The Best SEO Plugin For Me

best seo pluginFaced with a choice, I was never quite sure which was the best SEO plugin to use for my blog, so I picked one, more or less at random, just to get something going. Today I discovered one that seems far better than any I've used before.

The best SEO plugin for WordPress

I was writing for another website and when posting my article onto their blog I came across the WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast and I was totally blown away by the power of it. Using it was an education all of its own.

If you're a competitor, close this post now! Otherwise install what I consider to be the best SEO plugin on your site as soon as you can.

The features list includes:

  1. Post titles and meta descriptions
  2. Robots Meta configuration
  3. Canonical
  4. Breadcrumbs
  5. Permalink clean up
  6. XML Sitemaps
  7. RSS enhancements
  8. Edit your robots.txt and .htaccess
  9. Clean up head section
  10. API Docs

There's things in there I've never heard of!

For something so powerful it's simple to use. You make your post, complete the details at the bottom of the post, save it, click the button at the top to check the SEO and then follow the traffic-light coded advice to improve your content. Amazing. So I finished making my post on the article site, feeling very envious that they could afford such a clever tool, and logged out.

best seo pluginComing back down to earth with my own blog I decided to do a quick Google search to enquire the price, as this most certainly was the best SEO plugin I've seen. And I've tried one or two. I was totally amazed to find that this is a free plugin, and quickly installed it before the author, Joost de Valk, changes his mind!

He also recommended adding his free Analytics plugin which I did, and found it straight forward, with a free video to help me when I stumbled a little 🙂

Of course, looking back on my previous posts they all need “SEO-ig” now. In fairness the previous plugin had gone part of the way, but without giving me as much help as the Yoast plugin does.

Now don't go looking in too much detail at this post yet, I'm still learning how to get the best out of this plugin, but there's a tutorial I'll be working my way through.

I'd love to hear the experiences of other bloggers as to which they consider the best SEO plugin. Please add your comments.

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Cudjoe Kabenlah - January 22, 2013

I also do use yoast and I’m really impressed with its outcome.

    Joy - February 4, 2013

    Glad to hear Yoast is working well for you. I’m still pleased with it a week or so on.

Angela McCall - January 24, 2013

Wow…this is awesome!!! I just installed the “Yoast WordPress SEO.” I was reading another blogger’s post the other day and I’ve learned from him the “SEO Smart Links+.” It says “SEO Smart Links + provides automatic SEO benefits for your site and forums in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.”

Anyway, since I just installed the “Yoast WordPress SEO” plugin, I hope this doesn’t complicate with my other SEO plugin. Or, should I delete the other one and just stick with Yoast. Lemme know how you’re doing with yours. I’ll come back to check on you.

    Joy - January 24, 2013

    Hi Angela,

    Still very pleased (and learning!) with Yoast 🙂

    I uninstalled my other SEO plugins because I found the Yoast gave me so much more info and like you was worried they’d conflict. Having said that, the plugin you mentioned seems to have a different purpose.

    It’s not one I’m familiar with. However, google the name in quotes and read a few of the posts. It appears to have been rewritten recently so may have addressed the problem mentioned. And you’re never sure who to believe anyway – different knowledge levels etc. I’m no WP guru at all. LOL I think there’s a Yoast forum, perhaps try asking in there.

    What I would do if I were you is make a post with both installed and see what Yoast SEO makes of the links if generates.

    Let me know how you get on.

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