Couple of days back, I was talking to a friend about blogging, blogging platforms and related stuffs. We had a heated discussion, and he seemed to be a fervent supporter of blogger platform while I was advocating WordPress. In the course of our discussion, he asked “Why the heck are you so fond of WordPress?”
“…because it is highly extensible and free,” was my reply.
The reason that I wrote what I wrote above was to convey you that the real power of WordPress lies in its extensibility; in all the free plug-ins that are available for us to use. WordPress has free plug-ins for almost every purpose, and in many case, these free plug-ins are more effective than the paid ones.
For the purpose of this article, I have decided to talk about 5 such free SEO plug-ins that will help you optimize your site for search engines. Unlike other articles that writes about 10 plug-ins for modifying title tag, while ignoring other SEO tweaking, in this article I will write about 5 different plug-ins that do different SEO job, that mean, one plug-in talking about one SEO issue. Let’s have a look:
All in One SEO
All in one SEO pack is the first plug-in to go in the list, as it is the most used SEO plug-in for WordPress. At the time of writing, 3,318,834 people have already downloaded this plug-in. This plug-in lets you write your title tag, Meta Description tag, and Meta keyword tags. This plug-in does not have any compatibility issue. It can be installed out-of-the box and used even without any customization. This plug-in is designed with beginners in mind.
Google site map generator
As the name suggest this plug-in generate XML site map for Google. You do not need to do anything to generate an XML site map, once you are done with the plug-in installation. Google site map generator plug-in automatically generate XML site map for Google to use, as soon as you update your blog. This helps Google in crawling and indexing your WordPress website or blog better.
WP Super Cache
Many WordPress as well as SEO experts squelch when they see WP Super Cache in the list of SEO plug-in, but I have included it, nevertheless. I did it because of the power WP Super Cache poses to improve the loading time of your WordPress website. This plug-in generate static html files for your blog, which then is served to most of your visitors, it doesn’t work for the visitors who participate in discussion on your blog. This way the server does not need to generate static pages every time someone requests some information.
Google Analytics for WordPress
It is well known fact in marketing that you have not achieved what you cannot measure, and this apply to blogging as well. To solve the analysis issue for all kinds of websites, Google offers one cool tool: Google Analytics for WordPress. This tool needs no introduction; hence I will just say that there is a plug-in that will link your Google Analytics account with your WordPress website.
Did you ask what the Google Analytics is used for? To say the least, it helps you generate and analyze website statistics of your website in every possible way. If you have decided to use just one tool to gauge the success of your website than it better be this.
Fred came to your WordPress site, and liked one write-up. He got excited and wanted to share his experience with his friends on folkd, what should he do?
Simple. He should use the folkd icon, which is one of the many, present at the bottom of the post he read, and share the story with his gang. Thanks to sociable social bookmarking plug-in, sharing has become very easy.
Sociable is a social bookmarking plug-in that has built-in support for every major social bookmaking website. This is must have promotion plug-in for any WordPress website.