WordPress SEO

Posted on April 05, 2016

The Right Tools For The Job

Search engine optimisation (often shortened to SEO) helps your site to be seen by your potential customers. It achieves this by improving your rankings on search engines such as Google, which pushes you that little bit closer to the top of the search results.

There are a number of easy to use plugins for use with your WordPress site that can streamline this process, and also help you identify issues with your site that can prevent you from achieving a high ranking.

We’ve selected some of the best free plugins to help you find your way to the top of page one.

Yoast SEO plugin
The Yoast SEO plug-in is a popular all-in-one solution for your SEO requirements.

The plug-in allows you to edit the SEO title, meta description and the meta keywords for each page of your site and each post. As you edit this information, Yoast shows you a preview of a Google search result snippet, so you can see how it will appear to someone searching for it.

Custom titles can also be written for your main site, category, archives and tag pages. Other useful features include sitemaps and the ability to ping search engines to let them know when you have updated your site.

Yoast SEO also contains some social media optimisation tools too, which can help your search engine rankings.

Yoast SEO is packed with features and functionality that will help you with your site’s rankings. Yoast is available in a free version and a premium edition, the premium edition adds extra features and gives you access to Yoast’s premium support.

It is very important to keep Yoast SEO up to date.

Find out more here.

All In One SEO plugin
One of the most downloaded plug-ins for WordPress, the All in One SEO pack optimises your blog or site for search engine visibility.

For beginners, the default installation settings are good enough to get you started, and once you are more confident with the settings of the plug-in you can begin to customise it to your requirements.

All in One SEO Pack automatically optimises the titles of your posts and pages for search engines like Google, Bing and so on. Advanced users can edit the default meta details change the SEO titles of pages or posts.

Find out more here.

Squirrly SEO plugin
The Squirrly SEO plugin enables you to generate content for your blog or site that is friendly to humans as well as search bots. This helps you to gain a better ranking in search engines and keeps your visitors engaged.

Squirrly SEO is compatible with Yoast SEO, provides you with SEO related stats, weekly SEO audits and can help you with identifying the best keywords to get your site more traffic.

The Squirrly plug in gives you real time advice while you are writing or editing your articles, and gives your content a rating. Once your content had a rating of 100% green then you can publish confident in the knowledge that your copy is 100% SEO friendly.

Website’s such as Roller Banners Cheap are using Squirrly SEO.

Find out more here.

Redirection plugin
Redirection is a WordPress plugin for managing 301 redirects and keeping track of any 404 errors on your site or blog.

It’s likely that there will be times where you will need to redirect one URL to another whilst keeping the backlinks and other SEO factors in place, the Redirection plugin can help you with this.

Redirection will generally tidy up your website, identifying dead links and other SEO unfriendly problems and suggesting fixes. This can be particularly useful if you are migrating content from an old site, or moving your site completely.

Find out more here.

Finally…

These are just some of the plugins available to help optimise your site or blog. We recommend creating a back-up of your site or blog before you install new plugins, to prevent loss of data in the event of a problem.

Check the reviews for a plugin and see if any previous users have had any issues, and check when the plugin was last updated. A plugin with favourable reviews that is regularly updated will be secure, and you will likely get good support from the developer.

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