There are only a handful of posts left that I’ve wanted to do in the Search Engine Optimization series for bloggers and this is one of the capstone blog posts that should be closing things down!
As you know I love WordPress and everything that it does and I really do believe that it’s your best option for blogging if you’re thinking about creating the best value for your readers and the best bang for your buck (and making a few dollars).
Not only that but you have access to some incredible WordPress Plugins that’ll give you added features and functionality that’ll put you ahead of all of your competitors, especially those that aren’t using WordPress!
In terms of SEO here are some of the best WordPress Plugins that you’ll want to check out:
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
This is by far the best SEO plugin available to bloggers and is probably the one that you’ll want to start with (and keep) for the duration of your blog. Unless Yoast does something ridiculous to it (100% unlikely) it’s quickly becoming (or has already arrived) the defacto standard.
2. All in One SEO Pack
This one’s quite popular as well although I somewhat hesitate to add it since it’s had a long history of really messing sites up at times. Some people swear by it (and some of these are very trusted and reliable bloggers) so I’ll share it with you as well.
3. HeadSpace2 SEO
Another fan favorite and well-kept plugin that deserves mention. I’ve recommended this plugin for a few clients who had wanted specific features built-in and found this to be a solution. Not bad at all.
4. SEO Friendly Images
It’s just like it says. I don’t personally use it but I meet bloggers who enjoy it all the time. Optimizing images is definitely a good strategy but I honestly don’t spend too much time doing it. Read more of my thoughts on images here.
5. SEO Ultimate
It says that it’s the “ultimate” and it is quite comprehensive including a 404 notifier that you might find useful. I’ve tried it historically but didn’t find it my fancy. Others have had some great success from what I hear.
6. SEO Rank Reporter - A neat visual keyword tracking system.
7. SEO Content Control – Helps you identify areas of weakness for optimization.
8. Platinum SEO – I continually meet people who like this one.
9. ScribeSEO – This is a premium service that a lot of people have raved about but I have yet to be fully convinced.
[This is part of the The Blogger’s Essential Guide to Search Engine Optimization Series.]