The Best-Of Series: SEO Tools

Posted on April 23rd, 2011

When it comes to Search Engine Optimization, there are a slew of options out there. Some good and some not so good. But today I want to talk about the best options out there for WordPress. There are many. But I’m going to try to sift through the cruft to find the truly great tools that are available. Here we go…

  1. All In One SEO Pack
    I suppose the most obvious plugin is the All In One SEO Pack. According to statistics it is the most popular plugin in the whole WordPress Extend repository. It has a robust feature set. Of all the SEO-related WordPress plugins I have tried it is, in my opinion, the best there currently is. The plugin allows you to optimize various things in WordPress for search engines including your site title, your keywords, page titles, and much more. One of the features I like the most is the ability to generate keywords automatically based on the current post. Very handy!
  2. HeadSpace
    The plugin HeadSpace comes in a close second for me. It also has a great many features and is also very popular. It has some of the features SEO Pack has and many others that it does not. One of the really great features of this plugin is the ability to automatically generate post tags based off the content of the post. Being a person who sucks at categorizing and tagging my posts I really love this feature. Another feature I like is the ability to import data from other plugins like SEO Pack.
  3. Google XML Sitemaps
    Having a well-defined map of your entire site is another important aspect of SEO. Google XML Sitemaps is the best plugin for that job in my opinion. I’ve used it extensively for the past few years and I have seen some good results from it. It’s really easy to use but still has a good number of features.
  4. SEO Smart Links
    I like SEO Smart Links because of the automation it provides. It can automatically link keywords in your posts to their corresponding posts and pages. This really helps with keeping visitors clicking further into your site. You can also specify custom keywords and the URLs they should link to. Nifty!
  5. Robots Meta
    Robots Meta is another good plugin. I like it for its simplicity. With it you can add meta tags to hide comments feeds from search engines, prevent search engines from indexing all feeds on your site, hide search result pages from search engines, hide the admin pages from search engines, and much more.