There are many hosted blogging platforms which are reliable and modern. Blogger and WordPress.com are the best examples. These services offer useful services for individual bloggers. Despite the fact that these services are free many bloggers use self hosted WordPress installations. The primary reason is the possibility to extend self hosted WordPress using the plugins.
WordPress recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and the official statement said that nearly 16% of the websites on the entire web are powered by WordPress. This is very big number.
So, the popularity of WordPress is about its plugin repository. A very important feature set that WordPress core lacks is Search Engine Optimization. WordPress offers better taxonomy but there are many other aspects like using custom
robots.txt and setting tags for search engines like the
noindex is not possible with WordPress core till version 3.5.2. This issue is well handled by few excellent SEO plugins and we are going to talk about such quality SEO plugins for WordPress.
Useful WordPress SEO plugins.
WordPress plugin repository has many plugins that add some unique SEO feature. This includes adding ALT tags to images, creating a sitemap, adding social meta data, checking broken links etc but we are going to talk about the complete SEO packages kind of plugins that do SEO multitasking for you.
Readers may also like to read our post about WordPress SEO;
The plugins listed below are arranged considering the number of downloads on WordPress plugin repository but they offer a set of SEO features for WordPress.
All in one SEO pack is the most downloaded SEO plugin on the WordPress plugin repository. All in one SEO has a wide feature set for SEO. However this plugin has received less ratings. A cause can be that this plugin has an extended version which is at premium.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is perhaps a popular plugin with over 5 million downloads. This plugin adds essential SEO features to WordPress installations. The popularity of this plugin can be understood by the fact the as of July 2013, this plugin ranks the first in Google search for term “WordPress SEO”.
SEO ultimate is not as popular as the ones mentioned above but this does not mean that it is not good. This plugin offers a wide feature set and I was impressed with the feature set at first look.
SQUIRRLY has a different approach that than the plugins mentioned above. It offers many features that other plugins lack. It has a keyword search volume and competition checker, Social media impact checker, Google index status checker and back-link checker too.
SEO Pressor is not available on WordPress plugin repository but a premium WordPress plugin. It offers advanced features but I am less clear about this plugin as I have never used it. This plugin is used by many known blogger though.
The right approach for SEO is building quality links and SEO plugins are for the purpose of making your pages and post better for search crawlers. It is strongly recommended that every WordPress installation should have a quality SEO plugin installed.Add to favorites