Today, most of businesses are promoting their goods and services via the Internet. Both the large and small scale companies are adopting online marketing technique to boost their reputation across the nation. And, with the help of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques you can increase the ranking of your sites on all popular search engine sites, such as Google, Bing and more.
Over the last few years, SEO has developed and is continuing to develop. With the help of SEO techniques, you can improve your user experience, and also boost the productivity of your site.
If your visitors are not getting an excellent experience, then they might leave your site and never come back. That’s why in this blog, we will not just explore the top WordPress SEO plugins that can help you get the technical aspects right, but also plugins that will leave a positive impact on your WordPress site’s usability.
Yoast SEO is one of the best plugins that can help you add essential features to make your site more SEO-friendly. However, there have been many bugs in the recent versions, but the best thing about the plugin is that Joost de Valk and the team from Yoast do a nice job of quickly patching up the plugin and releasing bug fixes for any issues that come up.
WP Social SEO Booster
Well, there are various number of plugins that can help you include a few lines of meta data, kinds of rich snippets and other structured data, but WP Social SEO Booster is one of the most used plugin. This plugin offers a settings page that enables you to manage the top level Open Graph Settings, star ratings and Authorship mark-up.
When you view your individual posts, you will get the option to adjust your Open Graph settings and find out your individual rich snippets. Moreover, there is also a pro version of WP Social SEO Booster plugin that includes extra features, such as Twitter cards.
All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress SEO plugin that can automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google.
Who can forget this plugin? The All in One SEO Pack is one of the most popular WordPress plugins developed and released specifically for SEO purposes. Aside from the numerous features and options, this plugin is always maintained and frequently updated by the developer.
Add Meta Tags
Add Meta Tags is a plugin that adds basic meta tags and also Opengraph, Schema.org Microdata, Twitter Cards and Dublin Core metadata to optimize your web site for better SEO.
Supports both the default ‘latest posts’ front page or static pages, which are used as the front page and as the ‘latest posts’ page.
Quick Post/Page Redirect Plugin
Quick Post/Page Redirect Plugin is a plugin that allows users to easily redirect pages/posts or custom post types to another page/post or external URL by specifying the redirect URL and type (301, 302, 307, meta).
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache boosts the user experience of your website by increasing server performance, minimizing the download times and offering transparent CDN integration.
Page load times of a site always play a critical role. And, we know that the speed of a page is worked into Google’s algorithm, but you possibly will not get a direct ranking improvement from boosting your site’s page load times.
If your website is having a high bounce rate or users are repeatedly pogo sticking (it occurs when a user performs a search, click on a particular result and very quickly go back to the search result page, and clicks on a different result), you can use W3 Total Cache plugin for such a situation and prevent it from happening again. It is a jam-packed speed booster plugin that offers in-depth customization options.
Search Everything enhances WordPress default functionality without even modifying any of the template pages. It enables you to take some control over how the internal search performs on your website by including some in-depth configuration option.
This plugin is a fully URL management system that enables you to create, organize and track outbound links from your website by using 301 redirects and custom post types.
Use Google Libraries
Use Google Libraries plugin that supports the following libraries and components:
In this post, we explored some of the most useful WordPress SEO plugins that can help you to boost your site’s ranking or improve the usability (user experience) of your site.
Among the plugins listed above, two of them are currently being used here on JaypeeOnline. Those plugins are Yoast SEO and W3 Total Cache. These tools have definitely helped improved the overall performance of the blog not only in terms of SEO but also the user experience.
Anyone of you guys use one or several of the plugins included in the list? Do you know of other good WordPress plugins that can help improve a blog or website’s SEO and user experience? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
This is a guest contribution by Lucy Barret, a WordPress Developer at a leading WordPress Development Company, WPGeeks Ltd. She has a team of experienced WordPress developers who are working hard to meet the requirements of their clients and are dedicated to achieve 100% client satisfaction. You can follow her company on various social media platforms like Facebook and Google+.