must have wordpress plugin seo tipsYou’re probably wondering how do I boost my WordPress SEO? With over 120 million blogs on the internet, how can you get your content to gain visibility? If you want to rank well in the search engine result pages and increase traffic, applying search engine best practices to WordPress is essential.

Luckily, the WordPress community of developers value optimization and have developed tools for easy and good SEO practices. With a huge selection of plugins for optimizing your blog for search engines, WordPress SEO plugins give you control over post titles, meta description and keywords for post, pages, tags and categories.

WordPress Plugins for SEO

All in One SEO – Is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins with more than 15 million downloads. All in One SEO provides on-page optimization, along with Google and Webmaster verification and noindex settings. All in One SEO was the first search engine optimization plugin that I installed on my WordPress site years ago before I changed to WordPress SEO by Yoast.

WordPress SEO by Yoast – Is a very powerful  plugin to help you write better headlines by optimizing the H1 tag and helps with using the focus keyword phrase in meta title, meta description and throughout the content. It also optimizes for length, keyword density and readers. Also includes XML sitemap generator.

Google XML Sitemaps – Generates a XML sitemap for the search engine crawlers to see the complete structure of WordPress site and notifies all major search engine that a site has new content or a new post.

SEO Friendly Images – Search engines cannot read images so they rely solely on the alt tag. Many WordPress sites seems to overlook image ALT attributes, therefore they are missing out on search engine visibility. The SEO Friendly Image plugin optimizes your images by automatically updating your image ALT and Title tag.

Most users think that by installing a search engine optimization plugin they will boost their search engine results, but unfortunately that’s only a myth.  There are some additional steps you need to take to maximum the benefit of the plugin.

In the past I used All in One SEO, but now I personally use WordPress SEO on my websites. WordPress SEO offers more functionalities than All in One SEO. Additionally, WordPress SEO helps you with focus keywords throughout your content and Meta description.

However, I have ranked some of my clients on the 1st page of Google using both of these search optimization tools. That is why I recommend trying out both of these plugins and seeing which one works best for you.