If you want to get organic traffic to your site, optimizing your blog posts for search engines is critical. WordPress SEO plugins can really help to simplify and speed up this process. However, with the myriad of SEO plugins available, it can be overwhelming to know how to choose the best one(s).
In this article, we will share the 9 best WordPress plugins to optimize your blog posts for SEO and grow your organic traffic.
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1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is the most comprehensive WordPress SEO plugin that exists today.
It allows you to add an SEO title, meta description, and meta keywords to all your posts and pages.
You can also optimize your pages, archives, categories, image titles, breadcrumbs, XML sitemaps and more. The entire list of features is extremely long!
Cost: Free and premium versions are available. A single site license of the premium version is $69 per year.
2. All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is a comprehensive SEO plugin, and the #1 most downloaded WordPress plugin (over 30 million downloads).
This plugin features Google Analytics support, XML sitemap support, advanced canonical URLs, automatic post title optimization, automatic META tag generation, and it automatically notifies search engines about changes to your site.
Cost: Free and pro versions available. The pro version starts at $39 per year for the annual plan.
3. Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps has been supported for over 9 years, and has been rated as the best WordPress plugin. It generates a special XML sitemap that helps search engines to crawl and index your blog. (Sitemaps make it easier for them to see the structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.)
This plugin also automatically notifies all major search engines whenever you create a new blog post or make changes to your site.
Note: It’s typically not a good idea to install multiple plugins that do the same thing. Yoast SEO, All in One SEO Pack, and Google XML Sitemaps all share functionality, so choose one to avoid causing any issues.
4. WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is a quick caching engine that turns your dynamic blog content into static html files. This significantly speeds up your site and improves your search engine rankings.
This plugin has been heavily tested in real world conditions, is currently enjoyed by over 1 million active users.
5. Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker monitors your blog posts and your entire website content, looking for broken links and notifying you if any are found. Fixing broken links is not only important for the user experience, but it is important for SEO as well.
This plugin has the option of notifying you via the WordPress dashboard or via email. You can also choose to automatically prevent search engines from following broken links.
6. Rel Nofollow Checkbox
Rel Nofollow Checkbox adds a checkbox to the Insert/Edit Link dialog box, allowing you to quickly and easily add the nofollow tag to your links. This is important for controlling which pages you want to give credit to, and which pages you don’t want to give credit to as far as the search engines are concerned.
For example, you can use the nofollow tag to give credit to another site for an infographic you used in your post, without fully endorsing that site.
7. Envira Gallery
Envira Gallery helps your images and photo galleries to rank in the search engines.
With their Deeplinking Addon, you can create dedicated, SEO friendly URLs for any image in your photo galleries.
Also, with their Standalone Addon, you can create unique URLs for each of your galleries, so they aren’t tied to a specific blog post and the search engines can index them separately.
Cost: Free and premium licenses available. Premium licenses start at $19.
Redirection allows you to manage URL redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and tidy up any loose ends that your blog may have. Especially when you are migrating pages from an old website, or when you’ve changed the directory of your WordPress installation, it is important to redirect your URLs to the new ones.
This plugin allows you to create 301 “moved permanently” redirects, which is recommended for SEO and passes between 90-99% of ranking power to the redirected page.
9. All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets
All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets improves your SEO by creating a short summary (a rich snippet) of your page in the search results. This gives search engines only the important information that you want them to display, and includes interactive elements like photos, star ratings, price, author, etc., to help you stand out from your competition in the search results.
This plugin helps you to rank higher by increasing your click through rate.
SEO can seem complicated at first, but with the right plugins it’s a whole lot simpler than you might think. Choose one of the plugins above to start with today, and you’ll be well on your way to higher rankings.
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