For years, it has been a bone of contention with SEO professionals over whether bloggers should use WordPress plugins for SEO. With the newer, more sophisticated plugins, and the later versions of old ones, they seamlessly integrate with WordPress itself to make them more effective in search engine optimization. Here are a few must-haves for the WP webmaster’s armory.
1) Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps generates a special XML sitemap to help lure search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.com to index your blog. Sitemaps make it a lot simpler for the spiders to see and index the whole of your website. The plugin has a wide range of supports for various configurations including URL customization. It also alerts the big search engines when you post content. WordPress 2.1 or above, compatible up to: 3.0.1
2) Contextual Related Posts
Creates and displays links to previous posts on related topics. The plugin lets you choose which posts and pages to exclude from categories. WordPress 2.5 or above.
3) Greg’s High Performance SEO 1.4.3
This plugin offers a pretty sophisticated direct control over 100+ on-page SEO factors. It’s a very sleek, fast loading code that pops page views quickly. WordPress 2.7 or above, compatible to 3.0.1
4) SEO NO Duplicates
SEO No Duplicates allows you to direct search engines to the best post version by adding the canonical in a page’s head tag. WordPress 2.7 or above, compatible up to: 2.9.2
5) Simple SEO for Pages comments
WordPress generates duplicate content due to the paged comments. This plugin fixes this by replacing content with an excerpt and a link to the comments as well as setting a unique title for each comment page. WordPress 2.7 or above, compatible to 2.7.1
6) All-in-One SEO
Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
Supports custom posts, advanced canonical URLs, and tweaked page nav links. It offers a built-in API so other plugins can access the functionality of it. Good for EP Ecommerce Sites. WordPress 2.8 or higher, compatible to 3.0.1
7) WordPress SEO Master
WordPress SEO Master helps you optimize your WordPress blog for search engines with its meta, nofollow, no index, and autolink modules. Compatible to WordPress 2.6.2
8) Meta Robots
This WordPress plugin will auto-add metadata to posts on your blog. It can set your front page links as “no follow.” It can prevent SE indexing of pages. It also includes various other important features for high SE functionality. Compatible from WordPress 2.3 and up.