I had a reader yesterday ask what is the best SEO WordPress plugins. This got me extremely curious as I have yet to utilize their plugins yet. Why you may ask? As any other blog owner we tend to get busy and our time is focused on other aspects of the business. *sigh* Luckily, for my readers I did some hardcore research to find out what is the best SEO WordPress plugins out there.
SEO also known as search engine optimization is one of the most important topics for bloggers. You may recall us discussing SEO in earlier posts. However, if you are just joining us, let’s refresh ourselves with the important aspects of SEO. SEO is the backbone to your entire blog. You may not want to admit it, but it is 100% true. If you have great SEO you will have great traffic. Your traffic will not only come from your avid readers, but from search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.
With SEO in one hand, I hope you have WordPress in the other hand. WordPress is one of the most powerful and free open source content management system (CMS) that will help you create a blog and/or website. Many blogs that you read now-a-days use WordPress because it is easy to post blogs and is often used by many famous bloggers.
Now that we have SEO and WordPress in our hands, let’s check out what is the best SEO WordPress plugins that we can use to create a fantastic blog with great traffic.
All in one SEO Pack
All in one SEO Pack is the most popular and commonly used SEO plugin by many bloggers. All in one SEO Pack has over 14 million downloads, so we know just by that this one works. If it can work for 14 million people, it can definitely work for you! Many SEO gurus recommend this plugin because it has some of the best features. This plugin helps avoids duplicate content that is found on any WordPress blog and also generates meta tags and optimizes titles for search engines.
HeadSpace2 is another SEO WordPress plugin that controls almost every aspect of your site including meta data, advanced tagging. This plugin also allows you to link your Google analytic account with your WordPress website. With this wonderful plugin you can optimize your titles, meta-data, meta-descriptions, and keywords all in one place.
Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps helps you generate an XML sitemap that allows search engines to get a better index of your blog. When you have an organized, structured sitemap, this will allow search engines to better understand what your blog is all about. Want to know something sweet about this plugin? When you post a new blog post, this plugin notifies all search engines!
WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast has to be the easiest SEO plugin to use. This is a great plugin if you are a new blogger. This plugin comes equipped with snippet preview and page analysis functionality, which helps you to maximize your pages, images, and even your meta tags. This plugin will also help you create better titles for search engines.
SEO Friendly Images
Remember when we talked about adding text to our pictures? Well, this is the plugin that allows you to add alt and titles to images automatically, so you can improve images. This is a great plugin to have and it will only work to your advantage. You completely have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.
Automatic SEO links
With the Automatic SEO Links plugin it will automatically link this plugin and replace all matches in posts of your blog. It will allow you to create the title, target and rel for each and every link.
404 SEO plugin
Don’t you hate the Page Not Found(404) error? I know I do, luckily for you, there is a plugin that will replace that pesky error with suggestions of related links from your blog with the help of words in the URL. This plugin has full control over dead links and redirects. This is a great plugin, if you are using outside sources.
SEO Rank Reporter
The SEO Rank Reporter plugin allows you to track your Google ranking. The Google ranking is based on your keywords that you use and will display, an easy-to-read graph, so you can understand what changes need to be made to improve your traffic.
The SEO Ultimate is a plugin that allows you to manage your titles, nofollow, tags, graphs, slugs, canonical, links, 404 errors, and so much more. This plugin also allows you to individually manage the different modules that you want and ones that you do not want.
There are many other SEO WordPress plugins. However, the list above is the ones that are often used by bloggers. This list should get you started and help you in every aspect of your blog.
What SEO WordPress plugin are you using?