There are so many factors that contribute to effective SEO. Keeping up with all of them can be overwhelming. This is especially true when you have to deal with the never-ending algorithm updates that Google and other search engines implement.
Fortunately, if you have opted to use WordPress for your website, there are plugins that simplify this process for you. Below, we have included nine of the best SEO plugins you could use right now, for your website.
Since its release in 2007, this SEO plugin has been downloaded more than 45 million times. It is the original SEO tool for WordPress, and it contains a variety of cool features. These include:
- Support for Google Analytics
- XML Sitemap Support
- eCommerce Integration
- Meta Tag Generation
- Easy Functionality
- Accelerated Mobile Page Support
- And Many more
Because Google algorithms constantly evolve, this tool is frequently updated and is a great choice for someone who is not an SEO expert and looking for a single solution to prepare the content for search engines.
2. SEO Ultimate
This is another multi-featured SEO tool that is made for people who just want a one-and-done SEO plugin.
There’s also a premium upgrade to the plugin. The features make it worth the price.
This tool can help you with:
- Rich Snippets
- Schema and Structured Data
- Open Graph for Social
- XML and HTML Sitemaps
- Mass Editor to Set Alt Attributes for Images
- Canonical URL Editor
3. Google XML Sitemaps
A large website is a bit like a shopping mall under constant redesign. Adding a new product page, blog post, or landing page is like adding a new store or kiosk. Sometimes, things don’t change as much as they get moved around.
To help people find their way around malls, someone invented those helpful maps you can find around the entrances.
To help Google find its way around websites, there are XML sitemaps. These make it easier for Google to crawl and index websites and pages. The Google XML sitemaps plugin automatically creates these sitemaps and keeps them updated whenever you make a change to your WordPress site.
Broken links lead to bad SEO in more than one way. They frustrate users who may blame broken links on your failure to keep your site well maintained.
They lead to increased bounce rates, and the resulting SEO penalties. In addition to this, search engines notice broken links as well.
Unfortunately, on a site of any size, managing links manually is nearly impossible. You need a tool to help. Broken link checker will monitor your posts and web pages for broken links.
It even finds broken links in comments. When the tool finds broken links, it will let you know through the WordPress dashboard, or via email, so they may be corrected.
5. SEO Squirrly
This plugin was designed by Squirrly SEO. It bears the stamp of approval of Neil Patel among others. It acts as a bit of an SEO advisor as you work to stay on top of SEO and optimize your page rankings.
Its features include keyword research, competitive analysis, real-time SEO tips, and auditing tools. It also has many of the standard capabilities that you might expect from an SEO tool.
If you create a significant amount of your content in-house, this may be the tool for you. It’s enough of a job creating great content. Knowing how to optimize for SEO and ensure the best keyword rankings, might be out of your wheelhouse.
This plugin does one simple thing. It’s made this list because that one simple thing is absolutely imperative for good SEO. In short, it adds a box that allows you to add the No-Follow attribute to any link used in your website.
If you are an affiliate marketer, or you have any other reason to believe that you might receive penalties because of an overuse of commercialized links, this is a great plugin. Remember that part of SEO is being very choosy about the sites that you share ‘link juice’ with.
SEO Framework is a simple SEO tool that works. The plugin comes pre-configured and will work well right out of the box for most WordPress sites. If you do need to change any settings, doing so is quite easy.
This tool will help you eliminate duplicate content issues, enables page by page SEO optimization, and it outputs structured data to make things easier for search engines.
Pair this tool with extensions like Focus and Local. These will help you maximize the SEO benefit you get, by helping you create keyword optimized content.
Then, you can boost your local search ability by ensuring you have all of the local knowledge graph information that you need.
It may not have an official designation, but it would be pretty accurate to call Yoast the flagship SEO tool of WordPress. It’s easy to use, full of features, and it’s popular for good reason.
Yoast can help with canonical URLs to prevent duplication, create XML sitemaps, provide Google console integration, and it has a sizeable selection of fee-based add-ons as well.
Yoast works with more than 38 languages. It’s updated almost constantly, so you always know it works with the latest changes to both SEO policies, as well as the most recent version of WordPress.
It’s no longer enough to rank above the fold. Now, the top websites earn their place with rich snippets and position zero rankings. All in One Schema Rich Snippets plugin greatly increases your chance of reaching this goal.
It supports the following schemas you can use to ensure that your pages stand out in search rankings:
- Customer Reviews
Rich snippets provide customers with the extra information they need about your site to boost your click-thru rates.
Closing: A Word of Warning
If you have a WordPress blog, there is no doubt that you should find one or more tools that will help boost SEO and ensure you get the rankings you deserve.
These nine plugins are a great place to start. However, no tool overrides the fact that there is no substitute for a well-designed, well-written website. Keep in mind that a lot of SEO is providing audiences with relevant content on a consistent basis.
When you do pick an SEO plugin for your website, take the time to master it. This is key to getting the most out of it and ensuring that it works effectively.