Search engine optimization (also known as SEO) is easy when you have the right tools on hand. If you run your website and blog through WordPress, there are plenty of SEO plugins to choose from. These plugins can help you reach more viewers and move your website up in the search results.
So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at top 10 WordPress SEO plugins.
1) All in One SEO Pack
This is one of the most popular SEO plugins. It’s been around since 2007 and has gone through several updates since. The All in One SEO Pack is easy to use, and in some cases, you can input information from your pages into the correct fields automatically. You may have to adjust them a little, but for the most part, the plugin does the work for you. It also generates META tags for you, and even optimizes your title for every search engine. On top of that, it can help you avoid duplicate content. No one wants that since it can hurt their search engine rankings.
2) Broken Link Checker
Backlinks are still an important SEO tool and backlink analysis is an important SEO strategy, even if most search engines frown on sites that overuse them. You still want to link your content together on your WordPress site. For example, if you write about wallpaper today, you can link that article to one on the same subject from a year ago. As time goes by and you end up with more and more content, the odds of a broken link appearing on your site gets better. This plugin checks for those broken links, and will alert you when one pops. While this seems to have nothing to do with SEO, remember that sites with broken links tend to get low rankings, because it will seem as though they aren’t properly updated.
3) All in One WP Security and Firewall
You’re probably wondering what a firewall and security plugin is doing on this list. Although WordPress is actually quite secure on its own, a little extra security never hurt. This plugin can let you know if your password might be compromised, help you determine if you have duplicate logins and essentially, keep the bad people out of your site. Although it may not directly help your search engine rating, it will let your readers know that your site is safe, which is something that Google and its brethren look for.
4) Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is one of the most highly recommended WordPress plugins. It has a page analysis tool and helps you determine if you’ve set the right tags in place for your keywords. Yoast SEO will also let you know whether or not your text is easy enough to read and handles all of the basic SEO functions of similar plugins. Basically, it’s a small SEO powerhouse. Using this plugin will help your WordPress site get the results that you want.
5) SEO Optimized Images
Images matter just as much as words. While you might want to fill your WordPress site with dozens of large pictures that illustrate everything you post about, you need to keep in mind that not everyone wants to wait for those images to load. Neither do search engines, which can knock you for having slow download speeds. This plugin takes your uploaded images and optimizes them to make them search engine friendly. Your readers won’t have to wait, and you won’t have to stop uploaded as many pictures as you please.
6) Google XML Sitemaps
Although it doesn’t directly have anything to do with keywords and other SEO tools, Google XML Sitemaps is a useful plugin that indexes your web pages with the search engine. For those not in the know, a sitemap is a digital listing of all of the pages on your WordPress site. This plugin automatically updates when you add a new page, and it helps search engines scan all of your pages for the search engine. This increases the likelihood that your site will appear on it.
7) W3 Total Cache
If you’re wondering why a plugin related to cache is on this list, well, wonder no more. This plugin optimizes your WordPress site so that it loads faster. No one wants to sit around for more than 30 seconds anymore to wait for a page to load. Thanks to this plugin, none of your readers will have to wait. It also adds to your SEO results, because Google notes just how fast websites load. It gives better rankings to the faster ones. That’s why you should consider downloading and implementing the W3 Total Cache plugin.
8) YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin)
This snazzy plugin provides an interesting feature – it produces a small list, with images, at the bottom of each post. That list is of related posts that they might be interested in. This plugin doesn’t take up much space, and it definitely keeps your readers engaged. Your bounce rate will go down, which makes the search engines very happy. Having engaged readers interested in your other posts will also make your advertisers and sponsors happy as well. It’s a win-win situation, thanks to YARPP.
9) MonsterInsights Google Analytics
If you aren’t using Google analytics, then you’re missing out on a lot of potential traffic. The MonsterInsights Google Analytics plugin can provide metrics of all of your website’s Google results, help you with easy tracking codes, and even give you data, such reader demographics, and location. So far it’s been downloaded at least 12 million times, which should give you an idea of how useful it is.
10) WPtouch Mobile
Last but far from least is the WPtouch Mobile plugin. This plugin takes your site and makes it reader friendly for viewers using cell phones and tablets. While WordPress does some of this automatically, their system doesn’t work as well as this plugin. Search engines look for websites that are mobile friendly, and knock down any that aren’t. It’s important for your site to work on a variety of devices, since some members of the younger generation don’t even use a full-fledged computer anymore, unless it’s for school or work. They do most of their reading on their phones, so your site needs to be ready for them.
Using more than one plugin can help your website get the results that you desire. Of the ones listed here, some work well together, so you can insert them into your site and use them all at once. The ten plugins listed are the best of the best when it comes to optimizing your WordPress site for search engines. With at least one (or two) of them in place, your rankings are bound to soar.
Sameer Panjwani is the Founder & CEO of Mondovo.com, an online marketing toolset that helps you track your rankings, monitor your site stats, and research your competitors. A man of many talents, Sameer is currently on a mission to help 1 million businesses grow organically through his products and services.
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