With the large number of blogs that it creates every day, standing out from the crowd is not an easy task. It requires a hard and continuous work to be well positioned in search engines , to take as many visits as possible. The differential advantage of using WordPress as a content manager is the versatility provided by the plugins , which of course also facilitate SEO configuration. Through them you will get your blog little by little attract more traffic, standing up in the SERPs of Google (Google search ranking), and best of all, without any programming skills.
Today I’m going to show you, the best WordPress plugins for SEO. Those that I use regularly or have used to get with little effort, which would take a heavy load of work during programming hours. Eye, first of all I remind you of two things.
- The plugins do not improve your positions in the rankings by themselves, but you have to configure them properly.
- Each plugin has its objective , what you need to know is to combine them according to the needs of the website, so that it gives the expected results.
Not by installing all the good plugins you find you will ensure the best results. What’s more, the more plugins you use the more you can slow down your site and go down in the rankings, so you should look for balance. The optimal combination of these “wordpress extensions” is the one that will give you success.
Best Purely SEO Plugins
Let’s start with the plugins created exclusively to improve the SEO of your website in a single package …
1. WordPress SEO By Yoast
This is the typical plugin used by any SEO expert who works with Worpress. In addition to all the basic features of SEO (meta title, meta description, canonical …), this plugin brings functionality to Sitemap XML, Breadcrumbs or Breadcrumbs and a fundamental key file editor. So that you can modify the Robots TXT and Htaccess, that is to say, that will facilitate you totally the optimization of your site, with almost unlimited access to all the “optimizable” of your web. I leave the WordPress link to the Yoast” seo plugin> .
2. Ultimate SEO
In addition to the optimization of titles, descriptions, keywords, Index and noindex and monitoring of administrators, it has features such as the study of keywords, 404 error monitoring and an internal link generator. Undoubtedly SEO” ultimate> is one of the best “All In” plugins to control all the SEO elements of your WordPress , which not many people know.
3. All In One SEO Pack
For many the king of all SEO plugins for WordPress , with the highest download rates (so far more than 3 active installations). It is easy to use, it is an interface that appeals mainly to beginning bloggers who may need some help but are not very familiar with the use of plugins. With all the basic features to optimize SEO elements, this plugin is the favorite of all WordPress users, the most popular and demanded. You can find it in All” in one seo pack for wordpress> .
4. The SEO Framework
One of the best SEO plugins for both beginners and more advanced users. It allows you to establish a global configuration designed for SEO, including patterns, web addresses, metatags of title, description and orders for robots (noindex, nofollow, canonical … etc.). You can find The” framework in this link> .
Plugins that help improve SEO
Now let’s see the plugins with functionalities that can favor that your site is placed in the first positions …
1. W3 Total Cache
You should already know the importance of improving” the loading speed of website> for search engines to place us in the search results. We need to reduce to the maximum the latency times of the Internet (time it takes to exchange resources between the web browser and the server where it is hosted), and we achieve this by optimizing the use of cache in the browser, reducing queries based on data, compressing files from the server and / or using a” cdn> , remember?
The W3″ total cache> plugin is ideal to perform the necessary configurations as we saw in another entry. It is a very complete and versatile plugin that you must know how to configure, but with the default configuration you will usually get an improvement in speed.
2. Simple Sitemap
To facilitate the indexing of the content of your blog or web to the tracking robots, we must create a sitemap.xml file. It is a type of file (XML) that contains all the pages of our website with information about the recommended frequency of tracking and the level of priority of this). And to create it so that it updates automatically every time you insert a new page, you need a plugin that implements this format efficiently. For this you can use this simple plugin, Simple” sitemap> . Although Yoast also brings the Sitemap XML function .
3. All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets
Surely the best free plugin to implement the famous Rich Snippets (Enriched Fragments) in your blog or website. The ideal way to stand out in the search results and get the best ratio of clicks for impressions (CTR), thanks to the “stars” that we like so much and other data that normally would not be shown. The simplest and most functional of all the free plugins, you can see it on the official WordPress page, All” in one schema.org rich snippets> .
4. WP-post Ratings
Stand out from the competition is increasingly important due to the increase in blogs and competitors that every day are launched into this jungle called the Internet. For this reason, a rating system for your posts allows you to classify, by votes of your audience, which content they like more than others. By installing this plugin you can add an AJAX evaluation system to any entry or page of your website. In addition, it allows you to select who you want to vote on your page, registered users, guests or both. WP-post” ratings> allows you to customize the image you want to appear, from the classic yellow stars to other more sophisticated icons.
5. Multi Rating
This plugin takes very little time in the repository but from personal experience (I have tried it in one of my projects) I am very happy with its result. Multi” rating> has a more limited free version and a paid version with much more customization of options. The difference with the other WP-Post Ratings plugin is that with this you can create automatic qualification forms with more options of the simple valuation from 1 to 5 , that is, you can put other form fields to get more feedback, and even add widgets to incorporate them into the sidebar of your WordPress.
6. Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker is the plugin that checks your website or blog in search of broken links so that you can completely forget about it. Broken links can give you a headache if you do not take care of it and continuously send Google robots to track an internal page of your website that does not exist and to which you link with a keyword important to you (you will go down in the rankings) . Not to mention the bad experience for the user, who will think twice before going back to your website to find that resource.
7. Plugin 404 Page
Create a custom error page to guide users (and robots) in case the URL requested in the browser can not be accessed. The user may get confused when writing the web address, or you may be at fault (if you neglect the section of broken links) and send the user to a page that no longer exists or has never existed. To heal in health, we must have a personalized error page using the 404″ page> or another plugin, if we do not have this functionality built into our WordPress theme.
What SEO plugins do you use?
So far the review of the plugins that I use or have used in WordPress websites. But there are many more, and every day new plugins come out to give different functionalities, especially those that can affect SEO. So, I may have left one that you consider important. What plugins do you use? Which ones should appear on this list?
Remember that not everything is in the plugins if you must use all the SEO” tools> at your fingertips to improve your search engine positioning strategy.