Here is a list of plugins that you can use to improve your blogs Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Just like fixing up a car, there are a lot of things you can do to improve the object you are working upon, which is a reason why there is such a variety of SEO plugins on the market. WordPress is also very popular so there are lots of programmers who wish to make plugins for the platform, which is why there are so many SEO plugins for WordPress. Here are ten plugins that are tried, tested and trusted by a large portion of the online community. Some of them may not be suitable for long-term blogging, but if you are just starting then you will find these plugins very effective.
1 – Yet Another Related Posts Plugins (YARPP)
You need to retain your blog viewers and turn them into loyal followers. You may do this with YARPP–a plugin that was created by programmers who consider themselves realists. Many people are going to take a look at your blog, click off, and never visit your blog again. Even the people who read your blog post are not liable to find anything of interest that draws them back in the future. This plugin will introduce the readers of your blog to your other blog posts in the hope that they find something of interest.
The plugin is sophisticated enough to target (at least partially) the reader of your blog. If we assume that the reader of your blog post has clicked on it out of an interest for the subject matter, then introducing him/her to posts on the same subject matter would be advisable. This plugin reads the tagged keywords of the post being read and displays other posts with similar keywords. The plugin is clever in that it also considers page titles too.
2 – WP to Twitter
This app allows you to keep your Twitter profile updated, and allows you to update it quickly. It is a nice way of allowing you to promote your blog on your Twitter account as soon as you update your blog. The plugin has a function that allows automatic synchronization, which means that when you upload something onto your blog, your Twitter profile is activated and a post comes up.
3 – WP Super Cache
If you do not know much about Caching then why bother learning when you can simply download this plugin and allow it to do all the work for you. It allows you to speed up your page loading times, and speed up the rate at which your blog operates. It is good for improving the requests per second on your blog, as well as the transfer rate. It is also good at improving the time per request.
4 – Sociable
This automatically creates a link for you blog to bookmarking websites, so that it is very easy for any of your readers to create a buzz around your website and bookmark it. If you want to get people talking about your website then you cannot go too far wrong with this app.
5 – Simple Tags
This plugin has quite a few capabilities that you may use to improve your blogs SEO. Primarily these capabilities are there to help you pick the best tag keywords. The tools it uses are more than just a few suggestions. The goal of the tool is to provide you with a means of picking the best, tagged keywords, which you use to target your potential readers a much as possible.
6 – Share This
This is another sharing plugin. WordPress has a few of these and each share widget has its own charms. This plugin is on this list because it is very easy to install and very easy to use on your blog. It also allows you to submit to Facebook and Twitter, as well as less well-known social media such as StumbleUpon and Digg.
7 – SEO Smart Links
This plugin helps you to create links that have anchor text in them. Google prefers it if you add words to your links so that they can guess at what your link is pointing towards. Therefore, if you add targeted keywords to your links then the SEO rating improves significantly. This plugin helps you to find your best keywords for your links and then installs them for you. It is a very good tool for automatically linking your posts to your other posts.
8 – Google XML Sitemaps
You are supposed to submit an XML file to Google if you want to be sure that all of your blog posts are listed online in a timely manner. This plugin helps you to generate that XML file so that you can send it off to Google. It also has a notification function that is linked to the search engines–which operates if you update your blog post.
9 – All in One SEO Pack
An uninspired title but as succinct as it needs to be. It has a few tools that help you to optimize your WordPress blog for Google. It has different tools for dealing with different elements of on-page and off-page SEO.
10 – Akismet
This is a Spam blocker that you may use to stop people installing Spam links and Spam Comments on your blog posts. It is more of a time saver than it is a genuine spam blocker, as you should consider it more like a small spider’s web; it catches hundreds of annoying little flies but is going to let bigger flies though.