Every website would want to be ranked first on Google. Because, search engines are a major source of traffic for all the websites: more the traffic, more the revenue they make.
But, unfortunately, most of the bloggers concentrate more on keywords and only install few SEO plugins. There are a lot of good SEO plugins in WordPress used by the professionals to rank higher in Google. Without these SEO plugins, it will become hard to rank on the first page of Google.
In this article, we will share the best SEO plugins that will improve your website rankings.
Best WordPress SEO Plugins
WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most popular SEO plugins in WordPress. More than one million downloads show the popularity of this plugin. This plugin contains many features which are listed below.
- Meta description tags for keywords
- 301 redirect and Canonical URL
- snippet preview
- Social Media Optimization
- XML sitemaps
- Editing your robot.txt and .htaccess files
- keyword density
- “Follow”, “no follow” when using external links
- Index or No index
Download SEO Plugin By Yoast
Broken Link Checker
Dead links annoy your visitors and hence create problem in Google ranking. So, to avoid this, you need this plugin which can help you fix Dead links in your site. It will search all your site and shows you broken links on dashboard page, so that you can edit the dead links on the plugin page without disturbing your post content.
Download Broken Link Checker
SEO Friendly Images
Images can generate a lot of traffic to your site and if you want a good traffic from the image search, you should optimize your images. Adding alt tag to your images help search engine to understand what the image is about. This plugin will add alt tag and Title tag to all the images which are missing and optimize the images so that you can get traffic from image search. Use copyright free images only.
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Optimizing images for SEO plays an important role in rankings because, it increases your site speed since Google will take page loading time as one of the ranking factors. This plugin reduces the image size without affecting the loss of quality. Also, this plugin optimizes all images with one click. There is a pro version available but free one is also good enough.
Download WP Smush
W3 Total Cache
Load time effects SEO rankings and you have to fix it before it gets too slow. When ever a person visits your site, it must first connect to the database to see if that page exists or not. If there is less traffic, then there would not be much problem, but if your site traffic increases, WordPress site can use a lot of CPU resources from the server. You can decrease the CPU resource usage by adding cache plugin to your site. To explain it more clearly, if a person visits your site “First post”, it will create a cached HTML file. Without a cache plugin, if 10 people visits the same page, then every time the database runs 10 times. With the help of W3 Total Cache SEO plugin, a cached HTML will be created and whenever a new person visits the same page, the cached HTML page will be displayed without requesting the database. This will increase the site speed of your website and makes the page load faster which is a key factor for SEO.
Download W3 Total Cache
This plugin manages 301 redirection and tells the search engine about the new place of migrated content and prevents your site from 404 errors. This will help you to make sure the page rank and link juice that was given to the old page which is transferred to the new URL. This SEO plugin monitors the pages and shows you which pages are generating 404 errors and allows you to create 301 redirects. There are other redirects like 301, 302 and 307. A 301 redirect means that the page is moved to a new place and is permanent and 302 redirect means that the move is temporary. 301 is mostly used and is recommended for SEO.
Rel Nofollow Checkbox
When you add another site link in your content, it means that you are endorsing that site. This is good if you know the site or if the site is by some one who you knew and also spam free. But this will also pass Authority to that site because you are endorsing it. By adding a “rel=nofollow” to the link, it tells the search engines not to follow the links on this page. This SEO plugin allows you to set no follow link by simple check box in insert/edit link pop up.
Download Rel Nofollow Checkbox
SEO By Squirrly
This SEO plugin provides Audit reports and also suggests keyword selection. It gives you SEO audit report by email and also you helps you in Keyword research and analysis. It tracks your links, social signals, authority of your site and reports it to you so that you can rank high.
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These are some of the Best SEO Plugins used by professional Bloggers around the world. I recommend you to use all these SEO plugins to Boost your SEO.