Having a blog has become mandatory for all organisations. However, with so many blogs out there, how do you ensure your blog is search engine friendly? The best way to do that is through SEO and content. If you are using a WordPress blog, here are 10 plugins that you should use.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress. It can handle almost all on page elements except markup data and schema tags.
Notable features included in this plug-ins are:
- Title and Description
- XML Sitemaps
- File Editor
- SEO and Readability Score
If you are looking to install this plugin, read this step by step tutorial to set up this free SEO plugin.
2. Accelerated mobile pages (AMP)
AMP is a project designed by Google and Twitter to make mobile pages to load quickly. AMP is a kind of Facebook Instant Articles. There are many plugins available to implement AMP in WordPress sites. The best plugin for AMP in WordPress is “AMP for WP – Accelerated Mobile Pages.” Once it is implemented, the page loads quickly, especially on mobile devices.
3. W3 Total Cache
4. All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets
All in one rich snippet is a free plugin, which currently has 79 5-star reviews from the WordPress community. This plugin is used basically to provide a summary of the page in the search results on Google, Yahoo, Bing and even in Facebook news feeds. It does so by using an interactive format with star ratings, author photo, image, etc. Many webmasters use this plugin to get higher rankings in search results.
5. ShortPixel Image Optimizer
ShortPixel Image Optimizer has over 50,000 Installs and the main motive of this plugin is to compress JPG, PNG, GIF and even PDF document. By doing so, it reduces the load time of the website and increases rankings of your website in search results. It also has the option to bulk optimize through media library. This plugin supports both HTTP and Https version of the website.
6. BJ Lazy Load
This plugin allows us to load your website quickly which is good for SEO. It replaces web site’s post images, thumbnails, gravatar images and iframes with a placeholder & loads content as it gets close to enter the browser window when the visitor scrolls the page.
7. Rel Nofollow Checkbox
Using outbound and inbound links are extremely important for a blog post. However, when you use outbound links, it is important to make sure it is a nofollow link. The Rel Nofollow check box does exactly that. When you install this plugin, it gives you a checkbox in the insert/edit link popup for adding nofollow attributes.
Redirection is a plugin for WordPress to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, full log report of 301 redirections. All URLs can be redirected with this plugin except the URL, which doesn’t exist.
9. All In One WP Security & Firewall
Although WordPress is secure on its own, it is a good idea to have a security plugin on your blog page. The plugin has numerous account security features such as password strengthening tool and has the ability to check if any of the accounts have an identical username of passwords. It also provides a security score, which will tell you how secure your website it is.
10. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
Keeping people for as long as you can on your website is a great sign for better SEO. A low bounce rate is a hint that your users are finding value in your site and spending more time. One of the best ways to improve this area is to install Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. This plugin displays relevant post related to the current content. This will ensure the users are given interesting content to read and makes sure they spend more time on your site.
We hope this article helped you to get some ideas about must have SEO WordPress plugins every website should have.