WordPress is easy and fun. It is free and gives you ample liberty to do whatever you feel like with your site. This platform is one of the most used online these days due to its various features. You can edit, modify, post and repost content, design and redesign elements and change and edit SEO functionalities and what not just with a few clicks.
Coming to SEO there are certain plug-ins that work like a charm with WordPress. Let’s get to know them a little better. So here are the top most preferred plug-ins that make WordPress even more fun and beneficial for your business from SEO point of view:
- Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular SEO plug-ins for WordPress. The primary reason is that it lets you perform SEO activities and by both creating far better content and also optimizing your business website. For a beginner this plug-in might be the best place to start and its most important features to focus on would be:
- Page analysis tool
- Technical WordPress Search Engine Optimization
- XML Sitemaps
You can also scan any page for images with Yoast SEO and ensure that each one of them has an alt tag to match with your primary keyword. This Plug-in will also check your entire content for length and confirm whether your meta-description is up to par or not.
- All in One SEO Pack
This is for you if you don’t want to use Yoast SEO. The All in One SEO Pack was released in the year 2007 and this WordPress plug-in is every webmaster’s favorite because it provides them with an easy way out of some of the most critical SEO related challenges. The biggest advantage of it is that you don’t need any experience to use it. All you have to do is read and input data in the right fields and start using the plug-in. Some excellent features of the All in One SEO Pack are:
- XML Sitemap
- Google Analytics support
- Automatic title optimization for leading search engines
- Automatic META tags generation
- Prevents duplicate content
- Ability to override any setting
- Google XML Sitemaps
The leading search engines can and will find your content without much prodding, but instead of just sitting back and hoping for the best, you can use the Google XML Sitemaps plug-in. A Sitemap allows webmasters to gather additional information about a URL such as when it was last updated by the administrator or how often it is changed or how much importance it holds in relation to other URLs on the site. With this plug-in a sitemap is generated automatically which makes it easier for all search engines to index your content/blog and also allows them to crawl your site more intelligently. Once you have created your first sitemap and you find yourself comfortable with the settings, you won’t have to do anything else. The plug-in updates your sitemap on its own after you add or publish every new piece of content.
- Broken Link Checker
Managing your blog can be a big hassle. As you go on your path of making your website more and more organic search friendly, you end up creating more and more content. Eventually it will become very difficult to handle all this content and this is where you can use the Broken Link Checker plug-in. With this plug-in active in your WordPress site you can check your entire content for any broken links and/or missing images. You’ll be alerted if there is anything wrong with your website. Yes, this plug-in keeps a watchful eye on your webpages and will keep you updated on any broken links so that you can focus on just creating the best content for your website. Its top features are:
- Lets you monitor links in your posts, blog pages, comments and custom fields
- Dead link detection and alert
- Lets you revamp your broken links’ appearance in all your posts
- Prevents search engines from following any and all of your broken links
- W3 Total Cache
It is time to think about the speed of your WordPress website because it can impact your search engine rankings. Don’t be one of those many ignorant people who overlook the importance of providing a lightning quick experience to their users. Google has finally made it clear that site speed would now be an important ranking factor. And if by any chance you’re facing any kind of trouble in this area, it’s time to install the W3 Total Cache plug-in. Its primary benefits include:
- Improved overall search engine result page ranking particularly for mobile-friendly websites and webpages that use SSL
- Improved overall site performance up to 10 times
- Enhanced conversion rates
- Optimized progressive render of all your pages
- Reduced page load time
- Improved web server performance
- High traffic sustenance
- Up to 80% bandwidth savings
Redirection plug-in is useful for your WordPress site if you plan to migrate your pages from an old website to a new one or are changing the directory of the existing WordPress installation. It lets you manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors.
Its top features are:
- Both WordPress and Apache-based redirections are supported
- Monitors and captures logs of 404 errors. These can then be easily mapped to 301 redirects
- RSS feed for 404 errors
- Offers custom ‘pass-through’ redirection which allows you to pass a URL to another page, online file, or website.
- You can create redirections based upon a particular URL, browser, login status or referring site and much more
Redirection is available in languages such as French, Hebrew, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Russian, Bahasa Indonesian, German, Italian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch and many more! These are just some of the numerous plug-ins that can help you garner better rankings through improved SEO. Make sure to install them soon and witness your SEO game tip in your favor phenomenally!
About the Author:
Scott Keever is a prominent entrepreneur and the Founder of Scott Keever SEO, a renowned SEO agency in Tampa. With an enormous experience in internet marketing, Scott Keever has been consistently serving needs of clients into diverse verticals since long time. As a passionate entrepreneur, Scott Keever loves working with Fortune 300 companies and helping them reach their utmost heights of success.