As I have mentioned in earlier posts using plugins can extend your WordPress blog and your blog theme to do almost anything you can imagine. Plugins are a key part of the WordPress software as the open source community and you should use this opportunity and possibilities they give you when working on your own blogging projects.
In this post I will now look at the most important WordPress blog plugins for you to install, in relation to the blog search engine optimization (SEO). It is very important to optimize your blog for search engines, as that will help you rank higher in search engines for blog related keywords and should bring more organic search engine traffic to your blog. This is what all bloggers look for after all – a lot of traffic and visitors to consume the content we create.
Three of the best WordPress SEO plugins
WordPress is by default a very clean and optimized platform, but there are some things you can do to make it even more search engine friendly. Here are the three interesting plugins for you to take a look at, but do explore further into WordPress plugins as there are many more.
- All In One SEO plugin – This plugin is streamlined for some best practices for WordPress SEO. It makes it easy to take care of the most important on-page ranking factors like META Title, Description and Keywords tags. Alternative plugin to this is the Yoast SEO plugin.
- Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin – This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog in format that is supported by all the major search engines. Having a sitemap is another very important part of letting the search engines have easier time finding and indexing your blog content. Yoast SEO plugin does this as well by the way.
- Ping Optimizer plugin – This plugin will automatically ping the Internet services when you publish new blog posts. Ping is an XML-RPC-based push mechanism by which a weblog notifies a server that its content has been updated. An XML-RPC signal is sent to one or more “ping servers,” which can then generate a list of blogs that have new material. This helps you automatically notify the search engines on the new content on your blog.
Plugins are not the instant solution
A note from me is that you cannot just install these plugins and expect traffic from search engines shortly after. As everything else there is no instant solution, it will take a long time before you start getting traffic. What you can do (other than SEO optimizing your site) is to keep working on producing great content that people love to consume, engage with and share with their networks.
You can also do everything you can to spread the word about yourself by commenting on other blogs, guest post on other blogs, join the existing conversations around your topic and more. This is the main work, the work that search engines love, and the work that will contribute to you eventually starting to rank for relevant keywords and getting the traffic from search. Good luck blogging!