5. WP Social
Free Download Available – Pro version $47
These days, if your website doesn’t have a social media presence you’re already on the back foot. WP Social is an SEO plugin that helps you change that. Google (and other search engines) have long since taken social media into account when ranking webpages, so taking advantage of this can only help your cause. WP Social makes adding social media sharing buttons, Twitter meta data and even the use Facebook’s open graph tag much easier. It also integrates well with other plugins including many of those listed here.
3. SEO by Squirrly
$19.99 a month for up to 7 websites
Search Engine Optimisation is a huge concept to get your head around. If you’re learning your way around the very foundations of it, then a good plug-in to have in your corner is Squirrly’s own plugin called, predictably, SEO. The great thing about it is the weekly SEO audit reports that the plugin provides. Another feather in its cap is its ability to optimise your content and almost instantly measure its success, allowing you to tweak content as you go. It helps you create original content that is both Google and person friendly. It guides you to differentiate what a search engine is looking for and what a human being might be searching for. Technically, very different things. If you’re bamboozled by SEO, then SEO by Squirrly is a great place to start.
1. Yoast SEO
Free version (recommended) Premium version available from $89
Of all the SEO plugins available, the best, and probably the most popular, is WordPress SEO from Yoast. It has been downloaded over 18 million times and has a review score of 4.7 out of 5 so it must be doing something right! It didn’t get to that level by accident. It was developed by world renowned SEO expert and plug-in developer Joost de Valk. He knows that SEO is an art form with many facets to consider so, as you would expect, Yoast’s plugin handles all of them. In many ways it’s the ultimate SEO package. It includes all the basics such as XML Sitemaps, meta tags right through to RSS optimisation and social media integration. If you’re wanting your site to be found by search engines, it really is the best SEO plug-in currently available.