When you got your new website settled down. In the next phase, another thing to consider is doing Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If you entrust your website with the WordPress CMS, then things about SEO would be not much different. Moreover, it could be much simpler and easier because WordPress has been natively good enough for SEO, it’s architected in a way that makes WordPress more SEO friendly. Even better, there are a bunch WordPress plugins out there that could maximize your WordPress site SEO performance (if you use the right ones). So, in this article I want to help you to find the right ones by giving you a list of the best WordPress SEO plugins.
For an easier understanding I divide the list into two sections, the first section will be a list of WordPress SEO plugins for On-Page optimization, then the other section would be all about plugins for Off-Page optimization. If it happens that you haven’t heard about the difference between On-Page SEO and Off-Page SEO. I suggest you take a look this article a while before going on through this page.
Plugins for On-Page SEO
WordPress SEO Plugin (Yoast)
The real completely all in one WordPress SEO plugins I ever know. Furthermore it’s developed by one of the most renowned WordPress SEO consultant. After installing this plugins you can easily set up and configure your post titles, meta descriptions, robots meta, canonical, breadcumbs, permalinks, XML sitemaps, RSS, robots.txt and .htaccess. Before this plugin exists I have to install a sequence of plugins to be able set it up one by one. So this plugin really save a lot of time, where all the things come up in one smart package.
SEO Friendly Images
If you have already learned some basics of SEO, then I bet you have heard about how to optimize images in you site for a better search engine ranking. Yes, by adding an alt text and title in each of your images is a good practice. However, manytimes sometimes we may forget or too lazy to do that. So, this is the best plugin that arrives to help you.
SEO Smart Links
Inbound links are the other best practices for search engine optimization. With a note in mind that not all links are merely created. The links have to come from sources that are related to the topic of your website. When you have too many post, it’s possible that you missed some good related keywords among your posts. SEO Smart Link can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. Moreover, SEO Smart links helps you to set up your own keywords and set of matching URLs and to set nofollow attribute and open links in new window. I am sure you want to check it out.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
By it names, I think you could guess what this plugin is actually all about. It simply provides a list of posts and/or pages related to your current post entry. Quite a simple functionality, but don’t get wrong yet. This is simply powerful, because it can engage your visitors to discover more contents in your WordPress blog. Many themes may have included this kind of feature natively, however this plugin has a lot of more advantages that always make me decided to install it.
SEO No Duplicate WordPress Plugin
Duplicate content means that you have more than one different URL within your site domain which contains identical content. This is really bad for SEO, most search engine hate it. You should be aware of this to happen in your blog. And errors do happen, so it can occur in your beloved site accidentally. Whether it comes accidentally or not, it always better to prepare everything at first. SEO No Duplicate WordPress Plugin helps you manage your duplicate content, by setting your post page’s canonical to the permalink which is so far is the best way to do.
Broken Link Checker
Broken link is a broken link, a link that doesn’t really exist. When anyone visit a broken link to the browser, they will just come across a 404 error page. Beside it’s not nice for your visitors to come in a broken page, it’s also bad for SEO. Therefore, Broken Link Checker will become an essential plugin to have; it could clean up your WordPress site by finding and fixing broken links in you site in a handy way.
SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2
Increase your site traffic by strengthening on-page SEO, growing up the number of indexed pages, convert search terms into post tags, sounds cool? Yes, it is. This is one of the best plugin with simply cool idea. However, please use it carefully, make sure you understand each functions and its affect. Do not hesitate to read the documentation first.
Plugins for Off-Page SEO
Comments are something every blogger loves. It give us the spirit to keep writing and blogging. CommentLuv is another wonderful WordPress plugin that will magnetize your readers, socialize your comments and viralize your posts. The idea is to rewards your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. This could encourage a community and discover new posts. You love their comments and they love to comment on yours!
With Sharebar plugin you can easily add a dynamic and fully customizable vertical box to the left of your blog post that contains links/buttons to popular social networking sites. Tweet button, Facebook like button, Google+, Pinterest Pin it button, and more. Today, the growth of social networking and media makes those things become another requirement of a modern website. Beside its viral effect, many SEO experts believe that the more your content get shared, the more search engine will love your content.
So, that’s the list. All those plugins I mentioned above has been tested by me and I personally use them in most of my blogs. After all, it’s all your choices whether to use it or not. It can be depend on what your needs is. You may just need some or maybe one of them, or even all. But, I suggest you to learn and understand all those plugins one by one before you use it.
Anyway, did I forget to say? If one or some of your favorite WordPress SEO plugins is not included in the list, then please let me know. You can share it in your comments. I would love to know and if I found your plugins amaze me, I will add it to the list.