6 Recommended WordPress Plug-ins for SEO

One of the advantages of using a WordPress-based site is the high degree of customization WordPress offers to its users – and this extends to customizations for SEO. With so many available plugins – many are free – to install, WordPress allows you to dig into the heart of SEO and enjoy better user experience, sales, and conversion.

Here are six of the best ones for optimizing your WordPress posts.

  1. All In One SEO Pack

    A versatile and hassle-free WP plugin for both beginners and advanced users, this SEO pack automates basic SEO tasks such as creating optimized titles and meta tags for your posts as well as providing support for navigation links, Google Analytics, and more. It also helps prevent duplicate content.

  2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

By far, one of the best WordPress SEO plugins to date, Yoast’s WordPress SEO offers tailored options to extend the functionality of your WordPress site based on your needs. Options include WordPress SEO Premium for businesses, Video SEO for Vlogs, Local SEO for better local ranking, News SEO for news sites; and Yoast WooCommerce SEO, which offers additional SEO features. All plugin variants are extremely useful and easy to use.

  1. SEO-Friendly Images
    Because not all WordPress themes automatically adds an alt and title text to your published post images, SEO Friendly Images comes in handy in that it automatically integrates SEO-appropriate attributes to all images based on your preferences. Such attributes also improve user experience by automatically populating image descriptions when one hovers on a post image.
  2. Google XML Sitemaps

A sitemap pretty much functions like a real-world map does, only it is designed specifically for search engines. A sitemap allows your site to be found by search engines and your pages to be crawled thoroughly according to importance and post frequency. An XML sitemap is a form of sitemap that is readable not only by search engines but by the average user as well, and therefore it’s important to have this plugin installed not only for better search engine indexing but also better readership.

  1. Simple URLS

Simple URLs is an excellent plugin for monitoring outbound links, including how many purchasing user clicks you get from each affiliate link.

  1. WP Social

By integrating into your WordPress site a plugin that makes it more social media-friendly, you would enjoy greater visibility not just on search engines but also on social media networks. With a few mouse clicks, WP Social lets you insert rich snippets to posts, add Facebook and Twitter tags (plus item property tags to your title), thus giving you better ranking via social signals.

While we covered some of the most notable, easy-to-use WordPress plugins here, there are many advanced tools too such as the W3 caching tool and SEOPresssor v5 that are equally important to SEO, but can be too complicated to use. As someone who’s been a long-time WordPress user and SEO and Social media practitioner, I offer guidance on WordPress usage including best practices and the most useful WordPress plugins for your brand, blog or business. Contact me if you wish to discuss more about WordPress tools. I’ll be more than happy to assist.


About David Henderson

David Henderson is the CEO and Founder of Unwired Web Solutions, The Find Network & Defiant Media. David is also the Co-Founder of SocialDealz.ca. Having spent his entire career in sales and marketing with comapanies like Blackberry, Auto Trader, Yellow Pages Group, Mediative and others. David decided he wanted to bring his passion for internet marketing directly to the people running their businesses & working how to understand how the web can work for them. Our mandate is to provide services, platforms & development at a client level. Henderson has over 25 years in sales marketing leadership.

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