10 powerful WordPress SEO plugin for 2013. Today more than 50 million websites are using WordPress to power their websites, blogs and eCommerce websites. Thousands of big brands and companies trust this amazing open source software, mainly because of its regular updates, SSL integration and for few of the best WordPress SEO plugins.
Today creating articles and posts need a lot more focus and indepth knowledge. At the same time you have to also take care for your readers and search engines. These all makes the task of content writing very hard and time-consuming. Since you have to perform keyword research, gather information, collect images, have to make your post social friendly and finally have to build backlinks.
Why Should You Use WordPress SEO Plugins
These type of addons can help you automate maximum optimization tasks. For example it can take care of your anchor texts, can automatically add meta keywords and description, can interlinks your posts. Few of them can help you find perfect LSI and long tail keywords from within the WordPress dashboard. If done manually, they will take additional 20 to 30 minutes on per post basis.
But remember that using SEO plugin doesn’t put any guarantee that you will be able to rank on SERPs. They are just one simple method to help you in your content creation, onpage and off page optimization.
All the addons listed are compatible with WordPress 3.5 plus updates. They are also compatible with any kind of theme and many of them offer force rewrite rules. ( It means that the SEO setting you have configured will be enforced throughout the webpages ). So go ahead and grab the perfect one for yourself.
WordPress SEO Plugins For Content Creation
Below we have listed out the addons which will help you write better and much perfect articles with less work and in less time. It will consist of total 3 plugins and all of them are free.
Squirrly SEO Plugin
Its one of the best free onpage optimization addon. It provides you with live onpage reports and help you find the perfect keyword to start with. That’s right, it provide you inbuilt powerful keyword research from within WP post editor.
With its powerful research tool you can easily find the perfect long tail keywords with low competition and high search volume. You can even use it inspiration box to gather contents, images, tweets, videos from different services, social networking and video sites.
It also has KeenSkim filter which allows you to read different posts from different websites in your topic from within the edit page. This actually help to save a whole lot of time, which you usually spend in researching and collecting information. Finally it’s not actually a free plugin, but you will get a 14 days trail with all features enabled.More Information
WordPress SEO By Yoast
It deserves the first place and has been developed by world know SEO celebrity Joost de Valk. Its one of the most recommended addon for every blogger, webmaster or any eCommerce site. In this list I am not going to list out All In One SEO Plugin. Since Yoast is the perfect and more powerful alternative.
Few of its features are listed below. I have already made a complete review on it ( actually its a guide ) : WordPress SEO By Yoast Setup Guide.
- It has the ability to enforce any custom search engine optimization rule throughout the site ( even if any custom theme have different settings ).
- You have ability to set up custom Meta description, Keyword tags. Also add your domain name and tagline.
- Give you option to include Facebook open graph and twitter meta data in your header.
- Edit your htacess file within your dashboard.
- Protect your feeds by setting custom links and domain name.
- Functionality to integrate and generate breadcrumbs.
- You can even generate the sitemaps, and it will automatically ping, yahoo and Ask.com.
- Internal linking.
- Add custom no-index and nofollow rules for categories, tags, author, archive, search, media file pages.
For each and every page you get custom options and on-page analytic.
- It gives the direct snippet.
- Add your own custom title, description or keywords.
- Add nofollow or no-index.
- Page analysis made on more than seven different factors.
- Check out your readability using the built-in algorithms.
Each and every of the above setting can be modified as per your requirements with the supported tags which it offers.
- %%excerpt_only%% – Replaced with the post/page excerpt (without auto-generation)
- %%excerpt%% – Replaced with the post/page excerpt (or auto-generated if it does not exist)
According to me personally it’s the perfect and best SEO plugin available in the market. Its free but still offers features like premium SEOPressor, Easy WP SEO and others.More Info
Greg’s High Performance
One of the best way to manage more than 700 different types of codes and more than 100 different on-page search engine optimization. Check out few of its features below :
- It has 5000 words usage guide : Really big one.
- It offers more than 100 different custom settings for almost every block and aspect.
- You can handle the main title.
- Secondary Title.
- Secondary description.
- Canonical URLs.
- Paged comments.
- Duplicate contents and articles.
- Support for adding nofollow and no-index to archive, tags, author and other pages which is not important for better ranking.
It has many other features like 404 pages handling, legacy plugins support, home page optimization and etc. The best way to know more about it, is to use it personally.More Information
Google XML Sitemaps
A simple wordpress SEO plugin which can surely help you index your contents much faster. It’s a additional in this section since I couldn’t find the perfect block for it. This plugin can automatically create a sitemap on the basis of comments, update frequency and Priority.
It can also automatically submit your sitemaps to Google webmaster tools account, Bing webmaster account and also to yahoo. You also have options to enable the manual creation, option to set the memory consumption limit and to create Gzip compressed file. Overall it’s really easy to use and is must for every blog or website.More Info
SEO Data Transporter
Its best for you, if you want to import or export any of your custom search engine optimization data. The task can be performed between eight themes and eight different plugins.
Supported Plugins are : Yoast WordPress Plugin, Add meta tags, Headspace 2, Meta SEO pack, Platinum, Greg’s High Performance, SEO Ultimate, All In One. It’s the best methods when you are trying to fix up the settings on your test blog, and then finally import them for your main money site or targeted website.More Info
This section consists of two plugin which will help you automate the task of adding internal links to your posts and pages with just one simple click.
SEO Smart Link
I like it because it helps me to automate the work of internal linking. It has been downloaded more than 719,8oo times and also offers one premium version with lots of more powerful features. But the free version the best of its type. I think you all know what is the importance of internal and external links in order to get better Page Rank.
Few of its features are :
- It can add the nofollow tags to every external links.
- You can assign particular keyword for any kind of internal linking.
- It even allows you to add the attribute to open the new links in the new page.
- You can even add the affiliate links.
- Every thing is provided in custom administration panel.
Bur remember that it’s always suggested to not add more than 100 links in one webpage. This may affect your Onpage SEO effort.More Info
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
One another powerful plugin to automate the task of internal linking. YARPP is little bit to advance and powerful addon, since it has the ability to find the perfect connected posts with its unique algorithm. It can even show the thumbnail based related links in the bottom of your content area.
This is most probably going to help you improve your page views and will help you build better traffic. And the best part is, it even supports different types of post types and formats. If you want you can check few of the other best related post plugin for wordpress.More Information
SEO Friendly Images ( Image Optimization )
In my previous post on How To IncreasePage Rank Fast, I have already said that 23% of my links from different domains come through images ( hot-linking but I allow them ). But the images in my posts contribute to three to four percent of total links ( Images of themes, and custom graphics I create usually for every post ).
In all these activities, there are two important steps which everyone should follow. 1st is to add the alternate text, and 2nd is to make the link of image Search engine friendly. In order to optimize your ALT and TITLE you can use this plugin. It’s the best for image handling ( for better rank in Google images )
Even if you forget to add these attributes, this plugin will handle the case and will add them according to custom setting you have made. It also makes every process W3C/xHTML validMore Info
W3 Total Cache ( Speedy Addons )
You might be think how a caching plugin be a wordpress SEO plugin. But I think you must be knowing that Google has been considering Page Load time since back 2010. So in this case this is the perfect addon for your website which can help you increase website speed along with load of other options to configure.
You can also check my complete guide on how to setup W3 Total cache plugin.More Information
Its actually a social media addon which will make your wordpress SEO friendly. Today Google and many search engines are focusing on social signals to rank and identify the perfect articles for the top position. So it really important to offer social media icons to your readers to let them share your posts in social networking sites.
Digg Digg is one of the perfect and powerful plugin which allows you to add both sliding and toolbar widgets. It also has lazy loading option for individual services which makes the content load first and then the buttons. This actually indirectly improves your website speed.More Info
So these were ten of the best SEO plugin for wordpress. And I think they can help you in each and every step of blogging. They will help you in content writing, in interlinking and in accelerating your site’s speed.