There are several reasons why WordPress has become arguably the most popular content management system in the world – with over 74.6 Million sites managed with the platform – more than 18% of ALL websites are powered by WordPress. It’s free, easy-to-use, and is extremely SEO friendly.
The power of WordPress lies in the fact that it’s extremely flexible, yet although WordPress is a powerful tool right out of the box, you still have to rely on plugins to improve the functionality of your site and enhance the experience of your visitors. As you also already know, there are plenty of plugins available that can help with SEO optimization—most of which are free.
Here are some of my favorite WordPress plugins (in no particular order) that will optimize and supercharge your SEO.
Note: We use each of these plugins, but have absolutely no affiliation with any of them.
The All-in-One SEO plugin is one the most popular and common plugins people mention when it comes to SEO.
What makes it such a powerful tool is that it allows you to optimize the Meta tags and titles of each page on your website. If you’re a novice user, it can automatically generate this data for you so you don’t even have to worry about it. If you’re more advanced, you have the ability to override it’s suggestions and write your own.
My favorite part of this plugin is it’s simplicity. It works right out of the box if you’re a beginner so you can be up and running within minutes.
In addition, here are some other notable features:
XML Sitemap support
Google Analytics support
The ONLY plugin to provide SEO integration for WP e-Commerce sites
Learn more about it’s features or download the plugin here.
Sitemaps help search engines crawl your site in the hopes of getting more pages indexed. If you have a large site with 20,000 pages and regular new content, then a sitemap becomes even more important.
Thankfully, you no longer have to create your own sitemaps as there are plugins that do this for you. One of my favorite is the Google XML Sitemaps plugin by Arne Brachhold.
This is a fantastic plugin for the novice because it works as a plug-and-play. Simply install the plugin and it will generate a sitemap for you. All you will then need to do is submit your sitemap to Google, Bing and other search engines that you care about.
Download the plugin here.
Site speed is an important factor in ranking on Google, and more importantly user experience. It has been shown that the higher the page load time, the higher the page abandonment.
With that in mind, how can you speed up your website?
W3 Total Cache is the answer. They improve your server performance by caching every aspect of your site and ultimately making your website load faster.
You can download the plugin here.
While there are more than enough WordPress plugins to help give your SEO a little boost, remember to download them from trustworthy authors – checking out reviews and when the last update occurred can tell you if they are trustworthy or not. The last thing you want to do is to jeopardize the security of your site.
Except for that friendly reminder, if you have had any success with the plugins mentioned, please share your experiences in the comments. And, if we forgot to include an awesome SEO plugin, please share!