Search engine optimization, more commonly called SEO, is an effective way to make your posts rank higher on search engines, resulting in more traffic to your website. Manual SEO optimization is time consuming, and involves counting the frequency of keywords and keyword phrases in your post, then calculating their percentage based on the piece’s overall word count. Fortunately, you can easily optimize a post in WordPress using one of these top five SEO plugins.
5 plugin to optimize post for better search engine ranking
1.WP SEO by Yoast
The WP SEO (WordPress Search Engine Optimization) plugin by Yoast allows authors to do all-inclusive search engine optimization via a variety of tools, including title optimization, RSS optimization for your RSS feed, social integration to seamlessly integrate your WordPress into related social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, an XML sitemap for administrators, an overall post checker, which verifies that all the elements necessary for search engine ranking are present, and a snippet preview feature, which shows you how your title and description will appear on a search engine once the post is published.
2. All-in-One SEO Pack
All-in-One SEO Pack, more commonly called simply AIO, is, as its name suggests, an all-in-one SEO plugin that offers complete post optimization. An excellent alternative to WP SEO, AIO is a good choice for beginners, since it offers a simplified version where users can tweak a couple settings, at which point the plugin will do the rest of the work. As you become more comfortable with SEO optimization and what works best for your website, you can use advanced options in AIO, setting specific parameters for titles, keywords, and more.
3. SEO Friendly Images
Many website administrators make the mistake of only optimizing the text in their posts while ignoring the other elements, such as the images. Images that are not optimized, however, can have a harmful effect on search engine ranking. To make sure that your images don’t hinder your post’s rank, use SEO Friendly Images to automatically apply alternative text and meta tags to all your images.
4. RSS Footer
An RSS feed is an important part of your website that can bring in a lot of traffic. Like all the other elements of your WordPress posts, your RSS feed should be optimized so that it helps your overall ranking instead of hindering it. With RSS Footer, as its name suggests, you can add an extra line to either the beginning or the end (footer) of your RSS message. Using this tool, you can add a link back to the post you created on your WordPress site so that it receives a backlink when the feed is submitted to aggregators.
5. SEO Auto Links
Links on a post can either help or hinder your search engine ranking, depending on whether it is done correctly. Deep links are links on your post that take the reader to another post on your website. Using SEO Auto Links, you can set your posts to automatically list a certain number of deep links to related content, which is determined by the keywords in your post.
Blair Mathis is a freelance writer with over eight years of experiencing writing a variety of technology-related content for dozens of publications, including PC World Magazine, Smashing Magazine, and Komb Gaming. She writes for Degree Jungle, a resource for college students.