Having an optimized website is very important these days. With so many different animal themed Google updates rolling out, you need to play safe and smart to get your website ranked on the first spot.
If you are a WordPress user, you already know the importance of different SEO plugins. And I am sure you might have heard of Yoast SEO plugin which is one of the best plugin that helps you optimize your content both for the user and the search engines.
But have you ever heard about Caldera URL builder or FV Simpler SEO Pack? Probably not. This because most of the websites share the best and famous WordPress plugins. This is why you ignore many other plugins and focus on the important ones. Many marketers also claim that Yoast SEO is the only SEO plugin you need.
But that’s not true. There are many other plugins you need to know about and try out. Because some plugins which are not so common can do wonders for you. And that’s why I am going to share these plugins with you.
After spending a tremendous amount of hours finding different plugins for SEO, I found 36 different WordPress plugins for search engine optimization. Now I am not asking you to install all these plugins. But I really want you to check out what these plugins can do. This will help you decide which plugin is good for you.
So let’s begin.
1. All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets
This plugin will help you boost your CTR and rankings by providing precise rich snippets displayed in search results. But wait.
What are rich snippets?
A short summary about the page in the search results are called rich snippets. To understand more about rich snippets, read this article.
This plugin will help you add your own short summaries. You can select different types of schemas like reviews, product, software application, articles and many more.
Once you select the item type as shown in the picture above, you can add more information. This is how it looks like for a product review:
2. All in One SEO
Optimize your website with All in One SEO. Similar to Yoast SEO, this plugin will help you improve your rankings. You can submit your sitemap to Google and Bing webmaster with this plugin.
It allows you to override any META description with your own keywords. All in One SEO also helps in optimizing your titles for the search engine for better CTR.
The pro version of this plugin includes more features like advanced WooCommerce support and video SEO module.
There’s always been a debate between which plugin is good: Yoast SEO or All in SEO. You can’t really say which one is better before you use these plugins.
Depending on what you want from your website, check both the plugins and find out which one is good for you.
3. Broken Link Checker
Are you receiving a ton of emails regarding broken links and people offering you their website links as a replacement? If yes, then you have many broken links on your website and you’re unaware of it.
Thanks to Vladimir Prelovac because now you don’t need to worry about broken links anymore. His plugin, Broken Link Checker will inform you about any broken links on your website.
This plugin will regularly check for broken links and will give you email notifications if any dead link is found. Once a broken link is found, you can edit the link in the plugin itself without finding the page and editing there.
It can detect all broken links, missing images and redirects. I use this plugin and this saves me a lot of time finding any broken links. Now I really don’t worry about any broken links because this plugin does the hard work for me.
4. DELUCKS SEO Plugin
This is another SEO plugin and it offers many features. You can create and submit your sitemap to Google webmasters. And not just one sitemap, you can submit image sitemap, video sitemap and also Google news sitemap. This is really a cool feature if you want to rank your images and videos on Google.
You can optimize your content and set keywords to focus, optimize your URLs, set up canonical tags and also improve navigation through breadcrumbs.
This plugin also helps you improve your site performance by optimizing images and reducing their file sizes.
We discussed about rich snippets above. DELUCKS SEO plugin will also improve your website’s snippets on Google’s search results.
The social integrations will help you leverage social shares by adding different social sharing buttons. For basic SEO features, you can get this plugin for free. To get more options, you can buy the plugin.
5. EWWW Image Optimizer
If you have some really high quality images that slow down your website, you need to optimize them before you lose your rankings and traffic.
If your website takes time in loading, people will abandon your page before it even loads completely. There are many plugins in this list that will help you improve your site speed and this is one of them.
EWWW Image Optimizer will help you optimize your images without reducing the quality of the images. Its bulk optimize option allows you to optimize all your images at once thus saving time.
6. FV Simpler SEO Pack
This plugin claims itself to be the simplified version of All in One SEO. It provides many features similar to Yoast SEO and All in One SEO.
It can generate META tags automatically, optimize your titles, SEO integration for WooCommerce sites etc.
One cool feature is that it detects duplicate content found on your site and informs you about it. It’s a good plugin for beginners who really don’t know anything about SEO and are just starting out.
7. Google Analytics by MonsterInsights
The most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. You can install Google Analytics in your WordPress site by simple authentication and you’re done.
This plugin will then give you details about site. It also provides different reports about your site and much more.
8. Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress
This plugin lets you enable Google Analytics tracking for your website and you can also view the stats in your WordPress.
You can get in-depth reports and do further investigating by segmenting your Analytics data. You can see the real time visitors, sessions, organic searches, bounce rate, traffic channels and much more.
This means you don’t have to log in to your Google Analytics every day and check your stats. This plugin will bring all the stats to you in your WordPress.
I find this plugin to be much better than Google Analytics by MonsterInsights because it provides more data and has many features to segment data.
9. Google Sitemap by BestWebSoft
You can easily generate a Sitemap for your website with this plugin. There is nothing more in this plugin. You can just easily generate a sitemap.
Here is an overview of this plugin:
10. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin is the best WordPress plugin to generate a sitemap. It does what it says and creates a simple sitemap for your website.
If you’re not using any SEO plugin, then you really need this plugin. It also provides many advanced options which many plugins do not provide.
It notifies any changes on your website to Google, Bing and Yahoo. With this plugin, you can also generate HTML sitemap for your website.
11. Link Juice Keeper
Sometimes you might change your URL for some pages or remove some posts. What this plugin does is that it will redirect all such pages showing 404 errors to the front page of your website thereby preserving the link juice.
Using 301 redirects, all your non-existing pages and URL’s will be redirected to the front page of your site.
12. Link Patrol
This really awesome plugin was made by Search Engine Journal. It keeps tracks of links and cleans up bad links in your website.
No, this is not like a broken link checker. It’s much better. First, Link Patrol will scan your website content for all links and will then create a beautiful report of the links.
This report will show the links, the author who added these links, the anchor text and much more. These reports can also be exported in a CSV format.
Once you review all the links, you can remove them or no-follow them. You can also remove all links from a single domain without going to the post editor.
This is really cool if you have so many links and want to get rid of the bad ones. Once you get rid of such links, you will see a significant improve in your rankings.
The pricing of this plugin might be a problem for you if you don’t want to invest a lot of money for your site. The basic plan has a one-time fee of $50 with one year of support and updates.
13. Local Search SEO Contact Page
Display your business information for both Schema.org and hCard formats with this plugin. You can add many options like phone number, fax, email, social media links, maps and also QR code with any custom link.
14. Off-Page SEO Plugin by WPressme
This is the best Off-Page SEO plugin for WordPress and it provides a wide variety of features. You can keep track of your ranking with this plugin.
It also keeps tracks of your backlinks and will notify you if any backlink is deleted. This saves time. A social share counter will tell you how your articles performed on various social networks
Check out this video to learn more about this plugin.
15. On-Page SEO Post Analyzer
This is a simple On-Page SEO analyzer that helps you evaluate the optimization of a page. It includes a headline analysis, META tag analysis, image analysis, HTML markup validation.
Sitemap checker and robots.txt checker will check your sitemap and robots.txt file. You can check a page for keyword phrases and much more.
16. Premium SEO Pack
Another alternative to Yoast SEO and All in One SEO. Premium SEO Pack comes with some extra features and will save you from installing so many plugins.
Other great features include On-Page optimization, generating sitemaps, Google Analytics integration and much more.
This plugin also monitors all the pages and reports if any 404 error is found. You can keep track of your rankings with the SERP tracker. Improve your search appearance with rich snippets which is also a great feature of this plugin.
You can optimize your images for the search engine. Premium SEO Pack also provides cool features for social media. It includes social sharing buttons. You can plan the content you want to post on social networks.
This plugin is better than Yoast SEO and many other SEO plugins because it provides a ton of features. So many features in just one plugin will save you from installing around 10 different plugins.
Rankie is a rank tracker plugin for WordPress. It keeps track of your rankings and generates daily reports.
It also helps you in finding keywords you can target with their keyword research tool. The cool thing about this plugin is that you get your rankings report daily on your email.
This is a must-have WordPress plugin. You can manage all your redirections with this plugin. It helps you keep track of 404 errors and you can then redirect them.
And not just 404 links, you can redirect any URL of your website with this plugin. You can add 301, 302 and 307 redirections.
19. Rel No-Follow Checkbox
Not all links that you add in your website should be do-follow. I think you know that. But to no-follow a link in WordPress editor, you have to go the HTML format and add a no-follow tag. This is time consuming.
Rel No-Follow Checkbox will add a checkbox in the insert link option for including a no-follow attribute to the link. This is saves you from constantly switching between visual and text view of your WordPress editor.
20. Remove Query Strings from Static Resources
I am sure you have not heard of this plugin. This plugin will simply remove query strings from static resources like your CSS and JS files.
How does it help your website?
This will help you improve your site load time and will hence improve your rankings.
21. SEO by SQUIRRLY
Write SEO-friendly content with the help of SEO by SQUIRRLY. You can get weekly SEO audit reports of your website.
The best part is that you can use this plugin even if you have Yoast SEO or All in One SEO installed on your website. The settings by those plugins will not be altered.
It is recommended by experts like Neil Patel and Brian Dean so you can trust this plugin. The plugin gives you real-time advice while you’re writing an article. It also gives you headline suggestions based on your keywords.
So you don’t have to waste time thinking for a good headline.
22. SEO by Yoast
This plugin needs no introduction. It is the most used SEO plugin and provides many features. It helps you write content that helps the readers and also is optimized for the search engines.
The page analysis feature checks your page for headlines, meta description and also subheadings for the focus keyword you entered.
You can generate sitemaps with ease using Yoast SEO. Editing your .htaccess and robots.txt file is also very easy with this plugin.
If you were using any other plugin like All in One SEO, you can import its settings also.
The new readability option helps you write content that the reader understands easily.
23. SEO Cleaner
SEO cleaner will clean your website from unnecessary junk like unused meta tags and clean up HTTP responses.
Whatever that is unused and is stopping you from reaching the first page of Google will be cleaned up by this plugin.
24. SEO Data Transporter
This plugin by StudioPress will help you transport your SEO data from one theme/plugin to another. So if you’re changing any theme or plugin, this plugin will help you transport all the data.
25. SEO Friendly Images
Add title and ALT tags to your images with this plugin. If you have a lot of images on your site, chances are that you may have forgot to add ALT tags in some of them.
This plugin will help you add those tags without any problems. Having Title and ALT tags is very important as it helps in improving website ranking,
26. SEO Internal Links
Adding internal links will help you reduce bounce rate and will keep the user stick to your website for a little longer.
This plugin will automatically add internal links to relevant keywords in your posts and pages. You can also add a no-follow attribute to those links.
If you want to add link to only some specific keywords, you can create keywords lists and SEO Internal Links will link to only those keywords.
This plugin is useful to those who have a lot of posts and pages and cannot interlink new content to their old posts. Such task could take hours if done manually. That’s why this plugin is really helpful.
27. SEO Smart Links
This plugin does the same job as SEO Internal Links. It also links to relevant keywords and phrases in your content.
You can add no-follow attribute to the links and you can set up a list of your own keywords. So you can choose between these two plugins.
But the premium version of SEO Smart Links offers more features and is much better. You can get detailed statistics and reports of the links generated. You can create a no-follow whitelist with which several specific domains will not add a no-follow attribute.
28. SEO Ultimate
Another plugin that offers many features similar to Yoast SEO, Premium SEO Pack and All in One SEO. But this plugin provides some features none of the three plugins offer.
You can easily build internal links with this plugin. It can autolink to a specific object not a URL. What this means is that if you change the URL of a post or the page, the link will be automatically updated to the new URL.
You can add no-follow attribute on per-link basis. It also lets you generate link masks. There are many more additional features included in this plugin. If you’re an SEO-savvy, you must check out this plugin.
29. Simple 301 Redirects
An alternative to redirection plugin. You can set up 301 redirects easily with this plugin. Whether it’s an error page or any other page, you can add redirects without any troubles.
SmartCrawl is a WordPress plugin by WPMUDEV. With this plugin, you can create sitemaps and any updates in your sitemap will be informed to Google.
Moreover, you can exclude any content to be crawled by Google. A cool feature of this plugin is the built-in Moz integration that provides SEO reports and tracks your site.
There are many more features included in this plugin. You can test this plugin against Yoast SEO and check which one works better for you.
31. Ultimate Video SEO
Do you run a video site? Nothing will work for you better than Ultimate Video SEO. It automatically creates video sitemap and submits all the information of your videos to the sitemap and notifies the search engine whenever the sitemap is updated.
It supports self-hosted videos in many different formats. It is the perfect Video SEO plugin.
32. W3 Total Cache
Probably the best WordPress plugin to boost your site speed. It provides many different features like caching of feeds, CSS and JS files and database objects.
If you start using this plugin, you will notice at least 10x improvement in your site performance. This will then improve your search visibility and rankings.
33. WordPress SEO Post Optimizer
SEO Post Optimizer helps you improve your posts by providing insights about the content. Select up to 3 keywords and it will show you the keyword density of those keywords in the post.
The percentage score of this plugin tells you how well your content is optimized. It also checks whether you have an image, internal links on your site or not.
This plugin is similar to many other SEO plugins and is simple. If you don’t want other features of plugins like All in One SEO or Premium SEO pack, then this plugin is good for you.
34. WP Rich Snippets
This plugin lets you add structured schema markups that improve your website rankings. This plugin is an alternative to All in One Rich Snippets. But this one provides more features. WP Rich Snippets allows you to install add-ons.
These add-ons will add more functionality and help you make your rich snippets look much better in the search results.
35. WP Social SEO Booster
Boost your search engine rankings with the help of social media. This plugin adds Facebook Open Graph, Twitter Card and rich snippets to your site.
It also integrates Google authorship both for single and multi-author blogs. You can also add social sharing buttons with this plugin.
36. WP Super Cache
This super plugin will improve your page speed significantly and give a boost to your rankings and traffic.
WP Super Cache generates static html files and serves these files to user instead of heavy PHP scripts.
So these were the 36 best plugins for SEO that you can use on your WordPress website. Depending on your requirements, choose the plugin that works best for you. If you’re having a problem finding the perfect plugin from this list, you can download the PDF version of this list and read about these plugins anytime.