2016: Top 7 SEO WP Plugins

Written by: Jason Bayless | March 02, 2016

In this post, I have compiled a list of top 7 SEO WP plugins that can improve your search engine ranking. Some of these WP plugins are free and some premium. It’s obvious that some of these premium SEO WP plugins come with distinct benefits such as far better keyword optimization over the free ones. So we hope you will find something useful for your search engine ranking needs.

1 Yoast SEO plugin

Yoast SEO plugin, formerly Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin, is a free and premium plugin for site optimization. The plugin takes care of many aspects of your site’s SEO. Using this Plugin, you can edit robots.txt and .htaccess, add meta value for a single post, add meta value for the homepage, create sitemap file and control indexing of your blog. However, some aspects of your site’s SEO such as Local SEO, Video SEO and News SEO are only available for those with Premium Yoast SEO plugin.

2 Broken link checker

Broken link checker is a reliable WordPress plugin for finding all broken links, both internal and external. If you are always getting 404 links, it is highly recommended you remove such links because they are dead ends for Google spiders. One of the shortcomings of this plugin is that it brings some issues with certain sites. Several users of this plugin have reported issues related to hosting freezing. For this reason, it is highly advisable to run this plugin when there is low traffic.

3 SEO Smart Link WordPress plugin

This is plugin automatically your phrases and keywords to any of your post, and reader comments with corresponding tags, categories, pages and posts. Further, this plugin allows you to set up your own keywords and a group of matching URLs. I find it useful for anybody who wants to implement on-page optimization. This plugin needs somebody who understands aspects of internal linking and Google’s linking algorithm.

4 SEO Friendly Images

Site optimization also involves the optimization of site images as it can drive a significant amount of traffic to your blog or website. One of the WordPress SEO plugins that I use to optimize my site images is SEO Friendly Images plugin. This plugin adds alt attributes to describe the function of your images. One of the shortcomings of this plugin is that you must name your images before uploading them.

5 LinkPatrol

Besides Broken link checker WP plugin, another plugin that you can use to fix internal and external broken link is LinkPatrol WP plugin. This plugin helps you find and track your site’s external links making it easy to remove outdated ones. It gives an up to date reports of both external and internal links, allowing you to delete spammy or broken one. However, this reliable plugin does not come without cost. You must dig deep into your pocket if you want to use it on several sites.

6 Google XML Sitemaps

Search engines such as Google use XML sitemaps to index sites. Google XML sitemaps will help you generate special XML sitemap of your site. This plugin also enables your site to appear as exactly as it should on search engines and allows efficient site navigation. Additionally, it notifies all major search engines when you create a new page content or blog post on your site.

7 NextGEN Facebook

You can use NextGEN Facebook for free or upgrade to its Pro version. The plugin helps showcase your site’s content as attractive as possible on various social media sites. You can use it to show your website content on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and many more.