I have previously shared 30 plugins which I use here at ShoutMeLoud. For today’s post, I have compiled a list of recommended WordPress Plugins for SEO. You do not need to use all of these SEO plugins, but each works in a different way, so I would suggest choosing and using the ones that best suit your needs.
In this list I have included some free SEO plugins and some premium plugins, so there is something useful here for all readers.
As you might expect, some of the premium plugins have distinct advantages over the free ones. For example, EasyWPSEO is far better for keyword optimization than the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin.
I will also link to my previous review of individual SEO plugins, so you can learn more about them and decide which SEO plugins are appropriate for your blog. If you think there are any WordPress SEO plugins missing from our list, do let us know and we would be happy to review them and possibly add them to our list.
Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Blogs:
Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin:
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a best free SEO plugin for WordPress. This single plugin takes care of many aspects of your WordPress blog’s SEO. Using SEO by Yoast you can do following things:
- Add meta value for homepage
- Add meta value for single post
- Social SEO
- Create sitemap file
- Edit robots.txt and .htaccess
- Control indexing of your blog
If you are using the ALLIn One SEO plugin, it’s time to ditch it and migrate to Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin. This plugin integrates features from some of the more popular plugins like Robots meta and RSS footer.
You can download this plugin for free from WordPress repo over here. You can watch the video embedded below to learn how to set up the Yoast plugin:
Social SEO Pro:
Social SEO is at an all time high in 2014, and if you are looking to make your blog stand out, you should be targeting the social SEO. You should have open graph tags, Google authorship, Twitter meta cards and several other tags to make your blog social SEO proof.
SEO by Yoast has a few features which allow you to integrate social SEO on your blog, but it still lacks a number of features which are must-haves for today’s WordPress blogs.
I started using the pro version of Social SEO two months ago, and my social referral traffic has increased by 20% since then.
You can head over to the Social SEO pro page to learn about this plugin, and they have a easy-to-follow guide to set up the plugin.
One of the key features of this plugin is the ability to write unique titles for every social network, thus increasing your social traffic exponentially.
Broken link checker:
Broken link checker plugin is a very useful plugin for finding all internal and external broken links (404 links). 404 links are nothing but a dead end for search engine spiders, and it’s highly advisable to remove such links.
This plugin may have some issues with certain blog posts. It is possible that it could even freeze your hosting for a while. For this reason, I would suggest running this plugin on low traffic day.
SEO Smart Link WordPress plugin:
SEO Smart Link WordPress plugin lets you automatically link your words to any post link. This is very useful for on-page optimization. By finding your site’s high ranking keywords using the Google webmaster tool, you can boost your site’s ranking.
If you are looking for a way to do this manually, you can also try WordPress Insight plugin.
Also read: SEO Smart links Premium Plugin Review
SEO friendly Images:
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 into your images, though you need to take care of the image name. If you upload images with names like image002.jpeg or DSC001.jpeg, I would suggest that you make it a point to start giving your images more useful names right away. For example, in this post I have given the name “WordPress SEO” to the image I used. <Link>
If you are just researching various SEO plugins for WordPress, you may wish to simply use the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, as it offers most of the features offered by many other individual plugins.
Here are a few examples:
- Google XML Sitemap plugin: This plugin is widely recommended for generating a sitemap of your blog, but I suggest that you ignore this plugin as you can now use the sitemap feature of the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
- All in one SEO, SEO Ultimate : Again, you do not need either of these plugins as WordPress SEO by Yoast offers all of the essential features.
- Robots meta: All the features of this plugin are integrated in SEO by Yoast plugin as well.
If you think I have missed any essential or helpful plugins, do let us know in the comments section.
Which other WordPress SEO plugins you are using on your blog?