WordPress is well known for being SEO friendly “out of the box.” Even so, with thousands of WordPress SEO plugins to choose from, a few additions to your blog may be all that you need, in order to reach the next level. From WordPress SEO by Toast to XML sitemap, know that there’s a WordPress SEO plugin that can help get you there.
Below, I’m going to discuss 10 WordPress plugins that can help turn your site into an SEO powerhouse. These plugins won’t guarantee high search engine rankings, but they’ll definitely improve your chances of SEO success.
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Any discussion of SEO plugins would probably start with the WordPress users’ favorite — Yoast SEO. Boasting thousands of 5-star reviews, the Yoast SEO plugin is one of the premium plugins, often called the ultimate SEO plugin because of its assortment of powerful features, which include:
Internal linking suggestions
Redirect manager (for those annoying 404 URLs)
Focus keyword reports
Content and page analysis tool
Yoast’s page analysis tool is particularly useful for SEO beginners, providing a snapshot of a page’s SEO-friendliness. It evaluates its readability, content length, alt attributes, focuses keywords and density, title tags, meta description, outbound links, and URLs among others, ensuring that you’re checking off all the important SEO factors.
With more than 45 million downloads and counting since 2007, All in One SEO Pack is a feature-rich plugin that’s also great for SEO beginners.
This WordPress plugin provides:
XML Sitemap support
Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) support
Google Analytics support
SEO integration on e-commerce sites like
Automatic meta tags
Automatic blog title optimization
Advanced users can override the plugin’s default settings to create custom blog headlines, title tags, meta descriptions, and meta keywords according to how they see fit.
Overall, All in One SEO Pack is perhaps the perfect plugin for SEO newbies, giving you as much control as your skills require. As you gain experience, you can move up the plugin’s power-user features little by little to do your own A/B testing.
As you create more and more content, you’ll find one thing to be true: it can be difficult to keep up with the management of your blog.
This is where tools, such as the Broken Link Checker plugin can help.
The name says it all, with this plugin checking your content for broken links and missing images. If you’re lucky, you’ll never be alerted that there is something wrong with your site. Of course, don’t expect this to happen.
It’s good to know that the plugin can keep a watchful eye on your website, notifying you of any broken links. This allows you to focus on what you do best, such as creating content, while never having to worry that broken links are working against you.
Do you use Google Analytics to track website visitors, top keywords, and other, similar data?
If so, you should check out the Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin. Not only does it have approximately 11 million downloads, but its feature list is well worth checking out:
Use of Google Analytics API for simple installation.
Ability to use the asynchronous or universal tracking code.
Access to a beautiful data metric dashboard within WordPress.
Outbound and internal link tracking.
Access to both demographics and interest reports.
The primary benefit of Google Analytics by MonsterInsights is the ability to review your Analytics data from your WordPress dashboard. You don’t have to jump back and forth between your website and Google Analytics. Instead, everything is exactly where you want it to be.
It’s easy to get so caught up in optimizing your content that you overlook the importance of images.
But, there’s more to using images than simply inserting them into your content. You must also make sure that each one is optimized, as this will improve your rankings, while also helping drive traffic through Google Images search.
With the guidance of the SEO Optimized Images plugin, you can “dynamically insert Seo Friendly alt and title attributes” into every image.
With over 30,000 installs and a 4.5-star rating, Squirrly’s over 200 features and tools for WordPress will surely help your content optimization efforts, regardless of the content types you are interested in writing.
SEO Auto Image Tags will auto-generate clean alt attributes and image titles based on the file name. The screenshot from my personal site above shows how the image file name automatically populates both fields.
Best of all, hyphens, periods, and other characters are automatically removed leaving you with clean SEO-friendy tags.