I have already shared 30 plugin which I use here at ShoutMeLoud. Here I have compiled a list of recommended WordPress Plugins for SEO. You need not need to use all these SEO plugin but I would suggest pick the one which suits your need. Every WP plugin works in a different way and you can select the one which works the best for you.
In this list I have added some free SEO plugins and some premium plugins, depending upon your need, you can select one. Though, some of the premium plugins have advantage over many other like EasyWPSEO is way better for Keyword optimization than Yoast WordPress SEO plugin.
Anyways, I also try to link to my earlier review of individual SEO plugins, so you can learn more about them and decide which SEO plugins are you going to use for your blog. If you think, there are any WordPress SEO plugins missing from the list, do let us know and we will love to review and add it here.
Best SEO Plugin for WordPress Blogs:
Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin:
This is the first and best free SEO plugin for WordPress. This single plugin takes care of many aspect of your WordPress blog 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 ALL in one SEO plugin, it’s time to ditch it and migrate to Yoast WordPress SEO plugins. This plugin integrates feature from some of the popular plugin like Robots meta, RSS footer. I have written this detailed tutorial which will let you setup SEO by yoast plugin. You can download this plugin for free form WordPress repo over here.
Social SEO Pro:
Social SEO is 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 card and few more tags to make your blog social SEO proof. SEO by Yoast have few features which let you integrate Social SEO on your blog, but it still lacks a lot of stuff which is must have for todays’ WordPress blog. I started using Social SEO pro from last 2 months 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 feature of this plugin is, you can write unique title for every social network and increase your social traffic exponentially.
Broken link checker:
Broken link checker plugin is very useful plugin to find 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. Though this plugin have some issues with blog with lots of blog posts. Probably this might freeze your hosting for a while. I would suggest to run this plugin on low traffic day and in case if you have a blog like min, with more than 1000+ posts, use some online websites to find 404 links on your blog. < Link>
SEO smart link WordPress plugin:
SEO smart link WordPress plugin let you automatically link your words to any post link. This is very useful for on page optimization and by finding your high ranking keywords using Google webmaster tool, you can boost your ranking. Though before you use this plugin, I suggest you to be sure of intern linking and be aware of Google linking algorithm. <link> If you are looking for manual way, 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 engine. Even here at ShoutMeLoud, almost 1% of traffic is from Image search engine and it’s a lot. This plugin add ALT attributes into your images. Though you need to take care of Image name. If you upload images with name, image002.jpeg or DSC001.jpeg, I would suggest change your habit and better start giving a useful name. For example in this post, WordPress image which I used, I have given it a name “WordPress SEO”. <Link>
If you are just researching about other SEO plugins for WordPress, you might some more name in the list and let me list down those plugins below and suggest the best one for your blog.
- Google XML Sitemap plugin: This plugin is widely recommended for generating sitemap of your blog, but I suggest you to ignore this plugin as you can now use the sitemap feature of WordPress SEO by yoast plugin.
- All in one SEO, SEO Ultimate : Again you don’t need any of these two plugins as WordPress SEO by yoast have all essential feature.
- Robots meta: All the feature of this plugin is integrated in SEO by yoast plugin.
Do let us know which plugin you think I missed? Which other WordPress SEO plugin you are using on your blog ?