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.

Here 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.

WP Fastest Cache

Caching is a technique for speeding up your blog, and as Google have confirmed the speed of a website is a contributing factor in how they rank it in their search results, it pays to have a fast loading website. This plug-in is the simplest and fastest WP Cache plugin I have tested, and I love it’s simplicity.

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!

Question: What’s your favourite SEO plugin and why? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Until next time……


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22 thoughts on “The Top 6 Plugins For WordPress SEO Optimization

  1. 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. 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. 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.



  4. 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,

  5. 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!!!!!)

  6. 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

  7. SEO in theory is quite straight forward. However, putting it into practice isn’t quite so easy. I mean you can go through all of the motions. Optimise your blog posts, have good keyword density etc. But the biggest problem is finding keywords which adequately describe your niche, product, service etc without running into too much keyword competition. On top of that, you have the Google animals to contend with.

    SEO works very well for offline businesses very well because there isn’t so much competition for keywords, so it’s not too difficult to get first page rankings in the big ‘G’ without having to worry about back links.

  8. Hi Selma. Thanks for your post. Some plugins here which I hadn’t heard of before. Perhaps you might want to explain some of the Pros and Cons of each of the plugins you have mentioned and which ones you prefer to use and why.

  9. Good, old All-In-One Seo Pack must be present on every single plugin list. It is so helpful for a free product! I must have used it on more than 20 sites by now. What I didn’t use is WP Fastest Cache. Thanks for the suggestion.