One of the most useful features of a WordPress site is the sheer number of plugins available that will perform nearly any function you could wish for. SEO is no exception.
There are many plugins that will fine-tune your site for SEO and most are fairly simple to install and use, although there are some advanced options as well. Here are five SEO plugins that will fit the needs for everyone from the beginner to the SEO expert.
Google XML Sitemaps
The advantages of this plugin are all contained in the name. It generates an XML sitemap so that crawlers can see your complete site and index your pages. It will also automatically notify search engines of new posts. Bing, Google, Yahoo and Ask all support this sitemap.
SEO Post Links
This plugin shortens your post slug, removing common words while keeping the important keywords, making it more search engine friendly. It is customizable, you decide which words are unnecessary and you can set a character length for words that should be deleted from the post slug.
All in One SEO
This plugin works well for both beginners and more tech-savvy users. It will automatically generate meta tags and optimize your titles for SEO. Additionally, it is compatible with most WP plugins and is the only SEO plugin that provides SEO integration with WP eCommerce. It also supports Google Analytics.
Headspace has a little bit of a learning curve, but that is because it has so many features. Headspace lets you configure meta-data for all your pages, posts and categories. It allows you to define tags and keywords and can even suggest keywords for your posts, helping you to put your focus on your writing while it attends to the SEO.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
This plugin offers features from several others all in one. Yoast lets you control meta-data for pages and titles but also checks your posts for length, makes sure your meta-description includes your keyword and even checks the images in your post for alt tags containing your keyword. It has features that integrate with Google, Bing and Yahoo webmaster tools as well as Facebook OpenGraph meta data.