A Comprehensive Guide to the Best WordPress SEO Plugins
One of the reasons we love WordPress is because of its versatility and open-source code. Plus the list of 100,000+ free plugins and themes (which are increasing as you read this) makes it the number one CMS platform on earth. Carrying on our recent focus on WordPress SEO ( see our SEO Mistakes post and Yoast SEO Plugin Guide) I’m going to make a list of the most widely used SEO plugins available for WordPress. Most of these plugins are free. Rest assured, they’ll give you the SEO edge you need for your online venture.
Before we begin, I would like to point out that most of us tend to read the top 4-5 things in a list and assume that they’re the best of the lot. That’s not true in this case. Each one of the plugins has a special significance. You need to use your judgement and choose what’s best for you site.
So let’s get started.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Hands down this is one of the best free SEO plugins for WordPress out there! Heck, try Googling “WordPress SEO” and see what you find. I personally use and recommend this plugin mainly because it gives you almost all the features a proper SEO implementation would need – for free!
With over 3.42 million downloads till date, average rating of 4.5, I would highly recommend this plugin. You can read a comprehensive guide of this plugin or visit Yoast’s site for in-depth knowledge.
All in One SEO Pack
The best way to describe this plugin would be to call it Yoast’s number one competitor! This baby has 13 million (yes you read that right) downloads with an average rating of 3.8/5. This has most of the options Yoast’s SEO plugin as to offer, plus it includes a pro version for a monthly subscription.
You can check out the pricing and other features of the plugin here.
Confused about which of the two to pick? No worries, we have a comparison right here!
Scribe SEO (Premium)
Scribe SEO is one of the most sought after premium SEO services. Developed by Copyblogger Media, it is certainly the number one go to plugin for serious SEO business.
Its most popular plan costs 97 USD per month. So if you’re looking to build your business from ground up, go for this service. They offer a 30 day risk free trial as well as a money back guarantee.
Schema Creator by Raven
If you’re familiar with Web rich content and want to present your website with the latest web standards on SERPs, this is the plugin for you. This plugin provides an easy to use form to embed properly constructed Schema.org micro data into a WordPress post or page.
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Vibe SEO Pack
I’ve heard a lot about this plugin and several websites mention this plugin in their lists. In their WordPress.org page, they say that the plugin performs and SEO audit for each post we write and provide hints on what to change in order to achieve best SEO results. Such a feature is not present in Yoast’s plugin. Vibe SEO has video tutorials and a proper documentation in their website. If you’re into experimenting, do give this plugin a try!
Local Search SEO Contact Page
This nifty little plugin is a killer for SEO (for WordPress) beginners. This plugin displays business information and also adds a QR code, hCard/vCard, Google map, geo-tag, social media buttons, and more. Your clients are going to love what they see when your site makes the SERP page.
Google XML Sitemap
9.4 million downloads can’t be wrong. Google XML Sitemap is must have plugin – it generates XML sitemaps and pings the major site engines (Google, Bing and Yahoo) which enable them to crawl and index your site better.
Google XML Sitemap for Images
Developed by Amit Agarwal, this plugin is an excellent tool which allows you to generate an XML sitemap for your images. This is one of the most versatile tools for image SEO.
SEO Friendly Images
With close to a million downloads, this is one of the most important plugins for any WordPress website. SEO Friendly Images fixes alt and title tags for your images, making search engines index your images the way they were meant to.
Google XML Sitemap for Videos
Another great plugin from Amit Agarwal, Google XML Sitemap for Videos generates video XML sitemaps to index your site better. Of course you’re probably not going to need this if you do not have any videos on your site.
SEO Smart Links (Premium)
Internal linking of a website’s content is critically important to search engine optimization. Developed by Vladimir Prelovac, this plugin creates and maintains internal links (using various complex yet configurable algorithms) in your website which adds to your total SEO score. It’s one of the must-have plugins for serious SEO folks.
WordPress Video SEO (Premium)
Yes, you heard right. Yoast is back again with yet another killer plugin. If you site hosts videos – tutorials, short movies etc, this is the #1 plugin for you. Starting at 69 USD and a 30 day money back guarantee, this is an important plugin for your WordPress bag of tricks.
This plugin has amazing potential. You can practically control every incoming link to your website provided you have a proper understanding of regular expressions (regex). For beginners, this plugin is very helpful for shortening you links and redirecting your clients/visitors to proper landing pages for a particular product/topic. However, the only problem is that it’s compatible up to WordPress 3.4.2. I hope the plugin gets updated soon.
SEO Content Control
Proper SEO is 50% of the job. Rest is your actual content. As a reader, I would definitely visit your site again if I found your articles/content to be interesting. This plugin helps you to keep track of posts with too little content and helps you eliminate poor content.
You thought we’d leave out one of the revolutionary internet movements? Of course not! Social media optimization is as important as SEO. Developed by the people working with Zuckerberg, the guys over at WordPress (Automattic Inc) and a few more, this is a must have plugin if you want traffic through social media.
Clicky by Yoast
This handy plugin lets you integrate Clicky.com analytics in your website. Clicky enables you to track real-time clicks in your site from all across the world. This is very helpful for analysing click rates across your site.
If you’re into serious analytics, you should consider this plugin. It includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data (such as top referrers, top pages, top incoming organic keywords, etc) in the admin dashboard and on your blog.
This list is certainly not the ultimate authority on WordPress SEO plugins but it is the most well-known and used plugins currently so definately check these out if you need helping boosting your SEO efforts. Remember small differences can add up and ultimately give your site a larger boost.
All the plugins mentioned in this list (except Redirection) is compatible with WordPress 3.5. If you think we’re missing something out, do suggest them!