Nowadays many smart webmasters like working with WordPress. This CMS is so much popular because of its user-friendly dashboard, SEO friendly site structure, and easily customizing facility. Any new user who does not know much about website design & building can maintain a website or blog without taking any professional help. WordPress gives us the opportunity to use many SEO Plugins that help us maintain SEO activities easily. In this post I will discuss six SEO Plugins that are a must for better SEO of a WordPress site.
WordPress SEO by Yoast:
This is the best SEO Plugin for newbies and pros as well. This SEO Plugin provides opportunities to complete almost all On-Page SEO activities perfectly. It returns a report instantly after using a keyword in keyword fields. If your content quality is great, then it will show a green color circle and if it is bad, then a red color circle. It helps with issues such as:
- SEO friendly title,
It also provides a report on a percentage basis on how much your post is SEO friendly or not with suggestions. Some example suggestions are:
a) Keyword density is normal or not.
b) Images are optimized or not.
c) Issues on Heading tags
d) Permalink or URL
e) Page title character limit is OK or not.
f) Page title contains Permalink and keyword or not.
You can even control some advanced issues such as: Robots.txt, .htaccess, Sitemap.xml. So it is highly recommended for webmasters.
Download link: WordPress SEO by Yoast
Jetpack by WordPress.com:
After the successful update of Google Penguin 2.0 now you know social media is playing a significant rule on the SEO process. This Plugin can help you in every way of social media liking, sharing even auto-sharing just after publishing a post on your website or blog. It is a complete package of social media solutions for a website.
Jetpack Plugin also helps to reduce the number of plugins you use because you can get 15+ services from this one Plugin alone. Some other features are:
a) WordPress.com site visitor statistics
b) Nice contact form.
c) Blog subscription services using email.
d) Post by email.
e) Spelling and grammar check.
f) Extra sidebar widgets.
g) Mobile theme to optimize site for mobile devices.
Download link: Jetpack by WordPress.com
W3 Total Cache:
This is an amazing Plugin to reduce page load time. Page loading time has a great effect on your site visitors. If your site pages take a huge time in the loading process, then visitors will get bored. So day by day your site visitor numbers will go down radically. In this case, W3 Total Cache Plugin can be a great solution for your site.
Download link: W3 Total Cache
P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler):
One thing you should keep in mind is that the more plugins you use, the more your site page loading time increases. But sometimes you cannot avoid some Plugins that are required for your site. In this case, P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) can help a lot. This Plugin gives you information on which Plugin is taking how much time to load and which Plugin is in what percentage responsible for increasing loading time so you can take steps and edit or delete those responsible plugins to reduce page load time and increase overall performance.
Download link: P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
WP External Link:
We need to use some external links in our pages and posts for making those informative. But those external links can harm your SEO process. Many external do-follow links from your site can reduce your link juice. You can configure WP External Link Plugin settings to define external links as no follow or do follow and whether or not external links will be opened in a new window. You can also add an icon to all external links of your sites to identify easily that these are external links.
Download link: WP External Link
It gives you the opportunity to make regular backups of your site files and even database backup. You can download those backups and store them into your computer or any other portable disk. This plugin also gives you the opportunity to set regular backup jobs where the backup will be stored in web spaces defined by you such as drop-box. Manual and auto regular backup are possible using this Plugin. You can use those backup files and database tables for further use.
Download link: BackWPup
I hope these six SEO Plugins will help increasing the performance of your site. So hurry up and install these six plugins now and enjoy!