Search engines are the best way to promote, publicize and help people discover your content. Thus, it is very important to optimize your blog or web site so that search engines can discover your content and understand how relevant it is to specific search queries.
WordPress, in addition to providing you with the state-of-the-art publishing platform, also provides plethora of plugins for Search Engine Optimization(SEO). Some plugins are really effective whereas some are not. To help you find the right plugin for your web site, we have composed some of the best SEO plugins.
One among the most popular and widely discussed plugins for WordPress. This plugin is easy to use and is compatible with most WordPress plugins. It works as an overall SEO plugin – automatically generating META tags and optimizes your titles for search engines and helps you in avoiding duplicate content. This plugin also enables you to manually include META tags (title, description and keywords) for each page and post in your web site.
A powerful all-in-one plugin to manage meta-data and handle a wide range of SEO tasks. It allows you to tag your posts, create custom titles and descriptions, thereby improves your page ranking and relevance on search engines. You can also change the theme or load plugins on specific pages and much more. This plugin is available in multiple languages.
An all-in-one SEO plugin with a host of features like automatic 301 redirects for permalink changes, auto generation of META tags, avoid duplicate content, SEO optimized post and page titles and a whole lot of other features.
This plugin is a fairly modified version of the all-in-one SEO Pack. The unique feature of this plugin is that, it’s directed at people who use WordPress as a CMS. It can auto generate titles, descriptions and keywords when overrides are not present and also avoids duplicate content.
Generates an XML sitemap supported by Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask. Sitemaps make it much easier for crawlers to see the complete structure of your web site and retrieve more efficiently. It also notifies all major search engines every time you create a new post. You can either choose to write a normal XML file or a zipped file. In case of any errors, you can rebuild the sitemap manually. As a remark, Pingomatic can be used to ping your blog to multiple search engines and other specialized services.
Creates a highly customizable sitemap for your WordPress powered web site. It enables you to choose what to show and what not to including – what order to list the items in. It supports multi-level categories, pages and permalinks.
Slugs are long filenames assigned to your posts. Ex: http://yourblog.com/what-you-can-do-immediately-for-higher-rankings. This plugin removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’,’in’,’what’,’you’ etc. from the automatically assigned post slug to make it more Search Engine friendly.
This plugin works similar to SEO slugs. It shortens the post slug and retains only the necessary keywords making it Search Engine friendly. It allows you to choose the longest number of characters in your post slug and also remove unnecessary words.
Just choose a word or a phrase for automatic linking and this plugin will replace all matches in the posts of your weblog. It allows you to set the title, target and rel. for each link. You can also set the anchor text and choose if it should be no-follow or not. If there are repeated words, only the first matched word in the post will be replaced.
Automatically links keywords and phrases on your blog with corresponding posts, pages, categories or tags on your blog. It allows you to set up your own keywords and a list of matching URLs and also set the no-follow attribute. You can customize it according to your needs through the Administration Settings Panel.
This plugin helps in making the task of link exchange very simple. Once installed, it puts a small form on the sidebar of your blog that allows webmasters and other bloggers to quickly submit a link for link exchange. The plugin will spider the webmasters site for a reciprocal link and if everything is successful you will have made a successful link exchange. It also has the option of displaying different links on different pages.
SEO Title Tag makes it easy to optimize the title tags across your WordPress powered blog. It allows you to override a page’s title tag with a custom one, mass editing of title tags, title tags for 404 error pages and much more.
Gives you a smart, customized ‘Page Not Found(404)’ error message and automatically displays links to relevant pages on your site, based on the words in the URL that was not found.
This plugin helps you to manage 301 redirections, to keep track of 404 errors and also correct them. It also allows you to monitor your redirects by giving you full logs of all redirected URLs and also RSS feed for 404 errors. Automatically adds a redirection when a posts URL changes.
This plugin adds submission links for Digg, Delicious, Buzz, and Stumble to pages and posts. It allows you to choose whether to display it on home page, post page, all pages etc.
Adding this plugin on your blog allows readers to submit your posts to Digg, Reddit, Del.Icio.Us, StumbleUpon and other social bookmarking sites. It adds a row of buttons with links to the sites and also adds a nofollow to the links. It is actually a hacked version of the famous plugin Socialable.
Helps your readers share,save,email and also bookmark your posts and pages. It supports over hundred social bookmarking and sharing sites. It comes with a smart menu that places the services that visitors use a lot at the top of the menu based on their browsing and usage history.
This plugin helps in making your images SEO friendly. It automatically updates all images with a proper ALT and TITLE. ALT acts as a description for your image and TITLE is the tooltip text displayed when the mouse is over the image. These attributes are one of the important part of SEO.
A very easy solution to add robot tags to your WordPress pages. It allows you to add meta tags to individual posts and pages, prevent indexing of your comments, login and admin pages.
Allows you to selectively apply or remove nofollow attributes to comment links, comment author links, pingbacks and trackbacks and also open the comment links in a new window. If not configured it automatically strips nofollow attributes from all your comment links and comment author links.