There are so many good content management systems like Joomla, Drupal, ocPortal etc, but still majority of the websites and blogs(approx 95 million as on Feb 2016) in the world are powered by WordPress. That’s a huge number of websites. But do you know the main reason behind it? Why WordPress is world best CMS?
Answer is very simple. WordPress is Super SEO Friendly. No one can beat it,when it comes to Search Engine Optimization. WordPress uses well written codes & Google just love it. But this does not mean that by just installing WordPress on your blog you will be ranking high in search engines. If you want to get organic traffic & want to rank well in search engines then you will have to install good quality SEO Plugins on your blog.
Without wasting any time lets have a look at 5 best SEO Plugins for WordPress which You Can Install On Your Blog:
I have personally used all these plugins on my blogs & client websites and would recommend you do the same.
This is my all time favorite plugin and I am currently using it on my blog. This plugin has been created by Joost de Valk and has been downloaded over 7.5 Million times with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5. This clearly shows that it is one of the best Plugin(For Both On-Page & Off-Page SEO) in the market for WordPress. The Best part about this plugin is that it is completely free.
Features: You can set Post Title,Meta Descriptions,Permalinks,Breadcrumbs,Canonical Url,XML Sitemaps and much more on your blog. If you want to make your blog social media friendly then you can even add Facebook Open Graph and Twitter MetaData. If you are using All-In-One SEO or HeadSpace2 SEO Plugin on your blog then with the help of Import Function you can move your SEO data(Meta title and description) into this plugin.
In addition, it previews how your content will look in search engines, controls which pages from your site go to search engines, allows you to control indexing of categories and archives, and so much more.You can even edit your robots.txt and .htaccess file with WP Yoast. With the help of Flesch Reading Ease scale you can check whither your post is easy to read or not.
As compared to other WordPress SEO plugins “WordPress SEO By Yoast” is little complicated but still I Would highly Recommended this to every WordPress blog owner.
All In One SEO Pack is the most popular plugin & has been downloaded most number of times from WordPress Repository. Michael Torbert is the creator of AIO SEO Plugin. If you are new to WordPress or SEO world then this is the plugin which you should install on your blog. For beginners there is no need to change its default settings, just Install it & Activate it.
Features: With the help of this plugin you can avoid duplicate content,optimise post tiles for search engines & can generate meta tags automatically.This plugin also enables you to manually include META tags (title, description and keywords) for each page and post in your web site.You can also add canonical urls, XML Sitemaps & Google Analytics with the help of this plugin.
NOTE: Install Only 1 Plugin Between WP Yoast & All In One SEO.
SEOPressor is at number three in my list of ” best seo plugin for wordpress“. More than 150k webmasters are using SEOPressor on their blog which clearly shows that it is one of the most powerful On Page SEO Plugin.It has many features which will help you optimize all of your articles and rank you well in Search Engines.
- Over optimization check
- On Page SEO & Multiple LSI keyword analysis
- Check Keyword Density
- Social SEO Integration
- Rich snippets
- Smart linking
- Automatic Smart Linking
You can use SEOPressor with WordPress Yoast. Use Yoast for adding Meta Titles & Meta Descirption & SEOPressor for adding keywords,rich snippets & other on page work.
The sad part about this plugin is that it is a Premium plugin($47) which means that not everyone can afford it. But if are not happy with AIO SEO & WP Yoast and are thinking to hire SEO Expert for doing on site work then please don’t invest your money on hiring so-called SEO expert instead invest your money on SEOPressor.
With the help of this plugin you can automatically create XML sitemap on your blog which will help search engines like Google,Yahoo,Bing to better index your blog. I am using this plugin on my blog and it is very fast,easy to use & uses much less resources. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
A picture is worth a thousand words,but most of the bloggers just upload pics on their post and do not add correct ALT & Title attributes. As a result they do not get traffic from Images Search Engines especially Google Images. Sometimes Google even penalize websites who do not add proper ALT tages.
If you are one of them then you must install SEO Friendly Images Plugin on your blog. This plugin will automatically add Proper ALT & Title attributes on your images. In this way you will get a good amount of traffic from Google Images.
Bonus: Redirection Plugin
This plugin does exactly what it says. No need to edit your htaccess file.With the help of this plugin you can keep track of 404 errors & handle 301 redirections on your blog. If url of your page/post changes then it will automatically add a 301 redirection,manually you can add 301,302 or 307 redirection.This plugin is very useful if you are changing directory of your blog or migrating your pages/posts in a new website.
That’s It Friends now I want to know from you who do you think is the best SEO plugin for WordPress? Which useful WordPress SEO Plugin you think I missed in this post?