Search Engine Optimization can be an overwhelming undertaking to say the least. One of the great things about WordPress though is that there are tools created by innovative developers that can help alleviate some of these time consuming burdens. We have highlighted 14 WordPress plugins that will help your WordPress sites achieve better SEO success. These tools do not take the place of doing your initial keyword research or monitoring and adjusting your SEO strategy, but they will help you get started and keep consistent.
All-In-One SEO Pack
The All In One SEO Pack is the easiest to use and most effective SEO plugin, it only requires that you enter in your meta information, title, description, and keywords. It gives you the ability to customize your meta data on pages and posts if you want to take it a step further.
Scribe SEO takes your written post, and your entered meta data and title and analyzes it for maximum optimization. It delivers a score just like in school – a percentage between 0 and 100 and shows you what keywords are most prevalent in your post, as well as suggested tags and an example of what the post will look like in search results. It requires a monthly subscription, starting at $27/month for 30 evaluations, $47/month for 120 evaluations, and $97/month for 300 evaluations. Most of you will only need the $27 a month package.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin generates a special XML sitemap to help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com better index your blog. With a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve data more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
SEO Slug — Blog post titles typically get an h1-h3 heading, which makes them very important in terms of keyword optimization. SEO Slug optimizes blog post titles to improve search engine visibility by editing keyword strings. It removes conjunctions from titles, (words like “as” and “if”) to allow crawlers to more readily crawl main content keywords as a fluid string.
SEO Smart Links – This SEO-friendly plugin can automatically link keywords and phrases to related comments, posts, pages, and categories within your site. This makes less prominent pages or older content more relevant and crawl-able for search engines, and keeps site visitors engaged. It also lets you set “nofollow” tags on URL’s and create custom keyword lists with automated URL hyperlinks for individual terms.
WP-Super-Cache —This plugin contributes to your site’s speed and it helps your blog load faster. The number of pages on your blog that a search engine indexes on a daily basis increases with speed. If indexing each page is a quicker end, more pages will be indexed. WP-Super-Cache creates static html pages from your WordPress blog so your server presents this file instead of the much denser and slower PHP script.
Platinum SEO Plugin
This plugin allows you to define noindex/index for each page, but also follow or nofollow, noarchive, nosnippet, noodp, noydir… Quite the array of options. My favorite part? They tell you, “don’t be afraid to change your permalinks” – they’ve added a 301 redirect capability so you won’t lose page rank.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry (typically at the bottom of the blog post), introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. This will help with SEO and keeping readers interested and on your site longer.
SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. Further SEO Smart links allows you to set up your own keywords and set of matching URLs. Finally SEO Smart links allows you to set nofollow attribute and open links in new window. It is a perfect solution to get your blog posts interlinked or add affiliate links to other sites.
SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.
ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your image to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.
TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when mouse is over the image.
SEO Booster PRO is a Dynamic SEO Plugin for WordPress that automates your blog by tracking, analyzing and utilizing the incoming searches from the search engines. SEO Booster PRO automatically tracks your incoming visitors from Google, researches the current ranking of the keyword, and then starts promoting the best suited keywords. You don’t need to do anything else, after installation,. The plugin is available for a one-time payment of $49.95.
Simple Tags suggests tags for you based on search terms, as well as from Yahoo! It also offers you the ability to tag pages, and use tags for de.licio.us, Filckr and Technorati.
Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirects, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
Robots Meta — Robots Meta automatically inserts “nofollow” tags on internal site links that are irrelevant to search crawlers; this keeps search engines from wasting time indexing unimportant pages like results, login, and admin pages, instead directing crawlers to index primary site content.