One of the main reason WordPress has so much success is the availability of so many plugins to do your work.
SEO is a one full time task which requires proper attention. There are so many plugins for SEO which can help you doing your work but nothing better than the plugins which you can setup once and forget about them.
I always like one time effort, so I have tried to list few plugins for SEO, which you can setup once and they can do their work behind the scene. It is like virtual assistants for your SEO work, who will make sure that your blog is neat and tidy.
My List of Must Have Plugins for SEO
This is the very first plugins which is a must have for your SEO work. Broken links are not good for SEO, it can decrease your rankings.
Broken links can be there for many reasons, like people who left comments on your site has abandon their blogs or the services you linked earlier is no longer active.
Good thing about this plugin is that it works behind the scene and make sure all links in your blog is working.
Once you setup and activate this plugin, it starts taking care of your blog. Based on the activity on your blog, you can setup the frequency for checking the broken links. I prefer setting the frequency at least once in a week.
There are some other good settings, like it can automatically stop search engine following the broken links or it can send an automatic notification to administer for broken links.
So once setup is done, you can forget about it, if there is any broken link then it will send a notification and takes care of the search engines. Isn’t it cool?
Other good thing is that you can correct the broken links from the plugin screen only, you can unlink them or mark it as not broken.
2. SEO Slugs
This is another must have plugins for SEO. It takes care of the URL’s of your posts by removing stop words from them.
As soon as you save your post in draft, it updates the URL, which makes it easy for you to do your work. When you go for checking URL, you will not find stop words there and you can just update it to what you want.
What is a stop words?
[box type=”info”]According to Wikipedia – For some search machines, these are some of the most common, short function words, such as the, is, at, which and on. In this case, stop words can cause problems when searching for phrases that include them, particularly in names such as ‘The Who’, ‘The The’, or ‘Take That’. Other search engines remove some of the most common words—including lexical words, such as “want”—from query in order to improve performance.[/box]
So you would also want to remove these words from your URL’s and this plugin does that work for you.
This is another must have plugins for SEO work. Once setup it will generate the XML sitemap for your blog and will notify the search engines.
Good thing about the plugin is there are lot of customization options like what you want to include in the sitemap, which category or pages you want to ignore or what weight you want to assign to each element. These needs to be setup once and it will start taking care of it automatically.
You can include the sitemap to webmaster and rest assured that your pages will be indexed in search engine.
W3 Total Cache is a complete cache plugin for your blog, it does improve blog loading speed. It is really important to set it up correctly. It has all aspect of caching included and even CDN support if you are using it.
Blog loading speed is an important factor in Google’s algorithm and Google has provided a tool Page Speed to test it. This Plugin does provide an interface to the tool and add a dashboard widget which tells you the Page Speed Score and suggestions for improvement.
It does support browser caching which can save server bandwidth also. We need to be careful while using the browser caching as it will be stored on clients machine but it can work great for the things like images. It allows you to specify expiration policy so you can decide how long you want to keep things there.
Once downloaded on client machine it can be referenced from there itself to load the page fast. Images use lot of bandwidth while loading the page but if you can reference it from client machine then it can improve the speed drastically.
This is another good plugins for SEO which can keep an tab on changed URL’s on your blog. If you do make changes on the URL’s more often then this is a must have. It manages 301 redirects for your blog.
It runs in background and keeps track of URL changes on your blog, if it found any changes it automatically add an redirection from old URL to new URL. No manual work is needed to add the redirects, once setup it will do that automatically.
It will save you from unwanted page not found errors. It does provide some other redirection methods if you are looking for them.
This is a good plugin for on-page SEO though that is not fully automatic. The plugin will check the on page contents for any specific keywords and check the on-page SEO factors for that keyword.
It provides an numeric score and suggestions to improve the on-page SEO, which is a good way to keep an check on your on-page SEO activities. If you do keyword analysis before writing the post than its a good plugin to check the written content.
It does some automatic stuff also like bold, italic and underline your keyword in the content, adding ALT tag to images, adding rel=nofollow tag to external link etc.
There are so many plugins for SEO, What other plugins are you using?