All Pages screens where you can see some basic information about your content. This includes the readability score and whether the title and description are within the recommended character count.
SmartCrawl also adds a custom meta box to the post editor where you can fine-tune important content such as the SEO title and description, and OpenGraph elements.
It also shows how easy the content is to read, based on the Flesch-Kincaid readability.
To save time and improve your internal linking, SmartCrawl can turn certain words or phrases into URLs automatically. For example, you may want to link to your pricing table every time you mention a particular product.
You can also use SmartCrawl to set up redirects, edit your robots.txt file, set up breadcrumb navigation, add product schema to your WooCommerce store, and more.
- Provides actionable recommendations on how to improve your content’s search engine rankings and readability
- Automated SEO audits and sitemap crawler reports
- Preview how your content will look in the search engine results
- Analyze each post for up to three keywords
- Integrates with WPML (WordPress Multi-language) so you can optimize the pages you’ve translated for search engines
- No in-depth integration with WooCommerce
- The free plugin doesn’t include many of SmartCrawl’s best features, including automated scanning, automatic linking, and built-in reports.
Why we chose SmartCrawl: SmartCrawl is easy to set up, even if you’re just getting started with SEO. In fact, all its features are enabled automatically, so if you’re happy to use the default settings then you can set up SmartCrawl with just a few clicks.
For advanced users, there are some more powerful features to explore, but this is a great plugin for anyone who wants to make SEO quick and easy.
Pricing: SmartCrawl’s premium licenses start from $7.50 per month, which allows you to use the plugin on up to 10 sites. There’s also a free plugin that you can download from the official WordPress repository.
Squirrly SEO is an AI-powered SEO toolkit that comes with 650 features pre-configured.
To start, you can find the best keywords to target using Squirrly’s advanced keyword research tool, which shows important information such as the search volume data, and the level of competition for each keyword.
Squirrly SEO also comes with SEO AI Assistant. Simply enter the keywords you want to target, and Squirrly will use AI to create a personalized checklist on how to improve your rankings.
Squirrly doesn’t just help you optimize for the search engines. As you create content, its Live Assistant will suggest ways to improve the article for human readers. For example, Squirrly will monitor your content for repetitiveness, keyword stuffing, and many other factors that can hurt the reader experience.
The Live Assistant is compatible with many popular page builder plugins including Divi, WP Bakery, and Thrive Architect. In fact, it can show complete audits and reports for pages created with these builders.
Similar to many other SEO plugins, Squirrly lets you control exactly how your pages appear in the SERPs and on social media.
When it comes to tracking the impact of your SEO activities, Squirrly SEO provides detailed audits, in-depth performance metrics, and performance scores. To provide even greater insight, Squirrly SEO integrates with Google Search Console and Google Analytics.
- A complete SEO toolkit that can help you perform keyword research, content optimization, technical SEO, site audits, rank tracking, and more.
- Track and optimize for over 113 ranking factors
- A Master Control Board where you can quickly check if your website is SEO optimized
- Built-in Google SERP Checker
- WooCommerce SEO
- Support for custom post types
- A steeper learning curve compared to some SEO plugins
- Limited keyword research that doesn’t show many long tail keywords
Why we chose Squirrly SEO: With its built-in analytics and keyword research tools, this is a comprehensive SEO toolkit. The combination of an AI Assistant and Live Assistant also encourages you to optimize for both audiences: the search engines that index your content, and the people who visit your website.
Pricing: Squirrly SEO licenses range from $29.99-$75.99 per month. There’s also an SEO Plugin by Squirrly SEO that you can download for free.
Semrush SEO Writing Assistant is a smart editor tool that helps you write more SEO-friendly content and improve your ranking for your focus keyword.
This tool integrates with the WordPress post editor and offers actionable suggestions based on the top-performing content in Google’s SERPs.
Based on this information, it gives the post an overall score, so you can easily see how well the content is optimized.
The SEO Writing Assistant also uses the Flesch-Kincaid score to assess your content’s readability and make suggestions on how to improve the reader experience.
The Semrush SEO Writing Assistant checks if your tone of voice is consistent, and also comes with an AI-powered rephraser.
This rephraser will suggest ways to paraphrase any areas of text that are unclear, wordy, or awkward to read.
When you type in a focus keyword, SEO Writing Assistant will suggest related keywords that you may also want to target.
In this way, you can optimize your content for multiple keywords and get even more visitors.
With its focus on improving copy, SEO Writing Assistant is also a great tool for editors, proofreaders, and anyone who edits posts on their WordPress website.
If you do allow users to submit posts on your WordPress site, then SEO Writing Assistant has a plagiarism checker. Duplicate content can hurt your site’s SEO and your reputation. In the worst-case scenario, search engines such as Google might even blacklist your website so you stop appearing in relevant search results.
With SEO Writing Assistant, it’s easy to make sure each writer submits original content.
- Features that improve the editorial workflow, including a plagiarism check and an AI-powered rephraser
- A complete SEO toolkit that can optimize your content for search engines and human readers
- An easy-to-understand overall SEO score
- Identifies potential issues with links and alt tags
- Limited built-in keyword research tools. If you want to research potential focus keyphrases, then you’ll need to create a separate Semrush account.
- Depending on how you use the tool, you may also need to buy a Semrush subscription
Why we chose Semrush SEO Writing Assistant: If you already have a Semrush subscription, then this plugin allows you to access Semrush features directly inside the WordPress dashboard.
Pricing: You can download Semrush SEO Writing Assistant for free, but you will need to create a Semrush account before you can use any of the features. To use some of the more advanced settings, you may also need to buy a Semrush subscription (prices range from $129.95-$499.95 per month).
There are many reasons why you might get broken links, but they commonly happen when you move a site to a new domain name, or delete a page without setting up a redirect. These broken URLs can hurt your SEO and the visitor experience, so it’s important to fix them.
The Broken Link Checker plugin by AIOSEO is a simple tool that scans your posts, pages, and custom post types for broken links every three days.
Every time it finds a broken URL, it’ll show the link’s HTTP status code, response headers, and how long the link has been broken.
To fix the link, simply click on ‘Edit URL’ in the WordPress dashboard.
You can also simply remove the link, by clicking ‘Unlink.’
Unlike some other plugins, Broken Link Checker is built as a SaaS service, so it won’t slow your website down. It also won’t be blocked by managed WordPress hosting companies like WP Engine because it pings for broken links using an external private server.
- A simple and straightforward plugin that you can download for free
- Automatically identifies broken links
- Designed so it won’t slow down your website, or get blocked by managed WordPress hosting providers
- Minimal settings to configure
- This plugin is designed to do one job, and do it well. With that in mind, you’ll still need an SEO toolkit to manage all your other SEO tasks
Why we chose Broken Link Checker: Fixing broken links is an important SEO task, but not every plugin manages broken URLs, especially if you’re using the free version of a premium plugin. If this is the case, then Broken Link Checker is a free, simple plugin that provides this missing feature.
Pricing: You can download the Broken Link Checker by AIOSEO plugin for free.
Conclusion: What is the Best Yoast SEO Alternative?
If you’re looking for the best Yoast SEO alternative, then we recommend AIOSEO. Similar to Yoast, AIOSEO is a complete SEO toolkit that has everything you need to optimize your site for search engines. This means you don’t need to install any additional SEO plugins.
Unlike Yoast SEO, AIOSEO has a range of plans including subscriptions for multiple websites. This makes AIOSEO a great option if you own more than one website, or need a plugin that you can use on multiple client websites.
AIOSEO also supports WooCommerce SEO out of the box, without you needing to pay for an additional eCommerce SEO plugin. This is a big win if you run an online store, marketplace, or sell digital products.
If you’re just getting started, then there’s even a free version of AIOSEO that gives you access to advanced SEO features, no matter what your budget.
FAQs About Yoast SEO Alternatives
In this guide, we have covered several popular Yoast SEO alternatives. If you still have questions, then here are our FAQs about choosing the right SEO plugin for your WordPress blog or website.
What Are the Best Yoast SEO Alternatives?
The best alternatives to Yoast SEO are AIOSEO, Rank Math, SEOPress, Slim SEO, SmartCrawl, and Squirrely SEO.
However, we recommend AIOSEO as it’s easy to set up, easy to use, and creates a complete SEO checklist for every page, post, and custom post type across your WordPress website.
What Is the Best Yoast SEO Alternative for WooCommerce?
When it comes to eCommerce SEO, AIOSEO comes out on top. It has built-in support for WooCommerce, so you don’t need to install a separate plugin.
AIOSEO allows you to optimize your product pages and automatically generates XML sitemaps for your products and product categories.
You can also add product schema to your inventory, which encourages search engines such as Google to create rich snippets for your products. This includes showing the product’s average star rating, how many reviews it has, and its pricing.
Is Rank Math Better Than Yoast?
In our expert opinion, Rank Math is a better solution than Yoast when it comes to both features and pricing. Rank Math offers a more comprehensive feature set compared to Yoast, but when compared to AIOSEO, Rank Math doesn’t have all the new SEO features.
Is AIOSEO Better Than Yoast SEO?
Yes, AIOSEO is a far more powerful WordPress SEO plugin than Yoast, and it offers more affordable prices for website owners. This is why many website owners and WordPress development agencies are switching from Yoast to AIOSEO.
AIOSEO comes with powerful features like automatic link assistant, keyword rank tracking, content decay analyzer, headline analyzer, full redirection manager, SEO revisions, and more powerful SEO features that are unrivaled in the industry. Yoast SEO plugin does not have these features.
How Do I Set up an SEO Plugin for WordPress?
The first thing you need to do is install and activate your chosen SEO plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you’ll typically see a setup wizard that will guide you through the setup process. For example, if you’re using AIOSEO then you can simply click on the ‘Let’s Get Started’ button.
You can then follow the onscreen instructions to set up the plugin and start optimizing your site. For detailed instructions, please see our guide on how to setup All in One SEO for WordPress correctly.
We hope this article helped you find the best Yoast SEO alternative for your WordPress website. You may also want to go through our guide on how to make money online blogging with WordPress, or see our expert pick of the must-have WordPress plugins.
Watch Live on December 11 – WordPress.com News
It’s almost time for State of the Word 2023! Join us for this live stream event on December 11th at 10am ET.
State of the Word is the annual keynote address delivered by the WordPress project’s co-founder and Automattic CEO, Matt Mullenweg. Every year, the event shares reflections on the project’s progress and the future of open source. Expect all that and more in this year’s edition.
For the first time ever, this event is venturing beyond North America, bringing the WordPress community to a new and vibrant city: Madrid, Spain! The event will be live-streamed to WordPress enthusiasts and newcomers alike via the WordPress YouTube channel.
Join Matt as he provides a retrospective of 2023, demos the latest in WordPress tech, and comments on the future of the WordPress open source project.
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When: Monday, December 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am ET (15:00 UTC)
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Don’t worry, we’ll post the recorded event early next week if you aren’t able to catch it live.
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Enhanced WordPressing With the Updated Jetpack Mobile App – WordPress.com News
The Jetpack app’s latest update offers an enhanced mobile experience for all your WordPress.com needs.
The Jetpack app is getting better and better every single day. We’re excited to share a few updates we’ve made across the mobile experience to make your WordPress.com content creation and management more efficient and enjoyable.
Look for these updates when your app updates to version 23.7.
Posts and Pages improvements
Redesigned posts and pages screen
The Posts and Pages screen has a fresh new look. Notably, the “default” and “compact” display options have been consolidated, making the user interface more streamlined. This means that you now have a more intuitive way to navigate your content and find what you need.
New context menu
Navigating to “Stats,” “Comments,” and “Settings” has been moved to the context menu for a cleaner and more organized look. This enhancement simplifies the user interface, making it easier to access and manage your content.
New swipe actions on iOS
With the introduction of swipe actions, you can now swipe left to view a post or page, and swipe right to share or delete it. This intuitive feature adds a layer of convenience to your workflow, allowing you to perform actions with a simple gesture.
Improved search and filtering on iOS
This Jetpack app update also includes various search and filtering improvements on iOS. You can now perform full-text searches and filter content by “author” or “tag.” This makes it easier to locate specific content within your collection.
Streamlined dashboard and personalizations
We’ve refined the dashboard interface, offering a more personalized experience. You can now customize shortcuts and cards on your dashboard, tailoring it to your specific needs and preferences, so you can easily access the features that matter most to you.
Updated “Me” tab
By moving the “Me” section to the bottom tab, we’ve simplified the app’s navigation. This means you can now access your profile, account settings, and app settings from anywhere within the app, without interrupting your workflow.
Optimized site media on iOS
We’ve re-engineered the screen for managing and selecting your site’s media on iOS, focusing on performance optimizations. The previews load significantly faster and use less memory, ensuring a smooth scrolling experience.
We’ve also added three new gestures to help you manage your media on the fly:
- Long press on an image to quickly preview a photo and access some of the common actions
- Quickly select multiple items by dragging your finger over the images
- When checking the media details, swipe from left to right to switch between items
There are many other minor improvements and fixes that add up to a significantly better overall experience of working with your media, and we’ll continue to build on this new foundation in the upcoming releases to deliver the best experience possible.
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Experience the new and improved Jetpack mobile app by downloading the latest update.
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10 Best Gumroad Alternatives To Scale Your eCommerce Business in 2023
Looking for the best Gumroad alternatives?
Gumroad simplifies eCommerce with easy setup and zero subscription fees. Yet, its percentage system might not fit everyone’s bill.
Many users find Gumroad lacking, especially if you’re after more customization, varied payment options, or advanced marketing tools.
Luckily, we’ve handpicked the 10 best Gumroad alternatives with unique feature sets and options to help you scale your eCommerce business.
10 Best Gumroad Alternatives For Online Entrepreneurs
Gumroad has been a favorite amongst eCommerce newbies for one reason—their flat 10% per-sale fee.
While paying no upfront cost might sound appealing when you’re just starting off, that 10% transaction fee (plus card charges) can quickly start eating into your profits. Moreover, Gumroad lacks some essential features, such as upselling and instant payouts, which can hinder growth.
Fortunately, many alternatives to Gumroad provide better, if not equal, options without slashing 10% off everything you sell. In this list, you’ll find their key features, pricing structure, and a detailed overview.
Let’s dive in:
1. Shopify: Best Overall
Shopify is the most popular platform for selling all kinds of stuff online—for good reason. It’s easy for non-tech-savvy people, supports various payment methods, and offers various marketing and delivery services. This means you can build and grow your small business into a multi-million dollar brand right from Shopify.
One of the best things about this platform is how fast and attractive the store pages look on most devices. Its drag-and-drop builder lets you design a stunning website within minutes. You can integrate buttons, forms, or image sliders with a few clicks.
Creators also love the Shopify mobile app. It lets you monitor your orders, payments, and delivery systems no matter where you go. Whether you run an online store, a retail shop, or both, Shopify supports various payment gateways and even has a POS system to track your transactions in one place.
The only downside is paying for extra features like third-party apps and fancy themes. You can test the platform for 3 months by paying just $1 per month until the free trial runs out. But for those with the budget, Shopify is a solid choice to kickstart your online selling journey.
- Fully-hosted all-in-one eCommerce platform
- Multi-currency support with built-in gateway and POS system
- No bandwidth or product limits
- Creator-focused tools and built-in marketing suite
Shopify offers a 3 month free trial at just $1 per month. After that, you can choose one of the following paid plans:
- Basic: $25 per month
- Professional: $65 per month
- Advanced: $399 per month
You can get a 25% discount by purchasing an annual subscription.
To get a more in-depth overview of Shopify and its features, check out our Shopify Review: Worthy Of Its Reputation As The Leading Ecommerce Platform?
2. Sellfy: Most Marketing Options
Sellfy is a fully hosted eCommerce platform, the second closest alternative to Gumroad. Whether you’re selling digital items, physical goods, subscriptions, or print-on-demand products, Sellfy has something in store for you.
Setting up a store on Sellfy takes only a couple of minutes. You can connect it to an existing website or build a brand-new site from scratch. With Sellfy’s store customizer tool, you can add a logo, change color palettes, and even add language selectors to target international buyers.
If you’re into selling custom-printed products, you won’t need any external solutions or pricey integrations while using Sellfy. The platform will handle everything from fulfilling orders to printing and shipping worldwide. Plus, you’ll only pay for fulfillment after making a sale, so you don’t need to worry about upfront costs or unsold stock.
One place where Sellfy really shines is in marketing. You can effortlessly add tracking pixels, create email marketing campaigns, generate various discount codes, and promote upsells within the platform. Each one of these features can dramatically increase revenues and repeat purchases for businesses.
Another big plus for Sellfy is that it doesn’t take a cut of your income. Instead, you pay a minimal monthly subscription fee to utilize their range of tools and grow your venture.
- Sell physical + digital + POD products and subscriptions
- Tracking pixels, email campaigns, coupons, and other marketing tools
- Customizable storefront with multilingual support
- Supports PayPal, Stripe, and other popular payment channels
Sellfy does not have a free plan. Premium plans start at:
- Starter: $29 per month
- Business: $79 per month
- Premium: $159 per month
The company doesn’t charges a transaction fee on any of its plan.
3. WooCommerce: Top Pick For WordPress Stores
WooCommerce is a solid option for businesses running an online store on WordPress. It’s open-source and completely free—you’ll only have to pay for hosting and domain. With WooCommerce, you can sell anything from physical products to memberships, digital downloads, and even affiliate products.
Being an open-source platform, WooCommerce pairs well with a variety of themes. While designing a store with WooCommerce takes some expertise, its flexibility is also miles ahead of other platforms. Alternatively, you can use drag-and-drop builders like Elementor to make customization convenient.
Compared to Gumroad, WooCommerce offers a boatload of plugins and integrations. You can install them from WordPress’s library and enable features like upselling, email marketing, SEO, pixel integration, discount codes, and more. There are also plugins to connect WooCommerce with payment gateways like Stripe, PayPal, and AliPay.
Even though WooCommerce can be overwhelming for beginners, it’s an outstanding platform for businesses prioritizing scalability and extra options.
- Huge library of add-ons, themes, and extensions
- User-friendly mobile application for tracking orders
- Highly customizable storefront and hundreds of themes
- Detailed reporting on revenues and customer behavior
WooCommerce is a free plugin. However, you will need to pay for any extensions and the domain + hosting.
4. BigCommerce: Great For Large Businesses
BigCommerce is a superb alternative to Gumroad for B2B and B2C companies. With advanced features like multiple storefronts, cross-channel selling, and multi-currency support, BigCommerce is a solid fit for larger corporations and SaaS ventures operating internationally.
Inventory management is also smoothly managed by BigCommerce. The system efficiently tracks stock across various channels and compiles this data in a single dashboard for easy access.
If you’re operating across continents, BigCommerce accepts payment in 99+ currencies and supports front-end translation through third-party apps. B2B businesses can also create customer categories to display bulk + individual pricing, shipping cost, and quotations according to specific countries.
With extra goodies like multiple storefronts, social eCommerce, and eBay/Amazon integration, BigCommerce is one of the best Gumroad alternatives for established or multinational organizations.
- Strong list of payment gateways in multiple currencies
- Tons of customization flexibility with CSS and HTML
- Wide range of B2B-specific features
- Seamless integration with eBay, Amazon, and more
BigCommerce’s plans start at the following prices:
- Standard: $39 per month
- Plus: $105 per month
- Pro: $399 per month
With an annual subscription, you get 25% off on the final price. BigCommerce also doesn’t have any transaction fees.
5. Payhip: Most User-Friendly Platform
Payhip is an exceptional Gumroad alternative for online coaches and creators. Recognized for its simple interface and uncomplicated checkout process, the platform has many options, especially if you’re a mentor or online tutor.
A few key features of Payhip include building online communities, conducting 1:1 sessions via Zoom, selling digital downloads, and hosting extensive video courses via recurring payments through Stripe or PayPal. You can also sell various physical products and manage inventories, fulfillments, and promotions using built-in tools.
New business owners can easily integrate Payhip into their existing website or blog. Otherwise, you can build a Payhip storefront from scratch and add image galleries, color schemes, or blog sections as you like. This flexibility and support for multiple languages is a major win for newcomers looking to sell to local or international customers.
The standout advantage of Payhip is its user-friendly nature. It’s designed for beginners in eCommerce and only requires a few minutes to get up and running. However, this simplicity does have its trade-offs, particularly in marketing features. Beyond upsells and coupon codes, don’t expect a wide array of marketing tools.
Payhip offers a free plan with a fixed 5% transaction fee and additional payment processing costs, which is still quite lower than Gumroad’s fees.
- Best for coaches and digital entrepreneurs
- Supports multi-tier pricing for subscribers
- Faster payouts with PayPal and Stripe support
- Affiliate, upsells, referrals, and other marketing tools
Payhip has a variety of paid plans that charge less transaction fee as you upgrade:
- Free: $0 + 5% transaction fee
- Plus: $29 + 2% transaction fee
- Pro: $99 + 0% transaction fee
6. Pattern by Etsy
Etsy has been an online haven for hobbyists and artists for years. The platform has close to 100 million active buyers, and with Pattern by Etsy, you can build your own customized storefront to sell your digital and physical products.
Pattern lets you build a stunning online store and sync your items list from Etsy within minutes. You can host your store on an existing domain or buy one from Pattern’s dashboard to build a unique brand. The platform provides pre-made templates with plenty of room for customization.
Both your Pattern-powered website and Etsy store can be centrally managed using their Shop Manager. Your stock, orders, and deliveries will be accessible on a single dashboard for convenient tracking. Etsy also takes security seriously, which is why SSL and payment protection are built into Pattern.
You also get a range of basic marketing tools like social sharing, pixel tracking, and integration with MailChimp to drive traffic to your online store. Judging by their flat $15 monthly subscription fee, Pattern is a no-brainer for enthusiastic Etsy sellers looking to expand their horizons.
- Instant item syncing with existing Etsy store
- Customizable storefront with ready-made templates
- Shop Manager tracks Pattern + Etsy orders in one place
- Budget-friendly and variety of marketing tools
Etsy charges a standard $0.20 listing fee for one SKU and 6.5% transaction fee on every sale.
You can try Pattern by Etsy for 30 days free, after which you will be charged $15 per month. Purchasing a domain from Pattern comes with extra charges.
MemberPress is a killer Gumroad alternative for people in the coaching industry that caters to ‘members’ instead of one-time customers.
Building a beautiful, user-centric website with MemberPress takes less than a day—thanks to their incredible drag-and-drop ReadyLaunch page builder. MemberPress also comes with a learning management system (LMS) add-on that lets you create a learning path with step-by-step instructions for students. CoachKit makes this process even easier with tools like course creators and meeting schedulers.
A highlight feature of MemberPress is automated drip content. This system requires users to complete certain tasks to access advanced lessons, which keeps them engaged and increases the likelihood of continued subscription payments.
The plugin also seamlessly integrates with WordPress, has a coupon feature, lets you build a community of subscribers, and supports a variety of payment gateways, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet.
- LMS and Drip Content for creating learning paths
- Support for multiple community forum plugins
- Seamless integration with WordPress, Apple Pay, and Google Wallet
- Connects easily with MailChimp and Zapier
MemberPress’s has a variety of annual plans that start at:
- Basic: $359 per year
- Plus: $599 per year
- Pro: $799 per year
- Elite: $999 per year
All the plans have a 0% transaction fee. The platform doesn’t offers monthly subscription plans.
Podia is another all-in-one, user-friendly eCommerce platform for those in the digital niche.
On their website, you can find that Podia is tailor-made for people, employing one of the five business models: online courses, digital downloads, webinars, communities, and coaching programs.
Within these models, you will get multiple built-in tools to engage with your members and scale your startup. A few basic ones include automated drip content, video hosting, upsells, coupons, and moderation controls for forums.
Designing a website is also super-easy with Podia. You can take advantage of their drag-and-drop builder to create landing pages. Or, you can use the same builder to craft beautiful email templates with full control over colors, fonts, images, and much more.
Unfortunately, there’s one big downside to Podia—no option to sell physical goods. The platform is solely made for virtual items, so you won’t find any options for tracking shipments or inventories. However, if you don’t plan to shift towards selling merchandise, Podia is a decent Gumroad alternative for digital entrepreneurs.
- Ability to host pre-recorded and real-time webinars
- Unlimited bandwidth with video and file hosting
- Live chat and messaging tools
- Drag-and-drop builder for storefront and emails
Podia has a Free plan with an 8% transaction fees. Mover plan starts at $39/month and Shaker starts at $89/month.
Both paid plans have a 0% transaction fee. You can get 17% off on yearly plans.
SendOwl is an easy-to-sell eCommerce platform with a unique twist.
Unlike Gumroad, SendOwl acts as a middleman between you and your audience. When you upload your podcast, online course, or ebook, it automatically generates a link. You can attach this link as a ‘Buy Now’ button on your website or social media. When someone clicks on it, they’re sent to your SendOwl page to finish the purchase.
SendOwl also fits well with influencers, YouTubers, and artists, especially if you have a decent fan base. You can effortlessly monetize website traffic, utilize Shopify integrations, or sell directly through SendOwl’s API.
Another major win for SendOwl users is its range of marketing tools. You can add one-click upsells, gift purchases, and send cart abandonment emails. SendOwl also follows multiple security protocols to protect your digital content, such as time-restricted download links, access management, fraud filters, and two-factor authentication.
It’s worth noting that SendOwl does not offer the ability to build personalized storefronts. But if you don’t want to build a separate landing page anyway, SendOwl is the perfect tool for digital creators who want to offload tasks like payment processing, checkout, and file delivery.
- Simple ‘one-link’ system for quick selling
- Intuitive and responsive checkout
- Various security protocols and enhanced protection
- Wide range of marketing features and toolkits
SendOwl has a range of paid plans with varying transaction fees:
- Starter: $9/month + 5% transaction fee (free for 3 months)
- Growth: $15/month + $0.33 fixed fee per order
- Pro: $39/month + $0.17 fixed fee per order
Patreon has been a regular amongst YouTubers, photographers, and influencers for years. If you have a decent fan following and want to cash in your hard work, Patreon offers a centralized platform to engage with followers, share new stuff, and sell various digital items in one place.
Creators can build a customized profile on Patreon where members can receive exclusive updates—something you can also limit by creating multi-tier membership plans. You can also interact with fans through posts, a built-in polling system, or even personal DMs to build a deeper connection they appreciate.
As for eCommerce, Patreon lets you upload and sell digital products on a dedicated shop tab. This process becomes even easier with support for global currencies, payment gateways like PayPal, and a fluid checkout experience. If you want to amp up your sales, Patreon offers cross-promotion, in-depth analytics, and integration with MailChimp, WordPress, and Discord.
Like Gumroad, Patreon operates on a percentage-based fee—the more you earn, the more you pay. Rates can reach up to 12% with their Premium plan. This model means lower costs when starting out but higher fees as your earnings increase.
- Multi-tier pricing option for premium members
- Intuitive mobile app and direct messaging
- In-depth analytics dashboard with various metrics
- Attractive and user-friendly community and feed manager
Pateron is completely free for all creators. However, they keep 8% of your earnings on Pro plan and 12% of your earnings on Premium plan.
That’s it for this article. We’ve scoped out the 10 best Gumroad alternatives for all kinds of business owners, each bringing something different. Consider how fees, support, and payout timing fit your creative process.
Gumroad skips the monthly fee but takes a slice of your sales. Other platforms might offer sweeter deals, faster access to your earnings, and more helpful support. Pick the one that aligns with your creative ambitions, ensuring you have the tools and backup to skyrocket your online venture.
If you want to start an eCommerce business on a budget, check out our guide on How To Make Money With Ecommerce: Get Started For $200 Or Less!
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