Buying All In One SEO Pack PRO is like burning money

All In One SEO Pack PRO – Money For Nothin’

by Ben Cook on January 4, 2010

Update: If you don’t want to pay $39 for All in One SEO Pack PRO here’s a free alternative that has the exact same functionality. It also doesn’t require that you continue to pay $39/mo for updates.

As I installed the All In One SEO Pack (AIOSEOP) plugin on a new site today, I noticed the admin panel was promoting a new PRO version of the plugin.

My first reaction was “Awesome! I wonder what kind of cool new features they’ve come up with.”

Unfortunately, I was met with serious disappointment after clicking over to WPplugins.com.

Apparently Michael Torbert, the creator of AIOSEOP, didn’t feel the need to actually introduce any cool new features before releasing the “PRO” plugin.

the All In One SEO Pack PRO features are the same as the free version

So what does that $39 (soon to be $69 if WPplugins is to be believed) actually GET you?

Why it removes the ads from your AIOSEOP admin panel of course!

Call me crazy, but I just don’t think that’s worth $39.

All In One SEO PRO charges $468 per year for updates and supportAs if that weren’t enough, you have to pay an extra $39/per month for support and upgrades!

Now I could MAYBE understand someone paying the one time $39 fee to receive support in getting the plugin set up. But those settings aren’t something you should be changing on a regular basis. There really should be NO need for ongoing support, especially not at price of $468 a year!

To top it all off, the upgrade process (which was an automatic process with the free version of AIOSEOP) is now a manual process that will be over-written if you accidentally use the automatic upgrade.

For those of you keeping score at home, we’ve taken a free plugin, added no new features, removed the ads, removed the automatic upgrade feature, and slapped a $39 price tag on it that explodes into $468 per year if you want support & upgrades.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like the plugin. I use it on several of my sites. But I just can’t get past these facts:

  • There’s still a fully functioning version of the EXACT SAME PLUGIN for free download
  • There are several other free plugins that offer the same functionality
  • And most importantly… The Thesis theme has 95% of the functionality BUILT IN

I mean if Thesis would allow control over Tag pages, there’d be no need for AIOSEOP at all, not to mention an expensive but featureless PRO version. If you don’t use tags on your blog, take part of that $468 annual fee, buy the Thesis Theme and migrate all of your settings from All In One SEO Pack into Thesis using this handy tutorial.

And, when you consider the $468 annual price tag of the All In One SEO Pack PRO plugin with support & upgrades, the Thesis theme becomes an even better bargain.

Personally, I’d recommend taking that $39 and buying yourself a license for the Gravity Forms plugin which, by the way, includes lifetime support & updates.

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