For today’s post, I have compiled a list of recommended WordPress Plugins for SEO. You do not need to use all of these SEO plugins, but each works in a different way, so I would suggest choosing and using the ones that best suit your needs.
In this list I have included some free SEO plugins and some premium plugins, so there is something useful here for all readers. As you might expect, some of the premium plugins have distinct advantages over the free ones. For example, EasyWPSEO is far better for keyword optimization than the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin.
SEO is constantly changing and increasingly you have to be careful that you do not over optimise your posts and pages.
Googles’ algorithm looks for pages to have keywords in them, but not to be full of keywords e.g. in every sentence.
So how do you get it right.
Well the good news is the best SEO plugins make it easy for you. They help guide you to fill in the right keywords and prevent you from making mistakes. The list of SEO plugins below are both free and premium, the free ones are great and will help you optimise your WordPress site.The premium often give those extra features though that can really boost your SEO capabilities. The ultimate goal of search engine optimization has always been obtaining the best possible rankings.
To this end, there are an unlimited number of methods out there to make that happen. Since millions of people are using WordPress though, plugins tend to be the best way of ensuring that your content and website is properly optimized.
When it comes to finding a great WordPress resource on SEO, there are plenty of options out there. To make things simple and easy for all the RS Web Solutions readers out there though, I’ve compiled a list of five plugins that will help you increase your rankings in the coming year.
While the intended outcome of a well optimized site is a higher ranking on Google and other search engines, the goal is not to only make Google happy, but to provide a website that improves the user experience and therefore makes it valuable and relevant. Always keep your audience in mind, and with that, enjoy these five fantastic plugins to help you boost your rankings.
Even if you are not familiar with the concept of SEO, there’s no reason to ignore its importance. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is an important practice of making your website more visible in search rankings such as Google.
Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Blogs:
#1 – WordPress SEO By Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the best and certainly the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress – and it is free. What I love about this SEO plugin is that Yoast has paid attention to how helping you write great search engine friendly posts and pages.
Using SEO by Yoast you can do following things:
- Add meta value for homepage
- Add meta value for single post
- Social SEO
- Create sitemap file
- Edit robots.txt and . htaccess
- Control indexing of your blog
#2 –Broken link checker WordPress plugin:
Broken link checker plugin is a very useful plugin for finding all internal and external broken links (404 links). 404 links are nothing but a dead end for search engine spiders, and it’s highly advisable to remove such links.
This plugin may have some issues with certain blog posts. It is possible that it could even freeze your hosting for a while. For this reason, I would suggest running this plugin on low traffic day.
#3 – SEO Smart Link WordPress Plugin:
SEO Smart link plugin is an essential WordPress plugin if you are a serious blogger; in fact if you want the full capabilities of this plugin I do suggest you use the premium version . This plugin helps you to rank better on your keywords.
Most people forget to link other content like similar posts or related posts. This plugin automatically helps you create all those valuable internal links.
#4 – Rel Nofollow Checkbox
If you link to an external site, you give that site some of you site’s authority to that link – in other words you are telling robots to follow that link.
Sometimes you might want to do that and so you can simply add a nofollow attribute to that link.
Although you could set all external links to nofollow in WordPress, it might not be a good idea. It is good for instance to link to strong authority sites occasionally.
The Rel NoFollow Checkbox WordPress plugin simply adds a checkbox in the insert link popup of WordPress editor. This popup already has a check box which allows you to open links in new tab and adds another checkbox for setting the link to nofollow.
#5 — SEO friendly Images:
By optimizing your images, you can drive a significant amount of traffic from image search engines. Even here at GidiPlanet, almost 1% of traffic is from image search engines, and that is a lot. This plugin adds ALT attributes into your images, though you need to take care of the image name. If you upload images with names like image002.jpeg or DSC001.jpeg, I would suggest that you make it a point to start giving your images more useful names right away. For example, in this post I have given the name “WordPress SEO” to the image I used.
Having a blend of the best quality WordPress SEO plugins is esential for any WordPress site.
Though many WordPress theme frameworks come with their own set of SEO settings, I highly recommend you use a plugin to optimise your settings. Make sure that you use a quality SEO plugin but do not overload it with many SEO plugins, in case they conflict or you make your site seem spammy to the search engines.
I may not have been talking this entire time, but that hasn’t stopped me from becoming parched. Keep these plugins in mind as we move in 2017 and remember that there are always resources out there to help you when you need it. Thanks as always for reading, and be sure to tell me about your favorite plugins in the comments below. If you think I have missed any essential or helpful plugins, do let us know in the comments section.
Which other WordPress SEO plugins you are using on your blog? Thanks