5 Top SEO WordPress Plugins

Creating an SEO-friendly WordPress site is a lot easier than it used to be when I first started using it as the main RINF content management system 4 or 5 years ago.

Thankfully today we can install plugins with a few clicks and turn the platform into an SEO powerhouse in around 10 minutes, and for free.

So here’s the top 5 SEO plugins that I use on RINF.

Platinum SEO Pack
This has to be my favourite SEO plugin after switching from the popular ‘All in One SEO Pack’. It works right out of the box and there’s no need to play with the settings too much… and it even lets you set Canonical URLs. It’s also a more progressive plugin and the developers keep on top of things.

Download: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/platinum-seo-pack/

Google XML Sitemaps
A site without an XML sitemap is a bit like a car without GPS… you’ll get where you’re going eventually, but it you’ll probably take the long route.

XML Sitemaps work so well because they automatically let Google, Yahoo, Bing etc find new updates on your website.

Download: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

Page Links To
This plugin is great for automatically setting anchor text backlinks on any word, across your entire site. I use it on RINF in numerous ways, I will often have the word ‘news’ automatically link to the front page of the site and set it to create deep links to other sections of the website.

It’s a huge time saver and the search engines love it.

Download: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/page-links-to/

Related Posts by Category
Everyone talks about how important LSI is for your website, and this plugin goes a long way to help you achieve it. Again I use it on RINF by providing readers links to other sections of the site that are relevant to the current article they are reading.

An increase of keyword relevancy and improves the experience for the end user.

Download: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/related-posts-by-category/

RSS Footer
Now this plugin is great for backlinks when splogs steal your content – but it’s not the only use.
At the end of each RSS feed (or post) you can automatically insert… well, anything you like, for example; an anchor text backlink to your blog.

Download: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rss-footer/

Hope you find these plugins as useful as I do.