You couldn’t resist could you? Here I catch you red-handed with your pants on fire in an obvious attempt to read yet another blog post about WordPress plugins. There are literally as many posts about these as there are plugins available. There are articles about SEO plugins(ahem), the best-of-the-best plugins, money-making plugins, and plugins you just have to have.
So, let me bore you no longer and present to you yet another list of WordPress plugins. Yawn.
- All in One SEO Pack
- SEO Friendly Images
- Google XML Sitemaps
- SEO Post Link
- Broken Link Checker
- HeadSpace 2
The single, most important SEO plugin any WordPress blogger needs to install in order to rank well in search engine results. Once you set up the configurations, you can turn your focus towards quality-content production.
Giving your images an ALT and TITLE attribute is a pain in the butt. Problem is, it’s a crucial element in SEO. Search engine crawlers can’t see images. All they can do read is text. Thus, it’s important that every single image displayed on your blog should have these values set. With SEO Friendly Images, it does all the work for you. Thank you, Vladimir Prelovac.
Submitting XML sitemaps to search engines is your way of providing “directions” on how to better navigate pages on your site. For example, it tells search engines how often your content to updated, when it was last changed, and the level of importance certain pages carry in relation to others. With this plugin, the job is done for you. In addition, every time you make changes to your blog’s content, the plugin notifies all the major search engines about the most recent updates.
LOLz! This article called “Why can’t dogs and cats understand me properly when I speak to them” is absolutely hilarious. Let me send it to my cousin Dave! Alright! Copied the url, now pasting it, huh? Why did the url “http://idiotsandme.com/why-can’t-dogs-and-cats-understand-me-properly-when-I-speak-to-them” totally get cut in half? It doesn’t even work now? WTF?!?
You see the problem? Short url’s are much more preferred. In fact, it not only helps you share the beloved article via Twitter or email, it is also SEO-friendly to shorten them so as to only keep the most important keywords. With SEO Post Link, it helps you do just that, including the options to set maximum characters limit and remove short words.
It is good SEO practice to monitor the links on your pages. Why? First, it annoys the crap out of people whenever they click on a dead link. Secondly, search engine crawlers indexing your pages will do a poor job if they come across multiple dead links. Thus, your site’s pages won’t be displayed in search results. If any dead links are found, Broken Link Checker will notify you on your WordPress Dashboard. You can then choose to unlink, edit, or exclude links from future checkups.
The ULTIMATE SEO plugin. This plugin is literally on steroids. Simply install this plugin, and ignore every article about yet another SEO plugin. Once installed, this plugin takes over the tasks covered by many other SEO plugins. I recommend that you take some time to go over the settings and configure it to your liking. For more reading about the plugin, check out this article from SiteSketch 101.