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20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress
March 20, 2009 by Sean P. Aune 864

With more than 120 million blogs in existence, how do people find YOUR content on the Internet? The key starts with great search engine optimization (SEO), which is an art and a science that helps search engines discover your content and understand how relevant it is to specific search queries. You can blog your heart out, but if you don’t have good SEO, then odds are you won’t have many readers. Luckily, the WordPress plugin community values SEO and has developed a number of plugins to help. Here are 20 of the best SEO plugins to help you choose the right tags, tell search robots what to work on, optimize your post titles and more. Have another SEO plugin to recommend? Tell us more about it in the comments.

All in One SEO Pack – One of the most popular plugins ever for WordPress, this plugin does a bit of everything for you from helping choose the best post title and keywords, to helping you avoid duplicate content and more. Automatic SEO Links – Automatic SEO Links allows you to choose a word or phrase for automatic linking, both internal and external, set anchor text, choose if it should be “nofollow” or not, and more. One of the best features of this plugin is that it will only do this for the first occurrence of a word in a post so you don’t have to worry about spamming your post with numerous links to the same thing. Google XML Sitemaps – An essential tool in any blogger’s armory of SEO tools. While the name only mentions “Google,” this plugin creates an XML-sitemap that can be read by Ask, MSN and Yahoo also. HeadSpace2 – This plugin allows you to install all sorts of meta-data, add specific JavaScript and CSS to

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disable author and date-based archives. h2 becomes h3. In other words. Redirection helps you with your 301 redirects. SEO for Paged Comments – With the introduction of paged comments in WordPress 2. captures a log of 404s so you can work on correcting them. suggests tags for your posts and a whole lot more. there was a potential problem with search engines thinking you had duplicate content as the post would appear on each page. SEO Blogroll – Do you worry that the people you link to in your blogroll are feeding off of your PageRank? With SEO Blogroll you can make separate sections for various groupings of links. help in avoiding duplicate content and a host of other features. auto-generation of META tags. and all of them will receive the “nofollow” attribute. sets up an RSS feed for errors and more. but then you risk losing that page’s status in search results. Platinum SEO Plugin – The Platinum SEO Plugin offers you such features as automatic 301 redirects for permalink changes. prevent indexing of your login page and numerous other features. Meta Robots WordPress plugin – An easy solution for adding robot metadata to any page you choose on your blog. This plugin aims to take care of this issue for you until the folks at WordPress change things up. Redirection – For any number of reasons you sometimes need to move a page from one spot on your blog to another. post slug optimization. and then you can apply it to only the comments you don’t wish to support. h3 becomes h4 and so on.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ pages.” prevent indexing of search pages.7. You can use it to make your front page links into “nofollows. Nofollow Case by Case – This plugin allows you to strip the “nofollow” command from your comments. SEO friendly and HTML valid subheadings – Some themes for WordPress will confuse your sub-header tags based on the page they are to be displayed on.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. and this plugin helps you with making sure that you have “alt” and “title” tags on all of your images so that the search engines can properly index them. but this plugin will automatically reset them to make them more SEO friendly by moving them down one spot in the hierarchical tree. with an unlimited number in each. 2 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . SEO Friendly Images – Images can be a great source of traffic as people search for images of various subjects.

You can set it so that it’s limited to a certain number of characters. SEO Tag Cloud Widget – Love ‘em or hate ‘em. and it also allows you to set “nofollow” and “open in window” comands for the links. permalink support.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ SEO No Duplicate WordPress Plugin – If you must have duplicate content on your site for whatever reason. search engines won’t take a liking to it. SEO Title Tag – Your tags are an important part of your site for making sure that search engines know where to place your posts. TGFI. but it adds a unique twist as it is mainly directed at people who use WordPress as a CMS. cut unnecessary words and more. SEO Smart Links does this for you automatically when you tell it what words to link to what URLs. but with this plugin they will be converted to an SEO-friendly HTML markup that can be indexed. choices on what to display. and if it’s too long. Sitemap Generator – This is a more customizable sitemap generator than most with options to support multi-level categories and pages. SEO Post Link – The post slug is the blog title you see in a browser’s URL bar. auto-completion of tags as you type. and WordPress itself. SEO Smart Links – Interlinking your blog can be the key to getting more people to read more of your posts. but it is time consuming and tedious to do it by hand. this extension will allow you to add tags to your pages. Simple Tags – An extremely popular plugin that focuses on helping you choose the best tags for your posts by offering suggestions. category/page exclusion. options to show number of comments and more. Unlike some other plugins. SEO No Duplicate will allow you to state which version of the post search engines should index while ignoring the others. and SEO Title Tag focuses exclusively on this. your main page and even any URL anywhere on your site. Since their inception they have been fairly unreadable by search engines. mass tag editing and a whole lot more. SEO Post Link comes with an already populated list of words to cut from a title when it turns into a URL to make your post addresses that much friendlier.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable.net SEO WordPress Plugin – This particular plugin will do most of the usual SEO work of optimizing titles and keywords. 3 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . cut short words. a lot of people use tag clouds on their blogs. an AJAX admin interface.

30+ Plugins to Make Your WordPress Blog More Social . Jeanne Caccia-Silva 4 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . 2009 16:08:00 Reply 3.The 7 Weirdest and Wackiest Uses for WordPress Email Story Reprints We recommend 10 Must-Follow Spoof Tech & Social Media Twitter Accounts Mashable Eric Schmidt: If You Don’t Want To Use Your Real Name.Top 12 Stunning WordPress Themes . AndyBeard One of the most overlooked aspects of SEO on blogs is indexing depth http://moshublog.10 of the Best WordPress 2.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. Anonymous Are any of these tools available to use if you have the freebie blogs from wordpress? Because we are stuck! March 20.com The Top Five Social Media Mistakes Entrepreneur. http://andybeard.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ More WordPress resources from Mashable: .com [what's this] 99 Comments 1.eu/wordpress-plugins/nofollow-those-dupes I wouldn’t even bother link dropping it. Don’t Use Google+ Social Media 39 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed Social Media Flickr Boosts Location Privacy With Geofences Mashable From around the web A Template for Killer Website Content Content Marketing Institute 5 Website Functions You Need to Move to Facebook Conduit Blog OMV: May take year to restore Libya oil production MarketWatch.WORDPRESS GOD: 300+ Tools for Running Your WordPress Blog . but Mashable could benefit a lot from using it too March 20.com/2007/10/30/custom-query-string-reloaded-for-wordpress-23-with-tag-support/ Also often overlooked is a simple plugin I created to nofollow links in the content on all but the permalink pages.7 Compatible Themes . 2009 16:08:00 Reply 2.com 5 Reasons Your Product Documentation Is a Marketing Asset Business & Marketing Italy to crack-down on millionaire tax dodgers MarketWatch.

.txt file installed to prevent dupe content that word press generates. On another note… WORDPRESS YOUR SOFTWARE SUCKS!! YOU HAVE A 100.000. March 20.and the right robots. Steen Seo Öhman This is truely a great list. Thanks so much for the resource.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ Although my current WordPress blogs have some of the listed plugins installed I think I have found a couple on your list that I will be adding over the weekend.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. Bill I’m sooo tired of hearing about SEO. 2009 21:01:00 Reply 5 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . Everything else is overkill March 20. Actually most only need all in one seo pack.000 security holes and you are a million times more insecure than Windows. They are all easy to use and are valuable. We come to this site every day for information! You guys dish it out daily! Some of these we have not incorporated yet. Trying to keep up with all this stuff is a daunting task for many of us.com. and the plug ins are awesome. 2009 17:29:00 Reply 4. 2009 19:03:00 Reply 7. 2009 21:14:00 Reply 8. we have really started to kick start our blog. dofollow plug in and the permalink redirect plug in. March 20. 2009 20:50:00 Reply AndyBeard Using robots. Tonya Harmati Here at http://www.txt to control duplicate content is creating hanging/dangling pages March 20. we will now! March 20. 2009 19:01:00 Reply 6. BEWARE OF WORDPRESS!!! March 20. THANKS WordPress is a pleasure to use. March 20. google sitemap generator. SEO nobody needs more than a few of these plug ins.regencyinteractive. 2009 17:35:00 Reply 5. But. let the SEO freaks think it is still alive and in a year or two we can visit them all in a nuthouse. and all these nice plugins really makes your life much easier. Let’s face it… SEO is dead. zohaibusman good for my blog.

2009 01:23:00 Reply 10. 2009 04:08:00 Reply 12.successfulwebwomen. March 21. auto meta-description from site copy. I’ll try the others. very easy & usefull. Herm I use Blogger rather than WordPress – any tips on SEO? H 6 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . gilbertogalea I use a lot All in one SEO. Karl Foxley This is a great list and a worthy ‘bookmark’ post for easy reference. Thanks. Social Bookmarking it is such a compusory list.com March 21. March 21. Thanks by the tip.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ 9. 2009 06:23:00 Reply 13.com/how-to-add-alt-tag-into-your-images-wordpress-plugin. etc. Successful Web Women Great information! It is important to find the best plugins and I thank you for sharing this very valuable information Yani http: //www.org/ March 21.html March 21. 2009 02:39:00 Reply 11. Harsh Agarwal I believe SEO frinedly image plugin is one of the best…to get extra traffic from Image search engine… Make sure you make changes in your Google webmaster tool to index imgaes I wrote a tutorial about this http://www. 2009 09:37:00 Reply 14. 2009 10:00:00 Reply 15.successfulwebwomen. different home page title.wpseo.com/blog http://www. Karl March 21.shoutmeloud.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. and its great!. All in one SEO pack is the one that will do everything including SEF page titles. Ramón Another great SEO-Plugin: wpSEO http://www.

com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ March 21. Thomas Advertising Spark Inspiring Ideas for Small Budgets Please vote for me in the Startup Nation’s Leading Moms in Business Contest: http://www.com/wordpress/canonical/ March 21. you must call 911 while in the taxi. North East Asia. and we’re seeing PeoplePond bio’s quickly rising in Google page ranks. 2009 23:53:00 Reply 20. Helps combat double content. and places it into your blog About page. sdb i love the sitemap generator plugin. Thomas This is super! Thank you. G. I have yet to set up my blog and one of the things on my list is to first figure out how to do SEO on it. 2009 19:48:00 Reply 19. It’s essentially personal SEO. 2009) PeoplePond plugin? http://wordpress. it has really helped our blog/store March 21. Neil Simon Has anyone tried the new (released Mar 8. by the inevitable Yoast.org/extend/plugins/peoplepond/ Sample Plugin screenshots: http://wordpress. 2009 15:54:00 Reply 18.com/leading-moms-2009/contestant/4170/index.php March 21. http://yoast. too. Andrew Steven Dyer was Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Head of Cash and Trade Management. G. At the time of the incident. 2009 13:01:00 Reply 16. Mini Dyer Warnings to Business Travellers World Wide.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. Stijn A recent development: Canonical URL's for WordPress. Now I know. Thanks. 2009 08:24:56 Reply 17. Neil (plugin author) March 21. due to their SEO optimization.com). Around the midnight.org/extend/plugins/peoplepond/screenshots/ It dynamically pulls your About Me bio (and pic) from PeoplePond (http://peoplepond. If this happens to you.startupnation. White Anglo Saxon Male may be the Minority in Asia. on his way back from 7 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 .

according to the police report.After5PC This is an extensive list of very useful WordPress plugins. he only spoke to her and a few other Chinese and arrested him. 2009 10:38:00 Reply Seo i made other seo plugins in my seo blog pleased thasnk again March 23. 2009 22:12:00 Reply 23. Within 5 min of arrival to the scene. The police spent no time to investigate. Though the male had more injuries at the time when she kicked him on his chest. Due to her dangerous driving. Samuel Lavoie 8 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 .com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ Hong Kong Airport. Seo thanks very much i use only all in one seo pack . the police. He submitted Complaint Against Police Officer in June 2008 for Racism & Harrassement. In 1987. she was convicted of Causing Wasteful Employment Of Police. She was also convicted for Offering Service in Airport area Without Permission of Airport Authority one week after the alledged incident and during the paid leave given for her non-existing injuries. but i leardned lots of seo plugins here thasnk so much March 23. Andrew Dyer was already under the custody of the police at the Central police station in Wanchai. Although the forensic report stated her injuries on her feet are stress fractures developed over a long period of time. Will definately be making use of these plugs. 2009 01:08:00 Reply TR_Destek Follow Thankx for this valuable post. 2009 01:06:00 Reply 22. For further information please go to: or March 22. 2009 10:41:00 Reply 24.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable.greyaway-tr. he took the first available taxi on line. with little comprehension of English. William Van Der Linde Thankx for this valuable post. Will definately be making use of these plugs. Bryan . http://www. because the police spoke little English. She stopped him from taking another taxi. he got off the taxi before getting home and she refused to give him any change and insisted on driving him back home instead. She grabbed his glasses and threw it onto the ground leaving him a 12cm scratches across his face.com 20 days ago Reply 0 Flag this comment 21. I can surely use some for my own usage and that of my clients Thanks for posting them! March 22. One of the glass lense fell off from the frame. misread the medical report and charged White Anglo Saxon with GBH (Wounding 19). The female taxi driver was convicted for beaeting up another within the same year. March 23.

Headspace 2 or All in one SEO pack… as they offer kind of the same features… any thoughts? March 23.. I’ve been using that plugin for over a year now. However.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ About SEO. 2009 19:25:00 Reply 27. with the exception of a few listed above.Jes March 27. the text in the title tag of a web page has a lot of clout when it comes to ranking well in SERPs. Pinoy Top 10 This is good stuff but they are just too many. March 31. Some are duplicate in function. your description for SEO Title Tag appears to be incorrect.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. It covers pretty much all of them combined. Ivan | Jobs Blog Great list! I as a believer of a All-in-One Pluggin combined with the XML Sitemap. I applied a Seo Friendly Images on a blog with lots of my sailing photographs. however. 2009 23:07:00 Reply 26. and it’s great to see that there are more available! March 27. . I’ll be sure to forward this article to him. platinium SEO. SEO My friend has a blog with WordPress CMS. Your description. I mostly use the All in One SEO. That plugin is specifically for setting the text for the actual HTML title tag of each page on your blog. but it all depends what kind of a blog you are publishing. Thanks. 2009 14:24:00 Reply Jes Pinoy. 2009 19:20:00 Reply 28. Will you able to sort out a few of these that are working great for you so far? Don’t tell me that you are using them all? March 26. Jes Great post! I have some of these in use already. and got some 20% traffic increase in a month and a half. Paul R March 23. 2009 07:21:02 Reply 25. March 30.. 2009 19:40:00 Reply 30 9 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . appears to talking about WordPress tags and this plugin has nothing to do with that. wich one you think is better. 2009 14:06:00 Reply 29. Iron Spider Thanks for the extensive list. As most who are into SEO know.

Any thoughts?? Thanks! April 14. and it doesnt have to cost an arm and a leg to do so! April 8. 2009 09:56:00 Reply 31. Bfri Thanks for putting this list together. Foel I’m using WP Seo Sniper on my blog. 2009 08:34:00 Reply 36. Johnny Bond Is the “share this post” above a wordpress plugin and if so what is it called? I like the big icons and the variety of how many are displayed. these will come very handy in line of business thanks for sharing :) @lindseygeorge You indeed better of with a self hosted blog than having one at wordpress. There also some quite interesting plugin links in the comments. Its a very effective SEO plugin i know! April 11. Felexibility and control over your blog are very important in todays blogosphere and you will be well advised to have as self hosted asap.. Improve your rankings and google PR with viral tags! It really works! Viral Tags April 3.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ Anonymous I have been using 3 plugins on your list and so far so good they have been bringing me lots of visitors on my site. 2009 12:13:09 Reply 32. I already use a few of the plugins listed here but there are still some that sound interesting and useful. Need to browse through them when I have some more time. 2009 22:49:00 Reply 35.. 2009 19:44:00 Reply 33. i recommended on it. :) @Johnny Bond: There is a plugin called Sociable which allows you to implement the share it feature: http://wordpress. If it werent for this plugins i may be doing a very hard time of SEO coding. Johar Thanks for the information. digitalwebtalk I use the WP SEO Sniper too. 2009 04:53:00 Reply 34.. Zulfnore Wow thats an impresive list of SEO plugins.org/extend/plugins/sociable April 17. “saya suka WordPress” I like it … April 10.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. i think it’s useful SEO plugin too. Worth bookmarking this page. too. 10 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . i think dat would make a good addition to this list.

2009 21:09:00 Reply 39.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable. shureiman Thanks a lot! April 24. ocean90 I miss the plugin wpSEO from wpseo. April 25.org. 2009 11:59:00 Reply 40. argusyk Does anyone know any plugins for autotagging with TITLE and ALT in URLs? May 1. 2009 02:27:00 Reply 11 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . and sitemap generator April 30. April 24.! May 3. 2009 01:19:00 Reply 37. 2009 21:12:00 Reply 44.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ April 20. mike thanks for that article! it was extremly informative! keep up the great work! May 8. 2009 07:23:00 Reply 42. peter thank for reviews.7 May 2. It’s very nice and simple.. 2009 07:59:00 Reply 43. seslisohbet thank you your comment. SEO Expert Allin One SEO plugin does nor work with WordPress 2. 2009 04:15:00 Reply 38. 2009 23:06:00 Reply 45.This is a wonderfull. I love all in one seo. Nitesh Patel very good listing of all these plugins every blogger should keep it i with this to optimize SEO May 2. It is for blogs without ads free. Matt Prados Great article thanks for the post. 2009 07:00:00 Reply 41.

but its good for main site.lateportal..com http://www. tasarhane Google XML Sitemaps not working on my wordpress mu based sites. 2009 20:30:00 Reply 47.com/2009/03/20/wordpress-seo-plugins/ 46. 2009 16:03:00 Reply 48. agh June 11. is it necessary to install Headspace2 after that?Both functions almost same. Minimalismi All in One SEO and Sitemap Generator are definitely must-haves.I am using some of them…definitely help in improving the SEO…Can you tell me that if I am using All in one SEO. iT IS VERY USEFUL May 16. 2009 17:38:00 Reply Load more comments (49) 12 di 12 04/09/2011 21:47 . Dewa Thanks for this information. Better use All In ONE SEO pack or platinum SEO ?? May 25. 2009 10:58:00 Reply 50.. Abhishek very useful plugins…no doubt about that. I have a question. May 21.. 2009 12:41:00 Reply Name A great list thanks for this. 2009 07:44:00 Reply 49.isn’t it? June 4. i am using it at http://www...info September 2. Eli the Computer Guy tHANKS FOR THE LIST.20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress http://mashable.windscreenwipers.

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