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Top Wordpress Plugins for SEO
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    Optimizing your Wordpress site for search engines is probably not how you want to spend your precious time. Luckily, there are plenty of plugins that can help you achieve the best SEO to expose your site to as many potential visitors as possible, and they’re included in this list.

    All in One SEO Pack

    Since it is very true that SEO can be tricky, especially for beginners, it helps to have a tool that can handle SEO for you in a comprehensive manner.  As its moniker would suggest, the All in One SEO Pack plugin does just that.  In short, All in One SEO Pack automatically optimizes your WordPress site for search engines, taking all of the dirty work out of your hands so you can actually enjoy managing your site.  The plugins popularity in terms of downloads speaks volumes of its value.

    As you would suspect for any all-in-one product, All in One SEO pack comes loaded with features.  The most appealing aspect of the plugin for beginners is the fact that you can simply install it and let it go to work.  You don’t even have to worry about adjusting any settings or playing around with options.  Just set it and forget it.  On the flip side of that equation, the plugin can be highly customized, giving more advanced users complete control over their SEO.

    Getting down to All in One SEO Pack’s features, the plugin offers support for CMS-style WordPress installations and custom post types.  It takes your titles and automatically optimizes them for search engines and automatically generates META tags as well.  The plugin avoids duplicate content, lets you override any title or META description, and lets you fine-tune page navigational links.  All in One SEO Pack is the only plugin that offers SEO integration for WordPress e-commerce sites, and its backwards compatible with plugins such as Auto Meta and Ultimate Tag Warrior.

    Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

    SEO Ultimate

    SEO Ultimate is another all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress users.  Before jumping into its extensive list of features, let’s begin with one of its many strong points, which is the user-friendly interface.  The interface is clean and easy to use, and it’s free of advertisements or donation requests.  The plugin integrates easily into WordPress without adding a lot of clutter as well.

    As mentioned, SEO Ultimate is loaded with features.  In fact, there are too many to list, but here are some of the highlights: a title tag rewriter, meta description editor, meta keywords editor, meta robot tags editor, 404 monitor, linkbox inserter, and a file editor.  To help increase your in-URL keyword power, there’s a slug optimizer that automatically removes words such as “the” and “with” from your post or page URLs.  One of the more interesting features of the plugin is its competition researcher.  This tool tells you how many web pages are competing for your keywords, which external websites your competitors are linking to, and more.  If you are looking for an all-in-one alternative to the popular All in One SEO pack, SEO Ultimate is a good choice.

    Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-ultimate/

    SEO Friendly Images

    Your written content is not the only thing that can boost your search engine ranking.  If you have a lot of images on your site, you should put them to use when it comes to SEO.  With the SEO Friendly Images plugin, you can do so with relative ease. 

    SEO Friendly Images is rather simple in its functionality.  It automatically your site’s images by adding the proper ALT and TITLE attributes to them.  The ALT attribute is vital to SEO because it describes your images to a search engine.  When a person searches for a particular image through a search engine, the ALT attribute helps in providing a match.  The TITLE attribute is also important because it shows up in the tooltip when a user places their mouse cursor over the image.  In addition to adding the ALT and TITLE attributes to your images, SEO Friendly Images makes your posts W3C/xHTML valid as well.

    Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-image/

    WordPress SEO by Yoast

    If you are looking for a SEO plugin that comes equipped with a hefty set of features, WordPress SEO by Yoast could be right up your alley.  The plugin is an all-in-one solution for your SEO needs, and installing it can help boost your site’s ranking to where you want it to be.

    WordPress SEO by Yoast offers focus keyword testing, upgraded canonical support, RSS footer/header configuration, and breadcrumbs support.  The plugin has full page analysis functionality, so you can take a look at the different elements of your page, such as its content, title, images, etc. to see where you can improve.  You also get Google search snippet previews to give you a glimpse of what your page’s description will look like in actual search results.  Another appealing feature of WordPress SEO by Yoast is the way in which it gives you control over your post titles and meta descriptions on a per post basis.  Best of all, the plugin is easy to use.

    Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/

    SEO Smart Links

    Automation is the name of the game with the SEO Smart Links plugin.  Once you install this easy to use plugin, you can transform your site into an SEO-friendly machine in a snap. 

    SEO Smart Links offers several automatic SEO benefits.  It automatically create links between your posts’ keywords, phrases, and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories, and tags on your site.  You can customize your own keywords and set of matching URLs, plus add the nofollow attribute to external links.  If you like to work with affiliates to bring in a little extra cash on the side, SEO Smart Links can help you add affiliate links to other sites.  The plugin is a great solution to interlink your blog posts in a quick and easy fashion.

    Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-automatic-links/

    SEO Content Control

    Do you feel as if your site is optimized, but want a way to see if you can clean it up a bit to make it even better?  If so, the SEO Content Control plugin can help.  SEO Content Control basically scours your site’s content to look for areas of weakness.  If a post is lacking content, has duplicate content, or is missing a meta description, the plugin will let notify you.  It’s simple to use and even includes a color-coded summary with items in green, red, and yellow so you get a visual representation of what you need to fix.  In the end, you’ll have a site that is of higher quality for both your visitors and search engines.

    Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-content-control/

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