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 SEO WordPress plugins listed in no particular order.
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.
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 youâ€™re entering the post.
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).
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.
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.
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. Yoast SEO
Yoast is easily the most popular SEO plugin to date. It covers absolutely everything you would ever need like custom titles, metadata, OpenGraph data, meta header content and dozens of optional features. Plus it’s 100% free to use on unlimited sites.
Are you interested in getting more inbound links in your blog? SEO Backlinks helps you to collect and manage reciprocal links with internal content. Definitely the best way to increase page visibility and user retention.
This plugin will give you the option to have meta tags automatically generated, or it will allow you to create them manually.
ShareThis is a group of services based on social sharing for sites like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and a handful of other big names. This allows users to quickly share your article on their preferred social network at the click of a button.
I hope these plugins can offer some value to your WordPress SEO rankings.
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