Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Blogs:
Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin:
Over 5 million downloads, Yoast is first SEO plugin that all WordPress user should be installing. This single plugin takes care of multiple aspects of your WordPress site SEO.
In fact, if you have been practicing separate plugins for sitemap, redirection and a few other hallmarks, you can stop using them once you use Yoast SEO.
Here are a few points that you can achieve by using Yoast SEO plugin:
- Add meta value to the homepage
- Add meta value to a single post
- Social media optimization
- Create sitemap file
- Edit robots.txt and .htaccess
- Google search console integration
- Control indexing of your blog
- Set focus keyword and optimize for on page SEO
You can download that plugin for free from WordPress repo over here. There is a pro variant of Yoast SEO as well which adds a few extra traits such as :
- Yoast Internal Linking
- Incoming and outgoing internal links
If you have the budget also need these additional features, opt for the pro version. If not, the free variant is pretty good too.
Broken link checker WordPress plugin:
A simple plus powerful plugin that continuously scans your WordPress site for broken links. It gives an easy to use dashboard from where you can quickly fix those broken links.
It helps in finding also fixing all internal and external broken links (404 links). 404 links are nothing except a dead end for search engine spiders. It is highly advisable to eliminate or fix such links.
Rich Snippet WordPress plugin:
I have talked regarding Rich snippet a few of times, and I can’t stress more on the importance of it. I have marked a lot of bloggers and marketers not taking advantage of easy-to-use schema margin plugins for WordPress to present rich snippets in WordPress.
Using a super-rich snippet plugin for WordPress will support you get better visibility in the search engine. Do you remember the star rating in the search engine, just like the screenshot below:
Using rich snippets will help you get better CTR and traffic.
SEO Image Optimizer:
By optimizing your images, you can drive a significant amount of traffic from image search engines. Even here at ShoutMeLoud, almost 1% of traffic is from image search engines, and that is a lot.
This plugin adds ALT attributes to your images, though you need to take care of the image name. If you upload pictures with titles like image002.jpeg or DSC001.jpeg, I suggest you make it a point to begin giving your images more useful names right away.
For example, in this post provided I have given the title “WordPress SEO” to the image I used.
Speed Optimizer plugin for better user experience:
One of the least discussed thing when talking about WordPress SEO is user experience. Apart from a durable design, the speed of your WordPress site performs a lot of difference in overall SEO optimization. In fact, Google has been maintaining for years that user experience is one of the most integral parts of overall SEO.
They have also performed it in public that the site loading time is one of the search engine ranking factor. So, for you, it’s essential now to optimize your site for speed.
If you have never used a speed test for your WordPress site, this is a beautiful time to do so. Visit this site and access your domain name to make a speed test.
That is why in this section of WordPress SEO plugins, I’m sharing some of the top SEO plugins to improve your blog loading time.
Image Compression plugin:
Images are an essential part of our WordPress site. On on average, I use three images in every blog post which extends the page size by 400kb+. On a desktop, this may be alright, but on mobile where readers browse website on a 3G or 4G connection, it’s of the highest importance to offer them a page which is not same bulky as the desktop. Ultimately, your goal should be to help ready a page in less than 3 seconds on both – desktop and mobile.
Image compression is one method by which you can reduce the overall size of the image without endangering the quality. This technique alone can make a noticeable impact. I have talked about some of the top image compression plugins earlier.
Here are some of the soundest image compression plugins for WordPress:
Caching is a well-recognized technique to make your WordPress site load faster. There are many well-documented case studies including research out there. Using a cache plugin also helps in lowering the pressure on your server thereby improving the overall performance of your WordPress site.
These days some of the popularly shared hostings like SiteGround, and Bluehost offer inbuilt caching, also you don’t need an extra plugin that I have discussed below. Also, a majority of managed WordPress hosting organizations like Kinsta, WPEngine also offers inbuilt cache and CDN.
Despite, if you use any other hosting which doesn’t offer inbuilt cache, you can choose either of the two cache plugins that I have mentioned below. Both of them are free plus easy to use.
If you wish to dive deep into this topic, you can refer to my earlier guide here.
If you are investigating various SEO plugins for WordPress, you may need to use the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, as it offers most of the features provided by many other different plugins.
Here are a few examples:
- Google XML Sitemap plugin: This plugin is supported for generating a sitemap of your blog, but I suggest that you ignore that plugin as you can now use the sitemap feature of the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. Just for the info: Jetpack plugin also offers sitemap feature.
If you think we have avoided any essential or helpful SEO WordPress plugins, do let us know in the comments section.
Which other WordPress SEO plugins do you use on your blog? Feel free to recommend any that I should include in this list.
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