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May 10, 2011

The Awesome List: WordPress SEO Plugins

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WordPress is awesome not only because it’s free and has so much functionality, but also because it’s compatible with Google and helps support SEO efforts.

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Lucky for us WordPress users, a plethora of plugins exist to help regular ol’ bloggers operate their sites like designers, Web developers and SEOs.

Today, we’re going to talk about some awesome plugins for SEO on WordPress.

Just yesterday, a new content SEO plugin launched for WordPress from collaboration between Yoast, run by online marketer Joost de Valk and Linkdex, a software dev company.

The free content SEO plugin is fully integrated into Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin (which, I’m hearing, has some serious functionality), and evaluates a blog post against criteria like:

  • Title length
  • Keyword in title
  • Keyword position in title (where beginning is better)
  • Length of body copy
  • Keyword count in body
  • Keyword density (both too high and too low)
  • Keyword in first paragraph
  • Flesch Reading Ease test
  • Keyword in headings
  • Whether the post has an image
  • Keyword in image ALT
  • No. of outbound links
  • Whether the keyword is found in any of the outbound links
  • Existence of a Meta description
  • Length of the Meta description (too short and too long)
  • Usage of keyword in Meta description

There are other plugins that aim to address content SEO, however the differentiator with this one, I’m told, is that it integrates very tightly into WordPress with no need for calls to external APIs; this allows your content to stay on your blog and your blog only.

Joost, along with Matt Roberts from Linkdex, hosts a webinar this Friday on how to optimize your WordPress blog posts for targeted keywords, and discusses the ins and outs of this new plugin.

A Plethora of SEO Plugins

I asked the SEO analysts around here at Bruce Clay, Inc. what plugins they recommend for WordPress. The conversation went something like this:

Me: “Does anyone have SEO plugins for WordPress they recommend?”

Analysts: “Oh yes, many!”

Me: “Many plugins? … Would you say you have a plethora of plugins?”

Analysts: A what?

Me: “A plethora.”

Analysts: [pause] Oh yes, we have a plethora.

Aside from the fact that the preceding dialogue was completely ripped off from the “¡Three Amigos!,” turns out, they do have a plethora of plugins to share with you.

Senior SEO analyst here, Bradley Leese, reminded me that while the popular All-in-One SEO Pack for WordPress is a good staple, each additional plugin has its own special function – and some plugins remedy the shortcomings of others.

So, folks, here’s a compilation of SEO plugins for WordPress from some of the staff here at Bruce Clay, Inc. — enjoy!

  • Google XML Sitemaps Generator: Produces an XML Sitemap-compliant site map of the WordPress blog and is supported by Google and other major search engines.
  • HeadSpace2: This plugin allows a user t manage Meta data including shortcuts for saving time such as mass editing of Meta information and dynamic descriptions.
  • High Performance SEO: Allows you to configure more than 100 on-page characteristics without extra junk code in areas of main title, head section, secondary title, secondary descriptions, paged comments and duplicate content.
  • Increase Sociability: Checks refer traffic to a post and gives a custom welcome message to those coming from Digg or StumbleUpon, asking them to give a positive vote for the post.
  • Ping.fm Custom URL: Collects blog, microblog entries and status updates from people in your social networks and posts them to your blog with customizable Meta data.
  • Redirection: This plugin manages 301 redirects and keeps track of 404 errors. Particularily helpful if you’re migrating pages form a former website.
  • RSS Footer: Add an extra line of content to articles in your feed with a default “Post from (name),” linking back to your blog with the blog name as anchor text.
  • SEO Friendly Images: Automatically updates all images with the proper ALT and title attrobutes, according to the criteria you set.
  • Smart YouTube: Allows you to embed YouTube videos and playlists into posts, comments and RSS feed without using any external resources.
  • Ultimate Google Analytics: An easy-to-install plugin that tracks Google Analytics data.
  • WP-PageNavi: Adds advanced page navigation to a WordPress site.
  • WP Super Cache: Works to increase the speed of your WordPress blog by generating html files served directly by Apache withour processing heavy PHP scripts.
  • Yet Another Related Posts: This plugin displays a list of related entries based on a customizable algorithm, including post titles, content, tags and categories.

Do you have additional SEO plugins you recommend? Please share with us in the comments below!

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24 responses to “The Awesome List: WordPress SEO Plugins”

  1. Benjamin Fitts writes:

    If you used Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin then it replaces half of your list.

  2. Jessica Lee writes:

    This is what I’m hearing from others, too! Thanks, Benjamin :)

  3. Kent writes:

    From my opinion, this is what makes WordPress is the best blogging software online. Giving flexibility to do your SEO. Love it even I don’t use wordpress anymore…

  4. Infonote writes:

    If you have WordPress SEO, there is no need for the XML Sitemap generator.

    I personally prefer W3 Total Cache to WP Super Cache.

  5. Jonathan Seom writes:

    WordPress SEO plugins are such a necessity for any internet marketer if you are working on the platform and want to stand a chance. One of my favorite plugins and sometimes overlooked by “SEO professionals” would be “SEO FRIENDLY IMAGES” . These image tags are becoing more and more important these days. I have one website that gets almost 35-70 hits a day from a no trespassing sign image that was index because of an image tag. Use this properly and benefit greatly.

  6. Jessica Lee writes:

    Hi Jonathan — wow, that’s impressive that one small action can make a big impact like that in terms of views. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jessica Lee writes:

    Thank you for the comment. I’m hearing that the WordPress SEO plugin is pretty awesome. Thanks for the recommendation on W3 Total Cache — so you still need this even if you use the WordPress SEO?

  8. Jessica Lee writes:

    Hi Kent, what made you stop using WordPress?

  9. Frugal Living writes:

    I am very surprised that the All in SEO plugin is not on this list

  10. ajurna ID writes:

    This is a very nice post. but I am still a newbie so understand a little. among all these plugins, I only use “Google XML Sitemaps Generator”

  11. Keri Morgret writes:

    I use WP Smush.it for automatic lossless compression on new images I upload, and on-demand compression for existing images in the media library.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-smushit/

  12. seo packages writes:

    WordPress is really great and has a lot to offer when you want an well navigated pages. It also comes free which make it more awesome and you also have the ability to make some modifications depending on your needs.

    Thanx for this post Jessica. Great review you got there.
    Hoping to read more posts from you soon..

    zuhpiter –

  13. Randy Duermyer writes:

    Along with several of those in your list, I’ve also used the HeadSpace SEO plugin, and liked it a lot.

  14. Jessica Lee writes:

    I did mention it — it’s within one of the paragraphs though so easy to miss :)

  15. Jessica Lee writes:

    There are tons of plugins for WordPress, so don’t feel bad if you feel a little overwhelmed!

  16. Jessica Lee writes:

    Hi, Keri! Awesome, thank you for adding that to the list! See you at Advanced?

  17. Keri Morgret writes:

    I’ll be there! I’m speaking on negative keyword research on the second day.

  18. Jessica Lee writes:

    Thanks Randy — tell us a bit more about what it does. :)

  19. Jessica Lee writes:

    Oh yeah — I’ll be liveblogging your session!

  20. Search Engine Optimization Philippines writes:

    All in one SEO pack is one of the best i’d say. A little bit of everything. I just hope they would keep it Free though like forever! :)

    WordPress should also develop a keyword research plug-in like somewhat of adwords external tool, do you know some sort of this?

    Thanks for the list, Jessica I hope the list expands. :)

    -Marv

  21. Jessica Lee writes:

    Hi there! I can’t speak to any that I’ve used personally, but I just did a search in Google for “WordPress plugins keyword research” and there are some options available. Oh and someone told me that Yoast has a feature built into in its WordPress SEO plugin for that. The same person mentioned Wordtracker has a plugin as well. Thanks for your comment!

  22. Jessica Lee writes:

    Thank you for the comment! I hope to hear from you again as well. :)

  23. White Label SEO writes:

    I use All-in-One SEO as well, but I hear so much about Yoast’s plug-in. I plan on using it next time I set up a new blog.

  24. philwebservices writes:

    I am interested with this new plugins. I am thankful that I read this blog because I was able to know the new release plug-in of word press. Thank for this. Hope you could able to post for us also to update.



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