With all the algorithms frequently changing in search engines, executing search engine optimisation (SEO) has gotten tougher and tougher.
Then there are countless SEO plugins for WordPress available in the market and you are probably confused which are the good ones at taking care of your SEO issues.
Fret not, I am going to share my recommendations on which are the best SEO plugins for WordPress, probably also a game-changer for your SEO experience.
Wait, why WordPress? According to an article, 34% of the internet is powered by WordPress and it is still growing. I am using WordPress and pretty sure that most of your network is using it too.
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Anyway, let’s dive into these 4 WordPress SEO plugin to aid your SEO woes.
Yoast SEO has been around helping users with their websites SEO since 2008.
As of this article posting date, they have over 5 million active installations.
This SEO plugin for WordPress comes with a free and a premium version. Here is what the free version can do:
Pretty cool right? Yoast SEO covers most on-page and little technical SEO components.
There are several more functions the free version can do and there are a lot more the premium version can perform.
Read their page to find out.
Rank Math is a fully free WordPress SEO plugin that doesn’t come with any paid version, at least for now. I am using this for my website and it has no issue as far as it goes.
It can perform the following on-page and technical SEO functions:
They are not limited to these, more can be found on their website. Bear in mind that if you have Yoast SEO activated, you can’t have Rank Math activated, choose one.
You can also import settings from Yoast SEO and a few other plugins to Rank Math if you decided to switch.
I would recommend you to use this WordPress SEO plugin over Yoast SEO because it is 100% free with more comprehensive features.
However, some users would not like most SEO features covered in a single plugin, up to your individual preference.
W3 Total Cache increases the website performance by reducing load time and other latest best practices. To put it simply, this SEO plugin for WordPress allows you to purge all your caches to improve your website speed.
One of the technical SEO components is to optimise your website speed to load faster for both desktop and mobile devices. You can conduct a test using Google PageSpeed Insights.
First, run a speed test on your website before you install the W3 Total Cache. After installing, purge all the caches.
Run the speed test again and you will see a boost in speed for both mobile and desktop view. You will thank me for recommending this free plugin.
You can explore more after installing. You can also upgrade the free version to a pro one if you intend to further upgrade your website performance.
We have just talked about optimising website speed, so that includes optimising images to improve loading time. Smush can resize and compress all your images without affecting the quality.
Instead of compressing images individually, this SEO plugin for WordPress allows you to bulk smush, optimising all images with a single click.
In summary, Smush can:
Oh yes, Smush is free and it also comes with a pro version too.
By now you’ve probably realised that each of the WordPress SEO Plugin I recommended has something in common, they are all free unless you upgrade to the pro version.
From my experiences, each plugin is good in their ways and have been positive for me so far. I am confident that my recommendations could make a difference in your SEO work.
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