With over 60 million wordpress powered sites (as of 2014), it is imperative to have equip your website with some of the best wordpress plugins for SEO inorder to improve your on-page SEO and organic search engine rankings
For those who are fairly familiar with WordPress, it can be quite an overwhelming task to paddle through the 30,000 odd available wordpress plugins to find the best suited ones for your blog / website
5 Best WordPress Plugins for SEO
The major source of traffic for most websites is search engines. Most of our readers often ask us about the best wordpress plugins for SEO – those that would help them improve SEO for their WordPress website(s).
In this post, we have compiled a list of 5 of the best WordPress Plugins for SEO.
WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast
One of the most downloaded WordPress plugins for SEO of all times, Yoast’s WordPress SEO is an all-inclusive solution for all your on-site SEO needs. With the help of this plugin , you can:
- Add meta and link elements for home page
- Add meta and link elements for single post
- Social Integration
- Create most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality files
- Edit robots.txt and the blogs .htaccess using the built-in file editor
- Ping search engines whenever you update your site
It allows you to add SEO title, meta description, and meta keywords to each post and page of your site.
Download link – Here
SEMrush SEO Plugin
One of my favourite tools, SEMRush helps advanced users gather analytics and insights of their competitor’s website(s) which further assists them in improving their blog’s SEO.
Following are some of the attributes one could find using SEMRush
- Learn about organic keywords to rank for
- Sources of competitor’s backlinks
- An insight on competitor’s advertising strategies, and so much more.
It is one of the paid tools and is used by thousands of advanced SEO users and professionals globally. If you are an SEO professional consultant or a wordpress based ecommerce website, you need to invest in SEMrush inorder to have access to an enormous wealth of data.
Download link here
Broken Link Checker SEO Plugin
Broken links / 404 pages do not only create an unfriendly experience for your website users, but also can potentially affect your site’s SEO in a negative way. Broken Link Checker Plugin is a free WordPress plugin that helps find broken links on your WordPress site. It is essential you check your site on regular intervals using this plugin to find out if there are broken links and fix them at the earliest.
For high traffic websites, the only downside is that it could, at times, become resource-intensive and may end up slowing down your server. WPEngine and some other wordpress hosting services have already blocked this plugin on their servers.
Download link could be found here.
SEO Friendly Images SEO Plugin
SEO Friendly Images is a one of the most powerful wordpress plugin for image optimization suiting both plugin & play approach users as well as advanced level users
Many website owners do not understand how important signal SEO optimized images are to the search engines and therefore are ignored during the content creation process
This plugin assists in automatically updating the images on your site with appropriate title and ALT tags. It is highly recommended for those who do not want to spend optimizing each and very image on the website manually
You can download the same here
Google XML Sitemaps
A file that tells Google and other search engines about the organizational structure of the content of your website is called a sitemap
Sitemaps are the fastest and simplest way to allow search crawlers to understand the structure of the content and to determine how the same should be indexed. This plugin will generate a complete XML sitemap and without human intervention, add new content to it as and when the content is added to your website.
WordPress SEO plugin listed above has an inbuilt sitemaps creator feature, so in case you decide to still go ahead with Google XML Sitemaps, make sure to disable XML Sitemaps in the Yoast SEO plugin
This plugin can be downloaded here
There are many other plugins that could enhance your website’s SEO
Do let us know in case we’ve missed out on any must-haves in the above list