19 May 2016 | admin

6 Essential SEO WordPress Plugins

WordPress is a go to CMS for any SEO for its versatility and effectiveness in setting up websites and blogs in a matter of minutes. To continue our series of essentials, today we’re taking you through the six plugins any WordPress site must have. There are thousands of plugins on the market but some have those special features that only an SEO can appreciate.

#1 Yoast SEO

Yoast is an absolute staple when talking WordPress plugins. It’s a comprehensive plugin with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 on the store. The function is very simple but effective. It allows you to add SEO title, meta description and also your target keyword to each blog post or page on your site. One of its bonuses is that it includes a Flesch Reading Ease scale to determine how your content reads.

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#2 Redirection

In SEO we’re always about the redirects. At the end of the day they are fundamental when it comes to keeping up with backlinks or a site migration. Redirection is a simple tool which allows you to easily upload a .csv file and 301 redirect for any URL. It has an added feature of keeping track of any 404 errors that may show up and can be fixed very quickly.

#3 Google Tag Manager Plugin

This is a free plugin to manage your analytics, PPC and code snippets. The plugin allows you to track your traffic and if you have an ecommerce website it integrates perfectly with woo-commerce to send transaction data to Google Analytics.

#4 SEO Pressor

This plugin is a jack of all trades for SEO. It optimises blog posts, images and helps you optimise your site for social media and rich snippets. An additional function is the keyword tool which allows you to explore additional keywords and look at placement.

SEO Pressor also comes with an automation option for internal linking which allows you to automatically hyperlink a series of words each time they are published on your website.

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#5 WP Social SEO Booster

This plugin focuses on the social aspect of SEO making it social network friendly. It has a similar function as SEO Pressor as it allows you to automatically implement rich snippets tagging for all your content. The best feature about this plugin is that it plays along quite well and integrates seamlessly with others like Yoast.

#6 All in one Schema.org

This is another free plugin that provides you with important and precise information to display in rich snippets in the SERPs. All the information you share is fully customisable and it allows you to choose the category of post to fit the information accordingly.

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A good quality plugin is an essential tool to start your website by following some useful SEO guidelines.

Out of our list the first three are an absolute must, while the other three are recommended for certain tasks. Remember though you don’t want to clog your site with plugins as it could result in loading time issues and an overall slow experience. Use plugins sparingly and choose them wisely.

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