5 Plug-ins to Optimise Your WordPress Blog for Search Engines

WordPress Plugins

There are many excellent ways to build traffic to your site. Search engines are one of the best, you don’t have to pay per click and they guarantee the person was looking for the information that is on your site. For new web site owners Search Engine Optimisation can seem overwhelming. Even seasoned webmasters and bloggers can find SEO rather difficult.

Whether you are using WordPress as a platform for your site or blog, it isn’t too difficult to make your site search engine friendly with the use of plugins. Although WordPress alone is excellent in this capacity, there are a ton of things that you can do with this script to aid in better site rankings. Of course altering the code is a possibility, but it isn’t needed. There are some really great plugins available that will make things easier for you. Lets go over a few of these helpful plugins.

1. SEO Smart Links

It is understood how important your site’s linking structure can be to SEO. Search engines pay close attention to your linking structure to help determine the overall importance of your content. The number of links to your posts is a deciding factor of relevance.

This plug-in will allow you to specify keywords and what page they should be linked to. Each time you use that keyword in your post it will automatically be linked for you. This is a huge time saver!

2. Google XML Sitemaps

Creating a sitemap for your blog will help the search engines understand the structure of your site.  This plugin can handle all dynamically generated pages as well as custom permalinks. This handy plugin will generate a sitemap that will help Google, Yahoo, Bing and other engines properly index your blog. It will also notify engines of newly posted content.

3. SEO Friendly Images

Posts and pages that use images are always more appealing to your readers. Images can help illustrate a point or just juice up your post. The optimization of your images is another key element that will help boost your rankings. Each image should be tagged correctly. This plug in will ensure that each image you use has the proper ALT and TITLE attributes.

4. SEO Booster

This plugin can be outstanding to boost your blog’s traffic. It detects search phrases relevant to your blog and creates site wide links to relevant pages on your blog to related content. SEO Booster comes in both a lite (free) and pro version.

5. All in One SEO Pack

This plugin comes in both free and pro versions and is packed with features. It can help you generate META Tags automatically. It has the ability to fine tune everything, comes with compatibility for other plug-ins, and will help avoid duplicate content in posts. Among these features it can also create custom navigational links, and this is one of the plugins we use on our own blog.

If your site receives a large amount of traffic from the Search Engines, it can only be a positive thing, building readers and potential converting these.  It will also help you build a better brand and reputation. Although the search engines may be one of the best places to get traffic, they are also the most competitive. It is a smart idea to arm yourself the best way possible, and these WordPress plugins are a good start.