Imagine something that you want desperately and to a great extent. What would you feel after getting it? Over-whelmed? Top of the world? Speechless? Superb? Can’t describe in words, right?
In fact, if there’s something that every blogger desperately wants; it’s – Traffic. Its like every blogger would wish for getting more traffic and visitors on their birthdays!
If you look back at the history of successful blogs such as CopyBlogger.com and ProBlogger.net, you will find that they had successfully turned their website into a famous brand only with productive blogging and SEO. Neither of these blogs were famous during their initial days. But with the power of SEO, they started increasing their traffic and converting the visitors into loyal fans.
Now the million-dollar question: How to increase blog’s traffic with SEO?
Luckily, you don’t have to toil much about SEO in WordPress platform. There’s a heck load of SEO plugins that will help you to do Search engine optimization of your blog and will help to rank your content higher on the search engines.
With so many WordPress plugins coming under SEO, it would be the daunting task to test each one for you. So we bring out a bunch of few awesome and effective WordPress SEO plugins that will assist you to rank you content higher quickly.
SEO Plugins For WordPress
WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast is undoubtedly one of the best SEO plugins for WordPress out there. Most of the bloggers including amateurs and professionals go for Yoast’s plugin including webloggerz.com as well. It’s easy to use, feature-rich and will inevitably land up your content on search engines at high position. With over 12 Million+ Downloads and an impressive 4.7 out of 5 rating, Yoast’s plugin will, in fact, help you stand out on the competition.
The core function of Yoast’s plugin helps you to analyze and optimize your post on an individual keyword. You first put up the main keyword of the article (the keyword to which you want to rank up your article). It then looks for this keyword at different places such as content, URL, description, title and makes the recommendation where you have left out or where you should put up your keywords.
It also allows you to write the Meta description and titles, and you can even preview how your content will show up in search engines. And that’s only related to content; it has got even more features!
You can even create XML sitemaps for your website, 301 Redirects, add breadcrumbs (if it’s compatible with your theme), import settings from other plugins, verify your Alexa, Google, Bing Webmaster Tool accounts, edit out your .htaccess directly and much more.
With so many features, you might think it would be hard to use it, which is entirely false. Its interface is simple, easy to use and you can move around the settings quickly. The best part is that it’s completely free, and the developers (behind the plugin) update it on a regular basis so that it complies with the latest SEO standards.
All-in-one SEO Pack
All-in-one SEO Pack is one of the top WordPress SEO plugins and a direct and worthy competitor of Yoast. It’s has a free version and a premium version as well.
The plugin has got almost all the features which Yoast has got. You can put down any keyword and check if it’s placed at the right places. Moreover, with this plugin you can change your home title, home description and keywords easily. These are some of the important fields which affect SEO results, so use it wisely.
Premium SEO Pack
Many SEO plugins in the list are based on a freemium model, where there’s free (or trial version) and pro (or paid version) of the plugin. But Premium SEO Pack doesn’t have any free version; it has got only a paid version of the plugin. But the good fact is that it’s worthy of it.
Premium SEO Pack is like a combination of various plugins with some additional awesome features. It’s great for both on-page optimization as well as off-page optimization. You can monitor bad and poor links, create 301 redirects, create backlinks and interlink your posts to reduce bounce rate. You can also make your images SEO friendly (so that images also rank well in image search engines), create sitemaps, edit robots.txt and .htaccess files directly and much more. There’s an innovative feature called Facebook planner that publishes your article directly to it after a specific time (you can set it).
Scribe SEO plugin is an awesome SEO plugin for WordPress developed by guys over CopyBlogger Media. The standout feature of Scribe is that it uses its own separate API. The API links your WordPress Scribe plugin with the Scribe’s servers that contain the advanced SEO algorithm.
The plugin focuses on three important parts of Search Engine Optimization: –
- Keyword Optimization
- Link Building
Like other plugins, it would suggest you keyword strategies (even before you start writing!). It will also check your content (after you finish writing) for proper position of keywords and give you improvements on where to place your keywords so to get better results.
Link Building is one of the important things in SEO. It plays a huge role in rankings. It will keep you updated with the current standard link building techniques, and will help you in building them. And at the same time, it will also interlink between your articles to revive other posts as well.
Scribe will go through the words of your post and suggest you the changes so that your content is fully SEO optimized. It suggests changes on the basis of 15 SEO Metrics which Scribe follows. Unlike other plugins, it gives one-month free trial, so that you can go through the plugin and judge it yourself.
Simple 301 Redirects
Although many bloggers would prefer to serve the 301 error to the visitors when they remove the outdated posts or content, it may not be the best idea all the time. Sometimes you may want to send or redirect your visitors to a new page instead of showing a 301 error page.
And if you don’t know much about editing .htaccess files, then Simple 301 redirect plugin might prove a boon to you. The plugin would help you greatly in creating 301 redirects. If you are deleting old content or moving content, then this plugin would help you a lot. Just enter the old URL and the new URL, and you are ready to go!
SEO Friendly Images
SEO is not only about ranking only content. SEO is also used to rank images, particularly on images search engines such as Google Images. Images are an awesome way to bring visitors to your posts. Many people search for images, particularly for a certain topic such as any mobile phone, and in that process end up landing on your blog.
Usually, for improving the SEO of images, alt and title attributes are added to images. But many times, one way or the other, we forget doing these (giving more preference to content’s SEO is one of the reason).
What SEO Friendly Images does is that it automatically adds up alt and title attributes to each image that does not have it.
The plugin is easy to use; you can quickly change the settings according to your needs through the plugin’s options page. It has even got a premium version that allows you to add images XML and few other options.
SEO Ultimate provides all useful features like Yoast’s and All-in-one provides. It’s an all-in-one solution for your website’s SEO. It gives you full control over various fields such as Meta and title tags, canonical, 404 errors, rich snippets and much more.
With this plugin, you can put codes to various parts of your website, create rich snippets with rich snippet creator. The plugin also comes with some innovative features such as author highlighter, Link Mask Generator to name a few.
SEO Rank Reporter
Though, you have made your content keyword rich, placed it in the right areas, but there’s one more step to do – track your rankings for specific keywords.
After installing the SEO rank reporter, a graph would come up at the dashboard. You have to specify the keyword that is to be tracked. After a day or two, it will show the results through an attractive and easy to grasp graph. The chart gets updated after every three days, so it keeps you updated about your current rank positions.
SEOPressor is one of the best WordPress SEO plugins for on-page optimization. It will help you quickly optimize Panda/Penguin friendly articles for SEO. After writing the content, SEOPressor would give you an overview of your content’s SEO performance through a widget on the right-hand side of your content writing area.
It will show up the total keyword SEO score through its various factors. It checks various aspects of your content such as the H1 – H3 Tags, title, placement of keywords, images, links and much more. In case, you have left any option or did any mistake; it will suggest and recommend you what to do. It has got a rich snippet feature which makes your website looks professional in the search results of search engines. SEOPressor is truly price-worthy and highly recommended.
As the name suggests, Google Analyticator plugin integrates with the Google Analytics and show up the relevant Google Analytics data on your dashboard. It will show you the top referrers to your website, top pages (high traffic rate), top organic keywords (of the blog that brings traffic) and much more.
Squirrly SEO Plugin
Squirrly SEO is yet another easy-to-use and a superb WordPress SEO plugin. It assists you greatly in on-page optimization and is readily compatible with other popular SEO plugins such as Yoast’s and All-in-one. You can put up your keyword on the box provided at the right-hand side corner and let Squirlly do its magic. It will look up for the keywords in your content and will give you a highlight on how your article would perform at the search engines. Moreover, you can use it for various other purposes such a creating XML sitemaps and many more.
Platinum SEO Pack
Platinum SEO Pack is an incredible and great solution for on-page optimization. It comes packed with all the necessary features and can be considered as a one-stop solution for SEO. It optimizes post and post titles for better optimization, can avoid duplicate content creation, add various meta information such as index, no index, follow, nofollow and many more. If you are looking for an alternative to All-in-one or Yoast, then you should go for it.
Google XML Sitemaps
We would like to end up our countdown with none other than Google XML Sitemap generator. Its one of the basic plugins everyone recommends to download. With the help of plugin, you can generate XML sitemaps and submit it to search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo for better indexing. It creates a sitemap so that bots can easily crawl through your content and notifies every search engines.