How To Migrate From All In One SEO To WordPress SEO Plugin

Earlier, I have shared a detailed setup guide for All in one SEO plugin and WordPress SEO By Yoast plugin, and when I compare both the plugins, WordPress SEO by Yoast is clear winner due to overwhelming number of SEO and Social features it offers. WordPress SEO by Yoast came into the market much later after All in one SEO, and there are many blogs which are still stuck with All in one SEO plugin. In this guide, I will be sharing how you can migrate All in one SEO plugin settings to WordPress SEO by Yoast.

Quick guide to migrate from All in One SEO to SEO by Yoast plugin:

Before, we start here are few things you need to know:

  • Take a backup of your blog database before you perform this action.
  • After migrating SEO settings to SEO by Yoast plugin, you need to disable All in one SEO.
  • After verifying settings, you can delete all in One SEO plugin.

Login to WordPress dashboard, and install SEO by Yoast. Yoast SEO plugin offers import export feature, which supports many popular SEO plugins ( HeadSpace2, All-in-One SEO, OLD All-in-One SEO, WooThemes SEO framework). Click on SEO > Import and export

SEO import and export

Now select the checkbox next to import from all in one SEO, and also check the box for delete old data after import.

migrate to SEO by yoast

Click on import, and within seconds your SEO settings from All in one SEO will be imported. You will see a success message like this “All in One SEO data successfully imported., and old data deleted.”

Now head over to WordPress SEO by Yoast Setup guide, and follow it to finish the setting part of SEO by Yoast. You can take advantage of SEO extended plugin to check meta description, title for all your blog posts and pages. Similarly, if you are using any plugin like RSS footer, Robots meta plugin, you can use import-export feature to import settings to SEO by yoast plugin, and disable those old plugins. I also recommend you to grab EasyWPSEO plugin, as it will help you in keyword optimization of your blog post.

The whole setup process will not take more than 5 minutes, but this small change will improve the SEO score of your overall blog. More over, social feature of SEO by yoast will help you to add many useful feature like Twitter meta card, Facebook open graph meta data. If you have any question before making this change, feel free to let me know via comments.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 14 )

  1. says

    Hi Harsh !!
    i am using All in One SEO and if i switch to Yoast then will it affects my SEO on previous articles ?? What about the Meta Description and Keywords of my previous articles ?
    Thanks in advance

  2. Donnie says

    So over the first half of 2013 I used All In One SEO and the second half I started using Wodpress SEO. I’d like to get rid of All In One SEO altogether. If I use this import function it will still keep my last 6 months of WordPress SEO Yoast data, correct?


  3. says

    I feel really silly saying this, but I was genuinely having trouble with migrating between these until I read your guide. It’s so simple, and I feel a bit foolish. Thank you for publishing this. I also appreciate that you recommended making a backup. Fortunately, I didn’t need to rely on one this time around, but you never know what might happen and I probably wouldn’t have even considered it. Basically what I’m saying is that I appreciate what you did here as it saved me quite a headache and a potential one if my data had all been lost in the migration.

  4. says

    Great writeup, Harsh. I just wanna add that it would be awesome if WordPress SEO came with step-by-step video tutorials so that you can easily follow them. That’s because some of the settings are not that straight forward, eespecially for beginners.

  5. Kamran Abdul Aziz says

    Hi Harsh!

    I did migrate from AIOSEOP to WP SEO by Yoast!

    But the Problem is it didn’t copied the Keywords i did entered in my posts manually!
    As a result, all my 75 posts are of now without a single keyword .
    Please Help brother!

  6. Ankur Upadhyay says

    I didn’t know that WordPress SEO by Yoast supports Twitter meta card and Facebook open graph meta data too. Currently, I am using inbuilt SEO features of Genesis framework. Should I start using WordPress SEO by Yoast ? Will it help in improving my blog’s SEO?

  7. Kuldeep says

    Thanks Harsh for sharing this useful, I was looking for similar stuff from past 2-3 days.
    Thanks :)