The list of WordPress Plugins below speaks to SEO only. These plugins are kept up to date regularly to match current versions of WordPress and to provide new features. Over the years we’ve compiled a list of must-have WordPress Plugins. We’ve had success with the ones we’ve listed here and strive to stay up to date with the latest versions as well as new Plugins we find to work well. Again, keep in mind this list speaks directly to SEO in regards to WordPress Plugins.
Yoast: WordPress Plugins and Tutorials
If you’re new to doing SEO in WordPress, read this great article by the guys at Yoast. It speaks to doing SEO in WordPress and what the basics are.
It also speaks to the Yoast SEO plugin settings and other basics for WordPress SEO development. Also, below are the links to the plugins you should install across the board.
Suggested SEO Plugins
These are the WordPress Plugins we’ve found to have the most success with regards to SEO.
- Yoast SEO: Allows you to enter meta descriptions and keywords tags easily. Checks for keyword density and offers suggestions to improve overall SEO. Offers complete link analysis as well.
- Yoast SEO Premium: You may want to upgrade to the Premium version. It has a great redirect manager – and there’s reduced per site cost if you buy for multiple sites. Allows you to scan for and fix crawl errors.
- Yoast Google Analytics: Tracks visitors to your site and gives insight as to where they are coming from. Also tracks 404 error pages and search results.
- Broken Link Checker: Scans all posts, comments, blog articles, pages, custom fields and comments and easily locates any broken links needing fixed or redirected. Notifies you via email or dashboard.
- WP All in One Security and Firewall: This easy to use platform instantly upgrades your site’s security by checking for weaknesses and applying the latest WordPress securities. The 3 tiered security categories “basic”, “intermediate” and “advanced” allow you to determine the threat level and apply firewall rules accordingly without breaking your site.
- P3 Plugin Performance Profiler: Helps identify plugins slowing down your site by pinpoint. Offers you visualized reports on all plugins and the effect they have on your site.
- W3 Total Cache: Implementing a caching plugin increases speed performance and decreases CPU usage. This makes for a much more desirable experience for your site’s visitors as load times will decrease.
CloudFlare for WordPress
Also, if you want an extra layer of security, you can install CloudFlare. CloudFlare has a free version and works with W3 Total Cache when configured properly. Be aware you’ll need to change the DNS settings of your website for CloudFlare to work properly.
You would also need to setup a CloudFlare account and configure it. Click here to do so.
This list of WordPress SEO plugins will give you a good foundation for getting started. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions about these.