WordPress is a completely free tool that can be used to create dynamic websites. It was initially developed as a blogging software, but it was so well made and easy to use that everyone started using it to make beautiful websites.It is undoubtedly the most popular content management site in the world. This is mainly because it’s free, easy to use and extremely SEO friendly.
Even though is a very powerful site, you can use these 9 plugins to improve the functionality of your site as well as to enhance the visitor experience.
1. Squirrly SEO
The best part about this plugin is that you don’t have to be an SEO expert to use it. It will help you write great content. It will show you where your WordPress needs improvement. Based on the topic that you are writing about, the interface will light up green so that you know that you are doing something right. When all the lights are green, you can publish your blog as it means that your text has 100% SEO. This will act like a great consultant, sitting right next to you, telling you what you are doing wrong and how to improve it.
2. Yoast SEO
This is the most complete SEO plugin that is available on WordPress. It offers everything that you need to optimize your website. It offers plugins that will improve the functionality of your website as well as various themes to give your website the appearance that you like. It also has a built-in content analysis function that easily optimizes your site’s titles and descriptions for Google. It also helps you clean your bad links or coding.
3. Sitemap Generator for Webmasters
This plugin will generate an xml based sitemap.org compliant sitemap for your website. This is required to get your sitemap listed in Google/Bing or Yahoo webmaster tools. This sitemap will help Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. to index your blog based on this sitemap. This makes it much easier for the bots/crawlers to see the complete structure of your site's content and scan/crawl it more efficiently. It also notifies/pings all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
4. Broken Link Checker
As the name suggests, this plugin checks your website and blog for dead links. It not only checks the dead links, but also shows you where exactly they are located in your HTML code. It checks not only internal, but also external stale links. This plugin will make sure that you have no broken or dead links in your website.
It is the HTTP status code that is used when a page has been moved permanently to a new location or URL. It is a very simple and effective fix when moving the page to a new location permanently. It is also easy and well understood by the web browsers. The old page will also be removed from Google and replaced by the new page. This makes sure that the people who were following you as well as your search engine rating does not get affected.
6. Majestic SEO Dashboard Widget
This is a useful plugin as it helps keep a track of your backlink growth over the years. It allows you to clearly see how your blog is faring with link citations. When it comes to SEO and backlinks, this plugin is the undisputed king. This tool helps you boost your site’s ranking and optimize your backlink strategy.
7. SEO Data Transporter
This plugin allows you to transfer your data from one plugin to another. It can be very difficult to switch themes or dump plugins. Themes and plugins store their input SEO data differently, which makes it even more difficult. This plugin solves that problem. You just need to pick what platform you are moving away from and what platform you are moving to.
8. WP Social SEO Booster
This is one of the most important plugins. This will make your site social media friendly. It optimizes your WordPress Blog for Facebook, Google Plus, Schema.org Rich Snippet Microdata, Twitter, Pinterest, HTML5 Boilerplate, Local SEO, Video SEO, and more; which will automatically increase your rankings. It also adds all proper Meta tags from existing content, so there is no need for any manual setup. It also integrates other plugins.
9. SEO Friendly Images
This helps you to increase traffic to your website and blog with the help of Google image search. As image and graphic searches occupy 10 to 15 percent of the total searches, a Plugin like this has become essential.This plugin which automatically updates all images with proper alternative and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have alternative and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.
These ideas are based on experience with personal and client accounts. We at Edgytal take pride in helping our clients add business value through social media marketing. To find out more on how we can help, give us a shout and we will be happy to line up a discussion.