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Monday, December 13, 2010

The Top 5 SEO WordPress Plugins for 2011

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I’ve been chatting to a bunch of people recently who are setting up websites in WordPress and want to know which plug-ins I use.

So to save me having to list them out everytime someone asks, here’s a post that lists my Top 5 Plug-ins for SEO. Of course there’s plenty more out there, but these are the ones that fall into my “Must Have” SEO plug-in list.

This is the top plug-in that any half decent SEO specialist will recommend for WordPress. It literally works straight out of the box (metaphorically) and is easy enough for beginners while giving more experienced SEO practitioners enough options to refine their approach.

The plug-in provides a range of handy SEO functions which include auto page titling and meta data, avoid common duplicate content issues, navigational link management and more.

Sitemaps are a proven tool in improving a sites indexing performance in Google, Yahoo! and Bing. This handy plugin creates the XML sitemap automatically and alerts search engines when new content is created.

It also creates a priority for your posts based on the number of comments it receives saving you the time of adjusting them manually.

Internal linking within a website or blog can have a dramatic impact on rankings. This plug-in does the hard work for you – identifying specific search terms within your website and linking them to relevant pages or content.

How often do website owners forget to add “alt tags” to their images? Given they’re a proven way to boost the keyword density of content, this plug-in ensures you don’t miss an opportunity with any of your images.

The plug-in will fill in ALT and TITLE attributes only on images where you have forgotten

Websites are constantly evolving. Changing pages and removing content is an ongoing part of this process. The redirection plug-in helps you manage your website’s page redirects ensuring URLs don’t end up on 404 pages and more importantly so that you can ensure the link juice for discontinued pages is redirected elsewhere.

There are some other great plug-ins for pulling in relevant content, adding tags and leveraging your comments, plus much more – but as a bare essential, every wordpress website or blog should have 5 plug-ins I’ve listed above to boost its SEO performance.

If you have any other essential SEO wordpress plugins you use, share them below.



Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of ineedhits.com - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for Gooruze.com - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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Hey,

Nice article.

I was wondering why do use All-In-One SEO pack in stead of WordPress SEO by Yoast @ http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo/

Just interested in your opinion since I’m testing both at the moment.

By Martin - December 14, 2010



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I was wondering the exact same thing :) BTW, my plugin also replaces Google XML Sitemaps :)

By Joost de Valk - December 15, 2010



I’d like to get an opinion on the “SEO Ultimate” plugin which has more options than All-In-One SEO. It looks good but what kind of results has anyone gotten?

By Ron Bingham - December 15, 2010



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@Joost & @Martin – Thanks for the heads up. I’ve just been using All in One for so long, i haven’t looked at the Yoast plugin for ages.

It does offer plenty of SEO functionality, including Google XML Sitemaps, plus robots meta config, breadcrumbs, canonical mgt and more.

Definitely worthing checking out people. http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo/

By Rene LeMerle - December 15, 2010



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I couldnt agree more with All-In-One SEO being the best free SEO plugin overall for WordPress. As the grandaddy of all SEO plugins it set the standard for all other SEO plugins.

It’s nice that you actually gave us the bullets on the plugin features while most bloggers just give it a quick mention and move on. That’s definitely the mark of a blogger who knows his plugins.

I’ll be referencing this post on my main blog.

Steve
http://www.bestseopluginforwordpress.com

By Steve - December 27, 2010



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By wewordpress.com - January 5, 2011



I’m very happy to find this page. I need to to thank you for your time due to this fantastic read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it and I have you saved to fav to look at new things on your blog.

By internet marketing - June 5, 2012



Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a really good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

By Ricado - June 8, 2012




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