Here are 5 Free Must have SEO Plugins used by many wordpress sites online to boast search engine ranking.
Good SEO Ranking online is the dream everyone who has a site will never stop dreaming and working on. Search engine optimization is never a one time setn up stuff rather a continous activitiy you will continue to practice on your site
After you set setting up your wordpress blog with great host and theme, the next thing will be to craft out great and appealing contents, WordPress by default has good SEO structure with good permanent link structures a quality blog should be able to rank well, however with the sophisticated competitions out there, you shouldn’t rely only on WordPress basic SEO performance, the need to improve your blog ranking gives raise to adding more SEO enhancing plugins,
From My findings online and survey carried out , I have been able to get the best 5 SEO plugins you MUST choose from to boast your page SEO ranking, some are turn-key ( out of the box) while some require little tweaking. Here are the Best fitted
Remember its best you use one at a time, don’t try to use all or more than one, SEO requires patient and being crafty but trying to use two plugins that does same purpose is like using two antivirus in one system, you will end up slowing yourself down than achieving its purspose of protection
(Yoast is my favorite and I recommend it!)
WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO. This was true when Joost wrote his original WordPress SEO article in 2008 and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.
Yoast comes loaded with a lot of features that will enable you optimize your posts on the go, Using the snippet preview, you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short, and whether your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result.
The Yoast SEO plugins Page Analysis functionality checks simple things you’re bound to forget. It checks, for instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post. It also checks whether your posts are long enough, whether you’ve written a meta description and if that meta description contains your focus keyword, if you’ve used any subheadings within your post, etc. etc.
Meta & Link Elements
With the Yoast SEO plugin you can control which pages Google shows in its search results and which pages it doesn’t show. By default, it will tell search engines to index all of your pages, including category and tag archives, but to only show the first pages in the search results. It’s not very useful for a user to end up on the third page of your “personal” category, right?
The Yoast SEO plugin has the most advanced XML Sitemaps
THERE ARE MORE FUCTIONALITIES I WOULDN’T WANT TO BORE YOU, this plugin has free and paid version, More than 5 Million sites are using the free version, I suggest you download the free version
# 2. ALL IN ONE SEO PLUGIN
This ia another great Search engine Optimization plugin with active support and more than 4 million sites are using it, most of my friends are confused between yoast and all in one SEO, in as much as I see Yoast as bit of advance and requires you to tweak each post on the go, I still recommend Yoast, All in one is your next alternative if you think Yoast is more complex for you
Use All in One SEO Pack to optimize your WordPress site for SEO. It’s easy and works out of the box for beginners, and has advanced features and an API for developers. Which includes
- XML Sitemap support – submit your sitemap to Google and Bing and improve your SEO
- Google AMP support (Accelerated Mobile Pages)
- Google Analytics support
- Support for SEO on Custom Post Types
- Advanced Canonical URLs
- Redirect attachment pages to parent post
- Automatically notifies search engines like Google and Bing about changes to your site
- Built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality
- ONLY free plugin to provide SEO Integration for e-Commerce sites, including WooCommerce
- Nonce Security built into All in One SEO Pack
- Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines
- Generates META tags automatically
Jetpack is not entirely an SEO plugins but sure you can’t miss it out when SEO is mentioned, because its all in one suit for SEO, Security, Social media, other site gadgets and even monetization tools
Traffic is the lifeblood of any website. Jetpack includes:
- Site stats and analytics
- Automatic sharing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit, and WhatsApp
- Related posts
- Search engine optimization tools for Google, Bing, Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com
- Advertising program that includes the best of AdSense, Facebook Ads, AOL, Amazon, Google AdX, and Yahoo
This plugin will help newbie that sees, Yoast and all in one SEO Much complex, it comes with many features on install,
SEO Squirrly is for the NON-SEO experts. Get Excellent SEO with Better Content, Ranking and Analytics. For Both Humans and Search Bots.
SEO Squirrly helps you write content that is SEO friendly and Human-friendly at the same time. You’ll get to improve your Google rankings while providing your readers with great content.
See your SEO Stats and improve on them with your weekly reports from one of the best SEO tools Audit website. It will also help you find the best keywords your site could rank for.
It is recommended by Neil Patel, the co-founder of Kissmetrics and Crazy Egg. Also by Brian Dean and over 100 content marketing experts.
The best things is: YOU DON’T have to be an search engine optimization expert to use it. WAIT, you don’t even need to know about all that.
Squirrly will help you write great content, will show you where your WordPress needs improvements and it will even help you learn all about content marketing and SEO strategies through email training and access to the Knowledge Base.
It also works well with many other plugins and themes that you might already have in your site. It even works well in WordPress sites that already have Yoast and All In One SEO. You can even opt-in to keep your SEO settings, so no need to start over again
From the On-page Optimization to the Content Audit tool, it offers you all the information you need to become an SEO star.
Just like other SEO Plugins, WP Meta SEO has major functionalities:
- Bulk edit all website meta on a single view
- Edit meta in content with live SEO analysis
- Fix HTML image resizing in content
- Bulk edit image file name and meta
- Bulk edit SEO link title
- 404 errors redirect and internal broken link checker
- Add Google Analytics tracking information and display statistics in WordPress
- Generate XML and HTML sitemaps
- Facebook and Twitter social sharing custom elements per content
- Breadcrumb generator
It’s a great plugins and has many more features that are updated weekly
I know you will be wondering why I added this plugin when SEO is the keyword here, however you can’t get it right without considering site speed, if all your optimization are perfect without considering your site speed (which image constitute partly,.) Your SEO ranking will be affected
Resize, optimize and compress all of your images with the incredibly powerful free WordPress image smusher,
Most of our concerns with regards to image optimization is on how to avoid our images to losing its quality right? Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality and is the award-winning, proven crowd favorite image optimization plugin for WordPress.
Now with image resizing! Set a max width and height and large images will scale down as they are being compressed.
WPMU DEV’s servers do all the heavy lifting. Strip hidden bulky information from your images and reduce file size without losing quality.
Large image files may be slowing down your site without you even knowing it. WP Smush uses WPMU DEV’s super servers to quickly smush every single one of your images and cuts all the unnecessary data without slowing down your site.
If you are considering SEO as a blogger or advancement in SEO these are the best picked plugins you will lay hands to kickstart
there are dozens of SEO plugins out there some may not exactly solve your SEo needs, and others may require uograde to paid versions , this was why i am not recommending most of them but if you have had a good experience with anyone not inlcuded here share with me