If you are running a WordPress site, most likely want to the best plugins to maximize search engine optimization (or SEO). While there are many WordPress SEO plugins out there, knowing which ones to use can be a bit confusing. The following is a list of WordPress’ top SEO plugins that will help you move up in the search engines and drive more traffic to your website.
Description: While the website for this plugin and the video may seem a bit cheesy, it does what it says. Essentially, this plugin allows you to optimize your site’s content faster and more effectively. Once you install the plugin you can begin using the keyword decoration feature and keyword density grader to add underlines, bold tags and headings to your content.
Special Notes: This is not a free plugin and many of the plugin’s benefits are geared more towards auto-blogs. For the average blogger, this plugin won’t provide much more benefit than adding various keyword decorations and utilizing the SEOpressor score which you can get through Firefox’s on page SEO plugins anyways.
Description: Easily add robots meta tags to your WordPress posts and cisallow indexing of subpages to your homepage, category pages, author pages and tag pages, to prevent duplicate content.
Special Notes: This plugin requires some knowledge of SEO best practices to configure for optimal usage. Be sure you configure the plugin properly… you don’t want to prevent the robots from indexing relevant content.
Google XML Sitemaps
Description: Let Google know how to index your website easiy with the Goog,e XML Sitemaps Generator. Notify Google, Yahoo, Bing and more each time you publish a new blog post effortlessly. This is easily the most popular sitemap generator plugin for WordPress.
Special Notes: This plugin is fairly easy to setup and configure and for less advanced users offers a great library of documentation.
Description: Like the name says, this plugin is used for “All” SEO purposes. Now while this plugin is excellent, that’s taking it a little too far.
Special Notes: Be sure that if you using a predeveloped theme or creating your own that there are not duplicate meta tags. Often themes will place their own meta keywords/descriptions for SEO purposes (because they assume you wont be using this plugin) and then when you utilize this plugin it will insert them through the wp_head.
Description: Allows you to integrate Google Webmaster tools, Yahoo SiteExplorer and Bing Webmaster Central into your WP backend. Additionally, you have the option to add analytics tracking code for Quantcast, Clicky, Compete.com, SiteMeter.com.
Special Notes: Makes working with Google, Yahoo and Bing a breeze and is a snap to configure once you have the plugin installed.
Pretty Link Pro
Description: Allows you to shrink your urls, track them, twitter integration and a lot more.
Special Notes: The social icons and retweet buttons this plugin can integrate are table-based and not easily changed. Often, they manage to conflict with custom developed WP themes.
Description: Search engines hate spammy sites. Make sure your comments are clean of spam and the back links they put on your site. Akismet is the best anti-spam plugin for WordPress, that’s why it’s there by default.
Special notes: This plugin is packaged with the installation but you have to activate it via the plugin settings page in your WordPress backend.
If you are using a WordPress plugin that you think is awesome for SEO then let us know! We’ll be sure to put it on the list above if it meets the criteria. Hopefully you have discovered a plugin you haven’t heard of yet from this list. Let us know what you think, comment below!