Develop your site’s SEO with WordPress Plugins

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Posted 29 Aug 2007 in WordPress

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There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of WordPress plugins out there – and many help you with SEO – search engine optimization of your WordPress site or blog.

Why should you care about SEO?

  • SEO ensures that people will find your website when conducting keyword searches on search engines like Google, MSN or Yahoo.
  • Ranking high in search engine searches for certain keywords can help you generate more income from your WordPress powered website.

Simply put, SEO can generate traffic for your site – meaning people are reading your content and clicking on your ads!

What WordPress plugins can help with SEO?

There are literally dozens of SEO related plugins out there. I suggest that you start with some of the ones you see listed below – and if it works for you, great. If not, search the WordPress Plugin Database. I found dozens of plugins by searching SEO and search engine optimization. Also, a Google search generates even more plugins!

Some SEO WordPress plugins to get you started:

  • SEO Title Tag v2.0beta8 by Stephan Spencer, Netconcepts — Search engine optimize your blog’s title tags. Create a customized title tag for any post, static page, category page, UltimateTagWarrior tag page – indeed, any URL! And will auto-insert the tag name into the title on tag pages generated by UltimateTagWarrior plugin. Admin allows for mass editing of title tags.
  • Dofollow v2.0 by Denis de Bernardy — Disables the rel=nofollow attribute in comments.
  • SimpleTags v2.0 by Broobles — Allows you to create a list of Technorati tags at the bottom of your post by providing a comma separated list of tags between the [tags] tags. You can use it with any blogging tool/method, not just when posting from WordPress itself (doesn’t use custom fields). Supports multiple words within tags. Also allows in-post tagging of words by enclosing them in [tag] tags. Works with the WYSIWYG editor.
  • Enforce www. Preference v1.3 by Mark Jaquith — Provides 301 redirects to queries with /index.php and enforces your use or non-use of www.
  • SRG Clean Archives v4.1 by Geek With Laptop — This plugin is designed to display your archive listings in a clean, uniform, single-query fashion that’s Search Engine friendly on a dedicated page or in your sidebar.
  • Google XML Sitemaps v3.0b8 by Arne Brachhold — This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.

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6 Comments

  1. Regarding “www”, what’s the difference between having it or not?

    • Good question! :)

      When your site is indexed by Google, you want to keep all of your URLs uniform.

      For example, thepinkc.net and http://www.thepinkc.net may have different Google PageRanks, Alexa Ratings, etc. So, by forcing www, you are ensuring that your site is only indexed one way, eliminating the chance you will have 2 different ratings for the same site.

      It automatically changes the URL, so you don’t have to worry about visitors who just type in thepinkc.net. It will automatically redirect to http://www.thepinkc.net

  2. Good news: the yes-www/no-www redirection (plus a lot of other canonical URL stuff like trailing slashes, people using the old ?p=x URLs, etc) is going to be in WordPress 2.3!

    • Sweet! I will be looking forward to it. Are you testing 2.3 now?

  3. Yes we are. We’re doing bug hunts every Wednesday, beta releases every Monday, and we’ll be releasing 2.3 final on September 24th.

    Here’s the agenda.

    • Great! I will be anxiously awaiting September 24th!


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