Make Your WordPress Site More SEO Friendly with These Top 3 Plugins
- August 14, 2013 12:00 pm
- Search Engine Marketing
WordPress is a popular publishing platform used by millions of people. Not just for bloggers anymore, this tool is being used by many including small and medium-sized businesses, ecommerce companies, and even large corporations to expand their online presence. Its ease of use and affordability compared to other content management systems is what makes it so popular. It also has very good SEO value especially with the right WordPress plugins that are easily available.
Some of you are probably already aware of the thousands of plugins out there while some who are new to the WordPress game might not be too familiar. But whether you’re a pro or a newbie, here is a great list of our top 3 recommended WordPress SEO plugins that will improve your online presence and help drive more traffic to your site.
- All in One SEO Pack
This was chosen as number one on our list for a reason. This plugin is considered the gold standard for SEO plugins. So, if you’re deciding which SEO plugin to get, this should be first on your list. The All in One SEO Pack is built for all kinds of users. Whether you’re site is for something as simple as blogging or as complex as running an ecommerce business, All in One is a good choice.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “What’s so good about it?” Well, it’s great for those who don’t really understand SEO. It automatically generates meta descriptions and meta keywords as well as optimizes your titles for search engines. It can also add alt tags to all of your images so that search engines can understand the graphics.
There is a free version as well as a paid “pro” version. Just like with any other plugin, the pro version has several advanced features that are not included in the free version such as tech support and installation. Whether you decide to install the free version of this plugin or pay for the pro version, it’s great for either new or advance users. This user guide will help you get started with All in One SEO Pack.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
Another popular plugin, Wordpress SEO by Yoast is essentially a combination of many plugins wrapped into one neat little package. This plugin offers great functionality and SEO power. It analyzes your site by examining the URL, titles, content, and so on to ensure that your site has a clear SEO focus. It also allows users to integrate Facebook’s Open Graph and Twitter metadata to make your website more social media friendly.
In addition, it previews how your content will look in search engines, controls which pages from your site go to search engines, allows you to control indexing of categories and archives, and so much more.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is free to download and also gives users the ability to import data from other plugins they may be using, such as All in One SEO Pack.
- SEO Friendly Images
Most of us probably don’t give much thought to images giving a boost of visitors to our sites. Think again! SEO Friendly Images is a plugin that sends visitor traffic your way from searches in Google Images.
Since search bots can’t tell when you have images on your site, these pictures need to be labelled with alt and title tags. However, many people forget to do this or don’t bother doing it. By having these tags, your images can be more easily found in searches.
SEO Friendly Images will automatically label all of your images to be more search engine friendly. It’s great for all of you website pros who have thousands of pages with millions of images. Breathe a sigh of relief that you don’t have to do all that dirty work! Plus, it’s free!
These are just 3 of the countless WordPress plugins that are available to make your site more SEO friendly. What WordPress SEO plugins are you using? Let us know in the comment section below.