With lingo like WordPress plugins, search engine optimization, SEO, SEM, etc… it is easy to feel like people are speaking a foreign language. Busy business owners or marketing people often do not have time to keep up with the terminology let alone the newest trends that are changing hourly. It is no secret that Google changes their algorithm frequently, 500-600 times per year, to be more accurate. For a marketing person handling day to day tasks for their company and managing the companies marketing plans, goals, and strategies, staying on top of every update would be a second full-time job in it of itself.
Feeling the stress of not knowing much about how to implement SEO or even how you would go about planning for this?
There is a savior out there and developers and search engine optimization experts are on your side. Enter plugins, your shortcut to getting your website started down the right path.
Let’s talk about how WordPress Plugins work… WordPress has a network of developers that make add-on’s available based on needs they address and modules they build. These add-on’s (plugins) are essential to WordPress’s overwhelming popularity and growth over the last 10 years. There are thousands of plugins that will do virtually anything you can imagine from banking calculators to form creators and everything in between.. including search engine optimizations plugins.
So, if there are thousands of plugins out there, how will you know which plugin is right for your website’s SEO future? Let us help you with that.
We have listed the top three (3) SEO Plugins out there as of May 2017 and we have highlighted everything you need to know.
- SEO Ultimate
A good tool for someone with limited, yet some, experience optimizing a website. This tool is chalk full of tools that will make optimizing pages fairly simple. Open Graph+ is a feature that aids in the managing of social media on your website as well as page data and information such as title tags and meta descriptions. The nice part about this feature is that all page data can be updated at once without having to toggle between pages.
SEO Ultimate, in our opinion, has a clunky interface through the WordPress backend and has some limitations to it. Overall, however, it contends in the top three (3) when it comes to WordPress search engine optimization plugins.
Want to learn more? Check out the plugin.
- All in One SEO Pack
Want a tool that gives you everything you could possibly need in a nicely wrapped package? Look no further because All in One SEO Pack offers just that. This plain fits seamlessly into your WordPress website’s interface and encourages you to optimize your site without hassle.
All in One will not only allow you to update title tags, meta descriptions, alt tags, and all the other tag/data related items on your search engine optimization checklist but it will also allow you to generate an XML sitemap, assist with Google Analytics, built in security, and so much more.
We encourage you to look at the full list of features on the WordPress download page.
- Yoast SEO
Finally, the plugin we have been waiting to talk about. Yoast SEO, formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast, is the most user friendly SEO plugin on the market currently. Like most plugins, there are two versions of this WordPress plugin. The free version offers great tools such as the standard tagging, meta description creating, snippet generation, etc… But, it also offer readability testing to ensure that the content on the page meets search engine optimization standards which gives you the best opportunity to rank for your content.
Yoast makes it simple and fun to optimize your website whether it is a static page or your blog content. This plugin acts as a mini SEO coach as you navigate your way through the backend of your site and work on your site’s content, both written and imagery.We strongly recommend that you install this plugin on your WordPress website and know you will not be disappointed if you know how to use it.
Take a look at their download page on WordPress for more information.
And there you have it, our list of top three (3) SEO plugins in 2017. Once you have decided on which SEO plugin is best for you, we suggest you check out one of our more recent blogs, Writing Kick-Ass Blog Content: 5 Keys to Success.