Below is a list of the best WordPress plugins for SEO.
Today WordPress powers over 50 million websites, and has developed to such an extent that now many big brands, ecommerce sites and news/magazine sites use it as well as professional bloggers.
WordPress has become such a popular content management system because it is relatively easy for beginners to use, and has a lot of features that can be expanded upon to build highly-functional and complicated websites.
A huge part of that functionality comes in the form of plugins, most of which are made by third party developers and made available to everyone running WordPress.
Some plugins are completely free, whereas others require a payment – usually around $30 – $50.
If you’re new to WordPress, or are looking for some new ideas on how to improve your current WordPress website, then take a look at the below list of the best SEO plugins.
Yoast SEO – free
The most popular SEO plugin for WordPress, Yoast SEO is a comprehensive solution for just about any SEO task you need to do on your site or blog.
There’s the basic tasks like adding title tags and meta description tags to all your posts, pages and taxonomies (category, tag pages etc…) and making sure each URL on your website has the correct Facebook Open Graph and Twitter Card data.
There’s also a raft of technical features to help you put together an optimised XML Sitemap and handle redirects and canonical tags.
All in all, there’s a very good reason why Yoast SEO is the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress and is well recommended – especially as it’s free.
Get the plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
SEOPresser – paid
SEOPresser is a great all-in-one SEO plugin that is packed full of useful features.
It can manage your whole WordPress site – all the posts, pages and custom post types – and has an in-built keyword research tool, which helps you to target long-tail keywords while you’re writing.
It also features a content analysis tool which will scan your content and provide an ‘SEO score’ based on how well it targets particular phrases, and will also suggest internal and external links for you to add. It will even check your images and remind you to add titles and alt text to them if it’s missing.
SEOPresser has a subscription based pricing model and costs $9 per month.
Get the plugin: http://seopressor.com/
All In One SEO Pack – free
One of the first SEO plugins for WordPress, All In One SEO Pack is a great all-rounder and solid option for basic SEO control of your WordPress website.
In total this plugin has been downloaded over 27 million (and counting) times, and has an average rating of over 4 stars out of 5 – so not bad going.
It has a long list of features, including automatically creating title and meta tags, Google Analytics support, advanced canonical options, XML Sitemap and much more.
Get the plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/
Premium SEO Pack – paid
As the name suggests, ‘Premium’ SEO Pack will cost you $40 to download.
WP Social SEO Booster – free
This handy free plugin ensures all the correct Facebook Open Graph, Twitter Card and Google Rich Snippets data is added to your WordPress site – and is the only plugin to do all three.
It’s also a very easy plugin to use – taking the hassle out of manually inputting all the meta data yourself.
WP Social SEO Booster works with other popular SEO plugins like Yoast and All In One SEO Pack.
Get the plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-social-seo-booster/
About the Author
Luke Glassford is an SEO expert with over 15 years’ experience.
During his time working in SEO, Luke has set-up an SEO agency, worked as an in-house SEO for a major national company and managed his own successful SEO consultancy - using a lot of different SEO tools along the way!