I had earlier 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 differently, so I would suggest choosing and using the ones that best suit your needs.
In this list, you will find hand-picked best free SEO WordPress plugins and some premium plugins that you can use for your blog.
Do read the description carefully to understand what the plugin does and use it if you are not using any other plugin for the same purpose.
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 any WordPress SEO plugins are 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:
With over 5+ million downloads, Yoast is the first SEO plugin that every WordPress user should be installing. This single plugin takes care of many aspects of your WordPress site SEO.
In fact, if you have been using separate plugins for sitemap, redirection and a few other features, you can stop using them once you use Yoast SEO.
Here are a few things 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 (image, title & description)
- 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
Note: Meta values are meta title, meta description.
You can download this plugin for free from WordPress repo over here. There is a pro version of Yoast SEO as well which adds a few extra features such as :
- Yoast Internal linking (Helps in better linking of your blog)
- Incoming and outgoing internal links (Video)
Here at ShoutMeLoud, we use the pro version and if you have the budget and need these extra features, opt for the pro version. If not, the free version is pretty good too.
You can watch the video embedded below to learn how to set up the Yoast plugin:
Here are a few popular alternatives for Yoast SEO:
A simple and powerful plugin that continuously scans your WordPress site for broken links. It offers an easy to use dashboard from where you can quickly fix those broken links.
It helps in finding and fixing all internal and external broken links (404 links). 404 links are nothing but a dead end for search engine spiders. It is highly advisable to remove or fix such links.
A similar plugin is LinkPatrol plugin, which let you control link juice flow to external sites.
Rich Snippet WordPress plugin:
I have talked about Rich snippet a few of times, and I can’t stress more on the importance of it. I have seen a lot of bloggers and marketers not taking advantage of easy-to-use schema markup plugins for WordPress to show rich snippets in WordPress.
Using an excellent rich snippet plugin for WordPress will help you get better visibility in the search engine. Do you remember those star rating in the search engine, just like the screenshot below:
Using rich snippets will help you get better CTR and traffic. Here is a collection of some of the best posts from ShoutMeLoud archive to learn everything about Rich snippets in WordPress:
- 4 Best Rich Snippets Plugins for WordPress – Reviewed
- How To Add Schema Markup To WordPress And Get Rich Snippets
SEMRUSH: (Not a direct WordPress plugin)
While talking about SEO, it is criminal not to include the most popular WordPress SEO tool – SEMRUSH.
SEMRUSH is one tool I have been using for last five years, and this has been of immense help from the phase of keyword research to optimization and also to track keyword ranking.
Unlike others which are plugins, this is a web-based tool.
Think of SEMRUSH as a complete SEO suite for people with or without SEO skills.
The most famous feature of SEMRUSH is, it lets you do the complete site SEO audit which helps you to identify SEO issues that are preventing the organic growth of your blog.
Here are two detailed tutorials which will give you more insights on SEMRUSH:
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 images with names like image002.jpeg or DSC001.jpeg, I suggest 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.
Speed Optimizer plugin for better user experience:
One of the least talked about thing when talking about WordPress SEO is user experience. Apart from a robust design, the speed of your WordPress site makes a lot of difference in overall SEO optimization. In fact, Google has been emphasizing for years that user experience is one of the most integral parts of overall SEO.
They have also made it public that the site loading time is one of the search engine ranking factor. So, for you, it’s crucial now to optimize your site for speed.
If you have never taken a speed test for your WordPress site, this is an excellent time to do so. Visit this site and enter your domain name to take a speed test.
This is why in this section of WordPress SEO plugins, I’m sharing some of the top plugins (under various categories) to improve your blog loading time.
Image Compression plugin:
Images are an integral part of our WordPress site. On on average, I use three images in every blog post which increases 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 utmost importance to offer them a page which is not same bulky as the desktop. Eventually, your goal should be to help load a page in less than 3 seconds on both – desktop and mobile.
Image compression is one technique by which you can reduce the overall size of the image without compromising the quality. This technique alone (especially for image-heavy WordPress sites) can make a noticeable impact. I have talked about some of the top image compression plugins earlier; you can read the detailed guide here.
For a quick reference, here are some of the best image compression plugins for WordPress:
Caching is a well-known technique to make your WordPress site load faster. There are many well-documented case studies and research out there. Using a cache plugin also helps in lowering the load on your server thereby improving the overall performance of your WordPress site.
These days some of the popular shared hostings like SiteGround, and Bluehost offer inbuilt caching, and you don’t need an extra plugin that I have mentioned below. Also, a majority of managed WordPress hosting companies like Kinsta, WPEngine also offers inbuilt cache and CDN.
However, if you use any other hosting which doesn’t offer inbuilt cache, you can pick either of the two cache plugins that I have mentioned below. Both of them are free and easy to use.
If you wish to dive deep into this topic, you can refer to my earlier guide here.
If you are researching various SEO plugins for WordPress, you may want to 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 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. Just for the info: Jetpack plugin also offers sietmap feature.
If you think we have missed 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.
A few other articles that you might be interested in:
- How To Noindex WordPress Categories and Tags
- A DIY Guide for WordPress Blog SEO: From Beginner to Pro
- How To Generate Sitemap for WordPress with Jetpack WordPress Plugin