Truth is, over the time this has become a necessity. Without traffic, our blog is just a star among countless stars in the universe which people would never know about. So, that’s where SEO comes in.
WordPress being the best platform for blogging comes with an ample amount of plugin options. We wish to make our WordPress blog SEO optimized, we have hundreds of plugin for the same.
We wish to make our blog secure, we have an unlimited number of WordPress security plugins available. All the other plugins are fine but what worries me is the number of SEO plugins available for WordPress.
Do a simple search in Google for “WordPress SEO plugins” and you will be bombarded with options like:
These are just a few of them. Now the question is what SEO plugin should we rely on and how many SEO plugins should we use on our blog.
How many SEO WordPress plugins you need?
When a newbie starts uncovering the world of WordPress SEO, the most obvious search is SEO plugins. There are thousands of web pages that offer unlimited options to you. And you don’t know which one to choose.
For example: You will find All in one SEO and WordPress SEO by Yoast listed together or separately as the most essential SEO plugins.
If you ever find yourself stuck in a similar situation, don’t worry as you are not alone. There are many others who are still not sure of what SEO plugins in WordPress should they use. And after reading numerous recommendations, they end up buying three to four SEO plugins.
Now, when it comes to established bloggers, the moment your SEO plugin settings have a bad effect, you get a deep shock. You start making changes without knowing what’s right and what’s not, and leave the faith of your blog to future.
I have been there where when you just read about a new SEO plugin and your itchy hands lets you install it right away. From now on, I really want you to stop doing any such thing and know what particular SEO plugin is doing for you. Do you really need another one, or you just creating SEO problems for your blog by clashing it with similar plugins.
Those Bloggers who have shared list of such SEO plugins, they are not wrong because they are giving you more options. I use Thesis theme, but at the same time I give option for other themes, which you may use on your blog. Similarly, when I create a list of such plugins, I try to give as many options as I could.
In this article, I try to answer as many questions as I could and hope this will give some rest to your itchy hand and you will not make your blog fall in the category of SEO blunders.
Another thing which you should know is the time stamp of such plugins. A Blogger might have shared his list of SEO plugins in 2009 but that lucky guy might be on the first page of Google, how likely you are going to trust a plugin recommendations which was made 3 years back? It’s not his mistake and not yours too. But as a writer, when I talk about SEO stuff and plugins, I expect you to know a bit. Make sure, you do a complete research before you add a new plugin or go for a trusted recommendation.
So what WP SEO plugins you should be installing?
First thing which you should ask is the same series of plugin am I going to install? Some plugin helps in ON page SEO, some plugin helps in On site SEO and some of them helps in improving UI, social signals, which ultimately benefit in over all optimization of your blog.
WordPress On-site SEO Plugins:
I use WordPress SEO By Yoast for optimization of my blog. If you are still using All in one SEO, platinum SEO time to make a shift. WordPress SEO by yoast is so far one of the best On site SEO plugin which I have seen and only plugin which you need.
I tried WordPress SEO by yoast Sitemap feature, and you can use the same for generating sitemap for your WordPress blog.
I will start with Broken link checker plugin, as it helps me kick out of all dead links and fix redirected links with one click. For related posts which helps in improving user experience, I have custom code, but you can either use YARPP or Zemanta related posts plugin.
I personally use SEO smart links and WordPress insights for better internal-linking, and if you don’t wish to spend money on premium version of SEO smart link, a Free SEO smart link plugin will fulfill your blog internal linking need.
Page Speed plugins:
Yes, it’s official that faster page load time helps in improving your ranking and now I’m using W3 total cache plugin to lower down the page load time. Never mix two cache plugins. Stick to one at a time.
Always remember, any SEO change is time-consuming process and reversing it back takes more time. So, before you install next SEO plugin on your blog, make sure you know what you are doing. This is not an extensive list of SEO plugins for WordPress, but just a small heads up for newbie who are making a mistake by installing too many SEO plugins without knowing the consequences. If you are not sure, take help of WordPress forum or SML Fan page, and feel free to ask questions. It make take a little time to get an answer but it’s always worth waiting.
So, let me ask you: What all SEO plugins are you using now and what all you suggest to others?