I am always being asked what are the best plugins for WordPress SEO? I guess it depends what your budget is but for me there are two that every WordPress user should be using at the moment. I say at the moment because there are so many new ones coming on the market and with Google changing their minds all the time things may change.
After Google’s SEO changes the other week many people lost their high page rank and blog status’ literally overnight! And of course as we all know less traffic = less money (most of the time).
So What are the Best Plugins for WordPress SEO to help I hear you cry?!
Well, I dont know about the best plugins for WordPress SEO but I will tell you what I have decided to use and you can make your own mind up. Throughout this post I will be advising a couple of plugins – and yes they will contain affiliate links. I don’t know why everyone feels they have to say that these days but anyway – there you go. So, if you decide to buy from any of the links then I will receive a small commission.
So, when I started my blog a few months ago I was still relatively new to WordPress and as a result my knowledge of useful plugins was limited. I have since tried many, some of which are removed within the first few minutes of the installation others which get permanent residence on the dashboard.
My Number 1 Best Plugin for WordPress SEO = Yoast – FREE
The first is Yoast – a 100% free plugin, well I say free, you are asked to donate if you wish but you are not obliged to. For the record, I did – and once you start using it you will too if you value the effort and hard work put into the product. This is a sort of checklist SEO program that checks your posts/pages and offers advice on how to improve it. I ran this program on a couple of my older posts and I was shocked to see how poorly optimized they were for the search engines. After you have set your primary keyword, Yoast will proof read the post/page for you and then provide some on-page analysis of it.
Here is an example of the checklist on the focus keyword. As you can see it checks against the article heading, page title, page URL, content and the meta description. All essential SEO for the big search engines. But this is not all, once you have completed the basic stage you can then do a full page analysis which really is where Yoast comes into its own.
The full page analysis tab gives a detailed report on the post/page. It will give it a reading score, in the form of the Flesch Reading Ease test, check again your keyword density, check for alt tags, check all your inbound and outbound links plus much more. It really is a useful tool.
Here is a screenshot of a page analysis report.
As you can see, quite a detailed report, and as a freebie – a fantastic tool to get your posts/pages in good shape for SEO!
My Number 2 Best Plugin for WordPress SEO = Keyword Winner – $47
Next up is Keyword Winner, don’t be put off by the price as this is a really useful tool also – but Keyword Winner really comes into its own if you use it alongside Yoast I have found. I suppose if you wanted to be a little picky of it then you could just say it’s a glorified version of Google’s Keyword checker – well it is but all on your WordPress dashboard and with better results. You see, I find that preparation is the key for writing an article that ranks high – you need to plan your keywords and do a bit of research. With Keyword Winner it allows you to do that right before you start with your post, and will offer alternatives.
The above search for example for “writing a blog” gave the following results, if you were to choose this keyword despite the huge competition then at the click of a button you can add it as a tag and insert it into your permalink. It will also give you the number of links required to rank well in Google.
Like I say, a little bit pricey but I think Keyword Winner is a great tool, saves so much time when doing keyword research and works really well along side Yoast.
I would love to hear your thoughts? Have you used either of these before? If not, what SEO tools do you use?