Best SEO Plugins Used By Experienced Bloggers Exposed

You know how blogging for SEO brings laser targeted traffic to your site, recurring visitors, for free. The question is: which are the best seo plugins for your blog.

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We got some of the best bloggers (some of them are less known yet very practical and down to earth guys) in the field to answer this question.

They share with us their top 3 SEO plugins which are critical to their blog success and some insights into how they use each.

Enjoy and spread the love.

Let’s start with the first answer by…

Abrar Mohi Shafee

Author and Founder,
Blogging Spell

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1. WordPress SEO by Yoast: This plugin is breathtaking for my blog.

Sometimes I get scared thinking how much work I’d need to do if it doesn’t exist.

Starting from meta title and description optimization, this plugin supports social media micro data, xml sitemaps, permalink optimization, rss optimization and so forth valuable things.

To make most use of it, make sure you’ve looked through all of their features for at least once. Honestly every single option there has separated value.

2. W3 Total Cache: Google puts much weight on website’s speed and performance. So this is no less necessary seo plugin. W3TC plugin reduces the total number of http requests and page size, and eventually the page loading time.

This is important nowadays. While I noticed W3TC integrated with a CDN can improve performance by up to 10x.

3. Word Stats: This is my another favorite plugin to keep tracking words, keywords and readability while writing posts on wp post editor. SEO is better to be called the servant of user experience.

To serve better user experience, this plugin can help you. It will keep informing how readable a post is. Thus it will help one to keep the standard of writing.

Andy Kinsey

SEO Consultant & Blogger

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1. Yoast SEO

Without a doubt the best wordpress plugin for SEO, it doesn’t try to do anything fancy (like help with keyword research, give squirrly a try for that) but what it does, it does amazingly.

A while back they added “social” to their set of tools, this means you can decide quickly and easily what image, title and text you’d like to be seen on twitter cards, facebook shares and google+ cards – my top tip is to always fill this in to get more clicks.

This isn’t about SEO itself, its about getting visitors to your site using tools social platforms offer.

2. W3 Cache

This is just about the only caching plugin you will ever need, its not a one size fits all but a 100-size fits all. There are a ton of options to choose from, if you want to, but its quick and easy to set up and the defaults are usually spot on.

My top tip with W3 is don’t let it be the end of your speed optimisation – add in a CDN for your images and javascript & you’re on to a winner – I use MaxCDN it’s simple and easy to use.

3. Redirection (by urban girafffe)

This plugin is pretty cool, it can capture 404’s (so you can redirect them if there are a ton of them), you can add groups of 301’s, you can monitor pretty much anything, you can even create REGEX for redirects – no fiddling with the .htaccess file.

If nothing else just to log 404 errors is a big thing, it can show broken links within your site and to your site… give it a go

Andy Kinsey

blogger by passion and a future engineer by mistake

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I use WordPress SEO by Yoast, SEO Smart Links and Broker Link Checker on all my sites.

WordPress SEO by Yoast:

It is the best and complete SEO solution for a WordPress blog.

Using the plugin, you can easily optimize your entire blog for better search engine rankings and optimizing blog posts is also very simple.

Apart from the SEO features, it also allows you to optimize your blog posts for social media by giving you the feature to set up Twitter meta tags and Facebook Open Graph.

Even if you are a beginner, you will be able to use it easily because every option is explained perfectly so that you don’t disable any important feature. And WordPress SEO by Yoast creates XML sitemaps as well.

SEO Smart Links:

Another plugin that I use on each of my site is SEO Smart Links. We all know that internal linking plays a huge role in the SEO structure of your blog and this plugin allows you to do that smartly and saves you a lot of time.

With SEO Smart Links, you just have to add the keywords and the URLs to the plugin settings and whenever that keyword appears in any of your article, it will automatically link to the specified URL.

If you don’t want to link multiple keywords to the same URL in the same article then there’s an option to avoid that as well. You can nofollow all the external links to open them in a new tab.

You can also whitelist certain domains that you want to keep dofollow.

Broken Link Checker:

If a blog has a lot of broken links, it will surely hamper with the SEO of your blog because the search engine bots won’t be able to crawl your blog properly.

With Broken Link Checker installed on my blog and scanning regularly to find broken links, you will be able to unlink them easily and if the link was to one of your own posts which you removed then you can redirect that link to some other similar article or to your homepage.

These are the 3 SEO plugins that I install every time I install a new WordPress blog and I recommend everyone to do that too.”

Brian Jackson

Entrepreneur, PPC, SEO, SMM, WordPress & Growth Hacker Expert

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Below are three completely free SEO plugins that I use on every single one of my sites. I would not be as efficient or successful without them.

1 – Google Tag Manager for WordPress (FREE)

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For anyone not familiar with this plugin, it is created by Geiger Tamás as a way to deploy Google Tag Manager within WordPress.

Google Tag Manager is a free tool that consolidates your website tags with a single snippet of code and lets you manage everything from a web interface.

I currently have Universal Analytics, AdRoll, Bing, CallRail, Hotjar, FB, and Google Knowledge Graph Social icons scripts deployed with this plugin.

A couple reasons I love GTM is because it is free, it uses Google’s CDN, the tags are loaded asynchronously and you can load the tags only on certain pages.

To put it simply, I am much more organized, there is less code on my pages, and load times are less which we all know Google loves! Also Geiger is very proactive about updating this plugin.

I have had zero issues with it so far and have been using it for over 6 months.

2 – Pretty Link Lite (FREE)

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I have been using Pretty Link Lite for years now. I also recommend the PRO version but most of my sites I get by fine with the free version. This allows me to easily setup affiliate links and mark them as “nofollow.”

It also allows me to mask my affiliate links so they look a little less spammy. I usually go with “domain.com/go/affiliatelinkname” as my format. Why this format?

If you set them up under a subfolder you can then categorize them as outbound link events in Google Analytics so you can track the clicks. Although the Pretty Link plugin also gives you some basic reporting as well.

3 – WordPress SEO (FREE)

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Good ole WordPress SEO. I have been using this plugin for years on my sites and my client’s sites.

From making sure you have well optimized title tags, good meta descriptions to increase your CTR, and more advanced features like whether or not the post/page should be indexed or not; this plugin does it all!

You can also do other things with this plugin such as setting up your Twitter cards (which I recommend!) and preventing Google from indexing your WP image attachment pages.

Brian Lang

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Yoast SEO Plugin – This plugin contains just about everything you need for SEO. Yoast has been around for awhile and is updated regularly.

Some features include the ability to edit title tags and meta description, XML sitemap generation, and pinging features.

If I could only use one SEO plugin, it would be Yoast SEO.

For the most part, you can just use the default settings. A couple of things I like to do include the following:

-Enter the home page title tag and meta description. These fields should include the main keywords that you ultimately want your site to rank for. To get to this field, click on “Titles and Metas”, then click on the “Home” tab.

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-NoIndex the tag pages. For most blogs, tag pages won’t rank for anything and will account for less than 1% of your traffic. NoIndexing the tag pages can reduce duplicate content risks and provide a better user experience.

Click on Titles and Metas”, then “Taxonomies” and check the “NoIndex, follow” box under “Tags”.

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WordPress Popular Post – This plugin displays the most popular posts in the sidebar of your website. Internal links are important for SEO, so this plugin automatically creates internal links to all of your top blog posts.

You can select how many posts you want to be displayed on the sidebar.

Yet Another Related Post Plugin (YAARP) – I use Yet Another Related Post Plugin on some sites. This plugin automatically creates links at the bottom of each blog post to other related blog posts on your site.

On some of my blogs, I like to create internal links manually, so I can control which pages get more links.

But this plugin can be useful for blogs that you don’t have as much time to update, but still want to have internal links to drive traffic and help with on page SEO.

Chris Makara

Interactive & Digital Marketing Strategist

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The first plugin I typically use is the “All In One SEO Pack” – While there are other great WP plugins like Yoast’s SEO plugin, I have been a long time user of AIOSEO.

While I don’t think you can really go wrong with both (as I do use Yoast’s one some of my sites), for the most part they do many of the same things.

Among the features I like is the creation of canonical URLs to help prevent duplicate content, ability to set up Google Authorship markup, and the ability to preview your search engine snippet (title/description length) when creating a new blog post.

Another plugin I find myself using quite often is the “SEO Auto Links & Related Posts” plugin. Again, there are a few features I find myself always using.

In this case, the ability to automatically create links (specifically in-site cross links) automatically. You have the option to automatically create links based on tags, meta keywords, or even ones you define within the plugin.

This is nice feature in that you don’t necessarily have to go through old blog posts to link to a newer one with a particular keyword phrase. Of course, you should use this in moderation.

Another nice feature of this plugin is that it will recommend related posts. In most cases you see this used at the end of blog posts like this:

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Or you can enable a slide out of related posts like this:

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Finally, a third SEO related plugin I like using is the “Broken Link Checker“. This plugin is great because it will automatically scan your WordPress site and email you a notification if it finds a broken link.

As we all know, it’s not advisable to have broken links on your site whether internal links or external. With this plugin, it helps take the time consuming task and makes it easy to stay on top of any broken links on your site.

Luke Jordan

It’s safe to say that I have a Google obsession.

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I really like MailChimp for WordPress Lite (I’m still making use of the free version at the moment) because I’m trying to build my email list, and because I focus really heavily on engagement it becomes really useful to have the ‘subscribe to newsletter’ checkbox available when people post comments.

Because I tend to get quite a few comments on each post, this becomes an opportunity to add to my list without any additional work.

I like MailChimp in general because it’s free forever up to a certain amount of subscribers, and if you wish to start paying then it’s really cheap.

Sticking with the whole engagement thing, I like ‘subscribe to comments reloaded‘ so that anyone commenting can be notified of any responses to their comment.

This helps to keep engaged people coming back for more and contribute to useful discussion 🙂

I realise the plugins I’ve chosen aren’t really very interesting, but they are handy little additions to increasing the community on a blog.

Finally, I really like Cresta Social Sharing Counter – I use the paid version (it’s only €4.99, and no I’m not an affiliate or associated with them in any way!) but the free version is still pretty awesome – because the sharing buttons are beautiful.

There are also quite a few extra features that can be utilised which I’ve not seen in many other alternatives.

Daniel Cleveland

Owner and editor-in-chief of the Smart Website Marketing blog

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1. WordPress SEO (by Yoast)

This is by far the most important SEO plugin for my website.

It allows me to easily submit sitemaps, bulk update page title structures, add meta data to posts, control my RSS feed, and more.

One of the best features is its on-post SEO tool. When I start writing a post, I add a focus keyword for the post, a title, and meta description.

For example, for my post 11 Steps To Start Your Blog my focus keyword is “blog”.

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Once I’ve saved my post, the tool provides detailed SEO analysis.

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This analysis is very helpful for making SEO friendly updates to the post. Of course, all of the recommendations are just that, recommendations, and should be used with your best discretion.

While this plugin does require a little more manual effort than some automated competitors, I have seen much better results with it.

2. WP Super Cache

While this plugin isn’t specifically related to SEO content on my website, it does have an effect on search engine rankings. Google takes site speed into consideration when ranking sites.

In addition, many visitors will bounce off of your website if it doesn’t load within just a few seconds. Therefore, it is important to make an effort to have your website load quickly. WP Super Cache does just this.

It has an easy to use interface, and gives recommendations on which settings to turn on for the most benefit. It has definitely helped my page load speed, and I highly recommend giving it a shot, especially if your site has a lot of images and content.

3. Safe Redirect Manager

No one likes to land on a 404 page. In addition, Google may penalize your website if you have too many broken links. Sometimes page links break because of a site redesign, permalink structure changes, or incorrect linking from a 3rd party site.

Whatever the case may be, Safe Redirect Manager makes it very simple to redirect from one page to another. You simply enter the page you would like to redirect from, and the page you would like to redirect to.

Then you can pick the type of redirect via HTTP status codes.

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It’s a fairly simple and painless process, and will be sure to keep your visitors (and Google) happy.

Evgeniy Garkaviy

SEO consultant, Adwords certified specialist and blogger

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Flare. It is true that it’s not easy to find a good social share plugin for WordPress that will not slow your blog speed and, at the same time, will be well designed.

There are a few other good plugins but I do not like their design. That is why Flare is the best for me.

It has 2 different places of displaying: at the top of the post and floating left or right of the post.

For example, on this my post “Internet marketing for nonprofits”, I received 1/3 of all shares via Flare.

This is very useful when you publish long posts because users who scrolled to the bottom of the post can share your content without scrolling back to the top.

Some time ago, I used another plugin but then, I noticed that my page loaded very slow if I had many social shares.

Yoast SEO. This is probably one of the most powerful plugins for WordPress. I’m running a few blogs on WP platform and I always install this plugin from the beginning. The features I’m using are:

•    Google Analytics for easy enabling. Actually, if you need only Analytics, then you can upload a plugin separately here.
•    Sitemap.xml generator
•    Titles and meta tags creator. Very easy to change each page I need without editing the WP code.
•    Breadcrumbs
•    Robots.txt file

It also has other useful features but, to be honest, I’m using them very rarely.

Speed Booster Pack. In the last few years, Google started to consider site speed load as one of the ranking factors. I’m not sure that it has a big effect on rankings but, on the other hand; it improves user experience.

The reason for this is if your page is loading slowly, you may lose potential buyers/readers/subscribers…

It is very easy to use. After installing this plugin, you will see a sub-menu “Speed Booster Pack” where you can select what option you want to make to improve your site speed.

For my blogs, I’m regularly using an option to change image compression level. If I have a good blog post with many good images in high resolution, it may slow down the page load speed. In addition, it is not easy to control all the images manually.

So such a plugin would be very useful. For example, for this page with 4 big images, I was able to increase page load speed from 75% to 85% using only one feature that I described above.

Devesh Sharma

blogger, Internet marketer, WordPress fanatic

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SEMRush

One of my best SEO tools for analyzing your competitors. I mostly use it for keyword research.

It lets you see your competing domains and the exact keywords they are ranking for.

It is a great tool for analyzing your competition and generating new post ideas.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

This one is the most essential plugin for all WordPress sites. By default, WordPress comes with a great system; however you can take it to next level by installing WordPress SEO plugin.

It comes with features like Social graph (twitter cards, fb graph), author markup, and much more.

Google Analytics

Analytics is the ultimate tool for determining how effective your link campaign is. If you are not using GA, now would be the time to start using it.

Here’s a great guide on getting started with GA.

Fabrizio Van Marciano

professional blogger and WordPress enthusiast

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The three critical SEO plugins that I use for my blog is Yoast SEO, Google XML Sitemaps and Ultimate NoFollow.

The Yoast SEO plugin as far as I’m concerned is the cream of the crop for your on-page SEO efforts.

I’m not a huge devoter to creating search optimised content, I believe in writing for my audience rather than the search engines, yet I’m still able to rank reasonably well and I take full advantage of the options in the Yoast plugin.

Google XML Sitemaps is another great plugin I use, this enables me to create well organised sitemaps for my blog. My posts and pages have their own sitemaps which make it easier to navigate around when needed.

The other plugin that I like to use is Ultimate No-Follow, I like this plugin because it helps me to control what links I can give do-follow attribute, and what links I want to make no-follow.

Ionut Neagu

Works @ CodeinWp.com

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What I’d recommend are 3 very different plugins – the first one is rather obvious, the second one is … not that obvious, and the third one is straight up unusual.

The obvious one is WordPress SEO by Yoast.

There are a couple of main “camps” when it comes to SEO plugins. Some people love All in One SEO, then there’s the “by Yoast” camp, and some people prefer premium solutions altogether.

Personally, I use the plugin by Yoast because it really does provide the full package of SEO-related settings. And that’s both for individual pieces of content and the site as a whole.

You can control your sitemaps, social signals, what the robots see, and much more. Plus, on top of everything there’s also a handful of additional extensions you can get.

My second plugin, the non-obvious one is Contextual Related Posts.

The problem with most related posts plugins is that the links they put out aren’t really that related to the post that’s currently being viewed. And also, the links tend to be displayed in the wrong place – at the bottom of the post.

It’s actually more effective to have the links in the body of the post itself. That way, more people will click them and continue browsing the site. This plugin allows me to do that through a simple shortcode.

But what about the SEO benefit? That’s simple, with those links, you get better internal linking structure of the site – something that search engines enjoy to see.

Finally, the third plugin, the unusual one – Revive Old Post.

Granted, that’s a social media plugin, but it achieves one very important thing – it keeps your brand constantly on your audience’s radar, and thus improves your chances of getting more social media shares and re-shares.

According to the insights from Moz shared on a number of occasions, social numbers are a huge factor for your SEO. In simple terms, the more social popularity you have, the better your Google rankings will be.

The plugin operates in a very simple way. You just set it up, authorize your social media accounts, and pick the posting frequency.

From that point on, the plugin will select a random piece of content from your blog’s archive and share it with your followers. Everything fully automated.

Istiak Rayhan

blogger, student studying MBA

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WordPress is undoubtedly the best platform for SEO. It is fairly optimized for SEO, but there’s always room for improvement.

We can make it more SEO friendly by using WordPress SEO plugins.

Here’s the top 3 SEO plugins that I personally use on my blog and suggest others to use.

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
This is one of the most popular SEO plugins out there. This single plugin can be used for many SEO aspects. Here are the things that I do with this plugin.

•    Adding Meta values to post/page.
•    Creating XML Sitemaps.
•    Adding Breadcrumbs.
•    Editing .htaccess and robot.txt file.
•    Doing Social SEO.
•    Control indexing and many more.

This plugin takes care of all the technical optimization of my blog. Knowing my blog is well optimized for SEO helps me to spend more time on writing content.

2. SEO Friendly Images
SEO Friendly Images automatically adds ALT attributes to your images. Whenever we see a picture of a ‘Cat’, we can instantly recognize it. But Seach engine bots can’t recognize it unless you give them a clue.

Alt Tag is the clue that helps bots to identify an image. When I started blogging, I was not aware of the term ‘ALT Tag’. I used to add images to blog posts without adding any alt tag.

When I understood the importance of Alt Tag, it was tough for me to add alt tag to all old images manually. This plugin helped to add alt tag to all old images. Now I am getting a significant amount of traffic from image based Search Engines.

3. Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker is very useful plugin to find and fix broken links on blog posts, comments, and other contents. It also detects the missing images.

As I am allowing others to add their websites while commenting on my blog, it creates a lot of broken links on my blog when some of these sites go down.

But having broken links is not good for SEO. It is also not good for readers’ experience. Using this plugin is the best way to fix broken links without having to do a lot of work.

Marc Guberti

Teenager Entrepreneur, Author, Blogger

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These are the three SEO plugins that are critical to my blog:

1. P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

The P3 plugins allows me to see which plugins slow down my blog.

Blog speed is an important factor search engines use to determine where to place your blog posts on the search results.

If you can make your blog load faster, then your blog’s SEO will improve. When I activate too many plugins, I use the P3 plugin to identify how much time it takes for the respective plugins to load on my blog.

After running a scan, I will immediately realize that some of my plugins are deadweight but still slow down my blog. I deactivate these plugins to make my blog run faster.

Even if my blog is only 100 milliseconds faster, it makes a big difference when all of those deducted 100 millisecond add up.

2. Add Meta Tags

The Add Meta Tags plugin makes it effortless to add meta tags in my blog posts. Search engines use meta tags to get a better understanding of what your blog posts are all about.

That means the blog posts with meta tags and keywords have an advantage over the blog posts that do not have meta tags and keywords.

This plugin makes it effortless to add meta tags, keywords, and other valuable information to your blog posts that search engines use to determine where your blog ranks.

3. Tweet This

Social shares have a big impact on how well your blog does on the search engines. In fact, social shares may be the single most significant SEO-booster around.

Most of the blog posts on Page 1 of Google’s search results have been shared hundreds or even thousands of times. That’s not a coincidence. The Tweet This plugin is the most effective plugin for getting people to tweet your content more often.

You can create prewritten tweets that your followers can share just by clicking on them.

Better yet, these tweets stand out in your blog posts and are hard to miss. Dozens of people shared my prewritten tweets from this plugin in the first week I implemented it on my blog.

Matt Banner

Helping guide and inspire bloggers

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1. WordPress SEO by Yoast – An industry standard.

This plugin is the essential tool in a marketer’s tool box because it enables you to easily optimize your WordPress site.

2. LeadPages – My personal favorite in squeezing the most out of my website visitors.

LeadPages offers innovating email capturing features to help you skyrocket your email list.

3. W3 Total Cache – A user favorite that has been around the block for some time now. I break down this plugin among others in a recent article of mine. Use this plugin to optimize page speed and load times across your site.

Nate-Shivar

I work in SEO and Web Analytics

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WordPress SEO by Yoast – Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin is the must have plugin for implementing SEO on a blog powered by WordPress.

I use it for everything from making technical SEO changes (ie, NOINDEXing tag pages & pagination) to making sure my on-page optimization is exactly right.

When I first install WordPress SEO on any blog, I’ll spend time configuring the technical backend (I wrote a guide to my Yoast setup here). It’s always time well-spent. In general, once that’s in place it’s set.

Day to day, I most frequently use the WordPress SEO meta box that appears directly below the Visual Editor.

I’ll use the keyword grader as a rough guide to keyword usage, but I primarily use it to craft custom meta data for search engines, Twitter and Facebook on each post.

Redirection by John Godley  -Crawlability is foundational for SEO.

Whether I’m changing category structure or cleaning up crawl errors from Google Webmaster Tools, being able to keep search bots and users clicking through my site efficiently without encountering a 404 page is key.

I use Redirection to quickly clean up 404 pages or odd redirects.

Day to day, I’ll use the main Add New Redirection feature on the main page to redirect a crawl error (say, someone linked to the wrong URL) to the appropriate page.

If I do a bigger change (like restructuring categories), I’ll use the built-in Regex to implement bulk redirects.

Schema Creator by Raven Tools

Schema.org markup is can be an easy win for search engine optimization…if you can implement the HTML markup efficiently. Schema Creator makes that happen. It supports all the markup that Google looks at and makes implementing it a breeze.

Day to day, I’ll especially use the review, event or organization markup frequently The box pops up, I fill out the fields, and insert the code directly within Visual Editor.

Googlebot will come around and parse the information, and I’ll often get a “Rich Snippet” to stand out in search results for visitors.

Peter Nilsson

It´s all about WordPress..

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WordPress SEO by Yoast

It will surely come as no surprise that my first choice of crucial and essential plugins SEO WordPress plugins is WordPress SEO by Yoast.

In the fierce competition with the All in One SEO Pack, I must add. I use WordPress SEO because this is a great plugin that helps optimize SEO on my site in every possible aspect.

The plugin includes lot of useful features such as you can add custom post title, meta description, meta keyword on posts and pages and you can preview how the Google search result look like in the snippet preview.

More settings are Breadcrumbs, XML Sitemaps, Permalink clean up, Robots Meta configuration etc. WordPress SEO by Yoast is absolutely a must-have SEO Plugin.

Broken Link Checker

Isn’t it annoying when you click a broken link on a website? Plus it’s certainly not beneficial from SEO point of view having dead links in post and pages. So one thing you need to do is check for broken links in your content.

Therefore, I use the free WordPress plugin – Broken Link Checker to keep track and detect broken links that doesn’t work. This is an easy-to-use tool to take care of broken links and give your visitors a better user experience as well.

Google XML Sitemaps

Another well-known plugin is Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold. I use this plugin to generate an XML sitemap to index my website which will help search engines like Google to crawl and index the complete structure of my site.

WordPress SEO by Yoast also include this feature, but I think Google XML Sitemaps works so much better so actually I use both plugins, although it may be perceived as a bit controversial.

This is a well-functioning plugin that’s one of the highest rated plugins of all time. It works like it should, providing a complete XML sitemap for search engines with great results.

Syed Balkhi

Marketer with Design & Dev Skills

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WordPress SEO by Yoast

We use this for all things on-page SEO – meta information, sitemaps, and controlling the index status of the site.

Breadcrumb NavXT

We use this plugin for adding breadcrumb to the site. Breadcrumbs are internal link paths that are not only great for user experience, but also helps with SEO.

W3 Total Cache

Although this doesn’t sound like a SEO plugin, it is. Speed is crucial for SEO, and you need to have proper caching installed to have the fastest site. W3 Total Cache plugin allows us to speed up our site with page cache.

We also use it to connect with our CDN provider, MaxCDN.

Tom Attenborough

SEO case study of good versus evil

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When speaking strictly about a plugin for SEO, this is a difficult one since there is really only one that I use at this point in time.

It’s probably the same one that most other bloggers out there are using too – Yoast SEO. The reason I like it is because it’s simple, and it does the job.

It allows me to go back and look at my post and tweak it to optimize it for a keyword based on how often I have used it, whether I have included it in my heading tags, and whether it’s included in my meta description, and a number of others.

The other SEO plugin that I use is W3 Total Cache. The reason that this plugin enhances your SEO is because it reduces the load time of your website, which is a critical factor Google takes into account when ranking your website.

It’s also beneficial for the users that visit your website. It’s basically a tool that caches objects (such as images or other large objects) in memory or on disk, thereby increasing load speeds significantly.

Although I haven’t specifically done any testing myself whether it actually improves search engine rankings, it’s a free tool, easy to install, and certainly won’t do your site any harm!

I currently have it installed on all my sites, including both my black-hat and white-hat sites that I’m covering in my dual-site case study.

Taking it a bit further there is another plugins that might not be “SEO plugins” per say, but definitely allow me to enhance the quality of the content that I’m able to put out there. This is therefore having an indirect positive impact on my SEO rankings.

The plugin is called Websimon Tables. I absolutely love this plugin since it makes it extremely easy to produce very professional looking tables in a matter of minutes without having to mess around with CSS.

This is great for presenting large amounts of data in a format that is digestible for the reader and should help with bounce rates. You can customize it any way you want, and the best part about it is that it’s free.

I’m curious to see what other SEO Plugins the other experts are using

Tyson Downs

Online Marketing Consultant for Doctors

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3 top plugins I use for SEO purposes include:

Yoast SEO

I know, I know, so overdone right? What I’ve found is that most site owners aren’t using it properly.

Sure they use it to do the page titles, add webmaster tools verification, all that stuff.

But what about prioritizing their sitemap? Setting up breadcrumbs? No indexing as appropriate? If you know how to use it properly, Yoast can be a very valuable and powerful tool.

Smush.it

We know that site speed and bounce rate influence your search engine rankings.

One way you can increase your load time is by reducing the size of your images. WordPress Plugin Smush.it is a great, and simple way to make sure your images are the proper size for your site.

Broken Link Checker

There’s nothing worse than getting all hyped up to read a blog post and clicking on it and having a broken link instead. Manage your broken links with  this easy to use plugin.

Broken links may not directly influence your rankings, however they most certainly indirectly influence them.

Jeffrey Romano

WordPress Solopreneur

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EWWW Image Optimizer

The first plugin that I’d like to mention is EWWW Image Optimizer that automatically optimizes my images so they are smaller (without compromising on image quality).

This helps my blog load faster which is crucial since a website’s loading speed has become such an important ranking factor.

This is also very important because it helps improve the visitor’s user experience and thus reduces my bounce rate and improves the possibility of getting visitors return to my blog in the future.

Monarch by Elegant Themes

Since having a strong social media presence has become so critical to SEO, I see Monarch by Elegant Themes as the ideal plugin to help me boost the social media exposure of my blog posts. One way in which Monarch stands out is through its sharing triggers.

Using Monarch, it becomes possible to implement sharing triggers at times when the visitor is engaged.

For example, a pop-up with social media sharing buttons can appear right after someone publishes a comment, or after someone scrolls down the page, or even after a purchase has been made.

These are all great opportunities to surprise the visitor and get an extra share, a share that perhaps you wouldn’t have got otherwise.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Hardly a surprising choice but picking WordPress SEO by Yoast is inevitable.

This plugin offers more than enough features to satisfy the SEO needs of the average blogger.

One of the features that I love most is its SEO Page Analysis tool which automatically examines how SEO friendly a page or post is.

Since I hate seeing the red warning sign indicating that the post isn’t optimized, it psychologically forces me (and probably many other users) to improve on the SEO and stop being lazy.

Details such as this little gamification trick make a significant difference in terms of my user-experience.

Suprabhat Mondal

CEO and Founder of MoneyGossips.com

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I use  3 SEO Plugins which help me drive some great amount of traffic from Search engines are :

1. Google Keyword Planner
2. Yoast SEO Plugin
3. Google Analytics

Google Keyword Planner helps me to find low competition highly search keyword for my niche.

Google Keyword Planner gives exact results with time duration, which I love the most.

Yoast SEO plugin helps me to make my article and blog SEO friendly, it help me decide where to put my keywords and where I am missing keywords by this way I am able to do perfect ON Page SEO for my blog.

And last but not least Google Analytics is one of the basic things which any blogger, webmaster should not miss as it provide the information about your blog, how it is performing on Search engine and many more infogramation like Top Landing Page, Bounce Rate and many more by which we can make tweaks on our blog and hence better in SEO.

Now, it’s your turn to answer

Who is your favorite SEO plugin and why?

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9 thoughts on “Best SEO Plugins Used By Experienced Bloggers Exposed

  1. Hey Codrut and John,

    Loved what everyone advised here. It seems like WordPress SEO by Yoast is on the top of everyone’s list. So it is where to start.

    Thanks for inviting me to join in this post. I earnestly appreciate that!

  2. Hey Codrut,

    Awesome round-up. Thanks for inviting me here. I’m really honored!

    After reading all the opinions, one thing is clear that Yoast is the ultimate SEO WordPress plugin. Almost everyone suggests it.

    However, I am going to check the other plugins which are new to me. Once again, thanks for this awesome round-up. I really appreciate it. Keep it coming!
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