SEO needs to be the most important aspect of your blog. Keeping your Blog SEO friendly is the way you can make your articles and blog appear more frequently in search engine results.
If you are a WordPress user, The easiest way to do this is by installing a proper functioning SEO Plugin. There are many SEO plugins in WordPress for a beginner to get confused easily and choosing the best SEO plugin can be a daunting task for them.
In this post, I will tell you about the SEO plugins you can consider to make your blog more optimized for search engines. The best part, they are all free.
The List Begins With The Most Beginner SEO Friendly Plugin:
The SEO Framework
You get Advanced options including Breadcrumbs, Social Graph, Schema, Robots.txt editor, canonical URL, Sitemap, Feed editor and every SEO optimization panel in one plugin.
The Plugin consists of only one non-confusing page where all of the options are available. You can easily enable or disable any unit right from the homepage. There is no configuration needed.
Just like any other plugin listed, there is a live editor element for you to analyze and optimize the SEO of the content you are writing. You can also add a custom except for description (recommended) and apply no index tag to the post.
The SEO framework is highly recommended over Yoast for Beginners.
SmartCrawl is a free SEO plugin from WPMU Dev and they’ve done a great job in this plugin. SmartCrawl is mostly an automatic SEO manager for your blog.
It comes with a real-time content scanner and keyword scanner which suggest how well your content is optimized around your target keyword.
If you have an old site, SmartCrawl will scan your whole content and website and automatically set the best SEO settings for you. It let you create sitemaps, adjust meta descriptions and titles and everything you would need to have.
And yes it does comes with a 301 redirect tool to automatically redirect your delete content to another link you choose.
Squirrly SEO, Stands as the best alternative between paid and free plugins. You can easily do live Keyword Analysis, Keywords research and content duration through your editor.
With squirrly, You can Even track your position on google search results. This is probably the best feature of this Seo plugin.
Additional features include Inspiration box, graph card, structured data, robots.txt, sitemap, live content analysis, squirrly intelligence and more. With Squirrly you can also attach an image within your posts with even without downloading it!
There are both paid and free versions of the squirrly plugin and both of them are powerful.
With Squirrly premium plugin, you have unlimited site audits, Unlimited keyword research and analysis and More integrated Powerful functions. Squirrly plugin is surely the best plugin for people looking for budget-friendly SEO plugins.
The Most popular SEO Plugin, formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast, is surely one of the best plugins you can use to boost your rankings.
With the latest update I. E. 7.0, the Yoast has proven to be the most beginner friendly plugin out there. The plugin misses some advanced features in its free version as you don’t really need them to rank higher.
The readability analysis that comes free with this plugin all makes it easy to write better content that is loved by humans too.
I recommend the free Yoast plugin as well it’s premium version is recommended. The premium plugin will help you with smart internal linking and easy redirections as well.
All In One SEO Pack
This list would be incomplete without mentioning the oldest SEO plugin for WordPress, the all in one SEO pack. This plugin provides the base for Yoast and similar plugins.
All of the functions between Yoast and all in one SEO pack remains the same. Both of the plugins are identical and have nothing special. Free All in one SEO pack lacks some features when compared to Yoast. All in one SEO pack is indeed a great plugin for beginners as well as advanced users, it comes with extra features in the form of add-ons. For free.
I hope that you have found the plugin you were looking for. Choosing the right Seo plugin will help you from day one so choose wisely. I have provided you with enough information to judge among them.
Update:- Due to inappropriate and major Meta issues, I have chosen to quit using squirrly. The update was so bad that I lost all of my separators from my SERPs and the support said it was a hook update, I mean, seriously?
Also, Note that any of the plugins will work the same Difference between them are minor as well as major. Some of them do provide additional capabilities so it’s up to you. Choose the one which best suits your needs.
Do let me know in the comments which SEO plugin you use on your WordPress blog.