Search engine optimization is the key to make your blog a success. No matter how great your content is, if you don’t optimize your great contents for the search engines, you won’t see much growth on your blogs.
We all know, search engine optimization is not so easy, especially if you are new to blogging, you will definitely find it hard to optimize your blog posts for Google bots, agree?
If you want to drive more traffic from the search engines, you need to do on-page optimization on your blog posts. Here are few top-notch plugins to better SEO your blog posts. Moreover all these plugins are easy to use, it means you don’t need to have prior SEO knowledge to optimize your posts for better search engine rankings. Let’s dive into the details without much ado.
Top WordPress Plugins to Better SEO your Blog Posts
SEO by Yoast
If you know how to properly optimize your blog posts for the search engines, SEO by yoast is the BEST plugin you can use to drive better traffic from the search engines. SEO by yoast is almost a premium plugin that is available for FREE which offers premium features to its users.
What I personally like about SEO by yoast is this, you can analyze your page to track the best search engine results. You will get red and green colored links (red refers = low keyword density, green refers to perfect keyword density) to properly optimize your blog posts to get the organic traffic.
For instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post or not. This way can you actually know how much keyword density you can use on your images, meta description, title, sub heads etc to rank higher in the search engines for the desired keywords.
SEO Smart Links
SEO Smart Links plugin will help you to automatically link keywords and phrases in your blog posts (even on your blog comments) with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. This way you can make search engine bots to crawl and find your desired keywords in more places on your blog.
If you are using affiliate programs on your blog, this is plugin is for you to get more out of your links. This plugin also adds nofollow links to your external links and opens them in a new tab (to reduce your bounce rates).
Easy WP SEO (Premium Plugin)
You can get this plugin just for $37, and it worth EVERY penny. You will notice tremendous results after using easy WP SEO on your blogs as you will be aware of how much keyword density to use and where to put the keywords in your blog posts for better search engine rankings.
You just need to know and analyze the primary and secondary keywords for your blog posts to rank higher. Features of Easy WP SEO are:
- Automatically bold, italic, underline and adding keywords in your alt tags.
- Automatically adds nofollow links on all the external links
- It gives SEO score and keyword density with TWO color options (red and green, green = better, red=average or poor)
Automatic Post Tagger
This plugin adds tags according to your posts automatically, it means you don’t need to worry about adding tags on your blog posts. It also supports importing already existing tags, creating and importing backups. This plugin will come in handy if you hesitate to add tags on your blog posts.
All in One SEO
If you are a beginner to blogging world, you must consider using All in one SEO plugin on your WordPress blogs. Why? All in one SEO plugin is such a great plugin where you don’t need to have much knowledge on how to optimize your posts for the search engines. It means even if you are unaware of search engine optimization, you can still reap the best rewards by using this plugin.
You will find 3 fields when you are using All in one SEO plugin on your WP blogs.
- SEO title (you can use the same title that you use on your blog posts, include your MAIN keyword)
- Meta description (you can use the description of your blog posts within 150 characters, include your keyword)
- Meta tags (anything around 3 to 5 tags on every post would be great)
Uses of All in one SEO plugin:
- If you are a beginner, you don’t even have to look at the options, it works just like that. Just install the plugin, sit back and RELAX.
- Built-in API so other plugins and themes can access and extend functionality It will automatically optimizes your titles for search engines.
- You can even override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
Over to you:
Which SEO plugins do you use on your WP blogs or websites to get better search engine results?
This is a guest post by Jake Dickson. Jake Dickson is the owner of 24 Hour Locksmith Parkland FL, 24 Hour Locksmith West Park FL, 24 Hour Locksmith Wilton Manors FL and 24 Hour Locksmith Lighthouse Point FL. If you want to guest post on Better Start Blogging blog, check out the guidelines here.