Many bloggers want to know how to SEO a post. In this article, you’ll learn the easiest way to go about it with the help of eight great WordPress plugins.
WordPress still counts as one of the best tools for publishing your content online. It provides easy customization of themes and designs. It also has plugins for novice bloggers and experts alike.
Speaking about plugins, to help your site attract more viewers and readers, go the extra mile through installing plugins. Consider yourself lucky to have landed this article, for we will be talking about our suggested powerful “lethal weapons” to enhance SEO in your WordPress Blog.
1. SEO Ultimate
A quick Thesaurus search reveals that “ultimate” literally pertains to essential, supreme, greatest and the like. True enough, this plugin is composed of a suite of tools that lets you handle title tags, meta tags, canonical, links, etc. with breeze. Keeping copyright and use of content’s authorization, it helps you to ensure that web spiders are linked to the original post when search engines detect pages with similar content but are located in different resource links. Another plus factor is that it has a web file named robot.txt editor that enables you to set up the file for optimal search engine indexing.
This plugin is best for beginners because it is simple to use and everything just works from the package. Without tweaking anything, the result is that your rank in search engine results will immediately be higher. Advanced users, on the other hand, will get equally merry as they can customize parameters available with a lot of options to even enhance their on-page SEO. Used hand in hand with SEO Ultimate, this plugin allows you to also control the meta tags (automatically detected from keywords from existing categories used), meta description (which by default is the blog’s tagline) and title of the post.
Sitemaps are very important to be created in blogs and websites as they provide a general guideline or structured “table of contents” of your site. Hence, submitting your sitemap to Google will invite search engine crawlers to access the complete structure of your site transparently and retrieve your feeds more effectively. Information such as the date you last modified the page and frequency of updates are being sent to these crawlers. What happens is that every time you update or create a post, the plugin alerts Google (and other major search engines like Bing and Yahoo) for the page to be indexed automatically hence promoting your presence online.
Every image you upload online can have a caption or ALT to better give descriptions of them when readers place their mouse cursor over the picture. This ALT feature is not limited to just providing them reference (image description or title) but also assisting you to optimize your site and drive organic traffic by having “friendly” images. What this plugin contributes is that whenever you forget to set value for the ALT field or leave it blank, SEO Friendly Images automatically updates the image with proper ALT and title attributes to increase its chances of being indexed and accessed especially in image searches.
If you have a blog, you won’t get away simply with unruly viewers who post irrelevant, nonsense or rude comments and other unwanted notions on your blog. These are mostly composed of spammers, people who practice black hat SEO and the like. To combat against them, Akismet Spam Killer is the key. Just install and turn this plugin on and it will stop all the trackback spam comments and links and bring back cleanliness in your site.
6. Broken Links
Broken links are dead links – meaning that either internal or external links do not exist anymore and thus leaves an error. For sure, broken links in your site lead to a negative impression for viewers for they might think that you are not aware or taking care of your content. If the job of regularly and consistently managing and checking all content seems overwhelming, install this plugin and it will help you ensure that all links are working. You can also configure the notifications and be presented with lots of options to update the links or restore them “back to life.”
If you find it difficult to track keywords in your site, get a hold of this wonderful plugin. SEO Rank Reporter emails you reports containing keywords which experienced major changes in search engine ranking with all the graphs to help you in the analysis – every three days.
Last but not least is the Sociable, a WordPress SEO plugin that gives you instant social media buttons for readers to easily share your posts to their social networks like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.
Rather than take the whole day programming scripts to enhance your blog with SEO, install each plugin listed here to benefit with ease. There are many more others out there and because each one works differently, you have to simply research, test and experiment to take full advantage and potentially add more to your growing site’s traffic.
This guest post is by Celina Conner. She is a Yoga Instructor, an alumna of Marketing Management and a mother of a beautiful daughter, Krizia. She has a passion in cooking and formulating vegan recipes. Follow her adventures on Twitter.