The Top 6 Plugins For WordPress SEO Optimization

While your WordPress website comes with built-in optimization settings and plug-ins, there are many free plug-ins you can install to further improve your WordPress SEO optimization. Further optimizing your website will help to draw more organic traffic to your website—and increase your page rank!

Installing these plug-ins, and understanding how to utilize them will help you to reach your target audience—which is essential if you are relying on your website for residual income. Below are the top 6 plug-ins you can install today.

WordPress Permalinks Settings

As soon as your blog is set up and ready to go, it is essential to change your permalink settings so that the URLs of your posts will include the title of your post, opposed to a numerical formula. This is essential for WordPress SEO optimization because the keywords in your title will be recognized by search engines. The formula for this custom setting is /%postname%/, which will also make your posts easier to recognize for your own purposes.

All-In-One SEO Pack

This plug-in is one of the most popular WordPress SEO optimization plug-ins available to you, and you can’t beat the price of completely free! Once installed this plug-in will allow you to quickly and easily change the title of your blog posts and pages, as well as the description and keywords. It even has built-in tools that will help you to identify any accidental duplications.

SEO Friendly Images

While website content and blog posts typically get the majority of the attention when it comes to optimization, it is essential that your images are optimized too. This time-saving plug-in automatically tags the images you add to your posts by filling in both the “alt” and “title” tags.

SEO Smart Links

Oftentimes when you are creating a blog post or a new page on your website, you want to refer your reader to other areas on your website where they can find additional information. This free plug-in automatically links your inner pages, as well as helps to improve your page rank.

Google XML Sitemaps

Although Google is in the name of this free plug-in, it will generate a sitemap of your blog, and submit it to Google and other popular search engines—which is essential for successful WordPress SEO optimization.

SEO Pressor

While all of the other plug-ins on this list are free, I have added one paid plug-in to the list. For a nominal fee, SEO Pressor will provide you with suggestions on ways you can tweak your posts and pages in order to increase your page rank. This makes this plug-in both a time saving tool, and a WordPress SEO optimization tool.

WordPress SEO optimization may not be something you are familiar with—which is ok! By adding these tools to your WordPress website you can ensure that you have built-in optimization tools that will help you achieve a higher page rank and more organic traffic. Even if your website is not new—you can add these plug-ins to your website today!

Until next time……


  1. Jasper McGuimon, 19 March, 2014

    To be honest, I really don’t have any idea about SEO and this was the first time I’ve heard of it. I guess I must read more about SEO but I am going to add all of these plugins because I trust you so much with your tips and I am also a big fan of your website.

  2. Hector, 19 March, 2014

    Thank you! I am now trying to read each description from the link so I could understand how it will benefit my website and I really wish I can achieve my target numbers of audience. Thank you again and I am also going to share this.

  3. Selma Mariudottir, 19 March, 2014

    Thanks for your comment Hector.

  4. Jon Crimes, 19 March, 2014

    Thanks Selma, very informative post.

    I’ve been using Google XML Sitemaps & the All-In-One SEO Pack for a while now and can highly recommend both products. They’re easy and quick to use and like you said, free, something we don’t find much of these days!

    Look forward to more great posts, thanks Selma.



  5. Roman, 19 March, 2014

    Hi Selma,

    I would add W3 Total Cache – “The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin” as they say – because a page speed is important for SEO.

    Best wishes,

  6. Selma Mariudottir, 20 March, 2014

    Thanks for your comment Jasper.

  7. Selma Mariudottir, 21 March, 2014

    Hi Jon and thanks for your comment.

  8. Selma Mariudottir, 21 March, 2014

    Hi Roman and thanks for your comment.
    I totally agree. W3 Total Cache is a great plugin that uses a memory based cache known as memcache to make your site load super fast.


  9. Wayne Singleton, 28 March, 2014

    Hi there Selma
    You have certainly picked some great plug-ins.
    Have you come across the Genius Guide to WordPress?
    Its a magazine which I think comes out annually.
    I picked up the 2014 edition the other day.
    Some fantastic plug-ins as well as lots of other cool WordPress information.
    (No this isn’t a sales pitch for them – I’m a P2S student like yourself and thought the mag added some value!!!!!)

  10. Selma Mariudottir, 29 March, 2014

    Thanks for you comment Wayne :)

  11. Harold Ho, 04 May, 2014

    Hi Selma,

    Thanks for your recommendations, will install those that I have not. Good Post and do continue your good work!



  12. Selma Mariudottir, 15 May, 2014

    Thank you Harold :)

  13. Pauline, 02 July, 2014

    Hi Selma, thank you for your very informative post regarding SEO WordPress plugins.
    I have read a little about SEO and I am keen to use any help that I can.

    I am a bit confused though. Do I need to use all these plugins at once? If not which one do you think is the best to start out with?

    Take care

  14. Rocio – Seoveinte, 06 July, 2014

    Thanks for the info, had a good time looking for this, please post it and share it. Kisses.

  15. Selma Mariudottir, 16 October, 2014

    Hi Pauline and thanks for your comment.
    I would start with All-In-One SEO Pack :)


  16. Selma Mariudottir, 16 October, 2014

    Thanks :)

  17. Tasleem Khan, 14 December, 2014


    Thanks for this, I was wondering which plugins to use for SEO. Thank you so much!!!! :)

  18. Selma Mariudottir, 20 December, 2014

    Thank you :)

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