WordPress is a great platform for websites mostly due to the amazing flexibility and simplicity. Optimizing your WordPress blog for SEO can be easy as well. There are a variety of WordPress SEO plugins available for free that can give your site a huge boost in the SERPS. In most cases, all you need to do is upload the plugin and activate it! Here’s a list of some of the top WordPress plugins to help you with your SEO effort.
The All In One SEO Pack is a vital WordPress SEO tool. Most importantly, it allows you to write custom Meta Title, Description and Keywords tags for each individual post you write. It also allows you to noindex your categories and archives pages, which will prevent any duplicate content penalties. This plugin takes seconds to install, is frequently updated by the author, and an absolute must have!
Another great plugin – Google XML Sitemaps is pretty self-explanitory. Once installed and set up, it will automatically generate an XML sitemap and submit it to Google and several other search engines every time you add content for your site.
This plugin automatically adds a small social bookmarking bar at the bottom of your blog posts. This will help you, and your visitors easily bookmark your new posts with all the popular sites like Digg, StumbleUpon and Propeller – just to name a few.
This is a great plugin that will automatically calculate your most popular blog posts based on a variety of different factors that you can modify. You can display the most popular posts in your sidebar, and the plugin will update them automatically. This is a great way to drive traffic to your most popular pages, and also to get more of your blog posts well indexed, and pass page rank on to those pages.
With the Feedburner Feedsmith plugin, you can submit your feed to FeedBurner, then download the plugin. Once you activate the plugin, it will redirect your regular RSS feed through FeedBurner.
Here’s a great plugin that very few people are taking full advantage. Sphere matches news articles from around the web with related stories on blogs. Joining the Sphere network and adding the plugin will give you a chance to get featured on websites like CNN, Time, AOL, Reuters and more, potentially driving hundreds of visitors to your site for free!