Top 6 Essential WordPress SEO Plugins to Install
After setting up your new blog one important plugin you need is a good SEO plugin. Here on focusoncode we are using Yoast SEO plugin. We all know Yoast and All In One SEO are the best “one-stop solution” to WordPress SEO.
Choosing the right SEO plugin determines whether your site is going to be successful or not. There are diverse WordPress plugins that offer a broad range of SEO features but there are also some plugins that have all the necessary features for on-page SEO
1.WordPress SEO by Yoast
It is one of the most downloaded WordPress plugins of all times. Yoast’s WordPress SEO is a comprehensive solution for all your on-site SEO needs.
Yoast plugin will allow you to add custom templates like title and metas to your post, pages, tags, author, categories very easily. You can choose to use them for all of your website posts, pages and as all-in-one SEO pack, Yoast SEO plugin also provides an option to manually add title and meta for individual posts. This plugin is used by many tech giants as it allows many advanced features.
2.All In One SEO Pack
Is the second most used plugin that is useful for optimizations of individual posts and pages. To improve your search rankings you can create XML Sitemap with this plugin and submit it to Google and Bing. Optimizing custom post types is also possible with All in One SEO Pack plugin. You also can create redirects from WordPress attachments to the parent posts making the attachment pages SEO compliant.
This SEO plugin supports Google Analytics and works perfectly to help you track the traffic on each of your website pages. All in One SEO Pack comes with an inbuilt API that other plugins and themes can access to extend its functionality. All in One SEO Pack plugin is the only free plugin that is capable of SEO integration for e-commerce sites and also supports WooCommerce.
It is compatible with PHP 7 and Nonce security is built into the plugin making it hack proof and secure for all sites. This plugin automatically optimizes the posts, pages and custom post types titles for search engine ranking and also automatically generates Meta tags. It also helps you avoid duplicate content penalty.
All in One SEO Pack is a good plugin for WordPress beginners since they don’t have to configure any settings; it works just after installation – out-of-box solution for WordPress SEO. For advanced users, you can tweak the features to make your site more appealing to search engines.
SEOquake is a SEO tool available as browser add-on for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari web browsers. It provides SEO related information for any website. These information parameters include page rank, age, last updated, Alexa rank, and many other parameters. It is one of the most downloaded browser addons by SEO professionals.
Apart from that, the SEOquake toolbar can show you all these parameters for all the search results. This information can be extremely useful if you are gauging competition for different keywords. You can even download search results in CSV format and prepare your own excel sheets of search data.
4.Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin
If you ever changed a URL (permalink), you need to redirect the old URL to the new one. Yoast premium comes with a redirect option but you can also install the free Quick Page/ Post-Redirect Plugin which does the exact same thing. Just install the plugin and go to “Quick Redirects” in your WordPress dashboard.
Then simply enter the old URL and new URL. Use the crawl errors option in Google Search Console to find all broken permalinks on your site, then use this plugin to redirect them to the correct page on your site (not just your homepage).
5.Broken Link Checker
The Broken Link Checker is a WordPress plugin that checks for broken links on your website or blog. When the plugin detects any broken links, it notifies you.When installed, the plugin starts by analyzing posts, bookmarks and any other content on your website to look for links. The plugin then starts checking each link to see if it is working properly. If it detects any broken links, the plugin will show the broken links in a new tab on the WP admin panel in the tools category.
You will then receive a notification in the “Broken Link Checker” widget on the Dashboard. When you have the list of broken links, you can choose to edit the broken links to ensure that they are working. This can be done with the help of “Edit URL” feature.
The “Unlink” button allows you to remove the broken link but leaves the link text untouched. When you realize that a link has been wrongly identified as broken, you can manually mark the link as working using the “Not Broken” button. The user can also make a new link filter by clicking on the “Create Custom Filter” button.
6.WP Social SEO Booster
Now everyone knows that social media plays an important role in getting visitors relevant to a niche. Getting a boost in total pageviews can only be achieved with visitors who are interested in our niche. Visitors who get into your site from social media networks will generate higher ad revenue and sales if you are selling any services. Keeping your social media networks updated which latest trends, inspiring them now and then with cool topics is always very essential and a webmaster knows it very well. Version 1.2.0 is the latest and it also has support for rich snippet integration in posts.
The plugin lets you integrate a rating system which will enable rich snippet visible in Google search engine results page. Verifying your Google authorship with the domain is essential and wp social will let you do it too.