Blog envy strikes every level of blogger at some point in his career. How do you stand out amongst a crowd of nearly 200 million existing blogs? Concoct an irresistible blog following with these Top 10 WordPress Plugins created specifically to boost your SEO (search engine optimization).
Sure, you have great content (your mom told you so, right?). However, offering something fresh from the oven every single day doesn’t necessarily build your readership. You want Internet browsers and blog-enthusiasts alike to sniff out your delicious content. So, when I reveal to you these top 10 WP plugins, you will have a following rival to that of the famed Magnolia Bakery begging to eat out of your hands.
Lucky for you, the ever-expanding WordPress community deeply values quality SEO and has developed plenty of amazing plugins to help you along with your endeavor. So, here is a little taste of what WP cooked up to help you choose the best tags for your content, guide search engine robots, optimize your titles, and more…
All in One SEO Pack
Talk about a WordPress rock star! All in One SEO Pack is by far one of the most popular plugins ever developed for WP, and for a good reason. Ever dream about a personal assistant who also cooks, cleans, and washes your laundry? Well, that is what this plugin does for your SEO.
Offering a little bit of everything off the SEO plate, this plugin was specifically designed to give you the best options in one tiny little package. This WordPress plugin addresses some of the most important on-page ranking factors including title, descriptions, keywords, duplicate content, and per post/page editing.
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Google XML Sitemaps Generator
In its basic form, a sitemap is an XML file that lists a site’s URLs in addition to other metadata about each given URL so that search engines are able to more intelligently crawl the site. That is why Google XML Sitemaps is such an essential component to your WordPress blog. Though its name only mentions Google, this plugin creates a diverse XML map that is readable in Yahoo!, Bing.com (formerly known as MSN Search), and Ask.com.
Google XML Sitemaps Generator has some outstanding features including automatic generation of a sitemap for all types of WordPress pages, and notification to Yahoo!, Ask.com, Google, and Bing about any changes you make via ping. It also includes WP filter for other plugins, and requires no PHP skills or file changes.
Platinum SEO Plugin
Platinum SEO Plugin is like a supersized version of “All in One SEO”. It offers such features as auto-generation of META tags, post slug optimization, automatic 301 redirects for permalink change, and even helps to avoid duplicate content.
Do you ever toss and turn at night, worried that your blogroll is consuming your pagerank? You can rest well after installing this plugin. SEO Blogroll allows you to make separate sections for various link groupings, and all of them will receive that ever-important rel=”nofollow” attribute (if you so choose).
Once installed, you are able to create as many link boxes as your heart desires, each with its own title and as many links as you deem fit. Then you can decide for each individual link it should have a “nofollow” attribute.
SEO Friendly Images
Great images drive traffic to your blog. When people search for images of various subjects, wouldn’t you love for your blog to come up? This plugin helps you apply all of the correct “alt” tags and “title” tags on all of your images so search engines properly index them.
SEO Tag Cloud Widget
Regardless whether you have a love affair with them or loathe their existence, many bloggers use tag clouds. However, tag clouds have been virtually unreadable by search engines since their inception. This plugin will convert your tag cloud to SEO-friendly HTML markup, allowing searching engines to index them.
Automatic SEO Links
Automatic SEO Links allows you to select a word or phrase for automatic linking, both internal and external, to set anchor text, and even choose whether or not it will have a “nofollow” attribute. What is so fantastic about this plugin is that you only have to set it for the first occurrence of the word in your post. So, fear not the spamming of your post with numerous links to the same thing!
With HeadSpace 2, you can tag your posts, create custom titles, customize yoru descriptions, change your theme, run disabled plugins on selected pages, and much more. This powerful all-in-one plugin handles a wide range of SEO tasks, allowing shortcuts to the headachy and tiresome process of configuring meta-data without requiring conflicting plugins.
The dreaded 404 error creeps up when a page cannot be found. This occurs when you link to a post that has either been deleted or the permalink has been altered. This plugin helps to avoid sending your readers into the great 404 abyss by first searching through your database for a post with similar words. It takes the best match and sends back a redirect to the best page. It’s a win-win because users will see the redirect page and search engine spiders will see the 301 redirect, allow them to update their databases so that new searchers will be linked to the correct page.
Sometimes the arduous task of link exchange is very taxing on the soul. This plugin makes link exchange so simple that you feel like you are cheating. Upon installing, you will find a small form on your blog’s sidebar that allows webmasters and other blog-enthusiasts to effortlessly submit a link for link exchange. The plugin will then spider the Webmaster or blogger’s site for a reciprocal link, and VOILA! – you’ve successfully exchanged links.
Regardless if you write content fit to feed a king, no one will find it without using proper SEO tactics for your WordPress blog. You’re interesting, relevant, and witty. So, don’t discredit yourself by ignoring all of these fantastically functional WordPress plugins designed specifically to boost your SEO results.