The Best WordPress SEO Plugins (It’s Not Yoast)

Now, as I’m sure you know, there are numerous categories in SEO like unpatched, technical and off page SEO and WordPress. Plug ins can help a ton to Master Mpho tasks like titles, meta tags and other content optimization related things. Now plug ins are also amazing for technical tasks like speed optimization redirects canonically and H.F. leg to name a few. So rather than listing off one hundred and one plug ins, I’m going to show you only the cream of the crop and the exact setup you can use to make Google and your visitors happy. Let’s get to it. The first plug in I recommend is rank. Man if you might be more familiar with household names like Yoast and All in one SEO. These are two great options, but in my opinion, a newer plug in called rank math beats both of them hands down rank math is an all in one, so plug in that can help you with a ton of on page and technical tasks. Now, something I love about this plug in is that they basically integrated a lot of features from smaller one trick plug ins. Let’s go through some of the features that you’ll use in your day to day tasks. So I’m editing a post right now which is clearly targeting the keyword SEO tips. You can tell by the title in the euro. If we scroll down below the post, you’ll see a preview of what the page will look like in Google Search. You can click on either the title or description and easily edit your own custom text in there. Now, an awesome feature I like is that you can add rich snippets super easily. So let’s say that this post was a review I had written. I’ll change the rich snippet type to review, add a score and save it as a draft. You’ll then be able to see your updated cert preview. Some features like these are awesome for people who don’t want to deal with structured data like this, another feature in the ED is that you have the option to add the Réal equals nofollow tag without adding additional plugins or manually entering it yourself in the HTML editor. This is a great way to quickly add nofollow tags to affiliate links or others you don’t fully trust. Now, from a site wide perspective, Roundabout’s plug in will do a few common tasks like automatically generating site maps, automatically adding the target blank attribute to your links. So they actually open in a new window and they also have a feature for Forell for monitoring. This is a cool feature because if a lot of people are hitting a dead page, it would be a good sign to redirect that page to a relevant one rather than leaving them at a dead end. There are a ton of other features for controlling redirects site architecture and editing your robots that text file. Now, the next three plugins that I’m going to talk about are all meant to improve page speed. And the reason why I want to emphasize optimizing for page speed is because a it’s a ranking factor and B it improves user experience. So before we get to that, let’s run a page speed test in Google Page Speed Insights on this dummy website. And it looks like our page speed score isn’t so hot with low mobile and desktop scores. I’ll also run the same URL using Pincham Speed Test Tool and it looks like our speed isn’t great there, considering this is pretty much a blank WordPress installation. Let’s optimize them with a few plugins and see what kind of results we can get. The first page SPE tool I’ll be using is a three lazy load. This plugin adds lazy load to images and other media like videos. This basically means that an image or media item won’t load until the user scrolls to it, allowing the page to load much faster. It’s literally plug and play as long as you don’t have any other conflicting scripts or plugins. Now if I run a page speed test on the same you URL, the three things you’ll notice is that the page size has shrunk a lot. The load time has gone down by around a full second and the number of requests is just one seventh of our initial test.

All right. The next page SPE tool is short pixel. This tool compresses images making large image files smaller, and the result is going to be faster load times to set it up. Just sign up for a free account at your pixel and then enter your API key in the settings. And with a free account you’ll get one hundred free image compressions each month. Or you can pay for credits. If you need more here, you’ll have a few options for compression type using losse will offer the best compression rate, while Lossless will give you the best quality photos. Now glossy is somewhere in between, which is a nice balance in my opinion. If you already have images uploaded on your site, just hover over media and select Falck Short Pixel. You can then optimize all images on your site with a click of a button. All right, so images should be handled with these two plugins. So now we need to get into an important matter. And that’s caching the tool that I prefer to use for caching is W3 total cache. This tool is all about optimizing your website’s performance. A few of the features it includes are using CD’s magnification of HTML and JavaScript, combining scripts, browser caching and more. Now, I won’t bother going through the settings I use for three total cache because I’ve already covered them in the second part of our WordPress series, so feel free to check that out after. Let’s go and check our speed metrics. So on Page Speed Insight’s, it looks like we have both a near perfect mobile score and desktop score, which is a huge improvement from the default setup. And as for the actual page speed test, it looks like we’re under a second now. Not too shabby for a few minutes of work. Now, it’s important to note that I’m using the default theme here and I don’t have external scripts installed like Google Analytics. So these scores don’t account for additional scripts. But I have used this exact same setup with a few custom modifications on fully functional sites. And yes, I was able to achieve similar sub one second load times. All right. So we got our all in one tool running in our page. Speed is lightning fast. Let’s talk about a couple of user experience tools. A super lightweight and easy to use plugin is easy. Table of contents. This plugin allows you to create a table of contents for each post or page in just a few clicks. Once you’ve installed the plugin, go to your post and scroll down to the table of contents section. Just hit the insert table of contents checkbox and publish or update your post. It’ll then automatically include a table of contents based on your heading tags. Now, if you have a super long post like this with a bunch of headings and subheadings, you might want to clean this up a bit. So this time I’ll set it to only create a table of contents based on H two text and I’ll update the page. And as you can see, it looks much cleaner and more user friendly for visitors to navigate around the page. Since a table of contents makes long pages look less daunting, it can help improve things like time on page bounce rate and dwell time. Plus it can help you win jump links in the SERP, which may help increase your seats. Now, plug ins are great because it allows you to do complex things without any coding. In fact, we’re creating our own free WordPress plugin, which I’m super excited about. So if you want to be updated when it’s released, sign up at HFS Dotcom, slash WordPress SEO plugin and just replace the spaces with dashes. Now, as I mentioned before, WordPress Asiel plugins are great for on page and technical things, not off page tasks like link. Building back links are almost a necessity to rent for any competitive keywords. Also effective on page FCL requires a solid foundation in keyword research. So I’ve linked up some tutorials and playlists for you on how you can up your link building and keyword research games.

So I highly recommend watching those now. Now, if you found this story, it’ll be helpful. Make sure to hit the thumbs up button and if you have any questions, leave one in the comments below. I’ll see in the next tutorial.

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