New to WordPress or just looking for a change? SEO is definitely important to any site out there and SEO plugins have proven to be of immense help.
Here are some of the best ones:
Yoast is a popular – some might say favorite – plugin on WordPress. It’s one of those things people basically order you to install first thing you get a website. It’s free and available in a pro version which costs about $89 without discounts which happen frequently. It’s a SEO plugin that has done wonders in directing people towards better content. Some of the features involved are keyword optimization, suggestions ranging from formatting to linking and images. It can also notify you if you are creating duplicate content. It’s updated every two weeks and includes the newest updates to Google’s algorithm.
It uses colors and emojis to let you know how well your page fits current SEO recommendations. For instance, a red smiley face would mean that there are improvements you can make. Bellow your text, the plugin will let you know what you need to do in order to fix it. It will let you know what you did great, what needs just a slight change and what needs a lot more improvement. Yellow smiley means that your text is okay but could be better SEO-wise and green means that it’s great.
SEO hound is another popular WordPress plugin you can use for SEO. It can show you keyword stats for different pages at once and it suggests which keywords to use. This plugin is available for $59 for one website and $119 for more. The latter comes with consultation and installation options as well. The Hound also has a free video course on how to use this plugin. It shows you your page metrics and so on. You can see from this which keywords work and which don’t. It also features a MOZ integration, note taking possibilities and more.
All in One SEO Pack
This is a great plugin for WordPress – the original one that people used to recommend. It’s simple and easy to use, install and configure which makes it the perfect choice for beginners on WordPress and in SEO. However, it has more advanced features as well.
This plugin is free and you can also purchase the individual version for $57, business one for $97 and pro one for $149. The last one comes with unlimited downloads and many other features for serious SEO players.
SmartCrawl is one of the greatest WordPress plugins available. You can get it for free – which is great – and you can also purchase the pro version for $49 a month. It offers branding for all elements of your WordPress site. Some of the features are pretty easy to set up. You can do a SEO audit with every new algorithm update, simple 301 redirects and so on. There is also the great integration with Moz which can come in handy at all times.
The SEO Framework
“This is a fast SEO plugin. You can get it for free and it allows you to use SEO in a simple and effective way. You can transfer data from another plugin so that you don’t have to start fresh and this feature is fairly simple to set up.”, says Zara Hamilton, a blogger and regular contributor to Draftbeyond and Writinity.
Some of the features here include already existing settings so you can share easily to social media, support custom posts and so on. It also has no ads. It prevents 404 errors by automatically updating the search engines with the newest changes.
Other SEO Tools You Could Use
Plugins are great but there are more tools that you may find useful when it comes to SEO. Here are some of them:
“SEMRush is a tool for any website owner to gather insights from their website and use those insights to improve their marketing efforts and more,” says Seth Thompson, an author at Researchpapersuk and Last Minute Writing
Google Keyword Research
Google Keyword Research is exactly what it sounds like. Google advertisers can get it for free and see which keywords they can rank for.
Keyword.io is a simple but useful tool for keyword research. It requires no prior commitments or any payment.
Open Site Explorer
Finally, this tool is perfect for checking data for any domain name. It’s completely free as well.
SEO can be quite complex if you don’t have all the right tools. However, with these tools, you can hardly make a mistake. Use these plugins to get the most out of your website and optimize it for search engines.