You may not know it, but WordPress is the most widely used open-source CMS globally. And it is excellent software to create a blog, a corporate website, and even an online store.
One of its most notable advantages is the modules or extensions responsible for expanding its functionalities. There are multiple and varied, but I will show you the best SEO plugins for WordPress in this post.
15 Best WordPress SEO Plugins
Before installing any SEO plugin, check if it is compatible with your current template, as well as with other plugins that you already have installed; check that the latest plugin update is recent; that it is compatible with your PHP version and WordPress version; and finally, it does not hurt to check that the majority of opinions or reviews are positive.
Rank Math SEO
Rank Math SEO has long been my favorite SEO plugin. This one will seem very similar to you if you know Yoast SEO. Still, in my opinion, it is much more complete, powerful, and with a more intuitive design.
My favorite was Yoast until I tried Rank Math on several websites, and after each update, I liked it more.
Also, if you have Yoast installed on your WordPress and want to switch to Rank Math, you can easily import the settings and data. Don’t forget to make a backup in case something goes wrong.
Here are some functions and features of this plugin
- Its setup wizard is straightforward to follow.
- You can integrate it with Google Search Console and Google Analytics to see metrics.
- In your posts, pages, and products, you will see a module to configure different positioning aspects (title, meta description, canonical…) and an SEO (search engine optimization)recommendation assistant for content.
- 16 types of structured data markup with Schema (Schema Markups) are necessary for rich snippets.
- You can change your titles and meta descriptions with ease.
- You have the option to modify the robot’s meta name tag (noindex, nofollow…) and simply change the canonical tag.
- It contains different functional modules or add-ons such as the 404 monitor, the redirection monitor, the sitemap, local SEO, image SEO, recommendations for internal linking, WooCommerce…
- Includes support for Twitter Card and Open Graph.
- You can include breadcrumbs with ease.
- You can edit from your WordPress the robots.txt and access the file.
It has endless features that will help you improve the positioning of your website. But keep in mind that it’s not like you hire an expert SEO for a ridiculous price. Each adjustment must be made with a head and following a positioning strategy.
Suppose you still do not know the benefits of SEO positioning. In that case, it is time to put it on since it is a fundamental task for your services to be visible to the public and become a benchmark in the sector.
And one of the best WordPress SEO tools that you can use to achieve this is Yoast SEO, known as the best SEO plugin for WordPress. In my opinion, others have taken that position away from it.
It offers a free version and a paid version. Some of its most exciting features are the following:
- Content optimization assistant based on the main keyword.
- Readability analysis.
- Compatibility with most languages.
- Preview of the snippet in the Google search engine.
- Data markup with Schema.
- 404 error manager.
- Internal Linking Suggestion.
- Extensions to expand functionalities (Yoast Local SEO, Yoast Video SEO, Yoast News SEO, and WooCommerce SEO).
The SEO Framework
Similar to the previous plugins but with the advantage that it is already preconfigured, it is fast and consumes fewer resources.
In addition, The SEO Framework offers its API allows other developers to create plugins and add-ons to extend its basic functionalities. Among its features are:
- Optimization wizard and guidelines with colors
- meta tags
- Open Graph and Twitter Cards
- XML Sitemaps
Broken Link Checker
A handy SEO plugin to control broken links on your website. It monitors and tests all the internal and external links on your page for broken links and helps you fix them. You will receive notifications of broken links by desktop or by email.
Manually, you can easily detect broken links on your website as it marks them differently.
Ahrefs SEO Plugins
The truth is that the Ahrefs plugin did not start very well… Thanks to its latest changes, it is already worth trying and has handy features. Its characteristics :
- Content audits with recommended actions.
- It monitors external links (won and lost) and notifies you of new ones.
- Indicate how much traffic and links each entry receives without leaving your WordPress.
- It is fast and light.
- Its configuration wizard is simple (3 steps), and you can start using it in less than 5 minutes.
Please note that you need to connect your Ahrefs account and Google Analytics account to use it.
Schema & Structured Data for WP & AMP
It is one of the most powerful and complete plugins to configure structured data following Schema guidelines. We will only have to choose what type of structured data we want to activate ( we can select more than 35 types ) and then configure it.
It uses the JSON-LD format and is fully compatible with AMP. It has a free version, and you can download it here.
For many SEOs and me, this plugin has become one of the essential WordPress SEO plugins. And it is that it helps you to index almost immediately those URLs that are resisting the most.
Also, it is beneficial for newly published WordPress sites as it sends a crawl request to Google using the indexing API.
Here you can see a guide to easily connecting the Google API with the plugin.
Similar to the previous plugin but without the need to connect or verify the web or use the API, since when it is installed, it is generated automatically. IndexNow Plugin automatically pings search engines to let them know that a URL has been created, updated, or deleted and reflects those changes in search results.
You can also manually indicate the URLs you want, for example, to force their indexing.
Another big difference from the previous plugin is that it only supports Bing and Yandex search engines.
It is a free plugin.
Super Sitemap for SEO
This free plugin helps you generate different sitemaps for custom categories, tags, and taxonomies. In this way, you will be able to better analyze which taxonomy the search engines are taking into account the indexed posts or products.
A simple example of the usefulness of this plugin is to use it in a blog to generate sitemaps for each category and quickly analyze how many posts or entries that category has indexed.
A requirement to use this plugin is to have Yoast SEO or Rank Math SEO installed. It is compatible with the WPML Multilingual CMS plugin.
All in One SEO (AIOSEO)
This plugin is also quite well known as it appeared in 2007 as an original SEO plugin for WordPress.
Some of its most notable features:
- Smart setup wizard.
- Checklist and optimization wizard.
- Easy to modify the title and meta description tags.
- Structured data markup with Schema.
- WooCommerce support.
- Sitemap.xml plus video and news sitemaps.
- Settings for local SEO.
- Integrations with the leading social networks, Search Console, Google Analytics...
- 404 error monitor and redirect manager.
Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails
This free plugin also helps you with the internal linking of your website. But, this time, add the latest entries or posts to the sidebar of your website, and they change every time you refresh the page. It is similar to the recent posts widget but dynamic as it changes positions randomly.
Redirection is the oldest and most popular (and free!) redirect management plugin. With it, you will be able to do redirects without touching the .htaccess file. In addition, you can also control the 404 errors that you have on your website and fix them.
It is beneficial in migrations or changing the structure of your permalinks since it helps you migrate your old permalinks simply by simply indicating the previous system of links you had.
SEO press, on-site SEO
SEO Press is another so-called all-in-one SEO plugin. Lightweight and with a paid version and a free version. It allows you to easily modify your titles and meta descriptions, create sitemaps, a Google knowledge graph, modify the meta robots, implement the Open Graph and Twitter Card meta tags, etc.
It includes an assistant that analyzes the content you write and gives you optimization advice based on a defined structure.
Although it is less prevalent, its advantages are that its paid version can be used on unlimited domains, which is a fundamental factor when working with diverse projects.
It is very important that when making your rate, you keep in mind how much SEO costs, including all the SEO settings on and off-page.
Easy Table of Contents
This plugin allows you to automatically insert a table of contents in your WordPress posts and pages. It is free, easy to use, and with many configurations and customization options.
It will improve the usability of the user on your website, navigation, and SEO level. Your internal links will appear in the SERPs (search engine results page) below your meta description.
Inline Related Posts
With this extension for WordPress, you will be able to work the internal linking of your WordPress website automatically to increase the number of page views and reduce the bounce rate.
Place content-related posts in various layouts and styles. You can choose the colors of the boxes or lines, include a call to action, select the number of links, whether they are Dofollow or Nofollow, etc.
Also, those internal links between your posts change dynamically.
It is an entirely free plugin.
Perhaps some of these SEO plugins you already knew and others will have surprised you. Do not go crazy; choose wisely, and above all, try. Stay with the one you like the most and get the most out of it.
So far, my compilation of the best SEO plugins for WordPress. I hope you liked it and that if you know of any interesting ones, don’t keep them to yourself and share them with us…