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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  • http://www.seobythesea.com Bill

    Hi Loren,

    Another one that I like a lot is the Related Entries Plugin:

    http://wasabi.pbwiki.com/Related%20Entries

    Bigoceans.com was already using it, so I didn’t include it within the recommendations.

    In addition to providing some links that search engine can follow, the links to related entries may get people to explore more of a blog.

  • http://www.profesjonalna-reklama.pl Pozycjonowanie

    Thank Loren for links to SEO plugins for wordpress – special thank for link to Sitemap Generator Plugin. Greetings

  • http://www.internet-marketing-blog.com/ John Scott

    Great tip, Bill. Thanks!

  • http://www.itotals.com Hong Kong SEO

    I prefer using auto meta tag plugin instead doing it by hand. In this case, I think machine knows what machines want.

  • http://www.gustavobacchin.com.br Sites de Busca

    Thanks for that Bill. Great list of plug-ins, been looking for something like that.

    The redirect plug-in I believe is quite important as I can see from Google Webmasters tools that they indexed one single page with two or three diferent URLs.

    Cheers

  • http://www.de-mas.net Eduard

    For title and metas I use Autoheader plugin and works great for me*!

    * Because I developed ūüôā

  • http://www.theadambox.com The Hopeless Romantic

    I came across this site and love the tips. I had most of these plugins before, but now just added Permalink Redirect. Hopefully it will help me SEO.

  • http://www.laptopbatterybbs.com/COMPAQ/ Compaq

    I don’t agree with you HKS .I prefer doing it by hand rather than auto meta tag plugin. It does not make me weary

  • http://www.freshbamboo.pl Meble

    Very interesting informations for SEO users. Sitemap Generator Plugin is also nice. Thanks

  • http://www.projectego.net/ Fable

    Awesome list, Loren. I, myself, use all of those plugins except for the ‘Optimal Title’ plugin which is something I’ve come across before but wasn’t entirely sure of how beneficial it would be. I’ll be giving it a go now, though. ūüėČ

    Steve

  • http://www.ibrian.co.uk/ Brian Turner

    I think there are some nice little custom tweaks you can make – for example, I use the following tip for really pushing on the SEO with WP titles:
    http://www.ibrian.co.uk/14-06-2007/some-simple-wordpress-seo-tips/

    2c

  • http://dreaminglife.org Ben

    I’d been meaning to load of a site map generator and this post gave me exactly what I needed. Thanks!

  • http://seoroi.com seo roi

    Useful list, of which I am using/intend to use a few. You may also find semiologic (semiologic.com) to have some interesting plugins, if not necessarily for SEO.

  • http://www.utheguru.com dockarl

    Shameless self plug here ūüôā

    I’ve adapted a plugin for wordpress that tries to ‘herd the bots’ to give your content a much better chance at avoiding the dreaded supplemental index.

    It’s called SEO_Wordpress and you’ll find it (and a big description of how it works for those of us that like to understand things) at utheguru.com.

    Cheers,

    M

  • http://www.watercooling.de Josh

    For everyone who is not able to generate automated sitemap reports on the server side i recomend using sitemap generators for windows, there are several tools that worked fine for me.

  • http://www.yellobook.eu Tim

    I generated my sitemaps with gsitecrawler before, but your plugin is way better, thank you so much for this!

  • http://www.ezbusinessneeds.com SEO Web Design

    Permalink redirect is very useful for blogs. Sitemap generator plugin does not hurt your blog instead it does help your blog by providing sitemaps for both the visitors and engines.

  • http://www.what-is-voip.info voip

    I recommend All in one SEO plugin

  • http://www.sunnyray.org/indexE.htm Olga

    I was about to install the All in one SEO plugin for my blog, but I see now that there is more to it than just givin a proper title and meta tag. Thanks for the tips.

  • http://www.ezbusinessneeds.com Internet Marketing

    The importance of having a sitemap has been highlighted constantly, however i still come across huge number of sites that do not have sitemap. Sitemap comes in 2 forms : The first is used for human visitors and the second is used for SE robots.

  • http://www.factoryfast.com.au gifts

    These are great and really useful. Now, second to these, what else do you need? Good content, please. I’m all for SEO (of course I am) and using these techniques – but there’s nothing I hate more than brilliant SEO techniques merged with shoddy content. If you want to go through all that effort to get me there, make sure your site is resourceful or a place I’ll want to go to again. Otherwise, all you’re doing is generating unique hits but certainly no consistency whatsoever.

  • http://www.wpreloaded.com WpReloaded

    these are all great plugins but by far the best one I have seen is WpReloaded. it can make a major impact on any SEO campaign.

  • http://www.razibmiah.com/ RazibMiah

    How to add .html extension ?

  • http://www.civicseo.com/blog-optimizing/wordpress-seo-plugins/ Wordpress SEO Plugin

    his is another great SEO plugin list for wordpress, I enjoy using many of these
    combined with quite a few other plugins. Including the All in One SEO pack and the category base killer. They both work well in optimizing your blog.

  • http://www.goizio.com/downloads/ Wordpress SEO Plugin

    Another nice wordpress seo plugin is izioSEO. it contains some interesting features, like generating of meta keywords and description and many other features.

  • http://www.ocelular.net Jogos para Celular

    Great post, its very important to use seo technics in the wp. Thanks.

  • http://www.digiartbali.com DigiArtBali

    nice SEO plugins, thanks for share..

  • http://www.wealthontap.com Mike Law

    I found your site looking for an alternative to the Dagon Design sitemap. It is a great plug-in apart for it uses the same title tag for each page. As “indexibility” is extremely important for a sitemap this quite a major issue in my opinion.

  • http://www.christopher-roberts.co.uk/ Christopher

    Sweet! Thanks

  • http://www.iblbuilder.com Need More Backlinks?

    All in one SEO is wonderful, we use it a lot on our company blog.

  • http://www.clicktrue.biz SEO in SG

    want to share this also from matt:

    http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/wordcamp-2007-talk-whitehat-seo-tips-for-bloggers/

    to those who didnt see it yet

  • http://www.spunkyjones.com/ Spunky Jones SEO

    The title of the article should always appear first in the meta title. It is much better for SEO and the blog posts rank better in the search engines. Plugins, such as the all in one SEO, have options to do this as well as the optimal title plugin.
    Another way to get good rankings is to use a sub title for your blog posts. It also acts as a type of link bait to get people to click the link and read the article.

    There are two sub title plugins that I know of, sub title and sub title plus. Sub title plus, is one of the plugins that is available from the Spunky Jones SEO Blog. It also imports data from the sub title plugin, but it offers you a lot more options for the presentation from the original sub title plugin version.

  • ian

    i found out that seo searchterms tagging 2 plugin
    > http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/searchterms-tagging-2/
    is really great to increase site serp and indexed page.

    it’s use search terms used by visitor from search engine to increase our on page seo ranking.