Headspace2: The End Of An Era in SEO

By Cenay Nailor | FAQ

May 10

Headspace2 is no longer supported. I can’t tell you how sad I am. Frustrated. Confused. Maybe a little bitter.

Headspace2 was an SEO plugin I found some time ago. As anyone who follows me knows, it’s a plugin I have proclaimed long and loud. I install it on all my client blogs. I teach how to set it up. I encouraged it’s use far and wide.

And now it’s gasping it’s last.

The Handwriting On The Wall For Headspace2

I can’t say it’s a complete surprise to me however. For some time there have been little niggling issues after each update. A quick review at Google for the search term “headspace2 not working” will reveal a series of issues dating back a while.

Things like: Headspace2 Dead

  • Headspace2 not working for WP 2.9.2
  • Page-specific themes not working
  • Excerpt Function Not Working In HeadSpace2
  • HeadSpace2 – Problems with WordPress 3 (Post Tags)
  • Plugin: HeadSpace2: Google Analytics Module not working

In fact, I have experienced many of these issues and a few not shown on the first page of Google. Of course, I manage, install and maintain more than 100 blogs. So, honestly, I can’t say I didn’t think it might be coming. I was just hoping it wouldn’t come to this.

It’s Time To Move On To A New SEO Plugin

As sad as this is (and more than a little work!), it’s time to move to a new plugin. WordPress just can’t natively do all it needs to do from an SEO standpoint. It needs a little help. So do we bloggers.

I found that help in WordPress SEO by Yoast. While it doesn’t have a couple of features that I really liked in Headspace2 (like page conditional plugins or page specific stylesheets & javascript), it does have a couple of features I really like.

Page Analysis. Snippet Preview. LSI keyword term search. All built in. So, I no longer need to load something like Bloggerhigh SEO, PushButtonSEO, SEOpressor and their like to get hints on what I can do to my content to make it more attractive to the search engines.

And I don’t have to use other plugins and third party tools to help me find related keywords (LSI terms) that I can use within a post to help me make my point clearer to both my readers and the visiting search engines.

SEO and Helping Your Readers Understand Better

WordPress SEO by Yoast offers another feature I found very revealing. It scores your content on the Flesh-Kincaid readability test. In other words, how easy is your content to understand by average readers!

The features available on a per post or per page basis are shown below to give you an idea of the power behind WordPress SEO by Yoast

Click the images to see full screen size for better detail and readability


Wordpress SEO Screen shot 1


Wordpress SEO Screen shot 2

Wordpress SEO by Yoast screen shot 3

WordPress SEO by Yoast Makes Installing Easy

Avid user of Headspace2 or All In One SEO? Then you are in luck. You can switch to WordPress SEO by Yoast and import all the meta tags, and descriptions you already have setup.

Allow me to say thanks Joost de Valk — your plugin saved my SEO life.

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fazal

Hi cenay,

So you would recommend WordPress SEO by yoast, over All-in-one SEO or SEO Platinum?

I’m also disappointed about the decline of Headspace!

regards
fazal

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I definitely use WordPress SEO by Yoast over All in one SEO, for a couple of reasons I will cover in an upcoming video.

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Richard

Personally, I prefer Headspace2 over WPSEO. I agree; in my opinion WPSEO doesn’t have the flexibility HS2.
Have you written John the HS2 author to see if anyone is going to pick it up or fork it?
Any idea on how we can find out why he dropped it, and if anything can be done to reverse his position?

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I suspect that the problems have been ongoing for a while. I can’t speak for everyone, but using Headspace2 on 80+ blogs, I have noticed a few issues with plugin conflicts, for several versions now. Each one a little harder to debug and resolve than the last.

I can’t say I was surprised he decided to stop based on my experience with the plugin. I will miss Headspace2. Particularly the conditional plugin/theme support.

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thank you fot info and i will tray it
and i use All in one SEO plugins and i hope its do not problem

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Jason

Hi cenay,

is their any update on the up coming video for this i would be interested in a video like you did for the headspace one, it truely helped out…

I followed everything you did in the headspace tutorial, and was wondering if and when you were going to do a follow up video on how you converted to seo by yoast

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