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.

  • ICS

    Refreshing and useful list of plug ins, thank you. Been looking for something a bit different for a while and all these tick the right boxes, didn't realize WP could do some of what you've suggested.

  • I'll take the advice of professionals like you and try these plugins out

  • Thanks for the useful information, I will ne trying these out on my sites.
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  • Joe

    This is an excellent resource – thank you! I was using XML and RSS, but didn't even know about the SEO plugin. Fantastic!

    • Hi Joe, you can also submit your XML file to Google Webmaster Tools for faster indexing.

  • Nice SEO plugins. My favorite would be the Page Links To, it makes my job much easier!
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  • Nice post! I`m already using Google XML Sitemaps.
    I want to share with your readers another SEO plugin: SEO Friendly Images is called and helps images to be more visible to search engines!

    Thanks for sharing the plugins!

  • Thank you for the excellent list with plugins, i have several favourites to, like the all known “All IN SEO “as well as the easy privacy policy plus SEO friendly images (got some great results with it)and finally pretty links (great for cloacking) affiliate links…

    • 'All in One' is a really good Plugin and I've used it for a couple of years before moving to 'Platinum SEO Pack'.

  • Thanks for the tip. I already use 3 of Related Posts by Category, Google XML Sitemaps and Platinum SEO Pack on all my blogs, I will give the other two a try.
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  • Thanks for the list – I haven't used the RSS Feed one so shall give this a try.
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  • Great information and links, I'm just learning SEO and blogging, can use all the help I can get. Thanks,

  • Nice SEO Plugins..Very useful information….Thanks for share with us…

  • Top 5 Plug-ins for SEO. Of course there’s plenty more out there, but these are the ones that fall into SEO plug-in list. SEO plugins useful for better blog and website connected to SEO

  • Indeed, these are few very important plugins in terms of SEO.
    RSS footer was newer to me, as i always wondered about preventing content from scraping auto blog tools.