Top 10 SEO-Related WordPress Plugins

The quality and quantity of available plugins can often influence bloggers to choose WordPress when setting up a new blog. However, sometimes the huge number of plugins can become confusing and frustrating. There are several very good plugins that have been developed to enhance the search engine optimization of your blog. Here are 10 of the best, in no particular order.

1. All-in-One SEO Pack

Take control of your meta descriptions and page titles. You can also tag posts with categories. All-in-One SEO Pack is one of the most popular SEO-related plugins because of the essential functions it allows you to perform.

2. Ultimate Tag Warrior

Another extremely popular plugin, Ultimate Tag Warrior helps you to add tags, which are recognized by search engines like Technorati, to each of your posts. UTW provides you with a few different options for entering tags, including simply typing your tags when you’re entering the post.

3. Related Entries

Internal linking is valuable for SEO and it can also help your readers to find additional content that may interest them. Related Entries will make the process easy. Your posts will automatically include links to related posts (in a list, at the bottom of the post).


4. SEO Title Tags

We’ve already mentioned title tags with the All-in-One SEO Pack, and SEO Title Tags provides another quality option. With this plugin you can easily control and optimize the titles of every page and post you create with WordPress.

5. Google Sitemap Generator

Google and other search engines use XML sitemaps to find and index all the pages of websites and blogs. By default your WordPress blog does not create an XML sitemap. With this plugin the process is automated. Additionally, it automatically updates the XML file whenever you publish a new post.

6. Sitemap Generator Plugin

No, this is not the same thing as #5. This plugin creates a sitemap that human visitors will be able to use, rather than an XML sitemap, which is created for search engines. This type of sitemap also has SEO purposes as it will place a link to every page/post on your blog, not to mention the fact that it’s helpful for visitors.

7. Antisocial

Antisocial is more SEO-friendly version of the very popular Sociable plugin. It adds no-follow tags to the links created by the plugin to social media sites.

8. WP Backlinks

Are you interested in getting more links to your blog? WP Backlinks helps you to collect and manage reciprocal links with other blogs. Other bloggers can fill out a form on your blog, add a link to you, and you will then be notified so you can add a reciprocal link.

9. Add Meta Tags

This plugin will give you the option to have meta tags automatically generated, or it will allow you to create them manually.

10. WordPress SEO Master

The SEO Master plugin has two modules, the nofollow module and the meta module. Like some of the other plugins listed, it will let you add and customize meta tags, but it will also let you tell WordPress to add nofollow tags to different types of links.

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  • Goyin, August 22, 2007

    Hey, these are nice tools. nice compilation. Most of them are actually new to me.

  • Vandelay Design, August 22, 2007

    Goyin,
    Thanks for visiting, I’m glad you found some new tools here.

  • uberdose, August 23, 2007

    Thanks for the top position :) Btw., All-in-One-SEO can use UTW’s tags for meta keywords as well, like UTW does. So you can decide which one should handle the meta keywords. Don’t let them both handle them, though.

  • Antonius, August 23, 2007

    Groovy List of SEO Plugins. I am a little unsure of the AntiSocial one, what does that do for SEO?

  • uberdose, August 23, 2007

    > AntiSocial one, what does that do for SEO?

    It avoids the PR leak you get when you link delicio and the like on every post while still enabling your visitors to easily bookmark them.

  • Patrick Burt, August 23, 2007

    Great resource m8, I was looking for something like this because all the plugins were everywhere all over the internet.

  • Great list! I actually run a few of these, but didn’t know about the others – thanks! You just got Stumbled.

  • Vandelay Design, August 23, 2007

    Uberdose,
    No problem. Thanks your additional info on the plugin and for answering Antonius question (before I could get to it).

    Patrick and Saman,
    Thanks for reading!

  • Ant Eksiler, August 28, 2007

    I think you should consider this plugin which increases your keyword density:

    http://www.turkhitbox.com/gray-hat-seo/high-keyword-density-wordpress-plugin.html

  • uberdose, August 28, 2007

    > I think you should consider this plugin which increases your keyword density

    You’re kidding, right? First, you won’t gain anything in google at all (maybe slightly in yahoo and msn), plus it’s clearly against any SE’s guidelines, so expect your site getting banned. It’s using a technique called cloaking, which is not very wise in the first place, but it’s also user-agent based cloaking which can easily be detected.

  • Vandelay Design, August 28, 2007

    I agree with uberdose. It’s not worth getting your site banned. I think there are other safer and more effective ways to improve your rankings (like the ones listed above).

  • Tay - Make Money Blogging, August 31, 2007

    I use number 1, 5, 6, 7, and… that’s all. Currently. I’m planning to get the Ultimate Tag Warrior as well. I’ve tried getting the Related Entries plugin, but it never seems to work for me. I always getting an error when running the script for installation, and I’m not fantastic at technical stuff so manual install would be very complicated for me. I guess I’ll give it another go, though! ;)

    Thanks for writing this fantastic list. It was a great read, and I can’t wait to hear more from you.

    Tay

  • CFernandes, September 1, 2007

    Very good list, but some of them do overlap.

  • Vandelay Design, September 2, 2007

    CFernandes,
    Thanks for reading! Yes, some of them do overlap, but they all have different features and functions that make them unique.

  • Cole Haan, October 2, 2007

    The ones I use which are not mentioned above.

    Permalink Redirect: Permalink Redirect ensures that pages and entries are always accessed via the permalink. Otherwise, a 301 redirect will be issued. By Scott Yang.

    WP-PageNavi: Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog. By Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

  • Vandelay Design, October 2, 2007

    Cole Haan,
    Thanks for your recommendations.

  • uberdose, October 3, 2007

    @Cole: I think the Permalink Redirect is obsolete. WP 2.2 had some problems with that, but 2.3 does this out-of-the-box. E.g., the “?p=nnn” will be redirected to your permalink.

  • Karthik, October 5, 2007

    Steven, is there something that the SEO Title Tags does that All in one SEO doesn’t?

    Also, UTW is also obsolete, so to speak isn’t it?

  • Acopic - Web Designers, October 9, 2007

    Hey – thanks for that list. Some really useful plugins there that I hadn’t come across before. Very useful.

  • unTECHy, October 14, 2007

    Once again, a great compilation of links.

    I’ve mentioned before that I currently use Nucleus. When I successfully transfer my blog to WP, you can bet I’ll be using several of these plugins.

    5 *’s

  • SEO Australia, November 6, 2007

    The only WordPress Plugin I use is the All In One SEO pack, as it does the bulk of the essential on-site SEO work. The rest is how I structure the HTML and written content.

  • Vandelay Design, November 6, 2007

    SEO Australia,
    I lean towards using fewer plugins when possible too. This is just a list of useful plugins to give some options.

  • Dan Perry, December 2, 2007

    Total beginner here, and this list helped me a ton. Thanks for putting it together.

  • Jim Spencer, December 8, 2007

    This SEO plugin looks mighty powerful. Anyone tried it and can offer comments? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/headspace2/

  • sheds, June 24, 2008

    What a great list.Was looking for plug ins to help with my blog ranking.
    cheers

  • SEO, July 6, 2008

    Seo in Turkey

  • Gezginler, July 25, 2008

    Very good list, but some of them do overlap.

  • Guntur Aries Setiawan, August 1, 2008

    wowowowow …. good plugin … but what the best plugin do you think ? thxs jeh …

  • Søren Holm, August 27, 2008

    I installed the all in one seo pack with great results. It solved all the native problems in WordPress and it adds the flexibility to present titles the way you want them in e.g. SERP’s.

  • 出会い, September 11, 2008

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  • Top 5 SEO plugins for Wordpress, September 14, 2008

    Hey good article, I’ve done a Top 5 updated version at updated SEO plugins

  • This is a great list. Problem is that there are overlaps. The newer version of the XML Sitemap generator also builds a visitor friendly version.

    One of the biggest problems in WP seo is that people seem to have no idea how to manage keyword density, which is the single most critical factor in on-page seo.

    I have positioned one of my sites as #5 out of 9,300,000 because of correctly managing on and off page, which was not possible with standard WP plugins.

    Of note is the fact that none of the plugin authors listed hold any kind of respectable search engine positions themselves for the keywords they have selected for their sites.

    This speaks volumes about the effectiveness, and in some cases ineffectiveness of their SEO plugins #:>)

    I do have a cool IM Plugin Installer that installs 30 of the best-performing WP plugins based on metrics I ran against them and over 500 other plugins. Some are on your list here.

    Great job!

    Ron

  • Ramzkie, February 3, 2009

    thanks for the tools.. very useful

  • web7x24, February 16, 2009

    Today I learned something new. Thanks.

  • BloggingTips, April 11, 2009

    This is really a good collection of the SEO plugins.

  • John C, July 2, 2009

    Hoping to find some free seo software.. any tips?

  • jane, September 13, 2009

    Related, and interesting, is the upcoming free seo software from friiso.com

  • Matt Houldsworth, December 3, 2009

    Hi

    Can I suggest the one I have just created which monitors your keyword density both in the post as you type and across the while site

    Have a look at http://www.digitalquill.co.uk/wordpressplugins/2009/11/30/wordpress-keyword-density-monitor-for-seo-plugin/

    I hope it proves to be useful for some people

    Matt Houldsworth
    Digitalquill

  • Mark Carter, December 10, 2009

    Thanks for these … a great list of resources. I use All-in-one SEO Pack .. which isn’t all in one! … but is extremely useful.

    WordPress is one of the most SEO friendly CRM’s amongst the big names. Some big name CRM’s, on the other hand, are utterly appalling when it comes to SEO. They shall remain nameless!

  • Trulium, December 29, 2009

    Thanks for giving such a wonderful information.It will be useful for all kind of people who are searching for SEO.GOOD WORK!!

  • richard, January 22, 2010

    Hi, Uberdose. Your plugin is really good. I used that plugin to all of my sites. Just want to ask, does H1 tag also help to SEO the page?

  • Trulium, January 27, 2010

    Great list of plugins for which i m searching.But some of them are overlapping.

  • pondicherry, June 18, 2010

    whats the difference between all in one seo and seo title , can i install this two at same time .

  • SEO Consultant Perth, June 23, 2010

    Nice list of WP Plug in. No doubt the All In One SEO is the best and most commonly used one. We use it all the time on all of our SEO clients.

    Google XML sitemaps is also a great tool to use, it’s automatic and complies with all the standards.

    Well done

  • anang yb, September 14, 2010

    Great article, Bro!
    All-in-One SEO Pack is my favourite wp plugin.. :)

  • Essex Wedding Photography, September 4, 2011

    Once again a terrific post – very very helpful

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