10 Must Have SEO Plugins for WordPress

When the topic of blog promotion comes up, the conversation usually turns to using social media sites like Digg, ReddIt, and others to generate traffic. And rightly so. But it’s crucial not to overlook the importance of optimizing your posts for the search engines. Remember, the search engines love fresh content, so a little SEO can go a long way to getting your blog substantial organic traffic.

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To make optimizing your blog easier, I’ve developed a list of 10 great SEO plugins for WordPress.
1. Platinum SEOPlatinum SEO is basically a more robust version of the All in One SEO Pack. It features all the same benefits, but it also has more options for no indexing of certain pages and redirection. This tool covers many of the SEO bases.

2. Meta RobotsMeta Robots makes it easy to tell the search engines will posts you want indexed and which you don’t. The array of options give you the most control over how the search spiders will crawl your pages.

3. SEO Smart Links This tool makes interlinking fast and easy. It allows you to automatically link certain phrases back to certain posts every time you mention the phrase. It’s a hassle free way to make sure you’re linking back in a way that enhances your blog’s usability.

4. Google SEO Positioner How can you know if your SEO efforts are paying off unless you keep track of your performance? This plugin tracks your ranking for certain keywords in Google. It’s a great way to see what keywords you need to focus on.

5. Google XML SitemapsThis plugin provides the best way to ensure your new posts are crawled by the search engines quickly. Any time you edit or submit a new post, it essentially sends a message to the search engines letting them know it’s ready to be crawled.

6. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
You want your visitors to continue browsing through your blog after reading a post. One of the best ways to do this is to use a related posts plugin. This plugin can be used to include a short list at the end of each post with links to other similar posts. It keeps your readers moving through your blog in an orderly fashion.

7. Broken Link CheckerIf your blog is optimized, you’ll have search visitors landing on old posts from months earlier. You want to make sure everything in these posts is still working properly, including the links. The Broken Link Checker alerts you in the Dashboard anytime an outbound link is no longer working. It’s a great way to keep the user-experience at its highest.

8. No Self Pings
Internal linking is a crucial part of blogging. It keeps your visitors moving through your blog, and it adds to the user experience. Of course, it can be annoying getting notified each time you drop an internal link. The No Self Pings tool eliminates these notifications, only alerting you when you receive back links from other sites.

9. SEO Friendly Images
Images are an important part of blogging. They give your posts a unique flair, and they help break up the content. SEO Friendly Images does exactly what it says– it makes your blog images search engine friendly. The tool is easy to use, and it’ll save you a lot of time.

10. SEO Slugs We’ve all seen the blog urls that seemingly go on with no end. The point of SEO slugs is to keep your urls short and free from words that don’t help you rank better. By removing stop words that Google ignores, your urls are shorter, and keyword-rich.

Which SEO plugins for WordPress would you add to this list? Share them with us in the replies.

37 thoughts on “10 Must Have SEO Plugins for WordPress

  1. Most of the Plugins work can be done by only ALL IN ONE SEO too ? SEO friendly images, No Self Pings and Google Sitemap are usefull enough to have.

  2. A nice list of Plugins for Optimum SEO Results. I have implemented some of these plugins on my blog – Tecue.com

    I am going to implement Google SEO Positioner, and No Self Pings from this list

    thanks for the list.

  3. For short and crispy slugs, I prefer Smart Slug over SEO Slugs.

    I’m very particular with the words which would make it into the slugs and those who don’t, and this is on aspect where Smart Slug shines.

  4. All of the automation is convenient, and is better than nothing if you know that you aren’t likely to do things manually.

    It’s awfully easy to edit your own post slugs, and the 30 seconds of thought that you put into should be way more intelligent than any plugin can be.

    Smart links might be great for SEO, but it can kind of suck for your readers if misused. Your out going links should be significant, prominent, and useful for your users if you expect them to give you a link every once in a while. If your articles are salted with interlinks that are just there because of keyword relationships rather than because they are relative to the subject, then the real links can kinda get lost in the jumble.

    These are great plugins, I’m just sayin…

  5. I think it is better to reduce your blogposts to %postname% permalinks and have similar/identical Title/URL. Otherwise, all other plugins are quite good. Thanks!

  6. sometime I confuse, do I still need plugin or not, but now I realize that plugin is just to help, I only use Google XML Sitemaps and all in one SEO pack, and I’m interested to try Google SEO Positioner plugin. Thanks to let me know about that plugin…

  7. I appreciate the information as I am always looking to learn new things in general but especially if it will help my website.

  8. Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . 🙂

  9. Finally someone who can write a good blog ! . This is the kind of information that is useful to those want to increase their SERP’s. I loved your post and will be telling others about it. Subscribing to your RSS feed now. Thanks

  10. As I took a look at this post I have to say I have learned a lot. I think this can help a lot people in this business I’m going to bookmark this so I send it to couple of my friend’s thank you for the wonderful information!

  11. Another I would suggest for the list is Greg’s High Performance SEO, which configures over 100 separate SEO characteristics while loading only about 600 lines of code per page view and avoiding the use of crude output buffer hacks. By contrast, the ‘leading’ SEO plugin (I won’t name names!) configures around 20 parameters and loads something like 2000 lines of code.

    It’s not for everybody — several people have reported that they don’t want to have to deal with the full SEO picture and would rather just the some basics. But I think it’s worth checking out.

    All the best,
    Greg (yep, that one)

  12. Thank you for this great information. I am really new at this SEO stuff and I can use all the help I can get. If anyone wants to take a look at my website and tell were I am going wrong it would be appreciated. Or even give me a quote. Thanks so much.

  13. Great post, one major plugin i think is missing is the related posts plugin it gives the blog the ability to link back to relevant internal pages.

  14. Great blog post Thomson! All plugins that you mention are superb and I use all of them except Google Positioner and Platinum SEO Pack. I use All in One SEO Pack instead.

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