Straight out of the box, WordPress comes ready to embrace search engines. Its features and functions guide a search engine through posts, pages, and categories to help the search engine crawl your site and gather the information it needs to include your site within its database.
Organic Traffic is what we strive for. Luckily for us, the WordPress community is highly SEO inclined and have developed a lot of free plugins that can be implemented in WordPress to Search Engine Optimize (SEO) your blog which will help us receive organic traffic
5 Effective WordPress Plugins to Search Engine Optimize Your Blog
1. All in One SEO Pack – This is one of the most popular SEO WordPress plugin. It helps you customize your post title, post description and post tags for individual posts. If you’re a beginner you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box as you install it.
2. SEO Smart Links – SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more. SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. It is a perfect solution to get your blog posts interlinked or add affiliate links to other sites.
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3. SEO Friendly Images – SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set.
ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your images to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match. The TITLE attribute plays a lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tool tip when the mouse is over the image
4. Google XML SiteMaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content
5. Broken Link Checker – Broken Link Checker will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. Once installed, the plugin will begin scan your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, other content which contains links. Depending on the size of your site this can take from a few minutes up to an hour or more. There are certain actions you can perform once a broken link is found:
- “Edit URL” lets you change the URL of that link. If the link is present in more than one place (e.g. both in a post and in the blogroll), all occurrences of that URL will be changed.
- “Unlink” removes the link but leaves the link text intact.
- “Not broken” lets you manually mark a “broken” link as working. This is useful if you know it was incorrectly detected as broken due to a network glitch or a bug. The marked link will still be checked periodically, but the plugin won’t consider it broken unless it gets a new result.
Do let us know if you think some other plugins should be added to this list