WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS ranked at the top and covering half of the market-share in CMS closing at 60.9 %. When compared to the whole web, it stands at astounding 23.1 % according to the usage statistics and market share data.
No one can deny its user-friendliness and popularity. But, this only speaks for WordPress platform as a whole. It has more to offer in terms of search engine optimization.
Search Engine Optimization is the process of getting higher rankings of the website or webpage in search engine rankings. WordPress supports Search Engine Optimization out of the box.
It also comes with in-built tools that take care of Search Engine Optimization, including the use of .htaccess to create static URL’s.
Today, we are going to discuss Plugins that will help you to optimize your site for search engine. Without proper search engine optimization, the site would fail to generate revenue and gain popularity.
Search Engine Optimization is not about how good your site looks, or how well the interface works. It’s about feeding the crawler the thing it wants, and nothing more. The crawler cannot see or feel, it just crawls through and makes the most friendly search engine site to rank higher.
Let’s go through the Plugins one by one
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WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin is undoubtedly the best on-page SEO plugin available for WordPress, this plugin literally dictates you the best SEO settings which you write a new post.
This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content
All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is a great SEO plugin to start with for the new users and veterans alike. It works out of the box and provide almost all the features any webmaster would seek in the first place.
It yields few basic options for non-technical users. Download, install and boom; the site is SEO optimized. But to get full use of the plugin, some technical and SEO knowledge will help you to leverage the Plugin’s full capacity.
According to the plugin page, it’s the only plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce site and also compatible with other major Plugins. The pro version of the plugin provide many advanced features like XML site generator module, Performance module, advanced custom post type options etc.
The pro version is useful for those webmasters who have many WordPress sites under their control. That is, one pro version license can be used in multiple WordPress sites.
Platinum SEO beats All in One SEO Pack in most of the features. It’s provides advanced features like auto-generation of meta-tags, automatic 301 redirects for any permalink changes etc.
What differentiates it majorly from All-in-one SEO is the availability of index, noindex, follow or nofollow, noodp etc; these are useful to set post/page level Meta Robot Tag.
WP Super Cache
This is one of the most powerful WordPress plugin. This plugin exploits a simple idea to provide much faster responses to the user by serving static files. Page load Speed is an important factor for search engine optimization. A search engine crawler always prefers faster sites that load correctly.
Successive response to the server for the page is served through the static files generated by WP Super Cache. When the page is altered from one state to another, the static file is updated by WP Super Cache for next delivery session.
WP Total Cache
As mentioned earlier, page load speed plays an important factor in rankings. WP Total Cache provides all in one solution for optimizing page load time.
It features minifying resources, removing render block, in-lining CSS, Content-delivery System and many more. A must have plug-in for both page speed optimization and search engine optimization.
Google XML Sitemaps Generator
Sitemap is a single listing of all the posts on the website/blog. Sitemap are great way of providing site users to hover over the available content present on the website. This doesn’t really stops here; it is also a great benefit for search engines which sees the sitemap as the portal to all the blog or site posts.
Yet Another Related Post Plugin
Relating similar posts to the current post being viewed is a great idea for creating links that both the user and search engine can benefit from. The plug-in also helps when the user’s lands on an article which the user is not looking for, similar posts can help users to move through the site, decreasing the chances of loosing user from the site. Overall, this improves both user retention and search engine optimization.
There is plethora of SEO Plugins in the WordPress marketplace, which makes the list non-comprehensive. So, always optimize your site using Plugins that yield the most benefit for you.