As you probably know, WordPress is a free, easy-to-use open source blogging tool and CMS. It is used by 68 and a half million websites in the world. According to WordPress, their users produce about 46.3 million new posts and 68.1 million new comments each month. What you might not know, however, is that there are lots of user-friendly tools designed to get your site seen. Yup, that’s right; we’re talking about SEO plugins. Whether you keep a fashion blog or run a full-fledged eCommerce giant, these powerhouse tools are able to push your site up the search rankings. Here are six of my personal favorite plugins- most of which are available for free.
This little gem was crafted by SEO consultant and WordPress developer Joost do Valk and is capable of improving every aspect of your site’s SEO. Its claim to fame is that it actually helps you write better content by forcing you to focus in on a specific keyword in an article and makes you use that keyword everywhere.
Perfect for those who are just starting out in the SEO world, this plugin does much of the grunt work, like optimizing titles and generating META tags, automatically. This tool works right out-of-the-box, but is also customizable for more advanced users. Not to mention, it is one of the only plugins that provides SEO for WordPress eCommerce sites.
3. SEO Ultimate
SEO Ultimate claims to be “The True All-in-One WordPress SEO Plugin,” and they have the features to back it up. With a massive range of features including user control over title tags, meta tags, autolinks, 404 errors, rich snippets, author images, auto linking, open graph and many more, this plugin is great for the SEO guru or those who like to manage every aspect of their blog or website.
This plugin is a little different than the rest because it focuses on one aspect of SEO but does it really well. It focuses strictly on the SEO value of images by automatically updating them with proper alt and title attributes. SEO Friendly Images is simple and straightforward, but perfect if the SEO aspect of your pictures tends to be an afterthought.
This plugin generates a XML sitemap making it easier for search engine crawlers to view and index the complete structure of your blog. Bonus: it also alerts all the major search engines whenever you create new content.
6. Squirrly SEO
The focus of Squirrly SEO is definitely usability, but don’t let that fool you because this little plugin is also a workhorse. It employs a wide variety of tools including real time SEO advice, keyword research, social signal metrics and social integration, as well as their own built-in analytics. Unfortunately, this tool is not available for free, but I’m pretty sure if you give it a try you’ll love how powerful and easy it is.
Now that I’ve told you a little bit about my preferred industry tools, what are your favorites?