WordPress SEO Plugins

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Recently some major coverage has been given to the SEO of blogs, especially using basic plug-ins and changes to code to enhance the search rankings of content from WordPress Blogs.

Neil Patel discussed his optimization of Jason Calacanis’s blog which led to enhanced search driven traffic and the Search Engine Journal SEO Clinic Team grouped together to help an independent blogger’s WordPress SEO.

Bill Slawski lent his recommendations for WordPress SEO Plugins :

1. In the titles for blog posts, put the post titles first, and then the name of the blog.

Ideally, your post titles should be good and fairly short descriptions of what the post is about. If that description includes a keyword phrase that people might search for in trying to find a site like yours, that’s even better. It doesn’t hurt to have the post title appear first in your page titles, and a plug-in that can help you do this is:

Optimal Title

2. Meta tag plugin – for unique descriptions.

There are a number of different choices, but this one works effectively and automatically for all pages, and meta descriptions for individual posts can be manually created if wanted.

Add Meta Tags Plugin

[SEJ uses Head Meta Description]

3. Use the Permalink Redirect WordPress Plugin

There are two different URLs for every post; with and without a trailing slash, like this:

http://www.bigoceans.com/2007/02/26/presents-captain-cook-and-nice-hats

http://www.bigoceans.com/2007/02/26/presents-captain-cook-and-nice-hats/

Rather than have a search engine try to understand that those are the same page, and try to decide between the two, this plug-in can be used so that only the version with the trailing slash appears:

Permalink Redirect

4. Sitemap page – sitemap plugin

It doesn’t hurt to have a sitemap for both your visitors and the search engines. The following plugin works well:

Sitemap Generator Plugin

I’ve also looked into the WordPress SEO Title Tag 2.0 Plugin and found it to have many useful options for optimized title tags.

In addition on Search Engine Journal I’ve used the Permalink Redirect Plugin for bypassing the mod_rewrite specifications for using SEO friendly URL structures with WordPress.

What are your favorite WordPress Plugins for SEO? Please leave your experiences with them and a link in the comments below.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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