Top Four Favourite WordPress Plugins to Boost your SEO
We love WordPress: it’s intuitive, flexible, and endlessly upgradeable. In many ways, it’s the ideal Content Management System for your website: really powerful and full of customisation potential, but also slick and straightforward when you need it.
That’s why WordPress websites are so popular online: more websites than not are powered by the platform, and this alone is a token of how good WordPress is. People choose it because it makes websites look and feel good – but also because it makes websites easy to build and manage.
That’s good news on two fronts: your users will keep coming back to a site that’s fun and easy to use, and you’ll be able to keep it fresh and up-to-date. All this assumes, though, that you have an audience. What if you don’t? And, even if you do, surely you want to grow it, right?
That’s where websites alone aren’t enough. You also need to optimise your site for search engines, so that new users can easily find your products and services by typing in the key phrases most relevant to your business.
Search Engine Optimisation (or SEO) requires a lot of small tweaks to a number of elements on your site – and which tweaks and to what effect change all the time, as the search engines update and alter their algorithms. That can make for a lot of work.
There is a wide range of plugins for WordPress that can help. That’s another of the platform’s strengths – as open-source software, anyone can write great plugins for a WP site that expand its functionality. The only problem with this is that it can be difficult to choose the best plugins for the job at hand!
Often, you need more than one plugin working in tandem to get the best results. This is particularly true when it comes to SEO, which requires so many different boxes to be ticked for the best results. That’s why we suggest the suite of our following four favourite WordPress plugins for SEO.
Together, this fantastic four will get your site shooting to the top of Google (or Yahoo!, or Bing Or DuckDuckGo … you get the point):
Yoast SEO’s free version helps with your on-page SEO, from writing enticing meta-descriptions to crafting easily readable copy. Purchase the premium version and you can get extra benefits including suggestions for internal linking and automatic redirection tool.
Redirection by John Godley is great when you need to tweak your URL to make it user- (and search) – friendly, but don’t want to break any referral links you’ve already generated.
WP Super Cache will store a version of your website for faster page load – which will, in turn, earn you serious search engine brownie points.
Compress JPEG & PNG images by TinyPNG reduces the size of your images without compromising their quality – and this, too, helps improve your page speed (remember, too, that alt tags and image titles really matter to SEO!).
And there you have it: your recipe for SEO success on WordPress. Or, to put it another way, our top four favourite WordPress plugins to boost your SEO!
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