Best SEO Plugins for WordPress

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In this review we”ll take a look at 14 plugins and how they help optimize your site better for the search engines.

Once activated, these plugins will help you improve and manage your blogs content and links.

Most are free, some are premium.

Some themes like Thesis and Genesis include SEO feature’s built into the core framework. This means you won’t need to install many additional plugins.

If your theme doesn’t provide built in features, you may need to choose a plugin or a combination of plugins to add these features to your website. This will enable you to correctly optimize your blogs content and links for maximum traffic from the search engines.

Platinum SEO Plugin

The Platinum SEO Plugin offers all the features that the All in One Plugin offers such as automatic 301 redirects for permalink changes, auto-generation of META tags, post slug optimization and help in avoiding duplicate content.

All in One SEO Pack

The most popular seo plugin, this plugin does a bit of everything for you from helping choose the best post title and keywords, to helping you avoid duplicate content and more.

Automatic SEO Links

Automatic SEO Links allows you to choose a word or phrase for automatic linking, both internal and external, set anchor text, choose if it should be “nofollow” or not, and more.  One of the best features of this plugin is that it will only do this for the first occurrence of a word in a post so you don’t have to worry about mutiple links to the same location. This site is in Spanish.

SEO Smart Links

Interlinking your blog can be the key to getting more people to read more of your posts, but it is time consuming and tedious to do it by hand.  Smart Links does this for you automatically when you tell it what words to link to what URLs, and it also allows you to set “nofollow” and “open in window” commands for the links.

SEO Title Tag 

Your tags are an important part of your site for making sure that search engines know where to place your posts, and SEO Title Tag focuses exclusively on this.  Unlike some other plugins, and WordPress itself, this extension will allow you to add tags to your pages.

A very popular plugin that focuses on helping you choose the best tags for your posts by offering suggestions, auto-completion of tags as you type, an AJAX admin interface, mass tag editing and a whole lot more. Tip: Try to use your relevant keywords as tags.

SEO Friendly Images

Images can be a great source of traffic as people like to search Google images rather than read big chunks of text. This plugin helps you with making sure that you have “alt” and “title” tags on all of your images so that the search engines can properly index them.

SEO Tag Cloud Widget

Since their inception tag clouds have been fairly unreadable by search engines, but with this plugin they will be converted to an SEO-friendly HTML markup that can be indexed.

SEO No Duplicate

If you have duplicate content on your site for whatever reason, SEO No Duplicate will allow you to state which version of the post search engines should index while ignoring the others.

Google XML Sitemaps

An essential tool in any blogger’s armory of SEO tools.This plugin creates an XML-sitemap that can be read by Ask, MSN and Yahoo. I prefer to submit my RSS Feedburner URL as a sitemap to all the search engines so they are automatically notified of new post content.

Sitemap Generator

This is a more customizable sitemap generator with options to support multi-level categories and pages, category/page exclusion, permalink support, choices on what to display, options to show number of comments and more.

Redirection

For any number of reasons you sometimes need to move a page from one spot on your blog to another, but then you risk losing that page’s status in search results.  Redirection helps you with your 301 redirects, captures a log of 404s so you can work on correcting them.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is the most comprehensive plugin available and its free. Read more about the huge range of features this plugin offers as well as how to setup and configure WordPress Seo by Yoast correctly.

SEOPressor 

A very simple plugin to optimize the content for your website or blog. All you need to do is choose your main focus keyword for each page or post and this plugin does the rest. No technical skills required.

I use this premium plugin every day for a variety of reasons.

You can test SEOPressor for 7 days for $7 . One of the best things about this plugin is you can go back to all your previous posts and improve the on page seo without having to be an seo expert or understand the technical side of SEO.

What are your favorite plugins for SEO?

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