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.
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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