WordPress SEO Plugins for 2015

WordPress is the undisputed world leader of content management systems; as such, many developers design plugins for a wide range of purposes, including SEO plugins.  Search engine optimization (SEO) is the key to getting your website to rank highly on Google and other search engine results.  So which WordPress SEO plugins are leading the way in 2015?

Yoast

Yoast - WordPress Plugin

The WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast is an excellent free plugin that covers all the bases when it comes to your blog’s SEO.  With Yoast, you can add meta value to your homepage, add meta value to individual posts, optimize social SEO, create a sitemap file, edit robots.txt and .htaccess, and improve the indexing of your blog.  Plus, Yoast integrates features from other popular plugins such as Robots meta and RSS footer.

 

Social SEO Pro

Social-SEO-Pro WordPress Plugin

While Yoast has some features for integrating social SEO on your blog, it doesn’t compare feature-wise to Social SEO Pro.  As social SEO becomes increasingly important, you need to have a targeted tool to make your blog stand out amongst competitors.  From open graph tags, Google authorship, Twitter meta cards, and other tags, Social SEO pro can help improve your social referral traffic significantly.  Perhaps one of the most important features of this plugin is the ability to create unique titels for each of your social networks.

 

Broken Link Checker

Broken-Link-Checker plugin

A simple but useful plugin, Broken Link Checker helps find all internal and external broken links.  Because broken links are essentially a lost cause for search engine spiders, they need to be removed from your site.  There are some issues with this plugin, so it’s best to run it at a low traffic time (this plugin has been known to freeze your hosting).  Nevertheless, it’s a great tool for finding and removing broken links.

 

SEO Smart Link

SEO-smart-link plugin

SEO Smart Link for WordPress is a plugin that automatically links your words to any post link.  Great for on-page optimization, SEO Smart Link finds your site’s highest ranking keywords so that you can improve your site’s ranking.

 

SEO Friendly Images

SEO-Friendly-Images plugin for WordPress

This plugin helps you optimize images so that you can get more traffic from image search engines.  Essentially, the plugin adds ALT attributes to your images based on the names of the image.  Just save your images with a useful name and the plugin will assign appropriate ALT attributes.

Now that you have an idea of some of the best 2015 SEO Plugins for WordPress, you can start optimizing your webpage.  If you’re new to this whole SEO plugin thing, start with Yoast.  It offers a comprehensive range of features from a sitemap feature to Robots meta – it’s basically a one-stop shop for improving your site’s SEO.

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