Basic SEO Plugins
Here are some Basic SEO plugins that will hellp Worpress do fairly well with on page SEO. Two of these plugins are essential, and the other is optional and helps. Let’s look at some Basic SEO with plugins.
Very quickly if you are wondering, a plugin is a program you can add to WordPress. It can allow customization, add a service, and a number of other things.
The following plugins are free, but if you may want you can give the makers a donation to keep them free. Some of these do have a paid version that gives you some extra features, but the free version works very well. Since this is basic SEO, I picked plugins with little or no setup. You can tinker with the setting if you want. Many of these plugins can be found by just searching in the plugin section of the WordPress Dashboard.
Basic SEO Plugins
The first plugin is Google XML Site Generator. This automatically generates a sitemap for your website. A sitemap tells the search engines that your website is ready to be crawled by the bots and tells the bots what your website is about. This was introduced by Google in 2006, but now all major search engines use sitemaps.
Another nice feature about this plugin is it pings (or lets the search engines know) each time you update your blog with a blog post. This happens automatically. I have noticed that a few minutes after I post a post that Googlebot is already on my website, then the other website like Bing and Ask and other bots are on my website. It happens each time I post something on my blog.
As far as set-up, there is not much to do. It works right out the box, and I don’t thing I changed anything in the setting. If you want to look at the setting, after you enable the plugin you will find it under the Setting —-> XML Sitemap in the WordPress Dashboard. There is help to read through what each setting does, but if in doubt just leave it default.
The second one for basic SEO is All In One SEO. This makes your site more search engine friendly. There is something you want to add in the settings, but most of it works right out of the box also. Againunder Setting —-> All In One in the WordPress dashboard. Be sure to put your website name, description, and keywords. You can change these at anytime. The rest you can leave as default.
Now when you go to post, you will have a form for title, descriptions, and keywords. The title and description are what people will see in search engines when your site ranks for a keyword. It is important to be as descriptive as possible, but at the same time use curiosity to cause someone to click when they do see your site listed in the search engines.
Basic SEO plugin for On-site SEO
This last one for basic SEO is optional, but recommended as it helps you get the on-site SEO correct. Blogger High SEO is free (just have to sign up for their newsletter), but is very similar to a plugin called SEO Presser. If you are not familiar with SEO Presser, this plugin costs around $97 to get. Blogger High you do have to download it and then upload it to WordPress. The instructions are on their website, and it is very easy to do. Their website is here.
Then when you go to add a new blog post, you will have a list on the side that you can put your keyword, and it will grade your blog post. It will also have a list of things you can do to increase your SEO score for the post. If you click on the help, it has some videos to help you.
These are the plugins I use for basic SEO. If you like this post feel free to share it with your friends and leave a comment below. Furthermore, if you have questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below.
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