One of main reason why lots of bloggers decide to use WordPress blogging platform, is because of the availability of ready to use solutions in the form of plugins. If you don’t know how to create XML sitemaps, there is a plugin for it. If you don’t know how to find broken links in your blog, there is a plugin for the same.
If you are newbie to SEO and don’t know how to SEO your blog, there are plugins to help in optimizing your blog content. As I have experience there are plugins for almost every requirement you can dreamt of in the form of plugins. It’s all about finding the right plugin for your needs and using that on your blog.
Here is the ultimate list of SEO Plugins you can use on your WordPress blog for making your blog more SEO friendly. It’s not advised to use all of them, you should use those SEO plugins from this list only that you are in real need of or addition of whom can make your blog contents more eligible to be in top 10 list on major search engines:
1. All In One SEO Pack
This is one of must have SEO plugin for WordPress blogs. This plugin will help you in optimizing your bog contents for search engines. This plugin can help you in making titles and meta data for your blog home, posts, pages, categories and tags more search engine friendly. This plugin can also be used to fix issues related to canonical URL’s and duplicate content issues.
2. Easy WP SEO
This is a premium SEO plugin for WordPress blogs. This plugin can be really handy if you don’t know how to carry out different Onpage activities on your blog posts. This plugin use 23 Onpage SEO factors while helping you in carrying out different onpage activities on your blog contents.
SEOPressor is another premium SEO plugin for WordPress blogs. It is compatible with latest versions of WordPress and can be applied to self-hosted WordPress blogs only. This plugin can be considered as a good alternative to Easy WP SEO plugin. This plugin will help you in performing all those onpage activities that you should be doing to get top rankings on major search engines including Google, Yahoo and Bing.
4. Broken Link Checker
For standard websites, I use Xenu type of software’s to find broken links. If you have a website carrying thousands of pages, you may face some issues with such software’s. But for WordPress blogs, there are much easier options available in the form of plugins. You can use Broken Link Checker plugin to find and correct all broken link related issues on WordPress blogs.
5. W3 Total Cache
What you will do if someone ask you to improve the speed of your WordPress blog as it’s too slow compared with other websites and blogs. This is going to happen as not only your blog readers but search engines also love faster loading websites and blogs. Faster loading blog will have an edge over other websites in search engine rankings on Google as per recent algorithmic changes. W3 Total Cache is a page caching plugin which will help in improving the performance of your blog by serving HTML static pages to your readers. W3 Total Cache plugin is used by most popular blogs like mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, yoast.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com and css-tricks.com.
6. WP Smush.it
This is one more plugin helpful in improving the speed of your WordPress blog. This plugin used to compress images that you are uploading on your blog as part of posts or pages in the background. You should use this or any other similar plugin to reduce the size of images on your blog.
7. Google XML Sitemaps
What you will do if you have a fresh new blog and your blog posts are not getting indexed in search engines? Most SEO experts will ask you to create an XML sitemap of your blog contents and submit that to search engines. Do you know how to create XML sitemaps? If no, doesn’t worry there is a Google XML Sitemaps plugin available in WordPress plugin directory that will automatically generate XML Sitemap for your blog contents. You can even ask this plugin to ignore certain type of content types that should not be included into XML Sitemap file. You can submit the same XML Sitemap file to Google through your Google Webmaster Tools Account.
8. Nrelate Plugin
Nrelate is a related post plugin for WordPress blogs. Best thing about this related post plugin is that it allows you to show thumbnails with regular text in related post section. This type of plugin will be very beneficial in improving the engagement numbers for your blog. Lots of internet marketing experts will ask you to add Nrelate or similar related post plugin on your WordPress blog to improve its bounce rate and page views per visit etc. type of metrics. If you don’t want to try Nrelate, you can give a try to YARPP which is the most popular related post plugin for WordPress blogs.
9. SEO Smart Links
This SEO plugin which is available in free and premium version can be used to interlink your blog contents in a search engine friendly way. You can use this plugin to create automatic internal links for targeted pages and posts of your interest from your blog with their respective search terms.
10. Performance Profiler Plugin
I would highly recommend using this plugin on your WordPress blog if you used to install too many plugins on your blog. Installation of too many plugins can have negative impact on your blog overall speed. Performance Profiler Plugin (P3) will create a load time graphical report for all active plugins. So you can delete some unused plugins and find better options for those plugins which takes too much time in loading and whose functionality you don’t want to miss anyway.
Do you know any other SEO Plugin that you would love to have in this ultimate List of SEO plugins for WordPress blogs, do share it in the comments section.