The 10 Best SEO Plugins for WordPress

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.

Grab it here.

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.

Get it here.

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.

Check it out here.

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.

Grab a copy 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.

Get a copy here.

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.

10. WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache – It’s worth noting that site speed contributes to your SEO so you’d better have one!

[This is part of the The Blogger’s Essential Guide to Search Engine Optimization Series.]

  • Joe Lalonde

    Sweet information! I will have to check out the ones I’m not currently using.

    I would also love to see information on how to best use the SEO plugins. Sometimes it feels like you’re in over your head when trying to figure them out.

    • John Saddington


      that’s a good point. let me think about this…

  • Susan Silver

    I was just commenting on this in another community. I like Yoast’s plugin the most. I decided to do some dev work and just added some custom fields. Now, I just fill in the title and meta-description for pages and posts. It works for me and I don’t have to worry about all the extra features these plugins have.

    Next year my goal is to develop my own theme. I am gong to make sure I have all the SEO features I need in the code.

    • John Saddington

      that is awesome! rock it! let me know when it comes out!

  • Ben

    I know in the past you had some hesitation with Yoast’s plugin for verious reasons. I know this post is very objective but do you personally have any hesitation with his plugin now?

    • John Saddington

      it’s an ok one. i’ve tested most of them and yoasts is pretty good!

  • Brent Pittman

    If I’m using Standard Theme, do I need an SEO plug-in?

    • John Saddington

      you can definitely add it, yes! we’re looking to add even more features native soon!

  • Jeremy Myers

    I love Yoast WP SEO.

    Do you have any recommendations for internal SEO linking, or do you do that all manually?

    • John Saddington


      i answered this previously but i’ll answer you again: i do most of it manually and have created my own little system that does some of it for me.

  • Kevin

    Hi, Kevin Stacey here..

    First off, this post is extremely thorough! I don’t see too many bloggers going into detail like you have…that’s the mark of a blogger who knows their SEO plugin. For optimization, free plugins like All in One SEO Pack, Yoast, etc are really great as it lays down the basic SEO foundation for a WordPress site, but every blog is different and nothing works best for everyone.

    I always suggest looking at a side-by-side comparison of the best seo plugins for WordPress in order to make an informed decision of what the best plugin is for that blogger and their website’s specific needs.

    Here’s my most recent write-up on the subject:

    SEO Pressor vs Easy WP SEO vs Scribe SEO

    Check it out and let me know what you think.

    Great article btw…I’ll be referencing this post on my main blog.

    • John Saddington

      thanks for this kevin!

  • Chris Langille

    +1 for WordPress SEO by Yoast, although I don’t yet use it on my Standard Theme sites because of the baked-in love

    • John Saddington


  • sandeep Kumar

    hey John….
    10 out 10 from my side for this post.

    You have not only mention the name but you have pointed out their important point as well.

    Good job John.

    • John Saddington

      thanks bro!

  • Jay Pinkert

    I’m a complete self-hosted WP novice. Can these SEO plugins run simultaneously? Should they?

    • John Saddington

      no. just choose one from the top 5…!

  • Abby

    We have a client who’s using Google AdWords – will any of these SEO plugins conflict with that? As you can tell, SEO and AdWords are new to me. :)

    • John Saddington

      no. shouldn’t.

  • Sahil Kotak

    Superb post, I never knew about the WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast. I’m going to check it in more details further now. Thanks a lot for this awesome post!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing sahil!

  • rafel

    i searching the best plugin for my sites and found the list here, thanks for it, i’ll install some of it.

    • John Saddington

      sweet! thanks man!


    Hello! Am loving your site and took your recommendation to install WordPress SEO plugin on my newly self-hosted (2 weeks) blog. But there is an issue I wondered if you could help me with:
    The first post I optimised using WordPress SEO isn’t showing up at all on google, not even if I type in the whole snippet preview to Google Search. Am worried that the plugin is maybe doing too much SEO and google isn’t liking it? What are your thoughts? Thank you.

    • John Saddington

      how long have you been blogging?


    Just over 5 months ago, on, moved to self-hosting 2 weeks ago today.

    • John Saddington

      great! congrats on the move!

  • Andrew Priest

    I am a fan of both WordPress SEO and StandardTheme but one thing to keep in mind is that they conflict when breadcrumbs are turned on WordPress SEO. This conflict causes an error which “brings down” so speak one’s blog. The solution is turn off breadcrumbs in WordPress SEO.

  • EzInsider

    Hi John,
    Great post – I stopped using Yoast SEO some time ago simply to try out HeadSpace2 which was so-so, but more geared towards the do-it-for-my types. The latest version of Yoast’s SEO rocks though, especially the Google snippet preview and advanced page analysis features available. This is now definitely a must-have plugin on all my sites. Could do with a bit more dashboard-style reporting but hey, that’s just bells and whistles.
    Thanks again for the post,

  • uxzeal

    WordPress SEO by Yoast is the best.. even one can try “All in One SEO Pack” plugin.

  • Pavan Somu @ Blogging Tips

    Yoast is my all time favorite plugin.