Search Engine Optimization (SEO) deals with optimizing your site to increase incoming traffic to it. It is a skill that takes a lot of effort and patience to master. Here are 10 common SEO mistakes that can destroy your website (and 10 more here). You can manage your SEO online with free tools as well.
Here is a list of 10 WordPress traffic builder plugins that work. Installing these to your blog should help you get off to a good start with your SEO.
The first 3 plugins on this list were featured in an article that Karl wrote back in December called 3 WordPress Plugins To Automate & Improve Your Blog SEO. They were All in One SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps, and SEO Friendly Images. If you haven’t already, I suggest you try them out””they really work.
Sociable is a plugin that automatically adds links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages, and in your RSS feed. There are 99 different sites to choose from. Giving readers a way to share your content on social bookmarking sites is a great way to catch the attention of new readers and increase traffic to your site.
Headspace2 is an all-in-one meta-data manager that allows you to define tags, keywords, descriptions, page titles, and more for posts, pages, and categories on your site. It supports many add-ons as well, like Google Analytics, Statcounter, Feedburner Stats Pro, and CrazyEgg heat map.
Headspace2 also provides an import function for various other meta-data WordPress traffic builder plugins, including All-In-One SEO and Ultimate Tag Warrior.
Platinum SEO Pack is another all-inclusive plugin that allows you to optimize your blog for search engines. Its features include automatic 301 redirects, canonical URLs, optimized post and page titles, and meta-tag generation.
With Platinum SEO you can add index/noindex, follow/nofollow, noodp, noydir, noarchive, and nosnippet meta-tags to any post or page. These options are not available in All-In-One SEO Pack.
SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site. It can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories, and tags. You can also set up your own keywords with a set of matching URLs to get your blog interlinked.
The plugin operates with high transparency so you can always see what is being linked to where and undo any changes you don’t see fit.
8. SEO Slugs
Next up on the list is SEO Slugs. This WordPress traffic builder plugins removes common words like “˜a’, “˜the’, and “˜in’ from post slugs to improve SEO. Removing these common words and phrases makes your post titles more search engine friendly.
The slug is generated once you save your post, so you can always view or change it before publishing.
This plugin can automatically generate meta keywords and descriptions needed for the SEO of your blog. Keyword Statistics checks the content of a post or page for keyword density, and it can update information automatically while the author is writing content. You can also run it manually.
Did you know your WordPress blog pings unnecessarily every time you edit a post? Ping Optimizer lets you control your pinging so the search engines don’t view your site as spam. When you create a new post, your blog will notify all of the ping services that it has been updated, which encourages search engines to index your blog properly.
These 10 plugins should help optimize your blog and get you more traffic. One thing I didn’t mention in this post was the importance of good content. If you don’t have good material that people will want to read, it doesn’t matter how many plugins you have installed. It’s hard to gain traffic on a blog, so make sure you focus on content. These plugins are meant to supplement your blog and existing SEO techniques.
Do you know of any good SEO WordPress plugins? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below!