We know that WordPress is one of the most SEO-friendly website platforms out there, but which plugins should you be using to make the most of your SEO efforts? We’ve listed a few of the top ones that we install daily to our clients websites. Best of all, they all have FREE versions!
SEO by Yoast
Number one has to be SEO by Yoast. It’s one of the most widely used for implementing Search Engine Optimisation onto WP sites. It’s quite easy to use and covers a lot of ground, including:
- The ability to easily input meta data
- Page analysis tools
- Advanced XML Sitemaps
- RSS optimisation
- The ability to edit your .htaccess and robot.txt files easily
A down-side is that the support offered isn’t as great as some other plugins, but it’s multi-site compatible.
All in One SEO
The is an alternative to Yoast. All in One SEO is an ‘out of the box’ solution and it’s probably better for beginners. There is a free and paid option (All in One SEO Pro). It can populate things like meta data for you, which is why it’s great for SEO-noobs or people that don’t have time. Some other features are:
- Google AMP support
- Ability to add advanced canonical URLs
- XML sitemap support
- Whilst it automatically generates meta tags for you, these can still be overwritten
This plugin still offers a sound level of features for implementing SEO, but isn’t as advanced as Yoast.
Simple 301 Redirects
The Simple 301 Redirects plugin (and the add-on for Bulk CVS Uploading) make it easy to fix up any broken links that you have on the website. The Bulk uploader helps to save time by allowing you the ability to fix 404s on mass!
This handy plugin is used for image compression and optimisation. If you’re website loading speed is lagging and image size is a factor, give this plugin a go before going through and manually resizing yourself. It’s easy to use and can be used across multi-sites.
Tracking Code Manager
Whilst not technically for SEO, tracking your online efforts is still pretty important! Tracking Code Manager is a free plugin that allows you to easily insert and amend codes and tags. This is important for when Google changes their conventions around how and where your codes should be places (like they did recently with Google Tag Manager).
,b>Need help? Most of these plugins have tutorials on YouTube, but obviously the Results First team are here. Give us a call if you have any questions or would rather hand over your SEO for us to implement for you, whether your website is on WordPress or another platform!