Over the years I’ve been testing different things from web design, blogging platforms, content style and link building techniques. It’s been an awesome experience and I’ve learned a lot along the way. By far WordPress has been my ultimate blogging platform because of it’s simplicity and the vast options it provides for users. For example, by installing a few simple plugins you can customize your website anyway you want. They have plugins for every category like: social, SEO, content, email marketing, speed, etc. Anyways, I’ve decided to start a new series where I list my “TOP” plugins in every category so you guys have a better idea of the different plugins available to you. Not to mention, I’ve tested hundreds and have narrowed down the following. Here are my…
Top 10 WordPress Plug-ins For SEO. I would like to hear what you guys have to say.
I love this plug-in as it gives you complete control of your SEO and what pages, posts and categories you would like Google to index. When creating a post you’ll have options to add title, description and keywords before publishing. Next, it takes care of adding the code in the right places within your page for optimal performance. Here’s some quick options…
- Meta tags
- XML sitemaps
- Connect Google Analytics
This all depends on if your browser supports this feature. The basic premise of this plug-in is it will compress pages in gzip format increasing the speed of your website. When heavy pages are compressed your browser doesn’t have to display larger files. Imagine how user experience will be affected with large images, lengthy content and videos? This plug-in will compress what it can to help users get your content quickly and efficiently.
WP Super Cache
An awesome plug-in I install on all my websites and works like a charm. It’s very easy to configure since much of it is right out of the box. Here’s what this plug-in does…
It creates static HTML files that are served instead of the heavier PHP scripts in WordPress and the end result is a website which loads faster in different parts of the world. Here’s something cool…
You can install this plug-in for two things: First, if you have a slow server and need to increase the speed of your load time. Next, if you have a website which has been around for years with thousands of pages, images and videos. This plug-in will help speed up even this website.
Crafty Social Buttons
No one can argue with the power of social networks and I’ve love using them to increase user engagement and SEO. The more content I can get in front of people, the higher chances I’ll have of someone clicking through to my content. Obviously, you have to make sure you have the right content published which users love to read and provides substance. Once everything is in order, you can install the Crafty Social Buttons plug-in. This gives you complete control of your social sharing…
It comes equipped with many features allowing you to add buttons anywhere. You can add them…
- Scroll down with user
- Top and below of content
- In the categories
Many people are using mobile phones to check their emails and browse websites. Making this transition into a mobile friendly website can be difficult. Your probably wondering how this is related to SEO? I’ll tell you…
With a mobile-friendly website your increasing the chances of engagement on your website. This means more social shares and chances of a link back to high quality content. WPtouch is a mobile plug-in for WordPress and once installed it automatically turns your website into a mobile friendly theme. This means you can configure your website to be displayed correctly for mobile users.
WP Related Posts
I love this plug-in because it streamlines the process of people finding other relevant content. You have two ways you can provide additional resources to your readers. First, internal linking structure within your content or adding this plug-in and let it provide your readers content for you. You have to configure it once and your ready to go.
Interlinking has been proven to help optimize your website and link-juice does get passed through the pages.
WP Simple URL’s
When writing content frequently, you need to have a system in place to manage your URL’s. This is EXACTLY what this plug-in controls. It’s a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.
It simply streamlines the process in which you manage your URL’s by adding a screen within your admin panel to tweak URL’s. The main thing is it will display everything in order so you can go through them making changes when you feel you need to.
This is a MUST and the power of Google Analytics cannot be questioned. It’s an awesome plug-in which installs the code within your pages and allows you to streamline the setup process from within your backend. The cool thing is you can track statistics from within your WordPress control panel. Here are other cool features…
- The ability to easily track outbound links and all downloads.
- Streamline the connection process of your Analytics account with your Google AdSense account.
- Track metadata like author, post type, logged in users, publication year and tags.
Here’s a quick definition of what this plug-in does…
WP Minify grabs JS/CSS files in your generated WordPress page and passes that list to the Minify engine. The Minify engine then returns a consolidated, minified, and compressed script or style for WP Minify to reference in the WordPress header.
I have this plug-in installed on my larger websites and it does help increase the speed of my website. I actually did a cool case study and I was able to knock down load time from 5.85 to 3 seconds. However, many plug-ins do require .CSS and Java so this plug-in will block much of these files. You have to exclude a few from being minified by this plug-in. Once it’s configured correctly it will help speed up your website significantly.
Load time does help keep people on your website engaging with your content longer.
I love this plug-in as it streamlines the process of choosing LSI keywords to add to your content. It’s can also be configured to automatically internally link relevant content which is very important in SEO. While writing content, insert “3” main keywords into the tool within the sidebar and it will generate LSI keywords which you can replace by clicking on them.
Here are some other cool features…
- Automatic internal linking
- LSI keyword generation
- Over optimization check
- On-page SEO Analyses
- Rich snippet powered
- Social SEO
- Auto Smart linking