Search engine optimization (SEO) is a topic most website owners deal with. Actually most of them struggle to get enough visitors to their websites from Google and other search engines every day. It takes serious effort to get everything right and still keep focus on delivering true value oriented content. WordPress has become the most popular publishing platforms and it is known for its strong focus on doing SEO right. Along with WordPress comes a truckload of WordPress themes and plugins that will make your SEO basement even stronger.
In this article I’m going to introduce you to some quite useful and free SEO plugins making WordPress even more powerful on the SEO front. If used right SEO plugins for WordPress may help you do just enough SEO in your daily work to stay in the online competition. You can get WordPress SEO plugins to help you with most SEO related tasks, but choosing the right ones depends on your SEO needs and skills. For many it is almost like finding a needle in a haystack.
On-page optimization is one of the most vital concerns you should address to get good rankings. Basically it is about making it easy for search engine spiders to understand and categorize your content. For most people, this is quite technical, and fortunately WordPress is doing a lot of the work in the background. However, although WordPress is a fantastic platform that deals with a lot of the SEO mechanics, it does not mean that you cannot enhance SEO further. This is where SEO plugins comes into the game.
You should always bear in mind that there are plenty of WordPress plugins out there, and not all of them are great. Finding the right SEO plugin for your website will require some serious research. It is highly recommended looking for up-to-date plugins with good ratings, recommended by professionals and developed by credible sources. To help you get started check out this SEO plugin collection, and please make sure to read installation guides and set-up information before proceeding. Also, if you haven’t already found a solid backup plugin solution you should check this our backup plugin WordPress article.
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WordPress SEO by Yoast – MORE INFO
This SEO plugin is very powerful and a real favourite among WordPress users. It is an “all in one” SEO plugin with a variety of options that are just awesome! The features include a snippet preview that will show you how your page will appear in the search results; as well as page analysis that helps you keyword optimize the content, images titles, meta descriptions and more. This feature is great for SEO learners as it provides SEO best practice as you write within the post edit page. Further it inserts a visual overview of how well posts are optimized using traffic light coloring in the posts list.
If your WordPress theme is compatible you can also use the built-in Breadcrumbs functionality to create a visitor and search engine friendly navigation. The “push bottom” XML sitemap functionality is also extremely useful in the same way as the social integration and RSS optimization function. Guides and additional information can be found at Yoast.com.
All-In-One SEO Pack (AIO) – MORE INFO
AIO is one of the best known SEO plugins with more than 12 million downloads and good rankings. I recently read an interview with Matt Mullenweg in Webdesignermag issue 200 where he specifically recommended to use this plugin. AIO has lots of SEO features. It automatically optimizes your titles for search engines and automatically generates meta tags. You can also override any title, set any meta description and any meta keywords you want, just to mention some of the options. It is not hard to get started, even if you are a beginner and if you are more experienced, you can also tweak many of the options and utilize special parameters.
HeadSpace 2 SEO – MORE INFO
HeadSpace 2 SEO is also one of the most powerful SEO plugins around. It provides a variety of options giving you full control over meta-data, tags/keywords, descriptions, page titles and more. These features allow you to make useful SEO optimization on you pages although the plugin requires a bit of familiarization. However, once you know how to use it, it can work wonders for your website.
SEO Ultimate – MORE INFO
This SEO plugin is also a leader in the field. It is a very useful collection of SEO tools that will give you a ton of SEO optimization features. SEO Ultimate will give you a Title Tag Rewriter, a Meta Description Editor, a Meta Keywords Editor, a Meta Robot Tags Editor and much more. Find out about all the options available on the SEO Ultimate home page.
SEO Rank Reporter – MORE INFO
It is vital for your website traffic to get page one rankings in Google and to maintain these attractive spots. SEO rank reporter will allow you to monitor ranking for particular keywords on your website and provide you with reports every three days that contain useful information and graphs. Rank Reporter will also inform you through email whenever there are major changes in the ranking of certain keywords.
Google XML Sitemaps – MORE INFO
This free plugin will create an XML sitemap that will help Google search engine spiders index and crawl your WordPress website. Google XML sitemaps will reveal the content structure of your site in a transparent manner for search engines. This is essential SEO practice and it will make a difference for you SEO efforts.
Platinum SEO Pack – MORE INFO
This WordPress SEO plugin is loaded with useful features that include automatic meta tag generation and automatic 301 redirects for any permalink changes. It also helps you optimize your post titles and pages for search engines as well as in dealing with identical contents. I like to include Platinum SEO pack here because it is very popular, but I’m also aware that it is not updated recently.
Let’s talk about WordPress SEO plugins!
Please share this article with your friends and let us know about your thoughts, suggestions, comments or experiences on SEO plugins. Do you think SEO plugins for WordPress are useful tools? And do you think that using plugins, like the ones mentioned in this article, can boost your website performance? Let me hear your opinion about this.
Anders is Co-founder of Tripwire Magazine. He is into WordPress topics, Web design, Web-development and also interested in SEO and Online Marketing. He has started Splashmagazine.com and he’s also writing for other blogs. Anders is a passionate blues musician and a family-man, as well.
Thank you for this informative information I just plugged in all you suggested hopefully it helps our blog.
thanks for sharing this information…learn a lot from it….i strongly suggest that All in One SEO pack is best plugin for SEO for wordpress websites….can you please tell me how to choose best keyword while writing a new post ?
One of the best article I found on web related to WordPress Seo Plugin right now I’m using all in one Seo plugin its awesome 🙂
thanks for great information. please tell me who is best yoast or all is one seo?
nice I use some of these tools they work great
I am using Yoast for SEO and I think its the best plugin. I have got best results after installing this plugin.
I really love the list, Ive been seeing lots of SEO experts suggesting yoast, i think this is the best plugin to use. Love to try it to my new sites. lets see if this can help me more improve in SERP. Great list. Thanks a lot for sharing, i love it!
I really loved your article 🙂 Did you heard about Squirrly SEO plugin? it’s seems to be a new SEO plugin for wordpress and I’m interesting to see your opinion about it.
Looks cool Andreea but I have not tested it. There is a premium subscription though.
Great tip! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you but some of them are old now. They are not updated from some months and are not compatible with wp 3.5.1
Hope you will update this list! thank you
Thanks for your input Taimoor, will try to find the time for this.
For all the plugins mentioned above I ever use 4 of them, Yoast SEO, All in one SEO Pack (testing), Google XML Sitemap and the last and I mostly love is SEO Ultimate. It not only improving your on page SEO but give you more tool like link masking (great for affiliate marketer) or sharing button. While Yoast SEO plugin is really powerful to make out post 100% optimized because it will chect our SEO optimization after we define the focus keyword when we edit our post. I make a post on it if you want to check it out.… Read more »
Nice wordpress seo plugins i like it. thank you..
I love WordPress SEO by Yoast – I put it on every client site. It’s a real time saver!
I was using All in One SEO for few months and later I switched of to Yoast plugin for my Online Magazine, While I was analyzing the performance, I got to know that All in One SEO is performing better to get rank positions in Google compared to Yoast….Can anyone tell me, if you have the same experience?
WordPress SEO seems to be very good, but it messed up my “All post listing”.
It list the post tittles vertically. An example of this is:
hey thanks, i used to use the seo ultimate thing, found out that yoast is much better for newbie like me, thanks man
I like Yoast.. and it can do best for me. However I have tried All in One SEO too and from wordpress.org plugin directory record second one have downloaded more than Yoast( When comment was typed). But Yoast have more potential than any type of SEO plugins.. Its user friendly and highly recommended.
Thank you so much for all of these amazing tips. I just got into wordpress/SEO and any info is extremely valuable.
Thanks for this great post.can i use all this seo plugins together?
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Try my plugin Automatic Post Tagger. Tagging posts is beneficial for SEO and my plugin will save you a lot of time. 🙂
Thanks for all of these phenomenal tips. I am just learning WordPress and your site is a wealth of information.
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I like All in One SEO because it has the basic function that every blogger should consider for SEO purposes.
All in one is great and probalbly the best in my opinion. I just read a good unbiased article about it here http://tinyurl.com/n28d6ft for those who are intersted.
Great article thanks for such seo plugins these plugins are really helpful for my blog. will implement them soon. Big Thanks!
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