WordPress is an excellent blogging platform with loads of blogging features. It’s easy to set-up and maintain to make sure you can start blogging straight out of the box. WordPress can be used as a blogging platform, CMS (content management system), E-Commerce platform, social network, press release website, etc.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plays a big role in blog marketing and any other online marketing strategy to make sure your content is listed on the search engines.

WordPress out of the box doesn’t include enhanced SEO features but having one of the biggest open source communities in the world, smart people created a couple of plugins that can be installed without any hassle to make sure your blog gets listed on the top search engines. Find below a couple of plugins to help you optimize your WordPress blog.

WordPress SEO plugins list

  • All in one SEO pack (Optimized your blog for the search engines. You can add specific keywords and meta descriptions for your blog posts).
  • Google XML Sitemaps (Creates an XML sitemap containing links to all your categories, pages and blog posts)
  • Platinum SEO Plugin (Similar to All in one SEO pack with a couple of extra features)
  • SEO Smart Links (SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your posts.)
  • SEO Slugs (Long URL’s may have a better ranking in search engines because it will contain more keywords. But search engines like Google tends to ignore some common keywords such as “you”, “a”, “the”, and “what”. This plugin will remove all the unused common keywords in your URL)
  • SEO No Duplicate WordPress Plugin (If you must have duplicate content on your site for whatever reason, SEO No Duplicate will allow you to state which version of the post search engines should index while ignoring the others.)
  • Robots Meta (Robots Meta enables users to control which pages/posts can be indexed and which can’t.)
  • Nofollow Case by Case (This plugin allows you to strip the “nofollow” command from your comments, and then you can apply it to only the comments you don’t wish to support.)
  • Google positioner (It’s important to know your keywords. And this handy plugin allows you to track the keywords you’re getting searches for.)
  • Broken link checker (This plugin will monitor links in your site and list out links that don’t work or any missing images.)