WordPress is very popular for its default SEO friendly features, however, there are some other SEO improvements that can be made by using 3rd party plugins. Fortunately, there are a plethora of WordPress plugins that can be taken advantage of by webmasters. We have compiled a list of some of them below with their description and uses;
- Redirection by WordPress
If you ever need to redirect any URL from your site to another, then Redirection by WordPress is a simple and easy to use plugin that can be easily integrated into your WordPress dashboard. Granting you control over 301 directs without having to edit your .htcaccess file. In addition, it will help you track your 301 and 404 errors passing through your traffic. If you are looking to move URL or domain name, then Redirection by WordPress is one plugin that you should seriously consider.
- Yoast SEO
With over a million downloads on WordPress, Yoast SEO is easily the most popular all in one comprehensive WordPress plugin solution for all your SEO needs. There is a free and basic SEO version and an advanced and paid version which offers more sophisticated SEO options such as automatic XML sitemap generation. Standard option entails meta descriptions, page analysis tools, open graph metadata, custom page titles amongst others.
Yoast SEO’s page analysis tool will scan both texts and images to ensure that every part of your content is optimized for your chosen keyword.
- SEO Ultimate
SEO Ultimate is a popular all-round WordPress plugin that covers all the basics of SEO required to optimize your site. Some of its features include auto-linking, open graph, rich-snippets, descriptions, 404 monitoring and the likes. This WordPress plugin is far simpler than most other WordPress plugins and it does a great job of covering all the SEO basics of a WordPress site.
- All in One SEO Pack
Also, a very common WordPress plugin, All in One SEO pack is the ideal SEO plugins for beginners – even though it also has some pro features. This SEO plugin offers all in one SEO control for users from their WordPress dashboards. Some of its best features include; Custom Page titles, automatic XML sitemap generation, duplicate content search, Google Analytic Integration and generation of META tags.
- All in One Schema Rich Snippets
Rich snippets help to ensure that your posts look better by providing a much better snippet for them when they pop up on search results. Rich snippets can display author, ratings, photos and much more that can help your site stand out from others in search listings.
- The WooCommerce – All in One SEO Pack
This is the free WordPress plugin extension of the All in One SEO Pack. This plugin will allow you to add, edit product meta information and data. It covers all the essentials and is very easy to use and understand.
- Ultimate NoFollow
This plugin will automatically add a `rel=nofollow` and `target=_blank` to all outgoing links on your site. Basically, it will enable you to control all of the linking on your website for SEO purposes. It is incredibly useful especially when you are managing a big site that has a lot of links and content.
- Google XML Sitemaps
Search engines need Sitemaps to properly crawl and index your site. The Google XML sitemaps plugins will automatically generate a sitemap for your site. All you need to do is to set it up and configure it and it will automatically update your sitemap. This plugin is useful especially if your basic SEO plugin lacks this feature.
Google XML Sitemap is extremely easy to use and it is pretty efficient too.
- Broken Link Checker
This plugin is both easy to use and very efficient. As the name implies, Broken Link Checker will help you scan through your content for missing images and broken links. Broken links can hurt your site’s SEO in addition to offering a bad experience for your visitors.
Broken Link Checker is free to install and use and it can help you discover and fix all the broken links on your web pages without requiring you to manually edit the post. However, the only downside of using this plugin is that it tends to consume too many resources and it may reduce the speed of your server. Some hosting providers have even moved to block this WordPress plugin all together on their servers.
- W3 Total Cache
Google has announced that speed is a ranking factor and so this is something you should keep in mind.
W3 total cache offers improved site speed, page load time and better web server performance. This plugin is widely used by even big websites because of its very reliable nature and it saves you a whole ton of time in addition to boosting your website speed.
You can considerably improve your web speed and visitor experience without compromising on your preferred WordPress plugin or theme or how you structure your content;
Although, you will be immediately able to see metrics on each page load, you should still consider the following tools;
- Google Page Speed
- Seo Optimized Images
Images are often ignored when it comes to SEO. On the contrary, they are very important and they can increase your SEO as they can drive traffic to your site via google image search. This plugin will allow you to effortlessly add the “alt and title attributes” to every image. It is simple and easy to use. Remember that images can drive a significant amount of traffic to your website, so keep this plugin handy on WordPress.
If you run a quick search, you may be amazed as to how many SEO plugins perform different SEO related functions. While they are important and fundamental to adhering to some of the best SEO practices, you should not meddle into all of them. To be on the safe side, get started with the 11 listed above.
If you have any other plugins that you think should make the least, feel free to mention them below in the comment section.