I wrote this article on the best WordPress SEO plugins I have used over the years. SEO plugins are a must if you actually care about your SEO. There is a lot of myths on SEO, and if you’re unsure about SEO, I would recommend you read this SEO beginner guide created by Moz.
Since I use WordPress for all my sites, I figured there are some plugins you should be aware of. Please do read this post on choosing a good WordPress plugin, too. The below plugins are in no particular order. So, please take a second to view all the SEO plugins I feel are beneficial to your site, regarding SEO.
This is perhaps the most widely used plugin for WordPress. This is a free plugin that provides you with virtually all the features to help you optimize your website and XML sitemaps. There is a premium version of this plugin, too. The plugin has an on-page analysis where any WordPress user can understand how a post can be optimized before being published. Yoast comes with a complete optimization panel where any user can manage every element hassle-free. It uses colors, green means good and orange and red mean needs improvement or consider fixing. With Yoast plugin, you have an allowance of managing social optimization with Twitter and Facebook. I did write a post on Yoast here.
With Hundreds of millions of global downloads, All in One SEO Pack is among the widely-used SEO plugins for WordPress. This plugin provides you with all the resources you need to come up with a user-friendly SEO website. On the upside, it is a beginner friendly plugin that may help you optimize your website without using any customized settings since default installation settings are enough. Once you are acquainted with the settings, you can set it up consistent with your requirements.
This SEO WordPress plugin is designed to automatically optimize titles of blog posts for search engines.
Just as the name suggests, this is a premium WordPress Plugin which will enable you to optimize your website and make more money. The product comes with a minification tool that helps you make your code friendly. It is a comprehensive SEO plugin which provides you all the features and options you need to customize and optimize your site. It will help enhance internal link building in your site, which is actually necessary from an SEO perspective. The plugin will help you optimize images, which is a unique feature to any website. Well optimized images can draw a lot of traffic to a website.
The plugin handles the rich snippet functionality, so your blog posts stand out in the search engine results. It will manage the 301 redirections so you can redirect any page to others. You can monitor 404 not found pages. Also, it integrates with Google Analytics, provides social stats, ranking tracking, page speed insights, manages htaccess and robot.txt, sitemaps, etc.
Search engines use social signals as key elements in choosing search results. Therefore, social optimization remains to be extremely important. If your website gets several mentions on social media, you are likely to get more traffic. Although the Yoast plugin comes with the option of social optimization, WP Social SEO Booster is a more complete plugin that implements Rich Snippets Tagging for web content. On the upside, it is a free plugin that works well with other plugins like Yoast, All in One SEO plugin and many others.
This is another plugin that can improve organic traffic to any site. It helps optimize blog posts with guided approaches. The plugin offers several options to help you optimize your content. SEOPressor stands out from other plugins owing to its keyword analysis. It is designed with a built-in keyword research option that enables you to find long tail keywords relevant to your topic and incorporate them while creating your content. This makes your posts search engine friendly and comprehensive.
The plugin also helps to optimize images by checking whether the images have the necessary tags. Above all, SEOPressor manages internal linking, which is important for search engine results.
While Rankie might not actually be an SEO plugin, it does help with tracking your keywords. Rather than using Ahrefs or Mondovo this inexpensive plugin will allow you to put your keywords and track them. I have actually written an article which shows what Rankie does. You can view your rankings in the WordPress dashboard and also have your rankings emailed to you.
This plugin helps you create content for your website. The content will be optimized for both bots and people. It does provide SEO rated sites, and you do get weekly SEO audits. Squirrly does provide real-time advice to help you optimize your articles. It’s based on a color indicator. Green means your content is 100% SEO friendly. You can monitor and change your SEO settings in bulk all from one easy to use panel and the plugin does integrate with Yoast. Squirrly also has something called focus pages that allows you to solve clear tasks to help improve your chances of ranking better in Google.
This plugin is good for optimizing your images. It’s important to use the ALT and title attributes so people can find your images. People will be able to find your images on Google image search if you use SEO Friendly Images. Lots of SEO’s do not properly optimize their images which leave them missing out on lots of traffic.
Let’s face it editing your .htaccess file is a pain. I know because I have edited this files lots over the years. You can completely break your site when you edit it. That was before I started using Wealthy Affiliate’s managed WordPress hosting, though. But, if you don’t have managed WordPress hosting you can install “Redirection.”
This helps with pages that are showing as 404 errors. You can easily cut and paste the broken link and 301 the broken link to another page on your site.
Internal linking is a very good SEO strategy. Neil Patel has pointed this out in his article he wrote on Kissmetrics.com.
But, SEO Internal Links automatically links your internal pages and posts. You can set the limit of links per posts, nofollow links, create a custom keyword list, open links in new windows, etc.
This is a free plugin developed by Brainstorm Force. Rich Snippets are good for increasing your CTR in Google. These add stars or markup to your posts. Clearly, they stand out on Google, and this is why your CTR gets an increase. You can read this post which shows you the benefits of Google Rich Snippets.
All In One Scheme.org Rich Snippets does support these kinds of markups:
- Software Application.
Broken links can really affect your ranking on Google. I learned this the hard way about 6 years ago. This plugin monitors your posts and pages, comments, etc. In your WordPress dashboard, it notifies you of any broken links on your site. Optionally, Broken Links Checker will send you emails whenever broken links are found. This plugin allows you to update your broken links to correct link. Therefore, you don’t have to do it manually.
Google XML Sitemap allows you to create a sitemap for your WordPress site. This helps search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo crawls your site. Therefore, the search engine will crawl your website more frequently. It will automatically notify the search engines every time create a new post with new content.
This plugin is 100% free and has been around for almost 10 years now.
It’s important to not overdo your SEO, but these plugins can drastically help your SEO efforts. Entire industries have been created around SEO, and it’s important that you install them on whichever WordPress theme you decide to use.
If there are any plugins that you believe should be added to this list, please feel free to leave a comment below. Also, if you have any experience with any of the SEO plugins, please leave your comments down below.