While WordPress isn’t the worst search engine optimized software out there, but it can definitely be improved with a few plugins. There are many great plugins available to help your WordPress site when it comes to SEO, usability, and conversion. So, here are some WordPress plugins that will help you rank higher in the search engines.
This is almost every bloggers favorite search engine optimization plugin. It is very easy to browse and set everything up. I definitely recommend that you have this plugin installed and setup on with any new WordPress installation.
2. Simple URLs
This is an extremely useful plugin. With this plugin you can track outbound links and control them completely right within the WordPress backend. If you add Disallow: /go/ into your robots.txt it will stop any authority from passing through the link itself.
Squirrly is a premium search engine optimization plugin, but its worth the price if you’re looking for something a bit better than SEO by Yoast. While it is premium, you get a couple handy features like being able to insert quotes from social media, and web and find free to use images directly from the post you are writing. Besides that, it has all the normal SEO plugin options as well as a visual grading of your post. If you got the money, then I would choose Squirrly over Yoast.
W3 Total Cache is one of the most powerful and comprehensive caching plugins available for wordpress. The plugin caches everything you can think of plus a little more. Caching content and pictures allows your site to load faster on those days where you’re getting more traffic than usual. Having fast speeds are important for ranking well in the search engines, and keeping people coming back.
SEO Friendly Images automatically adds proper alt and title attributes to all your images improving traffic from search engines. The ALT attribute plays a significant role with search engines by describing your images with some meaningful text. The TITLE tag plays a lesser role in SEO, but is still important as this text provides tool-tips for your readers when they hover over an image. A lot of us don’t even fill out the image ALT or title, so this plugin is definitely handy for at least getting some information filled in.
Above you can find all my favorite plugins that I use to help search engine optimize WordPress. All of them except Squirrly is completely free to use. If you’re setting up a new WordPress blog, or are looking to improve your current rankings then check out these plugins. They definitely helped me out, so they should help you out too! Do you have any WordPress SEO plugins that you would like to discuss?